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IBM, Mark Knopfler, Pete Sampras and Bristol Business Network!

12th August – an auspicious day.….

1981 IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150.  ibm5150We wouldn’t be here today – me typing you reading without this the introduction of this!

12th August 1949 Mark Knopfler, Rock singer, musician with Dire Straits was born – nothing dire or strait about the networking event that is coming up – guaranteed conversations, guaranteed connections and guaranteed that you’ll better informed and connected than when you arrived!)

12/8/1971 Pete Sampras’s birthday (winner of 14 Grand slams!)  – Business Network SW has been serving up great networking events in Bristol since 1993!

2015 The date of Bristol Business Network’s event at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Each event

  • Super seminar before lunch - 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm
  • A lunch speaker that will enlighten, educate and entertain!
  • Cost of event for members is £30.00 (Inc. VAT) (visitors £36.00 inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks - wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

Seminar before THE networking lunch – Cash Management – Why your bank pays you next to nothing in interest on your savings, and what to do about it. Hosted by Domus Financial

The seminar will cover how and why banks and financial institutions are building savings products which are complicated and don’t offer a competitive rate of interest. It will also cover how as a consumer you can manage your savings and cash far more easily and receive the best rate of interest possible through using Domus Financial’s cash management service.

People should come to this seminar because over the long term, lost interest on savings can be considerable, and it is a common theme that banks offer poor returns on their accounts and products for savers. We have introduced a new cash management service which we want to share with our existing and new customers, which in a nutshell researches the whole of the market for different types of accounts and savings and demonstrates through this research what type of interest the customer is currently receiving on their savings and what they could potentially be earning should they move their accounts to another bank or provider.
An example – a client who has a considerable amount of savings, and through this service we identified her current interest she is earning is £6,900 however by managing the money more effectively her new rate of interest she is earning is £13,700. Over the longer term this figure is even more significant.
Attendees to the seminar will essentially earn more money on all future savings and will find managing their savings and bank accounts efficient and a lot more simple. From a trust perspective they are also the only ones who have any kind of access to their accounts.

Then it’s THE networking lunch

Drinks and informal networking 11.45am – 12.30pm

From 12.30pm your 2 course served lunch – 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 have an Event Programme & 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 with other – more business building opportunities!

Our Lunch Speaker is Andy King – LP Wealth Management

Event finishes at 2pm leaving you plenty of time to follow up

  • Someone on the pink sheets you know?
  • A one to one?
  • A follow up telephone call?
  • Passing on a lead?
  • Acting as a connector?
  • Connect on LinkedIn?
  • Share some information?
  • Refer some business to one of your customers/contacts?
  • Ask for help?
  • Assistance for future developments?
  • Get connected on Twitter, Google+?

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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

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Location

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UPDATE 31/7/15 for August’s event at Bovey Castle – numerous networking opportunities for you – full details and your invitation to book

The next event is on 5th August at Bovey Castle – a stunning location for the event!

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Networking over coffee, networking over drinks, networking over lunch and networking over a whole range of fantastic activities that have been arranged by the Resort Team at Bovey Castle

These people…..

Scott Hunter, Sean Murphy, Llewellyn Nicholls, Emma Liddon, Michael Green, Louise Downes, Louise Pen-Collings, Colin Robson, Sally Everton, Chloe Symons, Fleur Cook, Rachel Carosin, Glen King, Ken Abbott, Jackie Murray, Geri Panteva, Colin Slade, Hannah Wilson Rudd, Emily Pitcher, Jon Duckham, Richard Purkis, Belinda Allen, Mark Leveridge, Joss Phillips, Nicky Dunn, Oliver Dax, Siobhan Flanary, Nigel Wilkinson, Fee Bellamy, Amanda Greenaway, Jack Reed, Chris Wood, Danny Frayne, Matt Richardson, Rosemary Pell, Roger Moore, Bev Gratton, Jean Paul Quertier, Teresa Bulford-Cooper, Naomi Shearer, Gillian Pritchett, Michelle Roberts, Belinda Newton, Chris Catt, David Kilkelly, Jo Butler, Tina Paisley, Sally Burn-Jones. Megan Humby….

Are all coming and as with all Business Network SW events will benefit from

  • Super seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm
  • Lunch speaker who enlightens, educates and even entertains!
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

So to the details…

Seminar before THE networking lunch

How to Build Trust and Authority Online with Video Content

Many businesses are familiar with networking and building personal relationships. Meeting in person allows you to make value judgement’s about an individual’s work ethic and expertise in their field. But how do you convey the same qualities in an online environment in order to access the much broader market present?

In this seminar David Kilkelly of BlinkBack Video Marketing will demonstrate actual strategies that businesses can use to connect with customers on line. Using a blend of video, audience focused content and targeted social media marketing, David will show how a business can position itself as an authority and build a loyal on line following of relevant prospects.

This modern marketing approach concentrates on the specific content that you distribute as a business and why video is the most effective and engaging medium to deliver it. It is not a seminar about promotional videos or traditional advertising.

