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Each Event

  • Seminars/business workshops before THE networking lunch - Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)
  • Informal networking with drinks from 11.45am - watch it here!
  • Sit down for 2 course, served and structured networking lunch, every table is hosted, with drinks and coffee, from 12.30pm
  • Lunch speaker
  • Event finishes at 2pm
  • Getting the most from Business Network SW events

Cost of Events

Covering seminar, coffee, 2 course lunch with drinks (wine available) and coffee, numerous senior decision makers, event programme with delegate list and post event follow up details.  2015 Members £30 inc VAT - Visitors £36 inc VAT

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  • Visitors can come and experience 2 consecutive events with no obligation to join. 
  • To attend future events membership is required. 
  • From £250 + VAT/year (Bristol) and £345 + VAT (Exeter)
  • Membership can be paid monthly by Direct Debit using Gocardless.com
  • No joining Fee

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Diary of events below Click on the date to get more details

13 May 2015 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Growing and building your network

Networking is not new – a browse through the history books and you will see that the masons back in 900AD met to talk about the latest developments in stone and what new building were being made. Before then the Greeks and Romans developed agoras – areas where people could get together and talk. 

The Wikipedia entry says “Business networking is a socioeconomic activity by which groups of like-minded business people recognize, create, or act upon business opportunities"

A business network is a type of social network whose reason for existing is business activity. There are several prominent business networking organizations that create models of networking activity that, when followed, allow the business person to build new business relationships and generate business opportunities at the same time. Many business people contend business networking is a more cost-effective method of generating new business than advertising or public relations efforts. This is because business networking is a low-cost activity that involves more personal commitment than company money.

This seminar hosted by Sean Humby will give you practical advice on how to get the most from any networking that you do.

Networking in a nutshell - a preview!

Speaker: Chris Wood - Q Social Media

20 May 2015 - Old Down Manor , Bristol

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Hosted by David Doughty - Excellensia

Social Media for Beginners

Everything you have ever
wanted to know about Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter but were afraid to ask

  • How to gain 1,000 Twitter followers in
    just 3 weeks
  • How to make your LinkedIn profile work
    for you
  • Facebook really can be used for
    Business

David Doughty, Chief
Executive of Excellencia, actively uses social media to promote his business
and it is now the prime source of all leads and the number one focus for
marketing. He has over 25,000 followers of his personal twitter account
@daviddoughty and has 3 twitter accounts in the top ten globally for his
specialist field of Corporate Governance #CorpGov.

 Find out how you can
harness the power of social media to promote your business

Speaker: Peter Prater - QTAC Payroll Software & Outsourcing

10 June 2015 - Exeter Golf and Country Club

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Cobalt Computer Solutions - Digitalisation

Digitalisation is sweeping across every aspect of our daily lives in all possible ways. It is digital technology that is making tasks faster and more accurate.

The impact of digital technologies is prevalent in every spectrum of our lives. The process of digitalisation started some five decades back with the advent of computing technologies and digital electronics. Today digitalisation can be seen as a tool of transformation which extends beyond our lifestyle to the way we transact, interact and conduct business. Across all business sectors we are increasingly seeing the use of digital technology. The landscape of this digital age is increasingly being driven by innovations in e-communications, e-commerce and ever increasing deployment of the internet to create economies based on high technology, massive communication, knowledge creation and innovation. It is important to understand and appreciate the factors that are ushering in such changes and how these are impacting the modern day business.

Over the past ten years Cobalt Computer Solutions has firmly established itself as one of the South West's leading suppliers of business computer systems and networking solutions. Cobalt has built a strong client base in and around the Exeter area and provides coordinated networking packages for companies working both nationally and globally.

Website
www.cobalt-computers.co.uk

Speaker: Jon Beake - Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association

17 June 2015 - Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Seminar host - Inge Dowden

It is my mission in life to make sure that everyone has a good time at work, be that as the owner of a company or as an employee.

