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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, 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

06 August 2014 - Exeter Racecourse and Conference Centre

Seminar has been postponed until 2015

What to look forward to at a later date........

Sales Through Service is a set of simple, proven powerful systems to super charge your sales over the short, medium and long term, by focusing your sales and marketing systems exclusively on the needs of the customer.

Focus on the service and the sales will follow.

It is based on the principles outlined in the books by Guy Arnold: ‘Sales Through Service’ and ‘Great or Poor’. 

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)

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

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