Spring is in the air – balmy weather, and even sunshine at times. Now I’m sounding like Peter Cockroft (who, incidentally, was at school with my brother in Swanage). But enough of my ramblings - and on with the business at hand!
As usual, you’ll find loads of events on Networking in Surrey (over 120) lots of them free - like this week’s Guildford First Friday. As the weather improves (down, Peter!) the Netwalking season is upon us again. My pal ‘plantpassion’ Claire Brown is running a free Horsley Hike on Friday, the same day Elizabeth Cairns is out netwalking in Richmond Park. Netwalk pioneer Tom Evans has suggested we organise a Networking in Surrey jaunt – watch this space!
Also free are Surrey Chambers ‘Meet the Venues’ event in Dorking next week, and the North Surrey Business Association’s Open Evening at the Crown in Chertsey. I just discovered and listed a new regular free event in Croydon organised by PushThatButton (love the name).
Nick Taimitarha's Richmond Business Expo at Twickenham Stadium draws nearer – don’t forget to save the £10 admission fee by pre-booking your free ticket (promise I’ll get it listed tomorrow Nick!)
Thanks for all the positive feedback about my interview with Sally James – still available to listen again to here. I talked about new concepts in networking, and even though that was only a couple of weeks ago, there’s more innovation in progress as we speak!
Watch out for a new networking organisation from a well-known business ‘guru’, with ambitions to reach ‘UK number one’ in no time. A couple of NiS Members were at the pre-launch event with me, and may well become involved – no names, no pack-drill at this stage, but I’m sure this will have a big impact on the Surrey networking scene this Spring.
Another new organisation, again with NiS Members set to play leading roles, is also launching in April, and will cause a few waves on the referral networking front. I’m sure the existing brand leaders will raise their game in response to these innovations, which is great for us as customers, and just goes to show how mainstream face-to-face networking is becoming.
Two women’s networks are expanding in Surrey right now: the Women's Business Clubs, and new NiS Member Lynne Jones' Women in Business Network (not to be confused with Sandy Scott’s long-established Elmbridge Women in Business, or the Surrey Chambers’ relaunched Women in Business group). Fantastic!
Our Member numbers are still rising like warm dough and we’re now over 470 (yippee!) You can meet the latest batch here (too many blue silhouettes for my liking – please post your photos, guys)!
I have just two ad slots remaining for April – so grab yours now by calling me on 01932 845814. This month’s superb advertisers are:
Karen Purves PowerHouse - a new concept when business owners work as a board on each others business
Jane Hardy One Stop Financial Security - helping individuals and businesses with their money worries
Tessa Hood My Video Talk - helping businesses of all sizes to use video online to enhance their brand
Louise Knecht The Sunshine Clinic - offering a full range of alternative therapies
Sarah Martin Ladies At Eleven - networking for women who are serious about their business
Diary of a Networker...
What spiffing fun was had by all, including NiS Members Sam Millard and Jane Lester, at Theo the Magician’s Extreme Networking event in Sutton last night, all in the name of charity. I was a dismal failure at both LaserQuest and ten-pin bowling, and I hadn’t even had a drink (there’s a moral in there somewhere :0) However I did win a bottle of champagne in the raffle, so all was not lost...
I missed both Walton 4N andthe free Brooklands Biscotti last Friday, as I was attending Elaine Hickmott and Jo Losty's Business Bedfellows workshop at Gorse Hill along with Lyndsey Collumbell – simply marvellous! I did make it to James Webster's ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ networking at Foxhills (yummy) for a chinwag with Len Goss, Max Wright, Geoff Chapman, Tom Evansand Dan Smale.
I’ll be venturing across the border into darkest Berkshire on Tuesday evening for a big event that Chris at NiB is running jointly with NiB Member Harriet Slingo from ClickBerkshire.co.uk If you’ve had your inoculations and your passport stamped, you may wish to join us - but you’ll need to head over to Networking in Berkshire PDQ, as I know Chris is fast running out of tickets...
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