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Even Greater Benefits for YP members, with more connections to make

Your Partnerships is making links across the UK, that will greatly benefit existing members and bring new opportunities to all who are connected.

Federation of Small Businesses - www.fsb.org.uk 
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) exists to support small business owners, providing a wide range of services and information to support them and their businesses. They embraced online networking during the pandemic, and have run very successful themed and geographical groups online since then. However, their face-to-face networking has not got off the ground in the same way.

The FSB has now entered into an alliance with Your Partnerships that will provide networking opportunities for all FSB members, and YP members are cordially invited to join the FSB online events. The face-to-face YP/FSB events will take place once a month, per area, beginning in the South and South West, and expanding.

Membership discounts for FSB members joining YP, and discounts to FSB services for YP members are also available. More information will follow as details are finalised.
There are 4,500 Members of the FSB in Cornwall alone, and in excess of 150,000 in the UK, which is a great new pool of contacts for YP members to explore.

B2B Growth Hub www.b2bgrowthhub.com 
B2B Growth Hub is ‘a unique corporate and business services provider, offering a one stop solution for all the key business growth needs for businesses in our community’, according to their website. Based in the south of the UK, and including a strong presence in Jersey, Gurnsey and the Isle of Man, this group has some strong member benefits around business promotion and support for business growth, especially at the higher tiers of membership.
 Their networking opportunities are more limited, so they are partnering with YP to tap into the face-to-face networking we excel at. Both organisations will expand our geographical
reach, while our members will be able to access the expos that B2B Growth Hub run, and obtain discounted business support.

More information on the deal will be available soon.

Get Involved
Your Partnerships members who are signed up for OUR services by 1 October will be grandfathered in to any new deal that is created with the FSB and B2B Growth Hub, to benefit from new products and services. After that date, membership deals will include options to join one or more organisations at discounted rates.

Brock and the team at Your Partnerships are very excited about the strategic opportunities that will develop as a result of these two new partnerships, and the new possibilities that will become open to YP members as a result.


Your Partnerships is expanding – beyond the southwest
Your Partnerships, was originally Cornwall Partnerships, and developed a branch called Devon Partnerships, before rebranding as Your Partnerships in 2019. For a while during the pandemic it was ‘Entirely Online Partnerships’, but since then has been steadily opening face-to-face events in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and beyond. Your Magazine had a chat with some of the event organisers outside of the southwest to find out more about their events, the businesses they attract and what drew them to Your Partnerships.

BRISTOL
Ambassador - Kim Hambly
Ambassador Kim Hambly (R) with partner Ann-See Yeoh Ambassador Kim Hambly (R) with partner Ann-See Yeoh
Kim hosts an evening networking event at the Pelican Inn in Chew Magna, near Bristol, near where he has lived since 2013. Despite only having launched in January 2023, there have been 20+ people at each of the events so far, which feature a buffet dinner, a keynote speaker, and short introductions from everyone present. Kim’s aim is to give everyone something to take away from each event, and he looks for a wellbeing-related or instructional talk, if he can.


Those who’ve attended the Meetup Chew Valley event so far have been small businesses or sole traders, mostly, with a few representatives of local businesses of charities, and are a nice mix of well-being related fields, plus financial or business consultants, an estate agent, and more.

There are people who come from nearer into Bristol, and Kim is looking to link up with the events taking place there, and new events in Nailsea and Weston-Super-Mare as well.
Kim and his partner Ann-See Yeoh run Yoga Chew Valley, [www.yogachewvalley.co.uk] which has grown from village hall yoga classes to become the only dedicated mindbody studio in the Chew Valley, with a variety of teachers and classes. Kim may be new to Your Partnerships, but is an old hand at networking, and knows what works for him – which is Your Partnerships’ cost-effective and unstructured approach, in which different ambassadors can run things the way that suits their area, and their style, best. Kim’s Meetup Chew Valley event takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, at the Pelican Inn in Chew Magna, from 6-8pm.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE
Ambassadors - Louise McMilan and Teresa Morgan
 
Ambassadors - Louise McMilan and Teresa Morgan

Louise and Teresa first came across YP when they attended the big lunch in Bristol last Autumn. Following this Louise attended the Taunton Big Lunch and Kim Hambly’s Chew Magna event. Having enjoyed Kim’s format and hearing that YP wanted to start an event in Weston-Super-Mare, Louise considered hosting this together with Teresa Morgan, whom she has met at a local Weston Business Women event. They both felt there was a need for an evening event, and found the perfect venue at the South Sands Hotel: locally owned, a separate room to meet in, free parking, really good food and right on the beach!

They are following Kim’s Bristol format, adjusted to their own needs. Everyone will be able to introduce themselves and their businesses, and they have a ‘meet the local’ feature, where someone has the opportunity to tell their story. This is not an extended pitch, but their journey, where attendees can find out more about each other. In addition, there is always a keynote speaker, not necessarily a regular member, who will share something useful with the group.

It’s a very new group and is attracting the same kind of businesses as other networking groups – creatives, business support, trades and coaches of various shades.
Louise herself is an inspirational speaker and personal development coach, working mostly with single professional women in their 30s and 40s, but also with corporates. You can find her at www.louisemcmilan.co.uk.  Teresa is a Utility Warehouse distributor, helping people save time and money on their bills, but that’s a side hustle to fund her work as a novelist. You can find her books on Amazon under Teresa F Morgan, and Facebook, while she upgrades her own website. [https://uw.partners/Teresa.morgan, www.facebook.com/teresafmorgan] Both are happy to connect on LinkedIn. Their event takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 6pm at the South Sands Hotel.

LEEDS
Ambassador - Craig Smith
 Ambassador Craig Smith
Craig has been running a netwalking event in Roundhay Park, Leeds, since early 2021, and before that hosted an online sports and nutrition-focused meeting once a month. There have been around ten humans plus Albert the dog at Craig's events in the early part of 2023, although numbers can fluctuate with the weather! The Roundhay Park location is ideal for netwalking, utilising one of the lovely green spaces in Leeds, with parking available, and a café providing the perfect waypoint along the route around the lake.

The majority of the Leeds netwalkers are small business owners or sole traders, from a wide variety of business sectors, rather than any of the larger companies or multinationals that operate in the Leeds area. Many are in creative industries including writing, photography and design, but there are also financial planners, HR consultants and a mindfulness coach.

Craig himself is a copywriter, proofreader and editor with a wide range of experience, and a couple of awards to his name! You can find him at www.crseditorial.co.uk, and book to join in the Leeds Netwalking via the Your Partnerships website. Craig varies the days and dates, to allow more people to attend.


by Hannah Danson of HD Words for Your Partnerships