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New Mills Business Network


New Mills Business Network began in October 2006 as an initiative developed by New Mills School Business and Enterprise College. The aim was to enhance the school specialism in Business and Enterprise by establishing more connections with the local business community and developing relationships between the local community and the school. The initiative has been highly successful and the group now has more than 100 business connections within the database.


Simon Belt talking about LinkedinThe members not only receive support and advice from each other but regular guest speakers have provided business information and the opportunity to develop your business through subjects ranging from Health and Safety, ICT, wellbeing in the workplace, media, marketing techniques and much more. The benefits of networking are endless and the reputation of a relaxed, informal, welcoming atmosphere have proved to be the success of the New Mills Business Network.


No fees 

The Business Network is free to attend, no joining fees to pay, just a donation for refreshments.


Networking at the Group


The meetings are monthly and currently we aim for the third Tuesday in each month. The meetings start at 07:30am and finish around 09:00am. Bacon/egg sandwiches, tea/coffee is available throughout the meeting.


There is plenty of opportunity for networking and developing new contacts and there is a presentation by a guest speaker which tends to last 20 minutes or so. Everyone has the opportunity to introduce themselves, who they are and what they do – a mini commercial!



Contact and Venue information

The meetings take place in the School Library at:

New Mills School Business and Enterprise College
Church Lane
New Mills
High Peak
SK22 4NR

If you would like to know more or contact the Business Network your contact is Chris Barker Tel 01663 743284 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Meeting dates for your diary

April 28th 2016 - There will be an introduction by Simon Belt around the theme of small business website development "Most businesses have or are in the process of setting up website, yet many find the process a little bewildering. Simon will try and show how each part of the process is very much like paper based or face to face promotion. By starting with a blank website, Simon will show you how a business could build a website in 30 minutes by replicating the best of what they do face to face. It will be a practical and real world demonstration that website development isn’t an alien activity."



New Mills Business Network is supported by New Mills School Business & Enterprise College and as such offers many opportunities:

  • The school is able to help you develop directories, websites, provide students for work experience or work projects such as market research.
  • The school produces a monthly Newsletter which is sent home to all parents. We are happy to advertise your business in the Newsletter for a small fee.
  • All of those businesses who support the school have the opportunity to be included in a Powerpoint display which runs continuously in the school Reception area.
  • Do you have any news for our website? We would like to include your profile in the website directory so please send us any information you would like to be displayed and available to others. If you have any forthcoming events/promotions/news etc we would be only too pleased to include it on the website.
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