Dacorum Business Week schedule of events

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Monday 5 June

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Tuesday 6 June

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  • Retail visual merchandising

    All day: (pre-booked on-site visits: Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Tring)

    Are you doing enough to welcome customers and maximise sales? Top London visual merchandising expert Sarah Manning will be visiting retailers around the borough to share her experience.

  • Data protection: the time bomb is ticking

    8am – 9.30am: Hightown House, Maylands Avenue, HP2 4XH

    New privacy laws for European citizens will be enforced from May 2018. The countdown to European Union, General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) has started – and you need to be ready. A must if you promote and sell in the EU, process EU citizen data or transact in Euros.

    Presenter: Mark Pilgrim, Vice President EMEA at STEALTHbits

  • One-to-one business surgeries

    All day: The Forum, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN

    A 20-minute one-to-one surgery with one of the business professionals on hand to provide tailored advice on a range of key areas, including:

    • start-up advice (from preparing a business plan to finance)
    • tax and payroll
    • HR and employee relations
    • commercial, employment and property law
    • export and international trade marketing

Wednesday 7 June

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  • Retail visual merchandising

    All-day: pre-booked on-site visits: Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Tring

    Are you doing enough to welcome customers and maximise sales? Top London visual merchandising expert Sarah Manning will be visiting retailers around the borough to share her experience.

  • Get LinkedIn breakfast networking

    Get LinkedIn8am – 10am: Watermill Hotel, Bourne End, HP1 2RJ. £15 (plus VAT)

    An opportunity to join your local business community for a full buffet breakfast while topping up on your e-marketing techniques - you may love Google, but does Google love you? All are welcome.

    Presenter: June Cory, My Mustard Google AdWords agency

    My Mustard logo March 2017

  • Advertising: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    9am – 10.30am: Advertising: Maylands Business Centre, HP2 7BA

    Is your marketing making an impact? Or are social media posts to printed mailshots missing the mark? Learn how to maximise your advertising budget and improve your business profitability. Bring your marketing materials along for an optional critique and develop your own campaign.

    Presenter: Laurie Bernard, The Business Services Partnership

  • Making tax digital

    9am – 10.30am: D-Lab, Clarence Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AS

    Making Tax Digital is a key part of the Government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs – and spells the end of the annual tax return. Find out what this means for you and when the new system starts.

    Presenter: Shaun Brownsmith, Partner, Haines Watts Chartered Accountants.

  • Raising capital, tax efficiently

    10.30am – 12pm:  D-Lab, Berkhamsted, HP4 3AS

    Business leaders can be defined by the issues they are juggling, and during this seminar we will discuss the elements of funding for your business’ growth, including:

    • Remuneration for start-ups - As the director of a newly established company, it may not be possible to pay yourself via dividends yet. However, there are other options…
    • How to raise early capital – We’ll look at the different ways your business can raise extra capital to help it grow.
    • Investing in your business - When seeking funding for your business, one option that is not often considered is unlocking finance from the company's pension fund.
    • Moving parts - Money that would have otherwise gone to HMRC can boost your retirement savings, but action is needed before your company’s financial year-end.

    This presentation is aimed at all Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at all stages of their journey, including bank finance, investment, equity partners, enterprise allowance, grants and more. It will provide a high-level overview of funding for your company’s growth, whatever the size.

    Presenter: Robert Stringer, Stringer Mann, a Senior Partner Practice of St James's Place Wealth Management.

  • Shop talk: the future of retail

    6.30pm – 8.30pm: Norah Grace Hall, Tring, HP23 5BA

    What are the key recommendations for creating a 21st century retail environment? Bill Grimsey, author of the Grimsey Review, offers a practical and realistic vision for the future of the High Street.

    Shop Talk sessions are hosted by the I Love Tring Retail Forum in cooperation with Tring Together and Tring Town Council.

Thursday 8 June

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  • The Apprenticeship revolution

    8am – 10am: West Herts College, Dacorum Campus, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1HD

    The most significant shake-up in apprenticeships in a generation is here, but what’s in it for your business? Find out about the opportunities created by the Apprenticeship Levy and how it works.

    Presenter: Richard Moore, Skillmakers

  • Business Buzz networking

    10am – 12pm: Olde Kings Arms, Hemel Hempstead Old Town, HP1 3AF (£5 including tea/ coffee)

    A fresh vibe in business networking, this drop-in session is a great way to meet people outside your current network and expand your connections within the local business community.

    Presenter: Janice O'Neill from Business Buzz

  • Corporate social responsibility: a ‘win-win’ for all

    11am – 11.30am: Desklodge, 61 Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DX

    Find out about the benefits of engaging with your local community – and why doing business in an ethical and sustainable way will in turn reap customer rewards.

    Presenter: Cindy Withey, Connect Dacorum

  • Employing people with disabilities

    11.30am – 12pm: Desklodge, 61 Maxted Road, Hemel Hempstead HP2 7DX

    Increase your understanding of disability and become more confident when attracting, recruiting and retaining disabled people.

    Presenter: Doreen Pearson, Hemel Hempstead Jobcentre Plus

  • Boost your business with social media

    1.30pm – 4.30pm: Pendley Manor, Tring, HP23 5QY

    A dynamic, in-depth workshop covering the latest social media tips and tricks. You'll leave with a clear strategy for your business, and an action plan you can use to get results from day one.

    Presenter: Cassie Hicks, MMSpark.

Friday 9 June

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  • Keynote speech: The impact of Brexit on local businesses

    8am – 11am: The Forum, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN

    Brexit will impact all business activity in the UK, from small local businesses to large corporates. It may effect far-reaching changes in areas from employment law to health and safety legislation, from VAT rates to tariffs and quotas.

    How the Government manages the Article 50 negotiations will set the economic conditions for the UK for decades to come.

    Understand the Brexit process, separate fact from fiction, explore some of the possible consequences – and find out how your business can prepare.

    Presenter: Jonathan Vorss-Millins, Head of Brussels Office, East of England European Partnership.

  • GBP: the effect of sterling on import and export

    11.15am – 12.15pm, The Forum, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN

    A must for all businesses affected by the recent fluctuation in currency rates. Get an overview of what’s happened to GBP over the last year, understand the current most-influential factors on foreign exchange and find out what to expect from sterling in the coming months.

    Presenter: A senior currency broker from the Foremost Currency Group.