UXBRIDGE College has teamed up with Uxbridge Forward, the company set up to improve the town centre, to form a business club.
Members get benefits and motivation to help them grow their businesses.
They must be based within a defined area and pay a £25 membership fee.
Members include the newly-opened Metro Bank in Uxbridge High Street, Optical Warehouse, PPI Recruitment Ltd, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and Parkside Health.
They gathered for the club’s first event, called Get Your Business Social Networking, in the Skills Store in the Mall Pavilions in Uxbridge High Street.
Gary Barnes, director of social media experts West Street Marketing, led the session.
Lorraine Collins, executive director of enterprise and development at Uxbridge College, said: “Uxbridge College has an established reputation for supporting businesses in a wide range of ways, including providing high quality skills training, helping them fill vacancies and working with them to ensure all our qualifications are in line with their needs.
“We are delighted to be joining forces with Uxbridge Forward to consolidate and expand this work through the business club.”
Mike Crane, business development manager of Uxbridge Forward, said: “The club is designed to support the needs of local business and provide the opportunities and space for business to grow through knowledge exchange and networking.”
During 2012, events will include monthly seminars, networking opportunities, free use of The Skills Store for meetings, advice and help with recruiting.
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