Aylesbury Business Club are “Re-Zooming” on 17th February 2021!
We decided to suspend face to face meetings due to Covid in March 2019 . At the time we decided that we would lie low unlike some other networking groups as we didn’t want to get “Zoomed Out” and were prepared to wait until we could meet again face to face. In the Summer of 2020 for a short period, some of us met for coffee “under the rule of 6” at Hartwells but since then we have only remained in contact as a group on WhatsApp.
Now well into the third “lockdown”, the Committee thought we were all missing ABC and decided that now was the right time to get going again over Zoom!
So this is the plan:
- To start up with ABC Zoom meetings takin place every other Wednesday from 17th February 2021 onwards. Meetings will be 40 minutes long, and we are setting a limit of 5 people per group to resemble “table networking”. If say 15 people wish to participate there will be 3 groups. Members will be encouraged to swap groups so that they mix with more people over time.
- The meetings will have different start times, Breakfast 8am, Lunchtime 12.30pm and Afternoon 4.30pm, you can sign up for any of the groups and I will confirm by Zoom invite who is in each meeting.
- We will set “topics for the week” for all meetings to discuss with summaries shared on WhatsApp to keep everyone in the picture and feedback, we want to get more online discussion going.
- We are looking for speakers for future larger meetings, we would ask members for topics they want to learn about, we want the meetings to be educational and helpful.
- In between, please chat on WhatsApp and feedback.
The first set of ABC Zoom meetings will be held on Wednesday 17th Feb, the subject for all groups to discuss will be:
“How can ABC Members help my business succeed as we emerge from Lockdown?”
I have created a simple 4 question survey so that you can tell us which times suit you best and we will organize Zoom invites once we have the responses. So please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey below.
Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom in the coming weeks.
Face to Face Meetings (Supspended from until further notice)
Please note that meetings now start at 8.30 am every other Wednesday at the Hartwell Nurseries cafe.
You are always welcome to join us for some informal, enjoyable and above all effective business networking at any or our meetings, you do not need to be a member. Meetings are free to attend, just grab yourself a coffee etc when you arrive we will be pleased to welcome you. The number of attendees does vary from meeting to meeting normally around 20 but for open meetings we can have over 40!
What makes ABC stand out is that whatever the number, after we have all had a chance to introduce ourselves we split up into smaller groups so that you can be sure that you will always have a chance to network properly with a number of different people, that way we believe you can get to know each other that bit quicker.
We had some great feedback from our last open meeting , attended by 36 Aylesbury Networkers, we are planning to hold another in Spring 2019 at Hartwell Nurseries, 8.30 am to 10 am, stay networking as long as you like!
“Thanks for the invite, I really enjoyed the relaxed feel of the meeting and look forward to coming along to the next one. Hartwell nurseries is such a great venue. ”
“A great morning, thank you to everyone who attended!!
“Good spot John! A really nice, informal but focused group. And great coffee ”
“Great morning had by all!”
The Aylesbury Business Club one of the oldest established networking groups in the area, and has evolved into an informal business networking group, where local business people can meet and build their business via quality referrals and networking with like minded business people in a friendly atmosphere in a relaxed environment.
Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday throughout the year (but not over Christmas/New Year), between 8 and 9 am upstairs at the coffee shop at Hartwell Nursery on Ford Road, Stone, Aylesbury, HP17 8RZ. Here you can enjoy award winning tea & coffee and a choice of breakfast along with your networking, there is no joining or annual fee to pay simply come along and be part of the local Aylesbury Business community.
ABC have been enthusiastic supporters of Young Enterprise in the Aylesbury Vale for a number of years, with several members volunteering as Business Advisors, supporting student teams within schools, as Judges, Dragons etc etc . visit Facebook page.
For the academic year 2018/9, Young Enterprise is once again our designated charity with members on the committee, sponsors of the Customer Service Award and supporting the charities activies in a number of ways. If you would like further information about offering your support to Young Enterprise, please contact a member of the committee. or visit the Young Enterprise website.
Wheels at Work Campaign
Previously, ABC have supported the “Wheels at Work” campaign helping to raise money to help people with spinal cord injury get back to work and to raise awareness of difficulties faced whilst at work by people in wheelchairs. As a group, ABC is hoping to inspire businesses in Aylesbury to take up Wheels at Work and be the pioneers in making it a UK wide campaign.
Mark Bowman of Cube Studios, took part as a wheelchair volunteer and Net Impact Vision have developed the film below to help build awareness.
For more information about the charity’s work visit www.lifeafterparalysis.com
As a rule we only allow one member from each trade or profession as this makes for better networking. At each meeting, you have the opportunity to highlight the key areas of your business and the kind of referrals you are looking for and learn more about the businesses of the other members and get some fresh ideas to think about.