A typical meeting at the Woodley Business Club will involve a friendly welcome at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley, tea and biscuits and the chance to meet a diverse range of local businesses.

Our meetings run from 8am to 10am on the second Tuesday of the month, and will typically start with open networking until 8.30am. Then we have a speaker who will discuss an issue, or a skill or service that is directly relevant to business needs. Sometimes this is in presentation format, sometimes it will be a workshop. For example we have had a brilliant workshop on getting the most from LinkedIn and another one was about how to make the most of networking. We’ve also had GDPR, Electronic tax returns, Leadership skills, Sales skills, SEO improvement…There is quite a list, we always try to ensure the speakers are educating us about essential business skills.

Around 9.15 am we get the chance to stand up individually, introduce our business and inform the group of the type of clients that we are looking for, or a business need that we may have. After that it’s back to open networking until 10am.

You can pay to attend each meeting, but we have an excellent membership package which includes several benefits and discounts, you can find the details HERE.

The meeting is open to all businesses in Woodley and the surrounding area, feel free to come along. The booking page for the next meeting is HERE.


Forthcoming Speakers

September 2019. Dominic Renshaw

Dominic specialises in Google Adwords. He helps business owners make the most of Google through advertising, from setting up your Google My Business listing to running ongoing Google Ads campaigns that bring in new business on a regular basis.

On top of physically setting up and managing your Google Ads campaigns for you, he also offers 1-1 training workshops, designed to help you understand the mechanics of Google and how it all works. So if you’re asking yourself “What are Google Adwords?” contact Dominic – he can help.

Dominic will be holding a workshop about how to get the best from Google Ads. Google is very complex and an ever-changing environment, it is easy to set up your own Google Ad, but much more difficult to ensure that it is really going to work well for you.

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October 2019 Paula Bicknell Wealth Management

Paula is a Chartered Financial Planner, working for St. James’s Place Wealth Management and the aim of her business, is to help clients achieve their goals through effective Financial Planning.

She can help clients achieve this by putting their excess cash and profits to good use, understanding and adhering to Auto Enrolment Rules, protecting the business against the loss of a key person due to ill health or death to provide business continuity and helping with aspects of exit strategies.

She also has an in-depth knowledge of personal finances and pensions, helping with retirement plans, inheritance tax and control of personal assets.

She will be running a workshop on how to protect the finances of your business and plan for unforseen events.

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The Partner Practice is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website The title ‘Partner Practice’ is the marketing term used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.

November 2019 Karen Livingstone

Karen is a focused and versatile marketing expert with many years’ experience working for various large companies, including those in the technology sector. She specialises in planning, strategy, tactical implementation and evaluation with businesses that are looking to grow.

She will bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to your marketing needs, taking the time to fully understand what connects your business with its audience so she can deliver the best service and advice. With a calm, friendly and logical approach, She is there for you every step of the way to provide you with the marketing tools that will make a real difference to your business.

Karen’s workshop will be about how to leverage social media to improve your marketing and grab more customers.

December 2019 Graeme Hobbs, Hobbs Granger Roitt

Graeme Hobbs FCCA has been a qualified, practising chartered certified accountant for over twenty-five years.

When he set up Hobbs Granger Roitt, Graeme had a clear vision of creating a professional practice that would not only help keep personal and business clients on track in terms of complying with statutory requirements, but would also give them every support to survive and thrive in tough times.

Graeme’s goal in becoming an accountant has always been to use his skills to help others and to build successful businesses.


Previous Speakers

July 2019 Jacqueline Harris

Jacqueline is a highly experienced Coach and Trainer. Professionals and technical experts like to go to her for sales training because they like her consultative sales approach. Many people have a fear of selling because they have experienced so many pushy sales people and don’t want to become one of them. She helps them to become comfortable and successful with selling in a way that fits within their personality and turns intention into action and achieves results.

Through Breath of Fresh Air, she offers a unique combination of indoor and outdoor training, coaching and facilitation to create the most effective environment for learning, thinking and change. As an Accredited Professional Executive Coach she is devoted to designing and delivering learning, coaching and consultancy solutions aligned to business objectives that enable individuals and organisations to achieve their goals.

Her role in life is to inspire and enable herself and others – businesses, teams and individuals – to realise dreams.

Jacqueline will be holding a workshop on Networking. Networking is an essential part of business growth, yet so many business people go to networking meetings without a plan or structure. Jacqueline will help us get the most from our networking.

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June 2019 Mark Rozzier

Mark is General Manager of  Woodley Football Club with a lifetime experience of managing people, leadership and change management. Mark believes that a team can be inspired & engaged by developing staff through performance management, development of skills matrices, training plans & succession planning. He has strong analytical skills coupled with an ability to separate what is required from what is being done thus enabling creative solutions to be identified.

His talk will be about Leadership and Communication in a business environment.

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May 2019 Emma Campolucci

Emma is a qualified Counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling. Counselling lecturer for the CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling skills and Level 3 Counselling Studies courses. She designs and delivers Well-being courses to support people with mild to moderate mental health issues including anxiety, depression and stress management.

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April 2019 Denise Weait

We are delighted to have Denise Weait of Advantage PrintRoom Ltd speaking at the meeting, the title of the presentation is “Love your print!”

Denise has worked at Advantage Printroom for 3½ years having fallen out of love with her previous corporate role in bids, proposals and acquisitions for an international IT company.

Denise will be showing you how to maximise the value of printed materials in your business when used as part of an overall marketing plan.

This will help you to feel more confident about designing and buying printed materials and avoid common pitfalls/mistakes.

Ami Bhatt, Gardner Leader

Ami is a corporate and commercial lawyer with experience in acquisitions and disposals, management buy-outs and buy-ins, private equity investments, bank financing transactions and general corporate and commercial matters including advising on various commercial contracts. She has advised owner managed businesses on a variety of commercial legal matters including acquisitions and disposals of shares and businesses, shareholder agreements, articles of association, acquisition financing, supply contracts, service provision contracts, IT contracts and terms and conditions.

Ami has experience of working in a number of sectors, including IT, real estate, telecoms and health and has advised clients on complex transactions.

David Davies, Sandler

With more than 25 years international Sales and Business development experience David has been instrumental in helping organisations achieve lasting sales success.

A passionate, innovative and award-winning Sales Coach, recognised for transforming potential into profitable performance.

He has worked for most of his career with small-to-medium size multi-national sales operations.

Gregor Spowart, Mass Media Design

Mass Media Design is a creative web design and marketing agency based in Reading, Berkshire. We provide branding, design and marketing services for ambitious businesses determined to achieve fast-growth.

We work with clients of all sizes but we specialise in working with companies in the technology sector that want to make a statement and stand head and shoulders above the competition.

Phil Gowler, Phil Gowler Therapy

Phil Gowler is a successful and respected local therapist and life coach, specialising in supporting clients with a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. He also holds regular local workshops themed around helping people get the best from their interactions with others. Phil is a published author and past chairman of the Woodley Business Club.