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Your Personal Invitation To A Different Kind of Networking – For Senior Contacts

Bristol Business Network – With Free Business Seminar.

“I’ve been introduced to great bunch of like minded businesses within a friendly & supportive network, I’ve re evaluated my marketing efforts following some interesting & thought provoking seminars, I’ve found new contacts that I can refer my own contacts to and most of all I’ve completed 5 design projects, 3 directly with members and 2 following referrals from members, that have more than paid for my membership.” JF Multi-Story-Thinking

A carefully selected group of senior decision makers is being invited along on Wednesday 18th May at Old Down Manor – and you are reading this because you be one of them!

 

Business Network SW has been operating successfully for over 23 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

Your free Business Seminar

Before lunch being hosted by Ken Abbott – Into the Image

What Makes a Photograph work (and what doesn’t!) – Understanding Photography for Business and pleasure

Images can help you evolve your brand and tell a visual story of who you are. Creating content – pictures that can be picked up and read, seen on the street, in-store or online will help attract customers, populate your e-mails, website and marketing collateral, add to your social media presence and encourage sharing and share complex ideas easily.

Ken will demystify the who, what, why, when, where and how of

• The frame, the scene
• Aspect ratio; avoiding the middle
• Leading lines and diagonals
• Movement and backgrounds
• Breaking the rules

starts at 10.30am with coffee and networking from 10am

Followed by THE networking lunch!

Networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm; sitting for your structured, served, 2 course networking lunch at 12.30pm; tables hosted, seating plan designed, event programme full of great opportunities and offers, delegate list provided, dietary requirements catered for.

Lunch speaker – Claire Robinson – Extra Help Ltd

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Event finishes at 2pm.

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

Booking your place on this event will demonstrate how we are different, and how we can significantly help you to promote your company and establish a valuable group of knowledgeable senior contacts.

Have a great day

Best regards

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Sean Humby – Director

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Networking not working? Try networking with a difference

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

Bristol Business Network April 2016 Event – A different type of networking

 

Business Network SW has been operating successfully for over 23 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

April’s event is on Wednesday 20th at The Bristol Hotel

 

 Or book your  place by Calling 01981 540708 or by 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

FREE Business Seminar before lunch hosted by Matt Richardson – Recognition Express

An interactive session where we look into networking.

  • How it works
  • How it fails
  • What makes you referable
  • What makes you invisible
  • We’ll pick apart your pitch, and come up with a plan to get your noticed!!
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Matt Richardson talking networking!

Whether you are networking for opportunities now or in the future, work with or know people who are looking to network, you’ve networked before but “it hasn’t worked”, heard the horror stories about networking 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)

THE Networking Lunch

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.  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!

Lunch Speaker – LP Wealth Management – a budget update now that the dust has settled!

Event finishes at 2pm

Some other resources that I trust you will find useful

What is business networking and is it important?

Will I get a return?

Networking in a nutshell

Cost of event is £37.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.  Car parking available in adjacent NCP at 50% discount

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

Have a great day

Best regards

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Event host – Sean Humby

Business Network (SW) Ltd

Office  – 01981 540708 Mobile – 07807 941927


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Bristol Business Network – a world of opportunities

 

Bristol Business Network March event

Wednesday 23rd March at Old Down Manor

Your Personal Invitation To A Different Kind of Networking – For Senior Contacts

Bristol Business Network  – With Free Business Seminar by Inge Dowden Coaching

 “I’ve been introduced to great bunch of like minded businesses within a friendly &supportive network, I’ve re evaluated my marketing efforts following some interesting & thought provoking seminars, I’ve found new contacts that I can refer my own contacts to and most of all I’ve completed 5 design projects, 3 directly with members and 2 following referrals from members, that have more than paid for my membership.”JF Multi-Story-Thinking

You could be in the carefully selected group of senior decision makers being invited along.

“Networking is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell'”.

To book your place

Call 01981 54070 or Email sean@business-network.co.uk with “book my place” & I'll arrange everything – how to prepare, confirmation, any dietary requirements & your invoice. The two course lunch with welcome drinks and coffee is £37.00

 

Bristol Business Network Works

Business Network SW has been operating successfully for over 23 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

Your free Business Seminar – How to make more profit and keep your customers happy at the same time

starts at 10.30am with coffee and networking from 10am

Sometimes it can feel that making a profit and keeping your customers happy are mutually exclusive, but in this engaging seminar by business and happiness coach Inge Dowden, she will show you how you can do both.

