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Thank you – Exeter Business Network December Lunch #BNSW

December 6, 2012

Heart warming, emotional, moving and inspirational stories told by Julie Hawker for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Aaron and Ruairi Corr for West of England School and College, Georgie for Families for Children Trust and Pete (via video link!) from St Loye’s

Raffle Prizes donated included 2 bottles of fine Malt whisky, lunches, champagne afternoon tea, lunch by the beach, 4 ball at Woodbury Park, Cuddly toy, chocolates, champagne, wine, body language book, Christmas cards, Exeter Business Network membership, £25 online shopping voucher, half days coaching, one hour social media expertise, £10 gift certificate, Folio notebook, Buisness Network SW lunch, £100 voucher fro French villa, more champagne, 2013 desk diary, more wine

Donated by David Frumin and Associates, The Bid Coach, Natures Brilliance (multiple prizes), Bovey Castle, Bramblebuzz, Business Network SW (multiple prizes), RSH Copywriting, Ashro Promotions (multiple prizes), Green My Business, Casino Select, St James’s Place Wealth Management, Simpkins Edwards (multiple prizes), Chocobloc (multiple prizes), Evolution Café (multiple prizes), Posh Nosh, Baytek Voice and Data, Mango Personnel, Concentric Dots, Realistic Home Improvements

Among the winners Andrew Walker, Richard Carpenter, Fran Long, Helena Holt, Rebecca Pearse, Mary Jane Edwards, Richard Hussey, Malcolm Rouse, Ryan Barrett, Nicky Dunn, James Guthrie, Chris Elliott, Alex Wren, Nigel Wilkinson, William Hammond, Danny Frayne, Stuart Coombe, Hugh Mitchel, Rick Creland Proctor

Over £540 was raised and this was split between  Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Families for Children, St Loye’s and The West of England School

See what people said……………………………………………..

RichardHussey18:05am via HootSuite

Thanks @seanhumby for really useful #BNSW event in Exeter yesterday. Great networking as always and good to raise a bit for good causes too.

PRtakerDec 05, 9:58pm via Twitter for iPhone@JuliaBramble @seanhumby lucky both of you…. Ho ho happy christmas!!

JuliaBrambleJuliaBramble: Woooo hooooo!! I just won 3 months of@SeanHumby – how lucky am I????? !(Xmas Raffle at the very fab#Exeter #BNSW)4:41pm, Dec 05 from HootSuite
PRtakerPRtaker@JuliaBramble @seanhumby and how will you be using your three months’ worth…??!4:47pm, Dec 05 from Twitter for iPhone
JuliaBrambleJuliaBramble@prtaker That’s for me to know and @SeanHumbyto find out!!! LOLOLOLOL :)5:28pm, Dec 05 from HootSuite
PRtakerPRtaker@JuliaBramble @seanhumby lucky both of you…. Ho ho happy christmas!!9:58pm, Dec 05 from Twitter for iPhone
webformedDec 05, 7:49pm via Web@alex_wren @seanhumby well done Alex! I had to run off before the raffle as I had another meeting at 2:30pm #guttedShow Conversation
cosmicjulieDec 05, 7:43pm via Web@SDoderer so glad you enjoyed my story and its inspired more support for @DevonAirAmb @seanhumbyShow Conversation
nigelwnwDec 05, 5:34pm via HootSuiteRT @FFCAdoption: @seanhumby thanks for yet another stunning networking event. BNSW always delivers and never disappoints! > indeed
JuliaBrambleDec 05, 5:28pm via HootSuite@PRtaker That’s for me to know and @seanhumby to find out!!! LOLOLOLOL 🙂Show Conversation
SDodererDec 05, 5:02pm via Twitter for Android@DevonAirAmb great story today @seanhumby makes a greater impact when people speak from the heart. Will be shaking our tin more for you 🙂
SDodererDec 05, 5:00pm via Twitter for Android@wesexeter thankyou to the family who spoke today @seanhumby a most inspiring story well done to you, let me know if we can support 🙂
PRtakerDec 05, 4:47pm via Twitter for iPhone@JuliaBramble @seanhumby and how will you be using your three months’ worth…??!
SDodererDec 05, 4:44pm via Twitter for Android“@alex_wren: Yay I won some champers @seanhumby #BNSWthanks for a great event” I won a great calender!
JuliaBrambleDec 05, 4:41pm via HootSuiteWoooo hooooo!! I just won 3 months of @seanhumby – how lucky am I????? !(Xmas Raffle at the very fab #Exeter #BNSW)1 retweets
FFCAdoptionDec 05, 4:25pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®@seanhumby thanks for yet another stunning networking event. BNSW always delivers and never disappoints!1 retweetsShow Conversation
qChrisWoodDec 05, 4:20pm via HootSuiteRT @alex_wren: Yay I won some champers @seanhumby #BNSWthanks for great event /boo hoo I didn’t win anything this time
alex_wrenDec 05, 3:35pm via Twitter for AndroidYay I won some champers @seanhumby #BNSW thanks for a great event retweets
SDodererDec 05, 3:06pm via Twitter for Android@seanhumby One of best network lunches I’ve ever been to, I have never cried at one that’s a first, inspiring charity’s.2 retweets
SDodererDec 05, 11:38am via Twitter for Android@seanhumby opening network event @SandyParkExeter & EPIC presentation by @banksy6 boys on Blogging! retweets
wesexeterDec 05, 10:10am via HootSuiteLooking forward to the Business Network SW lunch for charities later. Thanks also to the members who have donated raffle prizes. @seanhumby

