Launch of Derby Members' Evening
How better to meet new, legacy and potential IoD members than with a little complimentary food and drink. We are proud to announce that this December for the first time we will be holding a Members' Evening in Derby. The Oberoi Business Hub will join the Crown Plaza Nottingham and Leicester Castle Business School as membership lounges for the IoD.
Oberoi Business Hub
Rob Beswick spoke to Kavita Oberoi OBE, founder of the Hub, to learn more about the company and how its services are perfect for IoD members.
Kavita Oberoi knows more than most about the professional environment in which businesses need to impress clients. After all, on her route to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the UK, she has encountered almost every obstacle.
“I had spent many years in the pharmaceutical sector and launched my first business providing clinical audit services to GP practices,” she explained. “Like many start-ups, my first office was my home.”
The inspiration behind the Oberoi Business Hub stemmed from the difficulties she encountered as she took those first steps as a business owner. “As a start-up, there was very little support. I had no professional business address, no admin back-up or secretarial support, I answered my own phones or spent the evening catching up with messages on the answering machine. It wasn’t the best way to work. “I was lucky and got a break with a blue-chip pharmaceutical giant. My passion and belief got me through the door but I see many start-ups struggle because they have not got an established brand.
“Businesses, big or small, need to present professionally. That is where Oberoi Business Hub comes in.”
The hub is based right at the centre of Derby’s Business community on Pride Park. Kavita added. “We offer serviced offices and back-office support for clients ranging from sole traders to multi-national businesses/charities. “Services include professional conference suites, premium serviced offices, flexible, customised 24-7 call answering, outbound calling, hub membership, a prestigious Pride Park virtual office address, virtual PA services and venue finding. “We offer all the professional administrative back-up company directors need to allow them to concentrate on running their business, especially in the growth phases. “Our ethos is that our growth comes from our clients’ growth so we are passionate about helping them push forward.” Consequently, a key focus of the Oberoi Business Hub is to be completely flexible in being able to adapt to clients’ needs. When it comes to serviced office it enables clients to increase or reduce their space as their needs change. One-month contracts make certain they are not weighed down by expensive rents. Kavita added: “We have small office units that will take one-man bands, right through to larger space for 30+ strong teams. We also have a suite of meeting rooms and conference-style rooms which businesses can hire if they need more space. “All serviced offices come with car parking spaces, 40 Mbps broadband and access to the Hub’s informal work-space area. Offices can be unfurnished or furnished.” Incoming calls are handled by Kavita’s team in the client company’s name. Kavita said: “The call-handing side of the business took off when I was approached by the owner of a call handling business who was looking to retire and did a ‘secret shopper’ exercise on us to gauge our professionalism, at that stage we just had a small number of clients.
“She wanted to make sure whoever took over her company would treat her customers well and was so blown away that she sold us her business and recommended us to three other similar businesses looking to retire.” “A natural addition was our virtual PA service which offers a comprehensive list of administrative and professional skills, from diary management and minute taking through to venue finding and document production.
“If a client wants a Powerpoint presentation put together, we can handle that on their behalf, leaving them to focus on their core duties. We also offer market research and database creation.”
There are more than 300 companies on Oberoi Business Hub’s books and a key factor for many is the sense of community it creates among its clients. Recently the Hub has launched on online platform connecting businesses together to encourage procurement within the group. “I am really proud of the way they work with each other, supporting their fellow Hub members to grow,” said Kavita.
Certainly, IoD regional director Ron Lynch was hugely impressed by the facilities and services of offer when he paid a visit to the Business Hub. “It’s a highly professional office space, spanning 10,000 square ft and the business lounge is a perfect fit for IoD members, with plenty of space to work and for informal meetings.
“That’s why I’m delighted Kavita has said our members can use it free of charge; I hope many members based in Derby and those who go to the city for business, drop in and take advantage of this superb new benefit.”
Members will get the chance to see the facilities for themselves in December when the Oberoi Business Hub hosts its first Derby Members Evening on December 3. “My team and I are looking forward to meeting members in December,” said Kavita. “It’s a great opportunity for me to explain more about the services we offer.”
IoD Members Evenings are held throughout the region. They are an opportunity to meet new Directors and Professionals in your area as well as get all your questions about the IoD answered by local staff. We'll be going through our CPD opportunities, and upcoming events. We'll also go through all the benefits your membership provides you with including Information Services, Policy Voice and access to qualifications.
Start the evening with drinks and canapes while getting to know each other. Hear from IoD staff and have a chance to ask all your questions. Get a tour of the Oberoi Business Hub and how you can utilise the space as a member of the IoD. Finish off with a little informal networking.
Let us know if you're interested in attending by booking online or popping us an email.