David Kilkelly leads BlinkBack, a Video company based in Ashburton that specialises in creating exciting engaging video content for forward thinking businesses. This content is fueled with cutting edge digital marketing strategies that position it in front of specific audiences for maximum ROI.

Then it’s THE networking lunch

Drinks and informal networking 11.45am – 12.30pm

From 12.30pm your 2 course served lunch – 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 have an Event Programme & 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 with other – more business building opportunities!

The Lunch speaker is ken Abbott – Into the Image – 3 from 12!  A taster for his seminar “12 from 12″ on September 9th!

Extra networking activities

What follows are many other opportunities for you to continue networking in different settings doing different activities.  You need to arrange this and pay directly with the resort team and they are only available on the day to those coming to this event.  

  • Archery & Air Rifle Session – targeted networking – Have a session of Archery and Air Rifle in the grounds and have a shot at a range of targets
  • Sloe Gin and Cider Making – more networking over drinks!
    This is held in our Long Barn. Learn how to make Cider and Sloe Gin. Processing crushed apples in our Cider Press, tasting the freshly squeezed juice and cider made earlier. Sloe Gin made during the autumn months, so in other times seasonal fruits are used. 
  • Golf – networking – putt yourself in a 4 ball or 2 ball
    The golf course at Bovey Castle is a challenging and beautiful 18-hole championship course. Designed to rival its sister courses at Gleneagles and Turnberry, this course has been described as an experience of golf never to be forgotten, presenting the pure challenge of golf to professional and amateur alike. The course meanders through the hotel estate, surrounded by idyllic landscape and challenges to meet any handicap. 

  • Spa – beautifying and invigorating networking
    The Espa Spa at Bovey Castle is a sanctuary tucked away from the bustle of modern life. Echoing the tranquility and therapeutic flow of the River Dart, our bespoke spa experiences have been created to relax, revive and restore the body and spirit.
    Our dedicated team of therapists together hold a wealth of knowledge and experience encouraging a respect and understanding of the body that is both rare and valuable. Includes full use of the Pool with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.


  • PLUS
    Should you wish to simply experience and network in the Pool area with the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, also with the hotel gym stocked with a full range of Precor, cardiovascular and strength equipment. Please book your space for the afternoon.

Special discounted prices are available for the Exeter Business Network event attendees on 5th August 2015 – when you book you’ll get all the details

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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

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July’s Bristol Business Network Lunch……….your invitation…..

15th July is not only the day that Rembrandt was born in 1606; the day on which Arianna Huffington, Greek-American journalist, author and founder of The Huffington Post was born (1950). – it is the day in 2015 that you have the opportunity of coming to Bristol Business Netwok

To quote Arianna Huffington

We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success

Coming to this event is a decision that you’ll have to make – and it will be part of your success – great conversations, building your network, increasing your knowledge, promoting your expertise, finding new suppliers, generating leads, nurturing your customers and a 2 guarantees – you’ll leave better informed and connected than when you arrived and also your keyboard will be crumb free after a genuine working lunch!

The essential details first!

  • Date for the event Wednesday 15th July
  • Venue – Old Down Manor
  • Proven to generate business opportunities since 1993
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • Cost of event £36 inc VAT per person
  • Times – 10am start for seminar then lunch
  • Times – 11.45am start for just lunch
  • Event finishes at 2pm

The BIGGER PICTURE

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Old Down Manor Location

Old Down Manor Location – minutes from Bristol!

Opportunity cost of not attending? The value of the best alternative forgone, in a situation in which a choice needs to be made between several mutually exclusive alternatives given limited resources

THE networking lunch – a proven way of growing and building your network

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.

You sit down for 2 course served lunch (bread rolls, main course and dessert with coffee), no buffet here – conversation – not queuing is key!  

You will sit on a table with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person gets 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.   A great catalyst for questions that lead to the all important conversations that generate the connections and collaborations – sharing knowledge, advice, tips, expertise in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  No sin bin in operation – just a donation to the Bristol Business Network charities if your mobile device is heard!

From 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan in your event programme will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people – unique to Business Network events!

Our speaker during lunch (from 1.40 – 1.50pm) is Jon Beake – Regional Director – Wessex RFCA and 105 REME

There will be some closing announcements and the event finishes at 2pm – all you need to do is follow up! Or continue your conversations at the venue.

Your investment is £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence and a few hours of your time – your return……click here

To 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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Super seminar and THE networking lunch – 8th July at Exeter Business Network

The 8th of July is a day that certainly has helped me with content for this post!  ALL relevant to this networking event! Facts, quotes and even a ghost story from the venue!

A quick Google search led me to…..

The link to networking….. John Pemberton meeting Asa Chandler to sell his business; IQ and how we use this to get the right things in order to help us get the most from life and business – a network!  And finally the quote – you can get everything you need to be successful from the network that you create and build.
The event on the 8th July has for you and your business the following to enable you to get the best possible networking experience…
  • Super seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am – “How Google is changing and what you need to do about it!”
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your table with other decision makers.
  • Lunch speaker
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

Seminar before THE networking lunch

How Google is changing and what you need to do about it! 