What had these people been to?

Decembers Exeter Business Network Event

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney born 5/12/1901

10.00am – 11.45am    Optix Solutions – ‘Generating leads with effective business blogging’

11.45am – 12.30pm    Informal networking and welcome drinks.

THE networking lunch where everyone did their table presentations – exchanged business cards, under the expert skills of the designated table hosts!

Followed by 2013 Goal Planning Session hosted by Andy McCreadie – Sandler Training

   Member’s offers and opportunities    

Gerry Bolt – Ashro Promotions

07836 576 615

NOT TOO LATE; looking for a Christmas card or giveaway. We can produce a large Fridge magnet with your details and a 2013 calendar in full colour in 6 working days.


Matthew Redman – auditel

01278 686956

Free review of your merchant card costs by the UK’s leading, specialist cost and purchase management consultancy.

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.

Mandy Blackler – Casino Select

01626 368275

Christmas Weekday Special Offer of £50 discount Sun-Thurs during Dec/Jan!! from CASINO SELECT treat your clients or staff or BOTH to some fun after dinner entertainment with 2 or more Casino Tables complete with professional croupiers, fun money and playing chips ‘The Very Best in Entertainment’ Call Mandy tel:  01626 368275                                

Jim Taylor and Ian Dunstan of Cobalt Communications

01392 908888

As a new member of Exeter 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                                        





Tel: 01626 352216

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!                                

Karen Skelton of Egret Limited

01823 668623

10% discount to Business Network SW 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.

Cathy Towers of Exeter Mind & Body Clinic

07989 564660

WANT AN UNUSUAL GIFT FOR A FEMALE FRIEND? How about a gift voucher for a Walking in High Heels Gorgeously workshop? Call Cathy on 07989 564660

Dan Thompson and Michelle Thomas of Exeter Racecourse

01392 833454

Christmas Party Spectacular £32.50 + VAT Contact

Exeter Racecourse is repeating its early booking offer which gives 25% off all Grandstand and Paddock tickets, which normally cost £17 each, if booked by midnight, December 24.  To book discounted tickets online visit  or call the hotline on 08445 793005 and quote NYD13FUN.

Rachel Buckley and Stuart Wright of Hartnell Chanot & Partners

Tel:   01392 421777


Whether you are struggling with a relationship breakdown or planning ahead for the future, Hartnell Chanot & Partners offer a specialist service that can help. As the South West’s leading family law specialists, our team of solicitors offer expert service across a wide range of family matters. In addition to a FREE initial appointment we are offering a 5% discount to members of BNSW Exeter and your employees.

