We meet on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday every month

Hotel Du Vin, Harrogate

Open networking from 17:00

Meeting starts 17:30 till 19:00

Guests Welcome!

Please CLICK HERE to register your interest and we look forward to meeting you.

About SPN


We are a focussed business networking group in Harrogate, serious about generating business between its members and feel we have a duty of care to help them benefit fully from the group.

Square Peg Network, or SPN is a nonprofit making organisation and it’s the groups belief that the contacts made at the meetings are crucial to not only building each member’s business, but also vital to provide a wider network for each member.


Membership is just £95 per year, plus £20 per month.

Meetings

Our meetings are both structured and informal. We want to create a relaxed atmosphere to help promote your business to fellow members and visitors.

SPN meet twice a month, on the second and forth Tuesday evening at the Hotel Du Vin in Harrogate. Meetings take place between 17:00 and 19:00 with a complimentary welcome drink at the hotel bar and informal networking before the structured agenda begins at 17:30.

In addition to our regular meetings, we host several events throughout the year, which include Summer BBQs, SPN Lite meetings, SPN Academy, Structured 1 2 1s plus many more.

Standard Meeting Agenda

17:00 Arrive – Informal Open Networking
17:30 Meeting Starts
17:35 60 Second Round
18:05 2 x Business Focus Rounds
18:15 Business Session
18:25 Meeting Planner
18:30 Chancellor’s Report
18:35 Housekeeping
18:40 Member Presentation followed by Q&A
19:00 Meeting Close

Our Members

John Husband
Vehicle Choice Locator
John Husband

Vehicle Choice Locator is a UK-based e-commerce company selling used cars direct from Motor Manufacturers and National Fleets Operators direct to consumers, cutting out the traditionally high-margin car dealers.

VCL was founded in 2006 in reaction against the lack of transparency and dismal customer experience that is expected in the new and used car industry. By sourcing cars direct from Manufacturers and National Fleets Operators, VCL effectively cuts out the middleman, disintermediating the high costs, high margins car dealers and offering consumers huge savings from 10% upwards compared to traditional car dealers and car supermarkets.

Cars are thoroughly described, and if a car has any cosmetic damage, it will be emphasized through the comprehensive vehicle inspection report and prior to any delivery a multi-point check will take place which makes online buying a safe and convenient option for used vehicles purchases.

www.vcl-car-sales.co.uk

Russ Hirst
Assured Financial Planning
Russ Hirst

I help people see when they can stop work and start to enjoy retirement!
Life is not a rehearsal, so unless you know your number – how much YOU need to do all of the things you want to do in retirement – how can you know when you reach it?

Life is for living!

www.assuredfinancialplanning.co.uk

Karl Gehrke
Mortgage Advisory Network
Karl Gehrke

The right mortgage advice for you.

Here at Mortgage Advisory Network, our dedicated team of Mortgage Consultants can offer both telephone, Skype and face-to-face mortgage advice. It is our goal to help find the right option for you. Based at our Head Office in the Spa town of Harrogate we are able to assist you irrespective of where you live.

We review your circumstances individually and provide tailored advice in a friendly and professional manner. Our experience and qualifications will ensure that the mortgage advice you are provided with is tailor-made to your individual needs, circumstances and objectives.

We believe that loyalty is something that needs to be earned. It is essential to us that your mortgage advice requirements are handled in a prompt and professional manner by our team of Mortgage & Insurance Brokers. Our customers like the fact they can come back time after time and consult with the same adviser that took care of their last application.

www.mortgageadvisorynetwork.co.uk

Martin Taylor
Xi Comms
Martin Taylor

Xi Comms is a privately owned and managed supplier of telecommunications products and services based in the spa town of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Established in 2009 the company now boasts experience of over 60 years from within the UK telecommunications market.

In the context of the tremendous change and confusion in the telecoms market Xi Comms provides independent advice and guidance to customers on how to get the best return for your business from telecoms, be it existing services, new services or integrating new with old. Rather than your business being constrained by the technology we will help you use the technology to help your business flourish.

www.xicomms.com

Garry Plant
Harrogate Town FC
Garry Plant

Honorary Member

MD of Harrogate Town Football Club

www.harrogatetownafc.com

Bob Peacock
Kallkwik
Bob Peacock

With over 40 years in the print, paper and graphics industry Bob gained all relevant qualifications and experience.

From the shop floor to the board room Bob has had sales, marketing and management roles.

