Need business support? Baldock Network Group’s call to arms amid relaunch

PUBLISHED: 16:43 13 March 2019

The Baldock Network group is looking for new members after being taken over by Home-Start. Picture: Supplied

The Baldock Network group is looking for new members after being taken over by Home-Start. Picture: Supplied


Baldock Network Group plans to relaunch with new members, a venue and a website thanks to Home-Start Herts – which took over the running of the group following the dissolution of the Baldock Town Partnership.

The networking group was initially set up in March 2011 by former town centre manager Murray Fastier, in conjunction with the Baldock Town Partnership.

Since the dissolution of the Baldock Town Partnership last year, it was handed over to Home-Start Hertfordshire, a local children and family’s charity which has its headquarters in Stevenage.

Home-Start provides practical and emotional support for parents of young children who are struggling and are vulnerable.

The charity has been running the networking group for the last nine months and, over that time, has implemented some changes – one of which was to move venue.

The group now meet at The Orange Tree in Norton Road, with pub licensee Rob Scahill supporting both Home-Start Herts and Baldock Networking Group.

Suzy Moody, chair of Home-Start Herts, said: “One of the things that really adds value to this group is that the time spent networking is not only an investment in the members business, but it also demonstrates their business’ investment in the local community.”

As part of the group’s development plan, the Baldock Network Group is to rebrand and launch a new website – which is imminent.

The group is also looking to bring more members on board to enhance the value and diversity.

As part of the relaunch, the group is hosting a visitors evening tomorrow evening from 6pm until 8pm at The Orange Tree. Refreshments will be provided.

Group member Chris Phillips said: “I have been a member of this group for six years. It is great for small, local businesses to help and support each other and make new business connections.”

The group meets alternate Tuesdays from 7am to 8.45am – the next meeting is on Tuesday, March 19.

Membership for the Baldock Network Group is £10 per month, breakfast at the meeting will cost an additional £12 for members and £15 for non-members.

To book a place for tonight’s event, go to eventbrite.co.uk and search Baldock Network Group 2019.

To find out more about the Home-Start Herts charity, go to www.home-start.org.uk.

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