'In My View'... Connectivity is the key to successful businesses
Published 00:00 on 1 Mar 2018
As the country delves more deeply into the messy business of divorce from the European Union, the importance of building our economy through organic growth is even more vital.Those of us living in more rural areas appreciate the significance of the small business.In Chichester, of the 7,300 businesses, 85.7% employ less than 10 people according to West Sussex Life 2017-19.
Good knowledgeable people are essential to successful businesses, as is their ability to build relationships and network effectively. The Chichester Chamber of Commerce exists to support businesses to prosper and it does this through some really beneficial networking events.
Once a month, on the second Monday, the Chamber runs a business meeting. It moves round to different business and charity venues each time and this gives the host the opportunity to say something about what they do. It also includes a chance to hear a short talk on a business pertinent subject. Recently it was the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and was delivered by a lawyer and a practitioner owner of an IT support company. Together with Chichester College, the Chamber also runs a business breakfast once a month which includes time to network and then a delicious breakfast cooked by College students. A keynote speech is incorporated and recent speakers have included the Bank of England Agent and the Chief Executive of Fishbourne Roman Palace.
Of course network events are only an effective tool if those attending plan what they want to achieve. In her excellent short article on six keys to effective networking, Susan Rittscher describes using the 'hostess principle', imagining yourself as the hostess, greeting all the guests and ensuring they are comfortable. This allows you to feel more relaxed and able to deal with the inevitable nervousness in a room of strangers.
Chichester Chamber also provides a range of business support activities and training and some fun events too. If you are not geographically close to Chichester, find your nearest Chamber. If we are to build a successful local economy, the connectivity of businesses is one of the vital ingredients. We are more effective as a group than we are as individual companies and together we can work to remove some of the barriers to business growth.
Shelagh Legrave, Vice-Chair of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Chief Executive, Chichester College Group
Office Chichester Chamber - Thursday, March 01, 2018
Last updated 09:14 on 3 March 2021