**VIRTUAL MEETING** Round Table Business Forums every month until 2nd July 2020 in preparation for the Bank of England Round Table on 7th October. Next event on Thursday 4th June from 6pm
We have the pleasure in hosting the Bank of England’s regional autumn roundtable, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses on 7th October 2020.
As part of this initiative, we’re holding a series of intimate roundtables over the coming months in which to encourage locals to bring their ideas, quite literally, to the table.
NEXT DATE ONLINE: Thursday 4th June 2020 at 6p.m
This will be using Zoom online meetings – please download and set up your account before the event.
LAST DATE BEFORE THE ROUND TABLE EVENT:
Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 6.00 p.m
Apart from providing a social hub, one of our core objectives at The Hive is to maximise networking opportunities for local businesspeople. So, as part of this initiative and in preparation for the 7th October, we’re holding a series of intimate forums to encourage local business people to bring their ideas to the table, in the form of ‘Wealden Open Forums’.
We have teamed up with experienced business and development coach, Philip Crocker of Darwin Whitty, to host a series of mini debates, each comprising 6 to 8 people. Chairing the discussions, Philip Crocker has a warm and engaging personality with a very natural conversational style that allows delegates to enter into a powerful dialogue in which all sorts of change can happen. Philip has a wealth of experience in commercial, regulated markets, public and not-for-profit sectors. He currently acts as Mentor and Executive Coach to senior leaders at CEO and Director level and is an accredited coach supervisor.
Co-hosted by The Hive and Darwin Whitty, our Wealden Insights Mini Roundtables will be held on the first Thursday of each month between March and July 2020, from 6pm. Participation is free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis and when the forums are held at The Hive premises includes tea, coffee, cordial, baklava, vanilla cream filo pie or biscuits on us. Alcoholic drinks and any other snacks or meze are to be paid for.
ONLINE: Thursday 4th June 2020 at 6.00 p.m
Thursday 2nd July 2020 at 6.00 p.m
To register your interest in participating, please call 0800 0219 555 or email: email@example.com
The main event 7th October 2020
We’ll be welcoming the Bank of England’s Deputy Agent, South East & East Anglia, Alex Golledge, who will be chairing the discussion, as well as the Federation of Small Businesses’ Development Manager, Alison Parmar. The event will include an economic update followed by a business insight discussion. Panelists so far include local agricultural business entrepreneur, Sarah Calcutt, and our very own co-founder, Emma Wood.
Forum News and Reviews 2020
May Forum conducted over Zoom
Hosted by The Hive and Darwin Whitty, local residents and small business owners have been gathering once a month to help to set the agenda for the forthcoming Bank of England Business Insights Roundtable. Attended by entrepreneur Emma Wood; business consultant Robin Beck; content writer Hazel Broadley, marketing and media consultant Stuart Smith; financial planner Nathan Blackmore; digital content specialist Steve Bergson; ops director Sarah Calcutt; IT consultant Alex Baggott; and social media consultant Susie Smith – the theme emerging from this month’s session was one of humanisation.
April Forum conducted over Zoom
For the second Wealden Forum, on 9th April, local business owners went virtual – joining host Philip Crocker via Zoom – to discuss a number of lockdown-related issues in preparation for the Bank of England / FSB Business Insights roundtable at The Hive this coming October.
Participants included local entrepreneur Emma Wood; marketing and branding director Kerry Richards; small business consultant Robin Beck, local content writer Hazel Broadley, marketing and media consultant Stuart Smith; financial planner Nathan Blackmore; digital content specialist Steve Bergson; produce industry ops director Sarah Calcutt; automotive website sales director Jules Rastelli; social media consultant Susie Smith; and music club director Keith Stockman.
Stuart Smith, Stephen Bergson, Philip Crocker, Nigel Whitehead, David Northcroft, Susie Smith, Emma Wood and Robin Beck for giving up their time and sharing their knowledge and expertise. Lots of very interesting insights on business in the Weald with a common theme emerging of lack of connectivity and joined up thinking between business, Government and the disjointed way that local authourity departments work making it harder for enterprise to set up and thrive.
Many other observations too. Join us for the next Wealden Business Insights open forum to have your say ahead of the Bank of England round table in October
Parish Cake article March 2020