And so it begins! The countdown to Christmas, when we all enjoy a well-earned break. You might be feeling depressed that summer-time has officially ended, but it’s all about framing: it’s actually only 8 weeks until the days start getting longer. Seen in that light, you might feel that the changing of the clocks is not that bad after all! Might you be taking an unnecessarily gloomy view of your business as well? It’s true the economic climate is tough and international politics painful and tense, but there are still opportunities out there for those willing to look.
One way to help yourself through difficult times is by meeting other like-minded business-people to learn from, support and help one another, sharing your story and listening to those of others. Business Junction makes it easy, with a full programme of day and evening events to choose from, giving you plenty of opportunities to get together, cement old relationships and build new ones and if you stick at it, you will find the enquiries start to come in, probably not today, possibly not tomorrow, but inevitably before the clocks have time to change back again!
In its mission to counter the November gloom, The Business Junction is laying on a memorable programme of networking opportunities – from snazzy locations to superb menus and the official opening of the festive season!
What could be more welcoming than the motto of the Monument-based stylish independent wine bar, Steam, the venue for lunch on the 1st : ‘come as a customer, leave as a friend’. Not only will there be plenty of interesting and friendly connections to be made, but all guests will receive a 10% discount from their lunch bill from Monday-Thursday during November – if that isn’t a friendly gesture, we don’t know what is! Find out more and book here.
On the 8th you’re invited to descend from the bustle of the banking district for an exclusive City networking lunch event at the newly re-opened Gaucho City steak restaurant in Leadenhall. A welcome glass of champagne will be followed by a substantial canape menu, showcasing the best of what this fantastic Latin American- themed restaurant has to offer. Snap up your place here before it’s too late!
Breakfast on the 16th , where you’ll not only have the opportunity to present your business to more than 50 other guests at the St Martin’s Hall at St-Martin-in-the-fields overlooking Trafalgar Square, but after the event you can join an optional guided tour of this historic building, a double-height oak- panelled space crowned with glass. Find out more and secure your spot here.
The historic building theme continues on the 22nd , with lunch in the Carriage Room and Lounge of the chic and stylish Great Northern Hotel, built in 1854 as one of the original great railway hotels. It’s so easy to strike up a conversation when the venue itself is such a talking point! Guests will sample some of the delicious menus on offer at its restaurants and bars, while mingling with more than 50 other business-people. Jump aboard for your ticket here.
Our evening event on the 29th is the first of our Christmas celebrations. We’ll be at the Burdock London, a unique all-day bar and café located on the ground floor of the Montcalm Royal London House hotel in Finsbury Square. With exclusive use of this stylish, chic, newly opened bar, guests will enjoy welcome drinks, canapes and a truly warm and festive atmosphere to help get your seasonal vibes underway. There’ll also be a chance to take part in our annual charity raffle, which this year is in aid of Crisis at Christmas. You can find out more about this and the event at:
Networking Tip – The Power of a Positive Attitude
Still on the theme of positive thinking, did you know that a positive attitude is a skill rather than an innate quality? That means it can be learned and practiced. It’s all too easy, especially at the moment, to moan about things that can’t be changed, whether in business or in the wider world, but many of us go out to put our troubles aside for a while, not wallow in them. An open, friendly and positive attitude is more likely to draw people to you than to a moaner in the corner. A genuine smile, a sincere compliment and looking for the good in people and situations will attract others and help them remember you in a positive light. Who doesn’t prefer a laugh to a grumble?
About Business Junction
Famously inclusive and informal, our popular events typically host business owners, directors and senior management from a rich mix of sectors. Professional hosts actively facilitate business-to- business connections, helping your company raise its profile and forge valuable new connections. An attendee list is circulated in advance to enable people to better prepare themselves, and making post-event follow-up simple and straightforward.
Company membership costs only £300 +VAT for a year – that’s around 50 events at some of London’s finest venues, the potential for over 2,000 in-person meetings, and online access and exposure to the entire membership, including a host of special offers.