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Linkedin with Beryl Petit of Ridgeway Marketing

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Beryl explained the usefulness of LinkedIn to the small business especially ones trading B2B. she ran through a range of hints and tips bringing us up to date with current developments.

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Gedling Borough Council attend Morning Networking 12th October 2017

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We were visited by John Clarke the Leader of Gedling Borough Council and John Robinson the Chief Executive and are grateful for their time.

A quick tour through what the Council has planned for the next few years followed. Some 7500 new homes are to be built in the Borough although the proportion of Affordable Housing varies according to the developer involved. Gedling Country Park is proving very popular especially now it has toilets and a newly opened Cafe. A Heritage Centre is planned to follow.

Improvements are planned for the Colwick area and they are very conscious of the need to improve traffic links to the area both into Nottingham City and across the Borough. We were assured of the commitment of the Council to assist and develop small businesses in the area.

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Morning Networking September 2017- Legal Essentials for Business

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We had  a taste of the legal issues that all small businesses need to consider . The wisdom of looking at these from the outset rather than waiting for something to go wrong and the try to fix it. Anne Phillips from Barkley Business Services www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk took us through Terms and Conditions. Contracts and the potential pitfalls of commercial Leases.

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Morning Networking July 2017 Apprenticeships

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The rules have changed from April with the aim of widening those who can take advantage of the scheme and giving the Employer control over the training provider they wish to use. Anne Phillips from Barkley Business Services www.barkleybusinessservices.co.uk outlined the basic changes in the procedure.

Rebecca Ogden from Enable a training provider then explained the service they can provide to the Employer www.enable.uk.net.

Julie Beresford from the Economic Development Department at Gedling Borough Council provided details on the Council’s Erasmus programme designed to help employers in the Gedling area at every stage of the apprenticeship procedure so they are not deterred from proceeding with an apprentice by the level of paperwork and administration involved . For more details please contact Julie on julie.beresford@gedling.gov.uk

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Morning Networking May 2017 -Growing your business

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Grow Your Business in 10 minutes! – Paul Wreaves is a local business coach and lecturer at Nottingham Business School, NTU gave us a guide on how to grow your business using straightforward tools and show you how to set simple goals and targets that will motivate you to achieve them.

More details on Paul  www.achievebusinesscoaching.com

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NBV Grants- our Speaker Lewis Quayle

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Grants For The Small Busine


NBV in Nottingham https://nbv.co.uk/ provide grants for the small business funded by the EU.


Business based in the East Midlands

Maximum 250 staff

Maximum turnover £50 million

Only B2B

No retail

Grant Level

Grant of £1000 to £2500

Intervention rate 25%

So minimum project value £4000

Stages of Application

  1. Express an interest
  2. Provide three quotes
  3. Decision within a few days
  4. Buy items or services
  5. Produce receipt and claim grant

Excluded costs

  1. Overheads
  2. Vehicles
  3. Recruitment fees
  4. Salaries
  5. Accredited training but can do non accredited

If a business requires any of these please speak to NBV as they may have an alternative means of finance

Contact www.nbv.co.uk or Lewis direct on lquayle@nbv.co.uk

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March Morning Networking –Cybercrime

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Gary Bennett Research and Development Manager at Gedling Business Council  came along and spoke about the risks of cyber crime to all businesses

Cyber-crime why bother
  • KPMG Estimated the cost to the UK of £1.1 Billion in 2016
  • The ONS estimates there were 5.6 Million fraud and computer misuse crimes in the year to June 2016. Two thirds of these involved computers
  • The Information Commissioners Office can levy fines of up to £500,000. TalkTalk was fined £400,000 in October 2016
  • Attacks can cripple your business, cause loss of sensitive information and reduce trust in your brand

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jan/24/uk-fraud-record-cybercrime-kpmg http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/01/how-much-of-a-problem-is-cyber-crime-in-the-uk/ https://ico.org.uk/action-weve-taken/enforcement

What We Are Seeing
  • Phishing – Legitimate looking emails that tricks you into clicking links
  • Malware, old style viruses as attachments to emails
  • Malware hidden in macros in Word and Excel documents
  • Malware hidden in by encryption, such as zip files
  • Many of the above are Ransomware
  • Cold calls claiming who then talk you into giving remote control of your PC or visit a particular site
  • Whaling – A carefully crafted email pretending to come from a senior manager, generally building up to asking for an urgent money transfer
  • Attempts to detect holes in firewalls and hack websites
  • Cyber Essentials

Advice for the core requirements for protecting a network, covers the basics, which are

–Boundary Firewalls and Gateways

–Secure Configuration

–User Access Control

–Malware Protection

–Patch Management

  • There are other related schemes such as 10 Steps to Cyber Security
  • Staff awareness can make a big difference
  • Backups are essential




 Other Resources

  •  The National Cyber Security Centre Website
  • Stay Safer Online Website
  • Police Action Fraud Website
  • ASafaWeb – Automated Security Analyser for ASP.NET Websites
  • SSLLabs – Check the configuration of any public SSL (Secure HTTPS) Website
  • MxToolbox – Return information about your email domain including TLS (encryption)








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January Morning Networking

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Presentation by Rachel O ‘Connor

Members joining in

We had a very good meeting despite the cold weather at Bonington Theatre on 12th January . Our speaker was Rachel O’Connor of Wise Self Therapy who gave everyone lots of tips on Mental Well Being .

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Networking 8th December

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At our last morning networking event of 2016 we had a very good turnout to celebrate a good year for Gedling Business Partnership. Beverley Perkins from www.beverleyperkinsphotographer.co.uk was on hand to take free festive photographs to all who were brave enough to not worry what they looked like at that time in the morning. We also had finsburymedia.com to give a short presentation. They will be speaking more at length in the new year and would like to know what topics are of interest to people. They cover webdesign, SEO, Web hosting and social media so please let u shave any questions you want answering.

The Board got into festive spirit and had their photos taken and

Beverley Perkins Photographer

this is what we looked like

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November Morning Networking

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This month we decided it was time for everyone to really find out what each did . Not just the quick 60 seconds but sitting down and talking to each other. They all got on so well it was hard to get them to stop and move on to another table.

We were also joined by Councillor John Clarke who kept us up to date with latest events in Gedling. The Christmas lights are to be switched on Thursday 24 November 2016 at 6pm in Eagle Square Arnold . There will be  a Craft Fair from 5pm and anyone interested in a stall should contact us.

Julie Beresford from Gedling Borough Council Economic Department gave details on the Erasmus apprenticeship project