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The good old days – Yellow Pages now and then!


Whilst sat in the lovely surroundings of the Mount Somerset Hotel

earlier this week a wave of nostalgia washed over me!

I had picked up the Yellow Pages as I left the house and it made me think!

Many years ago when I was working in the leisure business in facilities with large indoor areas and large car parks we would always get a booking (lucrative – I can say that now!) from Yellow Pages – they needed space – no guesses why

Yellow Pages when it could be used to change light bulbs!

Space for the articulated lorries to be able to park and unload

Space for the pallets of Yellow Pages to be stored to await collection

Yellow Pages in storage in India

Space to set up numerous tables so that they could then allocate the Yellow Page directories to the appropriate distributor

Space for the distributors to gather, have coffee (more revenue for the facility!), get their instructions before loading their cars and heading off to ensure that the local populace got their copy of the Yellow Pages

And this would be repeated over 3 or 4 days (I did say it was lucrative!) and regular.

What happens now?

A single person with a a bag who goes house to house and can deliver to many houses in one trip at least that’s what happened where I live

And here’s why…


My Yellow Pages at The Mount Somerset Hotel – full frontal!


A profile view – not so good for changing light bulbs – perhaps a draught excluder?

What was an institution, a must have, a must be in for a business has been taken over by technology and online presence.

That’s the nostalgia trip over!

Read all about it – the latest business publication for Devon……..

“Finally our busy, vibrant and successful county has the business publication it has been waiting for.” John Wood, Head of Corporate, Exeter Chiefs

Delivering a total audience of 156 000 print readers and 15 500 online viewers, in 2015 we are proud to bring you the latest innovation from our stable of highly successful magazines – Devon Life Business & Professional

A welcome from Andy Cooper, Business Editor

“Do you do business in Devon or want to?
Then, like me, you probably feel the county’s vibrant and growing economy is missing something – a quality publication which reflects the successful growth we are enjoying.
That’s why I am proud to announce the launch of Devon Life Business and Professional – a new, quarterly magazine for the business community in Devon.
Forget what you’ve seen or read elsewhere from other publishers who have tried and failed to produce publications for the business community – ours will be the real deal.
We understand business in Devon and are proud of our place at the centre of all the positive stories there are to tell about companies’ achievements. After a long period of successfully profiling business in the Business Life section of our best-selling county magazine, Devon Life, we are now taking the next step in our evolution by launching a quarterly magazine – Devon Life Business and Professional.”

Devon Life Business & Professional is the premium print, online and social media business supplement brought to you by Devon Life, the county’s biggest and best-selling lifestyle magazine in partnership with

Regular Editorial Features

  • The Big CEO Interview: We interview the senior bosses from the biggest companies across our region
  • Business Good News Stories: Do you have success or business growth to tell us about?
  • LEP & Business Enterprises: We talk to the region’s LEPs, FSB, IOD and business organizations who drive the
  • region’s economy
  • Manufacturing and Export news: Highlighting the backbone of our local economy
  • Power Moves: We promote the influential appointments happening in Devon
  • Charity Links: Looking at businesses across the region and their CSR activities and the charities they support
  • Ones to Watch: Are you a new, up and coming business to watch in the future?
  • Legal and Financial news: Highlights on the successful professional firms serving our local business community
  •  Recruitment, Education and Training: Highlighted the issues and successes from our recruitment, training and education businesses
  • Business Socials: Featuring high profile business events
  • Commercial Property & Construction Section: What’s hot in the commercial property industry across Devon
  • Devon Life Sponsored events: We work with key business across the region on specialist business events
  • Special industry features in every issue: Topical editorial features on business sectors and industries
  • PLUS: Monthly Digital Business e-newsletter sent to over 15,500 business recipients

Delivering a total audience of 156 000 print readers and 15 500 online viewers, in 2015 we are proud to bring you the latest innovation from our stable of highly successful magazines – Devon Life Business & Professional

If you would like to find out more contact



Llewellyn Nicholls    07740 030531      01392 888415      @DevonLifeBiz

Andy Cooper     01392 888422          @DevonLifeBiz



Deadlines 2015

Spring Edition

2nd March – Final print deadline

On sale 12th March

Summer edition

22 May – Final Print deadline

On sale 4th June


14th September – Final Print deadline

On sale 24th September


7th December – Final Print deadline

On sale 17th December




Lucky 7 – Race Sponsors needed to support the Jessie May Trust – it could be you!