After a career with companies large and small Bob bought his own business in 1999, looking after Print on Demand, Design and Marketing for the local Harrogate Business Community.

www.kallkwik.co.uk/harrogate

Tom Lawrence
TLC Properties
Tom Lawrence

If you’re thinking of selling you home, here at TLC Properties we really care about you and about enabling you to move onto your next house. With a range of marketing strategies, sales options and modern methods we will adapt to suit you and your needs, to get you the best possible outcome.

If you’re thinking about letting your home then you really need to talk to us as we will find you a caring tenant who looks after your property. We will treat your property let, or portfolio, with the same care and attention we would if it was our own.

www.tlc-properties.co.uk

Charlie Kay
House Works
Charlie Kay

House Works offers a quality customer service and value for money, interpreting the customer’s desires and implementing them within the building project, both residential and commercial.

Residential Property Renovations, Alterations and Extension, New Build, Extensions, Renovations and Alterations, Project management and Design, Building, Joinery, Plumbing, Electrical, Decorating.

www.houseworksyorkshire.co.uk

Jane Keogh
Jane Keogh
Jane Keogh

No stranger to adversity, Jane has owned and run her own businesses since 1991. With business experience across a wide array of sectors, but with a particular interest in people and personal development, Jane now specialises in human behaviour. She works with individuals and businesses to improve communication, performance, results and quality of life.
She is qualified in NLP and HSE (Human Software Engineering) techniques, and is a DiSC trainer & facilitator with Wiley Publishing.

Jane is also a Certified Havening® Practitioner. Havening is a healing modality that is designed to help individuals overcome problems that are the consequence of traumatic or stressful encoding. It has three distinct applications, one is for emotional disturbances, second is for wellness, stress management, and peak performance, and the third is as a self-help tool.

In 2009 she ascended all 19,344 feet of Mt Kilimanjaro despite suffering from terrible altitude sickness and a severe chest infection. She credits her achievement to mindset and powerful visualisation techniques.

She also spent two years living in the African bush, a dream that she had had for many years. 4½ hours from the nearest town, there were daily encounters with the wildlife, ranging from herds of elephants, troops of baboons, lions, leopards and of course, critters of all shapes and sizes.

www.janekeogh.co.uk

Anne Chambers
Utility Warehouse
Anne Chambers

You may not have heard of Utility Warehouse before – that’s the secret to saving lots of money! The company does not advertise in the national press or on TV. Instead, it relies on personal recommendations; satisfied customers and Partners letting their friends, family and colleagues know about the savings they have made. The company passes the savings it makes on to its members – by charging less.
As a member of Utility Warehouse, you SAVE….

Single supplier for all your utilities.

Award – winning customer service.

Value that’s unbeatable.

Easy to switch.

Listen to this podcast to hear my story

Ian Smith
A1C
Ian Smith

A1C provides Finance and Leasing products to Businesses in the Yorkshire and Humber Region. We Finance and Lease all types of Machinery, Equipment, Technology and Vehicles and have been doing so since 2007. We are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and are members of the British Vehicle Leasing and Rental Association. Our customers range from sole traders to local authorities, most are SME businesses. We also Finance and Lease vehicles to Personal Customers. Our aim is to give great service and value to our customers and build long lasting relationships.

www.a1capital.co.uk

Sam Oakes
Web Designer
Sam Oakes

Having a website is essential for any business!

It is a powerful marketing tool that promotes your services 24/7, not only for potential clients searching the internet for your services, but it also adds credibility to those you meet socially or through networking who then go away and look you up.

A poor website will ultimately have a negative impact.

GOBO Creative Ltd has two areas of web development to suit your requirements.

GOBO Creative create bespoke websites for all sizes of business, including brochure and e-commerce sites. We also cover Photography and Graphic Design.

www.gobocreative.co.uk

Web XL build websites FREE of charge with a monthly hosting fee starting from just £12. These are tailored for new business start-ups, sole traders and SMEs who simply need an online web page to advertise their services.

www.web-xl.co.uk

For both areas It’s our aim to create an online presence that will make a real impact with the viewer and deliver an enjoyable, simple and user-friendly experience.

Graham Wild
Wild & Co
Graham Wild

I have over 20 years experience in the accounting and business advisory profession specialising in advising owner managed/family owned clients across a wide variety of sectors in the UK, on strategic/business planning, financial forecasting and how to generate stakeholder value.

