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Each Event

  • Seminar/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
  • 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.  Your investment for the 2017 events £31.00 for members and £38 for visitors.   

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  • Visitors can come and experience 2 consecutive events with no obligation to join - BRISTOL events only
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Diary of Bristol events below Click on the date to get more details

24 May 2017 - The Bristol Hotel

Seminar Host - Ali Walsh - The Local Bakehouse 

Combining cake with mindfulness

It'll involve light debate, understanding the importance of taking time to do fun, physical tasks and eating cake, of course. 

These would be tasks at tables with cake!  Think of it as competitive design work and decision-making. 

Your seminar host..

My name is Ali Walsh and I began The Local Bakehouse after I got coeliac disease twenty years ago, at a time when freefrom food was practically unheard of. It certainly wasn’t easy to find much to eat that was decent. The loaves of bread were the worst! I’d always baked so I started adapting recipes. Years later I began the business because there was a real need for delicious fresh gluten-free cake.

Last year the business was nominated in the Best Food & Drink Business category at the Western Daily Press Food & Farming Awards. If you watch the video you’ll know we’ve come a long way since then, changing our name to The Local Bakehouse (to enable us to have gluten-free Bakehouses in other areas of the UK) and also opening up The Bakehouse for wedding cake tastings and cake decorating classes. Who knows what excitement will happen this year? We’ve already been nominated for the national Freefrom Food Awards!

Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

21 June 2017 - Old Down Manor

Claire Robinson -  Managing Director - Extra Help Ltd

A seminar about franchising

Claire Robinson originally started her business with a friend, in 2010. Both had a passion for helping people and identified a gap in the market for providing domestic help to the elderly. Although Extra Help started by working exclusively with elderly and vulnerable clients, it soon expanded and now also provides domestic and home-help services to working professionals, new parents and just about anyone who needs a helping hand.

Claire began her career as a nursery nurse, working within the education sector and for Inner London Social Services. Since 1997 Claire has been involved with the inception and running of several businesses; firstly managing a construction business with her husband and, after our divorce, setting up her own publishing company, which produced and distributed A5 sized, community magazines to 42,000 homes across Milton Keynes. At the same time, Claire created a business networking organisation, with branches in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, gaining further, valuable business experience.

Claire constantly looks for new challenges and Extra Help came at just the right time. Having made the decision to change her life and move to the South West; the publishing business was already up for sale and everything fell into place at the right time.

As this was a totally new market for Claire, she decided to start from scratch and open her own branch of Extra Help in my new, local area. Determined to be hands-on and learn from the bottom up, especially as Claire would be training others. This area has since grown to incorporate Plymouth and is now run by a very efficient manager, leaving Claire free to concentrate on the franchise side of the business.

There is enormous satisfaction from bringing new franchisees on board and helping them to grow their own businesses. Claire's ultimate goal is to open Extra Help franchises across the country, thereby providing domestic services to everyone who needs them, wherever they may be.

Claire also recently qualified as a life and business coach, gaining a grade 5 ILM Diploma and is also an NLP master practitioner.

Claire says "Life hasn't always been easy, like many of us I've had my challenges and disappointments but ultimately I've learned from these and moved forward.  I believe my passion lies in enabling others to be successful. People say I am a positive person, with endless amounts of drive and enthusiasm.

Speaker: Ken Abbott - Photographer "Ken absolutely met the brief of being a reportage photographer, capturing the feel, look and emotion of the event"

27 July 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

Seminar host David Doughty - Excellencia

Subject to be confirmed that will draw on David's considerable experience and expertise

David works with company directors to help them and their boards to be more effective. 

