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“We can all count the number of pips in an apple. Though no one can count the number of apples in a pip”

September 14, 2012

What happened at Exeter Business Network September Event?

Held at The Lord Haldon Hotel

10.00am – 11.45am       The Seminar held in The Garden Room – Hosted by Richard Blair WBW Solicitors – The Courts System – the ins and outs, the why’s and the whats, the where’s and the how to understand the Courts susytem and how it can work for you and your business.  Numerus anecdotes, example cases and discussion made a “dry subject” very enjoyable and accessible

THE Networking lunch followed in The Belvedere Suite with informal networking and welcome drinks from 11.45am until 12.30pm

Among those attending

Director of 2DAY Microportals Ltd

Director of AB Wellan Print

Owner  Andrew Price & Co

Sales Director  –  ASHRO PROMOTIONS

Owner – auditel

Partner -Bitpod Ltd

Owner – Bowen Therapy Devon

Owner – Bramblebuzz

Principal – Burn-Jones Wealth Management LLP

Owner –  Casino Select

Director – Cobalt Communications

Director – Concept Card

Director –  Creative Borders

Creative Director – Creative Borders

Business Development Manager – Daneswood Solutions Ltd

Director – David Frumin & Associates

Director – Dyplanix

Partner- Egret Limited

Owner  -Endorse HR

Director      –          Enterprise Assist Limited

Owner – Evolution

Marketing & HR –         Fair Energy

Fundraising Co-ordinator – Families for Children Trust

Director – Fitness Matters Ltd

Owner  Glen King PR/Marketing Ltd

Director   – Gravitas Recruitment (SW) Ltd

Director   – Hartnell Chanot & Partners

Director  — Health Coaching UK

Financial Controller  -Hosted Desktop UK Ltd

Managing Director  – Hosted Desktop UK Ltd

Director  – In Control Debt Solutions Ltd

Owner –  Information Alchemy

Business Development Director  –  IVIO

Account Executive  –  Jelf Group plc

Owner  — Knowledge Gateway Ltd

Director   –  Learnsom Ltd

Business Development Manager, West Country  – Lloyds TSB Commercial

Owner – Marla Custom Blinds

Marketing Assistant  – Optix Solutions Ltd

Business Development Manager –  Optix Solutions Ltd

Managing Director – Orion Consultancy

Business Development – Posh Nosh

Director   -Print Guy


Director-Q Social Media Ltd

Managing Director- QuickPrint (South West) Ltd

Managing Director  -Realistic

Owner – Road User Support Service

Owner  -Roger Moore & Associates

Owner  -RSH Copywriting

Business Group Supervisor- Simpkins Edwards

Director  -Simply Assisting You Limited

Senior Partner   St James’s Place Wealth Management

Manager of Transitions – Veterans           St Loye’s Foundation

Director   -Straight Marketing Limited

Owner  -Tender Victory

Director – Sales, Marketing & Delivery  –  The Bid Coach

Director  – The HR Dept

Managing Director   –  thebestof Exeter

Client Services Director -thebestof Exeter

Associate Partner – Thomas Westcott

Director   – Veritas Legal Services Ltd

Partner  -WBW Solicitors LLP

Chief Executive Officer – Winning Tenders Ltd

Managing Director – WNW Design

The event started with an introduction by Sean Humby – Exeter Business Network Host – quoting Jesse Owen’s “Look for the good – it’s all around you, find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it” exactly what actively participating in networking events can do for you and your business

Champagne was given to Richard CArpenter – Enterprise Assist and Hugh Graham – The Bid Coach for introducing new members to the group!

Whilst the 2 course lunch was served each person delivered their table presentations – exchanged business cards, all expertly orchestrated by the designated table hosts.  Each person had the opportunity to

  • Introduce their company/organisation
  • Outline what they do – the benefits that they bring to their customers/clients
  • explain what type of customers/clients that they looking to build relationships with?
  • ask how the people around the table could help them or their customers/contacts?
  • outline what they are looking to purchase, what challenges do they have
  •  refer the people around the table to others that you know?

