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:

Our blog on the Age Action Alliance website:

Marie Harris’ Just Giving Page:

You can also find us on Twitter (@50PlusSkills) and Facebook (

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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 or 01293 817227.


Giving, contributing to and supporting others without keeping score” – Watson

From a business perspective networking can be extremely powerful. If you meet the right person it can have a huge impact on the growth and development of your business. Networking is all about making connections with the right people and building mutually beneficial relationships – we all know that, right?

The misconception about networking is that it is a game and a quick transaction between two people. Networking however, should be about knowing that what you can achieve with others is better than what you can do alone.

There are no short cuts to building sustainable relationships with others. You have to build rapport, trust and commitment, much like any other relationship.

It is easy to engage in your own private pre-screening process and to decide exactly who you want to talk to before even getting to an event. One thing that you must realise is that you need be open to talking to anyone and everyone. You never know who you may end up talking to.

Reciprocity is also very important. You need to think about what you can offer someone. Is it advice, contacts, a business partnership or something else? There needs to be a balance of accepting support, favours, information and making sure you can contribute in equal measure.

Be prepared to talk, listen and put the time in when networking. This will give you the best chance of reaping the rewards that we all know networking can offer.

Watch out for our next blog which will be coming out in the next few weeks.

Beta Futures is excited to announce that we will be hosting our very own networking event in September 2015 to launch our brand new “Master Classes” in conjunction with Mike Monk, Founder of Monk Marketing.

Courses that will be available include:

  • Sales & MarketingMM LOGO
  • Franchising Your Business
  • Getting the Most Out of Networking

If you are interested in attending our launch and wish to learn more about Beta Futures’ Master Classes drop us an email to

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