  • Entrepreneurial sales and marketing specialist with strong strategic, analytical and commercial skills. 
  • Extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. Board level consultant to multi-national organisations. 
  • Significant experience working with NHS Leadership Development programmes at national and regional and local level. 
  • Business Mentor MBTI Type ENTP Specialities: Sales and Marketing - particularly enterprise software. 
  • Social Media for personal and business branding Company start-ups - Fund-raising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Contracts. 
  • Product Development, Enterprise software development 
  • Leading, motivating and developing teams and individuals. 
  • Leadership Development, Talent Management, Succession Planning. 
  • Board Evaluation and Development Approved and Registered GrowthAccelerator Coach Certified Mentor at EQMentor Inc

Speaker: Ian Smith - Winning Tenders - a taster for his seminar on 23rd August

23 August 2017 - The Bristol Hotel

Growing your business with effective proposals and tenders

Ian Smith - Winning Tenders

Brief Synopsis  

Pitching for bigger value contracts in the public or private sector means getting involved with formal tendering. Significant challenges and opportunities lie ahead when your business goes down this route. There are significant risks too. In the world of competitive tenders, competition is often fierce and the rules are strict. Knowing how to be persuasive and state your USPs clearly, while staying within the rules is an art you need to master.

About the Presenter 

Ian is a highly experienced and successful senior executive with excellent writing skills and 30 years’ experience operating across all aspects of public transport, outsourced managed services, proposal writing, bid management and tender evaluation.  Effective bid writing has been fundamental to his achievements.


Growing your business with effective proposals and tenders

Every contract you tender for entails effort - and plenty of it! If you can’t secure an acceptable win rate the profit you earn won’t be worth the work you have to put in. In the process of helping dozens of businesses improve their tender success rates over many years we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to be successful. We’re sharing some of that knowledge through a series of brief video tutorials on our website and this seminar. Amongst other things, this will help you decide whether or not to bid, how to make the process less painful, and how to make your proposal stand out from the competition.

Why you should come

You will get some insights into how you could expand your business through the tender process and formal proposals.  A sound bid process is a vital component of your sales effort.

What you will take from it

An understanding of the need to create real interest and even excitement about your proposal; and the fact that bid preparation and writing are skills in their own right that have to be blended with your subject matter knowledge if you want to be successful.

Speaker: TBC

28 September 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa

Seminar host is Ken Abbott

As a documentary photographer, capturing events are a key part of what I do.   Photographing events offer a unique set of challenges from unpredictable lighting to unpredictable people!  But the key is to use the photographers most important super power - become invisible.  And then simply capture what is happening in front of you in a candid and natural way without influencing what is happening in any way.

Subject is to be confirmed.

Ken is the creative brains behind the Bristol People Project

What is the Bristol People Project?

The Bristol People Project will photograph people across the city in all geographical areas, cultures and social groups with the aim of giving an insight into their lives as they live them and their views on Bristol and the wider world.

Who can be involved?

Anyone who lives, works or has a significant connection to the city.

Where will subjects be photographed?

Subjects will be photographed in a location or locations that best reflect their Bristol lives. This could be their workplace, home, a hobby or interest venue or even where they walk their dogs. It will be up to them.

What will the subjects need to do?

Just be themselves. The style of photography will be documentary/fly on the wall along with some straight to camera posed shots. Subjects will also give information about themselves (as much as little as they want) plus provide quotes which will be used alongside the images.

How much time will subjects have to give?

This will vary. It could be an hour, a few hours or even multiple occasions stretching over a period of time depending on situation and availability.

How long will the project last?

Roughly from now until May 2018 with the exhibition taking place in the autumn of 2018.

What will happen to the images?

During the project the images will be displayed on the project website and used across social media. There will also be a rolling exhibition at a central Bristol location which will display the latest images.

At the end of the project the best images will be displayed in a major exhibition in the city and published in a book.

How can I become involved or get more information?

Email ken@intotheimage.co.uk

Speaker: Mark Leveridge - Professional Strolling Magician

25 October 2017 - The Bristol Hotel


Speaker: Matt Richardson - Recognition Express

23 November 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa


Speaker: TBC

14 December 2017 - Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa


Speaker: Raffle to support the Business Network SW charities