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Updated – Exeter Business Network September event – great scheduling!

August 6, 2013

It must be purely coincidence or was it a great piece of scheduling?

September 4th is not only the next Exeter Business Network event but also the 15th year since Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google!

Not wishing to look for any more coincidences but in my view there is one more – the seminar before THE networking lunch is all about remote and virtual working – something that Google (and other providers!) has really made very accessible and workable – but there are challenges that exist.

The seminar before THE networking lunch, is being hosted (no pun intended!) by Bev Holloway who has developed the a virtual arm of her business and is well versed in what we – you – those that work remotely – need to do to be more productive, effective and happy with this way of working.

Titled – Overcoming  the challenges of remote/virtual working – there are some startling statistics in today’s working world……

At the end of 2009, 12.8% of the workforce (3.7 million people) worked mainly at or from home.  This is a 21% increase since 2001.  The region with the highest level of homeworking is the South West, at 15.6%.*

According to the ONS report on Self-Employed Workers in the UK February 2013, Self-employment has risen by 367,000 since the downturn in 2008 and  58% of self-employed people use their home for work purposes.

The  government  plans that 90% of the population will have access to Superfast broadband by 2017.


In March 2013, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer  banned her staff from working from home.  Against  the grain you would think?

She may recognise some of the challenges that remote/virtual/home working has as might you:

  • Performance issues
  • Loss of creativity and cooperation
  • Social Isolation
  • Communication barriers

If you have a remote team, work from home, have offices in multiple locations or if you are just plain interested in how the working world is changing, come along.

This interactive seminar will explore :

  • What lies beneath these four challenges  – why they exist
  • Typical remote scenarios
  • Practical ways to overcome the challenges
    • for you
    • with your team
    • the benefits of remote working

Director – Sureways


Bev  works with Global organisations and SME’s alike to provide practical and effective learning solutions. 
Learning Virtually Anywhere is the virtual arm of Sureways Training Limited.

What do you gain from attending this event?

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. Through networking over coffee before the seminar, knowledge from the seminar and structured networking before and during the lunch.  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
  • Crumb free keyboard working lunch

What is my return?

A recent Tweet from a Business Network SW member…………………….
“Do you mean the signing last week? Takes work signed via #BNSW to £22,247 in last 8 months. 742 months of lunch :-) “
That’s an ROI of over 4000%

What’s THE networking lunch all about – I’ve mentioned it enough times?

Networking over drinks, a sit down served 2 course lunch, dietary requirements catered for, a table host to conduct proceedings, conversations leading to connections and collaborations. Delegate details provided to enable you to connect with others in the room

How long will all this take?

Seminar starts at 10.30am – with coffee and networking from 10am, finishing at 11.45am
THE networking lunch starts with drinks and informal networking at 11.45am, you sit down for your served 2 course lunch (a guaranteed crumb free keyboard!) and runs until 2pm

What people go to the events?

People just like you! People who want their businesses to succeed through knowledge, connections and strong business relationships generating an ROI for you
Attendees at the last Exeter Business Network event at Sandy Park

Attendees at the last Exeter Business Network event at Sandy Park

Here’s a list of some of those booked to date

Sept lunch update

What else do I need to know?

Cost of event is £34.00 (Inc VAT) covering seminar, coffee, 2 course served lunch with drinks incl. wine, delegate list, free car parking, follow up details after event.

Where and when is it taking place?

Exeter Golf and Country Club, Countess Wear, Exeter, EX2 7AE – 4th September 2013

How do you book your place?

call me

Sean Humby - Blog co-ordinator! Also host for Business Network SW events

Sean Humby – Host for Business Network SW events

 on 01981 540708

email – with “yes book me in” or “yes send me invite” or

complete enquiry form here

Have you missed anything?

4th September at Exeter Golf and Country Club

Seminar before lunch – Overcoming  the challenges of remote/virtual working

Times – seminar and networking 10am – 11.45am.  THE Networking lunch 11.45am – 2pm

Where do you get your invitation?

call 01981 540708

email – with “yes book me in” or “yes send me invite” or

complete enquiry form here

*The analysis was carried out as part of the Workhubs study, supported by the UK Department of Communities and Local Government, the Homes & Communities Agency, Commission for Rural Communities, Advantage West Midlands and South East of England Development Agency.


Learning Virtually Anywhere offers live online training in individual and manager performance, benefiting your business by-

  • reducing time away from the desk – reducing your costs

  • reducing traveling time – reducing your costs

  • giving you access to results driven training on limited budgets

  • increasing your range of training options

  • providing a collaborative learning mind set

Contact Bev to find out more or come to the seminar and the lunch – a win-win-win!



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