You will find out

* the one thing most business owners forget that could make them lots of money

* how you can sell more without producing more

* why the wrong pricing is lethal for your business

Highly interactive, you will come out of this seminar with an action plan for your business to help you make more money and keep your customers happy.

Hosted by Inge Dowden – Bristol’s Business Growth & Happiness Expert

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Inge with her latest book at a recent BNSW event!

All of this then followed by THE networking lunch!

  • networking over drinks 11.45am – 12.30pm;
  • sitting for your structured, served, 2 course networking lunch at 12.30pm;
  • tables hosted, seating plan designed,
  • event programme full of great opportunities and offers,
  • delegate list provided,
  • dietary requirements catered for.
  • event finishes at 2pm.

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

Have a great day
Best regards

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Director – Business Network SW

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Event host – Sean Humby

 

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The Venue Old Down Manor on the Old Down Estate

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Seminar host Inge Dowden at a recent event with her book – The Happy Worker

 

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Old Down Manor Location

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Business Network SW – a world of opportunities!

A top tip leading to Oscar Wilde’s famous networking quotes

During the course of my daily research I discovered that Oscar Wilde was born on 16th October 1854.  My daily research you may ask?  I’ll explain what I mean!

A top tip received from Guy Arnold (Founder of ‘Sales Through Service’: service systems that boost sales & sales systems that boost service.) led to my daily research – going the extra inch to make the difference in the way I do business!

The majority of us have a mobile phone; most of them enable you to leave a personal voicemail message that people who call you will get if you are unavailable; but how many of those messages are unique and tell the caller that you do actually reply to your voicemail messages?

That’s where my research comes in – I record a new message everyday – stating the day, thanking the caller for calling; explaining when I will call back and finally a fact for the day!  Facts are provided by Wikipedia – births, events, observances (i don’t do deaths!) and there has never been a day when I haven’t found one!  I will confess that I do this Monday to Friday but I do know that there are facts that will be there for Saturday’s and Sunday’s!

And that is why you are now going to see how Oscar Wilde came up with so many networking quotes (perhaps inadvertently as not even Business Network was around in the late 19th century!)

I’ll start with the reason I love quotes….these are all from goodreads

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
Oscar Wilde

I am sure that you can see the relevance to networking – the preparation, the actual events, the follow up, your conversations……

“Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation, and conversation must have a common basis, and between two people of widely different culture the only common basis possible is the lowest level.”
Oscar Wilde

If you are going to network then be prepared for a conversation not a sales pitch or elevator pitch; ask questions that are unexpected and get beneath the surface.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”
Oscar Wilde

At an event, before an event, after an event think about what you can do for someone else – introduce them to others, share knowledge, share an opportunity even just get someone a drink or even more radical go and speak to someone who is on their own or even someone you have never met before!

“You can never be overdressed or over educated.”
Oscar Wilde

You are representing your business/organisation – it is Brand You so how are you coming across?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde

More of Brand You – relax, enjoy, talk about things other than business – let people see the real you not someone who has just swallowed the corporate speak jargon book complete with synonyms, acronyms and the other business B***S***! 

“Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Share yours, it’s not a weakness; in fact it could be the just the thing that starts a really great win/win relationship
“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.”
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Nothing to talk about at a networking event?  Your diary, looking back and forward is a great place to start – it’s about you, what you do, the businesses that you help, the businesses and organisations that you are looking to help – need I say more?
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
Oscar Wilde

Guess what you should be working towards!

“There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

How can you make yourself and the benefits that you bring memorable?  Is it during the conversations that you have or is it the way in which you follow up?  You do follow up don’t you?  Not just with a spammy email or a newsletter with something that shows that you have paid attention and listened.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

You are an expert in your particular field, you’ll know experts in other fields, perhaps you share a common interest – whatever it maybe feel free to share, help, pass on something useful, be a connector.  We all know how abundance works don’t we?  Great paper here by Wendy Jansen and Wilma .van den Heuvel

“A pessimist is somebody who complains about the noise when opportunity knocks.”
Oscar Wilde

Need I say more?!

Other related articles

Winnie the Pooh’s Networking Quotes

Dr Seuss – inspirational quotes

Networking quotes – Top quotes for Top Networking

Find out more about the monthly Business Network SW events

For an invitation to a future then complete your details here

or

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk
Have a great day

Winnie the Pooh and networking quotes – more than a coincidence?

