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Business Network SW – monthly, lunchtime networking events in Bristol and Exeter.

“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”  Robert Kiyosaki

Business Network (SW) Ltd hosts monthly lunch time networking events in Bristol and Exeter

♦ Do you want to generate opportunities that will enhance your business?

♦ Do you want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?

♦ Do you want your networking to relaxed and comfortable?

♦ How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?

♦ Would a huge variety of contacts be useful to your business?

♦ Do you want the opportunity to promote your business and expertise?

♦ Do you want a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business?

♦ What about generating an ROI on your networking?

The events give you the opportunity to meet people over informal drinks followed by a two course sit down lunch; a structured, relaxed environment to meet and create ties with a wide variety of decision makers from all walks of business life. You have the opportunity to develop your networking, it’s all about talking and listening to people and creating opportunities that will enhance your business.

To experience what Business Network SW can offer you and your business come along to one of the upcoming events and see for yourself what so many people are benefiting from.

“Sean runs a superb network. He is very friendly ansd warm always a big smileon his face. He especialy looks after guests and new members and ensures they benefit from the experience.   I am very grateful to Sean for all the contacts I have made and the business tips from seminars etc. Also to Sean for his charitable support.” Chris Roys – The Jessie May Trust

“Sean’s Business Network SW meetings played a huge part in helping me to establish and build EBRS. Of the various networking groups I tried, his monthly lunchtime sessions were the ones I found most effective.

They provided a relaxed but structured way of meeting with other small business owners and decision-makers in larger companies. Consequently I made connections which have led to ongoing work and referrals and I have also sourced a number of other services from fellow networkers over a four year period.

Sean always takes an active interest in what I do and took time to understand EBRS. My only regret is that I rarely seem to have time to attend the lunches now – I’m usually too busy with client commitments – but this is in part testimony to the network’s effectiveness!”   Karl Ellis – EBRS Ltd

“I highly recommend the monthly network lunches that Sean arranges in the South-West. I go to the Exeter and Taunton networking lunches and find them superbly organised, always meeting new people every month as well as further developing existing relationships. Plus there are the seminars in the morning, a great way to learn about different areas of business plus you can host your own. Several of my clients have come out of networking at these lunches and in hosting seminars. Sean himself is really friendly and easy to approach, and very helpful in helping you to promote your own business.” Chris Wood- Q Social Media

“Sean has been a supportive ‘partner’ with his vibrant and enthusiastic Business Network. We have been members of Business Network South West for 11 years in total. I have found this to be one of the very best network opportunities, not only because it’s membership is for senior decsion makers, but also because of the way Sean runs things.”  Nigel Peeck- N3 Display Graphics

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit*”

“Seans networking lunches are the Best!! I have been a member of Business Network SW for 4 years now and my Colleague Ann many years before me, I have met and done business with some fantastic people to which some have become dear friends as well. Seans enthusiasm and funny quotes make for a relaxed atmosphere to which we can all feel comfortable whilst promoting our businesses. Thanks Sean love being a member!!” Mandy Blackler- Casino Select

“I have been attending the Business Network SW since it started a number of years ago, and can confidently say Sean always keeps his finger on the pulse – the Business Network SW is one of the best networking groups on the circuit, the venues are amazing and the lunches superb. There is always a warm welcome when you arrive at events and my number of clients and friends just keeps growing and growing. The seminars and 10-minute presentations are always informative and interesting – Well done Sean!” Danny Frayne – Quick Print SW

With events being held regularly in Bristol,and Exeter join us and see how you can and your business can benefit. 

Forthcoming events  - all giving you the chance to participate in events that will give you numerous opportunities.

For more details visit our website - 2014 Dates 

Conversations, connections and collaborations

Find us on Facebook and Twitter @seanhumby #BNSW

 
 

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*John Wesley

With Good Friday tomorrow, and without sounding hollow

 

With Good Friday tomorrow

And attentions spans to borrow

With time at a premium

And without too much tedium

Sean’s poem is here

With something to cheer

Fabulous Easter wishes

With chocolate in all sorts of dishes

The rhymes gone awry

So before they run dry

Why not look without delay

The Exeter event that is in May

The seminar will delight

It’s about the power of You Tube, an insight

Hosted by experts Bitpod, you know

So that your time spent will have benefits to show

Combined with the networking lunch conversations

You’re certain to develop and build your connections

So rather than delay

Why not have a look today

If you want more details

The link here will show you what the event entails

 

This rhyme has been brought to you by Sean Humby – host for Business Network SW events in Exeter

 

 

 

 

What is business networking and is it important?


