Leighton-Linslade is good for business. An increasing number of companies are moving into the town, attracted by its location and its amenities. Support for businesses is given by the Town Council and other local organisations.
A town that means business
Leighton-Linslade has a vibrant and diverse business community including manufacturing, distribution, training and retail to name but a few areas of speciality. The town is increasing in population and more businesses are moving here to set up shop. Many businesses operate from our many business parks and industrial buildings around the town yet we have a host of home-based businesses and services with many working nationally and internationally as well as delivering locally.
The Town Council is very proud of its business community and seeks to support business people and start-up businesses however possible. We work together with Central Bedfordshire Council ensuring access to business support.
Business Networking Event 2019
The 7th annual Business Networking Event returns to the Leighton Buzzard Golf Club on Wednesday 24th April (6pm – 8.30pm). This year’s theme is social media and how this can enhance the way your business operates. Created for local businesses and supported by local businesses, the event regularly brings together over 100 representatives from businesses both small and large within the parish. To enhance your networking opportunities and make future engagement even easier, the one-tap contact sharing app will once again be used. Register and attend for your chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher and a round of golf at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club.
Alongside the FREE and informal networking experience where refreshments and canapes are provided, you will also get an opportunity to meet with other networking groups and to share your details with representatives from businesses both small and large.
Our guest speaker for 2019 is Abdul Shakur a Personal Brand Consultant & CEO at Etica. Abdul specialises in ‘Helping business owners and teams get a sales boost from building a Powerful Community and Personal Social Media Brand’.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council would like to thank key partners and sponsors Hascat Safety, LB Connect, Bee Local, The Federation of Small Businesses and Central Bedfordshire Council for their support. Through our partnership working, the Business Networking Event has been shortlisted as a Networking Group of the Year Finalist at the SME Luton & Bedfordshire Business Awards 2019.
For more information about the event or to register your place, please visit https://leighton-linslade-businessnetworking2019.eventbrite.co.uk and look out for updates on social media in the coming weeks.
Useful business links
The Town Council also 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
Local business networking groups
Business Networking at Astral Park
Join local like-minded businesses at Astral Park every fortnight for a fun, friendly and relaxed business networking. The meetings are super friendly with three 10 minute guaranteed business appointments. Every other Tuesday 12pm – 2pm. For more info and to book your place, please visit: https://goo.gl/Af8gwH
Established in 2017 Buzzard Networking meet the 3rd Friday of each month at Astral Park 7am – 9am. The cost is £10 which includes breakfast. www.buzzardnetworking.co.ukRichard Latimer 0800 955 8041/ 07931 570 166 firstname.lastname@example.org
Established 2010. Meets every Friday morning 6.45am-8.30am at The Hare, Linslade. Truly local, not for profit organisation focussed on growing businesses while supporting local charities – £8,000+ donated in four years. Friendly and welcoming to all visitors; one member per business sector. Annual fee £75 plus £11 per week for breakfast (full English or Continental). Website: www.lbconnect.co.ukMore info: email@example.com
Coffee & Connect Leighton Buzzard
Coffee & Connect Leighton Buzzard monthly networking meetings for businesses, organisations and clubs in and around Leighton Buzzard take place on the last Wednesday of every month, 10:30 am – 11:30 am at The Oliver and Hare, 2 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1HJ. Charge is £3.00 each for coffee and cake. Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeandConnectLeightonBuzzard/ Contact: Sarah Winters firstname.lastname@example.org
LBBC Business Club
Welcoming a group of local business people, meeting weekly on Wednesday mornings with the aim of generating new business leads for ourselves & other members.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://www.lbbiz.co.uk/members-directory.
Women in Business Networking
The Women in Business Networking group is a membership organisation for women who wish to gain new business opportunities through word of mouth. We welcome new members and visitors alike. Please feel free to contact us for more information. The Leighton Buzzard Group meet the second Wednesday of every month 12:00 – 14:00 at The Dukes 7-9 Leighton Rd, Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard LU7 OAA. For more information please contact Deborah James on email@example.com or Frankie O’Neil on Frankie@frankiemanages.co.uk