Business Village goes online
Our weekly meetings are now online and FREE, while we are in the lockdown period.
We hold a virtual meeting every Thursday, 8-9am, where we network, get a chance to introduce our businesses, and forge great business relationships. So why not come along?
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Martin Jarvis, of DMJ Computer Services Ltd, gave us a presentation this morning entitled ’10 spring cleaning treats to give your website’. In the presentation, Martin highlighted a number of actions that business owners could take to improve their websites.
Many businesses people, especially those in the early years of their business, will act first and think later. Many entrepreneurs will argue that doing something, learning by the experience and failing fast if you are going to fail is the right approach.
Stuart Ball, of Swindon-based Absolute Management and Marketing, spends time talking about the alternative approach; that is thinking about what we are going to do and why, validating that it will deliver the right results, then executing the plan.
His presentation helps business people work out where the business is heading, before jumping in.
The literal ups and downs of walking from Land’s End to John o’ Groats solo were the focus of a talk from inspirational coach Jen Le Marinel.
Jen, based in Cheltenham, took three-and-a-half months to complete her epic journey and shared her highs and lows of the trip; from peace, quiet and breath-taking scenery to a bout of food poisoning after a late night curry.
She talked about what she learned about herself along the way and how it helped shape her business, WildFire Walks. She has also written a blog about her adventure.
GDPR is the buzzword of the moment, and with its enforcement imminent and its impact on businesses universal, the presentation to Business Village on these new data protection rules was listened to with interest.
Paul Himple, who runs HR consultancy Go Legal HR, gave an extremely informative talk on GDPR. It was, he said, an overview of the new rules, how they differ from current legislation, and what company owners and directors need to start thinking about and putting in place.
Food, festive fun, business and breakfast were the order of the day for Swindon Business Village which used its last meeting of 2017 to support Swindon Foodbank.
Attendees at Swindon Business Village, which meets on Thursdays for breakfast, took along donations for the foodbank and heard a presentation about its work by manager Cher Smith.
Up next at Swindon Business Village : “Multimind” business problem solving
This morning, after our usual round table intros (30-60 seconds each), we embark on a business troubleshooting session. A facilitated session will encourage members to ask for help for their own problems and then help other members solve theirs.