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Policing and Crime Breakfast

23rd October 2013

Policing and Crime Breakfast

Wednesday October 23rd
0730 - 0930
West Bromwich Albion FC
The Hawthornes, West Bromwich, B71 4LF

Black Country Chamber of Commerce have been invited by the West Midlands Office of Policing and Crime to run a business breakfast where local businesses can discuss business crime, business fraud and policing and crime issues with members of the Strategic Policing and Crime Board and 2 senior Police Officers.
The event will take the form of a round table discussion and attendees will be invited to send questions ahead of the breakfast.
The event will be led by Brendan Connor, an Executive member of the Commissioner’s Strategic Policing and Crime Board who has lived and worked in the West Midlands for the last 25 years. He will be joined by Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, the Force lead for Business Crime and Commander for Solihull Local Policing Unit, and Inspector Neil Postins from the Force’s Economic Crime Unit.

Bhanu Dhir, Black Country Chamber of Commerce’s Head of Policy and Lobbing will chair the event which is seen as a great opportunity for local businesses to interact directly witch the Strategic Policing and Crime Board.
The agenda will be driven by those attending and ...

Smarter Business Planning

22nd October 2013

Mike Gulliford from Business Doctors will help SME’s to focus on what makes them more successful and provide practical support to make it happen in easy to follow steps and processes.

In today's highly competitive business environment strategic planning is vital, but finding the time to do anything about it is not always easy. If you really want to give your business some impetus for growth, a business review and preparation of a strategic plan (not a business plan!) is an absolute necessity. Business Doctors help SME’s to focus on what makes them more successful and provide practical support to make it happen. They are experienced business people with an ethos of creating a strategy for growth which helps your business re-engage to deliver the outcomes that YOU want providing an effective framework for positive change.

These workshops designed specifically for Chamber members are funded for new members by Smarter Working West Midlands. This is a European supported programme which provides assistance in a variety of ways to Small to Medium Enterprises in the region. The overall aim is to make people more productive with new approaches to working practices, technology, premises, time and travel.

9.30a.m. - 1p.m.

Speed Networking

22nd October 2013

Speed Networking is a great way to build new business-to-business relationships between companies of all shapes and sizes. Within a few minutes of talking to someone new, it is possible to work out if you want to meet again, whether there is the possibility of a future business relationship, or simply to understand more about what your new contact does and how you may help each other.

At this event you will have one to two minutes to speak to the person opposite you before moving on to the next delegate. Ensure you inform each person regarding the main purpose of your business, your unique selling point and who your target audience is. When the whistle blows they will talk to you before at the next alarm it is all change to the next person.

We recommend only one attendee from each company. The events are limited to 30 delegates so book on early to secure your place as these type of meetings do get booked up quickly. New networkers find these events particularly useful.

2p.m. - 4p.m.
Quality Hotel Dudley,
Birmingham New Road,

Further information and registration.

How good is your networking strategy?

15th October 2013

Do you see networking as an opportunity to grow your business or does the very thought of it put you off? What makes a good networker and how do you know when you have met one, or what do other networkers think of you? The best way to succeed at networking is to make a plan, commit to it, learn networking skills and use them to execute it. This hands-on practical event will help you to define your networking style, to produce a network plan and focus on how to build strategic alliances for the future.

Presented by Sarah Bishop from Recruit Recruit Ltd, a regular and popular networker who generates over 20% of her business from Chamber networking events.

Black Country Chamber of Commerce networking events are good for business. Attend our events and mix with potential suppliers, possible customers and future contacts. Bring your business cards and your wanted list of items and services that you need to buy – by keeping business in the Black Country we can all help each other.

9a.m. - 12 noon and includes light refreshments.
Free to Passport holders;
£10+VAT for Chamber members and £15+VAT for non-members.

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Black Country Chamber AGM

10th October 2013

Thursday 10th October;
11 - 12.30
GTG Training,
Bearing Drive,
Wednesfield WV11 3SZ

Your chance to find out more about your Chamber. Hear from the area Presidents and Black CountryChamber President, Paul Bennett.Network with fellow members and visit GTG's new training centre.
To register

Engineers - Meet the Buyer Breakfast

10th October 2013

Cab Automotive, Tipton Based manufactuer, are one of the region’s fastest-growing firms and a successful tier-one supplier to prestigious OEM's such as Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Aston Martin and Bentley. Clients for which they need quality suppliers of materials, components and engineering services.
At October’s Breakfast meeting in the Council Chambers, you'll get the chance to do some useful networking with like-minded engineers over a complimentary hot breakfast bap. We'll hear from John Faulkner - Cab Automotive's MD - who'll talk about their exciting investment plans and £ multi-million new contracts secured with major automotive clients.
Prospective suppliers will also have the chance to talk face-to-face with Cab Automotive's buyers and learn how local firms can join their supply chain. Read more about which kinds of firms they’re particularly interested in meeting.
E-mail Sandwell Council's Steve Massey to book a 1-2-1 meeting with Cab Automotive's buyers.
Factory Tour (optional)
After the breakfast meeting finishes, (the coach leaves Sandwell Council House at 09:30) you're invited to go on a factory tour of Cab Automotive's manufacturing facilities, visitors will get ...