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Gordian Solutions Ltd

Contact: Paul Dallibar
Address: 3 Lurgashall, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0BL
T: 01444 248875 | M: 07815 134432
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Strategy & Planning, Market Development, Business Coaching & Mentoring

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The Entrepreneur’s Circle will give you all the answers…

After 30 years of being self-employed this one thing changed my thinking...

I joined the Entrepreneur's Circle a couple of years ago and went to Soilihull near Birmingham for the induction day. A very informative and high energy day with tons of useful information and ideas, not some evangelical American bull***t.

On the two and a half hour journey home I changed the way I was thinking... after 30 years of being self employed I changed from being a designer running my own company to an ENTREPRENEUR running a design company!

Might not sound like much but it has changed the way I look at my business... and everything I do in AND ON it.

It doesn't cost a fortune to be a member and the support and information provided can propel you and your business like you have never imagined. You can try it for free or jump straight in... it's up to you. Take a look at the panels below and explore what the Entrepreneur's Circle has to offer you... I think that you will want to be a part of it.

The Entrepreneur's Circle will give you all the answers...

The UK’s Largest Membership Organisation Dedicated to Helping Businesses Grow
Small Business Help and Business Support for real Business Growth

Accelerate your small business growth by hooking into the knowledge of Nigel Botterill. In the last 8 years Nigel has built 8 separate £1m businesses from scratch so he knows a thing or two about business growth.

We're all about: Helping business owners ESCAPE MEDIOCRITY and living the life you want to lead...

Since 2010, the Entrepreneur's Circle has helped thousands of UK business owners become MORE profitable and MORE successful. We're having an extraordinary impact. So, can we help your business?

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Free 7 Secrets That Will Promote Your Business

FREE download from the guy who's built 8 separate business brands since 2004, each with a turnover of over £1m.

3 reasons why business owners must download this free report...

1. Find out why most business owners in your industry are wrong about everything.

2. Nigel personally guarantees that there will be a couple of 'nuggets' that you'll be able implement in your business tomorrow.

3. You will learn the practical techniques and strategies from the guy who's been there and done it and is still doing it, running REAL LIFE businesses.

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4N Director, Stefan Thomas visiting Chichester

You know I love to network… I've been doing it for more than a decade… and I've been running the First Friday Network across the South Coast for 12 years this March! I know a thing or two about what and what not to do when networking! But I couldn't write a book on it… but my mate Stefan Thomas has!

Come and meet Stefan Thomas, 4N Director and author of Business Networking for Dummies at the Chichester lunchtime First Friday meeting on FRIDAY 6th MARCH from 1pm.

I'm sure he'll have a pile of books to sign for you!

4N Director, Stefan Thomas visiting Chichester

4N Director, Stefan Thomas visiting Chichester

Join the fight for every heartbeat

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer but the British Heart Foundation is leading the fight against it. You too can join the nationwide fight and show your support by wearing something RED on Friday 6 February. Make a donation and you’ll be helping power life-saving research for heart patients nationwide.

Wear it. Beat it.

This is First Friday Network’s third year of supporting this great charity; simply come along to your local event and make a donation to BHF or if you can’t attend then go to www.justgiving.com/firstfridaynetwork and make your donation.

We’ve made it easy, so you can make a difference

You can join us on the day at 7.30am at Hunston Golf Club, Chichester, or at lunchtime 1-2pm at the Nag’s Head, Chichester, or at one of our other lunchtime meetings; check your local meeting details.

Don't foget to wear it RED... Looking forward to seeing all you RED hot networkers on 6 February! 

Rock up in red 2013

Ramp up the red 2014

New local business magazine launched

There is a new free quarterly Business Magazine in West Sussex. 

It is available both in print and on the web. See if you can get hold of a copy or follow the link below to view it online. Articles in this issue:

• Autumn brings new era at Henry Adams 

• Solar farms power the changing face of rural landscape

• Great expectations in Bognor Regis town centre

Click here to view the magazine online

We have contributed an article in this issue; read the full story below.


