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Festive greetings from Business Network SW

A green card and snow capped

Perhaps recycled is more apt

A picture from 20 thirteen

A quote from a star of the screen

Wishing you a fantastic festive season

Full of cheer, good times and fun

Thank you for your support during 2014 and wishing you a prosperous 2015!

Have a fantastic festive season!

Best regards

and Megan

 

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph” – Shirley Temple

 

And should you email me between 3pm on 23rd December and 8.59am on 29th December you’ll receive this!

Hello
And ho, ho ho!
I trust that this message finds you in readiness for seasonal cheer
Your message I do hold dear
My festive season celebrations have begun
So my emails will not be getting done!
I return to the fray on December’s twenty ninth day
I’ll reply then with a comminque
Wishing you a season to be jolly
Full of the ivy, mistletoe and holly
I’ll leave you with the January dates
Where opportunity awaits!

Exeter – January 7th

 

Thank you – super generosity, great conversation, fabulous seminar and loads of festive cheer!

Report from the Bristol Business Network event at The Bristol Hotel……
“All those who are around me are the bridge to my success, so they are all important”  Manny Pacquiao born 17/12/1978Super, special and stupendous!Thank you for your generosity – your raffle prizes and cash helped raise £325 for The Jessie May Trust!

That is a 13.6% increase on last year!!!

Raffle prize “Roll of Honour” for the prizes! – Thank you!

Hudson Accountants, OPen Network Associates, Business Network SW, BizVidz, GWS Media, Inge Dowden Coaching, Page Hargrave, Welcome Telecom, The Bristol Hotel, Brown in Town, Qtac Payroll Software & Outsourcing, ExcellensiaWork Tree Consulting, Jumpstart

There was wine, bubbly, pale ale, business books, chocolates and can you guess who may have given the following – tailored shirt, Logo design, website audit, design application, NED course place and a 2 hour motor cycle ride!

And thank you for bringing your conversation, energy and enthusiasm to the Bristol Business Network event yesterday and participating and contributing to the event.

The event began with a fabulous seminar before lunch – efficient and specialised tax planning using VCT’s and EIS’s that have the potential to reduce your tax bill by 98%!  Feel free to contact Damon Fox – LP Wealth Management and Dominique Butters – Octopus Investments“deferred CGT – never pay today what you may not have to pay tomorrow”

After a wonderful traditional Christmas lunch with wine, crackers, party poppers, mince pies………….

The wonderful video that Chris showed yesterday – This is Joe – as shown on the 2014 Children in Need programme – this is a wonderfully uplifting and funny story from a 5 (5 and 3/4!) year old boy and shows just how valuable The Jessie May Trust is in making his and his parents lives that much better.  Narrated by Martin Freeman

Chris Roys is the Chief Executive of The Jessie May Trust

The Jessie May Trust – Created by a family for families*

The Jessie May Caring @ Work £1000 Challenge – How your Business can make a difference

Could your business raise £1,000 to help sponsor a Jessie May Nurse?

“Jessie May Nurses use their incredible skills to enrich children’s short lives and provide high quality care for the whole family. It’s vitally important that, when a child does eventually die, their family has lots of positive memories to look back on.

Caring @ Work is a new initiative enabling local business to support local families. In return for your commitment to raise £1,000 to help sponsor a Jessie May Nurse we’ll support your business every step of the way and promote your involvement with us through the local press, radio and TV which in turn will raise your company profile in the local area. Your customers and suppliers will see how seriously you take your social responsibility towards the local community.

You will have great fun raising funds – it’s good for staff morale and an excellent way to build teamwork across your business.

Please contact Lindsey.horton@jessiemay.org.uk for further information on how to become involved – we really need your help!

Quick reminders

The search for Joe Bloggs continues – “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!”

Preview for the next event 14/1/15 is here.  With a super seminar before lunch – beating the January blues and banishing Black Monday!

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

Businesses not currently represented in Bristol Business Network -a memory jogger here – feel free to contact me and I can send invitations on your behalf!  

*Business Network SW Blog – the one you’re reading now! –   Over 41,000 views to date (48% increase on this time last year!)

Business Network SW is on LinkedIn – could you follow?

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

“Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries. And laugh a lot – it’s good for you!”
Paula Radcliffe

Have a great day and super month and a fantastic festive season

Sean Humby – Director and host

PS

Among those that attended

Andrew King

Bryonie Harwood

Chris Gordon

Chris Roys

Damon Fox

Daniel Collings

David Doughty

David Minns

Debbie Boyes

Debbie Rylands

Della Hudson

Derek Jenkins

Dominique Butters

Duncan Laker

Emily Sjamsul

Helen Mackie

Helen Moloney

Inge Dowden

Julian Cassell

Matt Goulette

Matt Richardson

Nigel Peeck

Paul Shields

Peter Emerson

Peter Prater

Ray Turner

Richard Graves

Ricky Killa

Roy Adair

Sam Finlay

Sam Talby

Sophie Smith

Steve Tasker

Stuart McGhee

 From these businesses and organisations

All things Web

Allied Irish Bank

AMICUS

BizVidz

Brown in Town

CSG

Excalibur Communications GB Ltd

Excellencia Ltd

Federation of Small Businesses

FRP Advisory

GWS Media Ltd

Hudson Accountants

Inge Dowden Coaching

Jumpstart

LP Wealth Management

Mindful Resolutions

N3 Display Graphics Ltd

Octopus Investments

Open Network Associates Ltd

Page Hargrave

QTAC Payroll Software & Outsourcing

Recognition Express

Skill Group Ltd

St John’s Chambers

Steve Tasker Limited

Stuart McGhee

The Jessie May Trust

Welcome Telecom Ltd

Work Tree Consulting Ltd.

