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Devon Air Ambulance Diary of events 2015

Looking for something to do?  Why not pop along to one of the fantastic events raising funds for us?


Real people saving real lives

This section is headed ‘Our Service’ but in fact it’s not, it’s ‘Your Service’!

Devon has two Air Ambulances because of the support and hard work of the community, businesses and friends of Devon.  They are here for you and thanks to you.

Help to make night time flight time

We need your help to fly longer into the night. Our helicopter is night flight ready but we need an extra £1 million a year to achieve our goal.

We don’t run many events ourselves.  The majority are put on by our fantastic supporters.   There’s bound to be something in your area to go along to. If not, why not consider putting on one yourself? It’s great fun and we are here to support you.

Here are just a few events you may be interested in – but there are many more in our events diary – simply click on the month of interest.

Run or Dye
30 May 2015
Color Me Rad
21 June 2015
DAAT Motorcycle Ride Out
12 July 2015
DAAT  One Mile Sea Swim
13 September 2015
Dragon Boat Festival
28 September 2015
Commando Challenge
11/12 October 2015

Families for Children Adoption – 2015 diary of events – how can you help?


Families for Children Trust is a Voluntary Adoption Agency and charitable trust based in the South West.

At Families for Children we believe that the best place for a child to grow is with their birth families. However where this is not possible we endeavour to find new adoptive families who can offer them a stable and loving home.

The children we place are from all over the UK and we find new adoptive families for them in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Many of the children we place are  vulnerable and have complex extra needs resulting from early childhood traumatic experiences, including abuse, neglect or extreme changes in their lives.

We place children of all ages, sibling groups, children with disabilities, black children and children of mixed heritage.

We are a specialist adoption agency providing advice and support for those who are considering adoption and also offer our ‘forever’ policy of support. This means that we can offer post adoption support to the child and new family for as long as they need us.

Our services include:

  • Recruiting, preparing and assessing potential adoptive parents
  • Provision of post adoption support
  • Adult Adoptee Counselling for adoptees seeking information about their birth families
  • Independent Birth Relative Service for parents of children being placed for adoption by the Bournemouth and Poole Local Authorities

Skydive for FFC 2015Sky Dive on 16/05/2015

Dunkeswell, Devon Have you set yourself a challenge for 2015? Why not skydive to help raise funds for FFC.

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Family Skittles Afternoon

11/10/2014 / 2pm – 5pm /

The Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, Blanford Forum. DT 118RX Join us for a fun filled afternoon of FREE skittles for children aged 11 years plus and parents.

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Outdoor Fun

26/10/2014 / 1.15pm – 5.00pm /Adventurous Outdoor Fun

Butchers Coppice, Holloway Ave, Bournemouth BH11 9JW

Join us for an adventurous afternoon of outdoor fun at Butchers Coppice, Bournemouth. The afternoon is for children age 6-12 and their parents.

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St Loye’s Foundation 2015 diary of events – something for you?


St Loye’s Foundation is a national charity and service provider, based in Exeter, Devon for over 75 years.  We also have satellite offices in Warrington, Cardiff and North Devon.

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We specialise in helping people with health, disability and social issues by providing a range of services, including Employment Training, Care and Supportand Learning and Skills.  Across all these services individuals are given the support and practical knowledge they need to access employment.  St Loye’s utilises a ‘person centred’ approach where the support is focused on an individuals specific needs, whilst ensuring, where required, a realistic employment goal.

Are you up for a fundraising challenge? Fundraise for us and help to change lives. Here are just a few of the many events and challenges you could take part in:

21st March Rock Solid Race 

20th June World Record Skydive Day

For more information about any of these events or challenges, please contact the Fundraising Department on 01392 255428 or email

Want to set up your own challenge? We would like to hear from you and help your ideas become a reality.

What about volunteering…..

Volunteering is good for you and great for our clients!

You can make new friends, have some fun, learn new skills and know you are doing something really worthwhile. Your expenses are paid so it just costs you a little time & effort.

Become an Event Volunteer…

As an Event Volunteer, you’ll help us raise awareness and much needed funds. You can select the role that suits you best and can work alone, in groups, with friends or family members. Here are the four options you can choose from:

1. Organiser

You’ll arrange regular or one-off events in aid of St Loye’s – anything from the traditional coffee morning to a sports event, a dinner, disco, pub quiz, teddy bears’ picnic, car wash, sponsored challenge or something of your choice.