What others are saying or on Twitter, look up @seanhumby or search #BNSW


Will I get a return?

They say behind every Good Friday there is a Great Thursday

What better way to start the morn

With a minor poem from Sean

Preceding every Good Friday

Is a Great Thursday!

Fabulous Easter wishes

With chocolate in all sorts of dishes

The rhyme’s gone awry

So before they run dry

Why not look without delay

The Bristol event that is in May

The seminar will delight

It’s about AE, an insight

Hosted by experts Lansdown Place, you know

So that your time spent will have benefits to show

Combined with the networking lunch conversations

You’re certain to develop and build your connections

So rather than delay

Why not book your place today

If you want more details

Feel free to click this link for what the event entails

This poem has been brought to you by Sean Humby
Host for Business Network SW events

What is business networking and is it important?

What others are saying – look up @seanhumby or search #BNSW

Will I get a return?

 

More on the Bristol event here 

 

“Why do you do what you do?” Bristol Business Network April event

The question that Mark Leveridge came up with was great (I nearly said magical!) as it really did get beyond the features we have in our business and benefits that we offer.  The art of building great business relationships is really getting to know and understand the people behind the business and the responses to this question created a fantastic atmosphere of enthusiastic conversation…

Here’s a flavour of what people said….

“Wanted a business that was creative and fun – and this is it!”

“My son set up a business 13 years ago and asked for my advice/support and it’s been a delight to see it grow”

“I like to be nosey and running this business enable that nosiness to be useful and helps my clients businesses grow”

“After working in the corporate world and not suffering fools gladly I set up my own business”

“it’s a 4th generation business – and here’s to the future generations”

“I liked it so much I bought the company”

“A tragic event led to me joining the business”

That was only a part of the Bristol Business Network event that took place at Redwood Hotel & CC

As Seve Ballesteros (b 9/4/1957) said “To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.”  and there was evidence of this in spades (wedges, putters, drivers!) at this event on 9th April.

Andy King of LP Wealth Management  delivered an informative, fact filled seminar (before THE networking lunch) that certainly raised some key questions about our (your) retirement planning…
  • average pension fund in the UK – £32,342
  • when does your state pension kick in?
  • pensions for children and grandchildren
  • what’s your adeqaute retirement income
For more details and advice contact Andy
Andy’s details – 0843 3091090 Email – andrew.king@sjpp.co.uk
THE networking lunch was full of conversation, energy and enthusiasm as conversations led to connections and collaborations.
With informal networking over drinks……….
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Before sitting for a 2 course served lunch, each table expertly hosted to enable everyone to get the best opportunity to present and demonstrate the benefits that their business can offer – a catalyst to the engaging conversations and questions that help build and develop the relationships that are so important in business (and life!)
Among those at the event
Sam Finlay, David Minns, Sarah Palmer, Megan Humby, Sean Humby, Peter Wordley, Nigel Reece, Louise Golesworthy, Richard Graves, Daniel Collings, Della Hudson, Inge Dowden, Katherine Buck, Andrew King, Steven Brice, Mark Leveridge, Roy Adair, Sean Gilday, Matt Richardson, Lindsey Horton,  Peter Prater, Duncan Laker and Matt Goulette,
Networking among the table - using the seating plan!

Networking among the tables – using the seating plan!

From these businesses and organisations

BizVidz, Brown in Town, Brunel Security Ltd, Open Network Associates Ltd,  Page Hargrave, Recognition Express, The Jessie May Trust,  Cloud Heroes,  Cognique, Golesworthy Commercial Floors and Walls,  LP Wealth Management, Mark Leveridge Magic, Inge Dowden Coaching,  Leigh Court, GWS Media Ltd, Hudson Accountants, Work Tree Consulting Ltd, LP Auto Enrolment Solutions, The Payroll Department and Welcome Telecom Ltd

A new aspect of Business Network SW events is the business needs – those attending have the opportunity to ask for help/support/assistance – it could be for themselves or one of their clients/customers.  These included  “miniature horses for Katherine at Leigh Court” and an “internship/summer job for Sam Finlay’s son (studying maths at Birmingham University)” and looking at the exchange of business cards and conversations they could well have been met – thank you!
Steve Brice from LP Auto Enrolment Solutions delivered a short, sweet and to the point “10 minutes” on Auto Enrolment which is coming to a business like yours (and mine) -
Steve Brice and his 72 Point Check List!

