The Newhaven Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast Club meets weekly and is an excellent way to meet new customers and suppliers for your business. Although the meetings are structured they are friendly and informal with the emphasis on developing relationships to help each member’s business interests.
26 July – Newhaven and Seaford Sea Cadets
Newhaven and Seaford Cadets chairman, Alan Rankin Thorn, will be talking about the Sea Cadets which is a national youth charity, working with 14,000 young people between 10 – 18 years old across the UK. It has 400 units across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all run by 9,000 volunteers. Cadets follow similar rates and ranks, traditions, values and ethos as the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines. Alan will also speak about the local unit for Seaford and Newhaven and their building plans for their base.
2 August – Paul Boswell, Meeching Estate Agents
Paul Boswell of Meeching Estate Agents will talk about another part of his life – The Maestro Big Band! Maestro Academy Players is a local 17 piece Big Band playing all the favourites from the golden age of swing, re-living the hits of the great bands, such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Harry James and many more.
9 August – Andy Melville, Motorline
16 August – Mike Thompson, Reid Briggs
23 August – James Kelly, Storganise
James will be introducing the concept of smart working – you don’t need to be a slave to your computer; it’s there to serve you. Stop worrying about how you should adapt the way you operate to get the computer to do what you want.
By getting some software created for the tasks you do each day, then the job will be done the way you need it to be done, saving you hours of frustration. For example – a factory making tea bags. They have streamlined their processes to remove humans who need breaks and get things wrong, and fluctuate at the rate they get jobs done. Regardless of your opinion of this, it has made the process of creating tea bags a lot slicker.
Imagine your business as a factory – You will have tasks you do each day. They are likely to be connected to contacts (suppliers or customers), dates, products, services. If you were a huge company you’d get a management consultant to look at how you deal with all this and recommend some equipment to automate parts of the process. If you are a small company, you can’t afford that, and can’t think about it right now as you are too busy.
The factory, for most businesses, can simply be the way you process orders, invoices and contacts, and can be streamlined really simply. Compared to the amount of time your employees will save, this is not an expensive project, and can be undertaken in just a few days.
It can also then shape the way you work – instead of thinking “How do I do that?” you will start asking “Can we get our software to do that?”
30 August – Julia Johnson, Fine Marketing
6 September – Colin Meagher, Brighton Video Productions
13 September – Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council – all about the Enterprise Zone
20 September – Sussex Chamber of Commerce joint networking breakfast
- to promote members businesses through regular networking meetings
- to generate business referrals for member businesses
- to learn about other member businesses
- to develop relationships with members to build goodwill and trust
- to increase awareness and membership of the Chamber
When and where
Every Wednesday 7.00am – 8.30am
Woody’s Bar & Grill / Peacehaven Golf Club
Telephone: 01273 515566
What is involved?
The members arrive at around 7am, meet for a chat and have tea or coffee, at 7:30am when everyone is seated and breakfast is served. Everyone is given the opportunity to give a 60 second presentation to the group about their business. Each week one chamber member is given the opportunity to give a fuller 10 minute presentation if they wish.
Breakfast club members pay £41.17 per month (equivalent to £9.50 per breakfast) by standing order.
We’d love to welcome you to our weekly breakfast networking, why not give it a try, you’ll be in good company!