2. Speaker

You’ll spread the word about our work so people know where they, or others, can get help. Often you’ll collect a donation in aid of St Loye’s from the group or individual you speak to.

3. Event Promoter

Whilst one person organising an event to raise money is wonderful, more people organising events is even better! Therefore you’ll use your creative skills to advertise events and inspire others to raise much needed funds that will improve lives.

4. Helper

If you prefer not to take the lead, that’s not a problem as we always need good helpers to assist with a variety of tasks – serving coffee, taking coats, guiding people, selling raffle tickets – the possibilities are endless!

You can help in so many ways so to find out more, please contact us to receive:

  • How to become a life changer through effective fundraising
  • Your A-Z of Fundraising ideas
  • Getting started – your volunteering info pack

Call us now on 01392 255428

Jessie May Trust 2015 Events diary – could you get involved?

Jessie May, Children’s Charity in Bristol

Created by a family for families

Jessica May died at home aged 4 1/2 months surrounded by her family and supported by a team of nurses. Her parents created Jessie May to ensure that every child who is not expected to reach adulthood receives nursing care within the home. Since 1996 we have been providing this care, free of charge, in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Bath Half Marathon

Event date: Sunday 1st March 2014

Location: Bath

Entry fee: £42

Sponsorship target: £175

Could you run the Bath Half for Jessie May?

The Jessie May Trust is looking for intrepid runners to join Team Jessie May for the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March 2015!

The Vitality Bath Half Marathon – or the ‘Bath Half’ as it is affectionately known, is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It is also the largest charity fundraising event in the South West region, raising over £2.0 million for charity last year alone. The course itself is fast and flat making it suitable for all abilities – for beginners whose key objective is to complete the course, to more regular long-distance event runners, looking to beat their personal best time. It covers a two lap 13.1 mile (21.1km) traffic-free course straddling both sides of the River Avon. The race starts and finishes in Great Pulteney Street, in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath.

We need your support now for Team Jessie May to help us develop our vital services supporting families with children affected by life limiting condition across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset.

Horse racing at Bath Racecourse 

We’ve teamed up with Bath Racecourse for the Big Bank Holiday Fun Day of Horse Racing on Monday 4th May.

Join us this May Bank Holiday for a day the whole family can enjoy. There will be lots of entertainment as well as seven exciting horse races. PLUS Peppa Pigwill be making appearances at intervals on the day in the grandstand enclosure, to see her young fans! (Please note there will be limited entertainment in the Centre Course picnic enclosure.)

Grandstand Tickets are £19.00 (plus £1.50 booking fee if you pay by credit or debit card) per adult and children under 18 go free

By purchasing your raceday ticket through Jessie May you will trigger a £5 donation to the Jessie May Trust for each adult ticket sold. 

To buy your tickets through us, so that we receive the £5 donation, click here or call 0117 9582174.
Why not get involved in the day by sponsoring a race? For more details download a sponsorship pack here or contact

Bungee Jump for Jessie May

Event date: Sunday 17th May

Location: Bath Racecourse

Sponsorship target: Minimum £250

Could you face your fears …and jump for Jessie?

The Jessie May Trust are looking for courageous individuals for a 160ft Bungee Jump on Sunday 17th May 2015

Jessie May is taking over the Bath Racecourse for a daredevil day of diving off a 160ft crane. This event will mark the end of Jessie May Week 2015 and will ensure the week ends with a high (and then a 160ft low).
The Bungee day will be lead by UK Bungee. With over 20 years of experience they are the market leader for Bungee Jumping in Great Britain.
If you are up for the plunge please contact Helen Mackie on or call 0117 958 2174 for more information.

Bristol 10km

Event date: Sunday 31st May

Location: Bristol

Sponsorship Target: As much as possible!

Could you put your running shoes on…and do something amazing for Jessie May?

The Jessie May Trust is looking for people to join Team Jessie May on the start line for the 2015 Bristol 10km on Sunday 31st May.
With 15,000 runners signing up to take part this years race, the Bristol 10k is now one of the fastest growing and most popular of its kind in the UK. Following a similar route to the Bristol Half Marathon it goes through the centre of Bristol and takes in some of the finest landmarks the city has to offer.
If you fancy the challenge please contact Helen Mackie on or call 0117 958 2174 for more information.