Steve Brice and his 72 Point Check List!

The checklist close up!
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Steve is hosting the seminar at the May event to ensure that you and your business are ready for Auto Enrolment – it is being policed – via your RTI data!
Some closing quotes…..
“I look into their eyes, shake their hand, pat their back, and wish them luck, but I am thinking, ‘I am going to bury you.” - Seve Ballesteros b 9/4/1957
“I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!” - Tom Lehrer Born April 9, 1928
“Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself.” - Charles Baudelaire Born 9/4/1821 – final thank you to Matt Goulette at Work Tree Consulting for the help in the pronunciation!
Have a great day and fabulous month and see you on 14/5/14
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Sean Humby - Blog co-ordinator! Also host for Business Network SW events

Sean Humby – Blog co-ordinator!
Also host for Business Network SW events

Bristol Business Network May event – it’s in the small print

It may be Mark Zuckerberg’s birthday (1984) and Cate Blanchett’s  (1969) and Eric Morecambe’s  (1926) but that’s not the small print!

This is the small print that is coming to your business – this is Auto Enrolment!

The small print - all 72 points

The small print – all 72 points

There are 72 different points here – if you can tick EVERY SINGLE box you and your business are ready – congratulations!

If you are not then do not worry as the seminar before THE networking lunch will enable you to  start on your journey to make plans and to tackle the issues that Pension Automatic Enrolment presents your business

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The Bristol Business Network’s event on 14th May is over 20 years since the first event! That’s 240 events, over 32,000 courses of food and conversations, connections and collaborations too numerous to count!
I would be delighted if you can along and not only benefit from a great networking opportunity, a great seminar, an informative speaker but the chance to develop numerous opportunities for you and your business
Details for the event
Wednesday 14th May 2013
Venue - Hilton Garden Inn, Temple Way, Bristol, BS1 6BF
Seminar before lunch hosted by Lansdown Place Auto Enrolment Solutions.
Workplace pension law has changed. Every employer in the UK will be required to help their workers save for retirement.
Employers must automatically enrol certain employees into a Qualifying Workplace pension scheme and will need to make a contribution towards it. Even if you already offer pension arrangements for your workers, you will still have some new obligations to meet.
LP Auto Enrolment Solutions has been created with one aim – to assist employers with their duties and obligations under the Pension Automatic Enrolment rules. These new duties will bring challenges to every employer in the UK.
  • Assess your workforce
  • Identify who to automatically enrol
  • Choose a pension scheme
  • Register with the regulator
  • Make contributions
  • Process any opt-out notices
  • Process opt-in or joining requests
  • Avoid inducements and prohibited activity
  • Keep accurate records
  • Provide workers with information about the changes
This seminar will enable you to start on your journey to make plans and to tackle the issues that Pension Automatic Enrolment presents your business and is aimed at those who employ people, those who need to know more but are unsure where to start and those who have may taken the first steps but need clarification on what to do next. Business advisors, such as coaches, accountants or IT professionals who want to give clients informed advice would also benefit from this.
Coffee served from 10.00am – seminar starts at 10.30am and runs until 11.45am
Followed by THE Networking Lunch
Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm
You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. There is a table host at each table and you have a 3 minute presentation to do for the others around your table – enthuse and inspire and build relationships. PLUS you will have a copy of the seating plan which lists everyone attending , their name, business name and what their business does and importantly what table they are sat on enabling you to network the room – more business building opportunities!
Lunch speaker – Matt Richardson Recognition Express
Lunch finishes at 2pm
Your Investment - for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, delegate list, follow up correspondence – £36.00 Inc VAT. Dietary requirements catered for.

A message from the host of the event Sean Humby

 

Some FAQ’s

What others are saying? or on Twitter, look up @seanhumby or search #BNSW

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Chrysler, Ernst and Exeter Business Network – their words not mine!

Walter Chrysler (born 2//4/1875) said “The real secret of success is enthusiasm” - that’s networking (in fact business) in a nutshell.  Max Ernst the painter (I mean artist – unless there is a painter called Ernst who does a great turn on your skirting boards!) was born 2/4/1891 and he quoted as saying “All good ideas arrive by chance”

Well, the Exeter Business Network event at The Lord Haldon Country Hotel increased the chances by bringing together numerous people from a whole range of businesses to engage in conversations, develop the relationships and connections that lead to collaboration and business success.

