London Borough of Croydon

Events

Sunday 1 October - Saturday 6 October

Pop Up Croydon

Make money doing what you love! We want to help you make your own money doing what you love. Whether you have no clue as to what you want to do: we will show you how to: Make a website for free, start a business with no money, make money online.

Contact henry@popupbusinessschool.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Pop Up Business School
  • Venue: Unit 66 Whitgift Centre, Croydon
  • Time: 10.00-16.00

Monday 2 October 2017

Why Do I Need A Business Plan?

The term “business plan” can often strike fear into anyone thinking about starting their own business. It’s often considered something only required to keep the bank manager happy or to source finance or investment. However, developing and writing a well thought out plan could be the difference between the success or failure of your idea. Fail to plan, plan to fail!

If you are unsure what steps to take this jargon free session will help you develop the confidence, skills and understanding to create a robust business plan that will put your business on a path to success.

Contact keith.miller@enterpriseforlondon.com.

  • Organiser: Enterprise for London
  • Venue: Sussex Innovation Centre,  No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon
  • Time: 17.30- 19.30

Tuesday 3 October 2017

We Mean Business 'pop up' Expo

Annual B2B exhibition with over 50 stands, networking, advice clinics, seminars. Free to attend.

Visit www.wemeanbusinessexpo.co.uk.
Book a stand: http://wemeanbusinessexpo.co.uk/Stand-Booking.
Register to attend: https://wmbpopupexpo2017.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Organiser: White Label
  • Venue: The Business Xchange Hub at Marco Polo House, 3-5 Lansdowne Road, Croydon CR0 2BX
  • Time: 9.30-16.00

Purley Tec. Hub Management Group

Purley Techub is a digital platform where through  collaboration together organisations could make a bigger impact in supporting people digital learning skills in Purley and within a 5 mile radius.

Visit www.purleytechub.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Techembrace Ltd
  • Venue: Purley Youth Centre, Purley
  • Time: 18.30-20.00

Thursday 5 October

Finance Thursday

From cash flow issues to capital procurement grants, there are a plethora of different ways to raise money and it can be a mind field. Our in-house accounts department and outside providers will be running regular clinics here on the first Thursday of every month to offer FREE advice and are available for 1-2-1's.

Contact Saffron@sinc.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Sussex Innovation Centre
  • Venue: No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon
  • Time: 9.00-13.00

CCCI Maximise your Membership

This useful briefing, open to members and non-members of Croydon Chamber of Commerce, will explain all the feature and benefits of Chamber membership and how we can help your business grow. No attendance without prior registration.

Visit http://www.croydonchamber.org.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Chamber of Commerce
  • Venue: Jurys Inn, Croydon
  • Time: 9.30-11.00

Croydon Business Excellence Awards

Gala Dinner and Charity Ball. Join over 400 guests for a black tie dinner to recognise Croydon’s best businesses. Charity raffle and auction in aid of The Mayor of Croydon's Charities and Croydon Commitment.

Visit: www.croydonawards.com.

  • Organiser: White Label
  • Venue: Grand Sapphire Hotel, Croydon
  • Time: 18.00-1.00am

Friday 6 October

First Friday

Friendly, effective and free Business Network Meet. All businesses welcome. No need to register.

Contact Ian Harris: 07870 568189.

  • Organiser: Croydon Business Hub
  • Where: Weatherill House CR0 4WF
  • Time: 12.00 – 13.45

Tuesday 10 October

Ask the Expert Roadshow

Informal drop in sessions bringing quality business advice and support to start up and growth businesses.

Contact carol.squires@croydon.gov.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Council
  • Venue: Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 147 Bingham Road, Addiscombe, CR0 7EN
  • Time: 16.00-19.00

Half Day Business Seminar

Designed to help people thinking of starting their own business decide if self-employment is the right choice. This seminar highlights the tasks and challenges which will need to be addressed.

Visit http://startupcroydon.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Start Up Croydon
  • Where: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
  • Time: 9.30-11.30

Opportunities from the Netherlands

Support for businesses to increase their markets in the Netherlands.