From Twitter

HudsonaccountanDec 17, 3:56pm via Twitter for iPad

@seanhumby @jessiemaytrust great news

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seanhumby  Thank you for everyone’s generosity at #BNSWBristol! Lots of connections and conversations AND we raised over £300 for @jessiemaytrust!3:02pm, Dec 17 from Twitter for BlackBerry

Hudsonaccountan

Hudsonaccountan  @seanhumby @jessiemaytrust great news3:56pm, Dec 17 from Twitter for iPad

HudsonaccountanDec 17, 12:12pm via iOS

Another day, another Christmas lunch @seanhumbypic.twitter.com/LICYyqWV72

A Grand Grand and a Fantastic Festive Spirit at Exeter Business Network’s December event

More on the grand, grand later – nothing like a teaser in the headline!

At Exeter Golf and Country Club on Wednesday 10th December the Exeter Business Network event proved successful in many ways…….

Beginning with a seminar titled “Mediation Live” hosted by the team at Compass Resolution who did some fabulous role play to demonstrate the various stages involved in mediation – each stage was based on a real life scenario that had occurred in many different businesses – involving different characters who were experiencing different issues.  John Hind (Founder of Compass Resolution) was the mediator in each scenario and Bob Prior was the narrator setting the scene.  Helen Shea and Pippa Basset played the various roles.  The scenarios included mediation between 2 employees of the same company where there was behaviour from one person that had upset another: a situation where 2 businesses had come to disagreement over technical issues that resulted in an unexpected and very large invoice and a high conflict scenario.  Each situation demonstrated how properly prepared mediation can be used to resolve a whole range of issues and that there is always a sign posting to ongoing support once the mediation aspect is complete.  Key are the way in which each session is set up, what the participants are there for, the expertise of the mediator in questioning and being equitable for both parties, even the mediator knowing when to speak and when not to, the importance of listening effectively, working to avoid disengagement and capturing what was agreed and acknowledging the way forward – and all of this is confidential (unless of course the issue could be a criminal or health and safety issue.  With the average cost of replacing a team member being 1.5x their salary then mediating to resolve issues must be the best way forward not only financially but also to demonstrate that people, the relationship and trust are key components to a successful business.

THE networking lunch opened with two quotes that capture the essence of networking or should I say what happens when people have conversations!

“Friendship is born at the moment when one person says to the other “What you too” and I thought I was the only one” C.S Lewis

“Friendship is one of the most tangible things in the world that offers fewer and fewer supports” Kenneth Branagh b 10/12/1960

Those at the lunch sat at their hosted tables and enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch complete with crackers!  As well as talking about what their business/organisation did and the benefits it brings to others everyone contributed one other thing…. the one piece of music, track, song, record (showing my age!) that they would take to a desert island and why (for those familiar with Desert Island Discs you’ll know that it is a selection of 8 and then this is narrowed to just one!).  A simple question like this really does help in getting to know more about the people you are sat with – in many instances causing people to really think – which is great!  On my table there were people who represented a mediation company, data cabling business, charity, exclusive hire venue, solicitors firm and business coach – and the choices (match them if you can!) were

  • Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
  • Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  • Do they know it’s Christmas (original version!) – Band Aid
  • Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
  • I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Fantasia – Walt Disney
  • Lovely Day – Bill Withers

What a mix and some great tags methinks! And on a second look all very much related to networking! Hey Joe a greeting, nothing else matters – the undivided attention we give to the person we are in conversation with, do they know it’s christmas – thinking of others, I will survive – this event and many more (tenuous I know), Fantasia – the fantastic opportunities that arise from conversations and Lovely Day because your networking should be enjoyable and something to look forward to!

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As coffee was being served each of the Exeter Business Network charities took the opportunity of talking about the importance of fundraising in order to help them enhance and grow what they do…..the following are the images that were shown (and even a video) along with links so that you can find out more (and even get involved!)

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.  http://www.daat.org/nightflight

Helena Holt – CEO talked about the next stage in developing the service that DAAT offers –  needing 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. Plus community based landing locations…
http://www.daat.org/nightflight

Ally Colton – Families for Children Trust introduced a video – please watch……

Ben Norman talked about the range of services that St Loye’s provides to a diverse number of service users and client groups, specialising in helping people with health, disability and social issues. Areas of training include information technology, computer aided design, customer care, business skills, horticulture, hospitality and catering, health and social care and engineering. The charity was founded by Georgiana Buller and Queen Elizabeth II has been a patron of the charity since 1946!

Chloe smiling on a horse

Jon Duckham from The WESC Foundation talked about how it is a specialist day and residential centre that offers a unique experience for young people and adults with visual impairment including complex needs – among the activities that is on offer is horse riding….here is Chloe enjoying the experience!

rda horse

and WESC is currently fund raising for a horse like this to offer all those young people and adults the chance to ride!

A huge THANK YOU to Graham Barton and Scott Gray (Clive Emson Auctioneers (West Country) Ltd for being such fantastic auctioneers and helping Exeter Business Network Charities……..

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Graham Barton and Scott Gray in action!

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust  is the charity which raises the funds to keep 2 emergency Air Ambulances flying. This is no small feat as each and every year we have to raise in the region of £4.5 million to keep both of the helicopters airborne.  And to make night time flight time Click here if you woul like to donate  

Families for Children  place children for adoption from throughout the UK, who have experienced loss and upheaval. We find for them stable, loving families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly.  We are special because we have a ‘forever’ policy of support and this means that we offer support to the child and new family for as long as they need us. Click here if you would like to donate

WESC Foundation’s  aim is the education and care of young people with visual impairment and/or complex needs and their transition into school, college and beyond.  By providing a specialist centre for education, training and expertise, WESC Foundation create a better life for people with visual impairment. Click here if you would like to donate

The vision of St Loye’s Foundation  is that each individual should have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, irrespective of natural abilities or setbacks experienced in life.
Mission – St Loye’s mission is to be the preferred choice of people with physical, mental health, sensory and other disabilities, or with long-term health conditions, to improve their quality of life and degree of independence.  Click here if you would like to donate

A total of £1,080 was raised which is brilliant and will be split equally between the charities! Now that is a Grand Grand!