Rozz Algar of Herne European Consultancy Ltd

01837 83111

Train the Trainer 2 day programme – being held in North Devon on 17th & 18th January – usual price £450 (+VAT) for 2 day course, NOW ONLY £395 per delegate. For details or to book a place email                                        

Adam and Louisa Chetnik of Hosted Desktop UK Ltd

0203 239 6181

New Year Special Offer – sign up to Hosted Desktop UK in January 2013 and we will give you two months free hosted desktop access

Ronnie Halden of Peninsular One Source           

01392 222222

Personalised 4G iPhone covers £12

Ashley Scott of

01392 495133

5000 Double Sided A5 Gloss Leaflets available in just 3 working days ONLY £99



Danny Frayne – Quick Print SW Ltd

01392 271739


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 – for full details go to           

Olly Dymond – Shopping Sherlock

07970 758196

Search with the Sherlock and save up to 50%. Cut the cost of Christmas this year with a free Shopping Sherlock app. Download the app for free at  and save money fast.

Or ask Olly Dymond at the event or email


Susan Meldon Simply Assisting You

Tel: 01392 248247


  1. Cost effective – our low monthly fee means it’s affordable to small businesses
  2. Totally flexible – we offer a unique mix and match ‘Office Assist Package’, meeting the precise needs of your business
  3. Dedicated team – so we get to know your business and team personally
  4. Professional image – to your customers at all times
  5. We specialise in office tasks – you specialise on your business
  6. A member of the Society Of Virtual Assistants



Phil Roberts of St Loye’s Foundation

07515 586 727






Linda Bennett and Dave Barr thebestof Exeter

01392 248 263

We’d love to learn more about your business and see if we might be able to help promote what you do. So – we’re extending our Expo offer for reduced price thebestof Exeter membership to you. This ‘Internet friendly’ package has been tailored to suit everyone’s budget, giving you great online results on our newly designed website. Festive season offer – 50% off joining fee

  • Your business in up to 3 categories
  • Up to 4 images
  • Link to your website
  • Email link
  • Full contact details
  • Up to 400 words of SEO copy written for you about your business
  • Google Map
  • Free call tracking telephone number
  • 24/7 customer reviews

The most important thing to us is whether you qualify as one of ‘the best’, so let’s have a chat.            



Hugh Graham of The Bid Coach

01963 240555 & 07970 694814

Free review and critique of a recent presentation – with suggestions for improvements. AND/OR free session to discuss what key messages you need to communicate in a forthcoming “must win” presentation             



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.




Dan Farrell- Wright of Webformed

01189 657511

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                  



Ian Smith – Winning Tenders

01392 247997

Free tender-readiness check for your business if you are thinking of tendering for contracts and want to know how you stack up i.e. is your business tender ready? Could be worth thousands!




Robert Guest of WPA

01404 815276

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.                       



Exeter Business Network January 2013 Event

“The A to Z of winning major new business contracts through the tendering process “.

Hosted by Hugh Graham of The Bid Coach, Ian Smith of Winning Tenders and Vicki Stewart of Tender Victory.

With over 50 years of combined experience in helping businesses tender for and win major new business contracts Hugh, Ian & Vicki will share their knowledge and experience on how to become more successful when seeking to win major new contracts where any type of formal bidding process is involved.

This seminar will benefit any business wishing to win contract work from either the private or public sectors as a way to profitable business growth.

  • How and where to search for contract opportunities for your industry
  • Bust some common myths about tendering
  • How to give yourself every opportunity to win
  • How to build rapport with your buyer through written responses
  • Common pitfalls that stop you from winning tenders
  • Performing well at the interview / presentation
  • The importance of every piece of communication with the potential client

Followed by THE Networking Lunch

♦ 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?

    Invites from

Sean Humby

Tel: 01981 540708  Fax: 0845 305 8155

Email :

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