For more information visit: www.southlondonexport.org.uk.

  • Organiser: South London Export
  • Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF

Wednesday 11 October

Opportunities from the Netherlands

Support for businesses to increase their markets in the Netherlands.

For more information visit: www.southlondonexport.org.uk.

  • Organiser: South London Export
  • Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF

Shaking Hands Discussion Table

As a business owner, it's hard to know it all right? That's why at Shaking Hands, we host experts from a range of industries to help impart their knowledge, expertise and experience to help negotiate the minefield of knowledge and information out there. You never know what tips, tricks and business practices you might learn!

Visit https://shakinghands.co.uk.

  • Organiser: South London Export
  • Venue: IKEA Purley
  • Time: 7.30-10.00

Big Breakfast Speed Networking - Surrey event

Speed network breakfast with the Surrey Chamber of Commerce. Free to attend!

Visit www.thebigbreakfast.org.uk or https://bigbreakfastsurrey.eventbrite.co.uk.

  • Organiser: White Label
  • Venue: Epsom Downs Racecourse
  • Time: 7.30-10.00

Thursday 12 October

Croydon Women in Business

Celebrating Croydon Women In Business Speakers include: Audrey Chapman from Love Selling Academy and Vivian Slattery from Monetary Solutions.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/croydon-women-in-business-tickets-37608637447.

  • Organiser: Monetary Solutions & Natwest
  • Venue: The Chateux, Croydon
  • Time: 12:00-15:00

Digital Croydon

A tech social for developers ran by developers.

Contact Saffron@sinc.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Sussex Innovation Centre
  • Venue: No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road
  • Time: 18.00-21.00

CCCI Executive Club Lunch with Coast to Capital

Networking Lunch: Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive, Coast to Capital will be interviewed by Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, about the campaign for the Brighton Mainline Upgrade and Coast to Capital’s strategy to support businesses in the region. Sponsored by Gatwick Airport. No attendance without prior registration.

  • Organiser: Croydon Chamber of Commerce
  • Venue: Hallmark Hotel, Croydon
  • Time: 12.00-14.00

Saturday 14 October

Social Enterprise Market Place – Social Saturday

Social Enterprise market event to promote and celebrate social enterprises.

  • Organiser: Croydon Council/Start Up Croydon/FSB
  • Venue: Whitgift Centre, Croydon
  • Time: 10.00 – 16.00

Sunday 15 October

Entrepreneurs’ Sunday Market at Surrey Street

Come and visit our Entrepreneur’s market. New goods & services being displayed and sold at this fun and interactive event. A great chance to support new and existing Croydon businesses.

Contact carol.squires@croydon.gov.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Council
  • Venue: Croydon Council, Surrey Street, Croydon
  • Time: 9.00-16.00

Monday 16 October

Why do I need a business plan?

The term “business plan” can often strike fear into anyone thinking about starting their own business. It’s often considered something only required to keep the bank manager happy or to source finance or investment. However, developing and writing a well thought out plan could be the difference between the success or failure of your idea. Fail to plan, plan to fail!

If you are unsure what steps to take this jargon free session will help you develop the confidence, skills and understanding to create a robust business plan that will put your business on a path to success.

Contact keith.miller@enterpriseforlondon.com.

  • Organier: Enterprise for London
  • Venue: Sussex Innovation Centre, No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon.
  • Time: 17.30-19.30

Business planning sessions

1 hour planning session

Visit www.croydonbusinesshub.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Business Hub
  • Venue: Weatherilll House CR0 4WF
  • Time: 13.00-16.00

Croydon Business Hub

Independent group helping all businesses to grow. Open to all.

Visit www.croydonbusinesshub.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Business Hub
  • Venue: Weatherilll House CR0 4WF
  • Time: 18.00-19.30

Tuesday 17 October

Social Media For Small Business Owners - How to Craft Engaging Content

This workshop will demystify social media and branding for you, two things that don’t need to be as difficult as they seem. Discuss the story you want to tell and how to make it come across in your posts. Find out little tricks to make posts more engaging.

To book https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-for-small-business-owners-how-to-craft-engaging-content-tickets-37311686258.

