SOTB Business Awards Ceremony, 25th Jan 2018

SOTB Business Awards Ceremony, 25th Jan 2018

You're invited to the SOTB Business Awards Ceremony, taking place at the Shankley Hotel, Liverpool, on 25th January 2018.

Experience an evening of celebration of business across Merseyside and further, with guest speakers, fobulous entertainment and, of course, the full awards ceremony covering sectors & industries prominent in the city.

Tickets cost £75.00 and include wine and a three course meal in wonderful surroundings.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available, starting from £1,000.00. Please contact Lin on 07837 946 128 to discuss sponsorship.

SOTB Ladies Evening, 12th October

SOTB Ladies Evening, 12th October

You're invited to an evening of indulgence and glamour, taking place with the BDC team in 30 James Street Hotel, 12th October 2017.

More details will be announced over the coming weeks. Current itinerary includes:

Welcome drinks and canapés from the Signature menu
Pampering Experiences
Wine Tasting
Shopping
Fashion Show
Holistic Therapies
Nutrition
Entertainment
Raffle

Book you place here!

Lifestyle with Lexus, 26th September

Lifestyle with Lexus, 26th September

Join us for an evening of conversation...

Please join us at the Lexus Centre, where we will create an evening with a difference…..

  • Welcome drinks and canapes
  • Showcasing of the Lexus brand
  • Entertainment including a Fashion Show and Magician
  • Exhibition Stands
  • Guest speaker - Lawrence Kenwright – Signature Group

An opportunity to network and connect with like-minded individuals in a relaxed environment.

Bring along your business card to enter into a free prize Draw*

*Terms and Conditions available on request

Welcome to the BDC Centre of Excellence!

Welcome to the BDC Centre of Excellence!

We are pleased to welcome you to the BDC Centre of Excellence.

Located in the South of the City, the Centre offers the following services;

Professional services provision for new, early years and established businesses and organisations
Fully equipped conferencing and training suites with laptop, screens and projector
OFSTED approved Nursery and Crèche facility and training hub including the option of mobile crèche facilities for events and off site locations
Catering Suite and Chef School facilities
Full suite of workshops for personal and professional development
Health and Wellbeing Suite including yoga, mindfulness and NLP workshops
Support programmes for job seekers
Development Hub for students and graduates including work placements
Travel Desk providing leisure and corporate services

The Centre also delivered community led initiatives and our team include qualified professionals within their field of expertise.

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Contact the Centre on 0151 486 3647 or drop us a line at info@switchontobusiness.co.uk

MBBA- Mind, Body and Breath Awareness

MBBA- Mind, Body and Breath Awareness

Delivered over two 90 minute sessions, an informative and experiential introductory programme offering an opportunity to find what wellness, resilience and mindfulness are and what they are not. In addition, you will learn about the science behind it, which shows why mindfulness works and how it leads to increased wellness, resilience and peak performance.

The Health and Wellbeing Programme...

It is so important that we invest in our health and wellbeing to ensure that we live life to the full and are healthy and happy.

How we treat our bodies and how we think and feel about ourselves and the world around us plays a major part in how we perform not only in our professional lives but our personal lives too.

Every year, absence due to short and long-term sickness impacts on the economy and business, and yet, there is so much that can be done to reduce this.

The BDC Centre of Excellence has partnered with health professionals to introduce a Health and Wellbeing programme which is tailored to meet individual needs.

To launch the Programme we are offering a series of workshops to cover nutrition and a healthy and positive mindset.

It’s really easy to book onto the workshops. You can book via Eventbrite or by calling the Centre Team on 0151 486 3647 orl 07837 946128.

Eat Well, Feel Well Workshops

Eat Well, Feel Well Workshops

Delivered over two 90 minute sessions, each workshop focuses on our food choices and the impact on our health and wellbeing. Small changes and an understanding of what to eat and why will enable positive changes both at home and at work.

Designed to inspire and motivate, participants will be given a personalised plan focusing on them as an individual.

The Health and Wellbeing Programme...

It is so important that we invest in our health and wellbeing to ensure that we live life to the full and are healthy and happy.

How we treat our bodies and how we think and feel about ourselves and the world around us plays a major part in how we perform not only in our professional lives but our personal lives too.

Every year, absence due to short and long-term sickness impacts on the economy and business, and yet, there is so much that can be done to reduce this.