After working as an export sales manager in engineering for 15 years I decided in 2008 that there had to be more to life than selling knobs and handles. Being a naturally happy person who values freedom and doesn’t necessarily do things just because everyone else does them, I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I have always been very happy in my work, and when I wasn’t I would make a change and leave. I couldn’t understand why so many people would choose to stay in a job that made them unhappy until I realised that they often felt like they have no other options. Coaching can help them discover those options and make them happier and more successful.
I’m also very passionate about business. I love talking to lots of different business owners and see them flourish with my support and encouragement. My parents had their own textiles business and I particularly like supporting small businesses. I’ve only ever worked for small businesses so I understand what it’s like to have big plans and small budgets. I love being creative when the going gets tough and come up with ideas that don’t cost the earth but are still very effective.

Speaker: Roy Adair - Open Network Associates

08 July 2015 - Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Exeter

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Seminar Host - Richard Hussey - RSH Copywriting

Content- focusing on how businesses need to adapt their content publishing and online marketing to the changes that Google is making to how it ranks web content

Specialties

Website copywriting, Content Marketing, Business Blogging, On Line Marketing

Speaker: Mick Green - Endorse HR and Chair of local FSB

15 July 2015 - Old Down Manor , Bristol

Seminar slot available

Free to Business Network SW members

£500 + VAT for others - what you get is the room, coffee, a networking lunch and the opportunity to showcase your expertise, knowledge and give those attending something that will enhance their business.  You can invite others to see you in action - Business Network SW handles all bookings and payments (£36 inc VAT per person for seminar, coffee,  2 course served lunch, delegate details, structured networking throughout the event, follow up correspondence)

Contact Sean Humby - sean@business-network.co.uk or call 01981 540708

Speaker: 10 minute Speaker slot - Free to Business Network SW members Available at £150 +VAT for non members includes lunch- contact Sean to discuss

05 August 2015 - Bovey Castle

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

How to Build Trust and Authority Online with Video Content

Many businesses are familiar with networking and building personal relationships. Meeting in person allows you to make value judgements about an individual’s work ethic and expertise in their field. But how do you convey the same qualities in an online environment in order to access the much broader market present? 

In this seminar David Kilkelly of BlinkBack Video Marketing will demonstrate actual strategies that businesses can use to connect with customers on line. Using a blend of video, audience focused content and targeted social media marketing, David will show how a business can position itself as an authority and build a loyal on line following of relevant prospects.

This modern marketing approach concentrates on the specific content that you distribute as a business and why video is the most effective and engaging medium to deliver it. It is not a seminar about promotional videos or traditional advertising.

David Kilkelly leads BlinkBack, a Video company based in Ashburton that specialises in creating exciting engaging video content for forward thinking businesses. This content is fuelled with cutting edge digital marketing strategies that position it in front of specific audiences for maximum ROI.

Venue details

Bovey Castle is situated in the beatiful Dartmoor National Park, in the heart of Devon. The hotel is easy to locate, just 45 minutes drive from Exeter International Airport and 40 minutes from Exeter St David's Station.

Speaker: Ken Abbott - Into the Image - 3 from 12

12 August 2015 - Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Cash Management - Why your bank pays you next to nothing in interest on your savings, and what to do about it.

Hosted by Domus Financial

The seminar will cover how and why banks and financial institutions are building savings products which are complicated and don't offer a competitive rate of interest. It will also cover how as a consumer you can manage your savings and cash far more easily and receive the best rate of interest possible through using Domus Financial's cash management service.

People should come to this Seminar because over the long term, lost interest on savings can be considerable, and it is a common theme that banks offer poor returns on their accounts and products for savers. We have introduced a new cash management service which we want to share with our existing and new customers, which in a nutshell researches the whole of the market for different types of accounts and savings and demonstrates through this research what type of interest the customer is currently receiving on their savings and what they could potentially be earning should they move their accounts to another bank or provider. 

An example  -  a client  who has a considerable amount of savings, and through this service we identified her current interest she is earning is £6,900 however by managing the money more effectively her new rate of interest she is earning is £13,700. Over the longer term this figure is even more significant. 

Attendees to the seminar will essentially earn more money on all future savings and will find managing their savings and bank accounts efficient and a lot more simple. From a trust perspective they are also the only ones who have any kind of access to their accounts.

Speaker: LP Wealth Management

09 September 2015 - Sandy Park - Exeter

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Ken Abbott - Redwing Excel

12 from 12 - 12 business lessons from 12 years in business - lessons from the far side of the learning curve

Ken runs 2 successful businesses one that is 12 years old and one that is very new.  The lessons that Ken learnt during the setting up, growth and running of his first business helped him in getting it "really right" for his second business.