  • Organiser: Federation of Small Business
  • Venue: Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon
  • Time: 14.30-17.30

Wednesday 18 October

Celebrate 2 years in Croydon with SINC

Join Sussex Innovation staff and members for drinks and canapes to celebrate 2 years in Croydon.

Contact Saffron@sinc.co.uk.

  • Organiser: Sussex Innovation Centre
  • Venue: No.1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon
  • Time: 13.00-14.30

Meet the Buyer

Croydon Council joins other organisations at this Meet the Buyers event which brings together buyers and suppliers to help each other grow their businesses.

Visit www.gatwickdiamondmeetthebuyers.com.

  • Organiser: Gatwick
  • Venue: The Arora Hotel, Crawley
  • Time: 10.00-17.00

New Business Training Programme

3-day seminar covering all aspects of running your business, including company set-up, administration, finance and marketing. This invaluable business training is provided to ensure those with a small business enterprise, or are looking to start working for themselves have the best support and chance to survive.

  • Organiser: Start Up Croydon
  • Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
  • Time: 9.30-16.00

Thursday 19 October

Big Breakfast

The early morning event, hosted by Ikea at their restaurant in Purley Way, Croydon, is open to everyone and absolutely free to attend.

Visit www.thebigbreakfast.org.uk.

  • Organiser: White Label
  • Venue: IKEA, Purley
  • Time: 7.30-10.00

Making sure your H&S and brand development is ready for growth in 2018

Design JD will present their latest experience on developing key branding projects. Showing how you can build your business through engaging and creative branding. Peninsula has unrivalled expertise in HR and Health & Safety, from attending you will;

  • improve your understanding of employment law
  • discover how to get the most out of your employees
  • increase productivity whilst decreasing lateness and absenteeism
  • learn the big mistakes most local businesses have in their contracts of employment
  • gain structured advice about your health & safety responsibilities
  • leave with the knowledge and advice to resolve any employee issues
  • Organiser: Design JD & Peninsula
  • Venue: Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome
  • Time: 9:30am-12:45pm

Tuesday 24 October

Nail the Sale

Critical Success factors – Why failure is acceptable. Drill down into understanding stats, how these relate to the sales process and linking to ratios. Recognise the importance of focusing on the process rather than the results. Buying Cycle – Realisation of the importance of the buying cycle, and the stages a customer gores through, with the result of having a better understanding of how to deal with the client. Emotional Resilience – Gain an understanding of the self-confidence cycle and how to harness self-talk to be a high performer Sales Methodology / QUIS – Introduction to SBR sales methodology.

Visit​ https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sales-master-class-tickets-37416108588.

  • Organiser: Natwest
  • Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
  • Time: 12.00-14.00

Wednesday 25 October

Increase Your Markets – Trade Internationally

Grow Your Business Through First Time Exporting.

Visit http://www.southlondonexport.org.uk.

  • Organiser: South London Export Club/Coast to Capital
  • Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
  • Time: 13.00-17.00

Property Social

Croydon is having its very own facelift. With staggering development activity from Stanhope & Schroders, Rosepride Guildhouse, Inspired Assets, Menta and many more, Croydon is set to be a newly founded South London metropolis by 2022. Don't miss this event if you want the full update.

  • Organiser: Shaking Hands
  • Venue: Croydon
  • Time: 18.00-21.00

Thursday 26 October

The Grapevine Network

Free flow networking over lunch snacks. No attendance without prior registration.

  • Organiser: Croydon Chamber of Commerce
  • Venue: Farleigh Golf Club
  • Time: 12.00-14.00

Youth Congress

Join “Croydon Live” aimed at local 16-24 year olds. “Croydon Live” will be focused on providing employment opportunities including full and part-time, apprenticeships and advice and guidance in areas such as interviews skills, CV workshops, confidence and money advice to our young people.

