Next meeting: 26th October
Hotel Du Vin, Harrogate
Open networking from 17:00
Meeting starts 17:30 till 19:00
We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month and would like to invite any guests who would like to join in.
Please CLICK HERE to register your interest and we look forward to meeting you.
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.
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
18:40 Member Presentation followed by Q&A
19:00 Meeting Close
John HusbandVehicle Choice Locator
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.
Russ HirstAssured Financial Planning
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!
David BulmerDavid Bulmer Associates
David R Bulmer Associates Limited is an insurance brokerage based in North Yorkshire.
David has more than 35 year’s insurance industry experience. He has worked with insurers and in the Lloyd’s and London markets as well as learning his trade as a broker with a leading multi-national firm.
He has a wealth of experience in the SME sector and in particular of dealing with owner managed businesses.
At a time when the insurance market is becoming dominated by the multi nationals and consolidators, we know that it is increasingly difficult for businesses to get the type of independent advice and personal service they want.
Our philosophy is to give clients a far more personal service than is typically seen within the Commercial insurance market.
We provide our clients with a professional service to cover all aspects of their Commercial and Personal insurance requirements.
Whether it is sitting down with you to accurately assess your specific Demands and Needs or providing assistance when making a claim, we will always be pleased to provide a personal service.
Although many factors come into play when arranging insurances, for most clients the chief requirements are the quality of the cover provided and the premium charged. We use our experience and expertise to arrange the right insurance protection at a competitive premium.
The company has access to facilities covering all aspects of the Commercial insurance sector and this includes many specialist providers that underwrite schemes for specific industries. This coupled with competitive Motor Fleet policies ensure that we can provide a complete service to all our Commercial clients.
For the Private Individual we can offer a range of insurances from bespoke Home insurance to a Travel Policy and any other Personal insurance requirements our clients have.
Karl GehrkeMortgage Advisory Network
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.
Vicky FindlowWhite Rose Beauty college
Business Development & Client Services Manager, White Rose Beauty College – Harrogate
White Rose Beauty colleges have 9 schools and was founded over 20 years ago. In 2019 White Rose was awarded the Outstanding award by Ofsted.
In my role here at White Rose I will be working with students of all ages promoting all the courses and funding we have available.
White Rose will also be continuing to develop its health and Well – being programme with local employers.
Here at White Rose we are passionate about supporting the local community, we look forward to meeting you at many local events, with our glitter paints at the ready.
Martin TaylorXi Comms
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.
Jeremy CloughA M Davies
Wills & Probate Lawyer
A M Davies was established in 1998. Jeremy has over 30 years’ experience in helping people with wills, powers of attorney, advance decisions/living wills, funeral plans and probate/estate administration, with special expertise in complex estates and those with international assets.
Our main focus is to foster excellent client relationships. We aim to achieve outcomes that our clients know to be good, timely and cost effective.
We usually meet with clients at their homes. Transparency is important to us. Our will and power of attorney fees are published on our website and clients are sent leaflets and details of our wills/powers of attorney process prior to meeting so that they know what level of service they received.
Jeremy is available for evening appointments two days a week.
We like to work collaboratively with clients, financial advisers, and accountants to ensure that our mutual clients receive joined up and consistent advice.
Garry PlantHarrogate Town FC
MD of Harrogate Town Football Club
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.
Tom LawrenceTLC Properties
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.
Charlie KayHouse Works
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.
Jane KeoghJane 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.
I am the Managing Director of WYDOS Ltd based in Pudsey near Leeds. My company has two areas of expertise – IT Services and the supply/install of wide format printers to the Building Design and Engineering industries.
My specialist area is IT Services for SMB’s up to 50 staff. I have great experience in helping clients identify the best way to move their IT infrastructure into the cloud and to help run and maintain all aspects of it. See www.modernbiz.tech for our IT Services website.
Moving to the Cloud
Specifically I will consult and work with a client to identify how best to migrate email and files to the Microsoft Cloud by using Office 365 and related services from Microsoft and its partner network. Key to moving to the cloud is a seamless transition for a client’s staff. Using proven migration software technologies I do all this project work in the background so there is no downtime for the client. Training is then provided to ease the transition to the most up to date way of working.
IT Management Services
My company can provide businesses with a complete package of security, backup and software solutions. We offer flexible packages to suit budget and client needs from supply of just email mailboxes right through to managing your complete range of devices and servers with all you can eat services provided. Our helpdesk is simply a phone call or an email away so your IT doesn’t let you down.
Helping organise your business through CRM software
These days all businesses should be a using a CRM or Contact Relationship Management software. I have moved many businesses onto different CRM systems but the standout solution for any small business is Nimble CRM. It’s a simple yet deeply affective contact management system that helps you build and nurture relationships with your contacts to cultivate successful outcomes, whether for sales, business partnerships, growing influencer relations and more. Your client data represents the true value of any business – a CRM system will both safeguard it and put it to best use.
Wide Format Printers
We supply Hewlett Packard and Canon Wide Format Printers (or Plotters as they are also known) to Architects, Builders, Mechanical & Electrical Service Engineers and general Engineers – in fact, any company that needs to print A1 and A0 drawings. We help clients select the right printer for their requirement, then install it to their network and provide on-going supplies and maintenance services.
Anne ChambersUtility Warehouse
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.
Charlotte HudsonHotel du Vin
Charlotte is Sales Manager of Hotel du Vin Harrogate, boutique hotel & bistro – and Square Peg Network hub – in the heart of Harrogate.
A conversion of eight Georgian townhouses overlooking The Stray, Hotel du Vin features 48 bedrooms and spacious loft suites along with AA Rosette-awarded bistro and bar, al fresco courtyard, wine cellar and spa.
If you are looking for a unique and charming venue to celebrate with friends, entertain clients or hold a business meeting, Hotel du Vin Harrogate offers elegant surroundings, impeccable service and excellent food and wine – the perfect combination of French panache and distinctive Yorkshire charm.
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.
Sam OakesWeb Designer
Having a website is essential for every 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 Systems Ltd has two areas of web development to suit your requirements.
Design by GOBO create bespoke websites for all sizes of business, including brochure and e-commerce sites.
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.
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 WildWild & Co
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.
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.
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