Jessie May

Jessie May


Monday 4th May – Bank Holiday Raceday

Racecourses are blessed with a captive audience for over 5 hours of excitement, socialising and a pinch of business. Bath Racecourse in particular is fortunate enough to be large enough to attract crowds of up to 7,000 but small enough to offer a VIP experience to our clients.

The Bank Holiday Family Fun Day attracts between 2,000 and 3,000 visitors, and through Mosaic profiling we know that it is a mainly family crowd between the ages of 31 and 45.

Jessie May has created an event in May which sits alongside the launch of the introduction of nurses in Bath offering the full service, not just respite care.

It is an opportunity to invite both families and key existing and prospective corporate accounts to a Jessie May Raceday,  highlighting to the general public what Jessie May is about and offering a  unique family day with the chance to enhance corporate relationships.

This will be a family fun day with various family friendly activities on the day including face painting, bouncy castles, and a possible guest appearance by Peppa Pig!   However for those who fancy a flutter a Tipster and Trainer will also give a VIP experience with behind the scenes tours and tipping advice.

RACE SPONSORSHIP is available for your business/organisation

Jessie May Trust  are looking for sponsorship for 7 races on the day.

Each individual sponsor receives the following:

  • The naming rights of one race – e.g. The ABC Company Handicap Stakes
  • Full page colour advert in the official race card
  • Acknowledgement in the Bath Racecourse Racecard welcome section
  • 20 complimentary admission tickets per sponsor
  • CCTV and giant screen advert played on rotation between races
  • One space to display temporary banner on the raceday, additional branding opportunities available (please note that this will exclude production)
  • Opportunity to choose the ‘Best Turned Out’ horse and award prize (supplied by the sponsor) in each race with VIP trips into the Parade Ring
  • Opportunity to make the presentation of the winning memento to the winning owners after the race and join the winning owners and trainers for a glass of champagne in our exclusive winners room
  • Opportunity for sponsors interview following the race over the racecourse PA system
  • Constant announcements throughout the raceday regarding their sponsorship
  • Trade stand on the day in a prime location to promote the company, data collection or literature distribution
  • Live coverage of their sponsored race on Sky channel AtTheRaces and SIS TV to millions of viewers both on and off course
  • Complimentary photograph to commemorate the occasion

  Only £1000 plus VAT 

Or if a couple of companies want to join forces and sponsor a race between them – that’s great!


All the external marketing is yet to be confirmed; however I have included examples of previous advertising that Bath Racecourse has invested in.

  • Bath Magazine
  • The Post Bristol Magazine
  • Bristol Magazine
  • Avon Primary Times
  • Wiltshire Primary Times
  • Bradley Stoke Matters Magazine
  • Mendip Time
  • Bath Chronicle
  • Winterbourne Matters Magazine
  • Mendip Times
  • Emersons Green Matters Magazine
  • Breeze radio airtime & ticket giveaway
  • Breeze radio production
  • Train station poster sites
  • Countryside A5 flyers
  • Netmums
  • Roadside banner Bristol Magazine
  • In Bath Magazine
  • Bristol Airport
  • Total Swindon/Total Bath
  • Whats on website listings:  best of, guide2bath, listomaniabath,,


Delivering a quantifiable audience of racing fans and the best of life and business in Bath.

Attracting over 100,000 visitors each year, Bath Racecourse is quintessentially English with a vibrant and interesting history. It is the highest flat track in Britain and as a result of this was used as a landing site for the RAF.

