Hilly Fields Network Lunch – Friday 11th January, Ravensbourne Arms

Join us at the next Hilly Fields Network lunch on

Friday 11 January, 12-2pm

at Ravensbourne Arms, 323 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6NR 

RSVP via: http://www.meetup.com/Hilly-Fields-Network/

Join local businesses for lunch and networking and to hear experienced business coach, Veronica Broomes on pricing strategies.

How to price what you sell is one of the most important and troublesome issues for any small business. We’re delighted Veronica will be sharing her tips and insights on how to get it right.

Owners and Managers of small businesses need clear strategies for price setting to ensure that not only will they survive and thrive as a profitable business, but they offer products and services that provide value for customers.

In this presentation, Veronica will cover three pricing strategies small businesses can use successfully and identify some pitfalls in setting prices. An insight will be given also on how business owners can develop a Menu of Prices for their products or services.

12 noon Networking
12.30pm 1 minute introductions
12.40pm Veronica Broomes, Pricing strategies
1pm Lunch
2pm Close
About Veronica

Veronica Broomes is founder and Managing Director of Executive Solutions Training Ltd, including its specialist brand ‘Your Small Business Coach’, which focuses on supporting new and experienced owners, directors and managers of small businesses in setting clear and realistic business targets that they can achieve in less time and with fewer pitfalls.

A qualified and experienced Small Business Coach, Veronica has provided training to small businesses and individuals. In addition, she has worked with scores of start-up and growing businesses, directly and through business support agencies such as East London Business Place, South East Enterprise, Business Link Enterprise Gateway Woking and the Chamber of Commerce and the Regeneration and Economic Development Unit in Barking and Dagenham.

Follow Veronica on Twitter at: @bizcoach4u
As places are limited you must let us know if you’d like to attend. RSVP via http://www.meetup.com/Hilly-Fields-Network/
Order a drink and your lunch at the bar when you arrive, food will be served at 1pm.
Remember to bring your business cards!

Christmas lunch

You are warmly invited to

Hilly Fields Network Christmas Lunch 2012

on Friday 7 December, 12 – 2pm

at The Gantry, 188 Brockley Road, Brockley SE4 2RL.


  • Mingle bells – networking with a festive twist
  • Secret santa – sharing inspiration and skills to help your business prosper
  • Festive feast – a sumptuous two/three course Christmas menu.

RSVP at: www.meetup.com

Secret santa
Bring a Christmas card with a “gift” for another member of the group. Your gift is help that you can offer another business. It may be one hour of your expertise, a free trial, or just an invitation to meet for coffee and offer some support and advice.

Christmas menu
Choice of two courses, £22 or three courses £27 (+ tip and drinks.) (If you only want the main course it will be £15/16)

Christmas starters
Lobster bisque
Foie Gras Mi Cuit and extra trimmings
Seafood cassollette – prawns, scallops, lobster
Salade landaise – served with duck breast, confit gesiers, lardons
Trilogie d’aubergine – aubergines with girolle mushrooms (V)

Christmas mains
Roast turkey with all the trimmings
Monkfish served with armoricaine sauce
Beef fillet tail served with perigourdine sauce (optional Supplement: foie gras and truffle – £2.50)
Cepes and spinach lasagna

Christmas sweets
Fruit of the forest Sabayon
Christmas pudding
Cannelet bordelais
Chocolate trio

Prosecco and coffee £4.50


Photo credit: mandolux, flickr

Volunteer foster carers needed for dogs and cats

Could you look after a cat or dog in need?

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are looking for volunteer foster carers to provide temporary homes for animals who are most in need of care and attention.


“We’re looking for people who have time to care for cats or dogs in their own home.  We supply all food and equipment, cover medical costs and travel expenses.  To be a cat fosterer, we’re looking for someone with a spare room and the patience and care to give to undersocialised cats or newborn kittens.  For dog fosterers, we’re looking for people with dog experience who are happy to provide care to dogs who struggle to cope in our kennels until they are rehomed – ideally, you’ll have very few leaving hours and no young children.”