Before the lunch speaker there was an opportunity – using the seating plan – to network around the room – more opportunities for conversations, collaborations and connections.

Speaker – Chris Wood – Q Social Media who delivered a fabulous 10 minutes on Social Media and Networking

For Chris Wood’s slides on Social Media & Networking and to ensure that you are connected – click here




Other Announcements

Scott Hunter – Orion Consultancy – guaranteed training courses! 

Alex Wren – Bitpod – video for your business – series of courses

Dudley Hambleton – Evolution’s new cafe – London coffee and more at SW prices! – “It’s magical” 

Best of Exeter Business Gives Back Exhibition – 27th September 2012 – supporting Devon Air Ambulance

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

Julia Bramble – Nigel Botterill’s EC comes to Plymouth


Member’s offers and opportunities


Richard Searight of 2Day Microportals

One Month’s Free advertising on 386 2day community and business websites within the EX postcode area


Matthew Redman – auditel

Free Business Health Check of an Essential Service – Even if you think you have all your costs under control, it wouldn’t hurt to have an Auditel Business Health Check. Just to be sure!

David Lacey of Backworld

Tel 01392 202012

Free Work-Screen survey. This is a short, simple to use online screening tool that shows how well people are coping at work. The results provide an initial insight into your employees’ likely sickness absence so you can take early preventative action to reduce costs and better care for your workforce

David Collins of Baytek Voice & Data Ltd

01626 833139

Great rates for Business Network SW mates! Baytek’s telephone call and line rental services are saving local companies hundreds of pounds every month, and we would like to offer our Business Network colleagues even better savings. Just ask David for a meeting to discuss our special mate’s rates

Vince Ware – Business Furniture Group

0845 634 2202

Do you have space problems in your office? Are your storage facilities not working for you? Does any of your staff have a back problem? Do you need to get more people into an existing space? To answer any of these questions please give the BUSINESS FURNITURE GROUP a call. We offer a free consultation for any Business Network members. Contact Vince Ware on 07974 980353 or 0845 634 2202. Clients that have benefited from this advice are: Armada Finance, Express & Echo, World First Insurance plus many smaller organisations.

Jim Taylor of Cobalt Communications

01392 908888

As a new member of The Business Network Cobalt would like to make an offer to you and your Customers. For small businesses we will provide a new Telephone system for five users (including Display Handsets, installation and training) for less than £30 per month. Any business quoting the \”Business Network Offer\” can take up our offer and of course I will design a similar offer for larger businesses as well. Please give us a call for a chat





A FREE HR audit for Business Network members


Tel: 01392 493394

Income Tax returns for the year to 5th April 2012 @15% off normal fee.

Remember they now need to be done electronically!


Katina Read of Devon Business News

01803 858525

10% off Devon Business News advertising packages

Karen Skelton of Egret Limited

10% discount to Business Network Members on electrical inspections or Portable Appliance Testing

Dudley Hambleton – Evolution

01392 410759

A healing/spiritual/psychic check over session with Dudley at half price (£25) for all Business Network members. Are you, or is someone you know feeling down, more tired than usual, more unlucky than usual, or a bit lost at the moment? There could be a psychic reason for this which you or they are not aware of but a session with Dudley will tell you if this is the cause of the problem and where required, provide the solution through his connections and abilities with psychic clearance work.

Catherine Petherick – Exeter Audi

New and exciting products are coming at Exeter Audi … New A3 3dr, new Q5 & RS Avant

This month’s special offer … New Audi A6 2.0 tdi 177ps S line saloon contract hire 3 + 35 10k miles per year non maintained £359 + vat monthly business users only O

Other offers available for personal call Catherine at Exeter Audi for full details, t & c’s, details of other offers available or simply to arrange a personal test drive; I would be delighted to help.