Since it was first used as a thoroughbred racetrack in 1811, Bath Racecourse has hosted many horses which have gone onto win prestigious races around the world. Having launched his 3 year old career at Bath, Lethal Force succeeded at Royal Ascot at the Breeders’ Cup in 2013 and subsequently went on to win the Cartier Sprinter of the Year.

If you want to be one of the Lucky 7 contact Lindsey Horton

Lindsey Horton

Corporate Partnerships Officer

Jessie May

35 Old School House

The Kingswood Estate

Britannia Road



BS15 8DB

Fundraising: 0117 9582174

Positively, passionate, people focused, possibility minded and publicity powered – January’s Bristol Business Network event!

“Friends, Romans, Bristolians and countrymen lend me your ears” – Mark Anthony b 14/1/83 BC

“There are 364 days where you might get un-birthday presents and one for birthday presents” Lewis Carroll d 14/1/1898


Thank you to all those for attending, participating and contributing to the Bristol Business Network event on January 14th 2015 and bringing conversation, energy and enthusiasm! A great way to start 2015!

Lots of “un-birthday” presents were handed out  – connections, knowledge, opportunities, expertise, a supplier to name a few!

Thank you to Shane Dean – Purple Sheep Media – for a fabulously positive, possibility minded, people focused, passionate and publicity powered seminar -chock full of great ideas to generate stories that have the potential (another ‘P’!) to reach millions.   Beginning with the FISH philosophy – 4 principles that show beautifully how to have a great life (business and personal!) Shane covered so much in such a short time that there is far too much to mention – what I will do is share my highlights……


Reverend Andrew Alden, St Paul’s Church, Weston -super-Mare – Click here for video

If you would like to see what Shane could do for your business then you can contact him here

And another “Thank you”  to Huw Johns for an entertaining, informative and memorable 10 mins – about “Memorable Marketing”-


sharing some of those adverts and exploits that stand out and have done for years –  who’d have thought that the Hamlet ad was over 30 years old and this one…..




Find out more by contacting Huw here

Among those at the event were


Feedback from the event……..

Just wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for the invite to the event yesterday. As a company we found the event very helpful and friendly.
It’s a credit to the organisation from yourself that we managed to have such a successful day and gained some great contacts and new friends in business. Certainly a lot of un birthday presents for us.
The food was a credit as was the hospitality and speeches we received in the seminar and during the meal.
Again thank you and will expect to see us again at future events.

Hi Sean

You have the best networking events I have ever been too!

Gallery from the event

11th February – Bristol Business Network event – Mandela released and it’s also European 112 Day!


Facts for the day – Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years and events take place to promote the existence and the appropriate use of the EU emergency number* – 999 and 112 both function in the UK!

If I’ve grabbed your attention – fantastic!  You’ll benefit from details of the opportunity and some complimentary networking advice!  If you haven’t got this far then you’ve missed out!

Bristol Business Network events guarantee a number of yes’s…..

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

The date is 11th February 2015 and the venue is The Bristol Hotel

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. It is a proven way and sustainable way of continuing to develop your business.- 21 years of events is proof of this!

 The format has been designed so that you gain the maximum benefit

  • 10.00am – 11.45am Business Seminar  - coffee served from 10am – informal networking opportunity and seminar starts at 10.30am
  • Then THE Networking Lunch 
  • 11.45am. Arrival for drinks before lunch and Informal networking
  • 12.30pm. Sit down for 2 course served lunch and formal networking at your table – 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 get at least 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others. 
  • 1.30pm – table to table networking – with your delegate list you will be able to locate and introduce yourself to others.  As a member at subsequent events you will be sat with different people
  • 1.40pm – 10 minute Speaker
  • 2pm The event finishes.

The seminar before THE networking lunch – great for 2015 and beyond!

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.

From Lifehack “People do business with people they know, like and trust. Companies don’t make decisions, people do. Your professional network can open doors for you that otherwise could not be opened. For better or for worse, it’s not just what you know or are capable of doing, it’s who you know, that’s important for career advancement and business development. You can also learn a tremendous amount from people in your network who have experience and expertise”

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 to get more from any networking that you do!

