This month's business meeting of ABC Business Network will take place on Thursday 30th August 2018 at Banbridge Enterprise Centre, Scarva Road Industrial Estate, Banbridge, BT32 3QD from 07:30 - 09:00am. The conference room will be available for post-event networking from 09:00 - 10:00am for those who wish to stay longer. We encourage members to organise one-to-one meetings during this time to discuss partnership and referral opportunities. Visitors will be made very welcome at our meeting and post-event networking.
Dr Gerard Prior received a UK Beacon award for his work developing and delivering blended learning solutions for business owners in Northern Ireland.
He is a business transformation specialist and also leads the Acordia Business Alliance in Hillsborough, Belfast, Newtownabbey and Bangor. Drawing on the latest leading research in areas of cognition and business transformation, he has developed the unique Acordia Fusion™ methodology designed to empower business owners to leverage real and sustainable competitive advantage and success.
He is driven by the belief that empowered individuals have the capacity to solve their own problems, to be self-inspirational and to be masters of their own success. Equally, he recognizes that facilitating positive engagement between business owners can spark strategic alliances and strong, ethical sustainable marketing relationships.
One of the main highlights of Acordia has been the success of the Acordia Mini MBA professional development program, with 25 Acordia members being presented with their Certificates at the September 2017 intergroup session hosted by Audi Belfast. It is hoped to repeat that success in October 2018 with a new cohort of business owners.
At the heart of the Acordia Fusion™ mindset, is the principle that a business can only be transformed if its owners are personally empowered to transform.
Gerard will provide a short overview of his journey so far, and will deliver a short presentation on ‘Recognising the Need for a Business Turnaround Strategy’
Dr Bloomfield is an Organisational Wellbeing Consultant and specialises in creating and supporting employee wellness strategies, particularly at Management and Director level. Since 2001, he has worked as a Sport Scientist to high performance athletes competing at major events such as the Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup, and as a consultant to teams in the Premier League.
In 2015, Jonny began designing and delivering innovative and effective strategies to SMEs and large businesses to help increase employee wellbeing, engagement and productivity. In March 2018, he helped John GRAHAM Ltd win a Highways England award for the Health & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year in Construction and in July 2018, GRAHAM were shortlisted for the Excellence in Health & Wellbeing category in The Investors in People Awards 2018.
Jonny is the resident Sleep Expert for Mammoth Technologies Ltd, a leading UK Mattresses company and a qualified British Athletics Coach Tutor. He is also a keen runner and enjoys coaching community Couch 2 5K programmes.
Jonny’s presentation will focus on what makes a successful wellness programme.