Hosted by Richard Hussey from RSH Copywriting

The rules behind Google’s search rankings are changing significantly and we are just starting to see some of the effects. Within a few years, these changes will make our current obsession with ranking on page 1 for specific keywords completely redundant.

Additionally, one of the world’s most respected SEO consultants recently proclaimed that: ‘Building relationships is now more important than search engine optimisation for a business that wants to be visible on line.’

We’ll take a look at what is driving Google from a business perspective, the technology it is using, and – most important – what businesses need to be doing about it.

Richard produces website content, blogs, video scripts and all varieties of on-line and printed marketing – your route to greater awareness, trust in your brand, and productive online relationships.  Creating and promoting content that is good enough and relevant enough to appeal to potential customers – that represents your authentic voice and provides valued and trusted answers to the most important questions your customers are asking. @RichardHussey1

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Then it’s THE networking lunch

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 an Event Programme & 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 with other – more business building opportunities!

Lunch Speaker is Mick Green (Endorse HR) who is the Chairman of the Exeter branch of the FSB

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.

What about your own network having the opportunity to grow their network?  Looking through the list below – is there a service/expert/some leverage that would help you or someone you know?  Or do you know a business owner in one (or more) of the areas who you could introduce to networking?

Businesses that can benefit from networking

To 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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

Some history about the Lord Haldon Hotel, Exeter is but a short drive away from this rural hotel which is based around what remains of an early eighteenth century mansion. Stay here and you may catch sight of not one, but three ghosts……

 The most tragic story is that of an eighteenth century servant girl who appears to be distressed and dripping with water. Locals believe she became pregnant by a man of higher social standing, and was murdered in the lake to avoid a scandal.
A more mysterious ghost, seen several times, is a large man with rolled up sleeves. He appears by the frosted windows in the back of the old lounge, next to what used to be the stables, and when his outline is seen through the windows, his height matches the previous floor level.
Another unexplained ghost is a young girl who knocks on guests' doors and calls out their first names in the early hours, between 1 and 3 in the morning. Guests and staff have also heard sounds of footsteps when nobody is there.

Updated 9/6/15 – Quoting Charles Eames for Bristol Business Network’s June event……

Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se”. so said Charles Eames the designer who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture

And how true this is for one of the reasons for coming to this event!

So pull up a chair – a Charles Eames one of course! and read on

Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) circa 1956

The event comprises a business seminar with networking over coffee and a relaxed and structured networking lunch with numerous opportunities for you to build relationships with other business owners, directors, partners and decision makers.

  • Yes – it is part of your marketing strategy
  • Yes – conversations, connections and collaborations
  • Yes – Guaranteed that you will leave better informed and better connected than when you arrived!
  • Yes – it is a genuine business expense
  • Yes – a guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  • Yes – proven to generate opportunities
  • Yes – a business seminar that will benefit you

By means of introduction, I am Sean Humby, Director and host for Business Network SW events in Bristol and the writer of this post!

Details for the event on 17th June at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Seminar before THE networking lunch…..”Creating the perfect customer life cycle”

Everything you need know about getting and keeping customers in 7 bite sized chunks.

From attracting leads, to converting them into customers and turning them into raving fans that refer you to their friends, if you follow these 7 steps you will be guaranteed to have a sustainable, profitable business that gives you the lifestyle you want.

This is as useful for new businesses, as it is for business that have been running for many years.Packed full of creative sales and marketing tips that can help any business, this seminar is not to be missed.

Hosted by Inge Dowden – Bristol’s leading Business Growth and Happiness expert

who has 15 years’ experience as an Export Sales Manager in engineering along with Coaching Academy qualifications; is an NLP Practitioner; specialist in DISC profiling; a Growth Accelerator Coach with Business West; has a Degree in International Business; is Fluent in 6 languages (Dutch, English, French, Spanish, German and Italian – in case you were wondering) and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) - summed up beautifully in Inge's words "Because you deserve nothing less than happiness and success!"

Seminar not to be missed!

Coffee and networking from 10.00am – seminar starts at 10.30am and runs until 11.45am.  (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity)

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

Those booked to date (8/6/15)

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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 an Event Programme & 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 with other – more business building opportunities!

Lunch speaker – Roy Adair Open Network Associates – talking about the forthcoming “Meeting of Minds”

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.

Venue  Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, BS1 6SQ

Car parking is available at the hotel is complimentary first come first served.  There are other Car parking options available here

To 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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

Event host

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Seminar Host

Inge Dowden meeting Deborah Meadon at a recent event in Bristol

Speaker at the event

Roy Adair

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10th June – Exeter Business Network event involving Judy Garland, Howlin’ Wolf, Prince Philip, Terence Rattigan and Saul Bellow!

Judy Garland, Howlin’ Wolf, Prince Philip, Terence Rattigan and Saul Bellow all born 10th June and all eminently quotable! And all found on the internet of things(read on and you’ll understand!)…..

I have chosen just 2 – both from Saul Bellow – that do sum up in a few words what a networking event is all about

“When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”

“Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps”

Exactly what the event on 10th June at Exeter Golf & Country Club is about – networking is about developing a mutually beneficial connection with other people (accomplices’) to enable you to achieve success in your business (a distant goal).

