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

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

To quote Arianna Huffington

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

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

The essential details first!

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

The BIGGER PICTURE

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Old Down Manor

Old Down Manor Location

Old Down Manor Location – minutes from Bristol!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

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

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

A quick Google search led me to…..

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

Seminar before THE networking lunch

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

Hosted by Richard Hussey from RSH Copywriting

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

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

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

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

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

Then it’s THE networking lunch

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

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

Your Investment - for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, delegate list, follow up correspondence – £36.00 Inc VAT. Dietary requirements catered for.

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

Businesses that can benefit from networking

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seminar not to be missed!

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

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

Those booked to date (8/6/15)

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

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

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

Lunch finishes at 2pm

Your Investment - for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, delegate list, follow up correspondence – £36.00 Inc VAT. Dietary requirements catered for.

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

Event host

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Seminar Host

Inge Dowden meeting Deborah Meadon at a recent event in Bristol

Speaker at the event

Roy Adair

Charles Eames

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event in brief

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

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

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

The Internet of Things

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

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

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

The Internet of Things consists of three main components:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Event album

The Venue

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Click image for location!

Event Host

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Seminar hosts – Cobalt communications

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

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

Lunch Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In brief…

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

More details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

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

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

13th May at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

or come and visit……

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Gallery for the event

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Chris Wood – Q Social Media – lunch speaker

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre – from the course!

Directions to the venue

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

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

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

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

Exeter Business Network event July 8th

Bristol Business Network event July 15th

All 2015 dates here

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Bristol Business Network June in quotes and pictures!

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

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

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

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

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

Roy Adair

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

Concluding quotes – from The Week

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

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

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

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

Gallery from the event

Exeter Business Network June event – picture report!

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

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

Click the pictures for more!

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

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

More details…….

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

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

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

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

Announcements……..

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

Click image to set up your free online subscription!

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

Property Investment opportunity…….

Look for Joe Bloggs***

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

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

Business Network SW is on LinkedIn – could you follow?

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

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

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

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

What people are saying about BNSW – 2015

Following the Exeter Business Network event in May 2015 held at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre attended by over 50 people a “snapshot” survey was carried out – thank you to all those that completed them!

Before I share the results here is a paragraph from a survey that was carried out to see how consumers viewed survey statistics – I am sure that there is a name for this!

Carried out in 2014 “An Ipsos Mori survey of more than 2,000 consumers, commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust, revealed that 57 per cent of consumers liked to see statistics in advertising to substantiate claims, with 41 per cent claiming that third party support and verification from a trusted organisations impacted on their desire to believe advertising.”  Full Article here in The Drum @The Drum

The article went on to say  “Our survey showed that statistics or evidence was by far and away the best way to increase public trust in any advertising claims. Having supporting statistics and evidence in advertising is just one of the ways to ensure consumers are getting accurate claims about any products or services.”

So I trust that the following will help you!

21 responses – a 42% return rate!

The questions asked – based a little on the NPS system

What do you like best about Business Network SW

Net Promoter Score 66%

  • Meeting new and old businesses
  • Making friends and new contacts
  • Professionalism of the network
  • Quality of attendees
  • Information provided before during and after the events
  • I love the format – perfect for introductions and getting to know people
  • Networking
  • Meeting businesses who have an interest in making links, connecting people and building the community – business and wider
  • Charity Links – Business Network SW Charities
  • A really nice mix of people and really friendly chat – not all self promotion
  • Everything – I wouldn’t still be coming after all these years otherwise!
  • Good collection of organisations represented and great atmosphere created. really enjoyed it.
  • Opportunity for seminar, quotes, variety, the way networking is done at the table
  • The people
  • Well organised
  • The people, the atmosphere
  • Not too formal
  • Diversity of members, guests, venues
  • Targeted regular networking
  • Relaxed, the venue – Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre
  • Nice, relaxed, well led, excellent venue
  • The format
  • Socialising, meeting new contacts and friends
  • Informal but productive
  • Very friendly

What could Business Network SW do better

Passives 7 - 18%

  • A 3 minute slot to everyone for one member
  • Increase membership – decrease cost
  • Not sure at the moment
  • Ad hoc membership (possibly at a higher rate)
  • Expand numbers and diversity
  • Interesting business relevant content
  • Nothing
  • Have annual dinner dance (with fun casino and photobooth!)
  • Keep on doing the same please
  • Nothing! You do brilliantly – maybe set up a Facebook page)
  • More business speakers
  • All good
  • Hard to imagine
  • Nothing that comes to mind
  • Not much – it’s really good

So having read this I trust that you as a potential consumer has got some accurate feedback on Business Network SW!  We will certainly be looking to become better and the suggestions that have been made are great!

