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September 2014 update “What people are saying about Business Network SW” – thank you!

August 13, 2014

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”. Brian Tracy

Recently received comments – updated September 2014 – thank you so much!


I so enjoyed running that seminar as the people who attend your lunches are just wonderful – interested in learning, supportive, friendly, positive and just overwhelmingly fab!

Thanks again,



The event that Julia is talking about…


Dear Sean
I have been to many networking events since my secondment to Exeter and I have to say yesterday was one of the best and I can see why you had so many at it.  My morning yesterday did not get off to a good start and I nearly cancelled as I did not feel I would be at my best, but I did not and I am pleased I turned up. My table was interesting, and I did find Roger Moore’s talk very informative. Thank you for keeping at me to come.  I am away to Portugal the next meeting, but please let me know about joining and other meetings.
Kind regards
Lorraine McKitterick
Buckerell Lodge Hotel


Hey Sean

Just wanted to say thank you for putting on a great lunch event to day ……as always!
I had a very enjoyable time – especially the part when we were listening to young Carlos
What an amazing young man – I reckon he is going places – and probably quite quickly
You did a great job table hosting
I am looking forward to next month’s event already!!
Have yourself a great week 


Great networking lunch today, the focus group was very interesting
Steve Gaskell


Sean’s Business Network SW meetings played a huge part in helping me to establish and build EBRS. Of the various networking groups I tried, his monthly lunchtime sessions were the ones I found most effective.

They provided a relaxed but structured way of meeting with other small business owners and decision-makers in larger companies. Consequently I made connections which have led to ongoing work and referrals and I have also sourced a number of other services from fellow networkers over a four year period.

Sean always takes an active interest in what I do and took time to understand EBRS. My only regret is that I rarely seem to have time to attend the lunches now – I’m usually too busy with client commitments – but this is in part testimony to the network’s effectiveness!

Karl Ellis – EBRS Ltd – Feb 2014


BNSW events are always the first thing in my diary each year as unmissable events. In 2013 the amount of business we generated from BNSW introductions will cover the cost of lunches for the next 60 years or so. Plus there is the opportunity to learn from other members & keep up to date with business trends. Not to mention great food with even better company. Highly recommended

Nigel Wilkinson – WNW Design – Jan 2014


I have been a member for a number of years and I would say that Sean is the best at Hosting network lunches – he makes everyone feel really relaxed and therefore this makes networking so much easier – and great to do business in this kind of environment- you must come along to see you for yourself.

Nicky Dunn – Mango Personnel – November 2013


I have been a member of BNSW for over two years & in that time have found the networking event to be the best in our area. We have built new relationships with other members that have lead to work, referrals & friendships. Sean is a natural host and does his best to make sure all members get the most from their membership. He also works hard to ensure that everyone is at ease by making introductions, offering advice on how to network & also being a jolly nice chap. I can not recommend it enough.

Alex Wren – Bitpod Ltd – November 2013



Just wanted to say keep up the great work – there is not another networking group like yours that I am aware of! 

All the best,

David Minns – A Suit That Fits – August 2013


Hi Sean, 

Great to meet you today at BNSW, and thanks to you and everyone else for making me feel so welcome as a guest. Looking forward to coming back to BNSW soon (and, inevitably, joining – I took a booking and payment for 6x my lunch fee before I left the building today!) 

Best wishes, 

Jo Greene – House of Colour – Exeter – August 2013

FFCAdoption Aug 07, 3:53pm via HootSuite

@seanhumby Another valuable networking event in Exeter. What a great table I was on. One very interesting conversation!

nigelwnwAug 07, 3:25pm via HootSuite

Another great #BNSW lunch, thanks to @seanhumby Great table of interesting people as always & one new meeting arranged already

OlyHarrisonAug 07, 4:47pm via TweetDeck

@seanhumby Thanks for a great networking lunch today.

HannahLeger1Aug 07, 5:32pm via Twitter for iPhone

Thanks @seanhumby for a great networking day with #BNSW excellent seminar by Guy @greatorpoor really looking forward to the next one!


“Sean runs a superb network. He is very friendly and warm always a big smile on his face. He especially looks after guests and new members and ensures they benefit from the experience. 
I am very grateful to Sean for all the contacts I have made and the business tips from seminars etc. Also to Sean for his charitable support.”

Chris ROYS – The Jessie May Trust – November 23, 2012


“Sean is excellent at bringing together businesses for their mutual benefit. His Business Network SW lunches are well organised, fun, and extremely useful as a meeting point for motivated businesses of all types. Sean is a good listener and is quick to spot opportunities for others and to then pro-actively help those opportunities to come to fruition. Trustworthy and efficient, Sean runs a great business and is always seeking to do anything he can for all members of the Business Network SW.” November 23, 2012

Mark Leveridge – Professional Strolling Magician 


“Sean keeps us up to the mark in helping us to broaden our business marketing. He stimulates our senses as to what is going on around us in business activities so that we can endeavour to expand our business database and fee earning.” November 23, 2012

David FruminOwner, David Frumin & Associates


“Sean makes networking an enjoyable and extremely effective experience. Driven by his energy and personality he generates business contatcs and contracts for his clients.”November 23, 2012 Fiona J W Hallworth


“Sean has long been instrumental in putting me in contact with not only my peer group – I work alone and this is instrumental in staying abreast of what local Bristol business are doing – but also providing the forum for me to generate leads. Sean is also an A Suit That Fits patron and advocate, which is key to the growth and success of A Suit That Fits.”