The BDC Centre of Excellence has partnered with health professionals to introduce a Health and Wellbeing programme which is tailored to meet individual needs.

To launch the Programme we are offering a series of workshops to cover nutrition and a healthy and positive mindset.

It’s really easy to book onto the workshops. You can book via Eventbrite or by calling the Centre Team on 0151 486 3647 orl 07837 946128.

Talk & Share Event - Weds 1st Feb

Talk & Share Event - Weds 1st Feb

We're delighted to be hosting our first Talk & Share event of 2017. Join us for the usual mix of networking, guest speakers and demonstrations/pitches from Business Development Club members.

Full information & tickets below:

You're invited to the SOTB Business Charity Awards!

You're invited to the SOTB Business Charity Awards!

Switch On To Business and the Business Development Club are introducing the inaugural Switch On To Business Charity Awards ceremony to recognise the efforts of new business start-ups, Future Talent and supporters within the Merseyside area.

Full event details can be found below and you can also book tickets via the Switch on to Business website.

 

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

We're pleased to announce the launch of the new Business Development Club website!

Over the past twelve months we have gone from strength to strength, expanding our reach in terms of the numbers of varied new and established businesses we work with. Therefore we were keen to make sure our new web presence reflects our ongoing ambitions to support businesses in Merseyside and further!

This is paired with the work we continue to do through our Switch on to Business Magazine, showcasing business, lifestyle & culture from across the region.

If you'd like to get involved with our work then please feel free to get in touch!

5 social media tips to help your business grow

5 social media tips to help your business grow

Social media has become one of the best routes to market when it comes to directly reaching your audience in a cost effective way. This is key to development and growth online and in the real world too.

Indeed there are many success stories you can look at on both a local, national and global scale where a growing range of social media platforms and channels have directly lead to increased awareness – which in time (with the right plan of course) translates to more enquiries, sales and customers.

Because of this many business owners eagerly dive head first into trying to take over their industry, telling the world why they’re great and outlining the very best offers available right now!

However lots of activity doesn’t always mean success. With the amount of time you can spend tweeting, poking, liking and pinning it’s essential to remember some key points to strike the right balance of time invested in your social media strategy and the right ways to get your audience hooked.

1) The most important part is your plan

 If you were to break down the different elements you should be undertaking as part of your social media strategy, the biggest slice by far should be the initial time you spend forming your plan.

You need to think about who it is you’re trying to reach or in other words who is your customer? How do they behave online, such as what pages do they already look at, engage with and what are their wider interests?

People don’t want to be sold to on social media and simply repeating your best sales offers won’t make you friends. You need to think about the topics your customers are already talking about and align yourself with them.

2) Focus on growth

There’s no point sitting there wondering why your 20 followers aren’t liking your posts or sharing your content, so in the short term you need to get the word out there!

Research who’s influential in your industry and start talking to them, promote their stuff and show you care about the same things they do. If you can get them doing the same for your content these opinion leaders will bring about more followers naturally.

3) Talk to your audience, don’t shout!

 Your existing customers will care about your best deals and offers but it’s essential to remember your social media audience aren’t your customers yet!

Therefore you need to imagine you’re trying to become a relevant hub of information and advice for them rather than making your business pages sound more like bid TV…

You need to write blogs which build trust digitally, offering tips and pointers or sharing best practice in your industry. Focus on what’s happening in the real world too, people tend to like this more than computers!

Again though, getting your content out there is just as important as writing it…

 4) Use the best tools to help you

 You don’t have to give up sleep to be socially engaged as there’s now a great range of tools which can help you manage your profiles and the process of sharing the blogs you write. These allow you to do helpful things like schedule your social media posts in advance and research the content you share – which is a great time saver.

However it’s worth bearing in mind that this needs to be balanced with keeping one eye on what’s going on in real time too!

Buffer and BuzzStream are two great industry tools to look at.

 5) Keep your chin up!

 Building your social media strategy is an ongoing task and don’t get disheartened if things take a while to get going. It is very much like pushing a snowball uphill in some extents as it’s all about getting the momentum going!

Set yourself small goals like finding 5 new social media influencers a week and start engaging with them for example. This will lead to more followers down the line.

If you focus on these key elements then gradually you’ll see the desired momentum from the time you invest in social media. It’s always worth remembering this should form part of the wider marketing work you’re doing around your new business too.