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Your comprehensive guide to the virtual networking meetings taking place across Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and North Buckinghamshire by month, by day.

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Virtual meetings monthly. Guests welcome. For more details, email Debbie Gibbs at debbie@businessmk.co.uk.

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JANUARY

19

VIRTUAL NETWORKING: BEDFORDSHIRE

10am-11am Speaker: Sarah Owen, MP for Luton North. Host: Andrew Masters. Free event. For more details and to book, email kathleen.maclean@fsb.org.uk or register here.

Sarah Owen

CONNECT OVER COFFEE

10am-11.15am Informal networking in a virtual room with other local businesses. Bring your own coffee. Register here.

VIRTUAL NETWORKING: MILTON KEYNES

10.30am-11.15am Meet and expand your network with other business owners and share information. Hosted by Yvette Lamidey. Open to all businesses. Free event. For more details and to book, email Karen.thompson@fsb.org.uk or visit www.fsb.org.uk

BUCKINGHAM 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Anna Atkins-Carter on 07540 097 776 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

LUTON 12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Contact: Louise Yexley on 07989 020 647 / 01462 757044 or email louise.yexley@wibn.co.uk

20

8.15am-9.30am Speaker: Tom Foddy, head of sales & marketing, Wells & Co. he will present on where Wells & Co is as a business, the full opening of the new Brewpoint building and their plans to bring something new and fresh to Bedford. Meeting via Zoom. To book, email kransby@woodfines.co.uk or visit www.bedfordbreakfastclub.co.uk.

FUNDING THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS IN 2021

1pm-2pm As the impact of Brexit and the pandemic continues to unfold, prepare your business for the road ahead. Speaker: Damon Walford, chief commercial officer of Swoop. He will draw on his financial expertise to provide key insight on:

• Impact of Brexit and the pandemic
• Current market trends and funding opportunities in 2021
• Ways to free up cash flow
• The Chamber Finance Finder and how it can help you fund the future of your business

Register here.

EU EXIT: THE IMPORTANCE OF INCOTERMS IN INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS

2pm-3pm Insight into the UK’s new obligations in the new way of trading with the EU. Clear and unambiguous shipping and delivery terms are core components of a robust international contract and the responsibility of UK exporters. Incoterms are a set of internationally recognised 3-letter trading terms, they describe the arrangements for getting goods from the seller to the buyer in international trade, whilst clearly dictating the obligations, costs and risks for both parties. Register here.

21

7.30am-9am Milton Keynes branch breakfast networking event. Register here.

WOBURN-SALFORD 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Kate Cherry on 07909 675 333 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

EU EXIT DEAL: IMPLICATIONS & ACTIONS

2pm-3pm The UK and the EU have reached an agreement on their future trading relationship. This webinar, hosted with professional services specialist Grant Thornton, explains the high-level impacts of the Trade & Cooperation Agreement and what they mean for business. Register here.

25

FOOD & DRINK SECTOR REGULATION CHANGES

3pm-4pm New regulations and paperwork will affect food and drink businesses that trade within the EU. This webinar is designed to help SMEs to understand the new regulations and paperwork and highlight the implications for EU workers. It will also address how the UK companies will trade under a new Free Trade Agreement or World Trade Organisations rules announced. Register here.

26-28

INNOVATE LOCAL: PROFITING BY INNOVATION SOUTH EAST MIDLANDS

  • Find out about national and local economic priorities and the opportunities to for ambitious businesses and entrepreneurs to profiting though innovating
  • Hear from national and local support agencies about how they can help you form collaborative partnerships, undertake research and development, access funding and finance and grow skills and talent to support your business
  • Learn about funding opportunities and gain practical skills in writing funding bids and pitching
  • Listen to local businesses describing their successful innovation journeys
  • Network with staff from national and regional support agencies

January 26

9.30am-10.30am Opening address & introduction to Innovate UK and regional stakeholders

12 noon-1pm Questions for speakers

1pm-2.30pm Profiting by design – Exhibition of business support 

January 27

9.30am-11am Working with universities to commercialise new knowledge 

2pm-3.30pm Funding for innovation: Getting investment ready

3pm-4pm Profiting by design: Exhibition of funding support

January 28

9.30am-11am Skills for innovation growth

11.30am-1.30pm Profiting by design: Exhibition of skills & training

Register here.

26

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS: CAMBRIDGESHIRE

11am-12.15pm Virtual networking co-hosted by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce and Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce. Register here.

