To help you plan your day here are the timings of our events:

10.15 am - Register for educational seminar

10.30 am - Seminar starts

11.40 - Seminar ends 

11.45-12.00 Registration for main networking event

12-12.15 - Opening comments from Tracy and finalise breakout groups

12.15-1.15 Networking in small breakout groups of 5-7 people where you can promote your Business, learn from other attendees and find ways to collaborate

1.15-1.30 - announcements, testimonials and thank you's shared.

1.30-1.45 - after lunch speaker

1.45-2.00pm - Closing comments and wrap up.

Event Dates - A list of all our forthcoming events are below

Please note we are currently meeting On Line via private and secure ZOOM link which is released only to pre qualified attendees.

  • June: Thursday 11th, On line Meeting

    Time - 10.15am online login for a 10.30am start

    Presenter - Simon O'Rrourke of Simon O'Rourke Tree Carving

    Topic - How to grow a Creative Business

    Simon O'Rourke is an award winning Chainsaw sculptor who began his career as an illustrator.

    Tired of never finding stability through illustration, Simon turned to training to be a tree surgeon to pay the bills.

    Over time he began to see the beauty of working with wood - and Simon O'Rourke was born.

    As Simon says 

    "After gaining my degree with honours in Illustration; specialising in children?s books, I became a tree surgeon for Acorn ArborCare. There?s no connection really, but I needed a full time job, and wanted to slowly build up my illustration career outside of work!
    I managed to get a children?s book commission from a tree work customer which was published in America through Trafford Publishing. In the time that followed, I did not pursue my illustration career, but I realised I could actually be creative with the chainsaw and tried my hand at wood carving!
    I carved for two years under the banner of Acorn Furniture and set up my own business in 2005. I now reside in North Wales, with my lovely wife Liz, and have worked in a wide variety of public places and private gardens.
    My chainsaw carving exploits have taken me all around the world. I have now competed in chainsaw carving competitions in the USA, Japan, Canada, Holland, Germany, Denmark and the UK, placing highly in many of them."

    Seminar content

    Through this seminar Simon will inspire and demonstrate how being a creative person need not mean you cannot also create a thriving Business.

    He will share his tips and advice on how to blend creative vision with Business acumen to build a robust and yet balanced Business.

    One not to be missed! Even if you are an accountant!!!

  • July: Thursday 9th, On line Meeting

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  • August: Wednesday 12th, TBC

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  • September: Thursday 10th, TBC

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  • October: Thursday 15th, TBC

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Watch our video and member testimonials here

Come and join us at


Thursday 11th June

On line Meeting

What members and guests say

"I have been a member of The Business Network Chester from the start and always come away from the seminars and lunches with great new connections, leads and a feeling that I am getting to know the business community in Chester more and more with every visit. At Clatterbridge Cancer Research our approach is very much long term and that suits the ethos of BNC, it?s not about hard sell and more about long term relationships and building up connections. This year Tracy has gone above and beyond and took part in our major fundraising event Come Dancing, as you would expect she gave it 110% and is our reigning champion! Huge thank you to Tracy and Hayley for really making us welcome every month and bringing a real benefit to the team at CCR"

Laura Irving
Clatterbridge Cancer Research

"Great Bear Distribution have been members of The Business Network Forum for almost 12 months and in that time I have met many interesting Owner Directors and Senior Managers of business. The Chester Business Forum meets monthly for a couple of hours at various prestigous Chester Hotels. Not only is there an opportunity to network with key decision makers in the region, it is also possible to present your organisation to a wider audience, on a one to one and if the opportunity allows as a formal seminar. My Company will in time I am sure be doing business with one or two of the key people we have met - this is a gradual process of confidence building ,and sharing of ideas and experiences. Equally many of the smaller companies and individuals can provide a higher degree of personalised service, something which has been lost and perhaps missed in a quest for business growth. I highly recommend any business to put a toe in the water and meet two highly motivated organisers and many like minded business networkers at a future meeting.... Go on try it - nothing ventured nothing gained.! "

Michael Pepper
Great Bear Distribution Ltd