Events

Here is the list of our forthcoming networking meetings and business skills training workshops. Please click on the links for more information and to book your place.

Date/Time Event
29/11/2017
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
November meet-up - Business Surgery + Networking

Put forward a topic for advice, discussion, feedback or brainstorm, share your experiences and expertise, learn and network all at the same time.

02/12/2017
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Colombian Christmas "Office Party" and Meal

Missing those office Xmas parties now that you’re self-employed? Then come and join ours at Sofia’s Colombian Kitchen! Only a few places left now so please book ASAP.

12/12/2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Christmas Networking Drinks + Grand Raffle

The return of our lovely Christmassy get together over drinks and mince pies, with our amazing Grand Raffle bursting with prizes donated by local businesses.

09/01/2018
7:45 pm - 10:30 pm
January Meet-up - Business Planning for 2018 + Networking

Plan for a successful 2018 with business advisor Mark Ballett of GrowthSteps

31/01/2018
7:45 pm - 10:30 pm
January Meet-up - Golden Tips for Parentpreneurs: The Balancing Act + Networking

with parenting and life skills coach Sarah Weller of The Weller Way.

13/02/2018
7:45 pm - 10:30 pm
February Meet-up - Personal styling for MIBs and how to create your capsule wardrobe + Networking

with Fleur McCrone of Fine Styling. How to build a capsule wardrobe that works for you and your business, and makes you feel confident, empowered and happy.

28/02/2018
7:45 pm - 10:30 pm
February Meet-up - Blogging for Business (and How to Make it Profitable) + Networking

with successful blogger, YouTuber and Facebooker Al Ferguson of The Dad Network.

13/03/2018
7:45 pm - 10:30 pm
March Meet-up - How to Do Your Own PR + Networking

with PR expert Islay O’Hara. Practical tips and examples on what is PR, how to find your story and news, and how to work with the right journalists

Previous Meetings

2016

  • August 2016 – Summer networking drinks
  • July 2016 – Business Surgery
  • June 2016 – How to Handle the Competition with Mark Ballett of GrowthSteps
  • May 2016 – 3 Steps to a more Satisfying and Sustainable Business with Mark Ballett of Growthsteps
  • April 2016 – How to Use Video for your Business with Tom Cheown of Digitom
  • March 2016 – Laughter and Wellbeing with Caroline Hart of Kent Life Coach
  • February 2016 – How to Network with Claire Witz of TW Mums in Business
  • January 2016 – Finding the Diamonds in your Business with Donna Still

2015

  • Dec-15 December meeting – Christmas Networking and Grand Raffle
  • Dec-15 TW MIBs Christmas “Office” Lunch
  • Nov-15 November meeting – How to Make Colour Work for your Business
  • Nov-15 Introductory Seminar for Business Start-Ups
  • Oct-15 October meeting – Coping with Stress and Building Resilience + Networking
  • Oct-15 Pop-Up Business School for Start-Ups
  • Sep-15 September meeting – How to speak confidently in front of a group + networking
  • Sep-15 Business Profile Photoshoot Day
  • Aug-15 August meeting – Summer drinks
  • Jul-15 July meeting – Chocolate making, drinks and networking
  • Jul-15 Hands-on Workshop – LinkedIn for Business
  • Jun-15 Workshop – DIY Product Photography
  • Jun-15 June meeting – LinkedIn for Business
  • May-15 Workshop – DIY Interiors Photography
  • May-15 Workshop – How to Grow your own Business
  • May-15 May meeting – Speed Networking
  • March 2015 – Networking + presentations from useful local businesses – FSB, The Times of Tunbridge Wells, TW Events, TW Kids on the Go and local loyalty app Stamp It.
  • Daytime DIY product photography workshop
  • February 2015 – How to win in search with Adrian Dent of Google
  • January 2015 – Making the “work-life balance” work with Karen Martin of Hypnotherapy Kent. Fully booked!

2014

  • December 2014 – Christmas networking and grand raffle
  • November 2014 – Email marketing with Russell Hogg of Hogtronix
  • October 2014 – Marketing on a Shoestring with Emma Turner of Turner & Two, and Fay Hawkins of Phase One Design
  • September 2014 – Managing the Mist with Andrew Sillitoe
  • August 2014 – Summer networking drinks
  • June 2014 – Speed Networking and putting into practice some of the things we learned last month, with a focus on how we can help each other.
  • May 2014 – The Networking Challenge with Tony Buddin of Best Business Events. How to make the most of networking events and find useful contacts in a room full of people with practice exercises.
  • April 2014 – Accounting for small businesses with Nicola Deverson of Hilden Park Accountants
  • March 2014 – Swishing in aid of chYps
  • February 2014 – Social media marketing and how to integrate it with “traditional” marketing methods with Emma Pearce of Pearce Marketing.
  • January 2014 – Setting sustainable goals for personal and business success in 2014 with Hilary Lees of Essence Coaching.

