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Polaroids and gales at Exeter Business Network May event

May 8, 2014
“Any problem can be solved using the materials in the room” – Edwin Land b. 7/5/1909 – founder of Polaroid
On the Beaufort scale a rating of 12 – hurricane force enthusiasm for conversations, connections and collaborations – THANK YOU!  Sir Francis Beaufort was born on 7/5/1774 – there’s the link breezy I’m sure you’ll agree!
I would also like to thank Alex Wren of Bitpod for a tremendous start to the event with his very visual seminar on “Using You Tube for Business” – informative, enlightening and entertaining – from duct tape roses – to hedge funds – to gold play buttons and ably assisted with help from Richard Hussey of RSH Copywriting and also Alison Jobson of Straight Marketing       For more details feel free to contact Bitpod
THE Networking lunch began with a welcome to the new members to the group and then 2 presentations.  These were the Exeter Business Network charity nominations where each charity takes it’s turn in nominating a member who has gone out of their way to help – there are more details on the charities and the fabulous work that they do later in this post!
From April – Caroline Creer of Devon Air Ambulance Trust nominated Mandy Blackler of Casino Select for organising a charity casino event that raised funds for the very important work that DAAT carries out –

Mandy being presented with her champagne and certificate!

a Twitter report here
For May – Ally Colton of Families for Children nominated Rachel Buckley of The Family Law Company.  Ally needed a venue for an event that she was organising in Plymouth and Rachel arranged that this could take place in the Plymouth offices of The Family Law Company –

Ally Colton – Families for Children, Sean Humby – Business Network SW and Rachel Buckley – The Family Law Company

FFCAdoption2:16pm via Twitter for Android

Congrats to @TheFamilyLawCo on their nomination from families for children as @seanhumby business of the

Those that participated in THE networking lunch included
Exeter May 2014
A big thank you to Mary Jane Campbell – Simpkins Edwards for the talk about cash accounting and tax simplification
Other Announcements at the lunch – what a variety of opportunities…..!
Venus Awards
Thank you Julia Bramble “After a triumphant inaugural event last year the Venus Awards are once again spearheaded by Celia Delaney of SpeakingSuccess, a local Devon company” Nominate someone here

Juice Plus Event – WALK YOUR OWN LINE
WEDNESDAY 14th MAY,7pm at Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7UX
  • Learn the importance to fruits and vegetables to your body
  • How to improve the health of those around you
  • Why you can trust Juice Plus+, backed by science
With Key Speakers
Mark Ormrod 1stTriple Amputee from Afghan conflict

Damian Brennan – Presidential Marketing Director.

Jay Martin President and CEOof NSAJuicePlus+

All guests are free entry.

Contact Tel 07985925263 to reserve your place
The Devon Business Expo
This is fantastic opportunity to showcase your business, new products or services, to 100’s of Devon based business people. Be quick as stands are selling fast as the expo fast approaches.
  • The Devon Business Expo is organised by thebestof Exeter. Headline sponsor is Basepoint Business Centres, supporting sponsors include: GHQ Training, Thermalogica and Glen King PR and Marketing. Media Partner is the Express and Echo and Digital Partner is Q Social Media. The charity of the day is Dream-a-way.
  • Don’t forget Business Network SW is sponsoring the after show networking party from 1730.
  • Discounted stand spaces are limited and will be offered to members on a first come, first served basis so please book ASAP to be sure of a place. To find out more about the show, please visit 
  • To take advantage of this BNSW member only offer and book a stand at the Devon Business Expo 2014 please contact:
  • Mike Pattle or David Hastings, thebestof Exeter
  • Tel: 01392 349 130
Business Needs
MD for engineering company in South Devon – great package – contact Kate Tennant – Search Consultancy or 01458 259398
Volunteers to test and give feedback for online coaching exercises – contact Christopher Catt – The Life Coach Station Phone:07774 574 202        Email:

Exeter Business Network Charities 2014

 Your chance to support them – if you are not skydiving – skydiving I hear you say……..
World Record Attempt Skydive 21st June 2014  to support Exeter Business Network Charities –
Or visit Skydive UK Website and click charity’s logo for full details and their minimum sponsorship amount (if you want to use the jump for free scheme)
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
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
Can I ask if you could recommend Business Network SW – you can do it very easily on LinkedIn – thank you in advance!  
“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work.  I want to achieve it through not dying” – Woody Allen**
“Those who believe in telekinesis – raise my hand” – Kurt Vonnegot**

More from Twitter on the event……………..

Bitpod_EmilyMay 07, 3:48pm via Web

Thanks @seanhumby for a great #BNSW lunch today and @alex_wren for a great seminar.. @AlisonJobson and @RichardHussey1 did a great job!!

AlisonJobsonMay 07, 3:33pm via TweetDeck

It was OK for you @RichardHussey1. You went 1st. I had to wait wondering what on earth I was going to have to spk on! @alex_wren @seanhumby

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RichardHussey1May 07, 3:31pm via Web

@alex_wren @seanhumby @AlisonJobson Wasn’t as uncomfortable as I was fearing. Really useful #youtubepresentation Alex.

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alex_wrenMay 07, 3:25pm via Silver Bird

Big thanks to @seanhumby at #BNSW for today’s seminar slot. Also to all who came inc @AlisonJobson & @RichardHussey1for being good sports!


FFCAdoption2:16pm via Twitter for Android

Congrats to @TheFamilyLawCo on their nomination from families for children as @seanhumby business of the


louiseextrahelp11:56am via Twitter for iPhone

Interesting presentation about video marketing and using YouTube for business #BNSW @seanhumby #Exeter


devonbizexpo11:24am via HootSuite

RT @seanhumby: 101 Reasons to attend Devon Business Expo 2014 / wow so many – not to be missed

JuliaBramble11:23am via HootSuite

Hi both – @seanhumby @DriveStudio – Sean’s #BNSW lunches are the place to be – you must try them 🙂

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claireextrahelp8:46am via Twitter for iPhone

Looking forward to networking in #Exeter today @SandyParkExeter @seanhumby


_makingwavesMay 06, 6:15pm via Web

Looking forward to a great day networking and meeting new people at @SandyParkExeter with @seanhumby tomorrow!

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