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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust

March 14, 2013

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” so said Marcel Proust

and how true this was at the Bristol Business Network event on 13/3/13.

The event at Redwood Hotel and Country Club began with a fabulous seminar hosted by Inge Dowden of Polyglot Coaching.  Titled “How to be happy and successful at work” Inge engaged the audience with a presentation that covered the science behind happiness, how to be happy, be successful and make more money and an action plan.

The science of happiness, success and creativity

The science of happiness, success and creativity

For more details on this fantastic seminar that could help you, your business, your colleagues be happier, more productive, creative and alert then contact Inge.


The seminar was followed by THE networking lunch where David Minns, Alison Pavier, Nick Fox, Chris Gordon, Lynda Farmer, James Short, Jeremy Comley, Sam Finlay, Sean Humby, Vic Vaughan, Dan Jones, Roy Adair, Martin Boulton, Inge Dowden, Shane Dean, Peter Prater, Matt Richardson, Neil Kinnerly, Alan Webb, Danielle Thompson, Sarah Whittock, Wayne Chamberlain, Greg Dodimead, Daniel Collings, Richard Graves, Anna Cussen, Debbie George, Mark Leveridge, Nigel Peeck, Fi Sen, Ken Abbott, Taiwo Orishayomi, Oliver Dymond, John Shore, Paul Wilkinson, Sue Mitchinson, William Hammond, Chris Roys, Simon Coy

from A Suit That Fits, Computech IT Services, Phil Yarrow Consulting Ltd, Appleton Fox Wealth Management Ltd, Auditel, Open Network Associates Ltd, AugMentor, Avagio IT Services, Event Exeter (University of Exeter), GD Creative Ltd, GWS Media Ltd, Bizvidz (Airhead Animation), Business Network (SW) Ltd, Shore Business Services, Shred-it M4 Corridor, Something To Say, Space, Business Sorted Ltd, Alison Pavier Consulting, Mark Leveridge Magic, Referral Institute UK, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Hilton Garden Inn Bristol, Key PA Solutions Ltd, Polyglot Coaching, Davies and Partners Solicitors, The Jessie May Trust, The Manor House Hotel & Golf Club, N3 Display Graphics Ltd, National Accounts at Referral Institute UK, Purple Sheep Media, Qtac Solutions Ltd, Recognition Express, Omni Media, Redwing Excel, Rent2Rent, Shopping Sherlock

enjoyed a served 2 course lunch during which conversations led to connections, collaborations and opportunities that enhanced those there and their businesses.

A captivating presentation by Oliver Dymond as a taster to his seminar in April was a great way to end an event that could be heard throughout the hotel – the buzz of conversation and enthusiasm for generating opportunities coming from everyone who attended.


Bristol Business Network Charity of the Year 2013

Jessie May

Jessie May is a local charity that provides vital nursing care, within the family home, for children who have life limiting conditions. In addition they provide respite days, packed with activities, with expert care on hand giving parents and siblings a chance to do some of the things you and I take for granted – such as the weekly shop or perhaps even a trip to the zoo.

Other ways you can help

1. Many companies have charity committees – if yours does it would be great to get an introduction to the chair or other members.

2. As well as hard cash we also need IT hardware, office equipment, furniture etc. If you become aware that your company or a client company is getting rid of good stuff then you might point them in our direction?

3. Also as I mentioned we are currently collecting old mobile phones and inkjet cartridges for recycling which raises money for us. A new fundraising initiative is recycling old jewelry – gold silver, costume jewelry and watches broken and damaged all can be recycled and raise money for us.

4. You may be a member of a sports club, a choir, or other leisure group. These often raise money for charities also – consideration of Jessie May would be very helpful.

5. An opportunity for you to market your business through sponsoring our newsletter for example.

Or a great way of raising team morale by a team participating in a fun fundraising event.

If you want any information on any of these ideas then please email me or ring me – Chris Roys   Chief Executive   01179616840

Where do I book and event?


call 01981 540708,


complete enquiry form here

Why should you attend?

At each event you will have the opportunity to meet numerous other senior decision makers from locally based businesses in a relaxed and focused environment. It is a proven way and sustainable way of continuing to develop opportunities.

  • You will generate opportunities that will enhance your business
  • You will build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers
  • The networking is relaxed and comfortable
  • You will the opportunity to promote your business and expertise
  • You will build a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business
  • You will generate an ROI on your networking


Other offers and opportunities from the event

David Minns of A Suit That Fits

020 3405 2489

2 suits for £799



Chris Gordon of AUDITEL LTD

Tel 01453 542495

We will review you or your clients costs for free – consultancy on a no-savings, no-fee basis delivered by the UK’s number one cost management organisation. We can look at over 150 cost categories from energy to telephones, insurance to stationery to business rates.  Even if you are a small organisation or a sole trader there is probably something we can do for you.  We will happily pay a finder’s fee for introduction to larger clients.


01249 654871

We offer free, no obligation IT audits/system checks


Karl Ellis of EBRS

Tel: 01454 501686 Mob: 07868 745758

PAY BENCHMARKING OFFER – get 3 roles assessed for the price of 2.

The savings made by not paying the going rate for a role can be easily outweighed by the recruitment and training costs of replacing a valued employee who has been tempted away.

We can provide you an objective assessment of the market rate for any (or all) of your roles – from Chief Executive level down. Contact us on 01454 501686 or see our website ( for more details                

Richard Graves and Daniel Collings – GWS Media

0117 972 4835

Free one-hour consultation to help you establish your marketing requirements

Debbie George of Key PA Solutions Ltd

0117 214 0104

Trial offer of 5 hours at special discounted rate only usually available to retainer clients of 20+ hours per month.

  • Are you trying to do it all and getting more bogged down with paperwork than you would like?
  • Do you need to free up some time in order to concentrate on your core business?
  • Do you need help with diary management?
  • Do you need help with e-mail management?
  • Book-keeping/invoicing/credit control a problem?
  • Do you need some work/life balance?

If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then you need my help!

Try my full PA package this month to benefit from my discounted trial offer, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without me.             


Mark Leveridge, Strolling Magician.

01392 252000

Book me to entertain at the table sides during a dinner function meal, and I will also perform for an hour at the pre-meal drinks reception for no extra charge. For more info please contact me on  or call 01392 252000. For more general information please go to




Tel: 0117 965 5566

We will match, or better any quote on like-for-like display requirements

Inge Dowden of Polyglot Coaching


Learn to understand yourself and others and become a better communicator, negotiator conflict manager by taking a DISC profile and a 30 minute coaching session with me. Normal price: £147 but for BNSW members the special offer price is £97

Contact me for more details:  or 0117-3704204


Olly Dymond – Shopping Sherlock

Would you consider a part-time/second business if it had a one time start up cost of £160 and a monthly cost of £22 and can provide you an income of £3000 a month within 4-6 months!!!???

Call Olly on 07581 664438 or



Tel: 01454 228 213

From The Best of Bristol 25% off one year’s advertising for members of the Business Network SW


Anna Pepler  of The HR Dept
Tel 0845 2021 999

We offer outsourced HR Services to SME’s; everything an in house HR Department would provide but at a fraction of the cost. We are happy to provide a free consultation and meet with any business to discuss their HR needs. We also offer a free review of employment contracts, company policies and handbooks                     


Tel: 0870 7777011

Reduce costs; reduce your carbon footprint with Fax 2 e-mail. WELCOME offers a full range of numbers that can deliver faxes to your inbox. Free to set up this service means that you only print the faxes you need to.


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