Events

Business Central Events Policy Relating to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Business Central Team just wanted to advise you that many events due to be held here will now sadly be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. 

If you were due to attend an event please check with the organiser or our reception team on 01325 734871 or enquiries@businesscentraldarlington.co.uk

The Centre is currently still open as normal otherwise, but the situation may change and we will update you if that happens.

Take Care Everyone,

Team BC

Aug
11
Tue
Your Business After Covid-19 – Achieving Success In The ‘New Normal’
Aug 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Your Business After Covid-19 – Achieving Success In The ‘New Normal’ @ Online
Who is it for?

The programme has been created for those small companies who are i) looking to make a quick recovery from Covid-19 and ii) shape their business to make the most of customers’ needs in the ‘new normal’

What is it?

This programme of support has been designed to provide businesses with an opportunity to look at their business and identify opportunities to grow. Introducing new tools and techniques, participants will learn how to use and adapt them into their own business to strengthen not only their reach to customers but also their own internal operations.

Spread across three zoom based webinars, these will focus on;

  • Building A Resilient Business Model
  • Understanding Your Customer Needs In the ‘New Normal’
  • Developing A Resilient Supply Chain & Achieving Goals
When is it?

Webinar 1: Aug 11th 9.30am to 12.30pm

Webinar 2: Aug 18th 9.30am to 12.30pm

Webinar 3: Aug 25th 9.30am to 12.30pm

Benefits of attending

Participants will, on completion of the programme, leave with the knowledge and awareness of the ‘defining differentiators’ for strengthening their business resilience.

About Meryl Levington

The webinars will be delivered by Meryl Levington on behalf of Supply Chain North East.

A passionate and authentic small business owner and senior leader who is highly experienced in the delivery of business innovation and change, driving strategy through into operational practice. Passionate about enterprise, innovation and excellence in customer service.

She has the ability to lead, design and deliver on large strategic projects, across multiple teams and departments to achieve results. Meryl is renowned for her ability to network and deliver.

Eligibility

SME companies based in County Durham, UK

Sectors: Manufacturing, Construction, Health & Life Sciences, Energy, Digital & Creative, Technology, Automotive & Transport, Process, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Subsea.

Spaces are limited to one per company.

With only 15 places available – the webinars will provide the opportunity for the delegates to fully participates whilst also providing the platform for networking and interactive discussions.

For more information and how to book click here

Aug
12
Wed
Tees Valley Virtual Networking
Aug 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tees Valley Virtual Networking @ Online

Join FSB for online networking from the comfort of your own home.

Tees Valley Virtual Networking, here to help us all keep connecting, collaborating and supporting each other at a time when change is on our doorstep. This event is open to all local businesses that want to network with each other with a view to building long term relationships.

Programme:

3:00 pm Welcome and awaiting people to join

3:10 pm Shout out for help

3:30 pm Main Speaker – TBC

4:15 pm Hints n Tips for working from home

4:40 pm Wellbeing and Networking

5:00 pm End of meeting

The event is FREE to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information and to book your place click here

Aug
13
Thu
The Online Community Business Festival
Aug 13 – Aug 14 all-day
The Online Community Business Festival @ Online

The Community Business Festival is a free two-day online event taking place on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th August 2020. Open to everyone, it will celebrate the passion and dedication of the people behind England’s community businesses and the difference they make in their local areas every day.

Festivalgoers can choose from a jam-packed programme ranging from live fitness and wellbeing sessions, and cookery demonstrations, through to behind-the-scenes tours and panel discussions exploring how communities have saved much-loved local buildings like pubs, swimming baths and old industrial buildings to the benefit of local people.

The Festival programme includes:

•Access-all-areas tours of some of England’s most unusual community businesses including a fully operational historic flour mill
•Slow Fashion: a transformation challenge – reinventing your wardrobe to save the planet
•How to make the perfect pie – cooking demonstration.
•Wake-up wellness – fitness sessions to get the day started
•Community Business Festival Get Together – a chance to meet community business leaders
•Inspirational stories on how communities reacted to lockdown and how they’ve saved their much-loved community assets including pubs, swimming baths and entire streets of houses.