2013

  • 4 December – Xmas drinks, canapes and our fab annual charity raffle in aid of chYps. We raised over £580 – that’s about 10 sessions of chemotherapy for a Kent child to have in their own home so that they don’t need to go into hospital, and 15 hours of nurse-led respite care so that their parents get some time off. Well done and a huge thank you everyone.
  • 6 November – Principles of Effective Web Design with Laura Ellis of Lilyflair
  • 2 October – Writing copy that sells with Tony Buddin of Best Business Events.
  • 11 September – speed networking
  • 7 August – summer networking drinks
  • 3 July – How to get your business in the media with Rachel Knight of Maxim PR. What makes a story newsworthy? What do journalists want? Tips on writing a press release.
  • 5 June – Exploring the Sales Cycle with Sam Barton of Requisite Logic
  • 1 May – Charity swishing evening in aid of chYps, with advice from Styling Matters and Image Potential, and nifty tricks from Magic Adam. We had a fabulous time, all came home with new outfits, and raised a whopping £773 to help provide at-home hospice and respite care for Kent children!
  • 3 April – Whole Brain Thinking with author, coach and international speaker Katie Day.
  • 6 March – Speed networking a fun way to meet lots of other mums in business, make connections and promote your business in a fast, structured and unintimidating way
  • 6 February – How engaging are you? with TW MIB Sam Barton and Lizzie Bentley-Bowers of Requisite Logic, starting with table networking and followed by informal networking.
  • January 2013 – Accounting for small business with Sharon Keown of Eightoaks.

2012

  • December 2012 – Christmas drinks, nibbles, charity raffle and Xmas shopping for chYps
  • November 2012 – How to get the right traffic to your website with guest speaker Russell Hogg of local SEO specialists Hogtronix
  • October 2012 – Speed Networking
  • September 2012 – Networking with Confidence
  • August 2012 – Summer drinks
  • July 2012 – Informal drinks and networking
  • May 2012 – Confidence & Assertiveness with Katie Day, followed by informal networking
  • April 2012 – Facebook for business, discussion followed by networking
  • March 2012 – Speed Networking
  • February 2012 – How to get your prices right to maximise sales and profits with guest speaker Tony Buddin
  • January 2012 – Stress management workshop with Leilani Mitchell of the Link Centre. A really fascinating and “bonding” evening with an unexpected angle on stress, with lots of very positive feedback afterwards.

2011

  • December 2011 – Informal Christmas networking and charity raffle
  • November 2011 – Speed networking
  • October 2011 – Launch of our link with ChYps followed by networking
  • September 2011 – Marketing Strategy Workshop with Sarah West of McCarthy West
  • August 2011: Summer networking evening with special guest Louise Wright of chYps.
  • July 2011: Developing your social media strategy with Maria Gandara of Wake Up Training.
  • June 2011: Networking evening with wine, nibbles and a fish pedicure at Shoals for Soles with special guest producer for Channel 4. Find out more and see photos of the evening here.
  • May 2011: “Brand or Bland? Making your mark” with Mike Goode, Creative Director and owner of Hop House Design.
  • April 2011: General networking meeting – Knowledge-sharing on free services, discussion about group PR and a 5 minute ideas surgery from Helen Biggerstaff.
  • March 2011: Speed networking
  • February 2011: How to get the most from your website with Russell Hogg, Managing Director of www.hogtronix.com
  • January 2011: 7 successful steps for planning a great year with Susanna Way, life and business coach of “Way More Than” coaching.

December 2010 : An exclusive members only meeting kindly hosted by the beautiful Children’s Salon on the High Street with champagne, nibbles and 10% discount, with a fascinating insight by 3rd generation MIB Bonnie from the Children’s Salon.

November: Bookkeeping, accouning and tax returns for small businesses with guest speaker Chris Maslin of Maslin’s Accounting

October: Top tips for getting your business in the media, with guest speaker Anna Lambert, Editor of Index Magazine

September: General networking

August: General networking

July: General networking

June: Social Media with guest speaker Maria Gandara, and presentation from Claire Witz of Painted with Love

May: Presentation by Sarah Gray of Kids & Kaboodle

April: Planning for Growth with guest speaker David Sdrake, hosted by Tracey Ryder-Richardson of Buggy Workout

March: Getting your prices right, with guest speaker Tony Buddin of Business Link Kent

February: Social Media: what it is, why we need to pay attention and how to start using it to grow our business.