Making the city a better place
May was a really hectic and productive month for Small Business Focus, its members and strategic partners.
We joined the steering group for the inaugural City of Bath 100 Ideas for Bath Conference, an event which brought together all the various groups and initiatives aiming to make Bath a better place in which to work and live. With more than 450 visitors and more than 100 exhibitors, it offered something for everyone.
Some particularly appreciative comments from the feedback forms were:
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â There remained a sense of excitement in the air that formed a relaxing ambience – a buzz of interest and a place for all to feel valued and part of.
â My sincere congratulations, and I am proud to have taken part.
Unfortunately, due to space constraints, not everyone was able to participate. So great was the demand that the coordinator, Stacy Pritchard, is already receiving applications from those wishing to secure a stand in 2013!
On May 30, the Bath Improvement District-led initiative Shaping our Bath City Centre Together presented their findings and proposals. Small Business Focus, as a member of the initiative subgroup Economic Vibrancy, will continue to support inward investment, graduate retention and encourage new start-ups.
Last, but by no means least, we were delighted to witness the public launch of The Bath Avon River Economy Group on May 28.
Chaired by Edward Nash this group is pushing forward with welcome and long-awaited proposals for the river as a transport route, to open up its heritage and reconnect it back into the life and economy of the area. Small Business Focus is keen to be fully involved with this exciting initiative in the coming months and years.
What comes next? We are backing the Bath Good Food Awards 2012 and would encourage businesses in Bath & North East Somerset involved with food and drink to enter any of the 30-plus categories. See www.bathgoodfood.co.uk for further details.
And what about our own activities?
On July 3 the B&NES Entrepreneurs' Club holds its 30th weekly session. More than 850 start-ups and mentors have been involved at meetings in 30 venues throughout Bath and North East Somerset so far. See www.banesentrepreneursclub.co.uk.
Our monthly breakfasts at Homewood Park Spa and Hotel in Hinton Charterhouse remain popular and we are currently preparing innovative training and networking events for the autumn, once our Tuesday Bath League de Petanque 2012 evenings in Queen Square have come to an end.
â Want to join us? See www.smallbusinessfocus.co.uk.