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. Find out more by visiting the Business Networking Event page.
The Directory is about getting businesses visible where prospective customers can easily find them – a one stop shop of products and services in our locality. Small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) working from home or based in small workshops and offices in a 6mile radius of the Market Cross can promote themselves free of charge on the directory. The website address is www.leightonlinsladedirectory.co.uk
To add a business to the directory you simply click add listing on the site and follow the process. There is a contact form on there if you have any problems.
The Directory has its own logo so if you are a business that signs up to the Directory, please use the logo on your communications so that the public get used to seeing it and make the link to the Directory – help spread the word. The logo is free to use and can be downloaded here:
The website is supported by:
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The Small Business Saturday tour is one of the most valuable ways of both promoting and engaging directly with the nation’s small businesses. This year has been a huge challenge for small businesses, making it even more vital to support and promote our small businesses and their communities.
This year the tour went virtual, being the UK’s first online roadshow for towns and cities affected by the pandemic, offering a comprehensive package of support and mentoring.
We are delighted that Leighton Buzzard is on the map! Our town was featured as one of the thirty locations as part of the virtual tour.
Business Networking Groups
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: email@example.com 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 charge £11.00 for breakfast.
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 – an exclusive business and networking group for women who play a part in 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 flexible networking for those striving for that work/life balance, offering handy tips, informative articles, business advice and information. They also host child friendly events throughout the year. For information contact Emma: firstname.lastname@example.org or Chloe: email@example.com
LBBC – Leighton Buzzard Business Club – 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 – See the list of current LBBC members
Buzzard Networking – is for businesses of all shapes, sizes and flavours. 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. For more information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.buzzardnetworking.co.uk
Wibn – Women in Business Networking – 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 a forum to network their business and meet likeminded individuals. Their membership is open to both business owners and employed women 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 Visit the WIBN website
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.
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.
Many entrepreneurs started their business on a market. Markets are a low cost start up option. For more information visit the LBMarket 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.
Wenta – all start ups and pre-start ups are signposted to Wenta.
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.
Information on the grants available for SME’s taking on a 16-24 year old apprentice can be found on the Apprenticeships Site.
FSB – Federation of Small Businesses
When your business needs expert support one membership covers all this..
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