Joining Wild & Co has helped me achieve a lifelong ambition to grow and develop our family owned accounting, tax and business advisory firm, based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients and providing advice helping them grow their businesses. My strength is being able to understand the financial position of an individual or business quickly, and being able to offer timely practical and commercial advice.

www.wildandcoaccountants.co.uk

Phillip Holdsworth
AurumGold
Phillip Holdsworth

94% of the UK working population worry about money”, Close Brothers Financial Wellbeing Index Report 2019. Less than 50% have a plan and 77% say their money worries impact their work. This is costing UK PLC more than £120bn every year through stress related absenteeism, presenteeism, lower productivity and employee churn.

Financial stress isn’t confined to any particular area of a person’s life; it can affect our work; our relationships; our social life too.

How can I support my employees and relieve their stress about money?

AurumGold delivers financial wellbeing in the workplace by taking the stress out of money. We do this by helping employees understand their emotional relationship with money, identify their future aspirations and know how to live their authentic selves whilst developing better money management skills.

This is achieved through flexible webinars, workshops, 1-to-1 coaching, consultancy and inspirational presentations. The result is, more fully engaged and highly productive employees who have a greater sense of loyalty and contribute to the organisations internal and external branding.

www.aurumgoldltd.co.uk

Amy Russell
Crescent Business Support
Amy Russell

We are a multi award-winning office support agency, offering practical and flexible, pay as you go, office support. Our team have a varied but extensive background and are very experienced in their field. They are able to work with you in your business, freeing up your time to work on your business. Whether you need one hour or 40 hours a month short or long term we can help.

www.crescentva.co.uk

Martin Mann
Martin Mann IT
Martin Mann

I provide IT support and advice for businesses of varying sizes across the Yorkshire region. With over 25 years IT experience across a number of disciplines, I am well placed to help your business work more efficiently with both your existing or emerging technology. Whether you require advice on how to work more effectively as an individual or within a team, I am able to offer ‘geek-free’ advice to ensure you do not go out and spend too much on over-functional, over-priced solutions.

I am available to work with you and your business on specific projects where you require an outsourced ’in-house’ IT Manager. However, if you prefer I welcome the opportunity to build a long-term business relationship with you that will allow me to provide day to day support and development. My priority is to understand your business and introduce new solutions as they become relevant.

Using my experience of larger businesses, I love using that knowledge to help individuals just as you start your own business. At this embryonic stage, I understand first hand that you need to be the salesman, marketeer, finance controller and find time to produce what actually makes the money. I want to help you by taking away the overwhelming language of technology and talk to you in plain Yorkshire. I will offer you advice on cost-effective hardware and software, as well as help you implement branded email, calendar and backups etc. across the devices that will rule your life from day one.

I work with Mac and Windows PC’s, laptops and servers, and with Adobe, Google and Microsoft desktop application to ensure businesses have the most effective tools at their fingertips.

I also have experience in preparing and implementing Business Continuity Plans for single or multi-site businesses, and am available to implement firewall, anti-virus, backup and security solutions to protect both your business interests as well as those of your employees.

If you think I can help your business please get in touch.

www.mann.solutions

Chris White
Green Ink Cartridges
Chris White

Green Ink Cartridges started as a Cartridge World Franchise so we have had all the training of refilling inks and lasers so you are not just buying products but the knowledge of an expert. We also offer services like servicing and repairing printers plus free information on buying your next machine so you don’t buy the wrong one.
Though we do have customers as far as London we do like the personal touch so try and keep our services local to Harrogate, Leeds and York.

www.greeninkcartridges.co.uk

Kate Rogata
Supporting Older People
Kate Rogata

Supporting Older People is a registered charity working in the Harrrogate & Knaresborough areas to alleviate loneliness amongst older people living alone. We provide 1:1 volunteer befriending & a programme of group activities in community venues.

We:

  • Match older people with volunteer visitors
  • Recruit volunteer befrienders, drivers and fundraisers
  • Organise social activities, outings and events
  • Liaise with family, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations
  • Host events where volunteers and the people we support join together.

We are a team of three part-time staff, managed by a board of trustees. Anyone can refer to us, so if you know an older person in need of support, please get in touch. We are keen to speak to businesses or individuals who are keen to support a local charity by giving time, skills, volunteering or supporting our fundraising events or becoming a corporate sponsor of our work.

www.supportingolderpeople.org.uk


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