Adrian Hawkins speaking at biz4Biz Connexions

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biz4Biz ConneXions returns with a positive message for businesses

After a tough few years that have been challenging for Hertfordshire-based businesses, biz4Biz ConneXions returned with an inspiring positive message of support at our first event of 2023 hosted by our new regular venue – Knebworth Barns. Over 80 businesspeople attended the event and listened to various presentations on how biz4Biz could support and promote their businesses, after which they networked over a delicious two-course lunch. The feedback from attendees was positive.

biz4Biz ConneXions at Knebworth Barns

Networking over coffee

Packed biz4Biz ConneXions event

A full house for the presentations

The speakers:

  • Adrian Hawkins OBE – biz4Biz Chairman
  • Stephen Ainsworth – Head of Mid-Corporate, Eastern Region at Barclays
  • Darren Isted – biz4Biz Magazines Editor
  • Ian Taylor – biz4Biz Associate
  • Gareth Hawkins – biz4Biz Associate
  • Dr Katherine Bean – biz4Biz Associate

Adrian Hawkins opened the presentation with a warm welcome and a focus on business in Hertfordshire and on the success of the biz4Biz Hertfordshire Business Awards programme.

Stephen Ainsworth explained why Barclays were again the headline sponsor of the 2023 biz4Biz Awards. Barclays has been the main sponsor of the awards since they started in 2017 and saw a significant benefit to their brand from such a high-profile, well-run awards programme.

Darren Isted edits the biz4Biz digital magazine portfolio. He highlighted the power of digital magazines with engaging content sent directly to a subscriber’s inbox – biz4Biz has a current reach of 500K readers. Our current range of magazines includes:

  • Biz4Biz Insight – first published in 2014
  • Sustainability Biz – first published in 2022
  • Manufacturing Biz – to be published in 2023

Ian Taylor introduced the biz4Biz Let’s Work Together digital marketing package, which comprises a range of services to promote a company’s brand, products, services, and people. The services on offer include magazine editorials and advertisements, email blasts, blog post promotion, social media support and much more.<

Gareth Hawkins introduced the biz4Biz Business Angels investor scheme. An angel investor invests money in a small business in exchange for a minority stake. Angel investors tend to be entrepreneurs or people with extensive experience in the business world. The Business Angels scheme is suitable for small start-up businesses looking for seed capital and people looking to invest in small businesses.

Dr Katherine Bean demonstrated the new Biz Directory – companies can register for free and create a basic listing to promote their businesses, products and services and record and publish their carbon footprint. Additional chargeable services allow for other content, such as videos, and more opportunities to promote a company via adverts.

Ian Taylor at biz4Biz ConneXions

Ian Taylor speaking about Let’s Work Together

ConneXions speakers at Knebworth Barns

L to R Darren Isted, Adrian Hawkins OBE, Ian Taylor and Stephen Ainsworth

Adrian Hawkins closed the session by explaining the benefits of sponsoring a category at the biz4Biz Hertfordshire Business Awards. Sponsoring the biz4Biz Awards offers an opportunity to position a company’s brand alongside a prestigious, well-established, high-profile, and comprehensively marketed event. Many companies that sponsored our awards in 2022 have been with us since we started in 2017. They see the marketing value in supporting our awards programme.

You can significantly improve your visibility working alongside biz4Biz in 2023. For more information, see the links below:

If you would like to know more about forthcoming ConneXions events, please visit:

For more information on the biz4Biz Awards visit:

For magazine advertising visit:

For Let’s Work Together visit:

For Business Angels visit:

For membership visit:

biz4Biz ConneXions lunch at the Knebworth Barns

Networking over lunch

biz4Biz ConneXions Business Networking

Making new contacts

About biz4Biz ConneXions

biz4Biz Connexions is a business network for senior managers, directors and CEOs of Hertfordshire-based businesses. At each meeting you will be able to:

  • network and make new business contacts
  • discuss issues of interest with like-minded business people
  • listen to informative speakers on topics of interest to Hertfordshire-based business leaders
  • get advice from a variety of experts to help you grow your business.

To join our mailing list, please complete the form below. We are always interested to hear from people willing to give a talk at one of our events.

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