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May 11, 2009

B2B Web Workshop – 7th May

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The B2B ran an invitation only workshop last Thursday to help address SMEs e-marketing needs, some of the topics our guys talked about were; why website planning and content are so important, how tracking your website users proves very beneficial and can help in optimising your site and what range of free available tools are out there in helping to optimising, getting noticed and tracking your website.

The favourite topics of the day included Google Analytics, Pay-Per-Click (Google Adwords), Search Engine Optimisation and Social Networking such as blogging, LinkedIn sites.

Attendees included:

Sarah Bagley - Freelance Training Ltd

Renee Clarke - AMBA Therapies

Peter Dunford -

Rai Fisher - Artisans In The Hills

Ben Hays - Coaster CO UK Ltd

Peter Martin -

Simon Mercer - Signo

Jag Pabla - Prime Health UK Ltd

Julia Pitkin - Artisans In The Hills

Ian Robinson - Trifid Ltd

Andrew Yair - Aspire Style Ltd

Sam Yair  - Aspire Style Ltd

Our Workshops are proving very popular, our next two dates for May and June are already fully booked, we do still have some places left in July, October and November.  If you are a small business based within the West Midlands, join in the fun at

March 27, 2009

B2B Centre's Members Networking Event

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I'm pleased to say Wednesday's networking evening held at the National Metalforming Centre, West Brom was a great success.  There was a great networking buzz, we had 40 SME's get together to discuss/ share ideas, meet new contacts and chat to the B2B team.

Guest speaker Craig Clarke from Beatroot Visual Solutions, a multimedia production company, delivered an inspiring speech on how he set-up his business and used e-business tools such as Open Source Software and Search Engine Optimisation to market his business online.

We also had three business pitches who all delivered a short speech about what they can offer the network and how they used the web to reach a wider audience.

Ian Williams, Atlantic Business Resources PLC

Kacey Akpoteni, Teni's Catering Services

Graham Sullivan, FactoryMaster Ltd

They all kindly spoke about how the B2B Centre advised them on e-marketing tools and techniques to help optimise their websites.  Thank you for your great comments, it's nice to receive such positive feedback!

We look forward to the next one which will be on 25th June.

January 27, 2009

National B2B Centre networking event March 25th

We are delighted to announce the next National B2B Centre members networking event will be on Wednesday March 25th at the National Metal Forming Centre in West Bromwich.

There are 3 sales pitch spots up for grabs - if anybody is interested in going in the hat tobe a potential 5 minute presenter then contact Gareth Edwards.

To book your place visit the events page at the B2B Centre website.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Martin King-Turner

Director, National B2B Centre

November 01, 2008

December Members Networking

We are delighted to announce that we have been able to squeeze in a final B2B Networking Event for 2008 on Thursday 4th December here at our new home in the International Digital Lab here at the University of Warwick.

It will be along the same successful lines as normal with networking, presentations, food and drink all on the agenda.  Visit the events page on our website to book your place.

Our 5 minute sales pitches are always well received (Just ask Rob Hubbard, Simon Jenner and Caroline Smith) - we are looking to create a short list for the December event.  Send an email to if you want to be considered.

It is always a great turnout.  We look forward to seeing you on the 4th!


March 13, 2007

A night of referrals, recycling and running with the windů

The decision to take B2B Centre events around the region looks like a good one, as our lively Members Networking in Birmingham proved. First stop was Aston Science Park on 8th March ….

After welcoming delegates and sharing the latest news Director Martin King-Turner introduced upbeat business pitches from three members of the network. First up was Motionworks, a young innovative company specialising in web technology, who aim to bring your website to life! Next up was The M Word, ‘M’ standing for Marketing, which MD Clare Satterly is clearly expert in, as she offered the network a competition to win a 1 hour marketing consultation. Finally, and unforgettably, was Peter Martin of who advocates re-use of all junk to save the planet. He showed how a vacuum could be turned into a rucksack and reminded us all of the unnecessary rubbish that goes in our office waste bin.

Next up was special guest speaker Jo Cameron of BBC’s The Apprentice who showed the same enthusiastic spirit we had witnessed on TV. With her passionate presence and zest for life Jo shared how ‘running with the wind’ on her jog at 5am in the morning (we told you she was keen!) has many similarities with the enthusiasm needed for running a business. The message was clear: focus and be positive.

With this in mind the delegates went on to network, sharing their ideas, experiences and referrals with one another over a delicious buffet.   The buzzing atmosphere and sideline activities such as the Google Local demo and UKITA’s stand all added to the value of the evening. One delegate commented; “It was good to be a part of such a network.”

We hope that you all learnt something or at least returned to the office with fresh optimism on Friday morning!

The next event will be in the summer.

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