A “Healthy Alliance” it certainly was! Moray Business Women welcomed members and guests to an evening on the shores of the Moray Firth where Bijou By the Sea hosted nearly 40 ladies and treated us not only to a lovely meal with far too many puddings to mention, but also a relaxing chance to chat and mingle in their very pretty, aquatic influenced surroundings.
President, Marie Smith, welcomed everyone and acknowledged that the MBW membership is at a record number for this time of year. It was so encouraging to see such a large number of Moray business women taking advantage of the club’s many great benefits and to see so many expressing an interest to learn more about the evenings topic on collaborative partnerships.
Not to be outdone on current affairs and live streaming on social media, Marie invited those keen to put their skill and effort into live commentary and photo taking so our event could be well, just that… current and live! I think the food pictures received more coverage than the comments and there were some very happy faces in amongst there too!
After dinner, our invited speaker and MBW member Jo Roberts of NutriVacity gave us a very informative and insightful presentation as she shared her vision to support others, either professionally or personally, to live a healthier and more fulfilled life through diet and lifestyle choices. Jo’s training and background in nutrition and dietetics, has allowed her to turn her passion into a business, and is now interested in working collaboratively with others to provide a “one stop shop” for businesses ensuring a healthy, reliable and productive workforce.
Jo recognises that there is greater benefit to businesses who look at their staff wellness from the “whole” perspective and feels that alliance with others will provide a broader service, variety and ultimately results such as a happy and healthy workforce and staff retention.
Jo facilitated a table exercise to highlight how collaborative working can enhance these benefits by inviting pre-arranged tables (by business sector) to look at what opportunities, strengths and services could be available to businesses if worked more collaboratively.
An extremely enjoyable and thought provoking exercise it turned out to be! Each table produced a range of valuable and useful bullet points to be considered within a collaborative partnership and the exercise also proved that Moray Business Women have a sense of humour and imagination! With opportunities ranging from digital services, training, shared knowledge and emergency holiday provisions. There were many strengths brought to the tables such as broader availability of experiences and skills, creativity and resources. While services to make all this happen included admin support, available sponsorships and funding, communication forums and transport. Who knows, we may soon see a collaborative dog friendly social enterprise café and grooming not to mention doggy pencils! We all took something away that could be of great benefit.
The evening ended with our raffle with £116 going directly to our chosen charity of 2017, Moray FoodBank. Thanks to all those who generously donated a raffle.