The event in brief

  • Coffee and networking from 10am
  • “The Internet of things”  seminar starts at 10.30am
  • Pre-lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. 
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm. Structured networking around your hosted table with other decision makers – you can see some of those booked here

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  • Lunch finishes 2pm
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

Seminar before lunch being hosted by Cobalt Communications titled –  The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

Have you noticed recently that when you shop online for a new TV for instance that you will go back on the Computer tomorrow to your favourite Homepage you will be shown relevant adverts for other TV’s that you might be interested in? This is because as Technology marches forward and all of your devices, (Phone, Laptop, Home PC) are now sharing their information about you with “The Internet of Things”.

The Internet of Things is a growing network of everyday objects – from industrial machines to consumer goods – that can share information and complete tasks while you are busy with other activities, like work, sleep or exercise.  Soon, our cars, our homes, our major appliances and even our city streets will be connected to the Internet – creating this network of objects that is called the Internet of Things, or IoT for short.

Made up of millions of sensors and devices that generate incessant streams of data, the IoT can be used to improve our lives and our businesses in many ways. But how does it work? And what are these things that are part of the network?

The Internet of Things consists of three main components:

  • The things themselves.
  • The communication networks connecting them.
  • The computing systems that make use of the data flowing to and from our things.

Using this infrastructure, objects can communicate with each other and even optimise activities between them based on the analysis of data streaming through the network.

Imagine a sprinkler system that uses forecasts, weather sensors and pay-by-use water rates to optimize the watering of your lawn. Or a public bins can that compact rubbish as needed and alerts the Council when it’s full.
Self-parking cars today are a marvel, but what about fully autonomous cars that taxi us efficiently around a city, stopping to share fares when budget-conscious travellers opt in; or trucks that haul commerce safely and quickly across the country, avoiding traffic delays and optimizing part replacement needs?
Home security systems already allow you to remotely control your door locks and thermostats, but what if they took proactive action on your behalf - cooling down your home and opening windows, based on your preferences, the existing weather conditions and your proximity to home?

Ian and Jim from Cobalt will share their expertise and insight into what is current and what is coming that can enhance your business, the customer experience, sales, profitability and resources.

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Then it’s THE networking lunch – a proven way of growing and building your network

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.

You sit down for 2 course served lunch (bread rolls, main course and dessert with coffee), no buffet here – conversation – not queuing is key!  

You will sit on a table with 7 or 8 other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person gets 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.   A great catalyst for questions that lead to the all important conversations that generate the connections and collaborations – sharing knowledge, advice, tips, expertise in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  

From 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan in your event programme will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people – unique to Business Network events!

Our speaker during lunch (from 1.40 – 1.50pm) is Jon Beake – Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association

There will some closing announcements and the event finishes at 2pm – all you need to do is follow up! Or continue your conversations at the venue.

Your investment is £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence and a few hours of your time – your return……click here

To 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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Event album

The Venue

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Event Host

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Seminar hosts – Cobalt communications

Jim Taylor and Ian Dunstan - Cobalt Communications at their hugely successful seminar at the Exeter Business Network event at Bovey Castle in 2014

Jim Taylor and Ian Dunstan – Cobalt Communications at their hugely successful seminar at the Exeter Business Network event at Bovey Castle in 2014

Lunch Speaker

From l-r Jon Beake - Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association; Sean Humby - BNSW and Fergus Sullivan - 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Coprporate Covenant

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Jon Beake – Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association; Sean Humby – BNSW and Fergus Sullivan – 105 Battalion REME presenting The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

Levi Strauss, de Balzac and Red Bull – May’s Bristol Business Network event!!

20th May – a day of great events, births and quotes many of which can be directly linked to the Bristol Business Network event!  Feel free to come with me on this factual journey that will lead you the event details!

In 1570Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issues Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern atlas and we all know how vital it is to have guidance, a map, a route planner to help us reach our destination – something that a networking event can do – expertise, knowledge, connections and conversations will all help you get to where you want to go – maybe quicker, maybe more cost effectively and maybe event with greater results….

In 1873 Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets – and we all know what an iconic brand Levi is – and networking events (whetehr it is the one I will get too or others!) are a great place to share “Brand You” – the who, what, why, when, where and how of you and your business and the way in which can positively impact those that you meet (and those that they meet and know)

We are nearly there -that is the fantastic event at Old Down Manor on 20th May – but first a few quotes from people born on 20th May – and yes they are all related to networking, perhaps even how to approach your networking and certainly what networking can do for you and your business…..

