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 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.
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.
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.
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?
The Exeter Chamber of Commerce’s April Networking lunch held on 17 April was a sell-out success. The theme of this lunch - ‘Exeter - the South West’s most sustainable city’ - brought together a huge variety of over 110 businesses.