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Pioneering partnership takes business networking to a higher level

The Forum of Private Business and Business Scene have joined forces to create a new kind of event bringing together networking opportunities and a range of
support services to help small businesses develop and grow.
As part of the not-for-profit Forum’s Development Director business support solution paying members are being given free, unlimited access to Business Scene’s regional ‘Connections’ events – representing a saving of up to £15 + VAT per event – with access to high-profile speakers from the business world

At each event the Forum, which is one of the UK’s leading membership organisations representing the collective voice of 18,000 small businesses, will provide support and guidance over changes to enterprise policies and small business legislation, and also offer a unique toolkit of business support solutions that can be tailored to a firm’s individual needs.

"As well as opportunities to build valuable, lasting contacts entrepreneurs are now being given access to a one stop shop with the support, protection and reassurance they need for success in business," said the Forum’s Chief Executive, Phil Orford.

"We are coming together to provide something new and dynamic that does more than networking alone. The business support services of today simply can’t be prescribed as standard – every business owner’s needs are different and it’s important that we cater for all of them.

"That is why Business Scene attendees can pick and choose the services that fit their specific requirements, all of which have been designed to help make it easier and more cost-effective to start and grow a business."

The relationship with Business Scene is one of a number of initiatives put in place as part of the Forum’s Get Britain Trading campaign, which aims to raise awareness of small firms’ economic importance and create the conditions necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish and drive growth.

"We are calling on the business community to back our Get Britain Trading campaign so that we have a powerful mandate on which to lobby for change," Mr Orford added.

Business Scene is a networking business community with a significant online presence and 200,000 subscribers operating across the country in all industry sectors.

Warren Cass, the founder and Managing Director of Business Scene, said: "We want the Forum to become part of the furniture of Business Scene. This partnership is about the two organisations working together to lift networking events into the business support space, maximising contact opportunities for attendees and at the same time providing them with comprehensive guidance, representation and, of course, ways to save money."

Entrepreneurs can book a place at a Business Scene event by going to www.fpb.org or by calling 0845 612 6266. To sign up to the Forum’s Get Britain Trading campaign visit http://www.fpb.org/getbritaintrading.

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