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50+ SKILLS EXCHANGE CLUB CALLS OUT FOR VOTES TO BAG A SHARE OF BAG CHARGE FUND – HORSHAM AND CRAWLEY!

As you may be aware, a couple of months ago we reached the final stage of the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative in the Redhill area. We are now pleased to announce we have also been shortlisted in Horsham and we would really appreciate your support! The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative!

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. We’re ecstatic to announce that you will have the chance to vote for us in the following stores:

Crawley                                                                    RH10 1GY

Crawley Betts Way Express                         RH10 9UY

Crawley Haslet Avenue Express                RH10 1AH

Crawley Poundhill Express                           RH10 3BA

Downland Drive Crawley Express            RH11 8SW

Ifield Crawley Express                                     RH11 0PL

 

Horsham                                                                  RH12 3YU

Horsham Express                                               RH13 5QH

Horsham Silver Wok Express                      RH13 6EY

 
Voting is open in stores throughout July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

By voting for us you can help to support and celebrate older people within our community and the priceless contribution they make! Let’s come together to make a real difference in the lives of over 50’s!

Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Walking for Health!

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club has teamed up with Crawley Wellbeing to bring you the ‘Every Step Counts’ Walking for health project!

For 12 weeks starting from the 31st of August 2016, members are welcome to the short walks across Crawley. Not only are they a great way to improve your health, but also fantastic way to meet new people; all whilst enjoying nature and the sites of stunning Crawley!

Physical activity still remains crucial to your health even when your body does not remain as energetic. The weekly walks are an easy way to incorporate a bit of simple fitness into your routine. Not only is walking a proven method to reduce the likelihood of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, but just as importantly, studies show walking and/or light exercise has a positive impact on one’s mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety and for older people in particular it can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The best part is that the walks are completely free for Club members! Becoming a Club member is also a cost-free and simple process, with just a straightforward registration form that needs completing. The Crawley Club runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 at the Civic Hall and registration for the Club can be done there before the 9.30am walks! Members will be back in time for the Club sessions, where they can enjoy a hot drink, socialise with other Club members and participate in the variety of actives that take place and listen to the host of speakers that come along!

With so much to gain and nothing to lose but a few extra pounds, we look forward to walking with you!

If you require more information or would like to register for the Club please do not hesitate to contact us on – 01293 817227.

 

#MENU4SUCCESS

Beta Futures is delighted to launch #menu4success : bitesize business briefings for start-ups, micro and small businesses… 

 

 

The initial taster sessions will include a session on each of the following topics and run from 9.15 – 12.30 am:

  • Business Planning & Finance Development for SMEs – Derek Parlour from DJA Solutions
  • Start Up Guide to Employment Law – Ruby Dinsmore from Workplace Ready Training
  • 8 Steps for Creating an Effective Marketing Plan – Emma Pearce from Pearce Marketing
  • How to do ”Sales’‘ – Mike Monk from Monk MarketingBeta Futures Logo

DATES & VENUES

  • BRIGHTON – Wednesday 22 June 2016 – Malmaison, Brighton Marina, Brighton BN2 5WA
  • HAILSHAM – Wednesday 29 June 2016 – Now Charity Hailsham, Unit13-15 Station Road Industrial estate, Station Road, Hailsham BN27 2EW
  • CRAWLEY – Thursday 7 July 2016 – Premier Inn, Manor Royal, CrawleyBusiness Quarter, Fleming Way, Crawley RH10 9DF
  • DITCHLING – Wednesday 20 July 2016 – Mid Sussex Gold Club, Spatham Lane, Ditchling BN6 8XJ

Reserve your place!

Tickets are £65 +VAT. Places are limited, so book now via info@betafutures.com or call 01293 817 227.

Come along for some great insights and business tips to takeaway. 

Main course Master Classes coming soon for more in depth knowledge (September 2016).

 

5 Reasons to Invest in Training for your Employees

Beta Futures has developed a programme of Master Classes that cover a variety of topics – the first of which will be taking place on 9th March 2016.  We are also  able to offer bespoke training designed for your business needs. We thought it would be useful to outline the business benefits of investing in training for your employees:

  1. Increase job satisfaction, productivity, and motivation among employees.

Training can reduce absenteeism, mistakes and stress levels for your employees. Productivity is also likely to increase if employees are confident in their own ability and feel they know what they’re doing.

  1. Reduce employee turnover

By investing in your employees, you are showing that you value their contribution in the company and that you are willing to allocate resources to developing their skills. Employees are then left feeling motivated, driven and a sense of loyalty to the company. Staff retention is a key factor not least of which because it reduces the high cost of recruitment.

