We embraced the world of internet networking this month and took our regular Breakfast@Aspire networking meeting online via Zoom! On Wednesday 29th April, 21 local businesses joined us to in the ether to build contacts and find new ways to do business in these unprecedented times. 
Copper Connexions Ltd led the way as our first online sponsor. Director Anthony Denison-Birch and Business Development Manager, Paul Pleace, got the meeting off to a strong start with an insight into the work of Copper Connexions Ltd and how their highly trained teams respond to domestic, commercial and industrial electrical installations and inspections. The company prides itself on staff training and sparked a welcome conversation amongst our networkers by raising their use of training during furlough and the positive way their teams had engaged with it. They also talked about how keeping staff trained and engaged had helped motivation levels, making them all the more ready for getting back to work as new contracts meant staff needed to be brought back to work to respond quickly to customer needs. 
Anthony Denison-Birch, Director of Copper Connexions Ltd, said: 
“I would like to thank all who joined this first ZOOM meeting for the Aspire breakfast meeting, this was also Copper Connexions Ltd first ZOOM meeting and we have been super pleased with how this worked. This led to a very fluid and open meeting with all engaging well. We covered many topics and had a few laughs as well. 
Please all take care, stay safe we are looking forward to the next virtual meeting and really looking forward to the next in person meeting back the Aspire once lockdown has been eased." 
From sole traders to SMEs our networkers come from a wide range of industry sectors and professional backgrounds which always makes for some great discussions and our online meeting was no exception. The current situation was of course a key topic of conversation and it was good to have the Berkshire Business Growth Hub there to answer questions and point people in the direction of support. For any business who’s looking for help to get their company through the current crisis please give the Growth Hub a call on 01344 388 005. While there was understandably some concerns about the difficulties businesses are facing there was strong enthusiasm for the efficiency of the job retention scheme claims system and sense of solidarity that we were all in this together and should support each other. 
Always a supportive environment, our networkers had positive advice for each other on how businesses and employees can use this time to re-evaluate their skills; to look at how they can repurpose what they do and pivot to new markets. Marketing, marketing, marketing came through as a priority from everyone, with lots of tips about ways to protect and promote your brand in the current climate. The conversation turned to training, with many positive ideas about the training programmes that would benefit teams and individuals within their current roles as well as if they had to find something new. Resilience, adaptability, managing people through change, were all areas that our networks felt would be essential for getting people through. The question of the unknown and the ripple effects from what’s happening now impacting on the future gave everyone pause for thought but there was a look of constructive contributions from all concerned. 
A particular shout out to Millennial Strategist who joined us for the first time this month. They are a brand new business, who decided to look this situation in the eye and set up a company! Entrepreneurs and innovators are what we need at the moment and it was great to welcome them to Breakfast@Aspire. 
If you are interested in being a sponsor of one of our networking meetings or would like to attend, please email marketing@sloughaspire.com to find out more. 
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