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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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Online meetings, 50+ members. Guests welcome. For more details, email Debbie Gibbs at debbie@businessmk.co.uk. Next meeting: November 11, 6pm-7pm. Speaker: John Cove, chair of the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford Town Fund Board. Register now.

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NOVEMBER

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

10am-11am ChamberLIVE: Utilising ISO to Grow Your Business Presenter: Gary Wilson, of GPW Consulting. Unlocking the myth about ISO Standards and accreditations being only for big businesses. The webinar will cover what ISO is, what is entailed with them, how they can add value to your business in multiple ways, first steps to accreditation and the principles behind the standards. The session will also exploret continuous improvement, how they increase sales/revenue opportunities and UKAS or non UKAS. Chamber members only. Register here.

11am-11.30am It’s Time to Reset Your Sales Strategy Presenter: Dave Alford, of Eloquel. Priorities may need to change as new and exciting opportunities emerge. As we approach the end of a difficult year and think about what next year could bring, it is the perfect time to challenge our plans and think about what we might need to do differently. The webinar will look at how to reset your sales strategy to ensure you are prioritising the biggest and best opportunities for profitable growth. Chamber members only. Register here.

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7.30am-9.30am NORTHAMPTON NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

10am-11am ChamberLIVE: Health, Wealth and a Thriving Retirement Hosted by Stefanie Price, of Stefanie Price Wealth Planning. Focus on the direct relationship between health and wealth and the impact they can have on each other from a personal perspective and as an employer with obligations to look after employees. Plus, advice on building a successful retirement for you and your employees. Register here.

10am-12 noon BEDFORD VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

10am-12 noon WOMEN ONLY Networking event. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

2pm-3.30pm A NEW UK-EU TRADING LANDSCAPE: 60-DAY ACTION PLAN FOR EU EXIT Speaker: Andrea Collins, of The Export Department. Be introduced to issues you might not have considered, understand priority actions needed and access information to help you to prepare. Presented by SEMLEP with Buckinghamshire Business First, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Growth Hub and OXLEP Growth Hub. More details and register here.

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2pm-2.30pm VIRTUAL COFFEE BREAK Discussion event hosted by the IoD Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes branch on the dynamic between home working and every day life has created positive opportunities for business. IoD members only. Registration details here.

2pm-3pm ChamberLIVE: Tips for a Smooth Back to Work Process Guidance on some of the people issues that arise as employers prepare to bring their staff back into the workplace.

Priya Magar

Presented by Priya Magar, of EMW Law. Chamber members only. Register here.

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

10am-11am ChamberLIVE: 10 Ways to Improve SEO Yourself Presenter: Scott Jones, of 123 Internet Group. You may have a fantastic website, but without SEO is anyone seeing it? Before you employ an agency to support you, there are a number of things you can do to enhance your website yourself. Learn how to use tools within WordPress and other systems to help your website achieve higher rankings. You’ll learn the fundamentals of SEO and how to improve your website and individual pages to appeal to the Google Algorithms.

Scott Jones

Chamber members only. Register here.

10am-11.15am CONNECT OVER COFFEE Informal networking and the opportunity to find out more about Chamber membership. Free event. Free event. Register here.

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7.30am-9.30am DAVENTRY NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

10am-11am COUNTDOWN TO CHANGE: 50 DAYS TO GO Hosted by Liam Smyth, director of facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce, the first in a series of four webinars focusing on the countdown to the end of the EU Transition period and changes to the import and export processes, systems and controls from January 1 2021. Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce members register here. Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce members register here. Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce members register here.

10am-12 noon BIGGLESWADE VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

2pm-3pm UK BORDER CHANGES IMPACTING FLOW OF UK-EU GOODS FROM JANUARY 2021 Speaker: Andrea Collins, of The Export Department. Support to interpret the UK Government’s Border Operating Model documentation and understand the impacts on your business. Presented by SEMLEP with Buckinghamshire Business First, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Growth Hub and OXLEP Growth Hub. More details and register here.