Bristol to Bath Marathon

Event date: Sunday 25th October

Location: Bristol

Sponsorship Target: As much as possible!

Could you be part of the FIRST EVER Bristol to Bath Marathon and run in purple for Jessie May?

2015 marks the FIRST EVER Bristol & Bath Marathon, organised by Bath-based GO2 Events.
This brand new marathon for the South West begins in Bristol, the vibrant city of Bridges, Brunel and Banksy, through the stunning South Gloucestershire countryside, ending victoriously in the elegant Roman Spa city of Bath. Runners will follow a closed-road route throughout the entire 26.2 mile course, taking in the sights of Bristol, before making their way through the South Gloucestershire countryside to Bath.
Jessie May is looking for people to join Team Jessie for this significant first and cross the finish line to support terminally ill children in Bristol and Bath.

To get involved is simple:


Businesses that could and would benefit from networking

Businesses that could and would benefit from networking

All business people are also consumers, they value expertise to allow them to focus on life and business – because no one knows everything and even if they do they do not have the time to do everything.  Outsourcing whether it be bookkeeping, hairdressing, personal training, carpet cleaning, taxi trips, ironing, IT training, factoring will all help a business owner become more successful as they can concentrate on their skill and passion; that will drive the business forward while the other aspects are being dealt with – as Michael Gerber calls it “leveraging”.

So 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?


Air Conditioning Services

Airport Transfers

Amusement Parks



Art Galleries

Bakers Balloons Banks


Bathroom Design

Beauty Salons

Blinds and Awnings


Brise Soleil

Buildings Societies

Security Systems

Business Continuity

Car & Vehicle Valeting

Car Hire

Car Parts And Accessories

Car Security

Carpet Cleaning

Cash & Carry Wholesalers


Chiropodists & Podiatrists


Civil Engineers

Shoots & Rifle Ranges

Cleaning Materials


Clothes Hire

Coach Hire

Coffee Machines & Supplies

Complementary Therapies

Computer Training

CAD Services

Concierge Services


Cookery Schools

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetics & Toiletries

Courier and Delivery Services

CV Consultancy

Day Nurseries

Debt Collectors

Decluttering Services


Dental Surgeons

Diet, Slimming and Weightloss

Dog Training and Agility


Eco Renewable Engineers

Electrical Appliance Retailers

Electrical contractors

Embassies & Consulates

Estate Agents

Property Sales

Event Management

Factoring Brokers

Fire & Flood Restoration

Fire Alarms

Fire Extinguishing Equipment

Fire Safety Consultants

First Aid Training

Fleet Management

Flooring Services


Flying Schools

Food services


Freight Forwarding

Funeral Directors

Garden Services

Gas Installers and Engineers


Glass Merchants

Grant Funding

Hair and Beauty Salon


Health Clubs

Health Food

Hi-Fi Dealers

Hire Services

Home Care Services

Importing / Exporting

Insulation Services

Insurance and Brokers

Interior Designer

Introduction Agencies

Jewellers and Watches

Kitchen Planning & Installation

Labelling and Packaging

Landscapers / Landscaping

Language Schools

Letting Agents

Lifestyle Management

Concierge Services

Limo Hire



Loss Assessors

Make-up Artists & Services

Market Research

Marquee & Tent Hire

Members of Parliament

Mini Bus Hire

Mobile Bars

Mobile Hairdressers

Mobile Mechanic


Music Teachers

Nanny and Au Pairs

Newspapers & Magazines

Wine Merchants

Office Cleaning



Outdoor Pursuits

Overseas Property

PA Hire

Packaging Materials

Painters & Decorators

Party Planners & Organisers

PAT Testing

Personal Trainer

Pet Services


Private Hire

Private Investigators

Project Management

Promotional Merchandise

Proof Readers

Property Maintenance

Property Management


Removals & Storage

Renewable Energy Provider

Roofing Services

Safety Products

Salvage and Reclamation

Scaffolding Erectors

Secretarial Services

Secure Document Destruction

Skip Hire

Solar Energy

Sports Massage Therapists

Stonework Restoration


Teeth Whitening


Telephone Answering Service


Theme Days


Ticket Agencies


Tour Operator

Training Services



Travel Agent


Tyre Dealers

Uniforms & Staff Wear

Van / Truck Hire

Vending Machine Services

Virtual Office

Wall Art

Waste Disposal and Recycling

Wedding services

Window Cleaning

Windscreen Service

100 Reasons to attend a Business Network SW event!

Reasons to attend!