A Suit that                    


Twitter Testimonials from 13/6/12

@tendervictory Vicki Stewart great day yesterday at #BNSW with @seanhumby and lots of other new contacts – looking forwarding to linking with everyone!

@nigelwnw Nigel Wilkinson Great #BNSW lunch today, inspirational stories from GB para Olympic footballers, thanks @seanhumby

@Blind_Seal Keryn Seal Lost my networking virginity today. Thanks to @seanhumby and phil & Jane from @Stloyes for helping myself and @MrRMWilliams also

@_Fran_long Fran Long Brilliant Exeter Business Network meet thanks @seanhumby

@thebestofExeter Linda Bennett Thank you @seanhumby for a great lunch @ExeterRaces 

Great network – thoroughly recommended. Good mix of businesses and loads of opportunity to meet new contacts. 

Katina Read – Devon Business News    


“I have been attending the Business Network SW since it started a number of years ago, and can confidently say Sean always keeps his finger on the pulse – the Business Network SW is one of the best networking groups on the circuit, the venues are amazing and the lunches superb. There is always a warm welcome when you arrive at events and my number of clients and friends just keeps growing and growing. The seminars and 10-minute presentations are always informative and interesting – Well done Sean! – Good video at the April 2012 Lunch with Bitpod!!! – Your wing man (sound recordist extraordinaire). Danny @ QuickPrint.” 

Danny Frayne – QuickPrint                         


“Sean is the face and driving force behind Business Network (SW) and has been critical in making the networking experience as enjoyable as it is rewarding. In the short time Gameplans has worked with Sean we have established a number of essential connections and are confidently moving forward with our business development. I wholeheartedly recommend Sean and Business Network (SW) to anyone who is serious (but not too serious) about growing their business and supporting the promotion of the South West as a great place to do business.” 

Colin Nicklas – Gameplans                        


“Wow, what’s not to love and where do I start! Sean does a fantastic job of making everyone feel important and involved, and he somehow ensures that we’re all thinking about how we can not just do more business with fellow members but also how we can help the other members with more referrals and contacts. The setup is perfect for networkers and if I only have time for one networking event a month, I make sure this is it!” 

Kim Knox


“Sean hosts one of the busiest business events in the South West whilst making it all look really easy. The organisation, the communications and the lunchtime presentations are all perfectly executed. Sean is energetic, witty and most of all very welcoming. We are looking forward to future events and are really pleased to be part of this friendly and effective community.” 

Alex Wren – Bitpod                                


“I highly recommend the monthly network lunches that Sean arranges in the Soutwest. I go to the Exeter and Taunton networking lunches and find them superbly organised, always meeting new people every month as well as further developing existing relationships. Plus there are the seminars in the morning, a great way to learn about different areas of business plus you can host your own. Several of my clients have come out of networking at these lunches and in hosting seminars. Sean himself is really friendly and easy to approach, and very helpful in helping you to promote your own business.” 

Chris Wood – Q Social Media                      


“Sean has put his incredible energy and enthusiam into the events to create a fantastic atmosphere in which to do business – you should hear the buzz in the room during the lunches! He is always cheerful and friendly and is happy to recommend members to whoever he meets even if it is outside of the network. He is always thinking ahead to the next thing that he can do to help members promote their business and is very keen to embrace new technology…And in between all this he still manages to find time to help organise and to attend other networking events. If you are a member of The Business Network you can be assured that Sean will always be trying to help you get the most from your membership

Andrew Parrott – Round Ash Associates                


“I like Sean, he is a motivator and a positive individual. There are alot of good networking events in the area but Seans was the first one I joined and I am glad I did. His events are structured and professional yet personable. Business Network works. Sean is very efficient and quick off the ball. If you are looking to invest into any networking events in the area, Business Network should be your first point of call. You will not be disappointed. I look forward to continuing to work with Sean and the members of Business Network SW.” 

Alana Carroll – Gravitas Recruitment (SW0 Ltd                     


“Sean has been a supportive ‘partner’ with his vibrant and enthusiastic Business Network. We have been members of Business Network South West for 11 years in total. I have found this to be one of the very best network opportunities, not only because it’s membership is for senior decsion makers, but also because of the way Sean runs things.” May 2011

Nigel Peeck N3 Display Graphics


“Sean’s caring attitude has helped St Loye’s Foundation in many ways. He always finds time to promote our charity to Business Network (SW) members and I fully recommend his network lunches as they are a great way to build valuable and lasting business relationships.” 

Phil Roberts- St Loye’s                                           


“Sean is one of the most generous and giving people I know. He runs a fantastic networking organisation and he never ceases to amaze me with his boundless energy and stamina. Here’s to you my friend.” 