Honore de Balzac the novelist born 1799 and said  “It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

The actor Jimmy Stewart was born in 1908 has been quoted saying “Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
And finally “It is a must to believe in one’s product.” Dietrich Mateschitz the founder of Red Bull born in 1944.
And here’s where all of that knowledge plus your expertise and enthusiasm can be put to great use

In brief…

  • Wednesday 20th May at Old Down Manor – a fabulous setting
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  • Super seminar before lunch –  “Social Media for beginners” Hosted by David Doughty – Excellencia – 10am – 11.45am with networking!
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured 2 course, served, networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – Peter Prater – MD – QTAC Payroll Software and Outsourcing
  • Networking in a nutshell – a message from the host
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations – here’s what people are saying
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • Cost of event for you as a visitor is £36.00 (Inc. VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for. Free car parking
  • Opportunity cost of not attending? The value of the best alternative forgone, in a situation in which a choice needs to be made between several mutually exclusive alternatives given limited resources

More details

The business seminar that runs before THE networking lunch is titled “Social Media for Beginners”
Everything you have ever wanted to know about Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter but were afraid to ask
  • How to gain 1,000 Twitter followers in just 3 weeks
  • How to make your LinkedIn profile work for you
  • Facebook really can be used for Business

David Doughty, Chief Executive of Excellencia, actively uses social media to promote his business and it is now the prime source of all leads and the number one focus for marketing. He has over 25,000 followers of his personal twitter account @daviddoughty and has 3 twitter accounts in the top ten globally for his specialist field of Corporate Governance #CorpGov.

Find out how you can harness the power of social media to promote your business by coming along to this event….

Seminar starts at 10.30am with coffee and networking from 10am; followed by THE networking lunch

THE networking lunch – a proven way of growing and building your network

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.

You sit down for 2 course served lunch (bread rolls, main course and dessert with coffee), no buffet here – conversation – not queuing is key!  

You will sit on a table with 7 or 8 other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person gets 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.   A great catalyst for questions that lead to the all important conversations that generate the connections and collaborations – sharing knowledge, advice, tips, expertise in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  No sin bin in operation – just a donation to the Bristol Business Network charities if your mobile device is heard!

From 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan in your event programme will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people – unique to Business Network events!

Our speaker during lunch (from 1.40 – 1.50pm) is  Peter Prater – MD – QTAC Payroll Software and Outsourcing– sharing top advice on Auto Enrolment and what it means to your business

There will be some closing announcements and the event finishes at 2pm – all you need to do is follow up! Or continue your conversations at the venue.

Your investment is £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence and a few hours of your time – your return……click here

To 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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

Exeter Business Network May’s event – networking knowledge and opportunities from start to follow up and beyond!

You need a lot of different types of people to make the world better” so said Joe Louis (born 13/5/1914) and the same can be said for making your business better.  You may have challenges, you may wish to expand,you  may need specialist advice, you may need to recruit, you may need to develop your team, you may need tp promote your expertise, you may need to just get out of the office, you may need to just meet people face to face over a relaxed lunch, you may need to engage with the local business community, you may need to develop your networking skills – well that is all available to you……..

13th May at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre.

  • Super seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am – on networking
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured 2 course, served, networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm, networking at your table, networking at other tables
  • Lunch speaker – Chris Wood – Q Social Media
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations because you are networking with the longest running lunch time networking group in Exeter
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived becuase you have networked with numerous other people who benefit from networking
  • So to coin a phrase from Will Kintish (a master networker) then “If you networking is not working” then come along to this event

So I’ve mentioned networking once or twice – feel free to read on…..to see how this networking event can benefit your business

In fact here’s 100 reasons to come as a starter…………….

100 reasons to attend BNSW event

For the event on May 13th – The seminar before THE networking lunch “How to grow and build your network”

From Forbes Magazine “Connections make the world go round. They help you get things done faster and more effectively” They are the greatest source of new ideas, information, and opportunities.  This great image from a Forbes article by Joel York shows this!

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A company’s social business network comprises all the underlying social network relationships, beginning with a company’s employees at the center and extending out to include a company’s customers, vendors and investors on the next circle out, then a company’s prospects, partners, competitors, as well as your industry’s influencers, press, associations and so forth to create the complete social network the industry’s ecosystem. Full article here http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelyork/2013/04/10/the-social-business-network/

Connections open doors, but relationships close deals. Networking is not just about exchanging business cards and connecting on LinkedIn and/or Face Book or following on Twitter. Networking is most valuable when long-lasting, mutually beneficial (win-win-win) relationships are formed.

This seminar hosted by Sean Humby will take you through a step by step process to enable you and the people that you meet to get more from any networking that you do!

Seminar starts at 10.30am with coffee and networking from 10am; followed by THE networking lunch

THE networking lunch – a proven way of growing and building your network

Pre lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am. Sit down for 2 course lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.

You sit down for 2 course served lunch (bread rolls, main course and dessert with coffee), no buffet here – conversation – not queuing is key!  

You will sit on a table with 7 or 8 other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person gets 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.   A great catalyst for questions that lead to the all important conversations that generate the connections and collaborations – sharing knowledge, advice, tips, expertise in a relaxed and comfortable environment.  No sin bin in operation – just a donation to the Exeter Business Network charities if your mobile device is heard!

From 1.30pm – table to table networking. Your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan in your event programme will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table. As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people – unique to Business Network events!

Our speaker during lunch (from 1.40 – 1.50pm) is the multi-talented Chris Wood of Q Social Media – sharing top advice on getting more from your social media activity.

There will some closing announcements and the event finishes at 2pm – all you need to do is follow up! Or continue your conversations at the venue.