Reasons to attend!

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Bristol Business Network February – Report from the event

“When we survey our lives and endeavors we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings” – Einstein (Quote from Super Cooperators – Martin Nowak)

The event began with a seminar on how to grow and build your network – hosted by Sean Humby (the reporter writing this post!).

Rather than talk endlessly about the seminar – you can view the slides shown here on Slideshare.

You may have noticed in the slideshare presentation the “Introductions” and the question “The meal you most like to prepare”  – well to give you an idea of the culinary delights that you could enjoy here’s a list of the dishes Apple Pie with homemade pastry, Chicken Vindaloo, Full English breakfast with the best bacon & sausage, spaghetti puttenesca, crab linguini, American style pancakes, Pork in a creamy, reduced cider sauce, fish, baked chicken curry (Hugh Fearnley Whittingsall) Jamie Oliver’s 10 minute mackeral, spaghetti bolognese and pancakes…..get’s the taste buds going and also the conversation!

What I will share here is the great work that those who attended did in explaining what networking is about and why we network.  The pictures here are a collage of the flip charts that were created!

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During the networking lunch there were numerous conversations and connections being made – and the potential opportunities that can develop – superbly summed up in the following email that was shared during the lunch

“You sat me at the same table as Huw Johns last month whom I had a brief chat to at the end of lunch which led to meeting one of his clients in Cardiff a couple of weeks later after which I sent him a proposal and have now had confirmation that they wish to commission a whiteboard animation that will explain his clients proposition for use on their website and other marketing activities.
Feel free to use 
Kind regards,

Among those at the event


“Thank you” to Mark Leveridge for the “Magic 10″ ways to stay in contacted (connected even) with your customers.  It is always enlightening to see how other businesses do things and what works for them and also to be reminded of some of the simple things we can do. “Lumpy mail” certainly made an impression!

As the “assistant magician” and being that close to Mark during the trick I can only say it was definitely magic!  As you can see here in this mini gallery!


Roy Adair – a 2 hour round trip with Roy on his motorbike – minimum £20 – that will donated to The Jessie May Trust.  Contact Roy on 0117 2301144 or or via LinkedIn

GWS Media – free analytic tool to see if your website is mobile friendly – click here and enter your website address - takes less than 60 seconds!  Complete with picture!

Offers and Opportunities that Bristol Business Network Members have contributed to help you get more from your business

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 – 1320 members!  Feel free to get involved and participate in discussions, comment and post!

“My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave” – Burt Reynolds b 11/2/136

“Doing nothing is very hard to do.  You never know when you are finished!”  Leslie Neilsen  11/2/1926

The next event – 11/3/15 – preview here along with details of how to get your invite – remember there is a fabulous seminar being hosted by Mark before THE networking lunch!

Gallery from the event

The glove at GWS Media


gwsmediaFeb 11, 4:17pm via Twitter Web Client

Great #BNSW #Bristol lunch @seanhumby & big thanks to @MeganHumby for adding some Shamone! to our office…

seanhumbyFeb 11, 3:10pm via Hootsuite

10 Sites for Free, Non-Cheesy Stock Photos – certainly worth a BRIEf look, but not for a “Stinking Bishop”! #BNSW

seanhumbyFeb 11, 2:56pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

Thank you to all at #BNSW #Bristol lunch @BristolDoyle for great conversations plus @MarkLeveridge ‘s magic ten!

seanhumbyFeb 11, 10:10am via Twitter for BlackBerry

RT @claireextrahelp: Looking forward networking lunch in #Bristol today#BNSW with @seanhumby@louiseextrahelp

seanhumbyFeb 11, 9:46am via Twitter for BlackBerry

Looking forward 2 welcoming all to#BNSW #bristol event @BristolDoyle – here’s to a great day!

Bristol Business Network March event – super seminar and an apple theme!

March’s Bristol Business Network event is on the same day that the US celebrates Johnny Appleseed day an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways – attributes that are found at the networking lunch (and have been since 1993).

Perhaps it was Johnny Appleseed who said that “You can count the number of pips in an apple, but you cannot count the number of apples in a pip” – a quote that sums up networking to a tee!