Followed by

THE Networking Lunch

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

You sit down for 2 course served lunch (bread rolls, main course and dessert with coffee), no buffet here – conversation not queuing is key! You will sit on a table with 7 or 8 other decision makers – none of whom do what you do – a table host will ensure that each person gets at least 3 minutes to introduce themselves and their business and the benefits that it brings to others.   A great catalyst for questions that lead to the all important conversations that generate the connections and collaborations – sharing knowledge, advice, tips, expertise in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

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

The guest speaker will enlighten, entertain and educate for 10 minutes and the event finishes at 2pm – all you need to do is follow up….some complimentary networking advice – regardless of what networking you do – the key part after meeting someone….what will you do

  • A one to one?
  • A follow up telephone call?
  • Passing on a lead?
  • Acting as a connector?
  • Connect on LinkedIn?
  • Share some information?
  • Refer some business to one of your customers/contacts?
  • Ask for help?
  • Assistance for future developments?
  • Get connected on Twitter, Google+?
  • Could I host a seminar?
  • What about a 10 minute speaker slot?
  • Meet for a coffee……………………

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.

To book your place

Call 01981 540708



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


Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

The venue

Getting to the venue

Seminar host

Sean Humby – Director – Business Network SW

More resources for you!

2015 Dates here

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

*Since 2009 and a tripartite convention signed by the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, 11 February (11/2) is the European 112 Day.

Balloons, blindfolds, conversations, connections and top advice – Super start to 2015 at Exeter Business Network’s January event

Sean Humby reporting from the Exeter Business Network event held at Sandy Park on 7th January.

Our first visit there since the multi-million £ refurbishment and extension and what a great job they have done – conference and meeting facilities second to none – food and service great as well!  With spaces that can seat over 600 for a dinner to meeting rooms for a bakers dozen – many with the added bonus of being able to watch a Premiership team train!

The event began with a fabulous dynamic Café Style Sales Development Boot Camp led by Scott Hunter where those that attended participated in a number of fun, different and engaging games that all led to a greater awareness of sales language and skills that support sales in the new economy – where the customer/consumer is know better informed, has access to a global market, can review a business at the drop of a hat (good or bad) and has a choice wider than ever.

Flip a but, balloon volleyball and sizzle a sausage were 3 of the games – don’t be put off by the names it’s the content and how and what was learned that is the key – each of the activities showing how to work through a customers needs/want by using their own language, finding out what people’s why is, the WIIFM all based on the latest expertise…..the gallery below has photo’s from the session – look out for the balloon and blindfolds!

A couple of key learning points that came as a result of the discussions after the fun! “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” – Simon Sinek

Daniel Pink – “who’s last “real job” was as Al Gore’s speechwriter, Dan Pink went freelance to spark a right-brain revolution in the career marketplace” – what motivates us, what is our purpose… Simply described by Scott during the seminar with the following anecdote “During a visit to the NASA space center in 1962, President Kennedy noticed a janitor carrying a broom.  He interrupted his tour, walked over to the man and said, “Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?” “Well, Mr President” the janitor responded, “I’m helping put a man on the moon.”

Following the seminar THE Networking lunch with the opening quote from Maya Angelou – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

Which is what networking and building great relationships is all about!

As well as a plethora of conversations over the 2 course lunch there were connections being made – new ones being started, existing being reinvigorated and a buzz of enthusiasm for the year ahead


The lunch speaker – Nigel Wilkinson from WNW Digital looked ahead to 2015 with a super 10 minutes on Digital Marketing – the 12 days of!

WNW Slide2



Announcements made at the event

Devon Business Expo – Thursday 30th April 2015

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

To exhibit 

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

The quest 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!”

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

And the closing quote – very relevant at the start of a year…….

“All great achievements require time.  If you’re going to think, hink big, it takes no more calories” – Maya Angelou

That’s the end of my report from the event – just the gallery below and what was said on Twitter!

