Charlotte Haye Copywriter

The Idea Fountain – Writing a Business Blog

What makes a good blog, and where do the ideas come from?

12th October, 2021 8:00 am

Charlotte Haye from Eleven Eight Copywriting

Sitting in front of a blank page might be one of the scariest things about writing blogs. Not knowing where to start, or even what to talk about, can mean you leave that page blank, and people never hear about the amazing things your business can do.In this short talk, you’ll learn about what makes a good blog post, the types of blog you can write, and discover some tools and techniques to help you write a never-ending list of blogs for your business.

Nikki Ochtman

Off The Fence and In The Front Door

14th September, 2021 8:00 am

Marketing: We all know it’s an essential business activity, yet it’s a vast area offering such choice that it’s difficult to know where to start and what to focus on for your business. One option that is often overlooked – but can prove very effective for many businesses – is advertising in local magazines.

Join the September meeting to hear Nikki, from RG10 Marketing, outline where to start when developing your marketing strategy, and how to determine where to focus your activities. She’ll also talk through what’s involved if considering advertising or writing editorial for your business, and why print is certainly not dead – just different from digital. She is happy to recommend other marketing professionals and local magazine publishers too.

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Tips & tricks for keeping your business secure online

Avoiding Ransomware Attacks

13th July, 2021 8:00 am

Trading online is essential for any business but doing so comes with a number of potential risks as third parties try and get access to your business critical information and resources.

In this talk Neil Thompson from Work In Confidence will take you through simple things you can do to help stay safe online and avoid ransomware attacks, phishing and being pwned.

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Open Networking

Hosted by Claire Lawrence

8th June, 2021 8:00 am

This month we are devoting the entire 90 minutes to open networking. This will give our members more time to introduce their businesses and explain what help they need from other members to help their business to grow.

Our host Claire Lawrence will also be inviting those business owners who register in advance to be considered for our popular Business Highlight slot. In this slot we hear more from one of our business owners via a series of Q&As with Claire. Claire will explore with you your motivations for getting up your business, how you help your customers and what help you need from club members to help you grow your business.

We will then use our virtual breakout rooms to enable smaller groups to network.

We look forward to welcoming you to our meeting.

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Channel your Inner Toddler

How to communicate more effectively about your business

11th May, 2021 8:00 am

When you plan your communications strategically, you look at your business goals and work out how communicating well with your audiences will help you achieve them. They receive, understand and respond to what you are saying – you don’t just ‘throw’ things at them. In this talk I will share general tips and a specific technique for getting to the heart of your communication purpose. You will be able to create more powerful responses to your website, newsletter or social media activity.

…with Sarah Browning of Browning York Ltd.

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Getting Known Locally Online

Building your own path

13th April, 2021 8:00 am

Deborah’s talk will help us to better understand how to improve our business’s online visibility.

In this “non-techie” talk, Deborah will use her own experience in growing her local Hypnotherapy business to to help you plan your own route to becoming better known online.

She can help you discover which parts of your online journey you are more than capable of travelling on your own and when it may be time to pay a professional to get you moving.

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Open Networking – March 2021

9th March, 2021 8:00 am

This is an open network meeting, without a guest speaker.

We’ll start with a general meeting for Club News and general chat. Then there will be a series of breakout rooms, where you’ll get a chance to talk with lots of other local business owners. Ask questions and share ideas with like-minded people.

susan martin

Stretches and Moves to Help Desk Workers at Home

Working from home? Sharing workspace or equipment? Constant Zoom calls?

9th February, 2021 8:00 am

Susan Martin, soft tissue therapy specialist, talks about stretches & exercises you can do to help with back pain and headaches while working at a desk from home.

Being stuck at your desk all day either for work or school can lead to neck, shoulder and arm problems as well as low back pain and headaches.

Join us for a fun and interactive session designed to let you know the best ways to set up your workspace as well as learning some simple and effective stretches to help relieve the tension in your muscles.

Dave Davies

90%: If your head’s not in it, your heart won’t be either!

12th January, 2021 8:00 am

The perception you have of yourself, your company, your product or service, and your marketplace, will directly affect your success.

They say that Attitude is everything…

Attitude has to do with your outlook – the perception you have about yourself, your company, your product or service, and your marketplace. It can be one of possibility, or one of limitation. And, since it’s your perception, it’s your choice.

Dave Davies is the owner of Sandler Training Thames Valley.  With more than 35 years international Sales and Business development experience Dave has been instrumental in helping organisations achieve lasting sales success.

Employee, Sole Trader, LLP or Company

Which way do we go?

8th December, 2020 8:00 am

Getting the fundamentals decisions right in a changing world makes a heap of difference for all sorts of reasons.

We think of cost, tax, and legal status issues but making that key decision also affects us in many other ways. Resources are scarce and we must do the best we can with them.

As we move past COVID, insolvency risks and probable changes in legislation on tax means new things to think about.

Graeme’s session will give attendees a chance to ponder what steps to take next.

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Open Business Networking

Networking for Business Owners In and Around Woodley, Reading

25th November, 2020 8:00 pm

This is an open network meeting, without a guest speaker.

We’ll start with a general meeting for Club News and general chat. Then there will be a series of breakout rooms, where you’ll get a chance to talk with lots of other local business owners. Ask questions and share ideas with like-minded people.

Stress Busting

10th November, 2020 8:00 am

Phil Gowler form Woodley NLP will have a look at what stress is, what it can do to us (physically and mentally) and how to deal with that.

Our usual sources of stress have been added to in a major way by Covid, so stress busting is even more important now.

However, we will all have ways of managing stress, and it will be great to share those with each other because it could well be that we will pick up ideas that we can try, and so help us manage stress in a positive way. It may even be that we can share some activities together-socially distanced of course!

Following on from Phil’s talk there’ll be plenty of time for networking in our virtual breakout rooms.