Networking: making meaningful, lasting and real connections.
Reducing your carbon footprint and encouraging localism are just two of the benefits of networking locally – what better way to meet new clients and find suppliers than in your very own business neighbourhood. Businesses that perhaps you had no idea were located so close to yours or those you’d heard of but just hadn’t crossed paths with as yet. Networking is a gradual and rewarding process, rather like developing any good long-term relationship that requires time and patience. However it’s worth the effort when the reward is personal referrals and recommendations from people you know and trust. We cannot rely on the internet alone to cultivate relationships via social media, Skype, webinars and SMS messaging, we need to step back into the real world to meet people face to face.  

Rarely is networking an opportunity to hard sell. If you approach it with sole idea to sell to the people in the room, you will almost certainly go away disappointed. Often you’ll be talking to someone who may not be of direct use to you and your business but who is connected to someone who is. Conversely you may hear that someone is looking for a contact that you have and you get the satisfaction of introducing them to one another. The belief is that around seventy per cent of business is done by word of mouth referral – so attend as many network events as you can! 

There are many ways to network – weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. You can join a formal group after paying its annual membership fee and observe its lock-out rule – that is a group that does not allow more than one member of the same job type so that there’s only ever one accountant, one lawyer or one marketeer present. Or if that’s not your style, you can choose a group that is less formal and allows multiple representatives from each sector or you can look for free events as and when you can. 

Many networking groups are run on a franchise basis, so once you’ve got a bit of networking experience under your belt you might think about becoming the local organizer of a group – a role with great opportunities to market your company to a wide range of local businesses. You’ll find that most attendees at these events come from SMEs, however once again you should never think that you are only promoting yourself to the present in the room. You never know to whom these people are connected – it is very often this third party referral that is the most valuable contact.

To get the most out of your networking try to find events where you feel comfortable; you will be more relaxed and more likely to create positive contacts. If you find yourself standing alone, look for a friendly face or a group of people you can join. Everyone is open to be approached at these events so don’t feel shy. 

Find a group to suit your personality and your needs; you could try: www.4networking.co.uk, www.firstfriday-network.co.uk, www.bni-festival.co.uk

There are also several networks targeted at women only such as www.scene4women.co.ukwww.theathenanetwork.com, www.mumpreneuruk.com

And the Chichester Chamber of Commerce runs networking events also!
 

New local business magazine launched

Get your bar buzzing

Turn your pub into a venue for the First Friday Network and get your bar buzzing with business clients!

First Friday Network is a FREE and friendly business networking event held on the first Friday of the month across Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and London and a growing number of pubs nationwide are getting that Friday feeling! By becoming a host venue just once a month you’ll soon increase the numbers of regular clients coming through your doors as well as your revenue.

Drawing regular and new customers alike to your pub couldn’t be simpler really.  People love to network and they love a friendly local venue to network in – so why not make sure that your pub is a First Friday Network pub too! All you need do is offer a  friendly and informal environment in which your regular networkers can meet each month then simply  let the group run itself – no formalities, no pre-booking nor membership admin to deal with – First Friday is FREE, friendly and above all informal.

Networkers simply turn up, buy a drink then get on with networking.

You can promote the network through other local organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Business and other networking groups like 4Networking, BNI etc. You can also publicise them via social media, Twitter and Facebook – then  open your doors to your local networkers and  watch them spend! Once they’ve been and enjoyed the buzz in your pub, they’ll be back for more and  you win by extra takings at the bar and encouraging a  loyal clientele with a reason to  keep coming back time after time. A clientele that will recommend your venue to other businesses and friends!

 Just £10 a month buys you an annual licence and we’ll supply you with a roller banner to promote the event, as well as leaflets, beer mats and business cards –  everything you need to market and promote the meetings. We’ll promote you via the website and also via our monthly enewsletters to all the companies that register with us online. We also market actively on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

There are other things you can do to  grow the network, such as offer your networking clientele a discount voucher or loyalty card. We can supply you with First Friday loyalty cards… for example: buy 6 drinks and get one free! If you have meeting rooms available then you might think about offering special rates for seminars and events. You can  collect the details of the attendees and then you can  promote your own pub events to them and take advantage of this new and growing customer base!

You will have your own webpage on the First Friday site where you can promote the meetings and your pub. You can also include special offers or upcoming promotions for your pub on the page and in the blog if you wish.

Get in touch today and start attracting more customers straight away!

Call me on 01243 787100 or email steve@firstfriday-network.co.uk

Watch a short video of a typical meeting here