Local Business Networking Groups
Annual Business Networking Event
Leighton-Linslade Annual Business Networking Event takes place in Spring, usually during the month of April. It is a great way to introduce your business into the vast local business network, share business knowledge or seek out advice. Many local businesses find likeminded entrepreneurs and end up working collaboratively with them.
Information provided about local business networks below is accurate at the time of publication. The Council does not accept any liability for error or omission for information provided. In listing the networks, the Town Council does not necessarily endorse any particular one.
If the circumstances of the networks change or your network is not listed, please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01525 631920, thank you.
LB Connect -Leighton Buzzard Connect
LB Connect’s main objectives are to link businesses through regular meetings, networking, sharing best practices, inviting guest speakers, creating business development opportunities and promoting social events. They meet every Friday for breakfast at The Dukes, Heath & Reach, starting at 7am and finish promptly at 9am. Membership is open to one company representing a particular business category from a wide ranging list.
They have a relaxed, friendly but structured approach to generating business and promoting social responsibility. The charge £11.00 for breakfast and any profit they achieve through attendance or fund raising is given to a local charity.
The Bee’s Knees Business Club
The Bee’s Knees Business Club is an exclusive business and networking group for women who, like its founders, play a part in running a business or run their own business in Leighton Buzzard and surrounding areas. Meetings take place approximately every 6 weeks and alternates between a Wednesday and Friday morning 09:30-11:30. There is a £4.99 attendance fee.
They offer supportive, fun and flexible networking for those striving for that work/life balance. The aim of the club is to support its members with handy tips, informative articles, business advice and information. They also host child friendly events throughout the year.
LBBC – Leighton Buzzard Business Club
Welcoming a group of local business people, Leighton Buzzard’s “friendliest business networking group”. They meet every Wednesday at 7am at The Dukes in Heath & Reach, with the aim of generating new business. Guests are always welcome to attend.
Visitors are more than welcome to come along & see how the club runs, either as a one-off way to introduce themselves to other local businesses, or to see if they would like to join the club full time.
Visitors pay for breakfast (£12, for a full cooked breakfast), and there are no area business clashes – click here for a list of our current members http://leightonbuzzardbiz.co.uk/
Buzzard Networking Group is for businesses of all shapes, sizes and flavours. You could be a start-up, an established business or somewhere in between, a one-man band, a partnership or a medium-sized business, it really doesn’t matter to them. The group is professional and business-like with an informal, ‘easy-goingness’.
They at 7.00 – 9.00am in Astral Park Community Centre, Johnson Drive, LU7 4AY. The cost of the meeting is £10.00 for a cooked breakfast and tea and coffee.
They would prefer that you’re based in Leighton Buzzard or Surrounding areas, Dunstable, Luton, Bedford or the wider Bedfordshire area but otherwise all businesses are welcome to be a Buzzard!
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This network meets for lunch at The Dukes Head, Heath & Reach, LU& 0AA, from 12.00 – 14.00. The charge for lunch is £15.00. It has a friendly mixture of businesspeople from the locality and further afield.
More information is found via their website: : https://www.4networking.biz
Wibn – Women in Business Networking
This network is membership based and meets for lunch once a month on a Wednesday at The Dukes Head, Heath & Reach, LU& 0AA, from 12.00 – 2.00pm.
For women who wish to gain new business opportunities through word of mouth. They offer business women a forum to network their business and meet likeminded individuals. Their membership is open to both business owners and employed women.
They share and encourage members with business advice, tips, articles, useful blogs and information to support you.
Contact: Anna Botsford, email: email@example.com, Tel: 07952 601296
Useful Business links
The Town Council supports the Keep Trade Local campaign with the Federation of Small Businesses and supports Central Bedfordshire Council on their business opportunity projects including Timebank, Lets talk business for start ups and business clinics.
We also fund the Market Bursary scheme and market trader workshops, for more information visit our market page.
Velocity is the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership’s programme for growing businesses (usually have to be trading for at least 12 months). Through Velocity, businesses can speak to an advisor, attend free workshops and potentially apply for grant funding, see www.velocitybusinesssupport.com
Wenta – all start ups and pre-start ups are signposted to Wenta, www.wenta.co.uk
Central Bedfordshire Council is also supporting two projects aimed at supporting the unemployed and economically inactive to potentially consider self-employment. These are TCHC, www.tchc.net/services/business-start-up-support/bedford and Exemplas:
Business TimeBank – Through this scheme, local business experts have agreed to provide a free one hour advice session to other businesses.Topics covered include marketing, law, finance, business coaching, intellectual property etc
The National Apprenticeship Service website is the best place to look for further information relating to apprenticeships: www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Information on the grants available for SME’s taking on a 16-24 year old apprentice can be found on the site at http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/employers/apprenticeships-for-small-business/what-support-is-available.aspx
FSB – Federation of Small Businesses
When your business needs expert support one membership covers all this..
Legal and Tax protection Insurance, Legal Documents, Legal Information Online, Legal Services, Legal and Tax Advice Line, Health and Safety Information, Commercial Insurance Helpline, FSB Care with access to more Members Benefits. www.fsb.org.uk/benefits 0808 20 20 888