DIARY DATES & VENUES - Full Listing for Bristol and Exeter 

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Each Event

  • 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, 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. 
  • Full details available at the event you attend. 
  • From £250 + VAT/year (Bristol) and £345 + VAT (Exeter)
  • Membership can be paid monthly
  • No joining Fee

For your invitation call 01981 540708 or Click Here or email

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

15 April 2015 - Sandy Park - Exeter

The seminar before lunch is being hosted by Alex Wren – Bitpod

How Reverse Marketing will work for you (and why it works for us)

Alex will share his ideas and experiences with Reverse Marketing. If you don’t like cold calling, sending promotional mailers or spending money on advertising, then this could be just what you need to market your business in 2015!
Reverse Marketing focuses on the customer journey, Bitpod are big fans of this technique and can claim numerous successes, some with brands that you might of heard of (such as Baxters, NHS, Pasta King & Calendar Club) and some other equally excellent local businesses.  In this seminar, Alex will share his toolbox of techniques to help your potential customers discover the benefits of your product or service. Naturally video marketing methods will be covered, however this seminar is about the overall strategy and how to make everything work together from social media to your CRM to your website and more. Bitpod promise you will walk away with some great new ideas to try and your very own Reverse Marketing action plan.

Alex heads the Bitpod team and coordinates all projects. He is highly experienced in digital marketing and advises clients on marketing strategy.  Bitpod’s customer portfolio is here

Piqued your interest, come along to this engaging, innovative and thought provoking seminar. Coffee and networking from 10am and seminar starts at 10.30am (optional,always rewarding, included in the price and a great networking opportunity!)

Speaker: Rob Wingrove - Rugby World Cup Travel and Hospitality

22 April 2015 - The Bristol Hotel, Bristol

Ken Abbott - Redwing Excel

12 from 12 - 12 business lessons from 12 years in business

Redwing Excel are based in Portishead near Bristol in the vibrant South West region of the UK and have been established for more than a decade.

In that time Redwing Excel has become known as the go-to provider for custom Excel and Access software projects. 

"We have worked with hundreds of clients on a very diverse range of software projects – all handled with the same care and attention to detail that makes our service stand out.

In recent years we have continued to develop our offering to clients and broaden the range of sectors that we specialise in. Our reputation in spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel and associated technologies such as VBA and Access rests on the high levels of client satisfaction and the attention to detail we provide.

It is our aim to provide cutting edge solutions that work not only from a software point of view but also work for the business. Focussing on business requirements, we always provide something which is a good fit for the client’s business processes.

Redwing is made up of founder and Access database genius Ken Abbott and Excel genius Myles Wellings".

Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

13 May 2015 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

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

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

10 June 2015 - Exeter Golf and Country Club

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: Sally Burn Jones - Burn Jones Wealth Management

17 June 2015 - Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa

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

08 July 2015 - Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Exeter

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 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

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 - Redwing Excel - 3 form 12

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

09 September 2015 - Sandy Park - Exeter

Ken Abbott - Redwing Excel

12 from 12 - 12 business lessons from 12 years in business

Redwing Excel are based in Portishead near Bristol in the vibrant South West region of the UK and have been established for more than a decade.

In that time Redwing Excel has become known as the go-to provider for custom Excel and Access software projects. 

"We have worked with hundreds of clients on a very diverse range of software projects – all handled with the same care and attention to detail that makes our service stand out.

In recent years we have continued to develop our offering to clients and broaden the range of sectors that we specialise in. Our reputation in spreadsheets, Microsoft Excel and associated technologies such as VBA and Access rests on the high levels of client satisfaction and the attention to detail we provide.

It is our aim to provide cutting edge solutions that work not only from a software point of view but also work for the business. Focussing on business requirements, we always provide something which is a good fit for the client’s business processes.

Redwing is made up of founder and Access database genius Ken Abbott and Excel genius Myles Wellings".

Speaker: St Loye's Foundation

16 September 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: Inge Dowden Coaching

07 October 2015 - Exeter Golf and Country Club

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 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: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

04 November 2015 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

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

WNW Digital

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