It was on this day – 14th October 1926 that AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh was first published.

The same day as the October Bristol Business Network event.

The link – my in depth research for the event and the uncovering, nay discovery of the following – all quotes from Winnie the Pooh and AA Milne and all related to networking.

You will without a shadow of doubt see the relevance so I will spare any explanations…

Networking Quotes courtesy of Winnie the Pooh and AA Milne!

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“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
― A.A. Milne

“Weeds are Flowers too, once you get to know them.”
― A.A. Milne

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

 

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
― A.A. Milne

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience – well, that comes from poor judgment.”
― A.A. Milne

“But it’s always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don’t.”
― A.A. MilneThe House at Pooh Corner

 

“As soon as I saw you I knew a grand adventure was about to happen.”
― A.A. Milne

Other related articles

Dr Seuss – inspirational quotes

Networking quotes – Top quotes for Top Networking

Find out more about the monthly Business Network SW events

For an invitation to a future then complete your details here

or

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk
Have a great day

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

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

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

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The Venue

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Event Host

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Seminar hosts – Cobalt communications

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

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

Lunch Speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In brief…

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

More details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Gallery for the event

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

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

13th May at Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre.

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

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

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

100 reasons to attend BNSW event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To book

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

or come and visit……

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Gallery for the event

Event host - Sean Humby

Event host – Sean Humby

Chris Wood – Q Social Media – lunch speaker

Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre – from the course!

Directions to the venue

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

Networking lessons from Geese

Networking Lessons from Geese

Possibly because my father is an ardent twitcher and probably because of seeing geese so regularly whilst out and about I have always been fascinated by why so many birds fly in a V formation.flock of migrating canada geese birds flying at sunset courtesy of Andrea Mathieson

V formation (sometimes called a skein) is the symmetric V-shaped flight formation of flights of geese and from the research that has been carried out and published in journals such as Nature we can learn a lot that can be transferred into business and life!  What follows are my interpretations for business and for networking!

And it must be good as Sir Alex Ferguson talked about them during his training sessions with Manchester United and also on the BBC programme Secrets of Success with Nick Robinson shown on 11th October 2015

Goose fact 1.  As each goose flaps it’s wings it creates 71% more uplift for birds that are following, so by flying in formation the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than by flying alone.

Lesson for business

By getting people to share a common direction and sense of community then you can get to a destination quicker and easier because all are travelling on the thrust of one another

Networking perspective

A networking group or event has a common purpose – to benefit all those there in a win-win way.  Whether this is through  becoming better informed, gaining more knowledge, building relationships with suppliers, raising your profile with potential customers, sharing expertise, generating business opportunities with those that you meet (and perhaps even the people they know!)

Goose fact 2. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying and quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.

Lesson for business

By adopting the awareness of geese we will stay in formation with those headed in the direction we want to go.  We are willing to accept their help and to help others.

Networking perspective

By growing and building your network both face to face and online (business contacts, customers, suppliers, friends, family, social groups, alumni, trade, online groups) and staying in contact with them you will generate opportunities – sharing a link, making that call, thinking of how you could help others and how others can help you are all part of a successful business strategy.  A simple message is found in team; Together Each Achieves More.

Goose fact 3.  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson for business

It pays to take turns to do the hard tasks and share the leadership.  As with geese we are all interdependent upon each other skills, capabilities and the unique arrangement we have of gifts, talents and resources.

Networking perspective

As the leader of the business, by definition, you are the vanguard, the main man/woman, CEO, MD and possibly everything else! And also by definition the person who needs to know everything, be an expert in everything from HR, health and safety, accounts, sales, marketing, customer service, commerce, IT, websites, social media, transport/logistics, fulfilment and then having to fit in your own life – family, children, holidays, the school run, leisure, sport, hobbies, food and drink, shopping, DIY and sleep.  How can this be done in 24 hours?  When do you get the time to do what you are best at – the service you provide, the product you designed, the expertise that people want?  With  your network you have unlimited expertise and people who can help you get what you want from life and business.  And the best thing is that you will know these people, probably like them and that’s where the trust that is so important can begin!

Goose fact 4. The geese flying in a formation will honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

Lesson for business

We need to ensure that when we honk we honk encouragingly.  In groups/businesses/organisations  where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.  Communication is key – the right message, delivered in a way that people can understand and see how they can make a difference is key.

Networking perspective

At a networking event perhaps not so much honking as conversation.  The conversations that you have should be about those that you meet and not a sales pitch from you.  By asking questions you can find out so much about why a person you meet does what they do, what challenges they may have, what they are looking to achieve short term (long term), the successes they have had, what they are working on currently and when you do find this out then opportunities will start to become apparent for you and even better for those that you know.   Try asking the unexpected question, the one that causes someone to stop and think – the answer will always be more memorable for all and give far more insight than “what do you do?”  Although you have the opportunity to be memorable here – when asked what you do – stay away from the stock, standard response “I am an …..and I do ……”.  A well known example is from Harley Davidson  – do they build/sell motorcycles – no they provide experiences!  Do I arrange a monthly networking lunch in Exeter – no – you have the best environment for a conversation that can lead to connections and collaborationsOnce the people in your network are all “honking” then there will be unlimited possibilities.

Goose fact 5.  If a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  They then launch out in their own formation to catch up or join another flock

Lesson for business

If we have as much sense as geese then we will stick together in difficult times as well as when we are strong – collaboration can help for any business  – as has been mentioned no one knows everything even if you are in the same business sector the expertise can be different even niche.

Networking perspective

A business going through difficult times can get through these with the support of the network.  .  Knowing where to turn for help is something that a network can provide – businesses that are sick can be saved if you know where to find the best expertise.  With the people in your network you will be able to ask for the help that you need – if someone cannot help directly they will certainly know someone who can and the connection can be made.

In conclusion any networking that you do (or are looking to do) can be very much like the geese in their formation – something that is second nature, common practise and that is mutually beneficial.  If you can apply this to your networking then you will undoubtedly become more successful!

Sean Humby is Director of Business Network SW and host of the events in the South West – bringing decision makers together monthly at lunchtimes to build long term business relationships.  The events in the South West are held in Bristol and Exeter and have been since 1993

Event host - Sean Humby

Article writer and Event host – Sean Humby

The environment Business Network SW provides is relaxed and business focused to ensure that you and your business get the most benefit.  Guaranteed conversations leading to connections and collaborations.  Guaranteed you’ll leave be better informed and connected than when you arrived!

For more details and your invitation email sean@business-network.co.uk Call 01981 540708

Visit www.business-networksw.co.uk Blog www.business-networksw.org Twitter @seanhumby #BNSW

Networking with a difference

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

 

Business Network SW has been operating successfully in Bristol for over 23 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies.  It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

Prior to each lunch there is a free business seminar – hosted by experts on a broad range of subjects, sure to enhance your business and continually develop your professional development.

April’s event is  20th with a fabulous seminar

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

Drinks and informal, free range networking from 11.45am.  Sit down at 12.30pm prompt for 2 course networking lunch with coffee.  Served to you, no queuing, just conversation and connections being made at your hosted table.

You sit with other decision makers – none of whom do what you do. 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!

Coming to an event with no obligation to become a member will demonstrate how we are different, and how we can significantly help you to promote your company and establish a valuable group of knowledgeable senior contacts.

Bristol’s 2016 Dates and Venues

All Wednesday’s

brdatesaprilonwardsAll events are by invitation only.  If you are a senior decision maker, director, partner, business owner then feel free to get your invitation by

Calling 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

or

Add your details here

The Venues in Bristol

Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

The Bristol Hotel

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Old Down Manor

All events are by invitation only.  If you are a senior decision maker, director, partner, business owner then feel free to get your invitation by

Calling 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

or

Add your details here

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Your Investment for the Bristol events – 2016 – 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.  £37 inc VAT for Visitors*.  Dietary requirements catered for.

All events are by invitation only.  If you are a senior decision maker, director, partner, business owner then feel free to get your invitation by

Calling 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

or

Add your details here

Jessie May Trust win £50,000

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Jessie May

Jessie May, which supports families in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, has thanked the public for support in their bid to win the cash.

The money will go towards expanding support for the siblings of terminally ill children within Jessie May’s care, including respite breaks and bereavement support, as part of the ‘Hidden from View but not Forgotten’ campaign. 

Julian Withers, head of fundraising at Jessie May, said: “As a small local charity this amount of money is a huge deal for us and none of the team can quite believe we’ve actually won! 

“We’re thrilled people have taken this campaign into their hearts and that it has transferred into votes which will ultimately benefit our families.

“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everybody that voted for us……

Full story here

We are so excited to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘People’s Project’ which means that we are in with the chance of receiving an amazing £50,000 grant  – and we need your help to win!

 There is a special video that has been produced with the help of ITV which can be viewed on our own website and on the ITV website.  It will also be shown on the local ITV news this Wednesday evening.

 The public vote opened at 9am this morning and will remain open until midday on the 13th March.  If we are successful we plan to use the grant to provide expanded services for the siblings of our terminally ill children as they often act as Young Carers for their brothers and sisters from a very early age.  Currently we provide respite visits for 96 families and bereavement support for a further 35 families.  Over 122 siblings could benefit from this expanded service.

 We believe that the siblings should not be overlooked and The Big Lottery Fund could help us to increase our support for them.

 We ask that you share this with colleagues at work, family and friends and also mention it on Facebook and Twitter if you can.  Please click on the banner below and this will direct you to the correct page for the vote.  There is also another link that can be used http://bit.ly/1ThdyoE

When you have voted you will receive an email asking you to verify your vote – and that’s all it takes.  Perfect!

Can we thank you in advance for your support and fingers crossed!

Kindest regards

Lindsey

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Lindsey Horton

Corporate Partnerships Officer

Jessie May

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Dear Exeter Business Network member

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As told at the Exeter Business Network event – 10th February

“Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings” Tao Te Ching

Dear member

I would like to share a story – the story of how I became the face of Business Network SW in Exeter

Once upon a time in a land far far away (Yorkshire) there was a man with a training business, having just left the big, big corporate castle with a dream to become a successful business owner.

On his travels through the setting up of his business  he discovered that networking was a great way to develop the business relationships that matter – relationships that lead to greater knowledge, collaborations, opportunities and work.

He discovered that there was an enchanted land called Business Network Doncaster and it’s sister land Business Network South Bank with other lands in Sheffield, Manchester and beyond – they were all run by a master (mistress) of networking Helen Bennett – who helped him build the connections, gave him opportunities to share his knowledge and expertise and ran brilliant events where he did indeed discover that networking worked!!!

It came to pass that the land far, far away was indeed far, far away and he needed to move to be closer to his family and ended up in that other mysterious land called Herefordshire.  But what to do with his training business in this new land – the key was Business Network – more than a coincidence that it was in Bristol and so opportunities and business developed as a result of the events he attended there.

Here another chapter in his life opened up and he became the owner, face, host of Business Network in the South West

  • 263 lunches in Exeter, Bristol, Taunton and even Plymouth
  • Over 250 seminars – my (and I trust yours) CPD is unbelievable
  • 263 speakers sharing their expertise, anecdotes
  • Thousands of phone calls, thousands of business cards in my collection
  • Hundred’s of thousands of emails – sent, received, exchanged

All since I took over Business Network SW back in 2007

All those events  – Every one enjoyable, every one a delight to see people conversing and building the relationships that matter

Everyone with a smile, a story, an anecdote

Everyone I have met – amazing, supportive and friends, great businesses, delivering huge benefits need I say more.

You may have guessed where this is going….

I am now passing the baton, transferring the mantle, moving on from Exeter Business Network.

Exeter Business Network will continue – and to quote a 70’s TV programme – will become better, faster, stronger with the best possible people Helen and Russell Bennett – they have unrivaled expertise, a pedigree second to none, huge success in starting and growing new Business Networks in England through their licensees.  They are based here in the South West!

They will bring many great things that will only benefit you and your business through the events and elsewhere.

The dates and venues for 2016 will remain the same – Bristol Business Network will continue with me as the face, the host, the chief “gatherer of bums on seats”

 

You may ask why? What I’ll say is that I have reached a point in my life and made a decision for me and my family – one that has taken many months to get to – one that takes me into the next chapter.

With Helen and Russell taking the reins I know that Exeter Business Network will continue to prosper – all their knowledge, expertise and commitment.

I must thank you for what you have always brought; your enthusiasm, humour and an unrivaled willingness to help each other; the never ending series of “why Exeter Business Network has worked for you” stories all demonstrating what Exeter Business Network is about.

I guess that this is full circle –Helen, the person that showed me how and why networking can work and why I became involved is now taking over!

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you a new hello” Paulo Coelho

Wishing you a successful and profitable future

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Sean Humby

For all events in Exeter please contact – for your invitation, to bring a guest along and any other enquiry

helen@business-network.co.uk

www.business-network-exeter.co.uk

Telephone –  01803 328806

@helenbennett

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thebusinessnetwork

 

 

For the first time ever at Bristol Business Network………

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

Beginning at the event on Wednesday 17th February…….

Work ON your business, not IN your business

As business owners, we are always busy getting new clients, working on our marketing, checking the accounts are done and, of course, delivering our products or services. Sometimes we are so busy that we don’t have time to take a step back and see if all this activity is leading to our ultimate goal. And sometimes we’ve even forgotten what our ultimate goal is.

In this unique series of 2 seminars, business and happiness coach Inge Dowden will help you take that step back and look at your business from a different perspective.

In the first session we will look at the following:

* Is your business giving you the lifestyle you want?

* What are you long-term goals for the business?

* What are some of your personal goals?

* What do you need to do to realise those goals and ambitions?

You will come out of it with a personalised action plan for the next month, that you can work on straight away.

In the second session ( March 23rd) we will look at the actions you’ve taken since the last session and what the impact has been on your life and your business. We will then follow it up with a more detailed look at what you can do to grow your business.

* Who is your ideal client?

* How can you get more clients?

* How can you make more profit?

Although the sessions are best done consecutively, you can also come to just one of the two if you can’t make both of them. You will always pick up some useful nugget of information or an idea from your fellow business owners that you can implement in your business.

So get your diary out now and make some time to work on your business, not just in it. It will be well worth your time.

 All part of A Different Kind of Networking – For Senior Contacts

Bristol Business Network  – With Free Seminars (detailed above!) followed by THE networking lunch

 “I’ve been introduced to great bunch of like minded businesses within a friendly & supportive network, I’ve re evaluated my marketing efforts following some interesting & thought provoking seminars, I’ve found new contacts that I can refer my own contacts to and most of all I’ve completed 5 design projects, 3 directly with members and 2 following referrals from members, that have more than paid for my membership.”JF Multi-Storey-Thinking

Just one of the kind comments received recently

I would like to offer you the opportunity to book for our February event, taking place on Wednesday 17th February at The Bristol Hotel from 11.45 am until 2.00 pm and discover for yourself why we receive comments like the one above!

“Networking is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell'”.

 

Bristol Business Network Works!

The Business Network has been operating successfully in the UK for over 22 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it – come and chat to our members and let then tell you why they find our format so effective.

The cost of event is £37.00 (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

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

A world of networking opportunities for your business….

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Exeter Business Network February event

Networking lunches in Bristol for senior decision makers, partners, directors and business owners.

10th February 2016

Exeter Golf & Country Club

Exeter Business Network has been operating successfully in Exeter for over 22 years, and because we target senior decision-makers it is all about establishing meaningful business relationships – not a ‘hard sell’.

Research has long supported the view that networking is a key factor in the success of fast growth companies. It allows the business person to build new business relationships, ‘knowledge share’ and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people prefer face-to-face networking opportunities because they prefer actually knowing and meeting who they intend to do business with. But don’t just take our word for it

 “I’ve been introduced to great bunch of like minded businesses within a friendly & supportive network, I’ve re evaluated my marketing efforts following some interesting & thought provoking seminars, I’ve found new contacts that I can refer my own contacts to and most of all I’ve completed 5 design projects, 3 directly with members and 2 following referrals from members, that have more than paid for my membership.”JF Multi-Storey-Thinking

Seminar before lunch

will feature Listen 2 Win an organisation founded because of an introduction made at a BNSW lunch in Exeter 3 years ago.

 Keryn Seal and Robin Williams, who are both England Blind Football players, had been brought along by St Loyes Charity to give a talk and another member, Richard Carpenter of Enterprise Assist, was so impressed by their story and abilities that he helped them form Listen 2 Win Ltd.

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Keryn, Richard and Robin

L2W specialises in listening and communication skills training as well as offering disability awareness courses that are entertaining, inspiring and motivational. You’re in for a treat if you come along to the seminar that morning. You won’t be playing blind football – that takes far too much training but you will have the opportunity to take part in various games and challenges that will increase your understanding of listening and communicating more effectively.  You’ll certainly have a lot of fun.

You’ll also get to meet Keryn Seal captain of the England Blind football team and one of the directors of Listen2Win. Keryn grew up in Wales with an eye condition which meant he had very restricted sight. Nonetheless he took part in as much sport as he could – mostly at the expense of his education. At the age of 20 he lost his sight completely but that didn’t stop him joining the England Blind football team or going on to get a degree. Now he has three children and 101 caps for his country.

Robin Williams may not be able to make the event in person as he is just completing his PhD in Statistics at Exeter University. Robin has been blind since birth which makes his many achievements all the more impressive. He may just send you a message though.

 Sign up for the seminar now!

Followed by 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 – Julia Bramble with 7 not to be missed top tips to grow your business!

2pm The event finishes.

 

Your investment - Cost of event is £37.00 inc VAT as a visitor and members are £30.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks, event programme with delegate list, networking tips, event correspondence.  Car parking free and plentiful

 

 

To book your place

Call 01981 540708

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

 

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Here’s to a great 2016!

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Happy New Year and wishing you a fabulous 2016!

 

Start with a smile and carry it on throughout the year!

January’s Events

All with a free business seminar and THE networking lunch

Exeter 13th January

Seminar before lunch

Hosted by Sean Humby (yes the BNSW host!) – well I shall at least introduce it…….

There will be a very special surprise – someone who can really make the difference to your networking; after experiencing him in action I can only say that this seminar has been transformed from a “possibly get along if I can” to

“If you miss this then you miss out on some of the best networking advice you will ever hear”

An A-Z for your networking will become “An interactive session where we look into networking”

  • How it works
  • How it fails
  • What makes you referable
  • What makes you invisible
  • We’ll pick apart your pitch, and come up with a plan to get your noticed!!
  • Everyone who books will get a free…………………………………..

 

 

Bristol 20th January

Seminar before lunch hosted by LP Wealth Management

Protecting your business and profits whilst planning for the future.

We will discuss protecting

  • your key employees, including you!
  • shares within the business
  • your family
  • Plus a discussion around planning for your future.

After the seminar you will have a greater understanding on how to protect your business now and in the future whilst understanding current pension legislation and retirement planning options.

 

ALL 2016 DATES ARE HERE

To book your place

Call 01981 540708 – check opening hours here

or

Email sean@business-network.co.uk

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

or

Prefer an invitation then complete your details here

Seasons Greetings and Opening Hours

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Thank you for all of your support over the last 12 months for engaging, participating, conversing and connecting – it is very much appreciated!

Not a quote in sight!  Just some things that me me smile and laugh and that’s what the festive season is all about!

 

Business Network SW Opening hours or  should I say closing hours!

Open 30/12/15!

Closed 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31 December and 1,2,3 January

Back to it on 4th January 2016 but checking emails 30th December

If you do email me then this will be the response!

Thank you for your message via email
As you can see my response may be that of a snail
I am off for a few days this Noel
So no need to linger or dwell
Return to your festivities, celebrations and fun
Knowing that your good work is done
And I shall respond when back at my desk
After a few days of rest
I return for a day or two, the thirtieth and thirty first
I’ll check emails and respond with a burst
I trust that works for you and your schedule
Over this period of Yule
My 2016 year resumes on January’s 4th day
Here’s to a successful year making hay
There’s opportunities in abundance at the events
The links below has them all listed, I trust that makes sense
I’ll bow out right now
And not with a quote or a bow
It’s that I’ve run out of rhyme
So this is the very last line

 

Have a great day and FANTASTIC FESTIVE SEASON!

Here’s to a great 2016!

Exeter – 13th January at Exeter Racecourse  

Seminar before THE networking lunch

Hosted by Sean Humby – well I shall at least introduce it…….

There will be a very special surprise – someone who can really make the difference to your networking; after experiencing him in action I can only say that this seminar has been transformed from a “possibly get along if I can” to

“If you miss this then you miss out on some of the best networking advice you will ever hear”

An A-Z for your networking will become “An interactive session where we look into networking”

  • How it works
  • How it fails
  • What makes you referable
  • What makes you invisible
  • We’ll pick apart your pitch, and come up with a plan to get your noticed!!
  • Everyone who books will get a free…………………………………..

Bristol – 20th January at Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Seminar before THE networking lunch hosted by LP Wealth Management
Protecting your business and profits whilst planning for the future.
We will discuss protecting
  • your key employees, including you!
  • shares within the business
  • your family
  • Plus a discussion around planning for your future.
After the seminar you will have a greater understanding on how to protect your business now and in the future whilst understanding current pension legislation and retirement planning options.

ALL 2016 DATES HERE

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