A few closing announcements and that was 2014 done for Exeter Business Network events!

Exeter Business Network’s  next event 7/1/15 – Preview here!    Cafe Style Speed Training seminar before THE networking lunch!

All 2015 Dates here

Quick reminders

Exeter Business Network is looking for Joe Bloggs –  If you introduce someone called Joe Bloggs, or someone who owns a business called Joe Bloggs  – 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!

Other ways to get engaged! And connected.  Even start a conversation…..

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 – 1305 members!  Feel free to get involved and participate in discussions, comment and post!

“A society grows great when men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” Greek proverb

What Twitter had to say about the event!

nigelwnwDec 10, 8:34pm via Echofon

Another great #BNSW lunch with @seanhumby
Great to see so many people there & raising money in the charity auction

RachelmBuckley6:53pm via Twitter for iPad

Thanks to @seanhumby for a great Christmas lunch @exetergcc #BNSW – nice to see you @nigelwnw

klaserw6:47pm via Twitter for Android

@RachelmBuckley @seanhumby hi Rachel, you too! I’m sorry I couldn’t stay for long, caught a train to London. Let’s catch up next time!

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BridwellDevon6:19pm via Twitter for iPhone

Another great lunch today @exetergcc with the infectious host @seanhumby – a great vibe & super fun charity auction!

klaserw5:18pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby @wescfoundation @DevonAirAmb@stloyes @FFCAdoption brilliant lunch, great people, great networking, until next time!

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stloyes5:06pm via Twitter Web Client

@Two_Bridges @seanhumby @DevonAirAmb@FFCAdoption @wescfoundation Merry Chrisrtmas and thanks for your support! :)

FFCAdoption4:00pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby thanks so much for your continuing support of our work #networking Happy Christmas!

Sean Humby
Thank you all at #BNSW Exeter event for your generosity in raising over £1000 for@wescfoundation @DevonAirAmb @stloyes@FFCAdoption
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Mik1G3:57pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby hope it went well. Sorry couldn’t b there.

Two_Bridges3:04pm via Twitter Web Client

@seanhumby @DevonAirAmb @FFCAdoption@wescfoundation @stloyes Happy to be supporting!! Merry Xmas!

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claireextrahelp 7:44am via Twitter for iPhone

Looking forward to Christmas lunch today #BNSW#Exeter @seanhumby @louiseextrahelp

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RachelmBuckley6:35am via Twitter for iPad

Looking forward to the #BNSW Christmas lunch today @exetergcc @seanhumby #networking#Christmas

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Gallery from the event

10 days to beat the worst day of the year! All you need to know at Bristol Business Network

The formula for the worst day of the year is

\frac{[W + D-d] T^Q}{M N_a}

where weather=W, debt=d, time since Christmas=T, time since failing our new year’s resolutions=Q, low motivational levels=M and the feeling of a need to take action=Na. ‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.

The good news is that at the Bristol Business Network event on 14th January you can beat this!

S + O x C x Cn2 = G

The winning formula –  S = (Super seminar) + O (considerable opportunities) x C (conversations)  x Cn (connections) = G (growth) giving your business the success it deserves

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.

 What follows are the details and your invitation to book for the next event on January 14th 2015

  • Business enhancing Seminar and (knowledge & support) networking 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm tables hosted, seating plan designed, delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for
  • Guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • A justifiable business expense – part of your marketing plan

14th January 2015 at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

 

Seminar before THE networking lunch (10am – 11.45am )

 

DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN BOOST YOUR BUSINESS WITH POSITIVITY, PUBLICITY AND PRODUCTIVITY AND BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES

 

Misery peaks on 24 January which has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year, according to university studies. Foul weather, debt, fading Christmas memories, failed resolutions and a lack of motivation conspire to depress.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way!

 

Join expert on positivity and publicity Shane Dean on Wednesday 14th January for an upbeat talk on how to beat the January blues and look forward to a bumper business year.

 

He will give quick tips on how businesses can boost their productivity and profits through using their positivity to make positive free publicity PR stories.

Shane Dean is a motivational speaker, publicist and writer.

 

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

Drinks and informal, free range networking from 11.45am.  Sit down at 12.30pm for 2 course networking lunch with coffee.

You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. There is a table host at each table and you have a 3 minute presentation to do for the others around your table – enthuse and inspire and build relationships.  PLUS you will have a copy of the seating plan which lists everyone attending , their name, business name and what their business does and importantly what table they are sat on – more business building opportunities!

 

Free resources that I trust you will find useful

Getting the most from the events

What is business networking and is it important?

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

Will I get a return?

Networking in a nutshell

Networking Nation – BBC Radio 4 series on networking – 15 minute programmes by Julia Hobsbawn.  Available until Oct 2015

Cost of event is £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.  Car parking available free on first come first serve basis – loads of other car parks withing minutes of hotel

“Take time to deliberate;  but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

 

 

To book your place(s)

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 if you would prefer an invitation emailed to you – CLICK HERE

 

Gallery for the event

 

 

First Exeter Business Network event of 2015 – sizzle a sausage, flip a but – plus much more!

Exeter Business Network’s first event of 2015 at Sandy Park will show sizzle a sausage, flip a but and volley a balloon……and with a super free resource for all those attending….

And that’s before the networking lunch where you’ll have numerous conversations and develop connections that will help you grow and build your network.  A network that will deliver knowledge, support, business opportunities and more.

The event is on 7/1/15 at Sandy PArk, the first BNSW event there since the Rugby World Cup redevelopment that took place during the summer of 2014.  The seminar before lunch being hosted by Scott Hunter – Cafe Style Speed Training

Now all businesses can experience the highest quality staff development as corporate companies! Join us for this 70 minutes dynamic Café Style Sales Development Boot Camp and leave with a greater aware of sales language and skills that support sales in the new economy. As a bonus and a thank you for attending the seminar, you’ll get 6 months free access to the Café Style Culture Club when it launches in January.

“A whole range of different learning activities – all of which had a “fun” element, working in groups, pairs led to discussions, solutions and ideas covering everything from leadership to organisational language to creative thinking to change/transformation to customer experience. Scott delivered this new, it was to me anyway, style of learning in a professional, fun and inclusive way” Sean Humby

Discover how to:

  • Sizzle a sausage
  • Flip a but
  • Find a hot spot
  • Volley a balloon

Wondering how this can impact on a business?

“Café Style has been so transformational that we are now embedding it further and taking it to the next level,………… Our performance has risen, our sickness levels are better than ever and we have a genuine buzz about the place, we have a new language, which is all down to Café Style” UK Police Force

Piqued your interest, come along to this engaging, innovative and thought provoking event.

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

After the seminar you have the opportunity to experience THE networking lunch – a proven format that has grown in pedigree since the first one back in 1993.

  1. Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  2. Structured networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm tables hosted, seating plan designed, event programme full of great opportunities and offers,  delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for
  3. Guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  4. Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  5. Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  6. A justifiable business expense – part of your marketing plan

FAQ’s

What do you gain from attending this event?

At each event you will have the opportunity to meet numerous other senior decision makers from locally based businesses in a relaxed and focused environment. Through networking over coffee before the seminar, knowledge from the seminar and structured networking before and during the lunch. It is a proven way and sustainable way of continuing to develop opportunities.

What’s THE networking lunch all about?

Networking over drinks, a sit down served 2 course lunch, dietary requirements catered for, a table host to conduct proceedings, conversations leading to connections and collaborations. Event programme with delegate details provided to enable you to connect with others in the room.   You sit on a table with no-one who does what you do (as defined by wat your business does)

How long will all this take?

Seminar starts at 10.30am – with coffee and networking from 10am, finishing at 11.45am.  Seminar optional, always rewarding, included in price and a great knowledge networking opportunity
THE networking lunch starts with drinks and informal networking at 11.45am, you sit down for your served 2 course lunch (a guaranteed crumb free keyboard!) and runs until 2pm.  

What people go to the events?

People just like you! People who want their businesses to succeed through knowledge, connections and strong business relationships generating an ROI for their business

 

 

Free resources that I trust you will find useful

Getting the most from the events

What is business networking and is it important?

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

Will I get a return?

Networking in a nutshell

Networking Nation – BBC Radio 4 series on networking – 15 minute programmes by Julia Hobsbawn.  Available until Oct 2015

Cost of event is £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.  Car parking is plentiful – there is a charge of £2 for up to 4 hours (can be paid using Ring go)

“Take time to deliberate;  but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

 

 

 

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

 

 

Gallery for the event

 

 

 

 

An introduction from your host

 

Latest Business Network SW Members Survey said

The latest survey sent to Business Network SW members in Bristol and Exeter was based upon the Net Promoter System.  This system was created by Fred Reichheld, a partner at Bain & Company who (there is a whole host of fantastic tools available on the website www.netpromotersystem.com ). Bain are the service mark owners and I gratefully acknowledge that I can use the emoticons here

From the Bain & Co NPS site a bit of background “Companies with the most efficient growth engines—companies such as Amazon, Rackspace, TD Bank, Harley-Davidson, Charles Schwab, Zappos, Costco, Vanguard, and Dell—operate at NPS efficiency ratings of 50 percent to 80 percent. So even they have room for improvement!

The response rate that I have had to date is 38% and the survey in it’s entirety is here – the questions are in bold and the responses are in italics

How likely is it that you would recommend Business Network SW to a friend or colleague?

Net Promoter Score 66%

Net Promoter Score 66%

 So where to from here…. to 2 more questions – the feedback was all helpful whether positive or not so positive!
Question 1 – “What changes would Business Network SW have to make for you to give it a higher rating?”
  • How can be better than a 10?
  • I gave a 10 -oops, now I can’t suggest changes for improvement!
  • None I can think of, sorry.
  • None
  • Make it a bit cheaper (although I’m OK with the price)
  • It would be great if more people attended the seminars
  • Nothing, I like it as it is.
  • None
  • People want to come and try more than once before having to commit to join and not being able to puts people off
  • More members with a higher profile (for us that mean marketing decision makers), less members that sell office supplies and are involved in pyramid type schemes…
  • Encourage more online connection between members.
  • I can’t give it a higher rating. Perhaps I can add a double star or something **
    More new members
  • !
  • All we need is more people who visit deciding to keep on returning. How this can be done,
  • I’m not at all sure, but see a few suggestions below.
  • Survey the members regarding the provision of alcohol at the events – possible cost savings for those not wishing to drink at lunchtime
  • more attendees is always good
  • Not a lot!
  • I cant think of anything at the moment.
  • Enough time to convert relationships into paying business

Question 2 “What changes would Business Network SW have to make for you to give it an even higher rating?”