Have a fantastic day and I look forward to seeing you and your guests on February 4th 2015!

sean signature picture


Sean Humby – Director and Host

Business Network (SW) Ltd

Gallery from event

From Twitter

seanhumby 1:33pm via Twitter for BlackBerry

“@devonbizexpo: Great to have @seanhumby on board spreading the word about the @devonbizexpoon 30/4/15 #dbexpo #BNSW

devonbizexpo1:29pm via Hootsuite

Great to have @seanhumby on board spreading the word about the @devonbizexpo on 30/4/ #dbexpo

nigelwnwJan 07, 3:50pm via Echofon

Thanks to @seanhumby for another great #BNSWlunch & for giving me the chance to ramble on about the benefits of digital marketing


BoyceHattonJan 07, 3:28pm via Twitter for iPhone

Thanks @seanhumby for another awesome networking event. #bnsw


multi_story Jan 07, 2:40pm via Twitter for iPhone

Great network @seanhumby #BNSW great range of businesses & @ExeterChiefs rugby tactics thrown in. @SandyParkExeter


BridwellDevonJan 07, 11:39am via Twitter for iPhone

A marvellous #meeting of minds for us today! The#businessnetwork #southwest lunch @SandyParkExeter @seanhumby & a brainstorm @ChalkWardPR


HRDeptExeterJan 07, 11:30am via Hootsuite

#BNSW lunch at Sandy Park this afternoon with @seanhumby pre lunch seminar @cafestyleuk & @wnwdigital busy but very ‘filling’ lunch today


AccordAdValueJan 07, 9:30am via Sprout Social

Account Manager @JMSNDevon is attending the#Exeter Business Network Event today, say hello if you see her! @wnwdigital @seanhumby


AccordAdValueJan 05, 2:30pm via Sprout Social

We are very much looking forward to attending the Exeter Business Network Event on Weds @seanhumby @SandyParkExeter @wnwdigital@JMSNDevon


Updated – Exeter Business Network February event – read on? Brief or long versions available!


In brief

  • Wednesday 4th February 2015 at Exeter Golf & Country Club
  • Super seminar before lunch – Top Tips for marketing online – 10am – 11.45am
  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • Structured networking lunch 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Lunch speaker- WESC Foundation
  • 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 – and only £36.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.

The Long Version with links, photo’s and more details!

It’s on 4th February, a Wednesday and it’s at Exeter Golf & Country Club with a super business seminar before THE networking lunch being hosted by Chris Wood – Q Social Media – titled Top Tips & Techniques for Marketing Online

With Digital Marketing budgets recently reported to increase by 17%  this year according to Gartner – (the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company)

“It becomes increasingly more important to maximise this spend and ensuring you stand-out from the online noise. 

We’ll cover top tips and techniques on how to best use digital marketing tools (google ads, seo, social media, email marketing etc) to increase website traffic and in turn internet inquiries and online sales.”

Chris is an expert on getting the most from your digital marketing

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

THE networking lunch 

  • Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm
  • 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
  • LUNCH SPEAKER – WESC Foundation – a representative from there!
  • 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

Drinks and informal, free range networking from 11.45am. Sit down at 12.30pm prompt 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!
Event finishes at 2pm

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.

To book your place

Call 01981 540708



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


Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery and additional details

The venue

Exeter Golf & Country Club

Exeter Golf & Country Club

Seminar Host – Chris Wood

Some excerpts from Chris Wood’s Blog – The Eureka bulletin….

  1. Digital Marketing Considerations – Why?
  2. Know How Google Works
  3. 8 Ways To Increase Website Traffic
  4. More on Google Marketing Apps
  5. More on Search Engine Optimisation
  6. More on Social Media
  7. 5 Ways To Get More Out of Social Media
  8. Top Tips On Using Twitter for Business
  9. Top Tips On Using LinkedIn for Business
  10. Top Tips On Using Facebook for Business
  11. Tracking Impact

Lunch Speaker from WESC Foundation

WESC Foundation aim, vision and mission

Aim: The education and care of young people with visual impairment and/or complex needs and their transition into school, college and beyond.
Vision: To provide a specialist centre for education, training and expertise, to create a better life for people with visual impairment.
Mission: To share knowledge, expertise and technologies through effective partnerships to transform the lives of those affected by visual impairment.

