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  • Seminars/business workshops - coffee from 10am and they start at 10.30am - a networking opportunity
  • Informal networking with drinks including wine from 11.45am - watch it here!
  • Sit down for 2 course, served and structured networking lunch, with drinks and coffee, from 12.30pm
  • Lunch speaker
  • Event finishes at 2pm

Cost of Events

Covering seminar, coffee, 2 course lunch with drinks (wine available) and coffee, numerous senior decision makers, delegate list and post event follow up details

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08 October 2014 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Seminar Hosts

The HR Dept and Mego Employment


Ensuring your staff are motivated, engaged with your business and remain that way is an important part of running a business; after all they are your most expensive asset!

But why should we care if our employees are motivated?

  • Because motivated employees add 4 times more value and are 81% less likely to leave
  • Because they are 480% more committed to helping the business succeed and 370% more likely to recommend their job to a friend
  • Because 30% are less likely to take a sick day

During this seminar we will look at what skills and tools you can use to make sure you keep your staff involved and happy.

Areas we will cover will include:

  • Why motivation is important
  • What motivates people
  • What motivation tools will work for you

Hosted by Belinda Newton of the HR Dept (an HR Advisory Expert) and Nicky Dunn of Mego Employment Centres (a Recruitment Expert) – between us we have seen enough bad practice over the years to know how to do things properly!

Belinda Newton Owner of The HR Dept

Working with SMEs we provide a complete range of HR services to businesses in Exeter and the surrounding areas.

We know that the best person to run your business is you, but all too often your time can be frustratingly spent dealing with staffing issues. We can make the difference by taking away those issues, allowing you to focus on growing your business.

We provide HR advice and guidance through a cost effective, professional and efficient service that will be tailored to your Company's individual needs and will be delivered at a local and personal level. We will tell you what you can do, not what you can't do!

Whatever your issue, from A-Z, we will be able to help:

Absence Management
Bullying and Harassment
Contracts of Employment
Disciplinary Matters
Employment Law
Flexible Working
Health and Safety
Industrial Relations
Job Descriptions
Key Performance Indicators
Learning and Development
Maternity, Paternity, Parental Leave
National Minimum Wage
Occupational Health
Part-time Workers
Questions for Interviews
Staff Surveys
Unfair Dismissals
Working Time Regulations
Xmas Bonus and Other Perks
Young Workers
Zero Hours Contracts
or anything else HR related!

And Nicky Dunn - Operations Director - Mego Employment

Mego works with people to improve their ability to attract employers and get hired. And with employers to improve their ability to attract and hire the right people. We do this by providing a unique mix of employment and recruitment services through our employment centres, job board and recruitment hub.

Mego works with local people to improve their ability to attract employers and get hired. And we work with local employers to improve their ability to attract and hire local people. We do this by providing a unique mix of employment and recruitment services through out employment centres, the Mego job board and our recruitment hub in South Devon.

As our name suggests, Mego is all about the individual (ego means 'me' in Latin). We are here to help people with all employment related issues and problems. Most people don't receive or have access to the support, guidance, advice and coaching they need when they really need it - and that's exactly what Mego does! We literally help people achieve their aspirations.

Likewise employers; most don't manage the recruitment process as well as they could and most would benefit from improving their 'employer brand'. Mego does this too.

Speaker: Speaker: Sam Talby - FRP Advisory FCCA, FABRP and Licenced Insolvency Practitioner (ICAEW) specialising in providing restructuring, recovery and insolvency advice and programmes to individuals and owner-managed businesses: corporates and unincorporated bo

15 October 2014 - Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Seminar being hosted by Page Hargrave

What do iPads, suitcases, t-shirts, logos, user interfaces and splash screens all have in common? 

They can all be protected by a Registered Design!  Join Sean and Peter from Page Hargrave for an essential seminar on an often overlooked, but increasingly important, area of IP protection.  

We’ll be looking in detail at this affordable but sometimes confusing option.  

