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Marx and Gandhi and numerous others made it, Sean nearly didn’t!

October 3, 2013

Firstly I would like to wish the lorry driver (and any others) who were injured during the accident on the M5 yesterday, secondly what can I say other than a huge thank you to Richard Hussey!

Richard hosted the seminar before lunch at the Exeter Business Network event at the Lord Haldon Country Hotel – a big thank you not only for a great (and that is what people have told me!) seminar but also for being the host of the event for a while! More details below..

Host of the event for a while you may ask – Megan and I were travelling down form our base in Herefordshire as we normally do – leaving at 6.30 in the morning giving us 3 hours to reach the venue.  No change or challenge there.  We, and I guess that this is another aspect of networking, we sent a text message from a members telling us that there had been a serious accident on the M5 – our route – and that it would be closed untill 11am – not ideal as the event in Exeter was starting with coffee and networking at 10am!

With the news from the travel reports and the tweets that we received we began to realise that getting to Exeter at all would be an achievement.  We were on the M5 after joining at Junction 18 – the traffic was being taken off at Junction 19 and being diverted.  I will just say that we did experience a bit of serendipity – as we left home we stopped to check that I had everything for the event (badges, delegate lists, dietary cards, table numbers, laptop, projector – as a 50 year old my memory is not as it was!!) this led to us following a convoy of 4 lorries doing 35mph – where is this going – if we had not stopped, had not followed the lorries then we would have been past Junction 19 and going nowhere!

Our diversion, and everyone else going south, took us to Portishead, then along the B3124, through Weston-in-Gordano and Walton-in-Gordano to Clevedon and joining the M5 at Junction 20.  A trip of 6.8 miles that took 2 hours.

The view from our diversion to the M5

The view from our diversion to the M5


I will share an insight with you – my biggest worry, call it a nightmare is getting an event set up, knowing that there will numerous keen, enthusiastic people ready to network and me, not getting there.  I was, in my head having a tumultuous time!

Would we get there for the seminar – not likely but we made plans….

A phone call to the Hotel who made sure everything was set up and another to Richard to explain our predicament and things were set up. I will add that our predicament was nothing compared to those involved in the accident and I trust that the lorry driver is making a recovery from his injuries.  A tweet from Richard
RichardHussey1Oct 02, 9:14am via Twitter for Android

@seanhumby all set up in garden room for the seminar. Relax!

really helped!  Next we texted all those attending the seminar to explain what was happening – even texting some who weren’t booked on!

Would we get there for the lunch – well we had been in the diversion since 7.20am – the journey time according to the SatNav was 1 hour and 12 minutes – the seminar and coffee was in good hands so we should be there in time to get set up for the lunch – pre-lunch drinks at 11.45am – or would we be there?  Should we notify all those coming to the lunch what was happening?  What contingency plan had I in place?  Should I have traveled down the night before and stayed in a hotel?  If I told people what was happening would they just not turn up? At this point I must say a big thank you to Megan – my wonderful daughter – who was contacting the people we needed to contact, getting text updates, sending texts and being super for bouncing idea’s around and for being a voice of reason!

We finally got to the M5 at 9.50am and knew (?) that we would get to the venue in time to set up!  We did and on our arrival the Hotel team had everything set up and ready and even a bacon butty and pot of tea ready!  We only had to get the badges ready, set up the pop ups, plug the projector in and we were good to go!  I may have looked flustered, hot and bothered, with my heart going at 50 to the dozen but we were there and you know what some of the members actually said that they would have just got on with it if we hadn’t made it!  Now there’s a thought!

Ready and set up!

Ready and set up! Part of the room at the Lord Haldon Country Hotel

Anyway back to the event….

Richard’s seminar started the event with a bang!

Click on image to see Richard’s slides

Followed by THE networking lunch – numerous conversations, connections and collaborations being made over a 2 course served lunch – guaranteed crumb free keyboard!