Your investment is £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence and a few hours of your time – your return……click here

To 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

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

or come and visit……

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Gallery for the event

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Chris Wood – Q Social Media – lunch speaker

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre – from the course!

Directions to the venue

Exeter Racecourse is situated just 5 miles on from the end of the M5 southbound, along the A38 (Exeter to Plymouth). The racecourse is situated at the top of Haldon Hill and is clearly signposted from all directions. Once you have arrived, you will find ample free parking just a short walk from the main entrance. (Use EX6 7XS as the sat nav friendly postcode with which to find us.)

Paternoster patter, elevator pitch or conversations and connections…networking tips from Business Network SW

A bit of advice for any networking that you do – and this was given to me a number of years ago!

When we meet people at networking events they will be “representing” their business – but they are also consumers who have a life outside business, have homes, families, cars, want holidays, places to visit and places to eat and drink – and they will know lots of people in their “non business life” who will have those B2C needs!

Most people aren’t born with a natural talent for networking – a bit like any business skill it takes practice, research, reading, listening and practice – like all skills the more you practice the better you become. You will never know which event will lead to finding a mentor, a collaborator, a co-founder, a customer, a supplier,  a connection that will be useful to you, your business or someone that you know at a later date. As Robert Kiyosaki says “The richest people in the world grow and build networks.  Everyone else looks for work”

Research

There’s never a reason to go into an event blind. Research using all the tools available – what’s being said on Twitter, LinkedIn, who goes to the events, is the event listed on Find Networking Events, who’s the host, where is the event, is there parking, is it invitation only, how much will it cost, is there food, is there a business seminar, what do you need to prepare for, is it speedy or relaxed – and any other questions you need answering!  The host is there to broker introductions and help you get the most from the event

Go with a plan

Failure to plan is planning to fail – a networking event is like any other business/life activity go with some simple goals but keep it simple; maybe your goal is to exchange information with five new people – not meet as many as possible or get an order – would you give an order to someone you’ve only just met? Do keep in mind that plans can change – a conversation that you have could lead somewhere that you wereen’t expecting – a real win-win-win moment!

Be on time

Arrive as close to the event’s designated start time as possible – even a bit early – a great time to meet the host and before groups have started to form.  If you are there “first” then people will gravitate to you or vice versa!

Be approachable

Body language is everything, especially when meeting new people.  What does yours say about you?  Look at people’s feet – look at your own – an open stance in inviting!  If there is someone on their own go and introduce yourself – how much easier is it to do that and how good will the person feel that they are no longer on their own.  Put your phone away – you’re there to talk to people face to face!  Relax, smile and remember that other people will be as nervous as you!I

Know when to stop talking, know how to listen!

A conversation should never be dominated by one party. We have all heard the 2 ears, one mouth analogy  – this is what works best!  Listen, ask questions, and truly be engaged in what the other participant is saying, instead of focusing on what you want to tell him or her next, or on looking for someone else in the event.  Know how to move on politely – perhaps go together to get another drink or join other people you know and to introduce the person you’re with to the others – you can move on without leaving them on their own!

Don’t give a pitch/elevator speech/lift oration/paternoster patter/step ladder presentation

Unless someone asks, keep your business plan to yourself. Why not share general interests and keep the focus on having a genuine conversation. How do you do this – ask questions – ask questions that will help you get to know the person – become interested in them!  Networking shouldn’t be about just finding someone who can offer something to your business. It’s about forming new relationships. And if your business is brought up, only share what they want to know. Don’t go into pitch/elevator speech/lift oration/paternoster patter/stepladder presentation mode!

Follow up

Networking doesn’t end when the event does. Attending events is useless if you don’t take the time to follow up afterwards. Best practice say you should follow up within 24-48 hours of the event.  How you do it is up to you or should I say up to how you have promised/agreed to follow up with the people that you have met. It could be via LinkedIn (a personal invitation), on Twitter (following them), an email, a phone call, arranging a coffee and one to one – the choice is yours!  What it’s not is your newsletter (unless they have asked), never a blanket email – either to everyone at the event or even a blanket email that showing the email address of everyone you met.   It’s a good idea to reference the event and something you discussed, business related or otherwise – a business card is a great place to do this and this can then be added to your CRM system.  Keep your tone professional, but relaxed – having just read an article in The Guardian about politeness then take the time to treat and communicate with others as you yourself would like to be dealt with.   Give them time to respond before sending a second follow-up – this is where connecting on LinkedIn and/or Twitter is far better – keeping each other updated but indirectly!

The list is not endless so feel free to comment and add your top tips!

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Event host - Sean Humby

Business Network SW Director and event host Sean Humby

100 reasons to attend a BNSW event 2015

2015 Event dates

To get your invitation

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

or

Complete your details here
Have a great day

“Without promotion; something terrible happens – nothing”

So said PT Barnum.

The Bristol Business Network event at Old Down Manor on the 15th July proved just how valuable promotion is in enhancing any business.  Looking at the word in more detail and you can see how just how ideal a networking event is in generating opportunities for your business/organisation

Promotion – an activity that supports or encourages a cause, venture, or aim; the publicizing of a product, organization, or venture so as to increase sales or public awareness.

