The aim of Talking Shop is our Business Network for like minded individuals to meet monthly for a pint and a sandwich, share tales of travel, successful projects and disasters, topical issues, IT tips, business opportunities and more. The objectives are to improve networking and to overcome one of the major problems facing those of us who no longer work in a large organisations - the need for regular contact with fellow professionals.
These Talking Shop meetings are held on the last Friday of the month at the Leathern Bottle, Lewknor, by junction 6 on the M40. No need to book - just turn up at 1230.
Transylvania Business Network (TBN)
An informal business network has been launched to promote member businesses by referral. There are over 50 members (mainly in food, drink, tourism and related services) and regular “get to know” events are being held. For further information visit the TBN Facebook page.
Networking is all about getting to know each other and developing a business relationship with some of the members. Getting to know events are an important part of this process so that members establish for themselves who is genuine and authentic, to build trust, so that they know the right people, and are comfortable to make a referral.
Slow Food Tarnava Mare (SFTM)
Established in 2005 and the first Slow Food convivium or group in Romania, our activities now focus on Courtyard Dining where seasonal local ingredients are cooked as for the family. We promote local food and culture and the Slow Food concept of food that is good quality, clean and free of chemical residues and fair in terms of price to the producer and cost for the consumer. We hold our events monthly on the third Saturday of each month. Seasonal food is served and we aim to promote some of the great Romanian wines now available. Dinner costs Ron50 per person plus the cost of the wine consumed. Numbers are limited to around twelve people so booking in advance is essential. For further information visit the SFTM Facebook page.
BRITISH ROMANIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
We are members of the British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, a not for profit organisation, established in 1998 with a reputation that speaks for itself. It is a British registered company limited by guarantee with a permanent presence in both London and Bucharest, entirely membership owned and membership driven, with the mission to use their good offices and activities to increase British-Romanian business and investments. Since their inception, the Chamber has built up a high quality brand reputation and is now considered to be one of the top professional business organisations of its kind in the marketplace, which is seen to be both an effective voice for their members and the British-Romanian community as a whole
FEDERATION OF SMALL BUSINESSES
The Food Development Company has joined the Federation of Small Businesses, the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political
PASTURE-FED LIVESTOCK ASSOCIATION (PFLA)
The Food Development Company has joined the Pasture Fed Livestock Association (PFLA). Grassland forms such an important part of the British countryside and the pioneering work by PFLA in the UK is hugely relevant to the future survival of the wild flower rich meadows of the Tarnava Mare area of Transylvania. It is an iconic symbol of rural landscapes and we naturally think of it as being the principal food for cows, sheep and all other animals that graze our fields. PFLA was formed in order to champion the virtues of pasture and to provide a distinct identity for livestock systems that are based purely and simply upon pasture. Why “Pasture” rather than just “grassland”? Well that is because the diversity of plant species such as herbs and clovers that are found in well-established fields play a subtle but essential role in the nutrition of livestock and also in supporting a diverse range of complex wildlife networks. Plants such as chicory, for example, can help the digestion in ruminants and can significantly reduce the emission of methane, which is a gas linked to potentially harmful climate change.
NATIONAL MARKET TRADERS FEDERATION (NMTF)
The Food Development Company Ltd has joined the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and provides members access to expert advice and guidance on any aspect of markets and market trading plus public, product and employers liability insurance for any number of stalls on the same day, anywhere in the EU. The NMTF publishes a bi-monthly magazine, Market Times, the leading trade publication for the markets industry. Packed with news, market features, expert commentary and useful advertising, Market Times showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the UK markets industry. See www.nmtf.co.uk
The Food Development Company has decided to support this worthy cause by joining the UK Supporters’ Group. This narrow gauge railway used to run from Sibiu to Sighisoara and the track bed can still be seen on much of the Agnita-Sighisoara section. This railway served the communities along its length providing them with a means to get their produce to market and was very much part of the working landscape that we are dedicated to preserve. For further information on the Sibiu-Agnita Railway see www.sibiuagnitarailway.com