A new monthly business networking event by the Bedfordshire branch which is held at Corner 5 Restaurant, in Kempston yesterday (October 11) had property surveyor Kirsty Harvey as its main speaker.
Member, Kirsty Harvey who is the founder of Letchworth based KTD Surveying said: “It is crucial that business owners understand the terms of their leases and why certain clauses could have negative consequences for their business.
"So often people rely on their accountant or solicitor to deal with the lease, and are not aware that a chartered surveyor is experienced in negotiating rents and basic lease terms. Surveyors look at practical issues such as the condition of the property and how service charges and repairs should be dealt with, and ensure that your business is protected from significant and unexpected bills.
"I gave some tips on what to look out for, and how to avoid costly mistakes, whatever lease negotiations you may be facing.”
The format of the networking meeting allows everyone at the event to “pitch their wares” in two-minute slots to their fellow attendees. Called #FSBConnect networking, the concept is part of a successful series of national FSB networking events in which small business owners have a chance to meet fellow business owners.
The events are open to both FSB members and non-members alike and with Bedford being such a hub for networking it has already generated a lot of interest. It attracted a range of local businesses who have fed back very positively about the new contacts they have made.
The coffee morning costs £5 for members and non-members and includes tea or coffee and pastries and as well as the formal networking, there will usually be a speaker at the event as well as a business card draw which will give the winner five minutes to say a more about a topic of their choice.
The event will always be the second Wednesday of the month and the next event will be at 10.30 am on November 8, 2017.
For further information and to book, go to www.fsb.org.uk/bedscambsherts or contact Caron Kendall on 01525 875866.