All of which were clearly being demonstrated at the event – networking over drinks taken on the terrace overlooking both the Severn Crossings and during a fantastic lunch – compliments to the Chef!

Jon Beake (Wessex RFCA ) and Major Jason Mather (105 Battalion REME) delivered a great introduction to the Corporate Covenant, the Employer Recognition Scheme and the role of reservists and how they can really add a huge amount to your business/orgainsation.

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Click to see full presentation

1.       Reservists will only be called-up for operations with the agreement of their employer in normal circumstances and only compulsorily in an event of dire national security, in which case we’ll all be glad they are being called-up!  Therefore there is no danger of Reservist employees being taken away for military service and away from their employer without consultation and agreement unless the proverbial **** hits the fan. Hopefully that busts that myth and allays any related fear!
2.       Richard Graves of GWS employs a Reservist and only has good things to say and is happy to talk to anyone about it from his experience – thank you Richard.

You can get involved very easily – I did and look what I received!bronzecertificate

The event was attended by

Lindsey Horton, Katerina Pippi , Jason Mather, Sue Sadler, Claire Robinson, Daniel Collings, Megan Humby, Duncan Laker, Jon Beake ,Sean Humby, Chris Kenber, Alex Johnston, Chris Gordon, Huw Johns, Louise Pen-Collings, Deborah Dunsden, David Doughty, Richard Graves,  Inge Dowden, Ken Abbott, Damon Fox, Lyn Dew, Olivia Mills, Roy Adair, Sean Gilday, Matt Richardson

representing

105 Battalion REME  Bradley and Sadler Sales & Lettings  Chris Kenber Coaching  Domus Financial  Dowlis Corporate Solutions  Excellencia Ltd  Extra Help Limited  GWS Media Ltd  Inge Dowden Coaching  Into the Image Jumpstart  Just Huw Johns Ltd  LP Wealth Management  Lynat Ltd  Old Down Manor  Open Network Associates Ltd   Page Hargrave  Recognition Express The Jessie May Trust  Thornbury Castle  Welcome Telecom Ltd  Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association
The event was captured or should I say documented photographically brilliantly by  Ken Abbott – Into the Image for taking so many photographs…….
If you would like your event “photo documented” ( a new word?!) or need some great photographs taken for your business/organisation then feel free to contact Ken – 07966 505490 or ken@intotheimage.co.uk
Concluding quotes – also from The Week**
“Journalism.  A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand” Lord Northcliffe
“As it was I spent 8 years in the army – the only thing I knew how to do was to lead 3 70 ton tanks in withdrawal – doesn’t look good on your CV” Ranulph Fiennes
Have a fantastic day and I look forward to seeing you and your guests on 12th August 2015
Have a great day
Best regards
Sean Humby – Event host and reporter!
the week
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Reporting from Exeter Business Network’s July event

“When I was out there I was never ever alone, there was always a team of people behind me, in mind if not in body” Ellen MacArthur b 8/7/1976

A couple of comments received as I was compiling this report….

“Another excellent event today. Nice work”

“you do a super job with The Business Network Exeter”

The Lord Haldon Country Hotel was the venue and conversation, energy and enthusiasm was brought by these people…….

Chris Gillespie, Mark Richardson, Chris Taylor, Russell Bennett, Richard Hussey, Nick Dudman, Sharon Roberts, Nigel Field, Angela Brett, Michelle Roberts, Belinda Newton, Dave Barr, Jon Beake, Steve Richards, Alex Wren, Jay Milling, Lianne Harding, Louise Jones, Jim Taylor, Trina Curtis,David Kilkelly, Sean Humby, Ian Smith, Nigel Wilkinson,  Siobhan Flanary, Megan Humby, Mandy Blackler, Karen Jonas, David Frumin, Tracy Owen, Helen Bennett, Michael Green, Richard Carpenter, Dan Thompson,  Claire Robinson, Louise Pen-Collings, Alistair Heron, Richard Purkis, Lisa PerkinsLyn Dew, Belinda Allen, Oliver Dax, Ashley Scott, Roy Adair, Susie Kevern, Chris Wood, Jack Reed, Danny Frayne, Francijn Suermondt, Matt Richardson, Roger Moore

Representing these businesses and organisations

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Thank you to Richard Hussey – RSH Copywriting for a fantastic seminar looking at the changes in the way that Google now delivers it’s search results to your potential customers – including semantic search; details on your business in terms of it’s reputation, authenticity, credibility; the trust and how this relates to what the customers wants and needs.  IMG_20150708_103616

Richard covered everything from “where to get the best pizza” to Rand Fishkin (The Wizard of Moz) and his thoughts on brand, networks and relationships to the Google synonym engine.  To find out more on how this could impact you an your business contact Richard – 01823 674167 or richard@rshcopywriting.co.uk or @RichardHussey1

Thank you to Mick Green for an insight into what the FSB does for small businesses whether member’s or not – a huge amount of lobbying that helps create a better environment for us all – the Life of Brian scene certainly brought that to life!  lifeofbrian

Mick’s contact details are here (along with the other Devon branches)

Event programme full of all sorts of great offers and opportunities from the Exeter Business Network Members,  2015 dates for Exeter and Bristol, details for the August event, networking tips and even more!   Available only for attendees!

