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News

Highlights of 2018
December 2018

Friday 14th December saw our annual Christmas jumper meeting, with a variety of elves, snowmen and other festive characters in attendance. It was also a chance to reflect on what has been a momentous year for the group, with our outgoing chair Matt Hill summarising some of the highlights including:

• Move to a larger venue at the Milk Churn to accommodate our growing numbers. This year we increased from 31 to 36 members, with some new specialisms represented including admin support (Leanne) and carpentry (Haden)
• An impressive 859 referrals passed between members over the year, with a special award to Colin Powney who was the top referrer with 32
• A fabulous £1,251,354.49 of business generated by members for members over 2018. This works out to around £34,760 for each member on average!
2018 has not been without its difficult times. We reflected on the sad and untimely loss of Tim Page earlier this year and have been pleased to welcome James from Page Electrical to continue to represent the business.

Matt finished by thanking all of the committee and other members for their hard work behind the scenes, from organising training courses, speakers and social events to keeping the website and records up to date.

We look forward to seeing Stuart Harris from Attention Space move into the Chair role in 2019. A huge thanks to Matt Hill from Systema for doing a great job chairing our meetings over the past year.

Christmas Party Night
December 2018

On 8th December, our members and their guests enjoyed a night of festive celebrations at Bowood, with delicious food and wine, dancing and, of course, great company!

Working as a small business owner or sole trader can be lonely, but not if you’re part of BGG! Our members enjoy regular social events throughout the year, in addition to our Friday networking breakfasts, so there is no need to miss out on the social side of work.

A very Merry Christmas to our members, their families and team members.

Community Impact
2018

In December 2017, we were pleased to welcome representatives from Wiltshire Air Ambulance to our breakfast meeting where we presented them with a cheque for £500 towards their Airbase Appeal. We were therefore delighted to learn that the new airbase has been officially opened in December 2018 by HRH Duchess of Cornwall. Wiltshire Air Ambulance commented via our twitter feed “Thank you so much for your support and for helping us be where we are today!”

This year we are pleased to have chosen Wiltshire Mind to receive our Christmas donation of £500. As a committee, we have discussed the importance of mental health issues. We look forward to welcoming representatives of Wiltshire Mind to our meeting on 25th January 2019 to learn more about their work, as well as presenting them with a cheque.

To find out more about our chosen charities and the valuable work they do across Wiltshire, visit:
http://www.wiltshiremind.co.uk/
https://www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/

8 Minutes...
September 2018

What can you learn in 8 minutes?

Every week members take it in turns to share their expertise in an 8-minute presentation. Recently, members have used a variety of practical tasks to showcase their skills and teach us something new!

Tom from Renew Flooring showed us how to join two pieces of carpet. After a quick demonstration, he divided us into four teams and challenged us to do the same! Tom made it look easy, but our members'
results were of variable quality - we are not sure Tom will be hiring any of us as an apprentice any time soon.

We also got to test out our physical skills during Matt Hill's talk on the Systema Academy, from balancing to breathing. It was surprising how hard sitting and standing can be!

Then we found out how much we didn't know about the complex world of insurance in a quiz by Karen from PSP Insurance, who even managed to integrate bouncing on space hoppers!

We have such a varied skillset at BGG! For more about our members' specialisms, see our Members Page

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April 2018

Demystifying GDPR

Our member Kieran Thomas from Priority IT recently spent a week in London studying General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and has since been sharing his knowledge with the group, giving a presentation and Q&A session about the forthcoming changes.

His talk introduced us to the key principles of GDPR, the six legal bases for processing data and the rights individuals have, together with the actions we need to take as business owners. Members found this a helpful starting point in preparing for GDPR.

BGG’s new home at the Milkchurn
Feb 2018

After many successful years at the Kings Arms in Melksham, Business Growth Group has moved to larger premises at the Milk Churn due to its expanding numbers.

Now consisting of 35 members from diverse local businesses, Business Growth Group meets for breakfast on a Friday morning when members take the opportunity to network, learn from each other and share business opportunities.

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Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Dec 2017

Supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Business Growth Group likes to support our local community and this year we have chosen to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance. We invited Kevin Reed, Head of Operations, and Valerie Whistler, Partnerships Coordinator from Wiltshire Air Ambulance to attend our meeting on Friday 8th December to talk about their lifesaving work and the plans for the new airbase.

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Christmas Event
Nov 2017

A fabulous Christmas event

Let the festivities begin!

Members of BGG and their partners were treated to a fun-filled Murder Mystery evening at the beautiful Cleeve House at Seend Cleeve on Saturday 25th November.

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Social Events
Sept 2017

A busy social calendar for BGG members

One of the things our members appreciate about our group – besides a share in the annual £1.2m worth of referrals – is being connected to a group of like-minded business people. There are times when running a small business can be lonely, but in addition to our weekly Friday breakfast meetings, our members benefit from a range of social events throughout the year.

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Members News
July 2017

After hitting the £1 million mark last year, our business group continues to reach new heights!

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Members News
June 2017

Members of Business Growth Group are prepared to respond to medical emergencies after completing Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications.

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Social Event
Summer 2016

This year we opted for an evening of fun with a comedy walk in Bath.

We started off in the Huntsman Pub for supper and a drink, before setting off on the event.

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Members News
July 2016

Keevil Church of England Primary School has a new prospectus this year, thanks to three BGG members: Mark Giles, from MG Photography Ltd, having worked with Keevil School for a number of years, referred the prospectus project to Colin Harrison of Colin Harrison Design and Ali Anteney of Townsend Design and Print.

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Members News
June 2016

The Business Growth Group was delighted to welcome three new members recently:

Plastic Repairs, Kathryn Roynon HR & Training Consultancy and Priority IT Support and Supply.

Members News
May 2016

A collaboration of four BGG members, Keith Harris from SoInspired (a web technology company), Tracey Hanman of Sign Marketing, Ali Anteney of Townsend Design and Print and Mark Giles from MG Photography..

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Members News
April 2016

On the 1st April the Business Growth Group held a members only meeting, the main purpose of which, was to discuss the EU In or Out question.

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