Ostrich or owl? Come check how future proof you are?

Louise Holmes from Oliver and Co & Carla Brown from Oakmere Wealth Management.

So – which are you? An Ostrich or Wise owl?

Are you burying your head in the sand or do you have full 360-degree vision about your future?

This month’s seminar will be a double header –

  • Tackling the often ignored and yet thorny issue of Wills, and Lasting Powers of Attorney,
  • An update on the latest changes in pensions and question packed to get you thinking!

Louise Holmes from Oliver and Co. will guide you through

  • The reasons to make Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • How to do so
  • What happens if you don’t!

She will also share handy “quiz” to help attendees assess their LPA and Will status and they will learn what actions they can take.

Carla Brown from Oakmere Wealth Management will then help you learn about

  • New state pension and pension freedoms,
  • Retirement – I Wasn’t Expecting That! How much is enough to retire on?
  • What do you expect retirement to look like?
  • What age do you want to retire?
  • Are you making the most of your pensions?
  • How lifestyle financial planning can help you get the future you desire.

So – to join the info packed seminar please join us at our event on 18th January 2018 at The Double Tree by Hilton.

Simple press book, call us on 0844 310 1400 or simply email tracy@business-network.co.uk

How to make marketing your business friend and squeeze more value from it

For most businesses marketing is an afterthought, like a plus one rather than the business friend it should be. Attend this months Event and Seminar on 9th November at the Doubletree Hotel, and learn how to get the most from marketing in your business and share some practical ways to squeeze more value from it. So, whether your business is big or small, this seminar has something to offer you.

About the Presenter

Ceri George is a multi-award winning Chartered Marketer with over 15 years marketing experience. She now has her own marketing business By George Marketing and is on a mission to demystify marketing and help businesses harness its power to deliver growth and success. She recently launched an online marketing course ‘Marketing knowhow for the busy woman’ which shows women how to create a powerful marketing plan that delivers results.


How will members benefit?

They will learn how to make the most of marketing in their business and get some practical ways to squeeze more value from it that they can quickly apply.

What will they learn?

Why marketing is their business friend and how they can best use it to create success and invest in it wisely.

 How can they apply it to their Business?

A mix of strategic and practical ways businesses can get the most from their marketing regardless of their size- there will be something for all businesses!


To join us then call Tracy on 0844 310 1400 or email tracy@business-network.co.uk or simply press book now up there!

Time to get IT and GDPR Smart? Whats GDPR? Come and find out!

Octobers  Seminar will be in the form of a main presentation plus a number of mini workshops lead by Paul Crudge of Pro Networks

The main presentation will be on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force in May 2018, replacing The Data protection act.

You have to be compliant – or face stiff penalties – so come and find out how to become compliant!

In addition there will be a number of satellite drop in workshops that members can engage with. 

Pro-Networks skilled engineers will be available to answer technical questions, and even resolve issues for you while you wait. 

There will also be Microsoft software gurus available who can answer questions on

  • Power BI,
  • tips and tricks in Excel and Word
  • and much more.

Bring your questions, laptops and get on hand help to prepare you for 2018!


Cameras at the ready – A Practical Guide to Portrait Photography

Join us on Wednesday 13th September at the Chester Grosvenor for this months enlightening seminar and Event !

Would you like to learn how to take better photographs of people? Be it your family, loved ones,
friends or in business? All great portraits, whether they are taken on a camera phone or an SLR
camera depend on the photographer’s ability to use light and pose the subject.
The great news is you don’t need to understand anything about apertures and shutter speeds,
as this is not a seminar about technical photography. I will teach you how to think about photography
differently. You can forget the camera and concentrate on what’s around you. The camera is actually
the last thing you need to take a photo – literally!

About the Presenter
Victoria Lee: I am a portrait photographer based in North Wales. I don’t consider my photography
as a job. I love to photograph. Whether for my clients, my family or just for me, I love to capture
images. Combine that with my love of peoples stories and you get why I am a portrait photographer.
I treasure the images I take of my husband and little boy. I love to capture images for clients knowing
that, like our own family images, they will treasure them for years to come.

How will members benefit?
By learning simple portrait photography techniques you will be able to concentrate on your subject,
light and background and have lots of fun taking pictures of people without getting weighted down
with too much technicality.
What will they learn?
I will teach you how to look for the best backgrounds. How to use the light available to you, and how
to relate to the people you are photographing.
Please bring along your own camera – It doesn’t matter if you have a compact camera, a smart phone
or SLR. After the presentation we will have a bit of time to go outside and practice some of what we
have learnt.