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7.30am-9.30am MILTON KEYNES NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

10am-11.15am SPEED NETWORKING Chamber members only. Register here.

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10am-12 noon LUTON VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

12 noon-12.45pm ACCESSING FINANCE TO TRADE WITH THE WORLD Louis Taylor, chief executive of UK Export Finance in conversation with Anne-Marie Martin, director of global networks at the British Chambers of Commerce.

UKEF is the UK government’s export credit agency, provides both finance and insurance solutions in partnership with the private sector for companies that want to export globally. Join Louis Taylor and Anne-Marie Martin for a discussion on the future of global trade. They will examine how UK companies can access finance and insurance to help them deliver projects, in particular large investment projects in emerging economies across the world.

The conversation will cover why exporting is so important to the economic recovery for every nationl. They will also explore how UKEF’s 2020-2024 business plan aims to help companies, particularly SMEs, as they recover from the aftermath of the pandemic, as the economy moves into recovery and renewed growth. Register here.

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7.30am-9.30am NORTHAMPTON NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

8.15am-9.30am Speaker: Patrick Lyons, acting manager and lead for economic growth and development at Bedford Borough Council. Subject: The support being given to business by Bedford Borough council during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. To book, email kransby@woodfines.co.uk.

10am-12 noon WOMEN ONLY Networking event. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

2pm-3pm HOW A LEAN APPROACH CAN DRIVE EFFICIENCY IN MANUFACTURING Minimise waste and maximise productivity. Speaker: Andy Slaney (Lean Six Sigma). Free event. Find out more and register here.

2pm-3pm EXPORTING POST EU EXIT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EXPORTERS An overview of the exporting process in practice, highlighting the way the EU Exit will impact trade operations and compliance. Presented by SEMLEP with Buckinghamshire Business First, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Growth Hub and OXLEP Growth Hub. More details and register here.

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2pm-3.15pm ChamberLIVE: Brexit and Customs A discussion of the requirements that businesses need to meet in order to import and export goods to and from the UK from January 1. Speakers David Hooper, Steven Cunnane, Andy Medler and Christopher Jones will also guide businesses through the jargon and complexities of customs processes to ensure they understand what change is required and advice on what businesses need to do now. Chamber members only. Register here.

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10am-11am POLICY HOUR with TOM PURSGLOVE MP The Member of Parliament for Corby and East Northamptonshire shares his thoughts on the current business environment and takes questions from Chamber members. First elected in 2015, Mr Pursglove was appointed assistant Government Whip in August 2019 and has served as PPS to the Trade Minister and the Home Secretary.

To register, click here. You will receive a booking confirmation. email questions for Mr Pursglove to policy@northants-chamber.co.uk

10am-12 noon MILTON KEYNES VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

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10am-11am ChamberLIVE: Power up Your Positivity Presenter: Susan Boyle, of Harmonisation Ltd. 3-minute tips on how to recharge, refocus and power up for productivity by delivering some simple practices that can be done at the desk, at lunch time or at home. Includes recharging yourself, relaxing the mind, resting the eyes, stretching the body and breathing to energise and boost your brain. Chamber members only. Register here.

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

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10am-11am ChamberLIVE: Mental Health Awareness Presented by Dominic Greenwood, of HR Solutions. Subject: Impact of mental health, mental health stigma, common mental health conditions, the role and responsibility of a mental health first aider. Chamber members only. Register here.

10am-12 noon AYLESBURY VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

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7.30am-9.30am DAVENTRY NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

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2pm-3pm ChamberLIVE: Mindset Speaker: Shalom Lloyd, founder of Naturally Tribal Group. She will discuss the power in our thoughts and beliefs and how our mindset will ultimately determine our actions and responses to situations. A personal journey and experience that has been driven and guided by the power of one’s state of mind. Chamber members only. Register here.

