Business Gems

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Hidden Business Gems

I have been busy attracting interest in both the WFiL brand as well as the Business Network event planned on Tuesday 28th October with Kim Dovell.

As you know from my previous posts Kim works for FD Solutions which provides finance directors to businesses requirements and budget. Founded in 1991, the firm won the Accountancy Age Small Firm of the Year Award in 2008 and Independent Firm of the Year (London) at the 2012 British Accountancy Awards.

They offer an initial free consultation with one of their Finance Directors to establish whether they can help you overcome your barriers to growth. If you think you need help, please book to attend our Business Networking meeting later this month.

I invited myself to the Camden Mean Business annual SME Event sponsored by NatWest and The Federation of Small Businesses. Nick Howe from NatWest facilitated a ‘NatWest Start-up Surgery’ seminar attended by a group of start-ups and veteran business owners. Nick was thorough and knowledgeable about all aspects of starting off in business as well as how to set up and manage partnerships and Joint Ventures. His talk was littered with ‘How to’ anecdotes and examples; a very good presentation on the whole, interesting enough to keep those who have been in business for a few years seated for the entire presentation.

I spoke to a member from Supply Cross River (Centa Business Services) funded by ERDF to  develop supply chains. I was told that they hold Meet the Buyer Events, Breakfast Networking meetings, Preparing to Meet a Buyer and Win New Business through Tendering workshops. I have booked myself to attend their one hour 1-2-1 consultation.

Finally a hidden business gem came to light; as part of the Mayor of London’s Life in the Fast Lane initiative and supported by the Department of Media and Culture, businesses in London are now eligible for an award of up to £3000 towards high-speed broadband: london.gov.uk/broadband.

Lunch was not in the least bit exciting and I decided not to indulge ie too much gluten but hey as far as sandwiches go there were quite a variety on offer.