Frank Nigriello

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Unveiling B4 HUB: A New Era of Benefits for B4 Members

In the dynamic landscape of business, connections are the cornerstone of growth and success. At B4, we’ve always believed in the power of collaboration and support within our community. Only last week we saw the power of four of our Platinum Members coming together as the fantastic team at Sobell House stepped up the launch of the incredible OxTrail 2024 at Oxford Brookes University with the support of Darcica Logistics and Aston & James.

Unlocking Leadership Insights: B4 Platinum Quarterly Breakfast at Blenheim Palace

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, connection and collaboration are paramount. For the past 17 years, B4 has been at the forefront of creating a collaborative and supportive community for businesses. Established in 2006 with the mission to ‘Build Bridges Between Businesses,’ B4 actively connects individuals who value community and collective growth.

HENLEY FESTIVAL REVEALS SENSATIONAL LINE-UP FOR 2024

Featuring… NICOLE SCHERZINGER, DAVE STEWART’S EURYTHMICS SONGBOOK GLADYS KNIGHT, RYLAN! Late in Pure Heaven HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR, MINISTRY OF SOUND IBIZA ANTHEMS WITH ELLIE SAX,
NIGEL KENNEDY, SAM RYDER
MARK WATSON, ANGELA BARNES, SARA PASCOE, MARCEL LUCONT, DARA Ó BRIAIN & much more…

B4 Presents: CEO & Leaders Company Visit and Roundtable at Astroscale...

In the ever-evolving landscape of business, connections are the lifeblood that fuels innovation and growth. B4, the dynamic organisation dedicated to fostering collaborative and supportive communities, is thrilled to announce an exclusive event that delves into the challenges and triumphs of scaling up a business. This unique occasion, featuring Sharon Parker-Lines, Deputy Managing Director & Senior Vice President Business Operations, Government & Regulatory Affairs of Astroscale, promises to be an insightful exploration of the journey towards sustainable growth.

Sustainability in business: from ambition to action

At October’s B4 Sustainability Ecosystem members were unanimous that attaining net zero carbon emissions by 2050 was an important target in our drive to reduce our carbon footprint, address climate change and implement a sustainable business approach. However, while the environmental and social aspirations to ‘be better’ and ‘do good’ were clear, many did not know what the carbon footprint of their business was or felt unsure what the steps should be to convert strategy into direct actions. As session lead Toby Newman from environment consultants, Enistic, explained: “If it can’t be measured, it can’t be improved.”

B4 Summer Events – A Look Back

After a whole month without events in August and just the one in July (although it was a big one!), B4 events return in September with something for everyone. But let’s take the opportunity to look back over some of the highlights of an early summer with B4.

24 Hour Football Indulgence in Manchester

If you’re a football fan then this one’s for you. Could you cram in an overnight stay at the wonderful Hotel Football, the Great Manchester Run, a tour of The Etihad Stadium and gate-crashing Manchester City’s Premier League title celebrations in 24 hours? Here’s how we did it…..we even had to do ‘the Poznań’!

Why joining a community of business leaders can enhance your reputation and credibility

I read a LinkedIn post recently that reassured business owners that if they’d managed to keep their businesses going during recession, Brexit, COVID and the cost-of-living crisis that they deserved a huge pat on the back and shouldn’t ‘beat themselves up’. Easier said than done when costs are rising and doing business seems to get harder rather than easier, but the sentiment was well-placed.

Judging for the 2023 Oxfordshire Business Awards is complete, and a...

Finalists have been announced across the 12 Award categories, including Purposeful Business, Marketing Excellence, New, Small and Large Business. All of the finalists will be in for the chance of winning the overall Business of the Year Award which this year, is sponsored by Thomas Franks.

Why it’s important for Business Leaders to be exposed to new...

Nobody likes a ‘know it all’ and let’s face it, there’s no such thing. At the other end of the scale, many of us don’t create enough time to take on board new ideas, innovation and creativity in whatever format. How many times have you been recommended to read a book, get sent the link, go on Amazon, maybe even buy it but it just sits on your bookshelf? Come to think of it, as an aside, just think about that for a second….I wonder what the actual percentage of books purchased are actually read? Frightening thought!

Business Leaders Enjoy B4’s First Supper Club

Business leaders from Oxfordshire enjoyed B4’s first Supper Club recently. B4 holds events in fantastic venues across Oxfordshire and Shropshire, but we’ve got our very own venue which, with the imagination of our fabulous Events Manager, Tina, has been transformed into our very own private dining room. With furniture hired in from our good friends at BHK Rentals (www.bhkrentals.co.uk) and an immaculate eye for detail, it truly was a fantastic transformation and exceptional use of space as the B4 dining room came to life.