Why should you attend Croydon Live?
  • Its FREE to have a stand
  • Opportunity to match current vacancies to eager and local people looking for work now
  • Increase the awareness of the benefits of a career with your business
  • Opportunity to influence your future workforce
  • Increase brand awareness

Contact tyrone.irish@croydon.gov.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Council
  • Venue: TMRW Hub, Croydon
  • Time: 14.00-17.00

Small Business Clinic

As a small business owner, you often have a lot in common with the super heroes. You need to know it all and be able to do it all and it sometimes feels like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.

FSB Small Business Clinic is here to help. A series of one to one sessions from local professionals in various areas of business will give you just the support you need.

This month you will get 4 one-to-one sessions with specialists in the following fields:

  • Social Media  
  • Branding Identity and Strategy
  • PR
  • Accounting
  • Organiser: Federation of Small Business
  • Venue: Croydon Town Hall - Corporate Reception Entrance, Fell Road, Croydon
  • Time: 14.00-16.00

Bite-sized Digital Sessions to better your business

Google's free product Primer is a fast, easy way to learn new business and digital marketing skills. You can take interactive lessons whenever you have 5 minutes free.

There’s always more for you to learn

The business world never stops changing, and neither does Primer. Primer are always adding new content and making sure they cover the most relevant topics for small business owners and marketers.

In this session we explore Google Primer and look at how it can help you with your business.

Visit http://myoutspace.co.uk.

  • Organiser: My Outspace
  • Venue: My OutSpace Business Centre, 21 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1LA
  • Time: 18.00-19.00

Introduction to Croydon Tech City for SMEs (CTC/London Chamber of Commerce)

Join Colin Stanbridge, CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce, and the Croydon Tech City management team for an evening of interviews and presentations to introduce London SMEs to the Croydon tech ecosystem.

The event will:

  • Give you an understanding of Croydon’s growing tech cluster
  • Introduce you to key contacts within Croydon Tech City ecosystem
  • Explain how you can connect to local early & growth stage tech companies

Full event registration details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-croydon-tech-city-for-smes-ctclondon-chamber-of-commerce-tickets-38292844930

Visit http://croydontechcity.com for more information.

  • Organiser: Croydon Tech City
  • Venue: Sussex Innovation Centre – Croydon, No 1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon, CR0 0XT
  • Time: 7-9pm

Friday 27 October

London Tech Day

We know start-ups are looking for a few main resources to help propel their growth, and that’s exactly who we invite to join us as attendees. TechDay offers a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and connect with our 35,000 attendees!

To register to exhibit or attend https://techdayhq.com/london.

  • Organiser: Sussex Innovation Centre
  • Venue: Old Billingsgate, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3R 6DX

Saturday 28 October

Young Entrepreneurs’ Sunday Market at Surrey Street

Come and visit our Young Entrepreneur’s market.

New goods & services being displayed and sold at this fun and interactive event. A great chance to support new and existing Croydon businesses.

Contact carol.squires@croydon.gov.uk.

  • Organiser: Croydon Council
  • Venue: Croydon Council, Surrey Street, Croydon
  • Time: 8.00-16.00

Monday 30 October

Ask the Expert Roadshow

Informal drop in sessions bringing quality business advice and support to start up and growth businesses.

  • Organiser: Croydon Council
  • Venue: Norbury Library, Croydon
  • Time: 16.00-19.00

Tuesday 31 October

Big Breakfast Speed Networking - Kent event

Speed network breakfast with the Croydon Chamber and West London Chamber.

  • Organiser: White Label
  • Venue: Lingfield Park Racecourse
  • Time: 7.30hrs-10.00

How to grow your small brand online with little to no budget

A lot of small businesses always feel they need money in order to successfully grow their online brands. I genuinely feel creativity to the key, you need to two ingredients to achieve this which is excellent research skills to identify gaps in social media influencers page and providing amazing video content to fill that gap. Personality sells, so before you decided to focus all your energy on the product, you have to understand the person selling the product can also be a vital tool to grow your brand online. Your business is a media agency before anything else, this is how you win online.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-grow-your-brand-online-with-little-or-no-budget-tickets-37644857783.

  • Organiser: Natwest
  • Venue: Weatherill House Business Centre, New South Quarter, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
  • Time: ​12.00-14.00