Networking – In a nutshell

Authored by Bitpod
Posted: Thu, 04/03/2014 - 4:49pm

In the latest In a nutshell video Sean Humby from Business Network (SW) explains why he thinks you should network.

Sean also discusses the best places to network and gives great advice on how to prepare for networking “There are many networking events, breakfast, lunch and dinner - all offer you the opportunity to meet people, but remember that you are there to network, "not net-eat or net-drink"! Sample events, and then commit to one or two groups where you feel comfortable, and can enjoy meeting people to build great relationships. Commitment means participating, engaging and...

Exeter Chamber's Meet the Neighbours event

Authored by Exeter Chamber of Commerce
Posted: Thu, 03/06/2014 - 6:40pm

Back by popular demand, the Exeter Chamber’s Meet the Neighbours business lunch was held at Sandy Park Conference Centre on 26 February and was attended by more than 100 members of the business community. This was an increase in numbers on last year’s Meet the Neighbours lunch which saw over 80 people attend.

Delegates were treated to a two course lunch and had the opportunity to network and build new contacts in the business community as well as catch up with old friends.

Both Exeter and Somerset Chamber gave an update to attendees.

The event was sponsored by the...

Young Professionals Raise a Glass to 3rd Birthday!

Authored by Attention Media
Posted: Mon, 11/04/2013 - 9:25am


The Gilbert Stephens Young Professional’s Network raised a glass to celebrate the group’s 3rd birthday at Pebblebed Vineyards premises in Clyst St George, just outside Exeter.

Since its inception in 2010, the group has grown to over 170 members made up from a variety of businesses in Exeter and attendees enjoyed an evening of networking and wine tasting and a talk from Pebblebed’s owner, Geoff Bowen.

Isabel Bertram, one of the founders of the group, comments: “We have been overwhelmed by the support shown for the group from...

Local Business Network supports local charity

Authored by Exeter Leukaemia Fund
Posted: Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:25pm

A group of local business people have been adding a new dimension to breakfast to raise much needed funds for Exeter Leukaemia Fund. The Honiton group of 4Networking used their fun fines system to fill an ELF collection box. Group leader Dominique Bailhache explained, “We have really enjoyed raising money for ELF. 4Networking provides an environment for local business people to get together and get to know each other. At each meeting we have what we call the 40-second round, where each person gets 40 seconds to explain what they are looking for or have gained from being a member. If anyone...

Halloween Coffee Morning at Basepoint Exeter

Event Date: 
31/10/2013 - 10:30am
Basepoint Exeter

Come and join our spooktastic coffee morning this Halloween at 10.30am on Thursday 31st October in the Basepoint Exeter break out area.

Businesses invited to join the Big Breakfast

Authored by Lakeside Media
Posted: Thu, 10/10/2013 - 9:39am

The economic outlook for small businesses will be on the agenda as the East Devon Business Initiative hosts its annual Big Breakfast meeting.

The event, open to all businesses in the Exeter and East Devon areas, is being held once again at Woodbury Park, home of the EDBI, on Friday, October 25 from 7.30 to 11am.

Among the guest speakers will be David Shephard, regional chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses in Devon.

Pete Chubb, newly re-elected chairman of the EDBI, said: “Our Big Breakfast is the highlight of our business year when we invite non-members to...

Business Network South West - Summer Business Lunch

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 4:47pm

70 decision makers from the local business community attended the summer Business Networking (SW) lunch held at Sandy Park, Exeter.

Guests were welcomed with a glass of wine and enjoyed a two-course sit-down lunch followed by a presentation from Spencer B. Hodgetts on Nature’s Brilliance in Business.

There was also a free pre-lunch seminar on ‘Sales through Service’ hosted by Guy Arnold.

Lunchtime networking for city professionals

Authored by Attention Media
Posted: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:59am

Around 15 members of the Gilbert Stephens Lunch Club enjoyed a two-course luncheon at The Conservatory located on North Street.

The bi-monthly event, organised by the Devon-based law firm, is held at various venues in and around Exeter and gives professionals from the city the chance to meet in an informal setting.

For information on upcoming events arranged by the Gilbert Stephens Lunch Club, please email

Business Network (SW) celebrates 20th Anniversary with original founder-members

Authored by Glen King PR
Posted: Thu, 05/23/2013 - 11:43am

A South West networking organisation celebrated its 20th anniversary at an organised lunch held in Exeter. Nearly 100 members of the Business Network (SW) joined current owner Sean Humby together with special guests, founder members Jim and Jackie Enright. Magician and original Business Network (SW) member Mark Leveridge acted as MC for the event held at Sandy Park.

Sean Humby took over the business in 2007 and today has 149 members across the South West region with membership retention of 89%. The turnover of £85,000 is up by 13% on last year’s figures.

Sean Humby,...

Are We Making the Most of Contacts?

Authored by The Plum Consultancy
Posted: Tue, 04/30/2013 - 12:08pm

How many times do we go to networking events, exchange business cards with several individuals and then… not follow up! We are all guilty of this to a lesser or greater degree and yet we have made the initial investment in the design, print and exchange of cards, attending the function and introducing ourselves, so what goes wrong?

Is it our typical British reserve? Why do we feel so awkward about making follow up contact? Could it be that our expectations are so high that it stops us from thinking about the most appropriate approach? Is it that we feel that it’s obvious these...