An informative talk from Mary Jane Campbell – Partner at Simpkins Edwards – was part of the lunch
Congratulations to Richard Carpenter – Enterprise Assist – who received a fine bottle of port and a certificate………
“I’d like to select Richard for the work that he has done in setting up Listen to Win with Keryn Seal (the new GB/England Blind Football team captain) and Robin Williams.  I know others have contributed to this – Bitpod, Old Mill, WNW Design, – brought together by Richard!” Phil Roberts – St Loye’s Foundation
Christmas Event supporting the Exeter Business Network Charities*- 4th December – Auction with auctioneer “Fitz” – please feel free to donate – things money can’t buy, fine dining, , weekend breaks, holidays, cars, gifts, fine wine, whisky, champagne, hampers, your expertise – whatever you can will be fantastic!  We will look to “bundle donations” to produce wonderful lots
*Exeter Business Network Charities 2013 – Your chance to support them…
The Devon Air Ambulance Trust is the charity which raises the funds to keep 2 emergency Air Ambulances flying. This is no small feat as each and every year we have to raise in the region of £4.5 million to keep both of the helicopters airborne.  Click here to donate  Help celebrate their 21st Birthday!
Families for Children place children for adoption from throughout the UK, who have experienced loss and upheaval. We find for them stable, loving families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
We are special because we have a ‘forever’ policy of support and this means that we offer support to the child and new family for as long as they need us. Click here to donate
WESC Foundation’s aim is the education and care of young people with visual impairment and/or complex needs and their transition into school, college and beyond.  By providing a specialist centre for education, training and expertise, WESC Foundation create a better life for people with visual impairment. Click here to donate
The vision of St Loye’s Foundation is that each individual should have the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, irrespective of natural abilities or setbacks experienced in life.
Mission – St Loye’s mission is to be the preferred choice of people with physical, mental health, sensory and other disabilities, or with long-term health conditions, to improve their quality of life and degree of independence.  Click here to donate
The Announcements
“In a nutshell”Alex Wren 
‘In a nutshell’, is a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing concise advice from business experts. Covering a wide range of topics ‘In a nutshell’ focuses on delivering easy to digest information using a simple but powerful video format. Based in Exeter, Devon this channel is managed and promoted by Bitpod Ltd – video marketing specialists.
An announcement from Rachel Buckley – Partner on the new The Family Law Co. by Hartnell Chanot & Partners 
is a firm of family law specialists. Founded in 1991 by Norman Hartnell, The Family Law Co. by Hartnell Chanot & Partners (formerly known as Hartnell & Co) has grown to become the largest firm of family law solicitors in the South West region with offices in Exeter and Plymouth.
Maggie Garret from WESC announced the WESC Foundation Fire Walk – 1/11/13
“Having done a fire walk, I can only say – it’s fantastic and is something that you can take and use for years and years to come!” Walk over hot coals and raise a scorching amount of money for the children at WESC Foundation. Phone or email Maggie Garrett for details/entry form – 01392 454343
And finally Rebecca Weaver talked about her exciting new business Charlie’s Live Lounge – THE place to be for over 28’s – sophisticated drinks, relaxing surroundings, Wine Wednesday’s and so much more   – special preview opening event 7th November 2013 – for more details and to reserve your ticket contact Rebecca Weaver – 07791060062
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that you’ve got it made” Marx (Groucho b2/10/1890)
“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong” – Groucho Marx
Finally thank you for the great Tweetback following the event
seanhumbyOct 02, 5:01pm via Twitter for BlackBerry@KirkhamBoard: Fab #BNSW Lunch today. Thanks @seanhumby – excellent table hosting @MangoPersonnel. Looking forward to the next one!

KirkhamBoardOct 02, 4:59pm via Twitter for iPhoneFab BNSW Lunch today. Thanks @seanhumby – excellent table hosting @MangoPersonnel. Looking forward to the next one!


kirstenparrickOct 02, 3:48pm via Twitter for iPhone#BNSW rocked. Belly full and met some wonderful peeps. Thanks @seanhumby


StraightMktngOct 02, 3:47pm via WebFabulous #BNSW lunch today with @seanhumby. Great to meet some new faces #networkingworks


qChrisWoodOct 02, 3:31pm via HootSuiteGood #BNSW #Exeter networking lunch today seeing @seanhumby and co. Plus talk from @SimpkinsEdwards on auto pension enrollment


RichardHussey1Oct 02, 9:14am via Twitter for Android@seanhumby all set up in garden room for the seminar. Relax!

nigelwnwOct 02, 9:00am via EchofonRT @RichardHussey1: Looking forward to#BNSW Exeter today with @seanhumby
> likewise, see you there

RichardHussey1Oct 02, 7:46am via WebLooking forward to #BNSW Exeter today with @seanhumby


SpaceExeterOct 02, 7:36am via Twitter for iPadSorry @seanhumby that Space are not at #BNSWtoday, look reward to seeing everyone next month… Crikey, then we will be into November!

One Comment
  1. Editors note – What’s Gandhi got to do with it – well he did say “You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing there will be no result” and he was born on 2/10/1869!

    Great to have also received the following from one of the members at the event
    “I am emailing to say that not only did I thoroughly enjoy yesterday’s lunch which, as always, is an ideal networking platform, but I also sat next to Steve who is an old school friend of mine – through primary and secondary! We haven’t seen each other for 28 years because he joined the army straight from school. It was lovely to have a catch up with an old friend :”


    “Thank you for the diary dates for 2014.

    Excellent news Sean – you have organised Bovey Castle for my birthday – once again BNSW going over and above in it’s delivery!! ;o)

    Great event yesterday.”

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