The Community Business Festival has evolved from the Community Business Weekend, an annual event where community businesses up and down the country throw open their doors and host events to promote the positive impact they have in their local area and encourage more people to get involved. In 2019, over 250 community businesses took part in the weekend. Covid-19 has meant taking a more creative approach to celebrating community business this year and the Community Business Festival was born.

Bryony Moore from Stitched Up Coop said: “We’re really excited to be taking part in the Community Business Festival this year and to share our community business journey – the good and the bad. I’ve found being part of a community business incredibly rewarding. Seeing the difference we make to the lives of people in our area is fantastic. And on a personal level, it helps me to really feel part of the local community, knowing that the people we support value us just as much as we value them.”

Charlotte Cassedanne, Head of Communications at Power to Change said: “Community businesses are powered by volunteers and they’re experiencing a national shortage following the Covid-19 crisis. The Festival gives people the chance to discover the amazing things community businesses do and get involved. Volunteering in a community business can change your life.”

Festival Fringe

Alongside the main programme, a Festival Fringe invites more community businesses to share their stories and engage with festivalgoers using #CBFestival. Everyone can get involved and more information can be found on the Festival webpage:https://www.powertochange.org.uk/community-business-festival-2020/ or WATCH the Community Business Festival video here: https://youtu.be/dYtdazP7oDM

What is a community business?

Community businesses are owned and run by the community with the main aim of helping to bring people together to improve their local area, boost the local economy and quality of life of local residents. They can range from pubs, shops and libraries saved from closure by locals coming together to employment and regeneration projects set up to improve opportunities and transform the local area.

Social Media Cafe
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Social media cafeAre you looking for answers to your Social Media questions?

The monthly social media cafe is a place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, get acquainted, share ideas, thoughts and lessons learnt.

The aim of the cafe is to help local businesses flourish with the use of all the latest social media tools, applications and platforms

The Cafes have an informal structure, so whether you are a complete beginner or want to build on your existing knowledge then this session is for you.

Each cafe starts with open discussions allowing you to ask questions and share your thoughts. We wrap up the session with a focus topic.

This event is totally FREE to attend but places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. If you’re unable to attend please let us know so we can free up space for others.

So if you’re interested why not come along. Click here to book your free place

Aug
26
Wed
Reimagining Performance and Productivity in an uncertain world
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Reimagining Performance and Productivity in an uncertain world @ Online
Who is it for?

Business leaders who are looking for inspiration in how they build sustainable business growth through a loyal following of customers and a highly motivated and productive workforce.

What is it?

The North East has continued an amazing transformation over the last thirty years, and this continues at pace. However, we still lag other regions for productivity and GVA, although there has been much progress.

While some fundamental factors play a part, such as infrastructure and access to a skilled workforce, there is lots of evidence to suggest strategy and culture play a major factor in high performing organisations.

This programme explores three key themes that are critical to business performance and growth;

  • Creating a vision for your business with purpose
  • Driving performance through engaged and motivated people
  • Creating the right environment through strong leadership and empowered cultures

We also look at how you glue these three pillars together using pragmatic and focused strategies, the democratisation of data, investment in the right working environment and the adoption of the relevant digital technologies.

The taster session will describe a model for business performance and focus in on how you can build a vision with purpose, that not only creates a unique position in your market, but attracts the right talent who are motivated by what you do.

Benefits to Attending

An understanding of how to build a compelling company vision and market position. The session will be interactive, with the attendees completing a workbook of simple activities, which they can take back into their business for further discussion.

Alistair McLeod is a digital leader and strategist who is passionate about partnering with and supporting SME businesses to grow through progressive cultures and the strategic adoption of information technology. His careers spans 28 years working in business and technology starting his career as a software engineering for several large corporate businesses and latterly as a Strategy Consultant and Executive Director at a global IT and Business Consultancy, where he was instrumental in scaling the business to 200 people, 3 UK locations and an international office. He set up his own consultancy practice in 2019 and serves a broad range of clients across multiple industries, working in strategy, culture development, and digital enablement. He is a frequent speaker on business and digital topics at events and forums across the UK and is a Chartered IT Professional

This webinar is targeted towards North East LEP based companies, and unfortunately we cannot support businesses outside of this due to our funding streams.

For more information and how to book click here

Tees Valley Virtual Networking
Aug 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tees Valley Virtual Networking @ Online

Join FSB for online networking from the comfort of your own home.

