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No SIC in sight – just opportunities

February 18, 2014
A brief introduction..
 
I have been considering a blog post about this for some time.  Why, you may ask?  Well, one reason is that with Business Network SW membership categories are used to enable the unique seating plan system to work.  My research took me to the ONS website where all the SIC data is held.  Many years ago the Yellow Pages would have been the oracle but times change.  During this research I thought why not clarify the SIC for Business Network SW – looking through all 328 pages of Indexes to the UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities 2007 I could not find networking or events or meetings but I did find Business Organisations!  And the other reason – the clue is there – is that I am a bit of an “anorak” when it comes to things like this!
 
Even among the list of new additions (September 2013) which included everything from “Aerial, photography for cartographic and spatial activity purposes”, “Freshwater crustaceans and molluscs gathering” to  “Hosiery printing (manufacture)” and “Condensed milk (manufacture)” as well as “Life Vests made of canvas (manufacture) and Life Vests made of cork (manufacture)” including “Sports nets (manufacture), Production of compost from organic waste” and to be expected “Wind turbines (manufacture), Burglar alarms electric sound signalling for motor vehicles” not forgetting “Pizza, frozen or otherwise preserved (manufacture), Ice (for human consumption)” and then numerous “repair and maintenance” for all sorts of electronic equipmemt.  And finally “Television distribution rights acquisition” and the “Official Receiver”!There was no mention of networking – with so many groups and organisations doing it is this time for a category?

More on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) which was first introduced into the UK in 1948 for use in classifying business establishments and other statistical units by the type of economic activity in which they are engaged.   The classification provides a framework for the collection, tabulation, presentation and analysis of data, and its use promotes uniformity.   In addition, it can be used for administrative purposes and by non-government bodies as a convenient way of classifying industrial activities into a common structure.   Since 1948 the classification has been revised in 1958, 1968, 1980, 1992, 1997, and 2003.

So why an article on The SIC?

It lists businesses that could and would benefit from networking – how simple is that!

Why?  There is the business to business aspects of exchanging ideas, sharing expertise, growing connections and helping businesses grow through the relationships that they forge. People who network value expertise to allow them to focus on life and business – because no one knows everything and even if they do they do not have the time to do everything.  Outsourcing whether it be bookkeeping, hairdressing, personal training, carpet cleaning, taxi trips, ironing, IT training, factoring will all help a business owner become more successful as they can concentrate on their skill and passion that will drive the business forward while the other aspects are being dealt with – as Michael Gerber calls it “leveraging”.

BUT and that is a big but –  All business people are also consumers – so a business that maybe B2C will still benefit from networking!

So looking through the list below (I hasten to add that the list is not all 328 pages – this link will take you to that list) – is there a service/expert/some leverage that would help you or someone you know?  Or do you know a business owner in one (or more) of the areas who you could introduce to networking?

Acupuncture
Air Conditioning Services
Airport Parking
Airport Transfers
Amusement Parks
Architects
Aromatherapy
Art Galleries
Asbestos Removal & Waste Collection
Bakers & Confectioners – Retail
Balloons – Party & Promotional
Banks
Barbers
Bathroom Design and Installation
Beauty Salons
Blinds and Awnings
Brewers
Brise Soleil
Building & Contents Insurance
Buildings – Portable and Pre-fabricated
Buildings Societies
Burglar Alarms & Security Systems
Business Continuity
Car & Commercial Vehicle Valeting
Car Hire
Car Parts And Accessories
Car Security
Carpet Cleaning
Cash & Carry Wholesalers
Chauffeur /
Chiropodists & Podiatrists
Chiropractor
Civil Engineers
Clay Pigeon Shoots & Rifle Ranges
Cleaning Materials
Clinics
Clothes – Ties / Bow Ties
Clothes Hire
Coach Hire
Coffee Machines & Supplies
Complementary Therapies
Computer Rental
Computer Training
Computer-Aided Design Services
Concierge Services
Confectioners
Cookery Schools
Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetics & Toiletries
Courier and Delivery Services
CV Consultancy
Data Recovery
Day Nurseries
Debt Collectors
Decluttering Services
Delicatessen
Dental Surgeons
Diet, Slimming and Weightloss
Dog Training and Agility
Domestic Cleaning & Ironing Services
Eco Renewable Engineers
Electrical Appliance Retailers
Electrical contractors
Electrical Distributors
Electricians
Embassies & Consulates
Entertainment Agency
Estate Agents / Property Sales
Event Organisers / Management
Executive Search and Headhunters
Factoring Brokers
Fire & Flood Restoration
Fire Alarms
Fire Extinguishing Equipment
Fire Safety Consultants
First Aid Training
Fleet Management
Flooring Services
Florist
Flying Schools
Food Manufacturers & Suppliers
Franchise
Freight Forwarding
Funeral Directors
Garden Services
Gas Installers and Engineers
Gates
Glass Merchants – Wholesale & Retail
Glaziers
Grant Funding
Hair and Beauty Salon
Haulage
Health Clubs
Health Food
Hi-Fi Dealers
Hire Services – Tools & Equipment
Home Care Services
Importing / Exporting
Insulation Services
Insurance and Brokers
Interior Designer
Introduction Agencies
IT Training
Jewellers and Watches
Kitchen Planning & Installation
Labelling and Packaging
Landscapers / Landscaping
Language Schools
Letting Agents
Lifestyle Management
Concierge Services
Limo Hire
Loans
Locksmiths
Loss Assessors
Make-up Artists & Services
Market Research
Marquee & Tent Hire
Members of Parliament
Mini Bus Hire
Mobile Bars
Mobile Hairdressers
Mobile Mechanic
Mortgages
Music Teachers
Nanny and Au Pairs
Newspapers & Magazines
Wine Merchants
Office Cleaning
Office Stationery
Opticians
Osteopathy
Outdoor Pursuits
Overseas Property
PA Hire
Packaging Materials
Painters & Decorators
Party Planners & Organisers
PAT Testing
Payroll Services
Personal Trainer
Personalised Gifts
Pet Services
Photocopiers
Physiotherapists
Private Hire
Private Investigators Detective Agency
Project Management
Promotional Merchandise
Proof Readers and Copy Writers
Property Maintenance
Property Management
Prototyping
Removals & Storage
Renewable Energy Provider
Roofing Services
Safety Products
Salvage and Reclamation
Scaffolding Erectors
Schools & Colleges
Secretarial Services
Secure Document Destruction
Sheds, Garden Buildings & Garages
Skip Hire
Solar Energy
Sports Massage Therapists
Stonework Restoration
Tattooists
Taxis
Teeth Whitening
Telemarketing
Telephone Answering Service
Theatres
Theme Days
Therapists
Ticket Agencies
Toastmasters
Tour Operator
Training Services
Translators and Proofreaders
Travel Agent
Tutoring
Tyre Dealers
Uniforms & Staff Wear
Van / Truck Hire
Vending Machine Services
Virtual Office
Wall Art
Waste Disposal and Recycling
Waste Disposal Services
Wedding services
Wholesale Jewellers
Window Cleaning
Windscreen Service

Quite a list – and even a small percentage getting to an event (whether a BNSW one or some other) would create numerous opportunities through the conversation, connections and collaborations that will occur

Feel free to comment!

For more details on Business Network SW events – 2014 calendar here

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

or complete

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