The event in brief

  • Wednesday 11th March – at Old Down Manor
  • Super seminar before lunch – “Stop wasting money at trade shows and exhibitions”
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured 2 course, served, networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – Ken Abbott
  • 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!
  • Free car parking
  • 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.
  • Opportunity cost of not attending?

To benefit from all of this you only need to get here!

The event begins with a seminar that is sure to add value to your business or organisation. ….

  • 82% of the attendees have some kind of buying authority. That’s more than 4 out of 5 people walking down the aisles towards you.
  • #1 reason for attendees is to see new products.
  • Attendees spend an average of nine hours and 2.3 days (per show) visiting exhibits
  • 85% of decision makers say attending trade shows saves their company time and money by bringing vendors together under one roof.
  • 85% of an exhibitor’s success lies in the performance of the staff.
  • 53% of exhibit managers say its “difficult” or “very difficult” to keep effective booth staffers.
  • Trade show visitors will tell 6+ people about their experience*
To get the most from your next exhibition or trade show, perhaps you’re looking to exhibit at a future exhibition, or have been put off from doing so then the seminar before the networking lunch will ensure that you maximise your opportunities and get a great return on your investment.

Stop Wasting Money At Exhibitions and Trade Shows

 Hosted by Mark Leveridge
“As a professional strolling magician I have worked for companies at many trade shows and exhibitions and I have seen at first hand how so many businesses fail to make the most of their attendance. In this seminar I will highlight some of the ‘mistakes’ that I have seen to help you to avoid the most obvious pitfalls and then I will suggest strategies that will help you to get the best results from any that you attend. Oh, and I will show how magic could be a big winner for you at your next event. So stop working IN your business and dedicate an hour or so to working ON your business by attending my seminar – it’s one way to ensure that your morning will be magical!”
Mark is a member of the Inner Magic Circle with a gold star, which means that he has been recognised by his peers as one of the best magicians in the country – a true expert in his field. Specialising in performing close up magic at weddings, parties and corporate functions.  Mark’s magic can be used to create interest at your trade stand and to stop potential customers for you in a way that sales staff find far more difficult. Mark can also walk around the trade show floor away from your stand and approach people on your behalf using some quick, eye-catching magic which also promotes your company
Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

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 3 minutes to talk to the others around your table about what you do and how this helps businesses/individuals/organisations.  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 with others  – more business building opportunities!
“The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work.” – Robert Kiyosaki

There will opportunity to ask further questions when everyone has completed their 3 minutes.

1.30 to 1.40 your opportunity to go and talk to someone else in the room (the seating plan will help you locate them), continue your conversation or start a new one with someone else on your table.

1.40pm  Speaker – Ken Abbott – Redwing Excel

2.00pm Lunch finishes – you can still continue to network with the others in the room, maybe set up a follow up meeting, gather information from the literature table.  A great time to make those appointments and even continue your discussions in the venue’s facilities.

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. Opportunity cost of not attending?

Still not sure?

Some other resources that I trust you will find useful
What others are saying or look on Twitter, look up @seanhumby or search #BNSW
 “You can everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want” – Zig Ziglar

 To ensure that you get to this event…

More questions or a conversation then please contact me or you can BOOK by

Call 01981 540708



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


Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

Seminar host Mark Leveridge

Networking over drinks will be here!

A message from event host – Sean Humby
*Research shows that trade shows and exhibitions are going to continue being an asset to your company’s marketing mix – courtesy of Graphic Colour

Exhibitionists only – time to reveal yourself? We will be on 30th April at…….

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You can too…..

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Fantastic February Exeter Business Network event – thank you to everyone who contributed to it!

In preparation - table numbers at the ready - thank you N3 Display Graphics for these!

THE networking lunch at Exeter Golf and Country Club began with a quote from Mark Zuckerberg who (in case you didn’t know) founded Facebook on 4/2/2004….

“The thing we’re doing with Facebook is just to help people connect and communicate more effectively”  The same could have been said by the people who set up Business Network (Terry Buchanan in New Zealand back in 1990 and the the Enright’s who brought it to the UK in 1993) –  and I can categorically state that is exactly what happens at the events that take place not just in the South West but all over the UK.  And one more historical fact – the first ever Business Network event in the UK took place at Exeter Golf & CC in May 1993!