Event Host – Sean Humby

More resources for you!

2015 Dates here

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

Douglas Adam’s starts the year – a super quote!

Here’s to a super and successful 2015!

And what better way to start than with a quote! (That’s only my opinion!)

From Douglas Adams and his book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why, and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question ‘How can we eat?’ the second by the question ‘Why do we eat?’ and the third by the question ‘Where shall we have lunch?”


Well I would like to offer you some options for lunch that will most definitely answer the questions “How”, “Why” and “Where” that we so often ask about being successful in business!

All the 2015 Dates are here

And here’s some other resources that will make your networking more successful

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

Conversation starters – courtesy of Bob Burg

Dates for 2015 in Bristol & Exeter

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

Feel free to add these dates to your calendars, devices, software, hardware.  That way when the invites are emailed/or tweeted/shared on LinkedIn/posted on Face Book/Blogged they will not be a surprise!

With the date in your schedule you know that you can book your place for

  • Guaranteed conversations and connections
  • Guaranteed that you will leave better informed an connected than when you arrive
  • Guaranteed informative seminars and speakers at each event
  • Guaranteed crumb free keyboard/smear free tablet working lunch
“A diary means yes indeed” – Gertrude Stein
“Keep a diary, and someday it’ll keep you” Mae West



The Venues

Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

The Bristol Hotel


Old Down Manor

The Dates for Bristol



  • January  – Wednesday 14th – Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
  • February  Wednesday 11th – The Bristol Hotel
  • March   Wednesday 11th – Old Down Manor
  • April   Wednesday 22th – The Bristol Hotel
  • May   Wednesday 20th – Old Down Manor
  • June   Wednesday 17th – Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
  • July   Wednesday 15th – Old Down Manor
  • August   Wednesday 12th – Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
  • September   Wednesday 16th – The Bristol Hotel
  • October    Wednesday 14th – Old Down Manor
  • November    Wednesday 11th – Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa
  • December   Wednesday 16th – The Bristol Hotel




The Venues

Sandy Park – host venue for 2015 Rugby World Cup, home to Premiership team Exeter Chiefs and a fabulous venue!

Exeter Golf & Country Club

Bridwell Park

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Lord Hadon Country Hotel

Bovey Castle

The dates for Exeter



  • January  – Wednesday 7th – Sandy Park
  • February  Wednesday 4th – Exeter Golf & CC
  • March   Wednesday 4th – Bridwell Park
  • April   Wednesday 15th – Sandy Park
  • May   Wednesday 13th – Exeter Racecourse
  • June   Wednesday 10th – Exeter Golf & CC
  • July   Wednesday 8th – Lord Haldon Country Hotel
  • August   Wednesday 5th – Bovey Castle
  • September   Wednesday 9th – Sandy Park
  • October    Wednesday 7th – Exeter Golf & CC
  • November    Wednesday 4th – Exeter Racecourse
  • December   Wednesday 9th – Sandy Park


Your Investment for the events – for seminar, coffee & networking, pre-lunch drinks and networking – including wine, 2 course served structured networking lunch with coffee, numerous decision makers, event programme with delegate list, follow up correspondence – £30.00 Inc VAT for members.  £36 inc VAT for Visitors*.  Dietary requirements catered for.

Car parking charges apply at the following venues – The Bristol Hotel, Bristol (50% discount at adjacent NCP for BNSW event attendees), Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa, Bristol (free car parking on first come first served basis in hotel car park - alternatives here)  and Sandy Park, Exeter (4 hours £2, £1 for up to 1 hour)


Not receiving invitations for the events then you can easily rectify that here

Call 01981 540708




Add your details here


Is networking with Business Network SW for you?

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!

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



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