SEPTEMBER EVENTS – FORWARD LOOK
September is round the corner so here’s a forward look at what the Better Business Network has going on. 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
For a full look of our events leading into next year – Check out the BBN event calendar on our website.
Monday 4th Sept | 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 September Speed Networking event here or check out our upcoming events here
This event is always free to Members but you can join as a guest for free to try it out.
Thursday 14th Sept | 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.
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
WHERE IS IT?
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.
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 of Breakfast Networking.
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 email@example.com
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 14th Sept | 10:30-12:30pm | CATALYST CONVERSATION – ‘Building a team for a better world’ | X+Why Manchester
This is a members only event Catalyst Conversation.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do!
WHAT IS THE SESSION ABOUT?
The session will talk through two things that are key to building a team for a better world:
How to hire: how can a purpose-driven organisation effectively and ethically recruit the right people that align with the values and mission of the business. Discussing where to look for the right candidates, how to assess candidates, how to ensure the process is ethical and fair considering the progressive EDI aims + values of your organisation.
How to retain: how can and should a purpose-driven organisation operate and support it’s employees. We will discuss topics such as what employee benefits should you offer, how to build a fair and respectful workplace culture, best practice on people management skills.
The idea that the “best hire is the one you’ve already got if you treat them fairly” is central to the second half of the conversation.
WHAT ARE ‘CATALYST CONVERSATIONS’?
Similar to a roundtable, catalyst conversations split attendees into groups of 6 people to discuss the topic, the challenges businesses face when trying to build a team for a better world, and the opportunities to have a greater positive impact. This provides a peer learning opportunity as well as final next steps action points from all attendees.
WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE?
We’re running this session for 2 hours, between 10.30 and 12.30 (with a coffee break in the middle!).
This catalyst conversation is intentionally scheduled on the same day as our Better Business Breakfast Networking session, so attendees can come in for coffee, fruit and pastries and stay for valuable connections with other like-minded businesses!
Thursday 14th Sept | 6-8pm | PEOPLE, PLANET, PINT | Liverpool
Everyone is welcome to join us (Member or not) at the next People, Planet, Pint session in Liverpool on the 14th September!
RSVP for free here
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.
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd Sept | 10-2pm | CARBON LITERACY TRAINING | Online
Join us for two half-day virtual sessions to complete our accredited Carbon Literacy online training course. Buy your tickets here.
Members of the Better Business Network have access to all our courses at a 50% discount, but are able to access our Carbon Literacy course for free depending on their tier level. Courses start at £180 per person for Individuals to join an existing course or at £1000 to run a private workshop for a business or private organisation.
To take advantage of our member exclusive offers and discounts, become a BBN member by signing up here.
The course is designed for those working within professional services, who want to make a positive change and take action on climate change through their job role.
This course is aimed specifically at those in the professional services industries, and will take you from the basics of climate science, and what is happening with the climate emergency; through to how this will impact everyone, enabling you to pledge relevant carbon reducing actions in your life, work & industry.
On successful completion of your Carbon Literacy training, after submitting your actions, you can become certified as ‘Carbon Literate’, joining more than 40,000 others, and including business leaders across multiple sectors. By taking part in this course, you will join employees from staff across other businesses including the NHS, Patagonia, BBC and ITV in training their staff to become ‘Carbon Literate’, helping to embed a widespread low-carbon culture.
After completing the course, you’ll be required to complete a Participant Evidence form which will then be sent to the Carbon Literacy Project for approval. Once the form has been approved you will receive your certificate.
Friday 22nd Sept | 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 email@example.com
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.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- The sessions run for 60 minutes
2. The session kicks off with Mentees providing 15 minutes of learning to the group.
- Mentees will then be in the HOTSEAT for the rest of the session where they will receive live mentoring from Jannine and attendees
- 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
Thursday 28th | 6-8pm | PEOPLE, PLANET, PINT | Manchester
Come join us at the next People, Planet, Pint session in Manchester on the 28th September!
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.