October Events – Forward look

Here’s a forward look at what the Better Business Network has going on for October. 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 Dady.

For a full look of our events leading into next year – Check out the BBN event calendar on our website.


Monday 2nd Oct | 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.



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 October Speed Networking event here or check out our upcoming events here  

Tuesday 3rd



The Better Business Network is thrilled to announce we’re hosting two, three Hour in person Deaf Awareness Training Workshops ran by the Royal Association for Deaf People! These sessions will be open to everyone and will be taking place on the same days before our Better Business Summit Launch Parties 

 Tuesday 3rd October 14:00 – 17:00 (London) | X+Why’s People’s Mission Hall 20-30 Whitechapel E1 1EW | £70 (+VAT) – Buy your tickets here 

Thursday 5th October 14:00 – 17:00 (Manchester) | Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street M2 3JL  | £70 (+VAT) – Buy your tickets here 

Big thanks to Brabners for hosting the Manchester session.

These training sessions are happening on the same day before our Better Business Summit Launch Parties

Research shows that more than 70% of people who use hearing aids would choose a company with staff who are deaf aware over a company whose staff are not. Therefore, these sessions are crucially important, as the training will help you and your staff be able to understand the barriers faced by deaf people and people with hearing loss or tinnitus feel confident communicating with deaf people.



 Deaf Awareness Training will be carried out by the accredited Training Providers at the Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD). The training course is specifically designed to improve your awareness, communication skills and confidence, enabling you to help break down the barriers faced daily by people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.

The session lasts for three hours, and all attendees will be given a certificate of attendance. It costs £70 (+VAT)



  • Introduction to deafness
  • Deaf Community
  • Language
  • Raising awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Best practice

Creating a world without barriers is something we all want. Becoming deaf aware is bigger than just improving service, it builds your brand and places you at the forefront of inclusivity – which is what the Better Business Network is all about!



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Tuesday 3rd October | 6pm – 8pm | Better Business Summit 2024 Launch Party | London

Thursday 5th October |  6pm – 8pm | Better Business Summit 2024 Launch Party | Manchester

As part of our recent Countdown Launch to the Better Business Summit 2024, we’re having two launch parties in London and Manchester so our fellow network members, summit committee members, colleagues and friends can celebrate with us in the runup to January in what we know will be another fantastic event following the success of 2023.

London 3rd October – X+Why’s People’s Mission Hall 20-30 Whitechapel E1 1EW RSVP
Manchester 5th October – Brabners 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester M2 3BD – RSVP

These parties are happening on the same day after our Deaf Awareness Training sessions

Following the Manchester Summit party, Friday 6th Oct, there will also be a Better Business Summit Hike with Freskwalks where you can switch off to reconnect with nature, benefitting from the fresh air around friends within the network. 

RSVP and Join us to raise a class as we prepare our countdown for the Better Business Summit 2024

BBS 2024 tickets are still available to purchase here


Thursday 12th Oct  | 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 October 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


Breakfast Networking is on Floor One of the X+Why Manchester Office , located at 100 Embankment, Cathedral Approach, M3 7FA. (Opposite Manchester Cathedral)

Check out our YouTube video touring our fantastic new space where these breakfast networking sessions will be held. 


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 coworking 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 26th October | 6-8pm | PEOPLE, PLANET, PINT | Manchester 


Come join us at the next People, Planet, Pint session in Manchester on Thurs 26th October!

RSVP for your free ticket over on Eventbrite here  

The event is open to everyone (member or not) whether you’re a sustainability professional, small business owner, local council/government worker, student, consultant, looking to switch careers, or anything else besides, come down and meet others interested in sustainability.

No agenda, workshops or webinars. Just chat over some nibbles and beers.

Big thanks to Small 99 (who created the PPP concept) and KRYSTAL, the sponsors of the event who provide green web hosting services, who kindly provide a free drink for the first 33 people who arrive.

For consistency, we will now be hosting all future Manchester PPP sessions on the last Thursday of every month at Sandbar.

The event is co-hosted by Alex Booth, who runs the GM Green Scene as part of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce to help Manchester businesses engage across all areas of environmental sustainability.


Friday 27th Oct  | 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 October 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.






  1. The sessions run for 60 minutes
    2. The session kicks off with Mentees providing 15 minutes of learning to the group.
  2. Mentees will then be  in the HOTSEAT for the rest of the session where they will receive live mentoring from Jannine and attendees
  3. You can apply anytime using the Application Form above (when more than one request is received, a draw will occur and a random member selected.)
    5. Any member can attend as the mentee or observer
    6. The mentee of the month chooses an INTUITION OR ACCOUNTABILITY method
    7. The rest of us follow along or learn from the person in the hotseat

There will also be inspiration, action taking, collaboration, connection and ideas – And don’t we all need a bit of that some weeks!

So if you are procrastinating, experiencing a loss of confidence, need clients, marketing
help or have a strategy questions, bring them to a SMART SESSION. The sessions may
also be suitable for overwhelm, overload and transition times.

The SMART sessions are guaranteed to leave you inspired and help you get unstuck.

In your drive to reach the important, impactful, external goals required of us in these
times, support should not be a luxury.

As an impact-led business owner, you are likely to find yourself on an unexpected
journey of change. There is so much learning and growing to experience as we aim for
positive impact in our businesses. As we increase our connection with nature and
develop our human connection on a deeper level, daily business needs are often