Shalom Lloyd

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7.30am-9.30am MILTON KEYNES NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

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10am-11am ChamberLIVE: Good Mood Food Presenter: Shannon Howe, of I Cook You Serve. Can your diet really help put you in a good mood? And can what you choose to eat or drink encourage bad moods or mild depression? While certain diets or foods may not ease depression (or put you instantly in a better mood), they may help as part of an overall treatment plan. There’s more and more research indicating that, in some ways, diet may influence mood. Chamber members only. Register here.

12.30pm-1.30pm IN CONVERSATION WITH LORD PHILIP HAMMOND The former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary shares his thoughts on the current economic climate and how to drive the economy forward. The conversation with Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the BCC, will address the challenges faced by UK business as a result of one of the biggest economic crises of our time and new ways we will interact and trade with the rest of the world after the end of the EU Transition period.

Discussions will reflect on what policy interventions are needed to weather this unprecedented economic storm. They will explore a potential road to the recovery of future resilience and sustainability in businesses, discussing innovation and new technologies as drivers for enhanced productivity, new skills and jobs and a stronger economy. Register here.

2pm-3pm IMPORTING POST EU TRANSITION: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR IMPORTERS Speaker: Andrea Collins, of The Export Department. An overview of the importing process in practice, highlighting the way EU Exit will impact trade operations and compliance. Presented by SEMLEP with Buckinghamshire Business First, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Growth Hub and OXLEP Growth Hub. More details and register here.

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10am-11am ChamberLIVE: Mental Health in the Workplace Presenter: Dominic Greenwood, of HR Solutions. Topics: Legislation and guidance; work-related stats; building a positive culture; five steps to mental health; documents to use. Chamber members only. Register here.

3pm-4pm Friday Wellbeing Wind-down Networking Informal fun networking session facilitated by Chamber staff. Chamber members only. Register here.

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DECEMBER

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

10am-11am COUNTDOWN TO CHANGE: 30 DAYS TO GO Hosted by Liam Smyth, director of facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce, the first in a series of four webinars focusing on the countdown to the end of the EU Transition period and changes to the import and export processes, systems and controls from January 1 2021. Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce members register here. Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce members register here. Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce members register here.

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7.30am-9.30am NORTHAMPTON NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

10am-12 noon BEDFORD VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

10am-12 noon WOMEN ONLY Networking event. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

2pm-3pm UNDERSTANDING INTERNATIONAL TRADE DOCUMENTATION POST EU EXIT Speaker: Andrea Collins, of The Export Department. The key areas that companies need to be aware of, before, during and after December 31 2020. Presented by SEMLEP with Buckinghamshire Business First, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Growth Hub and OXLEP Growth Hub. More details and register here.

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4.30pm-7pm WINTER RECEPTION The Rufus Centre, Flitwick Chamber members only. Networking and an opportunity to find out more about the benefits of Chamber membership and services. Free event. Exhibition stand space available £75 + VAT. For more information, click here.

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

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7.30am-9.30am DAVENTRY NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

10am-12 noon BIGGLESWADE VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

2pm-3pm UNDERSTANDING THE UK GLOBAL TARIFF AND TRADING PREFERENCE Speaker: Andrea Collins, of The Export Department. The UK Global Tariffwhat it covers and does not cover, how it is likely to impact your business, and what further data/announcements are to come. Presented by SEMLEP with Buckinghamshire Business First, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, New Anglia Growth Hub and OXLEP Growth Hub. More details and register here.

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7.30am-9.30am MILTON KEYNES NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

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10am-12 noon LUTON VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

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7.30am-9.30am NORTHAMPTON NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

10am-12 noon WOMEN ONLY Networking event. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click here.

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10am-12 noon MILTON KEYNES VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

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6.45am-8.30am Tuesdays BNI DIAMOND Meet the team and see how BNI can help you grow your business. email info@bni-diamond.org.uk or visit www.bni.diamond.org.uk

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10am-12 noon AYLESBURY VIRTUAL BUZZ Networking event. Price: £5. Book in advance here.

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7.30am-9.30am DAVENTRY NETWORKING Price: £6 per event. Also evening networking + specialist networking events. To find out more email paul@buscomm.co.uk or click 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 2020 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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