The 12 stages are enlightening, informative as well as being entertaining as Ken uses his own experiences - both good and bad - to highlight what we can do in our businesses.

"Having been to this seminar when Ken hosted it in Bristol - I would wholeheartedly recommend coming along - you will learn something that can be used today, tomorrow and beyond!" S.H Director 

Ken's businesses are Redwing Excel - expert help with everything Excel and Into the Image a- his photography business specialising in photographic documentary.

Speaker: St Loye's Foundation

16 September 2015 - The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Seminar being hosted by Page Hargrave

For many businesses, intellectual property protects more than just an idea or a concept – it protects genuine business assets that may be integral to the core services of the business and overall long-term viability. 

Intellectual property can consist of many different areas, from logos and corporate identity through to products, services and processes that differentiate your business offering. It’s when these ideas are used without permission that an organisation can suffer.

Almost all businesses have undoubtedly benefited from the Internet, where products, services and marketing communications can reach vast audiences at relatively low costs - but this has also increased the chances of IP theft.

Companies of all sizes are at risk of having their unique ideas, products or services infringed upon, even if they are on the other side of the world, making IP protection more important than ever.

Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all types of intellectual property protection.

Your intellectual property is either protected automatically from theft or copying, or you can register it to protect it.

By knowing your rights and having the right type of protection you can stop people stealing or copying:

  • the names of your products or brands
  • your inventions
  • the design or look of your products
  • things you write, make or produce

Page Hargrave is a specialist Intellectual Property practice with offices in Bristol and Welwyn Garden City. We are Chartered Patent Attorneys, Registered Trade Mark Attorneys and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

We act for a wide range of clients across the world, ranging from large, medium and small industrial companies, firms of patent attorneys and individuals. We are able to represent you directly in the UK and before the European Patent Office and European Community Trade Marks Office and can act internationally through our established relationships with intellectual property firms in other jurisdictions around the world.

On the patent side, we can handle work in all technical fields, and have experience not only in filing and prosecuting patent applications through to grant but also handling opposition work, in particular before the European Patent Office. We can advise you on the patentability of inventions and conduct searches and advise on any potential infringement risks. We prepare and file patent applications throughout the world and we deal with any objections raised by the various patent offices to secure you patent protection. We can also deal with issues arising following the grant of a patent, such as renewal and enforcement of the patent against other parties.

As regards trade marks, we can assist with the selection of appropriate trade marks, conduct searches and advise you on any potential infringement risks. We act before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Community Trade Marks Registry, and we have expertise not only in filing and prosecuting trade mark applications but also handling opposition matters. Once your trade mark is registered, we can maintain a watching service on trade marks and we can advise and assist on their enforcement. We have particular expertise in anti-counterfeiting matters and we have developed good relationships with Customs and Trading Standards.

Although we are not one of the largest firms in the UK, we pride ourselves that this enables us to provide a fast response to your needs, with a personal, friendly and flexible service. We are able to tailor our services to meet your needs and we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we could help to add value to your business.

Speaker: Inge Dowden Coaching

07 October 2015 - Exeter Golf and Country Club

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Julia Bramble - Bramblebuzz

 I am the small business social media expert, an award-winning specialist, helping business owners just like create buzz , leads and sales from using smart social media to add to and amplify your current marketing.

I work with smart businesses from start-ups to those with £15 million turnover, in both B2B and B2C environments – as I find that the variety helps to spark creative ideas which can be used to help many other clients in different ways. But be warned – you and I will only get along if you are smart, switched-on and ready to put in some thinking and some work to ensure you get the results your business deserves.

As a mum of 6, I’m intuitively using my natural marketing skills every day, persuading my children to act in such a way as to generally keep the peace! I’m a bit of an internet-loving geek too, loving the cutting-edge. I was delightedly sending emails ( and awaiting the replies!) back in 1987 using the fore-runner to today’s providers – the university network. I’ve been running Facebook ads for 2 years now, unlike many of the ‘experts’ who have sprung up over night, but fail to understand the intricacies involved and the thinking required to get the most from them.

I've doubled my own business, been featured in the The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Digital Spy, Microsoft.com, been invited to speak at conferences and have landed very exciting opportunities all off the back of my own social media activity. (I’ve also met amazing people and made lasting friends!)