They say that the proof is in the pudding and you not only get the pudding at an event you get…..

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

All for just £36.00 inc VAT covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

The next events are here – for 2015

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

100 reasons to attend a BNSW event

100reasons to attend a BNSW event 2015

100reasons to attend a BNSW event 2015

Every event has

  • Super business enhancing seminar before lunch – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Sit down for 2 course, served lunch with coffee at 12.30pm.  Structured networking around your hosted table with other decision makers.  Lunch finishes 2pm
  • Lunch speaker – insightful, enlightening and entertaining
  • Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations
  • Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!
  • Cost of event for members is £30.00 (Inc. VAT) (visitors £36.00 inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks – wine available, event programme, delegate list, dietary requirements are catered for.

Exeter event – 10th June at Exeter Golf and Country Club – super seminar hosted by Cobalt Communications on “The Internet of Things”

Bristol event – 17th June at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa – super seminar hosted by Inge Dowden on ” Creating the perfect customer life cycle”

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

with “book my place (add Exeter and/or Bristol)” and I will arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements and your invoice

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Business Network SW and The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

Delighted to have signed The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant and here’s why and how it is something that you could do as well!

Firstly a bit of background….

How did I find out about this – well the short answer (and perhaps the one you’d expect!) is from networking!  A number of months ago at an Exeter Business Network event I met Captain Chris Gillespie 6th Rifles Regimental Operational Support Officer and also Jon Beake from Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association.  They liked the event and could see the benefits from attending in terms of promoting the work that they do in the community, the way in which businesses can help support the work that they do, offer insight, connections and opportunities for the serving military personnel that are looking to leave

What is a corporate covenant?

A corporate covenant is a written and publicised voluntary pledge from businesses and charitable organisations who wish to demonstrate their concrete support for the armed forces community.

Hundreds of organisations have signed the corporate covenant, find out who has signed and what they’re pledging here.

How does the corporate covenant fit into the ‘covenant family’?

The corporate covenant has been designed to complement the armed forces covenant and sit alongside the community covenant. The armed forces covenant sets out the moral obligation of society towards members of the armed forces community and the community covenant provides a mechanism for local authorities and communities to express support for members of the armed forces community. The corporate covenant is designed to allow businesses and charitable organisations to express their support, and commit to ways in which they can provide that support.

The Employer Recognition Scheme rewards employers for their varying levels of support for the armed forces in relation to the corporate covenant, with Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards. Find out more here.

What does a corporate covenant include?

All corporate covenants include a core statement of commitment that those adopting the scheme sign up to. This covers the 2 key principles of the armed forces covenant, which are:

  • no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved

Each organisation will also be encouraged to offer support in a way most appropriate to their situation and capacity, with the pledge document including a ‘menu’ of options for them to sign up to. This menu covers employment support for veterans, reservists, service spouses and partners, as well as support for cadet units, Armed Forces Day, and discounts for the armed forces community. There is also an opportunity for companies and charitable organisations to add their own commitments based on local circumstances.

And that’s it in a nutshell!

At the Exeter Business Network event on June 10th you can find out more from Jon Beake – Regional SaBRE Director with Wessex Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association – along with a great seminar and numerous networking opportunities!

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

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

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Delighted to also announce that Business Network SW has been awarded Bronze Award – one of numerous businesses who has pledged it’s support to defence and to take a positive stance towards existing and prospective employees who are part of the Armed Services community.

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The full list of supportive employers is here

Find out more here

Good listeners popular at Bristol Business Network’s May event……

“A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something” – Wilson Misner*

Certainly true for all those that attended the event on 20th May at Old Down Manor.

The event began with a superb seminar hosted by David Doughty of Excellencia – titled “Social Media for Beginners” – David clearly demonstrated with numerous examples how he successfully markets his business, engages his followers, shares insights, creates content using Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – brought to life with David sharing real data on how he has done this and how it can be replicated in your business.   From getting 1,00 followers on Twitter in 3 weeks, to getting your LinkedIn profile to work effectively for you and even how Facebook is generating opportunities – a 75 minutes bursting with great advice and tips!