 

The event began with a superb seminar hosted by Trevor Vanstone and Richard Hookway from Amarisk – billed as the Essentials of Employment – in short all of the things people ring us up about! It should be a lively session where we will also look at some of the myths around employment and changes coming up.

Trevor began by talking about John Adair’s action centered leadership which clearly demonstrated the way in which an effective business works and where the essentials of employment sit

Good managers and leaders should have full command of the three main areas of the Action Centred Leadership model, and should be able to use each of the elements according to the situation. Being able to do all of these things, and keep the right balance, gets results, builds morale, improves quality, develops teams and productivity, and is the mark of a successful manager and leader

Those attending then shared their burning questions and issues – among which there was the following…..

  • Shifts/flexible working
  • self employed or employed
  • training needs and scheduling
  • duty of care for home and alone workers
  • long term sickness
  • flexible working and the right to request
  • capability and retirement
Their expertise was demonstrated in answering these questions (and more that came up in the ensuing discussions!) and their wealth of experience in working with organisations large and small showed that what they offer is real advice and support and not the theory that is often offered
THE networking lunch followed with each table being hosted and everyone having the opportunity to present their business and what it can offer in terms of benefits to those around the table.  Everyone was also asked to share “what they wanted to achieve in the next 90 days” and this developed in to more conversations and opportunities and even led to a potential collaboration as someoone wanted “Social media support” and one person was looking to increase the “social media support” aspect of his business!  Here’s the Tweet!
qChrisWoodApr 02, 3:06pm via HootSuite

thanks @seanhumby for great table planning!! Got lucky today and was sitting next to someone seeking #socialmedia & #digitalmarketing help

A big thank you to Chris Elliott from Lloyds Bank for some really valuable insight into how you can develop, expand,enhance and grow your business working with your bank.   Turning dragons in to Teddy Bears with the aid of “CCC PARRTS” –
Full details are in Chris’s presentation….
Feel free to contact Chris if you would like more details or even that initial (free of charge!) conversation
Email chris.elliott1@lloydsbanking.com

For details of who was at the event – click here

What people said about the event

From Twitter

“@kirstenparrick: A great #BNSW event today with @seanhumby and @TheFamilyLawCo Fab to see old and new faces #networking#Exeter#BNSW

kirstenparrickApr 02, 5:56pm via Twitter for iPhone

A great #BNSW event today with @seanhumbyand @TheFamilyLawCo Fab to see old and new faces #networking #Exeter

2 retweets

Bitpod_EmilyApr 02, 3:45pm via Web

Thanks to @seanhumby for another great#BNSW lunch!

1 retweets

CarolinecreerApr 02, 3:40pm via Twitter for iPad

@seanhumby @DevonAirAmb I did wonder, but couldn’t catch your eye! Never mind, it will be a nice surprise for May #BNSW

1 retweetsShow Conversation

qChrisWoodApr 02, 3:06pm via HootSuite

thanks @seanhumby for great table planning!! Got lucky today and was sitting next to someone seeking #socialmedia & #digitalmarketing help

1 retweets

dbarr77Apr 02, 12:43pm via Paper.li

the Exeter speech bubble is out!paper.li/dbarr77/130642… Stories via @SampsonHall @seanhumby

1 retweets

TheFamilyLawCoApr 02, 11:38am via Web

Looking forward to attending #BNSW today with @seanhumby #Exeter #networking

1 retweets

JuliaBrambleApr 02, 11:35am via HootSuite

Looking forward to @seanhumby‘s excellent#BNSW #Exeter lunch today – who’s going?

k810antApr 02, 10:12am via foursquare

BNSW networking today with @seanhumby (@ Lord Haldon Hotel Devon) 4sq.com/1mJVuCN

1 retweets

SpaceExeterApr 02, 9:06am via Web

Looking forward to @seanhumby‘s #BNSW today#LordHaldon #Exeter #Networking Who else is going?

1 retweets

seanhumbyApr 01, 7:39pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

“@coversureman: A very busy but productive day to be followed by a proactive business event in exeter tomorrow hosted by @seanhumby #BNSW

coversuremanApr 01, 5:10pm via Twitter for Android

A very busy but productive day to be followed by a proactive business event in exeter tomorrow hosted by @seanhumby #B2B #Insurance

Plus..

