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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 networking lunch, with drinks and coffee, from 12.30pm
  • 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

2014 Members £30 inc VAT - Visitors £36 inc VAT

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

07 May 2014 - Sandy Park, Exeter

Seminar before lunch being hosted by Bitpod

How to use YouTube for business

Video marketing specialist focused on the business benefits of online video. Working with video production, web development, social media and search optimisation in consultative and technical roles with a marketing, results based approach.

Past roles include building and managing a successful internet application development business, designing an automated eCommerce environment, development of business and consumer video conferencing systems and working at one of the South-West's first internet service providers.

Specialties:Digital marketing strategy, video production, social media integration, website development consultancy, technical project planning.

Speaker: Mary Jane Campbell Simpkins Edwards Chartered accountant (FCCA) and tax adviser (CTA) working with owner managed businesses to increase profits, manage tax liabilities and assist the owners in planning for a successful future.

14 May 2014 - Hilton Garden Inn, Bristol

LP Auto Enrolment Solutions – Steve Brice
 
LP Auto Enrolment Solutions has been created with one aim – to assist employers with their duties and obligations under thePension Automatic Enrolment rules. These new duties will bring challenges to every employer in the UK.
 
Employers must automatically enrol certain employees into a Qualifying Workplace pension scheme and will need to make a contribution towards it. Even if you already offer pension arrangements for your workers, you will still have some new obligations to meet.

Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

04 June 2014 - Lord Haldon Country Hotel, Exeter

Seminar before lunch hosted by Q Social Media

Q Social Media, the solution to marketing your business online. This is primarily via the use of social media platforms, the Google marketing apps and other online marketing activities. Whereby we can provide training on how to best use these platforms for your business or you can outsource to us and we'll manage them on your behalf. There is also the option where I can work on site at your office or remotely as your part time digital marketing assistant/manager.

The key social media platforms we cover are: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & Blogs

The key Google marketing apps we cover are Adwords (Pay Per Click Advertising), Analytics (understanding website visitor stats), Merchant Center (Product Shopping Listings) & Places (Location Listings)

We can also help with search engine optimisation (SEO), email marketing and applying inbound marketing strategies to draw in your customer base.

We have helped businesses in Bristol, Exeter, London, Plymouth, Taunton as well as other locations within Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

We run training workshops for the AME Solutions and the Transmedia Training Centres in Exeter, Bristol and London. As well as courses for Exeter College and North Devon Plus. If you need a speaker I also speak at events on social media.

We are Bleep Comms Associates for PR and communications social media projects and Digital Marketing consultants for Smile Marketing.

To find out more, please do send me a message or connect with me on LinkedIn.

Professional Experience
- Over 5 years experience in using social media and the Google marketing tools for business
- Over 10 years Technology and Project Management experience
- PRINCE 2 Practitioner & MCSA Qualified

Speaker: Old Mill Group

11 June 2014 - 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: Mark Leveridge - Professional Strolling Magician

02 July 2014 - Bovey Castle, Exeter

Seminar hosts - Cobalt Communications

Why we will always need clouds even on a sunny day

The presentation will cover:

  • Is it safe to store your data in the cloud – what you should and should not do.
  • Cloud based applications – What is Microsoft Office 365 and how does it help your business.
  • Cloud connectivity – what speed do you need from your Broadband to make this new Technology viable? What options do you have.
  • Voice over IP and Cloud based Telephony – What does it cost, what to look out for, what are the issues and how to overcome them.
  • What else can you do with the “Cloud” – Integrating other applications to improve flexibility and future proof your business.

Cobalt Communication Solutions Ltd provides innovative solutions tailored to each customer. We make it our business to know your business, so our recommendations meet your current demands and have the flexibility to adapt to future needs as your business develops. With Cobalt you get clear, straightforward advice, and smart, easy to use technology, packed with features that help you get more from your operations.

We help smaller businesses handle calls as professionally as larger businesses, while still maintaining the personal nature of individual customer relationships. We help reduce costs with single solutions for all communication requirements, and our software calculates the cheapest route between you and your destination, call by call. We make it easier to contact key personnel so that customer issues can be resolved quickly and efficiently. And we bring customers closer to your organisation by giving them the facilities they need to get in touch with the people that matter.

With a deep understanding of both the Voice and Data disciplines we specialise in helping business communicate between multiple sites. This allows you to make use of staff recourses regardless of location and provide a single unified solution which makes it easier for your customers to do business with you.