  • Come to Plymouth
  • Very happy with it indeed
  • How can be better than a 10?
  • to get beyond 10/10 perhaps get some kind of badge for long-term members :-)
  • It would be great to see some larger HNW corporations involved as members, to generate an even greater mix of minds, and shake up the SME’s a little!
  • Perhaps try to encourage more members from “retail” businesses rather than businesses serving other businesses.
  • Maybe hold some yearly event?
  • None
  • None
  • Perhaps monthly is too often to always attend – may be every other month?
  • A chance to change tables half way through and introduce yourself again to meet twice as many people (exeter chamber does this). Also not sure about giving out email addresses, it can lead to forced opt in to newsletters and other spammy updates.
  • membership to cover Bristol as well
  • Bigger business attending.
  • !
  • Do table hosts give a warm enough welcome to newcomers? Do other members spend enough time trying to help newcomers at the pre-lunch networking, rather than having fun with their existing contacts? How about those visiting a second time? Should they have a special colour on their badges? If they have returned, they are seriously thinking of joining but may need special encouragement.   Could we attract newcomers and lock-in seminar-givers by offering newcomers a special package – that if they join they become entitled to a specific set of benefits from any existing members who have given a seminar within the last three years? This would I think be more powerful than the present member offers. For example, one of the benefits could be that” our company” would undertake a free review of their existing marketing arrangements?
  • Sorry don’t understand the difference between this question and previous? We could always do better on follow ups etc.
  • can’t think of anything
  • Enough time to convert relationships into paying business

Question 3 – “What does Business Network SW do really well?”

  • Table hosting
  • warm and friendly
  • Makes the meeting process very enjoayble
  • connects me with lots of opportunities
  • Relaxed formality. Great hosting. Good locations. Reasonable prices.
  • Makes networking an easy enjoyable experience
  • Provides a warm social environment in which to relax and network
  • Creating a relaxed yet enthusiastic atmosphere for networking. Providing an opportunity to meet a wide range of other businesses.
  • Nurturing relationships
  • The meals and conversations at this meal works really well.
  • Gets the balance right in terms of providing a networking forum.
  • It is exceptionally well hosted. The idea of people being seated at tables for their pitch works well.
  • Gives me the opportunity to showcase my business
  • Ensuring you have the time to speak to all attendees on your table and get to know their business.
  • Great organisation, clear instructions, good food, good timekeeping
  • Stages great events.
  • Everything. **
  • The network lunch.
  • !
  • Creates a friendly environment for networking
  • Enthusiastic welcome by Sean Humby Overall format seems very sound to me.
  • Encourage members to attend the events and network effectively
  • Help new businesses develop contacts in the local network
  • Welcoming, supportive, relaxed, personal attention
  • great informal atmosphere, condusive to building relationships for both selling and buying.
  • Bringing business persons together
  • They really have the interest at heart of the local businesses.
  • builds relationship creates a great environment to discussion great networking format interesting seminars
  • Encourage new and existing relationships. Spotlight members with seminars and information slots.

 Respondents 38% ladies and 62% gentlemen

Well, that’s it!

Warts or should I say pimples and all.

What is great is that are plans afoot to improve the experience for all – visitors can experience 2 events (consecutively) before making the decision to join or not; the payment system is being improved with the added bonus of complimentary events – and that’s just for now!

I trust that this has given you an idea of what Business Network SW members feel and again I use the word, trust that this will give you the confidence to come and experience an event!

You can read more about what people are saying about Business Network SW – What others are saying or look on Twitter, look up @seanhumby or search #BNSW

2015 Dates are here

Invitations and more details here

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“Lots” of Christmas presence and presents at Exeter Business Network – update Dec 9th!

All sorts of presents and presence at the last event of 2014! Plus lots coming in for the auction!

December 10th at Exeter Golf and Country Club

  • It’s the Christmas event
  • With crackers, conversation, connections and charitable con
  • Business enhancing Seminar and (knowledge & support) networking 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm tables hosted, seating plan designed, delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for
  • Guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • A justifiable business expense – part of your marketing plan
  • Latest guest list here

You’ll be supporting the Exeter Business Network charities – Families for Children, St Loye’s Foundation, WESC Foundation and Devon Air Ambulance Trust

Auction Update – to bid best you book your place at the event!

Auctioneers are Graham Barton and Scott Gray from Clive Emson Land and property Auctioneers –  who have worked on the TV programme ‘Homes under the hammer’!

From Endorse HR – Aimed at any one employing staff for the first time. A free 1 hour consultation and a full suite of essential employment documents, including contracts, policies and health and safety. ££££££££

From Casino Select – 1 casino table of your choice plus one croupier – value £££££££££££. Between Jan 2015 & Nov 2015

From WESC Foundation certificated, autographed Michael Buble framed photo and CD ££££££££

From Mark Leveridge – I’d like to offer 90 minutes of my strolling magic for any party or dinner (worth £££££££££).

From Julian Summerhayes -  The War of Art (A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul) and The Icarus Deception (Seth Godin’s most inspiring book, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art) Worth £££££££

From Simpkins Edwards - 2 bottles of fine wine (££££££)

From Dom MorrisProspective MP for Exeter  (@DomForExeter) more than happy to donate a day’s ‘labour’ whether it be manual, intellectual, perhaps you need help at an event, a dinner party…….(££££££)

From Richard Hussey – RSH Copywriting – a free website content audit – (£££££££££££)

This would include a discussion with the business to ensure I understand their product/service and target market, and then a review of their website content looking at the following:

  • Structure – is the content structured so that it is relevant to customers and easy to navigate?
  • Messages – are there clearly expressed, persuasive and meaningful marketing messages?
  • Language – could the words be improved to make them clearer and more engaging?
  • Calls to action – are these appropriate and used effectively?
  • SEO – is there an identifiable and rational use of relevant keywords in content and meta titles/descriptions?

