FEBRUARY EVENTS – FORWARD LOOK

February is round the corner, so here’s a forward look at what the Better Business Network has going on. Some of these events are exclusive to our members, but you can try out our networking events as a guest to see if the network is right for you.

The Better Business Network is an inclusive network for purpose-driven business owners and leaders who want to grow their business and make the world a better place. We help you grow your impact, income and audience while advocating for systemic change.

Joining as a member allows you to support impactful organisations as part of a more powerful collective through donation of your membership fees, whilst also increasing your individual impact

Interested? Learn more here or book in a call with our Community Manager James.

Check out our YouTube video explaining why you should join the network if you aren’t already a member here

 

MONDAY 5TH FEB | 2-3PM | SPEED NETWORKING | ONLINE

Our monthly virtual Speed Networking for Purpose Driven Businesses connects like-minded business owners who care about their social and environmental impact to help their businesses grow and create positive systemic change.

HOW DOES THE EVENT WORK?

Virtual speed networking is a fun and quick way for you to meet other purpose led business leaders. Over the course of 60 minutes, our host places you in one to one breakout sessions to meet five new business contacts. These sessions are a great platform for the self employed, small business owners and SMEs to work together to elevate good business, learn from one another and meet helpful connections.

We don’t encourage a hard sell environment, these are friendly, supportive and collaborative sessions that allow you to build your network with other organisations that care about their social and environmental impact.

RSVP is required to receive the Zoom link (This often ends up in your spam folder – check for an email from WordPress) RSVP for free to our February Speed Networking event here or check out our upcoming events here

THURSDAY 8TH FEB  | 9-10:30AM | BREAKFAST NETWORKING & MEMBER CO WORKING DAY | X+WHY MANCHESTER

The Better Business Network are now officially hosting Breakfast Networking sessions on the second Thursday of each month for purpose driven businesses to connect. This event is open to everyone, not just BBN members.

RSVP for free to our February Breakfast Networking event here or check out our other upcoming events here

Are you a business owner who cares about your social and environmental impact? Do you work for a company that believes in a sustainable and just world, where businesses can be a force for good?

This is a relaxed, fun and easy way for you to meet other purpose-led businesses, to make meaningful connections and learn from one another.

These sessions will run from 9-10.30 am, and this event is open to all, not just Better Business Network Members. There will be hot drinks, fresh fruit and pastries provided for attendees to enjoy while having a chat.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AFTERWARDS?

We’re inviting people to stay and co-work for the rest of the day from the X+Why Office! This means you can crack on and get some work done from an incredible space, whilst also giving further opportunities to connect with your fellow attendees.

If you are a Better Business Network Member you are able to get co-working Day Passes as part of your membership, and so you’ll be able to do this completely free!

Interested? You’ll need to send our Community Manager, James, an email to confirm your space at james@thebetterbusiness.network

If you are not a Better Business Network Member, please feel free to stick around and co-work for the day from the space. You will need to purchase a Day Pass from the X+Why website to get access after Breakfast Networking ends at 10am.

THURSDAY 8TH FEB | 10:30-12PM | CATALYST CONVERSATION – ‘WHAT CAN WE DO TO CHALLENGE GREENWASHING? STAYING ACCOUNTABLE’ | X+WHY MANCHESTER 

This is an intimate and invite-only Catalyst Conversation, and a members only event. For a full list of our upcoming events, check out our Events Calendar

If you are a tier four or above BBN Member and fancy coming down, or you would just simply love to get involved, please get in contact with our Community Manager James at james@thebetterbusiness.network and we’ll see what we can do!

Check out our YouTube video touring our fantastic new space where these catalyst conversations will be held.

 

THURSDAY 22ND FEB| 09:30-11AM | INTRO TO B CORP WORKSHOP | ONLINE

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WHO THIS IS FOR

Business owners who want to make a positive impact with their business and want support in creating a clear guide and framework to do so. Those that are interested in learning more about what B Corps are, how to certify as a B Corp and what the process looks like.

MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. There are over 7,700 certified B Corps globally from 150 industries and 80 countries, including The Guardian, The Body Shop, Patagonia, Innocent and Coutts Bank.

The UK is home to one of the fastest growing B Corp communities in the world, with over 1500 companies in the community. Don’t let your business get left behind and discover how you can start your journey on becoming B Corp Certified.

B-Corp-certified brands in the UK grew 28 times faster than the national economic growth rate of 0.5% in 2018, according to the Office for National Statistics.

92% of consumers around the world want to be more sustainable, and 70% will pay more for products and services if they protect the environment, showing it’s not just good for the planet, it’s good for your bottom line as well.

In this workshop you will learn more about what B Corps are and how working towards becoming a B Corp Certified business is not just good for the planet, but also for attracting and retaining your customers.

Learn how you can start your journey on becoming B Corp Certified with Hannah Cox, a B Leader who has been trained by B Lab UK to help businesses through the B Corp Process.

In this interactive workshop we cover:

  • Learn what challenges business is facing

  • Understand how business is changing

  • What the B Corp Movement is

  • Understand the areas of the B Impact Assessment

  • Learn about Mindful Consumers and what that means for your business

  • Meet and network with other business owners who share your values

  • Help to choose what areas of impact to focus on as a business owner, regardless of your industry

  • Tools and Resources to help you succeed

The last 30 minutes of this webinar are dedicated to Q&A

FRIDAY 23RD FEB  | 9-10AM | S.M.A.R.T MENTORING SESSION WITH JANNINE BARRON, REGENERATIVE BUSINESS MENTOR | ONLINE

This is a BBN member only service. SMART mentoring are monthly meetups, where Regenerative Business Mentor, Jannine Barron, will facilitate a mentoring process that is sure to inspire and ignite practical solutions to real business dilemmas.

To apply to be mentored, you must be a BBN Member and can find information about this in the members area or via James, our Community Manager, at james@thebetterbusiness.network

RSVP for free to our January SMART mentor session here or check out our other upcoming events here

Jannine Barron is the Regenerative Business Mentor. She helps purpose-led business owners experience and apply regenerative thinking to their businesses so they can build a legacy of impact as well as success.

Check out our YouTube video explaining how this session works here

THURSDAY 29TH FEB| 09:30-11AM | SUSTAINABILITY AS A SALES TOOL | ONLINE

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WHO THIS IS FOR

Business owners who want to make a positive impact with their business and want support in creating a clear guide and framework to do so, and communicate that authentically with their Customers or Clients. Those that are interested in learning more about what the Sustainable Development Goals are and how they can use them to create a sustainability strategy and communicate with their Customers.

MORE ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

The rising economic impact of both millennials and Generation Z mean that in 2020 it reached a tipping point. In 2020 millennials made up 40 percent of all consumers, and 40 percent of this demographic (according to a survey by Deloitte) believe that the goal of business shouldn’t be a healthy bottom line, but contributing to society.

92% of consumers around the world want to be more sustainable, with 70% willing to pay more for products and services if they protect the environment, therefore showing that it’s not just good for the planet, it’s good for your bottom line as well.

In this workshop you will learn more about how installing sustainable practices like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in your business is not just good for the planet, but in attracting and retaining your customers.

The United Nations Sustainable development goals help businesses align their strategy to help solve the global challenges that we all face. There are 17 SDGs and 169 targets in total. While they are all important and interrelated, some are more relevant to different Industries and Sectors.

Plenty of research, tools and resources are provided so that by the end of the workshop you will have some clear actionable strategies that you can implement in your own business to grow in 2024

In this interactive workshop we cover:

  • Learn what challenges business is facing

  • Understand how business is changing

  • Learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Learn about other Sustainable Initiatives your business can get involved with

  • Learn about Mindful Consumers and what that means for your business

  • Meet and network with other business owners who share your values

  • How to choose social and environmental goals

  • Tools and Resources to help you succeed

Additional 30 mins networking time is included after the workshop for anyone wanting to connect with other attendees.