Announcements…..

Susie Kevern – Pound Lane Business Accounting September Workshop

Bovey Castle –  August 5th with great seminar – How to Build Trust and Authority Online with Video Content – and super post lunch activities!

Concluding quotes…….

“People must help one another, it’s nature’s law” Jean de la Fontaine b 8/7/1621

“There’s no secret to success.  Did you ever know a successful person who didn’t tell you about it” Kin Hubbard – from The Week**

Have a super day, week and month and I look forward to seeing you and your guests on August 5th 2015!

That’s Sean Humby signing off

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Event host - Sean Humby

Event host 

Gallery from the event

July’s events in just 4 mins – 2 minutes for Exeter and 2 minutes for Bristol!

My first foray into movies – using the editing software on my laptop along with the content that I already have and hey presto!  Not quite perfect – I must work on getting the correct “thumbnail” but as Nigel Botterill says “good is good enough” (Botty’s Rule No. 6 – excerpt here!)

I trust that you find them useful – they were certainly enjoyable to put together and easy to do – as we all have so much content to use!

Exeter Business Network event July 8th

Bristol Business Network event July 15th

All 2015 dates here

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Bristol Business Network June in quotes and pictures!

“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” – Charles Eames b 17/6/1907

The Bristol Business Network event held at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa brought enthusiasm, passion, knowledge and conversation together – all creating a really positive atmosphere!

Thank you to Inge Dowden for a fabulous seminar that took place before THE networking lunch – feel free to contact Inge if you would like full details on the seminar!

Also thank you to Roy Adair for the “Meeting of Minds” 10 minutes

For your questions on Alzheimers that Roy can put to the various professors on his trip contact Roy

Roy Adair

Everyone who attended received their Event programme –  full of all sorts of great offers and opportunities from the Bristol Business Network Members,  2015 dates for Exeter and Bristol, details for the July event, networking tips and even more! Large Print Version!  Only Available to those that attend the events!

Concluding quotes – from The Week

“One in 3 Americans weigh as much as the other two”

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” – Martina Navratilova

“People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do” – Isaac Asimov

Have a fantastic day and I look forward to seeing you and your guests at the next Bristol event 15th July 2015

Gallery from the event

Exeter Business Network June event – picture report!

Event held at Exeter Golf and Country Club on 10th June 2015……

“Goodness is not achieved in a vacuum but in the company of good men” Saul Bellow b 10/6/1914

Click the pictures for more!

Thank you to Ian Dunstan – Cobalt Computers for a fabulous seminar on The Internet of Things….covering RFDI, fridges, bar codes, BRI, Tesco, your location, your business in the global economy, connectivity, efficiency, security and mobility – contact Ian by clicking the pineapple!

The lunch speaker – Jon Beake talked about the Corporate Covenant and the way in which businesses such as yours can get involved.  Simpkins Edwards received a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award and Business Network SW received Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award!

More details…….

Thank you also to Ken Abbott – Into the Image for taking so many photographs – they will be appearing on the blog later today!  If you would like your event “photo documented” ( a new word?!) or need some great photographs taken for your business/organisation then feel free to contact ken@intotheimage.co.uk

THE networking lunch where those attending sat with other decision makers with their individual table host ensuring that each person delivered their 3 minute presentation explaining what they do for the others – a great opportunity to enthuse and inspire and build relationships!  I must share a picture – received when the “table host request” was sent out….a request all above board and rigorously policed!!!

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Among those at the event…..and the businesses and organisations they represented…

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Everyone who attended received their Event programme –  full of all sorts of great offers and opportunities from the Exeter Business Network Members,  2015 dates for Exeter and Bristol, details for the July event, networking tips and even more! Large Print Version!  Only Available to those that attend the events!

Announcements……..

Rosemary Pell receiving her Award of Fellowship, from the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers (AIRSO), for her outstanding work with the Road User Support Service (RUSS)

Click image to set up your free online subscription!

WESC Foundation and Listen2Win Challenge – Here is your opportunity for you and your colleagues to meet 2 of England’s Blind Football Team, Keryn Seal (captain) and Robin Williams and take part in some of thefantastic, fun games that they have devised for getting their messages across

Property Investment opportunity…….

Look for Joe Bloggs***

Any guest* that you invite who joins earns you a bottle of bubbly/fine port – unlimited.

Businesses that could and would benefit from networking – to name a few!

Business Network SW is on LinkedIn – could you follow?

Even try BNSW Face Book page and post a “like”!

Business Network SW – discussion group on LinkedIn – 1330 members! Feel free to get involved and participate in discussions, comment and post!

“We don’t come to Canada for our health.  We can think of other ways of enjoying ourselves” – Prince Philip b 10/6/1921

“You’re as safe with me as you would be with the Bank of England” – Robert Maxwell b 10/6/1923

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