The successful bidder will get a written report with suggested improvements that should be straightforward to implement.

01823 674167 @RichardHussey1

From Captain Chris Gillespie, 6 Rifles - An exclusive donation for the auction – 4 bottles of our Rifles Ale in a presentation/carrier box.  Here is a link to a recent article about the Ale in the local paper. http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Exeter-Brewery-target-Rifles-beer/story-24781713-detail/story.html   Captain Gillespie received the Pride of Exeter Armed Forces award and the overall Pride of Exeter award.  http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Pride-Exeter-Awards-8211-winners-8230/story-24442737-detail/story.html

From Chris Wood – Q Social Media – 1 course place on the Exeter social media and digital marketing course 5th Mar (1 day) – normal price £££££££££ + VAT.
This course covers the basics as well as how to use social media effectively for business and how to increase website traffic to customer base for increasing leads and sales. Plus a chance to have your queries answered. It’s a presentation based course where platforms are demoed live online to showcase how they work.

From Sandy Park - 2  x tickets to a Chiefs LV= Cup Pool Match or European Challenge Cup for the 2014/2015 season. £££££££

From St Loye’s Foundation a Day’s Gardening from our horticultural team at West Hill £££££££££

2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at The Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor.

Not available over Xmas. New Year, Valentines or Easter.  Valid until end June 2015

Christopher Catt of The Life Coach Station  will provide an Assessment of Business EQ with a Full Feedback & Development Session. 
Innovative Solutions with Disability for Business People

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

Old Down Manor filled with smiles, conversations and connections

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With a lion at the door

Was there to be a roar?

There certainly was

Conversations, connections and applause

Bristol Business Network’s event this November

Will be one to remember 

With enthusiasm in abundance

And relationships in the ascendance

Super seminar to start

And thespians playing their part

What more can I say 

Please feel free to read on today!

 

Sean Humby’s report from 12/11/14

Wow – an event full of smiles, so much enthusiasm, conversation and laughter at Old Down Manor yesterday.

Beginning with a seminar hosted by Sam Finlay.   A super seminar on the way in which animation can enhance and add to the content marketing strategy for businesses.  With prospective customers looking to be engaged, educated, enticed, rewarded and entertained animation can provide a fantastic vehicle.  Sam demonstrated the plethora of sites available to assist you, even showing a simple way in which we can draw!  If you would like to explore the potential of animation for your business contact Sam – the Chief Scribbler onmailto:sam@airheadanimation.co.uk

Another WOW and another what can I say about the fabulous 10 minutes – Matt Richardson of Recognition Express directed, wrote the script, provided the sound effects  – based on a Carry on, double entendre delivered and innuendo inspired theatrical production ably assisted by the thespians David Minns – Brown in Town and Peter Prater of QTAC Payroll Software & Outsourcing.  Brilliant performances!

At the event

Bristol November 2014actual

Announcements at the event

Inge Dowden – The S Factor

Do you want to grow your business by 32% this year? Then you need to make sure it is equipped for SUCCESS in the 21st century.  Come to The S-Factor and learn from our panel of experts about:

  • Visualised one page business plans
  • How to get funding for your business
  • Employee engagement
  • Mindset for success
  • Running a successful business

Enjoy some wine and nibbles, network with like-minded business owners and come away with essential learning that can help you grow your business.  Super Early Bird SOLD OUT – Early Bird still available 

David Doughty – Excellencia – last NED course of 2014

Ever thought of becoming a Non-Executive Director as part of a Portfolio Career or to develop your boardroom skills prior to taking up an executive director role?

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instills a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees………

David Minns – Brown in Town - Bristol’s local tailor – if you know anyone who is or knows others that are going to brides and grooms then David can ensure that they look be sartorially splendid on their big day

The Jessie May Trust – Caring at Work.  Could your business raise £1,000 to help sponsor a Jessie May Nurse? Jessie May Nurses use their incredible skills to enrich children’s short lives and provide high quality care for the whole family. It’s vitally important that, when a child does eventually die, their family has lots of positive memories to look back on. Caring at Work is a new initiative enabling local business to support local families. In return for your commitment to raise £1,000 to help sponsor a Jessie May Nurse we’ll support your business every step of the way and promote your involvement with us through the local press, radio and TV…

Quick reminders

Preview for the next event on 17/12/14 is here

Seminar before THE lunch will be covering topics….

  • Company directors extracting surplus cash from companies in a tax efficient manner
  • Deferring (and then eliminating) capital gains tax when selling an asset such as a buy to let property or share portfolio
  • How to become a “non-taxpayer” legitimately
  • Looking at possible alternatives to pensions
  • How to keep Inheritance Tax exemption when selling a business and also access and control over the capital
  • For those who have sold a business in the last 3yrs how they can regain their IHT exemption back again immediately and keep access to their capital
  • IHT planning where the investment could become IHT exempt in as little as just two years and clients can maintain access and control of their money
  • Hosted by LP Wealth Management and Dominque Butters of Octopus Investments

Then THE networking lunch with the raffle to support The Jessie May Trust

Feel free to donate prizes/lots – fine wine, champagne, weekend breaks, spa treatments, sports memorabilia, tickets for events, services, products, business books, fine chocolates, experience events……In 2013 the raffle raised over £250!

2015 Dates here – seminar and speaker opportunities!

 

Businesses that could and would benefit from networking

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 – 1299 members!  Feel free to get involved and participate in discussions, comment and post!