How can you apply it to your Business?
Maybe you need to take PR shots for your business, or photograph events. By following these
simple techniques you will be able to take more professional shots to use in your business.


To join us then call Tracy on 0844 310 1400 or email tracy@business-network.co.uk or simply press book now up there!

The Art & Science of Effective Presentations

Brief Synopsis 

We often confuse perception with reality. The way our communications look (design) can have a significant influence, especially during a first interaction. Understand how to make your presentations work exceptionally hard for you to communicate effectively with your audience.

What will you learn?

The science of how your audience process and remember information during a presentation, hence how to make them more effective.

Don’t think pretty visuals, think effective communications.  

About the Presenter 

Specialising in presentational impact, Richard works with leaders and stakeholders to help them optimise their content, messaging and personal brand. For over a decade, Richard was a partner for one of the world’s leading presentation development and coaching companies. Prior to founding Ultimate Presentation, Film & Animation, he was a board member for the UKs largest privately owned temporary recruitment company and a member of the Senior Leadership team, with overall commercial responsibility for new and existing clients, as well as the marketing strategy and execution.

Join us on Thursday 10th August at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel for this months seminar… book via the green button at the top !

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The Connection Power Hour returns!

The Connection Power Hour returns!

Following our successful seminar in January where our members shared their “Like to meets” and connected to act as the perfect introducer – its back!

Black books at the ready – we are in for a Connection Power Hour!

To attend you need to submit to us your top 3 “like to meets” – If you don’t do this thinking ahead –  it just won’t work!

We will then be using the power of the people in the room, our black books and Linked in – to create a plan to attract them to our group over the next coming months.

So – ready to be strategic ? Ready to be focussed ? Ready to help ?

Join us – and please BOOK EARLY!


Recruit vs outsourcing – the facts?

We are delighted that our seminar for our June event will be co hosted by Maja Kenney of The Admin Office and Phil Ross of Sollertia.

Maja and Phil are experts at helping business owners flourish and grow.


They do the jobs you hate – admin and the numbers!

So come along and learn how to;

  • Benchmark your numbers against industry standards – and learn how to improve them
  • Reduce your costs – efficiency savings, time savings, people costs
  • Learn time saving tips and apps available to use now to make you more efficient
  • Understand the upsides to outsourcing vs employing staff for those necessary “jobs” that you maybe hate!

So – lots to learn from our co hosts.

To join us then call Tracy on 0844 310 1400 or email tracy@business-network.co.uk or simply press book now up there!

Where there are people – there needs to be a process!

It is increasingly critical that your Business gains the most from your people.

BUT all positive and award winning employers know they need to give their people the right skills, and boundaries to do their job.

This seminar will help you relook at your people processes and ensure that you understand:

When it comes to people and HR management;

  • What good compliance looks like?
  • A way to identify weaknesses in your HR processes
  • Understand the difference between compliance and best practice.

So – come along and audit and sense check your HR processes – before its too late!

Confused by your accounts? How will the Budget affect you? Then we have the answers!

Budget 2017 year on wood cube with pencil and clock top view on wood table,New year business concept.


Join us for this seminar with a twist!

This is the Budget 2017 Accountancy surgery.

Michelle Anthony from Morris and Co is here to answer your questions to do with the latest budget.
She invites you to email your questions and concerns before hand – on the budget and any other related accountancy issues.

Michelle will run this session to answer those questions -on the budget and on your Accounts – that you are probably too scared to ask your accountant!

So come for a perfectly tailored session – here to answer your questions – whatever they are.

And don’t worry – all questions will be treated in the strictest of confidence!

New Year .. New start … I want to grow, but how ?

Andy Lewis of Voyage will share some secrets about building a strategic growth plan bringing the best of theory and practice together.

In this seminar you will learn

1 What is an effective strategy

2 How does strategic positioning support your growth aspirations

3 Growing what you have / Acquiring new customers / Retaining what you have  – Which tactics to use ?

4 Measuring success – What are the right measures to predict success


About the Presenter


Andy has established his new business targeted specifically at UK SME’s who want to grow their business. He can help to identify how best to do this from a sales channel perspective.

As head of a new venture, Voyage, with over 26 years in the corporate financial services, with his last role as marketing leader, Andy is sharing this expertise to the benefit of local businesses and Students at The University of Chester where he is a Visiting Lecturer supporting the marketing department.