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4 Work Solutions Limited

Contact: James Piggott
Address: Prospect House, 11-13 Lonsdale Gardens, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1NU
T: 0844 800 4234 Company Website

At 4 Work Solutions we work with organisations which are relocating, refurbishing or reconfiguring their office space. We design, build, furnish and support…

Listed in: Interior Design & Refurbishments

Eco Technology Show & SMART Business Conference

Complimentary Tickets to The Eco Technology Show, Amex Stadium, Brighton, 15th & 16th June

The Eco Technology Show is a national showcase of the latest technologies which perform a crucial role in protecting the environment and making our daily business and home lives more efficient.

Technology integrates into every facet of modern life from buildings to energy to home to transport and to lifestyle. Utilising eco technology has the additional benefits of minimising waste, saving energy, reducing environmental impact and not to mention saving you money.

The Eco Technology Show is designed to create a space where you can be inspired by new ideas and technologies, grow your business and knowledge, connect with industry experts, learn new practical skills and innovate!

Over 100 exhibitors will form the shows different zones, which include: Eco Build, Design, Business, Energy, Transport, Home, and Lifestyle. Highlighting ways in which businesses, public sector and the general public can achieve a more efficient and sustainable way forward.

At the Eco Technology Show you can:

• Be inspired by new ideas
• Source all the latest products
• Attend free workshops and talks
• Interactive zones, cafes and bars
• Connect with the experts
• Experience new technologies
• Plus lots more

To find out more about the event and register for your Complimentary ticket simply go to the ETS website www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk and enter this code: FF135


Smart Business Conference

Book now and save £50! Early Bird Discount only £99 till the end of April!

Co-located at the Eco Technology Show at the Amex Stadium Brighton on the 15th June 2012, Smart Business is a one day conference for private and public sector leaders.

Showcasing opportunities to create business value in a resource constrained environment, and highlighting how integration of technology into Cities enables sustainability, well-being and economic development.

Providing the context for sustainable growth opportunities and presenting case studies of Smart City and Smart Business initiatives. This will equip you with the ideas, information and contacts to deliver solutions in your own organisations.

We are delighted to be able to confirm the following guest speakers:

Greg Barker MP Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change
Caroline Lucas Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion
Norman Baker MP Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 'economic growth in a resource constrained world?'
Jo Confino Executive Editor of the Guardian and chairman of Guardian Sustainable Business
Jen Hawes-Hewitt Global Manager, Intelligent Cities, Accenture on the Smart opportunity
Ian Abbott-Donnelly European CTO Smarter Cities at IBM on case studies of urban growth
Geoff Raw Strategic Director Place, Brighton & Hove City Council on Inward Investment
Ben Earl Environmental Affairs Manager at B&Q on sustainability boosting your business
David Green, Eco-Island Partnership, IoW on integrating business, community, IT & energy
Colin Calder MD Passiv Systems on The opportunity for innovative software to advance
Kelly Grainger Sustainability Manager Interface Flor on Smart Business: Understanding how selling a service has increased profitability
Mike Herd, Executive Director, Sussex Innovation Centre on funding for innovation and start-ups
Claire Jones, Head of Procurement Strategy, B&HCC on 'competitive edge in public sector procurement'
Abigail Dombey, Energy Manager, University of Brighton on cost saving energy initiative
Daren Howarth, Managing Director, C Level on team building through CO2 reduction
More speakers to be confirmed!

Other sessions featuring:
• Brighton & Hove Inward Investment Prospectus
• Further procurement opportunities for SMEs
• Funding from Carbon Trust, Energy Saving Trust, Technology Strategy Board
• 'Smart ROI' case studies on large businesses benefitting from sustainable growth

Benefits of attending:
• Be inspired by organisations and Cities that are creating opportunities for sustainable growth.
• Learn about new technologies, business models, partnerships, policy & incentives.
• Connect with peers and fellow thought leaders across the public & private sector to facilitate longer term collaboration.
• Hear ideas to grow your business by reducing waste, saving costs, improving productivity and developing new products & markets.
• Discover innovative technology solutions for Cities plus options to make business more efficient, profitable and sustainable. Leave with ideas to apply to your organisation.• Understand how other Cities are adapting to growing populations and diminishing resources by intelligent application of Information & Communications Technology.

Register now and pay just £99! To save £50 go to www.smartbusinessconference.co.uk

Local Networking with Local Businesses

In this age of concern with “carbon footprint” and “localism” what better way to find suppliers and clients than attending networking groups locally?

Business networking is not an opportunity to hard sell though; if you approach networking with the intent to do nothing more than sell to the people in the room, you will almost certainly go away disappointed. Networking is about building longterm contacts and friendships. It is said that up to 70 per cent of business is done by word of mouth referral these days – so attend as many network events as you can!

There are many ways to network, from annual membership and lock-outs to free to attend and drop-ins. Many of the groups are run on a franchise basis and if you are the local organiser it can provide you with great opportunities to market your company to a wide network of local businesses.

You will find that most attendees at these events come from SMEs, however, you should never think that you are only promoting yourself to the person in the room. You never know to whom they 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 try: http://www.firstfriday-network.co.uk, www.4networking.co.uk, http://www.bni-festival.co.uk, www.business-scene.com. There are also several networks targeted at women only such as http://www.scene4women.co.uk, www.mumpreneuruk.com, http://www.agoodgossip.co.uk, www.theathenanetwork.com.

This article appeared in the Chichester Chamber newsletter.

What an end to the year!

So, it's all go for First Friday Network for the New Year! We have a new group starting in Port Solent and now have new leaders for Brighton, Guildford and Croydon. I hope you will continue to attend the groups and help them grow under their new leadership. 

We have new venues for Chichester and Arundel in January and Lewes in February (Check the group page for locations).

The format of our meetings always gets positive praise and hopefully we can expand the network even more next year.

Don't forget that the website now allows you to promote your company and events through the Members blog and gives you the opportunity to enhance your directory page. the site has loads of traffic and does very well in the search engines as it has been established for over 8 years now.

Have a fab Festive Season and look forward to seeing many of you at a networking event in the New Year.

Business Scene – Sussex Connections

Come and enjoy some great networking opportunities at this great event at Jurys Inn, Brighton, Monday 26th Sept 2011 at 6pm. 

18:00 Arrival and Welcome Drink

19:00 Introduction from Business Scene and Speaker For The Evening

19:30 Open Networking

20:00 Raffle prize draw

20:30 Close

Find out more and register here

Business-Scene regularly run successful Connections events around the UK, bringing together many of the local Business Networking groups under one roof, and offering a great opportunity for local businesses to expand their own business connections.

Joining us for this evening offers you the opportunity to meet other high calibre business delegates, openly network in a relaxed and friendly environment, build strong business relationships and gain valuable information about the issues that most affect your business.

This event brings together many networks and business communities. If you run one and would like to be involved, do get in touch with Andy Yeow

With an entry fee just £10.00 + VAT (which includes a welcome drink) could there be a better value way for you to market your business to your local area?

To give your business a little more prominence at this event, why not take one of our exhibition spaces? These places are limited, and do sell out quickly.