“Good meeting yesterday, really enjoyed it.  Thanks for your hard work and inspiring quotes.” DC -

“Morning Sean
 Great event yesterday. Really got a good vibe from the day, the power of twitter hey” DH – Coversure Insurance
“Thanks for an enjoyable event yesterday.” – WH – Rundlewalker
Some photo’s from the event
Trevor Vanstone - Amarisk during the seminar - dispelling myths!

Trevor Vanstone – Amarisk during the seminar – dispelling myths!

Chris Elliott - Lloyds Bank delivering his 10 minutes - how's your CCC PARRTS with your bank?

Chris Elliott – Lloyds Bank delivering his 10 minutes – how’s your CCC PARRTS with your bank?

To book your place at a future event 

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

 

Exeter’s May event – “Any problem can be solved using the materials in the room” Edwin Land

Any problem can be solved using the materials in the room.

Edwin Land - co-founded The Polaroid  Corporation.
I am not in anyway suggesting that people are materials but the expertise and knowledge that exist at a networking event would mean that any problem can be solved!
Edwin’s  Polaroid instant camera, which went on sale in late 1948, made it possible for a picture to be taken and developed in 60 seconds or less.  Although he led the Polaroid Corporation as a chief executive, he was a scientist first and foremost, and as such made sure that he performed “an experiment each day”
Rather like an experiment each day as over the last 20 years the Exeter Business Network monthly, lunchtime events have brought decision makers together for structured and relaxed networking.  The conversations that are had, the connnections that are made and the collaborations that develop have helped hundreds and hundreds of businesses and people in all sorts of ways
So with a view to an experiment, perhaps even to solving a problem what about coming to the next event – I can promise you
  • a seminar that will positively impact your business
  • numerous networking opportunities,
  • a served 2 course lunch,
  • a guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  • the structure and support to develop your network
  • the experience gained from over 500 networking lunches
  • generate an ROI

The event in brief

  • 7/5/14 at Sandy Park, Exeter – home of the Premiership’s Exeter Chiefs
  • Coffee and networking 10am – 10.30am
  • Seminar before lunch 10.30am – 11.45am- hosted by Bitpod
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • THE structured, hosted networking lunch – 12.30pm – 2pm
  • How you get the most from the event
  • Investment for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, delegate list, follow up correspondence – £36.00 Inc VAT. Dietary requirements catered for. Free car parking.
  • YOUR ROI

 

Seminar before the networking lunch 

Hosted by Bitpod Limited

“How to use You Tube for business”. 

Answering questions like

  • Why video marketing? – 10 Reasons to have video on your website
  • How businesses can get started with video – Video marketing
  • Should you use auto play videos on your website?
  • Can you stop related videos showing at the end of your YouTube video?
  • What are the top 3 ways to maximise SEO on YouTube videos?
  • How long can you watch a YouTube video for before it counts as a view?
  • Is online video that popular? The power of online video – Video marketing
  • What’s the best length for a YouTube video?
  • Tips for camera shy people
  • Do I need a professional to do a voice over?
  • What’s the simplest way to put video on my website?
  • How can I use popular music in my videos?
  • How can I improve the SEO of videos embedded on my website? -
  • What’s the best length for a YouTube video?
  • And many more!

Business owners, directors and partners as well as advisors, such as coaches, accountants et al who want to give clients informed advice would also benefit from this seminar.

Bitpod are specialists in online video marketing, working with a wide variety of clients to produce the perfect video solution. Versatile & adaptable, the company has achieved excellent results with promotional & informational projects for both commercial customers & the public sector.  Unlike so many other companies in this field, Bitpod has not just appeared overnight. Nor will it disappear tomorrow. The company has evolved from over 30 years combined knowledge and experience in every area of online marketing.  Bitpod’s expertise in marketing provides the insight to anticipate where the market is going and be ahead of the latest developments. Clients can trust that they will get excellent service and the highest quality end result.

You can see what video can do for business with the fantastic “In a Nutshell” series of business expertise videos on You Tube and LinkedIn – having had a total of over 11,000 views in 6 months!