I’m a Business Growth Adviser for Nigel Botterill’s Entrepreneurs’ Circle (in fact I’m the only independent BGA he retained from a group of over 30!). This means that I spend time working at the coal face, immersed in helping ordinary businesses, just like yours, achieve extraordinary results. One of our members increased his profit by 40% on a matter of weeks, another regularly now hits her sales target for the month in a few days. So you could say I know a bit about what it takes to get and keep customers.

(I’m also Nigel’s go-to expert when it comes to social media, providing him with strategic advice, training for his staff and having managed all his accounts for over a year ( and being ‘very very good at it.’)

More here!

Speaker: Mark Leveridge - Professional Strolling Magician

14 October 2015 - Old Down Manor , Bristol

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Seminar being hosted by LP Wealth Management

Seminar topic is to be confirmed 

At LP Wealth Management Ltd we offer strategic and holistic financial planning advice focusing on your individual needs, aims and objectives, taking into consideration your lifestyle, financial goals and aspirations.

LP Wealth Management Ltd are a nationally available firm of Private Wealth Consultants based in Clifton, Bristol. We have specialists available in all of the mainstream areas of financial planning and can call in specialists in tax, property and legal services where required.

At the core of all of this sits a common–sense approach to financial planning for real people. Just like you.

We will guide you through the maze of the financial world and offer solutions that suit your personal circumstances. Whether it is a simple insurance plan to protect your family and/or income, building an investment portfolio, or a complex Inheritance Tax issue, we can help.

Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

04 November 2015 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

WESC Foundation

WESC Foundation is a charity based in Exeter dedicated to providing education and care for young people with little or no sight. It provides a stimulating and supportive environment for the 102 learners to thrive in.

We rely on the generosity of the public and companies (hopefully like you) to fundraise, volunteer and donate for us so we can ensure a bright future for the learners by providing much needed specialist equipment and fun activities for them to take part in.

Most of the learners have additional complex needs such as physical and learning disabilities, other sensory impairment and medical needs. The vital funds raised allow us to prepare the young people to access the curriculum and the world around them, giving them the opportunities they need to develop their invaluable independence, skills and confidence.see less

Website
http://www.wescfoundation.ac.uk

Speaker: Cobalt Communications– Humanisation of technology

11 November 2015 - Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

Seminar slot available

Free to Business Network SW members

£500 + VAT for others - what you get is the room, coffee, a networking lunch and the opportunity to showcase your expertise, knowledge and give those attending something that will enhance their business.  You can invite others to see you in action - Business Network SW handles all bookings and payments (£36 inc VAT per person for seminar, coffee,  2 course served lunch, delegate details, structured networking throughout the event, follow up correspondence)

Contact Sean Humby - sean@business-network.co.uk or call 01981 540708

Speaker: Peter Prater - Managing Director - QTAC Payroll Software & Outsourcing

09 December 2015 - Sandy Park - Exeter

Seminar before THE networking lunch 

Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Seminar host WNW Digital

Subject tbc

At WNW Digital we combine the disciplines of Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Marketing/ Management, Paid Search and Web Design and Development. Our services help businesses maintain a substantial online presence an element that is an essential to any business strategy. 

We work with our clients to help them develop their business goals. Our friendly team will help you decide what online practices will help achieve online success. As Google Partners and specialists in Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media and paid search, we have a proven track record of maximising placement rankings to drive visitors to your website.

Whether you require Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Marketing, Paid Search or Web Design, to find out more about our services please visit our website and view our extensive portfolio and contact us to arrange a free no obligation meeting today.see less

Website
www.wnwdigital.co.uk

Speaker: Supporting Exeter Business Network charities - auction over the last 2 years has raised over £2,700!

16 December 2015 - The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

Seminar slot available

Free to Business Network SW members

£500 + VAT for others - what you get is the room, coffee, a networking lunch and the opportunity to showcase your expertise, knowledge and give those attending something that will enhance their business.  You can invite others to see you in action - Business Network SW handles all bookings and payments (£36 inc VAT per person for seminar, coffee,  2 course served lunch, delegate details, structured networking throughout the event, follow up correspondence)

Contact Sean Humby - sean@business-network.co.uk or call 01981 540708

Speaker: Supporting Bristol Business Network charity