All of our solutions can be funded through our competitive package of rental or purchase options. Our rental options allow you to spread the cost of upgrading your infrastructure over several years. This approach of reducing the capital cost of the solution allows you to make the most of the technology while keeping an eye on the costs. Our customers often find that when the savings that can be made on Telephone Calls and Line Rental are taken in to account the actual effect on the bottom line is minimal. Our Technology Refresh packages even allow customers the flexibility to add to their Telephone system during the course of the agreement without affecting their monthly rental.

Our Mission Statement: To provide cost effective, reliable and resilient Telephony solutions to businesses regardless of size. This will be backed by a comprehensive range of ancillary products designed to allow customers to get the most from their Telephone Network

More on Bovey Castle - a new venue for Business Network SW in 2014

Bovey Castle has some of the finest meeting and conference facilities in the country, from stylish contemporary boardrooms to the most outstanding integrated presentation facilities for up to 120 delegates.

Our meeting facilities have natural light, air conditioning, a comprehensive business support system and the discreet and impeccable service you would expect from us.

All the meeting rooms at Bovey Castle offer the very latest in ICT solutions; our smaller rooms are equipped with plasma touch screens while full presentation theatre solutions are available in the Dartmoor Suite, with roving microphones integrated onto LCD tablet to facilitate the most professional of presentations. Bose sound systems are standard and each room offers DVD and VCR facilities, as well as wireless or CAT5 connectivity for computer generated presentations or video conferencing.

Getting to Bovey Castle

The hotel is easy to locate, just 45 minutes drive from Exeter International Airport and 40 minutes from Exeter St David's Station. Arrive in style and arrange for one of our cars to collect you.

By car

From the M5, take junction 31 signposted A30 Okehampton. Stay on the A30 for 16 miles, exiting at Whiddon Down and the junction signposted Moretonhampstead A382. The road passes by a service station with a garage on the right, at the first roundabout turn left, still following signs for Moretonhampstead A382.

Stay on the A382 for 5.5 miles and at the roundabout just before Moretonhampstead, turn right to follow signs for Postbridge and Princetown, marked B3212. At the mini roundabout, go straight over and at the next roundabout, turn right again and follow signs for Postbridge and Princetown, B3212.

Stay on the B3212 for approximately 1.5 miles, Bovey Castle is on the left-hand side marked by large wrought iron gates and a lodge. If you are using SatNav, please enter 'Bovey Castle Golf Course.'

Speaker: Julia Bramble - Bramblebuzz

09 July 2014 - Redwood Hotel & Country Club, Bristol

Seminar being hosted by Ken Abbott - Redwing Excel

Missing a Trick: Is software really helping your business?

In the 12 years that I have been running Redwing Excel I have learned two truths about business.

1. A vast amount of money is spent every year on software which either fails to meet the business need or is in fact no use at all.
2. An incalculable number of hours are wasted every year on manual processes that could be automated and made infinitely more efficient if only the business had the right software.
Some businesses fall into one of the categories whilst many fall into both. But surprisingly few fall into neither.

This seminar explores how a business can avoid these traps my defining its own processes and understanding how some simple software development, often using the tools that they already have, can make a very significant and cost effective difference. You may be very surprised at what you discover.

Redwing Excel

Speaker: Fiona Hallworth - Director of Heritage - Clifton College

06 August 2014 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Seminar Host - Guy Arnold 

A message from Guy

As MD of Sales Through Service and Investors in Feedback I work with business owners and directors to advise, develop and deliver sales and customer experience strategies that align with their business goals, and seriously (and measurably) increase customer loyalty, cross sales, repeat sales, up sales, reputation and referrals, whilst also reducing costs.

We help clients deal with the following issues:

> Customers damaging your reputation on and off line
> Staff disengaged or inconsistent
> Customers leaving you because of price
> Cutting through the maze of social media and other marketing to get new leads for less effort
> Closing more sales in a price conscious world

We help salespeople, entrepreneurs and business professionals increase sales in all areas. I show them fresh sales strategies to get into new accounts, create opportunities out of thin air, speed up sales cycles & win bigger contracts.

One client increased sales conversion rate by 30% within a week, and in another they got meetings with targeted decision makers they'd been trying to meet for years.

You'll also find me speaking/training at annual sales meetings, kick-off events, and professional conferences. My goal? Wake salespeople and organisations up to what it takes to be successful selling to today's savvy, crazy-busy prospects in a market where your customer is empowered and your business is transparent.

We operate in Exeter, Bristol, London and across the UK.