Covering protectable subject-matter, recent high-profile cases, and business tactics, this talk should provide an entertaining and informative look at the world of designs.

Page Hargrave is a specialist Intellectual Property practice (including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright), providing the highest levels of service, expertise and quality. Through the years we have built up many strong and productive relationships with clients throughout the world, including overseas attorneys, British and overseas companies and individuals. Our combination of approachability and skills ensure that new clients know they are in safe hands.

Page Hargrave in the news

Speaker: Fiona Hallworth - Clifton College

05 November 2014 - Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Exeter

Seminar being hosted by Mark Leveridge

Subject tbc - so a little on your host

I provide magical entertainment for all types of events both large and small. From helping to add an extra sparkle to a wedding day, to making companies memorable at trade shows, my professional magic skills can enhance any type of event. 

Companies looking for a memorable way to impress their clients can use my strolling magic in a number of different ways. 

As an ice breaker at mix and mingle receptions (product launches, office openings, key client meetings etc), I provide a personal form of entertainment that can go wherever your clients are standing or sitting.

As a talking point at dinners both large and small, my comedy magic creates atmosphere and conversation amongst the diners as the magic happens right at each table side. Many people cannot believe that magic can be performed so close!

Attending a trade show? My magic is the perfect way to raise your company profile by associating your business with something unusual and memorable. I am also able to use my magical skills to distribute your company information to potential clients and to collect their information for you.

Strolling Magic is also ideal for any number of private parties or celebrations. I have brought my magic to anniversary parties, special birthdays, family get-togethers, weddings, even BBQs in the back garden! My magic is portable, versatile and can be presented almost anywhere!


Speaker: Guy Arnold - Great or Poor

12 November 2014 - Old Down Manor , Bristol

A new venue!

Old Down Manor is one of the leading conference venues in Bristol. This Bristol conference venue rests in an idyllic location with breath taking panoramic views across the river Severn to the brooding Black Mountains beyond. Approached via a tree lined avenue the magnificent Victorian gothic Manor House sits amidst 60 acres of beautiful formal gardens, grazing land, and age old woodland.

Our Bristol conference venue is ideal for corporate events, conferences and business meetings. This very special house has recently undergone a spectacular renovation and whilst it now provides every nuance of modern day living, it still manages to retain the whispers of history in its original walls.

Seminar being hosted by Sam Finlay

Take 2 of his seminar earlier in the year

Have you ever found yourself walking away from a conversation with a prospective

customer with that niggling thought, at the back of your head that, they didnʼt really

understand what you said?

Or, do you sometimes find yourself being forced to hurriedly finish a conversation that would have allowed you to explain exactly what you do or what you supply and the value of it before you get the chance to tell your audience?

Are you one of those businesses that doesnʼt actually have anything physically tangible to show your customers so that you can say, “we supply these”?

If so, then the chances are, a good part of your time is spent educating your market. Who you are, what you do, how you do it, the benefit, the value and why your prospective customers should use you.

After all, you wouldnʼt be trying to make a living from what you do if you didnʼt believe that you had something that people should buy from you.

This seminar will set out to show you how to take your core business offer and explain it in a way that people will understand because if people donʼt understand what you do, then theyʼre unlikely to buy from you.

The seminar will include:

  • How to produce your own Whiteboard animations.
  • Where DIY video is appropriate and how to use it.
  • If no one is going to see it why bother? 
  • Considerations for your distribution strategy.

Seminar attendees leave equipped with some basic tools which they can develop for themselves together with an insight as to where online marketing communications is heading and why video & animation are central to these changes.

If people donʼt understand what you do, then theyʼre unlikely to buy from you.

This seminar will set out to show you how to take your core business offer and explain it in a way that people will understand.

Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

10 December 2014 - Exeter Golf and Country Club

Hosted by Compass Resolution

Disputes and dealing with them

Conflicts at work take many forms. It might be an individual with a grievance, a problem between an employee and a manager or conflict between two co-workers, conflict between husband and wife

Any conflict can get in the way of work and make your business less productive.

