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A14 Informal Networking

Friday mornings / 09:00AM

The A14 Informal Networking Meetup is a relaxed environment where business owners and professionals can meet over coffee on a Friday morning. Building strategic relationships and generating new business in the region is the key objective. Unlike most networks, we keep things very low key and laid back! There are no presenters or pitches here. After a while I guarantee you would have made some great friends, and as we know your friends will always help you spread the word about your business. There is no charge to attend, and you get free coffee/teTa top-ups. Anyone in business is very welcome to come along - with no strings attached. ...

BNI Pathfinder - Business Networking

Every Friday Morning / 06:45AM

Networking event for SMEs with visitors welcome every week. Please bring plenty of business cards as you will meet a lot of local business owners. A Business Networking Group For SME's in Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots. We are passionate about helping our members grow their businesses through word of mouth referrals.

Business Networking International, BNI, is a networking group harnessing the power of “word of mouth” marketing. BNI is dedicated to generating referred business for all its members. Being a member of BNI is like having dozens of sales staff working for you.

Visit BNI Pathfinder and expose your business to dozens of prospective clients. If you are interested in hearing more about the BNI Pathfinder chapter please arrange a visit to one of our Friday morning breakfast meetings held at 06.45 at Brampton Park Golf Club.

On your visit you will have the opportunity to showcase your own company, network with the existing members before and after the meeting, and find out how to lock your competition out of this powerful “word of mouth” sales generation machine!

Visitors are always welcome but please let us know by the Wednesday before, so we can make allowances for your breakfast. The cost of the meeting is £12.50 and please remember to bring plenty of business cards.

Business Start-Up Workshop- Could you give yourself a Job

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 / 10:00AM

Our 2 Introduction to Enterprise sessions help to prepare you for starting your own business and exploring your ideas in a relaxed environment. Within our 2 sessions, as well as exploring your idea we think about whether starting a business is right for you. We integrate business skills training, personal development and life management skills. These help to increase your confidence, knowledge and motivation on your business start-up journey. Our Business Start-up sessions are aimed at those individuals who have completed our Intoduction to Enterprise sessions or those who feel they have the correct levels of experience to start trading as a business. They will prepare you with the key skills and knowledge you need to be able to launch and then grow a sustainable business. Outset Huntingdonshire is committed to creating an inclusive environment for people with disabilities. If you need something that will help you to participate fully in this event, please provide details so we can make any necessary arrangements by calling us on 0800 032 7851 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Got Your Exam Results - What Now?

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 / 02:00PM

Drop into EDGE to find out more about local jobs and apprenticeships as well as information on further education. If you don't know what your options are or your results weren't quite what you had hoped for, come along to the EDGE Shop near Waitrose in Huntingdon and talk through your options with our career advisors. You'll be surprised how many opportunities there are for you on your doorstep.

EDGE provides a free and impartial service to students looking for their first job, offers information on apprenticeships and guidance on all the career routes open to you.

Huntingdonshire Construction and Property Network

Friday 1st September 2017 / 08:00AM

The Huntingdonshire Construction and Property Network brings together all professions associated with the development and construction industries in the county and region. The Network welcomes businesses from the construction or property industry in particular Developers, Contractors, Specialist contractors, Architects, Planning consultants, Civil engineers, Structural engineers, M&E engineers, Surveyors, Quantity surveyors and Property lawyers. In a relaxed atmosphere this event gives like-minded people the chance to network over breakfast rolls before a short presentation delivered by the event sponsor. Places are to be booked in advance, by invitation only and welcomes non-members. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a future breakfast please e-mail your request including company and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.

Informal Networking Evening - Huntingdon

Tuesday 5 September 2017 / 05:00PM

No other membership organisation gives you more opportunities to get connected with business people across Cambridgeshire every month – for free. Our popular informal networking evenings continue to attract businesses of all sizes from a wide range of industry sectors and, most importantly, they’re completely free to attend. Your company doesn’t need to be a member of the Chamber to take advantage of this great opportunity to make new business connections - anyone is welcome to join us from 5.00pm. Simply buy yourself a drink from the bar and join other business people for an informal chat about your company and what you do. It’s a relaxed but effective way to learn more about the local business community and make new connections. You will also meet members of Chamber staff so if your company is considering joining the Chamber, it’s a great opportunity to ask about the benefits of membership and discover what you can expect to gain from joining our growing network of Chamber members. If you would like to know more please call Paul Gibbons, the Chambers' Membership Development Officer, on 07759 934111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Handling Challenging Conversations

06/09/2017 / 08:00AM

Most of us can cope with the easy conversation at work, it’s the challenging ones we find difficult! We may put them off hoping the situation improves – in the end we need to address the issue. This one day course is ideal for anyone who has challenging conversations with employees and/or colleagues and would like to become more confident and be able to carry out the conversation more effectively.

