Businesses in the North Kensington area have expressed a keen interest in more collaboration with each other and other businesses in the wider area.
Portobello Business Centre have undertaken considerable work resulting in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea asking us to proceed in partnership with the Council, London Business Hub and local businesses to develop a Business Forum. The North Kensington Connected Business Forum was formed and held its inaugural meeting in June 2020, postponed from March due to lockdown.
So far, Portobello Business Centre have organised four virtual meetings via Zoom (following Government guidance due to the current circumstances), in June 2020, September 2020, November 2020, and February 2021. It is our goal to run these bi-monthly and to switch to a more conventional meeting-room approach when we are allowed and businesses are comfortable. Businesses have the opportunity to meet Councillor Catherine Faulks (Lead member for Economy, Employment and Innovation), ask questions, get their answers in a friendly atmosphere, as well as to listen to experienced professionals covering interesting business topics. Our November meeting included a major Q&A session with our MP for Kensington, Felicity Buchan. A major focus of the meetings is to replicate networking events, hence for part of the session businesses are separated into break-out rooms – giving them the chance to speak in smaller groups and build their contacts.
North Kensington Connected is growing steadily and we now have over 75 businesses of differing sizes as part of the Forum. These range from sole traders to businesses with almost 50 employees. Furthermore, the Forum is now starting to make a difference with business referrals now taking place regularly between Forum members. We will also be building a dedicated discounted services offering for our members who are also kept informed and assisted with the numerous financial assistance and other measures available from the Government, Council, and London Growth Hub. At this difficult time for businesses, North Kensington Connected is here to provide valuable and much-needed support.
The next Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday 15th April 2021 at 4:30pm – 6:00pm.
If you are, or somebody you know is a business based in North Kensington and you would like to:
- Network on a regular basis with other like-minded business owners and exchange ideas
- Be kept informed of issues and opportunities that will affect your local trading area, e.g. grants, funding opportunities, and Government initiatives such as Kickstart
- Upgrade your skills with short presentations from experienced professionals
- Access decision makers
you are warmly invited to subscribe and become a member. Please complete the form below:
If you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of this Forum, please contact Stuart Woodrow, the North Kensington Business Champion on email@example.com or 07387 396397 who will be pleased to hear from you.