ABC was set up in 2005, as an independent and autonomous body for businesses in the Buckinghamshire area. ABC has no political affiliations. It aims to serve and promote the interests of the business community by providing a comprehensive business forum for the dissemination of information, knowledge, and networking in a positive environment of mutual strength and support in the Bucks business community, for the benefit of both the members and the wider community.
The benefits of ABC are many and varied, for instance:
- It is a regular forum for members and guests to meet regularly and discuss topical issues and conduct business in a convivial atmosphere
- It promotes and highlights networking opportunities between the members and guests
- It emphasises and shares “best practice” within the business community
- It provides additional local networking opportunities at little or no cost
- It gives advice on business and training issues
- it acts as a representative pressure group to other business authorities
ABC is very fortunate to have as its Patron, Mr Jim Brathwaite, who is also chairman of SEEDA. ABC is governed by a written Constitution, which sets out its aims and objectives, and the day-to-day management is run by a Management Committee, comprising the Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. These office holders, in turn, are supported by a number of management sub-committees on specific focus areas and tasks.
The Management Committee always welcomes input from members and external sources as to the range of activities and topics for discussion that are in keeping with ABC Constitution. The ABC web-site has a facility for such contributions. The Management Committee meets regularly, and an annual working programme of quarterly events and speakers has been worked out for the forthcoming year, which are held in the evenings at the Buckingham Chilterns University College campus (BCUC), in High Wycombe, from 7 pm – 9 pm.
The quarterly events are designed to allow guests and members to socialise and network with each other as well as gain something extra from the business themed evening, by the contribution of the key speaker for the evening. Other and additional events may also be arranged from time to time and information will be circulated accordingly to members and guests.
ABC is sponsored by a number of local enterprises, namely, National Westminster Bank PLC, (by both the High Wycombe and Aylesbury branches), Bucks Economic Partnership, Business Link Solutions, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. These sponsors’ respective contributions have proved invaluable to the success of ABC, in terms of the financial contribution as well as the support and “know-how” received.
Apart from contributions from these Sponsors, ABC raises funds from membership subscriptions, for which the annual fee is £50.
To become a member, please complete the attached form and return it to ABC with a cheque for the fee, made payable to ABC.
For further information, please contact us at:
Asian Business Council
Soundsorba House, Shaftsbury Street, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 2NA
Tel: 01494 472706
Fax: 01494 472681