Project Management and Leadership

7 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017 / 09:30AM

This two day workshop is aimed at Managers that lead teams and projects and who already have some basic knowledge and understanding of the workings of projects. The content assumes that delegates have some experience of project working and that they are responsible for running at least one project. The focus will be on the leadership aspects of project working, whilst still covering tools and techniques. Workshop Content The workshop will: • Introduce delegates to the skills, tools and challenges of leading a successful project • Provide delegates with an opportunity to practise leadership skills and tools • Enable delegates to identify personal learning and prepare a personal development plan Project Management Overview Overview of programme management, project life cycles, portfolio management andkey success factors and and how these are used for the management of change. Initiating a Project (Business Case, Scope & Objectives) How to initiate a project including: establishing clear scope (time, cost, quality) and objectives (from offset), defining stakeholder needs, creating a clear business case and agreeing key roles and responsibilities for the team. Creating a Project Plan The value of a plan and leading activities including: project definitions, organisational breakdown structures, network and critical path analysis, Gantt charts, milestone charts, risk management and ownership. Resourcing The Plan Ensuring that your plan is adequately resourced to expectations and for delivery deadline, utilising resource, resource histograms and resource levelling. Making Expectations Establishing a project communication plan to communicate effectively at key stages with all stakeholders and to gain commitment from all those involved. Overview of how to influence for the benefit of the project and importance of understanding influencing styles People Management Tools to build your project team covering; overview of team roles (Belbin), team development theory (Tuckman) and key project roles/responsibilities, plus methods of delegating to and motivating team members for who you have no direct authority. Monitoring, Controlling & Closure Simple monitoring tools and techniques for managing changes to the project during its implementation including redefining goals, impact and control such as configuration management. Importance of closing a project, celebrating successes, recording and communicating lessons learnt and documenting process and outcomes.

Public Speaking Excellence

7th September - 8th September 2017 / 09:00AM

Overcome the UK’s #1 fear on our two-day Public Speaking Excellence course. Designed to address confidence and technical issues, this course is idea for those who work in roles requiring public speaking, or simply for anyone looking to improve their presentation skills. The importance of public speaking These days the ability to present and speak fluently in public is becoming more and more important in your career. Statistics show that public speaking is the number one fear in the UK and that many feel uncomfortable before and during speaking opportunities! That is why after completing my own journey from a nervous wreck when speaking to someone who now makes a living out of it, I have decided to share my knowledge to give you the best possible training experience and transform your own ability as a speaker and presenter. Whether you are an accomplished speaker wanting to progress, or someone who really struggles to stand up in front of people, our two-day course will provide you with the tools and skills that you need to enhance your speaking ability and career prospects! During the course we will look in detail at what makes an excellent public speaker. We will also show you how to improve in each of these key areas of development, whilst also providing you with bespoke coaching to increase confidence levels and reduce stress and anxiety associated with being up in front of people. What can I expect to learn? • Correct stance and body language while presenting. • How to use and maintain presentation energy levels. • Proper breathing and physiology (tricks of the trade). • What confidence is and how to create it. • Voice utilisation, rhythm and the use of pauses correctly • The magic of metaphor • How to present artfully without notes! Course Structure Day one • Controlling state/overcoming anxiety • Trainer stance and use of body language • Building connection to your audience • Developing use of tonality, pitch, pace and tempo • Using the 4-mat system to structure each presentation Day two • Being congruent, authentic and real • Learning to elegantly anchor positive emotions • Using metaphors with volition • Putting it all together

Time Management

07/09/2017 / 08:00AM

This course gives you essential skills for anyone trying to juggle multiple tasks. You’ll be amazed what you can achieve once you understand how to prioritise your time, handle interruptions and deal with the ‘time bandits’ that get in the way. • Recognising your current time management style • Setting clear goals and objectives • Prioritising – the important v the urgent • Delegation • Handling interruptions • Organising your diary in line with your objectives • Assertiveness • Time management techniques to overcome our time bandits • Organising self, others, desk and PC • How to plan relaxation time into our busy lives