View here on You Tube   and 

here on LinkedIn

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm
You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. There is a table host at each table and you have a 3 minute presentation to do for the others around your table – enthuse and inspire and build relationships. PLUS you will have a copy of the seating plan which lists everyone attending , their name, business name and what their business does and importantly what table they are sat on enabling you to network the room – more business building opportunities!
Lunch finishes at 2pm
“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.”-  Robert Kiyosaki

Thank you for your time – and who am I to bring this event to you?

To book your place

 

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

 

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

 

 

 

Still unsure then feel free to look at the following

 

What is business networking and does it work

What others are saying

More networking tips and advice

“Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with or through people”

“Everything in the world we want to do or get done, we must do with or through people” – Earl Nightingale b.12/3/1921 – this was so clearly demonstrated at the Bristol Business Network event yesterday at Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa.
There was a roomful of decision makers from a plethora of businesses and organisations from Bristol’ business community actively participating and contributing to the event.  In essence a room full of conversations and connections being made!  The latest in 20 years of monthly, lunch time  networking events.
The event began with Inge Dowden delivering a fabulous seminar on getting more from your time – sharing the secret of  how to have a zero inbox, complete your social media in 2 minutes per day and how you could make your boat go faster  - a combination of tips, tools, techniques, video and discussion from luminaries such Stephen Covey, Ben Hunt Davis and Sir Richard Branson that every person in business needs to know.  The following quote sums it up very well….

Lori Greiner, inventor of more than 400 products, including jewelry and cosmetic organizers, kitchen gadgets and travel gear; prominent QVC personality

If you want more time for you, your family, holidays, exercise, relaxation then feel free to contact Inge
Inge starting her seminar

Inge starting her seminar

Inge’s details – 0117 370 4204 – Skype: CoachInge – Email: info@polyglotcoaching.com
A big thank you to Sam Finlay of Airhead Animation for his informative, entertaining and animated 10 minutes – the first time I have seen a whole seminar condensed into 3.5 mins! 
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Sam also shared the latest from the US – guess what this is for?

For expert advice on how video and animation can help your business contact Sam call 0117 322 6011
Among those at the event
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Did I mention the The Jessie May Trust Firewalk on 16th March 2014? Feel free to contact Chris Roys to book your place -I know that I didn’t!
 
Preview for the next event 9/4/14 is here - with a not to be missed seminar before THE networking lunch
Missing a Trick: Is software really helping your business.  Hosted by Ken Abbott from Redwing Excel
 “In the 12 years that I have been running Redwing Excel I have learned two truths about business.
1.      A vast amount of money is spent every year on software which either fails to meet the business need or is in fact no use at all.
2.      An incalculable number of hours are wasted every year on manual processes that could be automated and made infinitely more efficient if only the business had the right software.
Some businesses fall into one of the categories whilst many fall into both.  But surprisingly few fall into neither.
This seminar explores how a business can avoid these traps my defining its own processes and understanding how some simple software development, often using the tools that they already have, can make a very significant and cost effective difference.  You may be very surprised at what you discover.”

Businesses that could and would benefit from networking

Twitter on the event

seanhumbyMar 12, 6:54pm via Twitter for BlackBerry“@BizVidz4U: @seanhumby #video - Thanks for the opportunity. Here’s a link to seminar summary. youtu.be/88EIzhkSzQo” #BNSW - BIG Thank you

BizVidz4UMar 12, 3:36pm via Tweet Button@seanhumby #video - Thanks for the opportunity. Here’s a link to seminar summary.youtu.be/88EIzhkSzQoShow Conversation

thebestofExeterMar 12, 1:15pm via HootSuiteRT @seanhumby: All set & ready for #BNSWBristol – 40+ booked for THE networking lunch – event starting @IngeDowdenpic.twitter.com/hE3qJNj38Y
seanhumbyMar 12, 9:33am via Twitter for BlackBerry“@markjstonham: Business Network SW meeting today in #Bristol run by @seanhumby. @IngeDowden sharing Time Management tips.#BNSW
markjstonhamMar 12, 8:11am via HootSuiteBusiness Network SW meeting today in #Bristolrun by @seanhumby. @IngeDowden sharing Time Management tips. #BNSWSome other photo’s from the event

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Seen something that you wish to become involved with?#

Feel free to contact me

Call 01981 540708

or

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UPDATE! UPDATE! New Seminar at Bristol event – “All things are ready, if our mind be so”

A quote from Henry V (crowned King on 9/4/1403) – well a quote from Shakespeare’s play!