Tees Valley Virtual Networking, here to help us all keep connecting, collaborating and supporting each other at a time when change is on our doorstep. This event is open to all local businesses that want to network with each other with a view to building long term relationships.

Programme:

3:00 pm Welcome and awaiting people to join

3:10 pm Shout out for help

3:30 pm Main Speaker – TBC

4:15 pm Hints n Tips for working from home

4:40 pm Wellbeing and Networking

5:00 pm End of meeting

The event is FREE to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information and to book your place click here

Aug
27
Thu
Mindset, Motivation and Mindfulness: Strategies, tips and techniques to feel empowered during changing times
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Mindset, Motivation and Mindfulness: Strategies, tips and techniques to feel empowered during changing times @ Online

The webinar will be in two parts to enhance you learning about mindset, motivation and mindfulness, as well as utilising it immediately for your benefit and success!

Event details

This webinar is being presented by Alice Dartnell, Life and Success Coach, Workshop Trainer, Author, Speaker and Founder of a Personal Development Book Club.

What will you gain by coming to this online webinar? 
    Understand why mindset is the #1 key area for success, reaching your goals and thriving in times of change
    Learn how to master your mindset, taking you from a negative space to a positive action-driven one
    Understand how mindfulness can positively impact your success in business
    Learn why motivation is a myth if you want to take action, and what you really need
    Learn practical tips for cultivating the right mindset

What is going to be covered? 
The webinar will be in two parts to enhance you learning about mindset, motivation and mindfulness, as well as utilising it immediately for your benefit and success! The first part will focus on the theory by understanding what mindset really is, the myth of motivation and understanding what mindfulness is. This will help us lay the right foundations for optimal use. Part two will look into practical strategies, tips and techniques.

For more information and to book click here

Sep
1
Tue
Photonics for…Online Series
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Photonics for... Online Series

Photonics for… Online Series

Photonics is an underpinning technology with application in a wide range of end-use sectors. Photonics is a key enabler across industrial challenges from the digital economy to autonomous transport, provides innovative healthcare technologies for rapid disease detection, and is essential for Industry 4.0.

The “Photonics for…” webinar series, in partnership with Hamamatsu Photonics and the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, will look at photonics technologies in a variety of sectors and applications. Speakers from industry and academia will highlight the latest developments and KTN will provide an overview of the landscape and funding opportunities for each area.

The series is aimed at companies and researchers developing photonics technology, and at end-users looking to solve challenges and to produce innovative products and services.

Its main aim is to bring together photonics specialists with end-users, therefore there will be bookable one-to-one online meetings running across the whole series to support collaboration.

For more information or to register click here>>

Sep
2
Wed
How to improve productivity, focus and overwhelm: Time management for busy business owners
Sep 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
How to improve productivity, focus and overwhelm: Time management for busy business owners @ Online

This webinar will cover what the three foundations are for successful time management (that are often ignored) followed by practical tips and techniques

Event details

This webinar is being presented by Alice Dartnell, Life and Success Coach, Workshop Trainer, Author, Speaker, Founder of a Personal Development Book Club

What will you gain by coming to this online webinar? 
    Understand how to take charge or your day and tasks in order
    Reduce the feeling of overwhelm, “racing brain” and feeling frazzled
    Master your time management
    Learn practical tips for owning your day and your to-do list
    The three rules of time management we often ignore

What is going to be covered?
This webinar will cover what the three foundations are for successful time management (that are often ignored) followed by practical tips and techniques for improving time management and productivity skills that can be used instantly. This is idea for busy small business owners who feel that they have lots on their plate and often feel they have too much to do, are flitting from one thing to another and not focusing on one thing.

For more information and to book click here

Sep
10
Thu
Social Media Cafe
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Social media cafeAre you looking for answers to your Social Media questions?

The monthly social media cafe is a place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, get acquainted, share ideas, thoughts and lessons learnt.

The aim of the cafe is to help local businesses flourish with the use of all the latest social media tools, applications and platforms

The Cafes have an informal structure, so whether you are a complete beginner or want to build on your existing knowledge then this session is for you.

Each cafe starts with open discussions allowing you to ask questions and share your thoughts. We wrap up the session with a focus topic.

This event is totally FREE to attend but places are limited so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. If you’re unable to attend please let us know so we can free up space for others.

So if you’re interested why not come along. Click here to book your free place