30 Mar 3: Networked
“Great things in Business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
Gillingham has many teams who come together through sport, charity and business. Sports clubs draw upon the residents of this and neighbouring towns to compete in various challenging competitions throughout the South West and Southern England. Charities provide help, support and practical aid to people in need, with groups and individuals joining together to focus on specific needs. The local business community forms industry relationships to create opportunities and support the area neighbourhood. One of those groups are the Gillingham Chamber of Commerce. We have published a directory of the members of Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry in both Gillingham & Shaftesbury News and the magazine Gillingham & Shaftesbury Guide. The pages can be pulled out and kept for the coming year.
When Steve Jobs met Steve Wozniak, they were young. Jobs was in High School, Wozniak at University. This partnership, however, was to revolutionise technology and how we do business forever. The two remained friends and later started Apple Computers, Jobs selling his Volkswagen Bus and Wozniak his scientific calculator to fund their new enterprise. Later the IPhone, IPad, and IPod all appeared on the market. All, functioning independently yet powerfully integrated and all part of the Apple empire.
Any rugby or football player will tell you; success is only possible when you work as a team. Of course, the try scorer or goal scorer will get the credit but there will be few occasions where the team as a whole will not have created the opportunity for the scorer to take the glory. 15 or 11 individuals each with a position and job to do join together to make a far more formidable and powerful force.
It started with a handful of people becoming aware of the difficulties a person with dementia faces in normal day to day activities. Creating an awareness programme, they targeted shops, cafes, business throughout their immediate areas teaching and highlighting the issues. Gillingham now has a large team who keep the focus on our High Street and it has grown to become a dementia friendly town.
Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a business group made stronger and visible by its individual members, all 90 of them. Each member business stands proud and strong within their own industry and yet together with other businesses form a formidable structure and foundation for industry knowledge and experience throughout the town.
Trust and respect have to be earned more these days than ever before and that goodwill can be extended through a connection. Being a member of a group is powerful, particularly when the group involves potential clients, knowledge, or guidance. Membership of a respected group gives customer confidence in your trustworthiness and competence.
Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry have focused on this membership theme by introducing the monthly ‘Happy Hour’. Held at the Wine Bar in Queen Street on the 1st Thursday of the month from 6 -7pm, it has proved to be an excellent way to touch base with other businesses and swap business cards and ideas.
In the future we are also planning a Summer BBQ and a Race Night for members to join together bringing clients or families and building on the contacts already made during our Happy Hour evenings. We will again be working with Gillingham School on their Next Steps evening, supporting Gillingham in Gear, the Town Meadow and there will be many members showcasing their companies at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show in August.
“Individually we are one drop. Together we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro.