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WOW – What an event in Exeter yesterday!

June 14, 2012

“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought”  So said Dorothy L Sayers – (born 13/6/1893)

Perhaps a mis-quote as there was tons of original thought at the Exeter Business Network event yesterday with over 80 decision makers from some of the top businesses in Exeter and the South West in attendance.

Far from the absence of original thought there was a host of conversations, connections and collaborations being made – a room full of opportunities

Held at Exeter Racecourse the day began with a Prospecting Masterclass hosted by Andy McCreadie of Sandler Training – full of extremely valuable information, tips and expertise

The Networking lunch had the added bonus of there being a preview of Deadly Intent – a cinema quality feature length paranormal thriller being filmed in Devon

The introduction from the host had a musical bent.  Inspiration drawn from the number ones in the UK charts in June during the 1980’s, 70’s and 90’s

“action generates opportunity or as New Order said ” Express yourself, create the space” – World in Motion (1990) – networking is all about action

Why the action?  Well as Wet Wet Wet said “We get by (should I say get success) with a Little help from my friends” (1988)

Networkers enjoy “being with you” – so admirably sung by Smokey Robinson (1981) much better than Wham’s 1985 Number 1 “Wake me up before you go go”.

Networkers know that building relationships is about -and i quote Tony Orlando and Dawn – “Knocking 3 times” (1970)

All of which can lead to the collaborations, connections, buying, selling, alliances that could be “sealed with a kiss” (Jason Donovan 1989)

Each of the tables was hosted by an Exeter Business Network member – all of whom relished the experience as can be seen by some of the replies when being asked!

  • What?!! AGAIN?!!  Oh, all right……………elbow twisted…….
  • In the words of George Orwell, “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” Thank you – Alex Wren!
  • Would be an absolute pleasure!!! Although I think you have only asked me to try and get me there on time.
  • Blimey – you must be hard up!  Oh go on then – I’m an easy touch.  Can I send you an invoice?
  • I would love to be a table host tomorrow and  look forward to seeing you there.
  • As ever, a complete honour! Would be delighted!

Our Speakers – Delighted that St Loye’s Foundation is supporting local Paralympian’s and that two members of the GB Blind football team Keryn Seal & Robin Williams delivered an inspiring and entertaining talk and showed their latest video – training with David Beckham!

Keryn kindly donated an England shirt to us that he got signed by David Beckham.  Auctioned for £400!

Auction Winner – Caroline Creer – with Keryn and Robin

A football pose! Keryn, Robin and Sean Humby delighted to have met such inspirational people

What else……..

The members invitation for the event on July 4th will be sent out later. Preview here!

West of England School and College – Sponsored Abseil – 14th July

Get your place reserved here! 

Carley Warren’s sponsored skydive in aid of St Loye’s Foundation

To sponsor me please go to

Devon Air Ambulance Trust Helipad Magazine

10% discount for Exeter Business Network Members – contact Caroline Creer – 

View the latest copy here

Best of Exeter Expo – 27th September 2012 

Contact Linda or Dave on 01392 248 263 to book your stand or to pre-register or email

Deadly Intent – find out more here plus investment opportunities

“Do not wait until the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking” W.B Yeats b 13/6/1886

There has been some tremendous feedback on Twitter – thank you

Lost my networking virginity today. Thanks to @seanhumby and phil & Jane from @Stloyes for helping myself and @MrRMWilliams also

Great to welcome @seanhumby and the Business Network SW here today – fantastic to catch up with so many SW businesses over lunch…

Thank you @seanhumby for a great lunch @ExeterRaces. Exciting to announce #tboe Expo 27th September.

Brilliant Exeter Business Network meet thanks @seanhumby

Great #BNSW lunch today, inspirational stories from GB para Olympic footballers, thanks @seanhumby



Interested in experiencing an event?

Complete the enquiry form here and your personal invitation will be emailed to you

Call 01600 891584


Why attend? 

The results of a recent survey show that the majority of participants joined Business Network SW to build valuable relationships and meet decision makers from businesses that they felt would benefit them.  

96% of members feel that Business Network SW has met their expectations, with most of them making valuable connections, gaining work and getting an increase on ROI 


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