The established business community Drive, The Partnership Network, is bringing networking with a difference to its new venue Bedford Heights on 26 September, with guest speaker and owner of Bedford Heights Tim Pain set to reveal his business journey and beliefs.
What’s more, Bedford Heights is waiving its venue fee to ensure all ticket monies can be donated to Bedford homeless charities the Prebend Day Centre and the King’s Arms Project.
Drive is a business support group for owners of small businesses and first launched in Bedford in November 2017, with other groups meeting in Cambridge, St Neots, Bishop’s Stortford and London.
Helen Lindop is leader of the Bedford group, she said: “Bedford has an engaged, thriving business community and since we launched Drive here it’s been great to get to know lots of these growing businesses. We are really grateful to Bedford Heights for providing space for our monthly meetings and Tim is a great speaker to secure for our inaugural event in our new venue, where he will talk about how he grew his business.”
Tim Pain is Managing Director of Verve Developments Ltd, which owns Bedford Heights, he said: “Drive is exactly the type of initiative I believe we should be bringing to Bedford Heights. Not only does it allow our tenant businesses to network without leaving the office, it also brings new businesses here who might not have been before, or who visited prior to our transformation. We now have a stunning new reception, various office suites, a flexible events space and amenities that wouldn’t look out of place in London, and I firmly believe we have created something special here in Bedford.
“We are also committed to working with the wider community in the town, which is why we wanted to support the Prebend Day Centre and The King’s Arms Project with this first Drive meeting, with the intention of supporting more local charities going forwards.”
Drive offers support and peer group learning for ambitious business owners who meet and connect both online and face to face, with events focused on high quality speakers who share their business insights. The emphasis is on collaboration instead of the usual sales pitches and industry lockouts.
Bedford Heights is located on Manton Lane in Bedford and offers contemporary office space and conferencing facilities, with beautifully designed spaces including a midcentury-inspired lounge, Graze café and courtyards.