An apt quote as the Bristol Business Network event on 9/4/14 has all the things ready for you in terms of fantastic networking, a fabulous seminar and a multitude of opportunities for you and your business that can be developed through the conversations and connections that you will make at this event.

And also apt as there is a change in the seminar before lunch – due to illness the seminar that Ken Abbott of Redwing Excel - was hosting about the software that our businesses rely upon is now.  Ken’s seminar will now run in July 2014

The new seminar – Retirement Planning

Hosted by
Andrew King DipPFS – Private Wealth Consultant with LP Wealth Management Ltd
Andrew will cover off how much you need to save, how as a nation we are doing, state pension and likely changes, Main Pension Rules and Building a Retirement Portfolio.
 
Most importantly he will discuss the changes in the budget and likely impact.
Did you know that a 2013 survey showed that the average retirement in the UK is expected to last 19 years, but the average person’s retirement savings will last for just seven.

The who, what, why, when, where and how for this event!

What is it?
It’s the Bristol Business Network April event
When is it?
9/4/14 – Wednesday!
Where is it?
Redwood Hotel & Country Club, Beggar Bush Lane, Failand, Bristol, BS8 3TG
What will happen at this event?
Business seminar before THE networking lunch – networking over coffee from 10am – 10.30am and then the opportunity to participate in a seminar hosted by Ken Abbott – Redwing Excel - Missing a Trick: Is software really helping your business? Seminar starts at 10.30am
This seminar cover off how much you need to save, how as a nation we are doing, state pension and likely changes, Main Pension Rules and Building a Retirement Portfolio.

Most importantly he will discuss the changes in the budget and likely impact.
After the seminar THE networking lunch – networking over drinks, a sit down served 2 course lunch, a table host to conduct proceedings, conversations leading to connections and collaborations.   Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am.
Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm
You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. There is a table host at each table and you have a 3 minute presentation to do for the others around your table – enthuse and inspire and build relationships. PLUS you will have a copy of the seating plan which lists everyone attending , their name, business name and what their business does and importantly what table they are sat on enabling you to network the room – more business building opportunities!
Who is the guest speaker? LP Auto Enrolment Solutions – Steve Brice
What is my investment?
Cost of event is £36.00 (Inc VAT) per decision maker – covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, delegate list, free car parking, follow up details
Who will be there?
From March’s event…
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What time is it?
Business seminar 10am – 11.45am – coffee and networking from 10am – seminar runs 10.30am – 11.45am
THE networking lunch – drinks and informal networking from 11.45am – 12.30pm, structured networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm

Where do I book?

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Complete the contact form here

Familiarity breeds liking – examples in spades at Exeter Business Network’s March event

“Familiarity breeds liking” Daniel Kahneman b 5/3/1938

A host of businesses and organisations attended the event on 5th March at Exeter Golf and Country Club – demonstrating that networking need not be something to give up for lent!
The event had a great start with Nigel Wilkinson – WNW Design - Successfully Selling Online seminar – covering the benefits to you, the cost savings, “your clicks and mortar”, integration, payments, P&P, marketing and even the EU Distance Selling Directive and so much more - you can benefit from Nigel’s considerable expertise at his upcoming seminar on Friday 14th March, 9am – 12 noon
A quick snap from the seminar
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Those at THE networking lunch were the first to experience the NEW table numbers!
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Why mention this well – they have been designed so that do not need to be tipped over to allow conversations – super idea – aals not mine but a great example of how networking enables you to ask experts for the solutions – the table numbers designed by N3 Display Graphics!
A big thank you to Alex Wren from Bitpod for a fact filled, opportunity laden 10 minutes on how you can use video in your business – want to find out more then get along to his event on 27th March - with super early bird rate and free video marketing toolkit!
Alex in action (no 1980′s mobile phone here!)
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Thank you also for the business needs – where the room of experts are given the opportunity to help
Stephen Shelford – Charlies Live Lounge looking for printed/branded poker chips.
James Fowler – Old Mill Group – looking for a tailor
And one I forgot – my apologies
WESC Foundation – Jon Duckham – looking for a choreographer for their forthcoming fashion show
And I am delighted to say that connections were made and business cards exchanged!
Among those attending were
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World Record Attempt Skydive 21st June 2014 to support Exeter Business Network Charities -
Or visit Skydive UK Website and click charity’s logo for full details and their minimum sponsorship amount (if you want to use the jump for free scheme)
The Devon Business Expo 2014 brought to you by TheBestOf Exeter. Aiming to attract over 100 exhibitors and 1000 delegates
A one-day exhibition for start-ups, entrepreneurs, business owners and corporates wishing to raise brand awarenessVenue: Matford Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter

Date: Thursday 5th June 2014

Register your interest by emailing Dave Barr 
Who better to ask about the event than those there, here’s the Twitter activity….
JuliaBramble7:23am via HootSuiteWas fab to see you – have a brilliant day! @Bitpod_Emily @exetergcc @seanhumby@CasinoMandy @jadewalters33

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Bitpod_EmilyBitpod_Emily: Great #bnsw lunch today at@exetergcc with @seanhumby@CasinoMandy @JuliaBramble@jadewalters332:53pm, Mar 05 from Web

JuliaBrambleJuliaBramble: Was fab to see you – have a brilliant day! @Bitpod_Emily @exetergcc@seanhumby @CasinoMandy@jadewalters337:23am, Mar 06 from HootSuite

RachelmBuckleyMar 05, 6:10pm via Twitter for iPhoneGreat lunch @seanhumby #BNSW fab presentation by @alex_wren featuring @TheFamilyLawCo

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TheexeterdentalMar 05, 4:45pm via WebGreat business networking lunch today with Business Network South West @seanhumby and @bitpod_uk at the lovely @exetergcc #Exeter#bizitalk

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RachelmBuckleyMar 05, 12:19pm via Twitter for iPhoneLooking forward to lunch with @seanhumby at exeter golf and country club

JuliaBrambleMar 05, 11:10am via HootSuiteLooking forward to #BNSW #Exeter today – lunch is always great, company will be too and @seanhumby adds his own sparkle!

SpaceExeterMar 05, 9:03am via WebLooking forward to #Exeter #BNSW today @exetergcc with @seanhumby @wnwdesign … who else is going? #Business #Networking

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And yes the shoes did make their 3rd appearance – officially now my Business Network SW event shoes!
Sean's super Herrings Shoes as worn at Exeter Business Network event

Sean’s super Herrings Shoes as worn at Exeter Business Network event

To book your place at future event

 

Call 01981 540708

or

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with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

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Results of prize draw from Bristol Business Expo

Delighted to announce the winner of the prize draw that attracted numerous entries – thank you to all those that took the time to visit stand 101 at the Bristol Business Exhibition on Tuesday.  It was the first time that the new Business Network SW banners were displayed – a fantastic job done by N3 Display Graphics who also happened to produce all the banners and signage for the exhibition!

The Stand

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The Wine Cooler prize draw box just visible in centre of table – it’s pink!

I had a great day with numerous conversations with people that I knew – so good to get the latest news and be up to speed with the developments in their worlds – so much changes even in  a few days!  Combined with a multitude of conversations with people that I have never met before who were interested in the world of networking the day was a big success!

Conversations at the exhibition……..

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A special thank you to Neil Kinnerly of Business Sorted for organising the whole event  - here’s to the next one 30th September 2014 - enabling businesses to display their business to the full – how’s this for an example…..

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Guess who’s stand this is?

That’s enough of that – the winner of the prize draw – well first let me tell you that the draw took place under strict conditions – the “wine cooler” that contained the cards was given to my daughter, Ellen, who then mixed all the cards up and then drew one

Ellen preparing for the draw

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Drum roll, trumpet fanfare!

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And the winner is 

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Ellen with the winners business card

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The name on the reverse of the card – Luke Christie of Skyburst The Firework Co. (excuse my notes – just one reason why face to face and the business card are so important to business success!)

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Luke has won a free Bristol Business Network lunch – the ticket to some huge opportunities….

As a thank you for entering all those others m-  a consolation prize!

I would like to offer you a FANTASTIC opportunity…….

Getting more from your time is the biggest challenge to the way people do business – not enough time for marketing, for holidays, for time with the family, to grow, to expand….If you don’t want your business to get left behind then now is the time to act. Book your place at this event where you will be rewarded with a superb seminar on “Getting more from your time”, numerous networking opportunities, a real working lunch packed full of conversations leading to connections and collaborations

  • 12th March 2014
  • Seminar before lunch - How to get more done in less time
  • THE Networking lunch
  • Venue – Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
  • How the event will work for you
  • “The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.” - Robert Kiyosaki

More details

How to book

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

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