Julian Summerhayes                           


“As a business coach, I have been a member of Sean’s network for over 2 years now and I can honestly say that it’s been a great investment, with an excellent ROI of 400%. And that’s just the financial side of it. The people you meet at the events are friendly and knowledgeable and Sean brings them all together with charm and efficiency. Sean is also always happy to help anyone who needs an introduction or wants some assistance. A great platform for any business owner who wants to grow their business.” 

Inge Dowden – Polyglot Coaching                      


“Sean’s enthusiasm brings out the very best possibilities for those fortunate enough to enjoy the great networking and learning opportunities afforded by the Business Network. What possible better way is there to form relationships with business colleagues? Totally professionally done, but with such a human and warm touch. It’s s pleasure to recommend him and his organisation.” 

Norman Hartnell – Hartnell Chanot and Partners                               



Ally Colton – Fundraising & Publicity Co-ordinator Just wanted to say thanks. Via the members area I have been able to email Ronnie Halden of Peninsular One Source – I was only able to remember Ronnie’s name, couldn’t remember the business name and couldn’t find his business card – however with the help of the members area I found him at the click of a button! Well done once again to Business Network South West. I raise money for charity with  Join me: 

Ally Colton – Families for Children                         


Thank you for yesterday, excellent seminar and speakers, great food, interesting conversations & I picked up three potential new business leads.

Alan Webb- Co-operative Employee Benefits                       


I’ve been a Business Network member for about 5 years now. There are so many networking opportunities in the area now its hard to know where best to spend your time, however one date that’s always in the diary is the Business Network because of its format. I like the fact you only have decision makers there and the table system works really well too. Keep up the great work Sean et al.


Alastair Banks – Optix Solutions                                         


I have been a member of Exeter Business Network for a few years now and rarely miss a lunch! Sean and Jane are very welcoming and make the events fun and relaxed as well as a being great place to make new contacts in business. This networking group is a must for any business large or small!!

Mandy Blackler – Casino Select                          


”just a quick one to say how much I enjoyed yesterday, seems to be going from strength to strength” 

Duncan Laker – Welcome Telecom                            

Thank you for a great networking lunch today. As I mentioned on leaving I liked the addition of the 4 x member speakers at the end of the event, which gave extra food for thought and a brief platform for them to offer information on their offers etc.  I appreciate all the hard work and thought that goes into organising, developing and improving the BN for members and guests. Thanks, Sean, and well done! 

Rosemary Pell – Road User Support Service                                     

“A must join networking group for any serious business. I have been a member of the Exeter Business Network for several years and have found it an extremely useful way of getting to know businesses, developing business relationships and doing business in the area. The whole organisation is run extremely efficiently and I always look forward to the next month’s lunch meeting.”

Robert Guest – WPA                 

“thank you for creating such a great network. Business has been brilliant as a result 

Simon Leek – South West ICT                       

Just wanted to let you know about another successful ‘coming together’ that started at a lunch. �I had previously sat on a table with Julie from Springboard Marketing and attended her recent seminar. �At the seminar she offered one morning of her time free of charge to Families for Children. �Julie came in on Monday and from that meeting we have come up with a plan to assist our recruitment of adopters. �At the end of the meeting Julie commented that all the ideas were probably ones that we had considered but had not got around to implementing and it hadn’t been rocket science. �I replied that she was right, but that our rocket was grounded and she had provided the fuel for us to take off!! �

Ally Colton – Families for Children                       

“Sean runs the Business Network Group. The BN is one of the best networking groups in the region, holding monthly lunches boasting 80+ people everytime. Not only are the events well attended but they are also decision makers only so you know your time is not wasted. Sean is extremly personable and easy to approach. Always looking to ‘connect’ businesses in the network and beyond if he can. A great person to know.” 

Alastair Banks – Optix Solutions                                             

Sean practices what he preaches, networking not on behalf of the Network so much as on behalf of the members. His genuine enthusiasm for and knowledge of the members makes him a great host and he always knows someone who can help, whatever our needs. When I moved to Exeter 2 years ago, I went along to the local Business Network lunch on day 2 of my job here. The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and supportive, largely thanks to Sean. I have met so many great suppliers, supporters and downright lovely people since that it was definitely one of the best things I could have done.” 

Helena Holt – Devon Air Ambulance Trust                                

“Sean’s organisation, energy and enthusiasm ensure that Business Network SW is a must attend event each month. I would recommend joining to any business large or small.” 

Nigel Wilkinson – WNW Design                                   

“I always look forward to the Exeter Business Network lunches each month, because attendance inevitably leads to more business. The members are good business people who value developing effective business relationships in a friendly, supportive but professional environment. Sean Humby and his team run the meetings efficiently at some of the top venues in Exeter. This networking group is very well worth the time and money spent to attend, in my opinion and is thoroughly recommended.” 

Linda Bennett – The Best of Exeter                       

You are a networker’s dream. You have the contacts and want to share them with people. You make this happen and ensure everyone has a good time networking. The events are interesting and you seat to mix people up at the meetings. As the Master of Ceremonies you keep us entertained whilst giving everyone the chance to contribute. Keep up the good work. 

Janet Crummey – Business Mentor The Princes Trust.  Janet sadly passed away on September 15th 2012.


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