Business Fundraiser at Silverstone

We were delighted to host 50 business leaders for our B4 Platinum Dinner set against the backdrop of iconic British motorsport history at @Silverstone Museum last month. Thank you to all of our guests who helped raise over £2,000 for British Heart Foundation. Here’s what our guests had to say about the evening:

Leading Thames Valley law firm announces four newqualifiers  

Leading Thames Valley law firm, Gardner Leader, has announced its latest round of newly qualified solicitors, with four more members of its team receiving their Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) certification as the firm continues to nurture the best legal talent in the region.

Midweek Stay at the Kings Head, Cirencester

We made the, just short of, one hour trip to Cirencester from Oxford as the sun was setting and the light fading fast. On arrival, we found a parking spot in the centre of this quaint market town, directly opposite the impressive Kings Head.

The Rise of Remote Working: Challenges and Opportunities 

One of the biggest impacts of COVID-19 has been the rise of remote working. Like everything, this has sparked both challenges and opportunities. Speaking to Members of the B4 community in one to one conversations and our recent events at B4 HQ, we’re hearing a number of common themes, both positive and negative.

Can Your Business Learn from the Super Bowl? 

Last night’s Super Bowl, won by the Kansas City Chiefs, was one of the most-watched television events of the year in the United States, with over 100 million viewers tuning in to watch the game. Many companies see the Super Bowl as an opportunity to reach a large audience and gain market share with half-time adverts costing an eye-watering $7 million! Here are some common strategies that companies use to leverage the Super Bowl to gain market share:

Let’s talk turkey!

Hot off the press – some topical food for thought with a distinctly seasonal flavour and certainly something for businesses to chew over and digest to ensure that they keep abreast of the latest thinking in branding and have a tried and tested recipe for success that isn’t bland for the new year ahead.

By PHIL STRACHAN – The Think Brand not bland Guy

Agnes Smith Advice Centre Appeal

How we are helping the poorest in Oxford? At the Agnes Smith Advice Centre in Blackbird Leys, we have provided benefits and debt advice to more than 1400 residents over the last year, keeping people in their homes and helping them keep warm and fed.
 
We are at the heart of one of the most deprived communities in the UK and people come to us when they don’t know where else to turn. 

YASA secures new facility at Catalyst Bicester

YASA, the pioneering electric vehicle motor manufacturer, has taken the last available unit in phase 1 of Catalyst Bicester, the new advanced manufacturing and technology business community in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Love AND Business?

No, they’re not two words you would often hear or say in the same sentence, but for Alan Wick, ‘love’ underpins his approach to business and always has. B4’s Richard Rosser had the absolute pleasure of finding out more about this engaging business coach based in Sussex who has, thankfully, recently joined the B4 community.

Unlock More Capital Growth With VCTs

David Hall is the Chair of the VCTA (Venture Capital Trust Association), having succeeded Stuart Veale in the role in January this year. He is the Managing Director of VCTA member YFM, where he is involved in all aspects of the business, including fundraising and the management of investments. He also chairs the Investment Committee and directly oversees YFM’s investment in software firm, Matillion.

Fit for Work, Fit for Purpose, Fit for Life

The importance of wellbeing has increased with people working from home. Almost all of us had to change the way we work and contemplate what the future looks like. It’s been a key priority for Aston & James to align themselves with the changing workplace wherever you choose to work.

Celebrating National Inclusion Week

This week we are celebrating National Inclusion Week. This week’s theme is #UnitedForInclusion and looks to share inclusion in all its forms. National Inclusion Week asks us to consider three questions:

Emirates Pavilion ready to welcome visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai’s must-see aviation attraction is gearing up to open its doors to the public on 1 October. Located in the Opportunity District, and within walking distance of the Al Wasl Dome, the Emirates Pavilion offers a preview for the future of commercial aviation, reframing the role that science and technology will play in the next 50 years of air travel, as it welcomes visitors to experience two floors of interactive multi-sensory installations.

Blenheim 7k Fun Run

Run, jog or walk for charity or for fun at the World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in Oxfordshire, the stunning venue for the annual Blenheim 7k on 10 October, sponsored by Freeths Solicitors and the Oxford Business Park.

B4 Community Working Together: Carbon Colour provide new signage for Stagecoach’s...

As part of Stagecoach Oxfordshire’s Depot improvement plan, Robert Betterton, Stagecoach’s Fleet Engineer needed a local reputable firm to assist with the design and production of new signage for depots in Oxford, Banbury and Witney. As B4 members, Robert looked to the B4 community for support and found Carbon Colour and Managing Director, Nigel Allen. […]