For more information, please visit


or email


Hilly Fields Network Lunch – Fri 2 Nov, Jam Circus

Join us at the next Hilly Fields Network lunch on

Friday 2 November, 12-2pm

at Jam Circus 330-332 Brockley Road, London SE4 2BT

RSVP via: http://www.meetup.com/Hilly-Fields-Network/

Join local businesses for lunch and networking at Jam Circus where we’ll be discussing business cards.

“Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!”

What does your business card say about you? Is it helping or hindering your business? What details should you include? Recycled or gloss? Should you always wait to be asked for you card or can you offer it? Do you swap at the start of the conversation or the end? And what do you do with the mountain of other people’s cards you’ve collected?

Business cards are the currency of networking and there’s a minefield of etiquette ready to trip you up. Join us on 2nd November when we’ll be discussing how to get it right with business cards, and find out what your business card is really saying about your business.

12 noon Networking
12.30pm 1 minute introductions
12.45pm Business card clinic
1pm Lunch
2pm Close

As places are limited you must let us know if you’d like to attend. RSVP via http://www.meetup.com/Hilly-Fields-Network/

Order a drink and your lunch at the bar when you arrive, food will be served at 1pm.

Bring your business card!

Inspiration Swap Shop – Thursday 4 October, The Talent Factory SE6

Join us on Thursday October 4th, 7pm as we meet for a unique evening of conversation, collaboration, cocktails and canapes at

The Talent Factory SE6, Unit 8, Barmeston Road, Catford SE6 3BH (map) (info)

Booking is essential – please do so by through our new Meetup.com group:

Update: Rather than mere “nibbles” we’ll now have “global foods with a South African twist”, thanks to the amazing generosity of Denver Bennett of DB Foods! Read more here.

7:00 pm – Networking, cocktails and great food from Denver Bennett of DB Foods
7:30 pm – Brief introductions
7:45 pm – Group discussion: “What’s moved your business forward? What’s held it back?”
8:30 pm – Exhibit your work – or just explore the exhibits
9:00 pm – Close

The format for this event is a little different, as it’s being generously hosted by The Talent Factory SE6, a great new collaborative workspace just off the Bromley Road south of Catford.

Group discussion

In the spirit of collaboration, there won’t be a speaker at this event, but a group discussion instead. You are invited (but not compelled, if you’d rather just listen!) to share the highs and lows of running your business, to inspire others to overcome those niggling difficulties, and maybe find inspiration yourself:

  • What are the three things that have been most effective at moving your business forward?
  • What’s the single thing that’s most held you back?

Exhibit your work

After the group discussion, the size and flexibility of the space means you will have an opportunity to exhibit your work. For those whose work has no physical manifestation, a digital projector will be available.

About The Talent Factory SE6

The Talent Factory SE6 is a social enterprise offering shared office space to small businesses at below market rates. The vision is to create an enterprise hub whose members share their complementary skills. To find out more, click here.

Launching Brenda’s Bottom

Tlön Children’s Books Publishing invite Hilly Fields Networkers to the launch of our first children’s book Brenda’s Bottom and Her Birds by local artist and author, Clare Stanhope.

The launch takes place at Pistachios Cafe on The Park, Hilly Fields, London @7pm Thursday 27th September.

Wine from Mr Lawrence and canopies will be served.

You can keep up with all the latest Brenda’s Bottom news at www.facebook.com/BrendasBottom

Brenda’s Bottom and Her Birds features 52 types of birds and many of London’s famous bridges and buildings with detailed indexes at the book. A fun and educational book for adults and children. It’s better than meeting the Queen (apparently.)

RSVP below.

Hilly Fields Network Lunch – Fri 7 Sept, The Gantry

Join us at the next Hilly Fields Network lunch onFriday 7 September, 12-2pm

at The Gantry, 188 Brockley Road, Brockley SE4 2RL

Booking is essential. RSVP by leaving a comment below.

