Small Business Network Muswell Hill Meeting Report September 2012

October 10, 2012 in Business Networking, Facebook, Marketing, Meetings, Muswell Hill Meetings, Online Marketing, Small Business Networking, Social Media by lizbygrave

Business coaching and business management services emerged as a key theme to this month’s Small Business Network meeting held on 17 September at the usual venue of the lovely Sable D’Or in London’s Muswell Hill.

Lara Ogunbawo and Bidemi Alabi, both work for Business Excel UK, a business management consultancy which helps small businesses break into new markets, develop pricing strategies and profit forecasts, write business plans and obtain funding for your small business. Lara started two other small businesses this year with the help of Business Excel, so she is now promoting this company to other small business networking contacts.

Danielle Monro, attending just her second Small Business Network meeting, can also help small businesses obtain finance through her company Ashley Business Cash. Loans are based on credit and debit card takings.

Franziska Birke and Karen Knott both specialise in helping women to start and run small businesses. Franziska is a life and career coach working with women, while Karen’s Prime Time Business encourages women customers to start businesses based on their likes and experiences. Karen has a new programme for small business owners looking for a clarity and focus for their business from now until the end of the year, as 90 days is an ideal period to work to in order to accomplished business goals.

Marcia MacLeod, a regular at Small Business Network meetings, was pleased that her magazine, Your Allotment, is finally about to break even. She also boasted about two allotment pictures coming first and second in the allotment category of the Friern Barnet Show photography competition.

All small businesses need good accountants and two were on hand to offer SBN members an efficient way to manage the books: long-standing member Michael Gainey and newcomer Selma Felton.

Another new visitor to our Small Business Network mettings, Keith Bird of Keith Bird Agency, which helps small businesses with their mobile marketing, pointed out that 97.5% of text messages are opened within five seconds, whereas only 20% of emails are opened so quickly.

In keeping with this month’s talk, new member Carl Sutherland is also involved in modern technology. His Lecares Training deals with digital marketing and search engine optimisation for small businesses.

Offers for Small Business Network members this month include a free pair of earrings from Vicky’s Jewels of Distinction to anyone spending over £20 online; a free taster session from personal trainer Johanna Green for either the Alexander Park Boot Camp or Nordic Walking, a new way to keep fit,; and a two-hour appraisal from Chrissie Parker of Feng Shui for Life for just £65.00. Don’t miss Nicky Grace’s Vintage Fabrics and Gorgeous Things, pop up shop in Tetherdown Muswell Hill on the 27th and 28th October, while Ella Owen’s two day seminar on The Power of the Heart Training is being run with Sacred Life Alchemy on 6 and 7 October in east London.

Ruth McGreary, a first-timer attendee at Small Business Network who offers jewellery from Stella and Dot, told fellow networkers that 20% of all sales from now until the end of October is being donated to Breakthrough, the breast cancer charity.

The 2pm Talk: Facebook Tips and Tricks
Waller Jamison proved an entertaining and very useful speaker when she gave the 2.00pm talk on setting up a Facebook page, something all small business owners should think about. She pointed out that anyone can have as many business pages as they like – provided they have a personal Facebook page first – and that a good Facebook page can guide potential customers to the small business owner’s website. And anything that can generate new business, or potential new business, has got to be good. Attendees also benefited from exclusive access to some detailed step-by-step pdfs to setting up and promoting a Facebook business page that Waller had written.