Email Lizzie ( support@greatorpoor.com ) TO SEND YOU YOUR FREE COPY OF

The 7 Deadly Sins of Sales (and how to deal with them)
The 7 Deadly Sins of Service (and how to deal with them)
The 7 Deadly Sins of Feedback (and how to deal with them)
The 7 Deadly Sins of Social Media (and how to deal with them)
The 7 Deadly Sins of Management (and how to deal with them)
The 7 Deadly Sins of Leadership (and how to deal with them)

I am author of 'Great or Poor', 'Sales through Service' and 'Go the Extra Inch'

Speaker: Roger Moore - Roger Moore and Associates

13 August 2014 - The Bristol Hotel

Networking - inside and out!

2013 saw an A-Z of networking, 2014 gives you the best advice and tips to get more from any networking that you do

Hosted by Sean Humby

Business Network SW

A message from Sean

Don't want the seminar?  Then what about networking in nutshell?

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 available - free to Business Network SW members for non-members �175 (inc VAT and lunch)

10 September 2014 - Exeter Golf and Country Club

Seminar host is Julia Bramble

Subject tbc so here's little about Julia!

How's your business growth doing? Need a shot of Bramble buzz to supercharge your success?

I work with ambitious business owners to unlock the potential in their businesses with my unique blend of the 'right' social media and inspirational learning from the Entrepreneur's Circle.

Social media -where are you with it all? Hoping it will just go away, overwhelmed with all the jargon or wondering why you're not sussed when some 'expert' showed you how Facebook and Twitter worked? Do you hear all the social media success stories and think there must be a better way?

Help is at hand! We can scythe you a clear path through the social media jungle to a simple, results-driven solution that will support your business goals, whilst being tailored to your specific situation and resources.

Social media done right really does work! I can't wait to share the love with training, set-up, strategy, consultancy, coaching, a completely 'done for you' managed service or speaking at events, both in Devon & across the UK.

What are your business growth goals? Do you just need a kick up the backside to achieve them or are you looking for practical guidance and ideas? At the Entrepreneur's Circle we provide all that and much more!

Learn from Nigel Botterill, who's built 8 million businesses in the past 8 years and some 4,000 other inspirational business owners.

You will get awesome, hard-hitting yet practical guidance & ideas for marketing, growing your customer base, identifying your ideal customer, increasing your sales, getting your website working for you, WOWing your customers, doubling your profits, getting more done, outsourcing, & taking your business to the next level, to name just a few.

None of this matters a jot though if you don't implement!! Of all the learning resources we offer, members say the unique monthly meetings across Devon are THE key to their continuing business growth! We would love you to come along and try one for yourself!

Specialties:Business growth, business coaching and mentoring, simple yet specific and results-driven social media solutions, social media consultancy, social media speaking, social media strategy, social media training, both in Devon and nationally.

Speaker: Chris Wood - Q Social Media

17 September 2014 - Hilton Garden Inn, Bristol

Seminar being hosted by Bartlett Gooding and Weelen
A dynamic, energetic, innovative and progressive firm with the right blend of youth and experience.
  • We are completely independent. Unlike many firms we do not pay “referral fees” to potential introducers and neither do we seek or accept payments from those whom we recommend to our clients. Our only concern is to ensure that our clients receive the best possible service.
  • Our Solicitors and support staff are dedicated and highly professional yet friendly and approachable.
  • We are committed to delivering high quality legal services at fair prices. We will assess and advise upon the appropriate course of action and discuss the likely cost with you at the outset and as the case progresses.
  • Our network of branch offices enables us to provide all our services locally.
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: 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 bodies.

08 October 2014 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Seminar Hosts

The HR Dept and Mango Personnel

Subject tbc - so a little on the hosts....

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 Companys individual needs and will be delivered at a local and personal level. We will tell you what you can do, not what you cant 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
Grievances
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
Redundancy
Staff Surveys
TUPE
Unfair Dismissals
Volunteers
Working Time Regulations
Xmas Bonus and Other Perks
Young Workers
Zero Hours Contracts
or anything else HR related!


And Nicky Dunn - Operations Director - Mango Personnel
Providing a fresh and approachable recruitment service in the Exeter area and covering a diverse range of staff for both temporary and permanent job opportunities in the following categories: * Administration/Secretarial * Customer Service (all levels) * Accountancy, Finance and IT * Sales and Marketing * Graphic Design/PR * HR and Training * Project Management * General Management * Buyers and Technical staff * Business Analysts * Public Sector in all categories * Engineering and Construction * Legal

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

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.

We are Chartered Patent Attorneys, Registered Trade Mark Attorneys and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

We are able to represent clients 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.

Page Hargrave in the news

Speaker: Speaker Slot available - free to Business Network SW members for non-members £175 (inc VAT and lunch)

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!

http://www.expertmagician.co.uk/

Speaker: Guy Arnold - Great or Poor

12 November 2014 - Redwood Hotel & Country Club, Bristol

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

Speaker: The Jessie May Trust