Join local businesses for lunch and networking at the recently opened The Gantry.
12 noon Networking
12.30pm 1 minute introductions
12.45pm Short talk by local author and publisher, Jason Shelley
1pm Lunch
2pm Close
Jason Shelley is founder of Tlön Books Publishing, a local independent book publisher producing cutting edge books with bespoke covers. As a small outfit looking to compete with the big shot publishers, Tlön enjoys the freedom to create works that are new and original without the overhead of complicated processes.
Since their first book in 2002, No Looking Back, they have published several more titles including  ‘real page turner’, A Cure for Solitude (2006). The introduction of their subsidiary company, this year, Tlön Children’s Books Publishing, marks their 10th year anniversary. Their first children’s book, Brenda’s Bottom and her birds, launched the same year as the Queen’s diamond jubilee and the London Olympics, celebrates key elements of London, including many of London’s famous buildings, and the River Thames in it’s near entirety.
Join us to hear Jason discuss the trials and tribulations of writing and publishing.
As places are limited to 16 you must let us know if you’d like to attend. To reserve your place, please leave a comment below.

Visit to Maraschino photography, 9 August

Kath Cherry from local photographers, Maraschino photography, invites us to an evening visit to her studio

on Thursday 9th August, 8pm

at 12 Tressillian Road, Brockley, London, SE4 1YE. Map

Maraschino photography, operating from their beautiful studio in Tressillian Road are photographic artists specialising in bumps, babies, families, children and pets.

Join us to view their gallery and studio, and network with other local businesses.

Kath will kindly be providing some nibbles. If possible, please bring your own bottle. Please leave a comment below, if you’re attending.

Hilly Fields Network 10th Lunch

Join us at the Hilly Fields Network tenth meet-up on

Friday 6th July, 12-2pm

at The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Rd, SE13 7HS.

Please leave a comment below, if you’re attending.

We’re delighted to be joined for this lunch by Jason Slater from gorgeous new Ladywell giftshop, Slater & King who will give a short presentation at 12.30.

Many of us waited with eager anticipation when work started on renovating the old Nightwatch unit on Ladywell High Street. We couldn’t have been more pleased when Jason’s hardwork was revealed to be a delightful new giftshop. Slater & King joins Oscars Cafe and El’s Kitchen, as a welcome addition to the exciting developments in Ladywell village.

Jason will be telling us about  the trials and tribulations of opening a new high-street shop and his soon to be launched online e-commerce shop.

Slater & King

Join us on Friday 6th July to hear more about this exciting local business.

Order lunch at the bar as you arrive, food will be served at 1pm.

We’ll be on the right of the bar.

Please leave a commenton the blog if you’re attending.

Ninth Hilly Fields Network Meet-up – Fri 25 May 2012

Join us at the Hilly Fields Lunch Club ninth meet-up on

Friday 25 May, 12-2pm

at The Ladywell Tavern, 80 Ladywell Rd, SE13 7HS.

Please leave a comment below, if you’re attending.

We’re delighted to be joined for this lunch by Liz Lewis from the Talent Factory who will give a short presentation at 12.30.

In a quiet courtyard off the Bromley Road in Catford, the Talent Factory provides space for people starting their own companies as well as being the centre of operations for Capital Talent. Their vision is of an enterprise hub whose members pay below market rent and share their complementary skills. All of the businesses they support will  offer work experience placements to local people who are just starting their careers or who are unemployed and finding their way back into the job market.

Capital Talent was setup by a group of education professionals who combine to offer consultancy to central and local government and to schools, and have established the Griffin Schools Trust whose aim is to sponsor Free Schools and academies, serving the most disadvantaged communities.

When starting Capital Talent, Liz and her colleagues found it very difficult to find quality offices in the area, still less a hub where people can share space and ideas and extend their personal networks. So, they bought the Talent Factory as a shell just over a year ago and have developed it into a really pleasant place to work. They have used re-cycled materials and a mix of antique and modern, industrial and domestic styles.

Liz says, “We want to flush out all the interesting home workers, start-ups and energetic entrepreneurs locally to stop everyone travelling out of the area to work. We also want to support young and older people who are unemployed and want to get back into work. At the lunch, I’ll be talking about the Factory and its potential to become a hub for business and entrepreneurs in SE London.”

Join us on the 25th May to hear more about The Talent Factory and how it can help your business.

Order lunch at the bar as you arrive, food will be served at 1pm.

We’ll be on the right of the bar.

Please leave a comment below if you’re attending.

A monthly lunch for freelancers, homeworkers, and small business owners around Hilly Fields