 

 Quotes from the event

 

“Without promotion something happens – nothing” P.T Barnum

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely” – Auguste Rodin b 12/11/1840

 

“If everything is under control, you are not going fast enough” – Mario Andretti (thank you Roy Adair)

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Gallery from the event

 

 

 

 

 

 On Twitter and by email

 

“Sean,
 
Today’s event was my favourite BNSW event since Richard signed me up nearly 3 years ago.
 
The atmosphere in the room was exuberant. 
 
Hat’s off and see you next month!
 
Kind regards,
Daniel”

 

“Sean

It was a really good venue, nice lunch and some very constructive / opportune conversations.
Sam

 

 

 

Super 10 minutes from @RecognitionExp with thespian support from @brownintown and @qtacpayroll #BNSW

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The view from @OldDownManor during the #BNSWlunch. Thanks for organising it here @seanhumby. Great food too

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#BNSW Bristol event today @OldDownManor -looking forward to welcoming everyone with a roar!#lion pic.twitter.com/AZoW4ygyRN

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@seanhumby @OldDownManor looking forward to seeing you

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“@wintenders: @seanhumby @OldDownManorLooking forward to Wednesday, Sean!”Me too!#BNSW

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Updated Guest list + Presents for you at Bristol Business Network’s last event of 2014

Bristol Business Network Event – December – full of presents for you and your business!

Presence Number 1

You are invited to book your place at the next Bristol Business Network event on Wednesday 17th December 2013 at The Bristol Hotel

“Presents” Number 2

Presenting  Sean Humby - host of the event

present-redPresent Number 3  – a taster of the Event

  • Christmas working lunch (an allowable business/marketing expense)
  • Business enhancing seminar and (knowledge & support) networking 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm tables hosted, seating plan designed, delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for
  • Guaranteed crumb free keyboard working lunch
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • A justifiable business expense – part of your marketing plan
  • You’ll be supporting The Jessie May Trust
  • Booking your place is easy!

 

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Present Number 4

Seminar before lunch (10am – 11.45am ) being hosted by LP Wealth Management & Octopus Investments.

 

During this seminar some of the strategies we will talk to you about could be beneficial if you have cash sat in your bank account or are keen to reduce your tax bill or you know others that do.

Topics that will be covered in the presentation:
  • Company directors extracting surplus cash from companies in a tax efficient manner
  • Deferring (and then eliminating) capital gains tax when selling an asset such as a buy to let property or share portfolio
  • How to become a “non-taxpayer” legitimately
  • Looking at possible alternatives to pensions
  • How to keep Inheritance Tax exemption when selling a business and also access and control over the capital
  • For those who have sold a business in the last 3yrs how they can regain their IHT exemption back again immediately and keep access to their capital
  •  IHT planning where the investment could become IHT exempt in as little as just two years and clients can maintain access and control of their money

Options like these are all available through government-backed initiatives such as Enterprise Investments Schemes (EIS), Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) and Business Property Relief (BPR). What’s more, the investment products involved are varied enough to suit a wide range of investors, from those seeking long-term growth to others who are more cautious and would rather focus on capital preservation.

Do you want to find out more – come along and hear Dominque Butters from Octopus Investments….and bring your questions.  Octopus Invetsments are AAA rated in the Citywire Service Index , 5* rated by the FT Adviser Online Service Awards 2012 and 5* rated by the FT Adviser Investment Awards (Providers & Packagers) 2012

Whether you are looking for opportunities now or in the future, work with or know people who are looking for opportunities, are an accountant, business coach, lawyer or work with people who are then this will be a very informative seminar – and a great networking opportunity!

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)

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Present Number 5 THE Networking Lunch

  • Networking over drinks, a sit down served 2 course lunch, dietary requirements catered for, a table host to conduct proceedings, conversations leading to connections and collaborations. Event programme with delegate details provided to enable you to connect with others in the room.   You sit on a table with no-one who does what you do (as defined by wat your business does)
    • Pre-lunch drinks and informal networking from 11.45am.
    • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.
  • Lunch finishes at 2pm

 

FAQ’s

What do you gain from attending this event?

At each event you will have the opportunity to meet numerous other senior decision makers from locally based businesses in a relaxed and focused environment. Through networking over coffee before the seminar, knowledge from the seminar and structured networking before and during the lunch. It is a proven way and sustainable way of continuing to develop opportunities.

How long will all this take?

Seminar starts at 10.30am – with coffee and networking from 10am, finishing at 11.45am.  Seminar optional, always rewarding, included in price and a great knowledge networking opportunity
THE networking lunch starts with drinks and informal networking at 11.45am, you sit down for your served 2 course lunch (a guaranteed crumb free keyboard!) and runs until 2pm.  It is the Christmas event so it may finish a little later than 2pm

What people go to the events?

People just like you! People who want their businesses to succeed through knowledge, connections and strong business relationships generating an ROI for their business

 

These organisations and businesses

All things Web
Allied Irish Bank
AMICUS
Clifton College
CSG
Excalibur Communications GB Ltd
Excellencia Ltd
GWS Media Ltd
Hudson Accountants
Inge Dowden Coaching
Jumpstart
Just Huw Johns Ltd
Mindful Resolutions
N3 Display Graphics Ltd
Open Network Associates Ltd
Page Hargrave
QTAC Payroll Software & Outsourcing
Recognition Express
Skill Group Ltd
St John’s Chambers
Steve Tasker Limited
Stuart McGhee
Sue Sadler Sales & Lettings
The Jessie May Trust
Vivariis
Welcome Telecom Ltd
Work Tree Consulting Ltd.
Represented by their owners, directors, partners….

