Posted On / 12.02.2016

Pensions and Networking on the Menu at Granby Business Breakfast

Places are going quickly for the next Granby Business Breakfast on Tuesday February 23 at Weymouth Football Club from 7am to 8.30am.  

More than 40 guests attended the first Granby Business Breakfast at the club’s Bob Lucas Stadium in late January.  

People are being urged to book fast to reserve a place at the second breakfast.  

Batten Solicitors is hosting the networking breakfast with support from Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce.  

Jon Dobson, Senior Associate Solicitor-Advocate at Battens’ Granby office, said: “The first Granby Business Breakfast was an enjoyable, informative and useful event.  

“There has already been a great deal of interest in our second breakfast and we are expecting a good turnout so people should book quickly to reserve a seat.”  

Following a survey at the first breakfast, organisers have increased the networking time at the start of the event to give a better opportunity for businesses to informally speak to eachother.  

Cherise Luke-Bennett, Senior Associate Solicitor at Battens, added: “The breakfasts are an opportunity for business in the Granby and Lynch Lane area to develop good relationships.  

“The more businesses that attend, the more opportunities to do business there should be for all involved.”   The breakfast will include a talk about effective networking from Andrew Knowles of Dorset Social as well as a ‘Meet the Neighbours’ presentation.  

Impending deadlines for small businesses to comply with pension rules will come under the spotlight during the event. Anita Luque from Advoco chartered tax advisors and accountants will give an overview of Auto Enrolment (AE) requirements at the breakfast.  

She will discuss why AE has been introduced, who it effects, what businesses need to do, the cost and other key features.  

AE has been rolled out in stages with large and medium sized business required to comply first.  

Now the focus is on small and micro businesses to comply in stages over the coming two years with the first deadline on March 1 of this year.  

Battens, which opened a new office on the Granby at Oxford Court last summer, launched the new breakfast with the Chamber to bring businesses together and to facilitate greater awareness of local businesses and increase trade between them.  

The cost is £8, including a hot buffet. Bookings close at midday on Monday February 22.  

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