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The amount of business SMEs win through referrals is estimated at 80 per cent. We are all far more likely to refer someone to another business when we have built a connection through personal contact and believe that the person we are recommending will do a good job. Although the marketing budget can go a long way in terms of increasing a company’s profile and in building a brand, the reputation you create through recommendations is invaluable.
On average, most of us know about 250 people. Networking is about meeting other people, establishing a level of trust and then building long term relationships. The Chamber of Commerce organises more than 200 events a year, all of which are designed to create opportunities for businesses across the region to network. While the aim to grow a network of contacts is common, different networkers prefer different environments in which to achieve this goal. Our events therefore vary in structure, theme and format in order to ensure members can find a forum which will suit their style of networking, helping bring them the results they are looking for. Our events are high value, low cost and deliver excellent return on investment.
- Local Themed Events
Our core events programme is a regular series of business breakfasts, lunches and networking that takes place in each Chamber area. Each event features a guest speaker, a member or local representative talking on a wide variety of topics including current affairs, economic issues, local authority updates, new products and innovation, new business trends and best practice.
Sales & Marketing: best practice, new ideas, techniques to help your business
Human Resources: legislation, people development, case studies
Facilities & Operations: cost management, building management, operational issues
Technology for Business: strategy, best practice, case studies, IT, mobile technology, information management, security
- Specialist Groups
Regional transport: local infrastructure issues, environment, public transport
Property groups: construction, affect on local area, legal issues
Small business networking: network & learn over breakfast or lunch
Be your Own Boss: key information for any prospective start-up, networking with members
International Trade: best practice, expert advice, overseas market information
- Political & Economic
Bank of England briefings: regular, essential economic updates
MP, MEP dialogues: over lunch, listen to political opinion and ask questions direct
Business Leaders’ Forum: invaluable advice on topical issues e.g. legal, economy, legislation, finance
Windsor Debates: unique opportunity to influence other business leaders and government
Business Insight: hear from experts in their field and network with major Thames Valley businesses
Corporate keynotes: build relationships over dinner or lunches and listen to compelling speakers
Strategic leadership: exclusive to Business Alliance members, discreet round table for peers to build relationships and exchange ideas
International networking: meet business representatives from other countries
Global market in-depth briefings: learn how to do business in other countries
Global market best practice: plan your exporting wit help from the experts
International embassy briefings
- Introducing the Chamber
Meet the Chamber evenings: open networking with members and non-members in an informal setting, held monthly across the region
New member welcome evenings: find out about the Chamber and start building your network
- Social & Hospitality
Annual golf tournament, Royal Windsor Horse Show, Henley Festival and Royal Ascot
Would you be interested to speak at any of our events? If so, simply complete the speaker form and email it to Lucia Hansen or if you have any questions call 01753 870500.
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