with Philippa Bat­ting MD of Bucks Busi­ness first

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

ARE you aware of the busi­ness sup­port on your doorstep?

One thing that is of­ten fore­most in my mind as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First is how to sup­port the most num­ber of busi­nesses in any given day.

Part of the joy of do­ing what we do is dis­cov­er­ing more about our mem­bers, how they op­er­ate and what part we can play to help them in the short and long term.

It re­ally is a priv­i­lege to have been part of the jour­ney of so many Buck­ing­hamshire busi­nesses over the last five years.

It’s es­pe­cially nice to meet a busi­ness owner for the first time and give them what may be the first piece of prac­ti­cal busi­ness ad­vice they’ve ever re­ceived.

It may be the re­as­sur­ing con­ver­sa­tion that con­vinces them they are on the right track, or putting them in touch with our con­tacts at the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade to help them start ex­port­ing,or­wel­com­ingthem to our Hub spa­ces across the county to base them­selves as they can’t af­ford or find suit­able of­fice space.

What­ever im­pact we can have, we’ll strive for it. Our 9,000 mem­bers could give you 9,000 dif­fer­ent an­swers as to what they get out of be­ing a mem­ber, yet it never ceases to amaze me that so many busi­nesses are com­pletely un­aware of the sup­port avail­able to them. It is com­pletely free to join and get sup­port from Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First, so if you are not yet a mem­ber, here’s a quick run­down of what you are miss­ing out on:

Gen­uinely use­ful be­spoke sup­port via tele­phone, email and a plethora of on­line con­tent.

An over­view of avail­able fund­ing from lo­cal and na­tional sources, in­clud­ing the grants that we de­liver our­selves for ru­ral busi­nesses and those look­ing to be­come more en­ergy ef­fi­cient.

A di­verse events pro­gramme which can sup­port your jour­ney from writ­ing a busi­ness plan to meet­ing new clients at net­work­ing events via mar­ket­ing, sales and dig­i­tal mas­ter­classes.

Last year saw the launch of our new web­site and with it the op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses to gain even more ex­po­sure through the Buck­ing­hamshire busi­ness di­rec­tory – an in­ter­ac­tive, con­stantly evolv­ing on­line di­rec­tory that brings the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity to­gether like never be­fore.

Each of our 9,000 mem­bers has a unique pro­file through which they can cre­ate dis­counted of­fers, post job va­can­cies and con­tracts, add in­ter­ac­tive con­tent and seek ad­vice from one an­other.

Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First also runs the Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness Awards and Buck­ing­hamshire Dig­i­tal Sum­mit, and be­ing a mem­ber will en­sure you get the in­side scoop and first dibs on tick­ets to these kinds of stel­lar events.

Find out more about join­ing Buck­ing­hamshire Busi­ness First at www.bbf. uk.com or by call­ing 01494 568 937.

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