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We are pleased to confirm that Jackie Hyde from dot2dot, a leading nursery insurance specialist is presenting at our event on 17th October We are a team of corporate insurance brokers who have been involved with the nursery sector since 1995. Our own children’s nursery insurance scheme, dot2dot, was established in 2003. We know that insurances are complex and every client is different so we focus on: 1. Getting to know you and your business by allocating a dedicated account handler 2. Reviewing your arrangements annually to ensure things stay up to date 3. Minimising small print to avoid unwelcome surprises in the event of a claim 4. Providing access to business solutions in areas such as safeguarding; legal advice, IT and management support. We offer a no-obligation review service and encourage you to call us today to see how we can support your business For more information on their service please visit
ABC North West Ltd provides a range of training and occupational health services to many diverse businesses and organisations not just across the North West but across all of the UK. With a strong Health & Safety and Health focus ABC are well known for high quality competitive training from statutory training courses to bespoke specialist training services. In particular for the child care sector First Aid Training is a major market and ABC provide their training in line with OFSTED Guidelines for a 12 hour paediatric course, but also deliver bespoke short courses for Foster Carers or parent groups. Training can take place at one of ABC venues around the North West or they provide training on site at their clients premises. They also understand at ABC that training is sometimes preferred outside of normal working hours or days; therefore they can tailor training over evenings and weekends if required. Another growing area of training is that of Manual Handling, not objects but people moving and handling and here they teach the correct methods of lifting and moving individuals, which has also been popular within the child care sector. They offer courses in Fire Safety, food hygiene and general health and safety with accredited courses through an awarding body or our direct certification. ***To try their services they are offering visitors to the networking event (Thursday 17th October Bury Village Hotel - booking by appointment only) a further 10% discount off their published prices for all places booked on any of our courses offered.*** We do hope you try our services

Hooraah!! We completed the challenge and have survived to tell another tale. Our adventure involved scaling Everest, jumping into the Arctic Enema and surviving the electric eel. Here is a copy of our Tough Mudder course map! I have to say the whole event was inspiring. On entering the venue there was a vibrant atmosphere with several groups completing the challenge in fancy dress for their chosen charity. We particularly liked the guys in dinosaur onesies and really felt for them at the end of course as the weight they must have carried round after rolling through mud trenches, bogs etc was crazy. The warm up speeches gave me goose bumps after hearing inspiring stories of bravery (a lady had previously completed the course in an exhausting 7hrs with her wheelchair) and the camaraderie displayed throughout the whole event was wonderful whereby not only team member,s but total strangers got involved helping each other to tackle some of the tougher obstacles whether that be offering physical help with a push up or mental support with a 'You can do it'. The course weaved its way across the state grounds of Cholmondley Castle, over canal crossings and through several meres, leading us through forest trails and peat bogs filled with the kind of thick mud that sucks you in and doesn't let go. We had to tie our trainers super tight for fear of losing them. We raised over our target £500 for the Annabelle's Challenge and money still coming in so a Big Thank you to all those that supported us! I am looking forward to a week of rest now although our Team organiser is already looking at the next challenge for us to complete next year and has pre-registered us for the same event next year. Will have to think about that?!



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Are you utilising this enough? “The problem with communication … is the illusion that it has been accomplished.” —George Bernard Shaw Business interactions via technology will never replace the value or the return on investment of being face to face with customers and prospects. Face-to-face communication and selling skills—what I refer to as the traditional, tried and tested, relationship-based skills—are the very lynchpins used toward establishing business relationships that survive. I believe—strongly indeed, today more than ever—in these two principles: 1. We live by relationships with support from technology; and 2. selling was never intended to be faceless or silent. I also believe at risk is a generation of near-robotic hospitality sales professionals, working alone, using technology 100% for communication and selling, denied all of the relationship-building advantages of personal, face-to-face interaction. Source David M Brudney Face-to-face selling can require a lot of time, energy, and expense, but the payoff can be tremendous. Despite all of the new high-tech alternatives, an in-person sales presentation is the single most powerful marketing tool in use today. National television advertising, telemarketing, e-mail, or print advertising have nowhere near the ability to motivate a particular customer to actually place an order as does face-to-face selling. And despite any fancy slide or computer show or other dog-and-pony show you might use, your most effective selling tool will be your verbal presentation and interaction with the prospective buyer. In almost every case, the owner of a small business will be able to make the most effective sales presentation, even more so than someone with more extensive sales experience. Source Streetwise Small Business Start-Up Attend our networking event The Village hotel, Bury , 17th October 5.00pm - 9.00pm with very little time or energy and therefore a very cost effective way to increase your business sales. Places for some supplier groups have gone but please contact us to ascertain if you are still able to take advantage of face to face meeting with all the following: Bright futures – independent setting Little acorns group –chain Pine lodge – independent setting Rosehill nursery – independent Kidsplanet – small chain Bolton school nursery –private school The owls nursery – independent setting Busy bees – national chain – senior representative Early learning childcare – independent setting Kids academy – franchise of nurseries UK and nationwide – expansion plan in place Precious little ones – chain based in the North West Hobblewobble day nursery – independent setting Early Years Provision Ltd – 2 settings Treetops – national chain verbally confirmed Plus Operational manager from national chain whom is looking at new business opportunities Only £400 to present to the group and attend the speed networking £250 for speed networking will give you excellent ROI Please contact bamboo childcare on 08448225727 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information or to book your place.