Dealing with conflict at an early stage to nip it in the bud and stop the situation developing into a full-blown dispute will save time, money and stress later on, for both the employer and employees.

With the expert advice from Compass resolution you will be better informed to take the correct path to resolving disputes

A message from John Hind - founder of Compass Resolution

In November 2011 I founded the Compass Resolution Group specialising in family and workplace mediation and facilitative solutions. We focus exclusively on the most effective ways of helping and supporting people to work together in mediation to solve problems and resolve conflict arising from relationship breakdown in the family and workplace.

The “Compass Resolution journey” began with my first job as a British army captain in the 80’s where I experienced first-hand the negative impact of conflict on people’s lives, the importance of supporting people to manage and cope with the effects of conflict and the positive power of effective team working and support.

When I left the army in 1989, having studied law at University, I was drawn to civil litigation which fed my natural instincts to support and protect my clients' interests.

However, the catalyst for my professional transformation came in 1998 when I trained as a family mediator. I discovered that this way of working resonated with my facilitative nature where the emphasis is on supporting people to work together, making their own decisions and reaching their own solutions in difficult situations, when they are often at their most vulnerable. This has been reinforced by my practice as a collaborative lawyer, civil and workplace mediator since 2005.

At Compass Resolution we are committed to;

  • providing the most effective mediation and facilitative support enabling our clients to work together to reach their own outcomes by providing access to a full range of professional support and information, when they need it and at a price they can afford and agreed from the outset.
  • supporting individuals to work within conflictual family and workplace environments.
  • supporting mediators to develop and market their own family and workplace mediation businesses
  • training others in mediation and faciltative skills helping many towards full mediation accreditation.

This is a life-long project and passion…

Speaker: Exeter Business Network Charities Families for Children, St Loye's Foundation, Devon Air Ambulance, WESC Foundation

17 December 2014 - The Bristol Hotel

LP Wealth Management & Octopus Investments - a session around VCT’s and EIS’s

During this seminar some of the strategies we will talk to you about could be beneficial if you have cash sat in your bank account or are keen to reduce your tax bill. For example information could include:

  • Plan for retirement using investments that offer income tax relief and a tax-free income – plus access to the capital
  • Claim a total of up to 70% tax relief by channelling the proceeds of a Venture Capital Trust (VCT) investment into a pension plan
  • Reclaim tax paid in the last tax year
  • Defer the capital gains tax due on the sale of assets
  • Release the proceeds of a property sale over a number of years to make the best use of capital gains tax allowances
  • Gain exemption from inheritance tax for an investment in just two years, without giving up access to the assets
  • Recover exemption from inheritance tax, without a qualifying period, on assets that business owners or farmers have sold in the past three years

Options like these are all available through government-backed initiatives such as Enterprise Investments Schemes (EIS), Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) and Business Property Relief (BPR). What’s more, the investment products involved are varied enough to suit a wide range of investors, from those seeking long-term growth to others who are more cautious and would rather focus on capital preservation.

Do you want to find out more – come along and hear Dominque ….

More about your host Dominique Butters

Dominique has more than twenty years experience Financial Services, six of them spent with Octopus covering the South West and Wales.

Dominique has a Diploma in Financial Planning and the Society for Trusts and Estate Planning (STEP) Certificate. She started her career on the management training programme in Lloyds Bank, Exeter, then became a financial consultant herself within the bank and advised private clients for over eleven years, mainly in the South Hams area of Devon.

After a time at Towry Law as an Independent Financial Adviser specialising in inheritance tax planning, Dominique joined Clerical Medical as a broker consultant. She spent five years covering advisers in the South West and went on to work on the investment specialist team as a technical and training manager in Bristol.

Dominique loves skiing, walking, pilates, going to spas and has a very British love of afternoon tea!

Speaker: The Jessie May Trust