Exeter Audi, Denbury Court, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8NB

Guy Green – Print Guy

Business cards at Rounded corners, spot UV, embossed, foil blocked or just plain. High quality & low priced – £10.00 M&S Voucher for Business Network members on first order


Danny Frayne – Quick Print SW Ltd

Xmas cards & calendars – say a “special thank you” to your customers and clients this year by sending them a bespoke Christmas card or calendar with your own company details on – 3 sizes of personalised Christmas cards incl. Envelopes – also 3 sizes of calendars + single and double cd case calendars all with your company details and personal pictures on, or choose from a large range of stock images at Quickprint – go to  for full details



Susan Meldon Simply Assisting You

Simply Assisting You is please to offer members a FREE week of telephone answering.

Did you know that 85% of people who reach a voicemail do not leave a message? Make sure you don’t miss that important call.  Approved by Devon Trading Standards under their Buy with Confidence Scheme




Hugh Graham of The Bid Coach

Make sure you your next important presentation is interesting & memorable, and is delivered perfectly. Contact Hugh now!


Belinda Newton of The HR Dept

0845 863 0653

Belinda Newton of The HR Dept 0845 863 0653 The HR Dept, Preventing People Problems:  For a free review of your Company’s Contract of Employment and Staff Handbook, contact me mentioning the Business Network.



Kevin Phillips and Mike Hoare of The Performance Improvement Partnership

A free bottle of bubbly to any Business Network Member for a successful referral of a client to us for a free initial consultancy. Contact Kevin Phillips, The Performance Improvement Partnership



Dan Farrell- Wright of Webformed

We have recently launched a Staff and Service User Management portal designed specifically for domiciliary care agencies. If anyone in the network can recommend us to a domiciliary care agency we will waive the initial setup fee of £120




Robert Guest of WPA

WPA has various special offers for new joiners to all our schemes. This applies whether you have an existing scheme with another provider or want information on starting a plan.           

  • thebestof Exeter are proud to present Business Gives Back 2012 at Exeter Racecourse on Thursday 27th September from 0930 – 1630.


  • Business Gives Back 2012 will be one Exeter’s biggest and best expo’s ever and if you are an active local business, you need to be part of it whether as an exhibitor or a visitor.


  • There will be around 100 exhibitors, all of whom have given 100 business prizes worth in excess £20,000!!! 100 business attendees will be chosen at random to win one of the prizes.


  • There will be a fascinating seminar programme, 1-2-1 business clinics, networking areas and bags of networking, this show is a must for any business owner or manager in Exeter and the surrounding towns and villages. 


Contact Linda Bennett for stand enquiries, sponsorship opportunities and general information about Business Gives Back 2012

01392 248 263                                                             


From our latest survey – “has Business Network SW met your expectations?”

“We have received fantastic support in the form of sponsorship of radio campaigns, equipment for our adopted children, raffle prizes, free stands at business exhibitions, and most importantly – possibly even an adopter.”  Families for Children

“BNSW has exceeded my expectations”

“It keeps you informed as well as getting business”

“I met my best client at one of your events, and have gained others too in the course of the 3 years. My overall ROI is currently 590%.” Polyglot Coaching

West of England School have had £10,000”

“Really well organised”

“Had more than a return on investment”

“Business Network South West has more than met expectations. So many opportunities have come from attending.”

“Excelled my expectations in the majority of cases”

“I have been impressed with the organisation and enjoyed the events”

“Lots of new business relationships and some clients too”.

“I wouldn’t have come for so long if it hadn’t” 

@seanhumby #BNSW

♦ Do you know people who want to generate opportunities that will enhance their business?

♦ Do you know people who want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?

♦ Do you know people who want networking to be relaxed and comfortable?

♦ Do you know people who want the opportunity to promote their business and expertise?

♦ Do you know people who want a team of advocates and ambassadors for their business?

♦ Do you know people who want to generate an ROI on their networking?

Bring them to the 


Wednesday October 10th

Exeter Racecourse

Seminar before lunch hosted by The HR Dept

Led by Belinda Newton, we will present an Introduction to Human Resources seminar which will contain a step by step guide on how to comply with ever changing employment law and how to avoid a nasty employment tribunal.

By the end of the seminar, we will have: 

Followed by THE Networking Lunch!

For your invitation


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