BEDFORDSHIRE VIRTUAL GROUP 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Kate Cherry on 07909 675 333 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

WILLEN HOSPICE BUSINESS CLUB

1pm-2.30pm Virtual meeting. Speaker: Olesya Lane, founder of Slow Fashion Bus, on the benefits of mending and recycling and how to get started with upcycling your clothes, what to use and where to find it.
Contact: 01908 303074, e-mail corporate@willen-hospice.org.uk
or visit www.willen-hospice.org.uk/get-involved

27

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS: HERTFORDSHIRE

11am-12 noon Virtual networking co-hosted by Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce with Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. Free event for Chamber members; non-members £15 Register here.

12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Register here.

VIRTUAL NETWORKING

5.30pm-6.30pm Networking event with speaker. For more details and to register, email mkbamebn@gmail.com

28

FINDING YOUR NEXT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

11am-12 noon Speaker: Philip Guest, of the Said Business School. Subject: The opportunities created in the changing business environment. Register here.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM: DEVELOPING OVERSEAS MARKETS

2pm-3.30pm Speakers; Steve Cunnane, Heather Martin, of the Department for International Trade; James Martin, director of policy at the British Chambers of Commerce; Andy Medler, of Moneycorp. Register here.

29

8am-10am Breakfast networking event with ’10 Minute Tipper’ speaker. Free event for members, non-members £5. Register here.

FRIDAY WIND-DOWN NETWORKING

3pm-4pm Informal networking hosted with fellow Chamber members. Register here.

FEBRUARY

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BEDFORD 12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Contact: Alexandra Willingale on 07818 139 571 or email alexandra.willingale@wibn.co.uk.

SANDY & BIGGLESWADE 12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Contact: Louise Yexley on 07989 020 647 / 01462 757044 or email louise.yexley@wibn.co.uk

EU EXIT: MANAGING FINANCIAL RISK WHEN TRADING INTERNATIONALLY

2pm-3pm Speaker: Andrea Collins, of The Export Department. She explains how exporters can minimise the risk of not getting paid when trading with overseas markets.

She will discuss the various ways exporters can be paid by their customers, exploring in detail the various options: open account, bank collection, letter of credit, and advance payment. She will also highlight the benefits, risks and likely customer attitudes to each.

This session also focuses on mitigating risk, helping you understand the various options and support open to you including government-backed schemes such as UK Export Finance, and other credit insurance providers; as well as credit scoring, effective credit control, factoring solutions, currency hedging, and letters of credit.

Register here.

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7.30am-9am Milton Keynes branch breakfast networking event. Register here.

SPEED NETWORKING

10am-11.15am Networking event, Chamber members only. Register here.

ACCELERATE YOUR BUSINESS WITH APPRENTICESHIPS

11am-12 noon Speakers: Dr Anna Clarke, director of employer engagement at Milton Keynes College; Peter Smallwood and Thomas Baker, of Torque Motorsport. Register here.

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LUTON 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Kate Cherry on 07909 675 333 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

AMPTHILL & FLITWICK 12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Contact: Alexandra Willingale on 07818 139 571 or email alexandra.willingale@wibn.co.uk.

10

CHAMBERLIVE: EMPLOYMENT LAW – YOUR QUERIES ANSWERED

10am-11am Riya Magar, associate at Milton Keynes law firm EMW, answers your questions on employment law, Covid and Brexit. Register here.

BEDFORD 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Kate Cherry on 07909 675 333 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

LEIGHTON BUZZARD 12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Contact: Alexandra Willingale on 07818 139 571 or email alexandra.willingale@wibn.co.uk.

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MILTON KEYNES 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Anna Atkins-Carter on 07540 097 776 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

12

8am-10am Breakfast networking event with ’10 Minute Tipper’ speaker. Free event for members, non-members £5. Register here.

16

VIRTUAL NETWORKING: MILTON KEYNES

10.30am-11.15am Meet and expand your network with other business owners and share information. Hosted by Yvette Lamidey. Open to all businesses. Free event. For more details and to book, email Karen.thompson@fsb.org.uk or visit www.fsb.org.uk

BUCKINGHAM 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Anna Atkins-Carter on 07540 097 776 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

LUTON 12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Contact: Louise Yexley on 07989 020 647 / 01462 757044 or email louise.yexley@wibn.co.uk

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8.15am-9.30am Speaker tbc. Meeting via Zoom. To book, email kransby@woodfines.co.uk or visit www.bedfordbreakfastclub.co.uk.

