July 21 Newsletter and Update
Welcome to the first edition of the group newsletter that will tell you about what is happening in our world of business mentoring, networking, peer mentoring and support, all aimed at providing you with a platform to support, develop and grow your business, CIC or charity.
This edition is timely as we have all been through a period of great change in a business and personal sense and can now begin to see what the new normal looks like and consider our way forward to take the opportunities and overcome the challenges.
All our activities are based on understanding market and client need and then building a set of offers and activities that meet that need and support you to succeed and grow.
NEW – The impending launch of the Marsh Network Business Circle
After 8 months of research, discussion and planning, we are launching the brand-new Marsh Network Business Circle. The Circle is aimed at small business owners and leaders, owners and leaders of charities and Community Interest Companies.
It is a lonely and sometimes stressful life being an owner or leader of a small organisation, and we cannot be an expert in every facet of running a business.
The Marsh Network Business Circle will provide a platform and support mechanism for you to engage with other business owners and leaders, share knowledge, skills and experiences, give and receive support in a peer mentoring, exclusive and Chatham House rules environment.
The Marsh Network Business Circle will also provide free access to a panel of experts in their Field, e.g. social media, accountant, Solicitor, well being etc., and quarterly review with an experienced business mentor.
Additional benefits such as free networking meetings, reduced price App and QR code and electronic business cards will be available.
The Marsh Network Now and in the Future
The onset of Covid meant that the networking provided by the three face to face meetings of the Marsh Network had to move online. This resulted in a growth in membership, greater reach with people attending from across Kent, Sussex and beyond and an increase in reach for individual businesses who gained new customers online.
As we move towards a new normal, research with our group and by The FSB indicates that many want to go back to face to face meetings, many want to remain online only, and many are happy to do both.
Our plan is to review frequency of Marsh Network meetings and:
- Keep Marsh Network Online to serve Kent Sussex and our wider audience
- From September re introduce the successful Marsh Network breakfast meeting at Dymchurch
- Start a new face to face meeting in September based in Pett near Hastings to serve East Sussex
- Consider launching a face to face meeting aimed at the needs of the rural economy in West Kent and East Sussex
- Consider a hybrid meeting either based in New Romney or Rye with access online for people from out of the area.
Any feedback on these ideas would be appreciated.
We will continue to support our two charities, CARM who support older people living in isolation and The Oliver Curd Trust who support families who have seriously ill children, with caravan holidays.
Networking remains a key way to grow your contacts and your business, a few thoughts:
- Do not expect an instant return
- You must go to a group on a regular basis to build relationships and mutual confidence
- Be prepared to give as well as receive
- It may not be about the people in the “room” but about the 100+ people they know
- 121 follow up meetings are critical to success and building your own network.
You can find out more about the network, dates and book meetings at https://marshnetwork.co.uk
Botfield Associates Mentoring and Coaching
As a result of Covid, all mentoring and support services moved on to Zoom. All current and new Clients were happy to work with Zoom.
The future looks to be based on a hybrid model, with most sessions online on Zoom with planned face to face meetings also in Client mentoring plans.
I work closely with a small number of clients, mainly small businesses or charities that want to succeed, develop and grow, usually working 121 with the owner or leader of the organisation on a plan to meet and exceed the goals and needs of the business for the future.
All plans are customized and based on a proven approach, developed over the last 9 years, since the business was set up of a balance between mentoring and coaching.
A free 1 hour 121 session is available to anyone who wants to discuss their business, charity or CIC and I aim to learn more about you and your organisation and offer thoughts and ideas to address your opportunities and challenges.
Mentoring packages for an initial 3 months including 6 online/face to face sessions, ongoing support between sessions and access to my network and contacts, start from £895, no VAT and can be paid monthly in advance.
After that a rolling 2 month commitment at a frequency to suit you and your organisation.
To learn more about the mentoring offer or to book a free 121 go to https://botfieldassociates.co.uk where you will also find a number of useful articles.
Thank you for reading this far and I hope this newsletter has given you a feel about what may lie in the future and created some thoughts about engaging with my services to develop and grow your business, charity or CIC
Terry Botfield Dip DM
Business Mentor and Leader of The Marsh Network
07749 159263 firstname.lastname@example.org