Prior to the lunch Chris Wood – Q Social Media delivered a fabulous seminar – full of top tips, advice and ideas to enable you to get more from your digital marketing.  From reviewing your current web traffic – synching your online and off line marketing – being proactive – looking at the digital advertising (Facebook, Twitter, Google) – your SEO performance (or not) – the content marketing you’re doing (or not) – your social media activity and finally your email marketing – all of which lead to your ROI!

To this!

Find out more here from Chris’s Blog

or if what’s been listed seems a lot then contact Chris for help…….

Onsite training special offer – 20% discount if booked by end of April – either one to one or more than one person can attend.  Alternatively you can outsource all or some digital marketing activities and have them managed by ourselves, where for Google Advertising may pay for itself if spending over £500/month and not optimised – potentially 50% saving there in advertising budget once optimised and thus would cover our fees rather than having to pay on top for this.

Call 01392 311 340 Email

What follwed was THE networking lunch where all those attending brought a room full conversation, energy and enthusiasm! I really do need to record the terrific amount of noise of the conversations you were all having!

Jon Duckham from WESC Foundation delivered an insightful 10 mins on possibly one of the longest established organisations in Exeter (175 years!) – with the potential to become one of the best known as well!  Here’s just some of the great work that they do

there are many others that show the great work that WESC does.  If you feel you can support in any way – CLICK and you should see the EVENTS they have planned HERE

 or at the very least click here to like on Facebook


 Next event 4/3/15 at Bridwell Park.

Super seminar Disability Confident – are you? Come and see the benefits to you  – before THE networking lunch! Preview here! 

PDF of the event programme is downloadable here – full of all sorts of great offers and opportunities, Chocolate Meditation, 2015 dates, the March event, networking tips and even more!


Express and Echo Business Awards

Here’s a short video on how to enter the Express & Echo Business Awards

Thank you Glen King!

Devon Business Expo – Thursday 30th April 2015

I’ll be there as well as 100’s and 100’s and 100’s of others!

To exhibit

Contact Dave Barr or Colin Slade – Tel: 01392 349 135


Devon Life Business and Professional

Devon Life Business and Professional is a brand new magazine, launching on 12th March, and will be packed with tantalising copy, matching the top-notch content readers are already treated to in our county magazine.   The new, quarterly publication will be bursting with insightful news, inspiring features and important advice all linked across the Devon business community.  Being polybagged with the April edition of Devon Life means every reader who currently reads our main magazine, will also get a copy of Business and Professional.

We will be hosting 200 top business decision makers at our launch event on the 26th March at Sandy Park.

The concept is to create a networking umbrella where business owners and decision makers can share business intelligence and work with each other. The publication, website, email newsletters, social media and events are all results of that networking umbrella, bringing the county’s business community to work together.  Please get in contact with Llewellyn for the chance to get involved with this exciting project.  07740 030 531 – 01392 888415

Look for Joe Bloggs – If you introduce someone called Joe Bloggs who is a decision maker in a business – they come to an event and join then I will give you 12 months membership free!

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

Business Network SW Blog – Members feel free to send me details of events, good news, offers etc. and this will be added and distributed using social media.

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 – 1310 members!  Feel free to get involved and participate in discussions, comment and post!

And with it being the 4th February how could the event without some super quotes from Dan Quayle (born 4/2/1947)

“For NASA space is still a high priority”

“It’s time for the human race to join the solar system”

“I understand that the importance of bondage between parent and child”

“Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement”

And finally from Norman Wisdom b 4/2/1915

“As you get older 3 things happen.  First is that you lose your memory and I can’t remember the other two”

And finally – THANK YOU – for all the Twitter activity!

nigelwnwFeb 04, 10:06pm via Echofon

Fab #BNSW lunch today, thanks @seanhumby
Some really good conversations around the table today

cook_rachelFeb 04, 9:25pm via Twitter Web Client

Excellent training session with @qChrisWood today from @qsocialmedia. Thank you. #BNSW@seanhumby And a yummy lunch….

cook_rachelFeb 04, 9:21pm via Twitter Web Client

@RachelmBuckley – great to see you too. Are you late night tweeting in front of the TV?! @seanhumby#BNSW

