Business Club 2015
Bringing together businesses from across the North East for an informal evening of networking and inspirational guest talks on everything from branding and web design, to trademarks, social media marketing and more – PNE Enterprise’s monthly Business Club, is a must-not-miss date for YOUR diary…
The initial idea to create a monthly networking event came from young graduate Daniel Coates whilst working with the agency on a placement in 2013. Keen to provide additional opportunities and support for their ever-expanding database of clients, the Business Club quickly grew from a handful of PNE clients to attracting over 30 attendees from across the region. Scheduled for the last Wednesday of the month, resident Business Advisor Cris Napier has continued to develop the Business Club in line with clients’ needs and schedules, adding further value to PNE Enterprise’s free, invaluable resources for business owners across the North East.
Conveniently located near to Central Station, a plethora of public transport and major road links, like the A1 the Business Club meets on the last Wednesday of every month at the Grosvenor Casino on St James’ Boulevard. Set and setting play an enormous part in creating the right atmosphere for the Business Club, guests are asked to confirm their attendance via Eventbrite prior to the event and invited to help themselves to free tea, coffee and cake before taking their seats and listening to the first of two ten minute pitches of the evening. With a fully licensed bar and lively, open plan lounge, it’s a perfect opportunity to sit back and relax with a glass of wine or tipple of your choice and network with likeminded individuals.
The ten minute pitch format has proved invaluable for start-ups and micro-businesses to practise their pitches and promote themselves in a positive and supportive environment. Budding chefs and makers will often bring along their wares for guests to sample and share feedback for further market research. As Chloe Hall (founder of Bumble and Bloom Media and regular guest at PNE’s Business Club) explains, “It doesn’t matter whether your business model is b2b or customer-led, there are plenty of opportunities to share ideas and news about what you’ve been up to.” From PR and marketing professionals to experts in the digital industry, construction, healthcare, life coaching and training – PNE’s Business Club welcomes a healthy mix of start-ups and established businesses across a plethora of industries. Incorporating themes such as branding, web design and social media marketing into the guest speaking slot have been priceless for new start-ups like Dogs’ Day Walking. “Hearing businesses share their real life stories and tips for success is so motivating, especially for those of us just starting out on their business journeys. There’s no question too big or small for the guest speakers which is liberating for new start-ups - fearful of making mistakes and messing up before we’ve even begun”, explains founder Abi Swan.
Once all pitches are completed, the second half of the evening is dedicated to an insightful hour long talk from a specially-selected Guest Speaker. Previous speakers include members of the North East Chamber of Commerce sharing their knowledge of market trends and forecasted predictions for the year ahead and invaluable advice and support from the HMRC and copyright and trademark experts. “As the tea, coffee and conversation flows, it’s fantastic to see people swapping business cards and organising dates to meet in their diary or passing on useful contacts” adds Cris. The networking doesn’t just stop there, as the conversation continues on social media after the event draws to a close around 7.30pm.
As confidence in our economy rises and more people choose to support the local independents on their high street, PNE Enterprise are working hard behind the scenes to instil the confidence, skills and knowledge in aspiring entrepreneurs and providing important funding to help businesses get their idea off the ground or grow – whether that involves expanding into additional premises, employing members of the local community or branching out into new markets abroad. The team at PNE Enterprise have created a real sense of community through their range of fully-funded business courses and Business Club but most importantly of all, help people bring their business ideas to life which help make the North East the vibrant and diverse city it is!
PNE’s monthly Business Club takes place from 5pm-8pm on the last Wednesday of the month at 100 St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4BN.
PNE Enterprise focuses on giving individuals the knowledge and the skills they need to develop their own sustainable business.
Services include one-to-one mentoring support with professional Business Advisers, free business courses and workshops, access to finance and various resources to help you on your business journey.