Connect with David on or to continue the discussion

The networking lunch that followed brought conversation, energy and enthusiasm together with a fantastic 2 course lunch – compliments to the Chef!

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As each person delivered their 3 minute presentation to the others on their hosted table connections, knowledge, opportunities, expertise, perhaps a supplier and  one to ones were being discussed.  The additional question asked was – “Who would be the one person (alive or dead) you would invite to dinner and why?”, giving an insight into the people there as people and not solely “business people”!

The table I was sat on had a real mix of people -some I’d heard of and some I’d not – some I could find on Google and others I couldn’t – hence the empty chairs! When they are all sat together what a discussion there would be!  Among those at the table

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Those attending were then enlightened, educated and entertained by Peter Prater – QTAC Payroll Software and Outsourcing– into the vital importance of payroll and ensuring that with RTI, AE, SSP, SMP, AML, AEO, AVC, PAYE, SAYE all factors (and that’s just the one’s Peter mentioned!) you pay the right people at the right time the right amount each and every time.

The next event is 17th June at Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa – download and share the details here – Fabulous seminar, super location plus great conversations and connections to be made!

Copy of Event Programme – large print – full of offers, opportunities, dates, networking tips and more – available when you attend an event!

Concluding quotes

“Never invest in any idea you can’t illustrate with a crayon” – Peter Lynch – Wall St investor

“Runners run because they love running. Joggers jog because they love cake and, to a lesser extent, fitting into their trousers” Stuart Heritage from this article!

“Don’t stop, never give up, hold your head up high and reach for the top” S Club 7 (thank you Megan 21 on Tuesday 19/5!)

And penultimately what was said on Twitter – gallery follows!

daviddoughtyMay 20, 10:54pm via Twitter Web Client

@wintenders @seanhumby @MPBorman @deloittecfoThanks Ian – I’m glad I was able to enlighten you

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seanhumby  RT @MPBorman: @daviddoughty 4 orientations for engaging in strategy process http://t.co/6TFkpJ9uC0 @deloittecfohttp://t.co/O6Y4tFlW6R4:05pm, May 20 from Hootsuite

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wintenders  @seanhumby @MPBorman @daviddoughty@deloittecfo Many thanks David for an enlightening overview of social media. I now understand Twitter!10:34pm, May 20 from Twitter for Android

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daviddoughty  @wintenders @seanhumby @MPBorman@deloittecfo Thanks Ian – I’m glad I was able to enlighten you10:54pm, May 20 from Twitter Web Client

wintendersMay 20, 10:34pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby @MPBorman @daviddoughty @deloittecfoMany thanks David for an enlightening overview of social media. I now understand Twitter!

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seanhumby  RT @MPBorman: @daviddoughty 4 orientations for engaging in strategy process http://t.co/6TFkpJ9uC0 @deloittecfohttp://t.co/O6Y4tFlW6R4:05pm, May 20 from Hootsuite

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wintenders  @seanhumby @MPBorman @daviddoughty@deloittecfo Many thanks David for an enlightening overview of social media. I now understand Twitter!10:34pm, May 20 from Twitter for Android

wintendersMay 20, 10:33pm via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby @MyCommunitySW Another great event today thanks Sean, good to meet Bristol colleagues, super venue.

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seanhumby  Excellent seminar on social media from @daviddoughty@OldDownManor before the #BNSW networking lunchhttp://t.co/adCeGL0a9911:18am, May 20 from Twitter for BlackBerry

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OldDownManor  @seanhumby Great to meet you today!8:03pm, May 20 from Twitter for iPhone

seanhumbyMay 19, 2:50pm via Hootsuite

RT @huwjohns: Looking fw to the seminar tomorrow on#socialmedia by @daviddoughty at #business network south west with @seanhumby et al

huwjohnsMay 19, 8:15am via Twitter Web Client

Looking fw to the seminar tomorrow on #socialmedia by @daviddoughty at #business network south west with @seanhumby et al

Gallery for the event

*American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur. His best-known plays are The Deep Purple, produced in 1910, and The Greyhound, produced in 1912. Born 19/5/1876

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