  1. Competitive advantage

Keeping up to date with trends and changing technologies in your industry ensures that your business remains competitive in terms of performance, quality and customer service. Having well trained staff means that you can adapt methods of working to meet market demand.

  1. Decrease need for supervision

Untrained employees can drain your management resources and distract your managers from their own work and important tasks. By investing in staff training, employees feel confident within their own role and you can trust them to deliver high quality work.

  1. Enhance company profile & attract talented staff

Organisations that invest in training are seen as desirable to those looking for employment. This increases your company’s likelihood of attracting talented candidates for your vacancies.

We are offering a FREE 1-hour consultation! Get in touch to take advantage of our offer and learn more about what we do:  info@betafutures.com | 01293 817 227.

Exhibitions: Reasons why your business should sign up.

Trade shows have many benefits for businesses, whether large or small. They can give your company visibility and establish a presence in your industry. This can be particularly useful if you are a new business. It puts you face to face with potential clients and gives you the opportunity to build relationships.

Trade shows, like most forms of advertising, have a cost. However, when businesses invest in exhibitions and do them effectively they can result in a positive return on investment. In this blog we will be exploring the benefits of exhibitions and why you should sign up.

Direct Feedback & Market Research

Having a stand at an exhibition puts you in front of customers. This dynamic allows for you to ask for direct feedback on products, prices and what they’re looking for in their service provider- it is important that you bring a notebook and pen to take notes. Furthermore, you can check out the competition and your industry as a whole. You can assess your position within your market and may even get inspired! Market research is really important as it ensures you are keeping up with changes and allows for your business to be flexible and competitive.

Expand your Customer Base

Trade shows give you the opportunity to expand your customer base. This is through engaging with members of the public that you may not have originally considered as being your customers or target market. In essence, you break down a barrier that is present when you are trying to make sales from an office. Those who choose to attend the trade show have already decided that they want to make a purchase. They usually have an idea of what they are looking for but are open to the provider as long as they are competitive on price and customer service.

Even if you can’t make a sale on the day. You can obtain details of potential customers who can be added to your database; this means that you have a list of warm leads to use in the near future.

Branding

Branding is crucial. Businesses want to establish a reliable and trustworthy reputation both amongst customers and your competitors. Trade shows can aid in building this kind of reputation as businesses and potential clients can see that you have made time to set up a stand and talk to people. Yes, it is about sales and profit. But it also puts your company in an environment which accommodates building relationships.

Want to learn more? Beta Futures is developing a programme of Master Classes covering a range of topics, from exhibitions to using LinkedIn to gain business leads. Contact us to find out how to book your place: info@betafutures.com | 01293 817 227

Our MD is taking on the Great Wall of China for Chestnut Tree House

Marie Chestnut Tree House 1Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015; raising money for Chestnut Tree House.

Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-limiting conditions from Sussex and South East Hampshire.

There are potentially 1,000 families with life-limited children in Sussex. Chestnut Tree House offers support for the whole family including psychological and bereavement support, end of life and short break care and sibling support.

 It currently costs well over £3m each year to provide all the care services provided by Chestnut Tree House. Families are never charged for their care and less than 8p in every pound is funded by the government, so we rely heavily on the generosity, help and support of the people of Sussex.” (Chestnut Tree House, 2015)

So far Marie has raised over £2,800  in aid of this amazing charity and is currently training hard to get ready for the challenge.

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Photo of the view from Marie’s Training at the Sussex Downs

We recently had a talk given by a representative from Chestnut Tree House at our 50+ Skills Exchange Club Crawley. The Club members were very touched and inspired by the hospice. We have arranged a trip to the House for Club members in October.Marie says I am raising money for Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice because it is vital that the amazing work of the hospice continues. I have never done anything like this before so it certainly will be a challenge.”

Marie’s JustGiving Page https://www.justgiving.com/Marie-Harris6/

Chestnut Tree House Website http://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities.”

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We’re Hiring! PR & Marketing Apprenticeship

Beta Futures are seeking an Apprentice Marketing & PR Assistant to assist in the operation of the business. We are looking for an individual who is driven and ambitious. This role would suit someone who is interested in the third sector and wishes to develop their business and marketing knowledge and skills.

About us

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities.”