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RachelmBuckley  @cook_rachel good to catch up today !@seanhumby #BNSW8:52pm, Feb 04 from Twitter for iPad


cook_rachel  @RachelmBuckley – great to see you too. Are you late night tweeting in front of the TV?! @seanhumby#BNSW9:21pm, Feb 04 from Twitter Web Client

RachelmBuckleyFeb 04, 8:52pm via Twitter for iPad

@cook_rachel good to catch up today ! @seanhumby#BNSW


RachelmBuckley Feb 04, 5:54pm via Twitter for iPad

@louiseextrahelp @claireextrahelp @seanhumby I agree ! Lovely to see you again Louise

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louiseextrahelp  Brilliant networking lunch in Exeter with@claireextrahelp @seanhumby @RachelmBuckley 😄 #BNSW3:43pm, Feb 04 from Twitter for iPhone


RachelmBuckley  @louiseextrahelp @claireextrahelp@seanhumby I agree ! Lovely to see you again Louise5:54pm, Feb 04 from Twitter for iPad

FFCAdoptionFeb 04, 5:29pm via Hootsuite

Thanks @qsocialmedia for a inspiring seminar at BNSW with @seanhumby. Thanks for all the great work you do for FFC too


Pippa_AllsopFeb 04, 4:59pm via Twitter Web Client

SUCH a great time at my first #BNSW event…huge thank you to @seanhumby ,
@qsocialmedia & @wescfoundation – cannot wait for the next one!!


louiseextrahelpFeb 04, 3:43pm via Twitter for iPhone

Brilliant networking lunch in Exeter with @claireextrahelp @seanhumby @RachelmBuckley 😄#BNSW


Tom__PatersonFeb 04, 3:20pm via Twitter for iPhone

“@exetergcc: Looking forward to welcoming you all today for a delicious lunch! #BNSW #exeter@exetergcc @seanhumby”… 😂

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exetergcc  Looking forward to welcoming you all today for a delicious lunch! #BNSW #exeter @exetergcc @seanhumby10:14am, Feb 04 from Twitter Web Client


Tom__Paterson  “@exetergcc: Looking forward to welcoming you all today for a delicious lunch! #BNSW #exeter @exetergcc@seanhumby” 😂3:20pm, Feb 04 from Twitter for iPhone

CasinoMandyFeb 04, 3:06pm via Twitter for iPhone

Lovely lunch @exetergcc @Emzy_Talbot@GrosvenorTQ @seanhumby @qChrisWood@alex_wren #BNSW #Networking


seanhumbyFeb 04, 12:05pm via Hootsuite

RT @cook_rachel: Looking forward to meeting with @seanhumby this Wednesday along with @Pippa_Allsop @MichelmoresLaw#exeterbusinessnetwork

exetergccFeb 04, 10:14am via Twitter Web Client

Looking forward to welcoming you all today for a delicious lunch! #BNSW #exeter @exetergcc@seanhumby


cook_rachelFeb 04, 9:45am via Twitter Web Client

Off to meet @seanhumby for a #BNSW seminar – onlinemarketing!

devonbizexpoFeb 04, 9:25am via Hootsuite

Looking forward to #BNSW networking lunch today with @seanhumby & talking about this year’s #dbexpo

PDCExeterFeb 04, 8:20am via Twitter for iPad

Looking forward to #BNSW networking lunch today with @seanhumby @exetergcc Hope the heating is turned up! Brrrrr ❄️ #Exeter


HRDeptExeterFeb 03, 7:07pm via Hootsuite

RT @seanhumby: Disability Confident? – seminar with @catt_chris @HRDeptExeter at #BNSW #Exeter event 4/3/15 @BridwellDevon


exetergccFeb 03, 5:08pm via Twitter Web Client

@seanhumby @AccordAdValue @JMSNDevon Look forward to seeing you all!

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seanhumbyFeb 03, 5:07pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

@AccordAdValue: Who’s attending the #Exeter#BNSW Event tomorrow? @JMSNDevon is! @seanhumby @exetergcc
Plus over 55 others!


AccordAdValueFeb 03, 3:06pm via Twitter Web Client

Who’s attending the #Exeter #Business Network Event tomorrow? @JMSNDevon is! @seanhumby


cook_rachelFeb 02, 11:16am via Twitter Web Client

Looking forward to meeting with @seanhumby this Wednesday along with @Pippa_Allsop@MichelmoresLaw #exeterbusinessnetwork

Gallery From The Event

Chris Wood – Q Social Media full presentation here on SlideShare

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

Business Network SW Blog – Members feel free to send me details of events, good news, offers etc. and this will be added and distributed using social media.

