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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. ...

Informal Networking Evening – Huntingdon

04/07/2017 / 05:00PM

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.

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.

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

The Cambridge Tribology Course

11-13 September 2017 / 09:00AM

This highly successful course, now in its 24th year, provides an insight into the principles which underlie this important topic. The course is run by the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering, a worldwide centre of excellence in the field. Tribology - the science and technology of friction, wear and lubrication - makes a vital contribution to almost every area of industrial activity and yet is often under-represented in the education of scientists and engineers. Course outline The course consists of an intensive three-day programme delivered by leading experts. It offers an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of the field of tribology. Lectures, combined with informal discussion periods and a workshop session, will cover the key elements of the subject and will be complemented by case studies drawn from current industrial practice. Topics •Surface topography and contact mechanics •Hydrodynamic, elasto-hydrodynamic and boundary lubrication •Rheology and lubricant chemistry •Wear and friction of metals, ceramics and polymers •Surface engineering •Test methods in tribology •Industrial Case studies Benefits of attending •Provides a comprehensive and cost effective overview of this vitally important area •Introduces the theory and practice of friction, wear and lubrication in an industrial context •Combines lectures and informal discussion periods with practice in problem solving •Gives valuable, informal access to leading experts •Enables networking with professionals from other sectors to share ideas and practice •Participants receive a hard-copy volume containing all the speakers' slides, as well as a full set of course notes in electronic form

Presentation Skills

11/09/2017 / 08:00AM

During this one-day course you will gain confidence to deliver dynamic and engaging presentations. We’ll cover the importance of structure, body language, visual aids, question handling and keeping an audience’s attention. All courses are adapted to suit your needs. Please contact WATA to discuss

Train the Trainer

27/09/2017-28/09/2017 / 08:00AM

Essential skills for work-based trainers including structuring the session, understanding learning styles, managing a group and maintaining interest and enthusiasm. Who is the course suitable for? All those who want to develop and deliver effective training at work. It is ideal for work-based trainers and all involved in any type of staff training.

Strategic Roadmapping Course

5 October 2017 / 09:00AM

Intensive one-day training course One day courses - Thursday 9 March and Wednesday 5 October 2017 Two day course Wednesday 14 - Thursday 15 June 2017 Roadmapping is a graphical approach to support strategic planning that enables companies to align technological capability and business plans so that corporate strategy and technology are co-ordinated in an integrative manner. A 'fast-start' roadmapping approach The aim of the roadmapping training courses is to provide delegates with the knowledge and confidence to apply roadmapping concepts and methods within their own businesses. The emphasis is on the rapid initiation of the method and its customisation, based on multifunctional workshop techniques The courses are interactive and based on the delivery ethos of a balanced combination of presentations, group activities and discussions. One and two-day courses We offer a choice between a one or two-day course. Both provide a thorough introduction to strategic roadmapping, guiding delegates through the process of roadmapping, including ‘hands-on’ activities, during which actual roadmaps are created. The one-day course is focused on product-level roadmapping and visual communication. Our two-day course allows time to cover topics in greater depth. Delegates will benefit from additional material and exercises in strategic landscaping, workshop facilitation practices and tools/toolkits. Note: Both one and two-day courses can also be run as in-company training events. Such courses can be readily adapted to focus on topics of specific interest to companies, and combined with consulting support to rapidly apply and transfer the approach to your organisation .If this is of interest, please email Rob Phaal - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. A copy of 'T-Plan: the fast start to Technology Roadmapping. Planning your route to success', developed in collaboration with a wide range of companies, will be provided as part of each course (normal price £149), together with a copy of the latest Technology Roadmapping book Roadmapping for Strategy and Innovation - Aligning technology and markets in a dynamic world for each delegate (normal price £195). Who should attend? The course is suitable for: •strategic planners •product managers •technical managers •consultants

Managing People

10/10/2017-11/10/2017 / 08:00AM

This course covers three essential areas of Managing Performance, Managing Change and Building an Effective Team. Managing performance is about ensuring your team achieve the goals of the business. When people don’t perform it can be hard to know what to do. Many of us would rather avoid the conversations about performance / poor attitude/ behaviour etc. The ‘head in the sand’ approach is very popular! We hope the problem will disappear. In reality things often get worse. This course shows you what you need to do to manage performance effectively. In today’s challenging environment the ability to manage change is essential. Staff can find this process uncomfortable and stressful and this can stretch many managers. We cover the main skills needed to manage change effectively. Building a team is the final module. Here you will explore what a high performing team looks like and how you can achieve that.

Introduction to Project Management

19/10/2017 / 08:00AM

This practical one day course is ideal for all who lead projects. Many other courses focus on the process side of project management so this course is particularly useful for those who would also like to improve how they handle and manage people in their projects.