Bryonie Harwood
Chris Gordon
Chris Roys
Daniel Collings
David Doughty
Debbie Boyes
Debbie Rylands
Della Hudson
Derek Jenkins
Donna Hobbs
Duncan Laker
Emily Sjamsul
Fiona Hallworth
Helen Moloney
Huw Johns
Inge Dowden
Julian Cassell
Lindsey Horton
Matt Richardson
Nigel Peeck
Paul Shields
Peter Emerson
Peter Prater
Richard Graves
Ricky Killa
Roy Adair
Sophie Smith
Steve Tasker
Stuart McGhee
Sue Sadler……..

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Present Number 6

What’s my investment

£36.00 (Inc. VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, event correspondence, networking tips and advice, introductions brokered, dietary requirements are catered for.  Parking is available in adjacent NCP at 50% discount.

present-redAs it is the Christmas event there will be auction/raffle supporting the Bristol Business Network charity – The Jessie May Trust.  

Feel free to donate prizes/lots – fine wine, champagne, weekend breaks, spa treatments, sports memorabilia, tickets for events, services, products, business books, fine chocolates, experience events……In 2013 the raffle raised over £300!  Blog post from 2013’s event is here

 

 

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed”- Maya Angelou

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

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.  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?

Acupuncture

Air Conditioning Services

Architects

Aromatherapy

Art Galleries

Barbers

Insurance

Buildings Societies

Security Systems

Car Hire

Cash & Carry Wholesalers

Chauffeur

Coffee Services

Concierge Services

Confectioners

Cookery Schools

Courier Services

CV Consultancy

Data Recovery

Day Nurseries

Debt Collectors

Decluttering Services

Delicatessen

Dental Surgeons

Domestic/Cleaning Services

Eco Renewable

Estate Agents

Property Sales

Event Management

Factoring Brokers

Fire & Flood Restoration

Fire Safety Consultants

First Aid Training

Fleet Management

Florist

Flying Schools

Franchise

Freight Forwarding

Funeral Directors

Garden Services

Grant Funding

Hair and Beauty Salon

Haulage

Health Clubs

Importing / Exporting

Labelling and Packaging

Landscapers /

Language Schools

Letting Agents

Lifestyle Management

Loans

Loss Assessors

Market Research

Marquee & Tent Hire

Members of Parliament

Mini Bus Hire

Mobile Mechanic

Mortgages

Wine Merchants

Office Cleaning

Office Stationery

Opticians

Painters & Decorators

Personal Trainer

Pet Services

Photocopiers

Physiotherapists

Proof Readers

Copy Writers

Safety Products

Salvage and Reclamation

Schools & Colleges

Secretarial Services

Secure Document Services

Solar Energy

Taxis

Telemarketing

Ticket Agencies

Translators

Proofreaders

Travel Agent

Tutoring

Van / Truck Hire

Virtual Office

Waste Disposal /recycling

Wholesale Jewellers

Window Cleaning

 

 

present-redTo 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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Gallery for the event

The Venue

The Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, Bristol, United Kingdom BS1 4QF

Seminar hosts

Dominique Butters – Octopus Investments

 

Andy King – LP Wealth Management

 

Damon Fox – LP Wealth Management

A message from the host – Sean Humby

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Your final present!

Networking in a Nutshell

Networking for work, for employment….. a question I received….

I received the following inquiry (or is it enquiry!) from a event listings website that I use – Find Networking Events

Just looking at the message it says enquiry – is that outgoing and mine is incoming – another blog post methinks!  Enquiry is also being highlighted in my editor as a spelling mistake – the plot thickens! When I look back over what I have typed I see that inquiry has not been underlined – so does that mean that everywhere it says enquiry that the word is wrong – I will stop this now and get back to the original theme!

“Good afternoon

I will soon be coming to the end of my military career, 16 years in the Army and I am keen to settle in the Bristol/Bath area.

I am not out of the Army until next summer, however I have started attending networking events as this appears to be the best way to seek future employment.

Is the event next week more about companies networking with each other or about individuals looking to find new employment?

I am keen to follow a career in either project management or leadership and management as I have experience of both from my time in the Army.

I look forward to hearing from you.”

 

I have had not had this question asked me before but it did throw up a lot of thoughts – with the way in which the Armed Forces are being cut in terms of man power there will be more people like this who have a tremendous amount of skills and expertise, a proven track record, have worked in places and under pressure that make our businesses/lives look like a walk in the park, have worked in teams, understand the importance of systems leading to success, have a great work ethic, present themselves well, have drive, enthusiasm and are keen to get their knowledge and know how used in the civilian world.  They could be great employees and they could also be great consultants, interim managers running their own business.

 

In answer to the question “Is the event next week more about companies networking with each other or about individuals looking to find new employment?”

I can answer that networking has elements of both. When people are in conversation then all sorts of opportunities can open up – a recent Radio 4 series – Networking Nation (by Julia Hobsbawn – the world’s first professor of Networking, having been made Honorary Visiting Professor by London’s Cass Business School) – talked about knowledge networking and support networking both of which I am sure you are familiar with being in the Armed Forces. So companies that are networking with each other could be looking to recruit, they could know people who are looking to recruit. Certainly when they meet with people who impress through the way they communicate their expertise and enthusiasm, are friendly, likeable and memorable then when opportunities do arise they will have that “aha” moment.

Looking at what you are looking to follow as a career (project management or leadership and management) then there could well be businesses who need that type of expertise (whether employed or as a consultant) to help them with the challenges and developments they have.

Great that you are networking now as it is a long term strategy;  developing your network through meeting people face to face, connecting via social media and nurturing those relationships will certainly open up opportunities for you – there is a plethora of networking advice available that can help and when put into practise will ensure that the networking that you do is a win-win.

 

That was my response and I am sure that other people will have other views – please add!

 

Author

 

Sean Humby

 

Director and host – Business Network SW

 

 

Networking in a nutshell – Sean’s take in film!

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