The Role will include:

  • Developing marketing materials
  • Promoting the business via Social Media activities
  • Attending events and exhibitions to promote the organisation
  • Supporting the team in developing and growing new business

Key Skills Required:

  • Excellent people skills
  • Team player, likes working within a team
  • Good telephone manner
  • Ability to take directions well and use initiative
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Self sufficient
  • Computer Literate
  • Tech savvy with an understanding of how to use technology and incorporate it for business purposes.
  • Good written English and numeric skills
  • Creative

If you are interested, drop us an email to office@betafutures.com! Please also state that you have been sent from our blog.

We look forward to hearing from you.

The Beta Futures Team.

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Meet Mike Monk

On 10th September 2015, Beta Futures will be launching our brand new Master Classes.

We thought this week’s blog would be a great opportunity to learn more about Mike Monk, our Sales and Marketing Consultant, from Monk Franchising  who will be running some of the classes.

M Monk profile pictureMike started his career in sales and marketing 38 years ago. He feels that the buzz from securing new business never fades. Aged 15 he knew that he wanted to go into sales. At this young age he worked in an office equipment showroom every Saturday in Brighton.  On his second Saturday he had sold two machines, this confirmed his love of sales and that he was in fact “pretty good at it.”

He then entered the fashion and clothing market, working as an agent for 4 companies in London for 4 years. This lead to Mike being head hunted for a printed T-shirt company. He decided to become an agent as he wasn’t sure about this path. Within a year he became a Sales Director and within 5 years took the company’s turnover from £200k to £6 million, also expanding into Germany, France, Holland and Greece.

Mike then moved to a sourcing company, winning a well-known Golf Competition contract worth 6 figures.

After 2 years with this company, Mike decided to start up his own business. Unfortunately this company failed – the lessons learnt from this were invaluable. “The timing was wrong. It taught me to never completely rely on the banks and that overheads must always be kept under control. Cash flow is critically important too.” The best piece of business advice Mike had ever received (from a multimillionaire) was; “Turnover is vanity, profit is sanity”.

Mike then set up Monk Marketing, 12 years ago, and went on to franchise this a few years later. Monk Marketing works with clients such as Intercontinental Hotels and Costain Construction and recently secured a contract with Intercontinental New York through recommendation from the London hotel.

Mike’s advice to others is that if you’re in business working for yourself, you should enjoy it.

In his spare time he enjoys golf, tennis and soccer. He also likes to go out to eat and socialising, as well as having a BBQ in the sunshine. But most importantly he loves to spend time with his family and claims that his biggest life achievement was having his first child.

Beta Futures is excited to be working with Mike and is looking forward to launching the new Master Classes. Mike is hoping that attendees of the classes will leave the sessions feeling energised and will have gained a new insight into how they can run their business.

If you want to learn more about Beta Futures’ Master Classes and wish to attend the launch, send an email to office@betafutures.com. 

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club: Crawley Club Update

Below you will find our article  for Age Action Alliance published on 31st July 2015:

“The 50+ Skills Exchange Club brings people together to socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

In May 2015 Beta Futures was delighted to launch the 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Crawley.  The Club currently runs in Redhill and there are plans for a third in Horsham by 2016.

So what has The Club been up to? The Club has already welcomed an increasing number of members and hosted several guests such as Loredana D’Andrea from K2’s Well Being team.

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The Crawley Club Launch May 2015

The Crawley Club is organising future meetings including a First Aid session and representatives coming in from local businesses.  Members of The Club were also recently inspired by Chestnut Tree House when a speaker came in to talk about the hospice’s work. Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015. So far Marie has raised over £1000 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future.

Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session
Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session

The Club members are putting forward their own ideas for Club events such as fundraising, craft stalls and much more. A committee will soon be established which will allow members to shape and drive the direction of The Club.”

Want to learn more? Check out our website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/50plus.html

Our blog on the Age Action Alliance website: http://ageactionalliance.org/the-50-skills-exchange-club-crawley-update/

Marie Harris’ Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/marie-harris6/

You can also find us on Twitter (@50PlusSkills) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/50-Skills-Club/1569904066559573).

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Beta Futures’ Networking & Launch Event!

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Beta Futures is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the launch of our brand new Master Classes, in conjunction with Mike Monk, Founder of Monk Marketing on Thursday 10th September.

The Master Classes will begin in the Autumn covering a wide range of topics including Sales & Marketing, Franchising, Customer Service and much more!

At the event you can expect a free guide to networking, a free bite size Master Class by Mike Monk – as well as the opportunity to network with other local businesses.

Places are limited to book now! 

RSVPs to office@betafutures.com or 01293 817227.