EU EXIT: DEVELOPING OVERSEAS MARKETS AND MANAGING INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

2pm-3pm As the UK’s close trading relationship with the EU faces uncertainty, developing or emerging markets with high levels of GDP growth and increasing levels of disposable income become attractive markets for ambitious exporters. Andrea Collins, of The Export Department, takes a closer look at some exciting markets and the opportunities they present to UK exporters.

This session also discusses the value a good partner can deliver in terms of rapidly developing a UK brand within a local market; highlighting the benefits and drawbacks of channel sales and how a company can structure its operation in order to optimally support its channel partners.

Register here.

18

7.30am-9am Milton Keynes branch breakfast networking event. Register here.

CONNECT OVER COFFEE

10am-11.15am Informal networking in a virtual room with other local businesses. Bring your own coffee. Register here.

WOBURN-SALFORD 12 noon-2pm  International networking, training and development business club for female executives and entrepreneurs. Contact: Kate Cherry on 07909 675 333 or visit www.theathenanetwork.com.

23

MAXIMISE YOUR MEMBERSHIP

10am-11am An in depth session with Chamber staff and a host of Chamber Third Party Partners as Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce expands on the services open to members to help maximise your membership and protect yourself during 2021. Register here.

WILLEN HOSPICE BUSINESS CLUB

1pm-2.30pm Virtual meeting. Speaker tbc. Contact: 01908 303074, e-mail corporate@willen-hospice.org.uk or visit www.willen-hospice.org.uk/get-involved.

24

12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Register here.

26

8am-10am Breakfast networking event with ’10 Minute Tipper’ speaker . Free event for members, non-members £5. Register here.

WIND DOWN NETWORKING

3pm-4pm Informal networking hosted with fellow Chamber members. Register here.

MARCH

3

EU EXIT: EFFECTIVE INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

2pm-3pm Andrea Collins, of The Export Department, discusses how you can better manage the supply chain process and reduce the downstream strain on your business. She will include sourcing overseas support, accurate expectation setting over buying patterns and schedules, obtaining robust and regular inventory updates, ways to improve communication and relationships, addressing vulnerabilities and mitigating risk, sourcing from your domestic market, and much more. Register here.

4

MEMBER & NON-MEMBER NETWORKING

10am-11.15am Open networking event hosted by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce. Register here.

30

WILLEN HOSPICE BUSINESS CLUB

1pm-2.30pm Virtual meeting. Speaker: Olesya Lane, founder of Slow Fashion Bus, on the benefits of mending and recycling and how to get started with upcycling your clothes, what to use and where to find it.
Contact: 01908 303074, e-mail corporate@willen-hospice.org.uk
or visit www.willen-hospice.org.uk/get-involved.

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12 noon-2pm Virtual networking lunch. Register here.

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MONTHLY CONNECTIONS…

Online meetings, members only. Contact: www.bucks-fizz.biz

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Twitter chats (10am-11am) replace regular events. For details, www.facebook.com/bizbuzzhq or @BizBuzzHQ Contact: https://www.business-buzz.org

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Training courses – more than 160 topics of tried and tested sessions. Courses include Leading Remote Teams, Effective Remote Working and Mental Health in the COVID Climate. Find out more – watch the video here.

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MILTON KEYNES

Weekly 10am Video meetings for business professionals with speaker. Free online membership. Click here.

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For details of Cranfield Eagle Lab’s virtual events calendar, click here.

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Tuesdays 7am: Virtual networking breakfast meetings. Free for visitors. To register, click here.

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Wednesdays 9.30am-11am: COFFEE WITH FRIENDS. Networking with speaker. Free event. Contact: email yvonne@fennybreakfastclub.co.uk.

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Wednesdays 6pm-6.30pm FOR MEN TO TALK A chance for men suffering with anxiety, depression and/or grief to talk with other fellow sufferers. For more information, click here.

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Free CMI taster sessions. Find out more at https://lnkd.in/ekzmep5.

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12.30pm-2.30pm: FIRST TUESDAY CLUB Taipan Restaurant, 12th Street, Central Milton Keynes Networking lunch. Price: £17.50. For 2021 meeting details, click here.

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Webinars for HR and in-house recruitment professionals. Click here.

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A series of pre-recorded webinars. Click here for IoD South events for Milton Keynes. Click here for IoD East of England events for Bedfordshire

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Regular webinars. For details, click here.

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