Chiltern Business Club was formed in 1993 as a self-governing association of business men and women in the Chiltern area. The club meets at 8pm on the third Tuesday of every month except August, at Missenden Abbey in Great Missenden. Members have the option of dining, for a modest fee, at 7p.m. before the meeting. They also have the use of the Abbey's bar. The club evenings are normally arranged around a specialist speaker on a wide range of topics relevant to small businesses. Attendance at meetings is free, and members are encouraged to bring friends and business colleagues as guests. The club organises a full programme of social events throughout the year, including an summer 'soiree', a Christmas function plus visits to a variety of business and social venues. The club is sponsored by Missenden Abbey Management Centre. In order to achieve its aim of becoming the most comprehensive business club in the Chilterns, the Club, in addition to providing specialist speakers on topics of business interest and organising social events, offers many other benefits to its members:- •provides a regular forum where members can meet to discuss business in a relaxed environment. •promotes 'networking' between club members. •shares 'best practice' information. •supports the education/business partnership. •canvasses opinion amongst members on matters of topical interest and provides a voice to appropriate authorities. •provides local networking opportunities. •gives advice on business and training issues. •holds topical information briefings.