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 – 1310 members!  Feel free to get involved and participate in discussions, comment and post!

Exeter Business Network’s March event UPDATED with exclusive value added for all those attending plus Disability Confident? Get it, grow it at the seminar before lunch


In brief……The next event on 4th March at Bridwell Park 

  • 21 years of networking event expertise
  • A fabulous venue
  • Event programme for all with great offers and opportunities to enhance your business plus delegate list
  • Networking over coffee
  • A confidence boosting business seminar
  • Networking over drinks
  • 2 course served lunch with guaranteed conversations and connections
  • Everything you need to follow up and grow and build your network

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The next event is on 4th March at Bridwell Park 

Hidden from public gaze for over 240 years this elegant Georgian house set in 100 acres of breath-taking parkland boasts magnificent views across the Culm Valley in Devon, and is the much loved family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten.

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Disability Confidence?  Get it and grow it at this seminar.

You and your business could be missing out on diverse talents, creativity and sustainable growth with insights into a fast growing customer demographic*

For some time we, that is Chris Catt of The Life Coach Station and Belinda Newton from The HR Dept, were aware that a more joined approach around resolving issues with disability in the workplace is needed.

This seminar brings together much of Chris’ practical solution focused approach based on 20 years of helping employers with their disability in the workplace issues and his own personal experiences with disability and Belinda’s HR knowledge, insight on employment legislation and practical experience of helping employers find solutions to their staffing issues, into a unique double act.

We believe that most employers lack ‘Confidence with Disability‘, which is backed up by the Government’s drive to see more employers becoming ‘Disability Confident’.

Who Should Attend this seminar?
Anyone who is an employer regardless of the size of business. The seminar has been created to provide answers you may have, you may hope other people will ask, but you would still like to know.

What Will You Get from attending this seminar?
1) An overview of the legislation around disability in the workplace explained – what you need to know.
2) The opportunity to look at real life situations which often affect everyone.
3) An opportunity to discuss specific issues in your workplace at a 1-2-1 at the end of the seminar.

Learn how your business can benefit like Ernst & Young, McDonalds, Rank and IMG Productions

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

What follows can only be the icing on the cake!

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 at least 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!

The guest speaker will enlighten, entertain and educate for 10 minutes and the event finishes at 2pm – all you need to do is follow up


Cost of event for visitors 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.

To book place(s)

Call 01981 540708


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


Business Network SW has been hosting monthly lunch time networking events in Bristol since 1993.  Developing a reputation and pedigree for benefiting business in growing their network and building their business through great conversations in a structured and relaxed format.

It’s your invitation to book for the next event and guarantee a number of yes’s…..

  • 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 – it does generate an ROI
  • Yes – a guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  • Yes – proven to generate opportunities
  • Yes – a business seminar that will benefit you

“The richest people in the world grow and build their networks. Everyone else looks for work” – Robert Kiyosaki

Thank you for your time and have a great day

Best regards

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Sean Humby

Director and host

To book place(s)

Call 01981 540708


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


Complete the inquiry form here

Directions to the venue

Bridwell Park Estate Uffculme Cullompton Devon EX15 3BU

Travelling by helicopter – GPS Coordinates: 50.904967 – 3.340581

Telephone number – 01884 842430

Please note: you may have to ignore your sat nav to ensure arrival at the correct gates!

From J27 of the M5, please follow the directions below.

1. From J27 slip road of the M5 take the A38 east towards Wellington.
(Bridwell Park is approximately 3-4 minutes’ drive from this junction.)
2. At the first roundabout bear right on the B3181 towards Willand & Cullompton.
3. Continue along the B3181 and take the 2nd left (after approx. 0.5 miles) on to Bridwell Avenue (look out for the brown tourism sign for the wool factory at this turning).
4. At the end of Bridwell Avenue (0.25 miles) you will see the iron entrance gates to Bridwell on the left hand side.

Seminar hosts

Chris Catt from The Life Coach Station

Belinda Newton – The HR Dept

Disability Confident

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The Prime Minister addressing the first “Disability Confident” conference

Location for THE networking lunch

The Orangery – location for networking over drinks and THE networking lunch


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