with Philippa Batting MD of Bucks Business first
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.