Category Archives: networking

Networking at the St James’s Club Manchester

St James's Club Manchester

The St James’s Club has been a place where the city’s professionals have been building business relationships for nearly 200 years.  It has over 250 members and a range of facilities for those looking for a base (or place to relax and network) in Manchester city centre.

There is an open networking event for those looking for informal networking with fellow professionals in pleasant surroundings.  There is a chance to look round the club – Manchester’s best kept secret – but hopefully not for too much longer.

The St James’s Club is at the top of King Street West, Spring Gardens to the right of Russo.

There will be a buffet.  The cost is £15 with £5 of that going to charity.

Please contact Angela at the club if you are interested:

0161 829 3000

info@stjc.org.uk

Guest post: Strategy for success is visibility – why you still need to do business networking

Manchester networking trainer Will Kintish

At a time when we are all talking and becoming more attuned to social media, search and online PR there is still a place for face-to-face networking says Will Kintish:

 

Why you need to network?

When you attend events it often means you are extending your working day. The time is unpaid generally, time stolen from the family, friends, the gym or the TV.

So why when you can connect at the press of a mobile button should you network in the old fashioned way?

Well, here are some of the key reasons to consider when accepting more invitations and sacrificing your precious private time:

  • Raise your profile
  • Raise your organisation’s profile
  • Source new colleagues
  • Help source better suppliers
  • Get feedback on your services and reputation
  • Correct peoples’ wrong perceptions
  • Learn about how other businesses work
  • Understand the market place better
  • Build your self-confidence in new arenas
  • Gain introductions to useful contacts

 

Quite a list, while social media certainly has its place – I am a LinkedIn evangelist – there is nothing that can fully replace getting to know, like and trust someone through face-to-face meeting.

Why, because as humans that evolved over thousands of years we still rely on physical impressions and contact, from body language to the intonation of the voice.

Networking is fun

Going to an event can overawe professionals, even senior ones, where they are out of their comfort zone.

But many networking meetings are welcoming, interesting and fun, so continue with social media by all means but combine it with your networking as part of your personal and company marketing.

For more free ideas on effective networking just go to the Kintish website.

Notes from editor (specific Manchester networking clubs):

Manchester Business Breakfast Club – established 1997 in Manchester as an independent club and still going strong with over 30 members, meets every Friday in the wonderful Salford Real Tennis and Racquets Club

 

Simply Networking –  run for many years with considerable popularity by Mark Greenwood, known as a genial and helpful host ( more so since City won the league), meets at various prestigious locations in the North West and Yorkshire (as well as other areas as far down as Devon- check the website).   Also follow Mark on on Twitter @simplynetworkin

Others that you can consider for networking events in Manchester include Manchester Curry Club, 4N, Pro Manchester, Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

It is important to pick the one that suits yours aims and personality – all come witha range of formats – and commitments.

And as Mark Greenwood rounds off, “Happy networking.”


 

 

 

Business Growth Hub presents Building Better Businesses: Practical workshops for manufacturing North West SMEs

Manufacturing SME’s are invited to attend a free networking and manufacturing workshop in Manchester from 5-7.30 pm on Thursday 10th May at 56 Oxford Road M1 6EU ( a building some will know as the home of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce).

The talk will focus on:

  • Managing priorities
  • Working with limited resources for business improvement
  • Having little time to work ‘ON’ the business rather than ‘IN’ it

The aims for this taster session are:

  • to show how the order winning criteria and business constraints for any manufacturing business can be broken down into 10 key elements.
  • to show how the combination of priorities and current performance levels of a business can form the cornerstone of a highly effective and strategic action plan, tailored to the needs of that specific business
  • to stimulate the interest in making the prioritisation tool work for your manufacturing business

For further information please contact The Business Growth Hub on 0161 359 3050 or info@businessgrowthhub.com

Thanks to Mick Greer, advertising copy writer, Nigel Moore brand professional of Ten Communications and telemarketer Chris Harding of I am Telemarketing

Looking for effective business networking in Manchester? It’s a no brainer!

Are you looking for effective business networking in Manchester?

Well, we are looking for new members for our breakfast networking group Manchester Business Breakfast Club.

We meet every Friday at 7am at our rather nice venue Manchester Tennis & Racquets Club Blackfriars Road Salford M3 7AQ.

Before those that are not early risers turn off I will outline why our group is worth considering.

Firstly we have over 30 members, many of whom are very well connected.  We are welcoming and generous in helping other members; we do not operate in cliques or expect you to be a member for months before business is referred.

The atmosphere of the group is light hearted, fun and irreverent although it aims to generate new business.

As an added bonus we have no membership fees, just a small charge for breakfast.  Any profits the group makes goes back into social gatherings.

MBBC allows only one member from any profession.  So we have only one printer for instance.

However, within a profession there can be a number of disciplines where there is little or no conflict of interest.

So we have a lawyer, Zatmans, and also a family lawyer from Howards Solicitors, as Zatmans does not offer that service.  We also have a Wills writer and a probate genealogist – professions that can work alongside or with legal practices.  We also have outsourced HR that covers employment law.

So who are we looking for?

Generous individuals who are happy to give referrals, possibly offer advice and might use other members’ services, if they feel confident and trust the recipient.  It is about know, like and trust.  In return, new members can expect to receive the same help.

Despite many professions being accounted for we still have the following openings:

  • Architect
  • Art dealers & auctioners
  • Burglar alarms/ security systems
  • Business travel/ travel Agent
  • Care leasing & contract hire
  • Commercial gas & electric
  • Courier services
  • Debt management
  • Interior design
  • Document storage/ management
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Estate agents/ letting agents
  • Executive car hire
  • Exhibition companies
  • Florist
  • Franchise consultants
  • Hotels/ venues
  • Recruitment
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant
  • Secretarial/ Virtual PA
  • Sports club – we have had Wigan FC as members in the past and Manchester United came as visitors
  • Surveyor
  • Wholesalers
  • Wine merchants

If you don’t see your profession and are interested in joining please ask, as it might be free.

If you are in the above professions please contact Graham Heap on 07725 993 400 ggheap@yahoo.co.uk

If you come you will be welcomed and will be allowed to come for free for two visits, including a hearty breakfast, before deciding if it is for you.  So why not try and find out if we can help grow your business?

Looking for more contacts and business? Manchester business networking at its best

Those that already network will know it is among the most powerful ways of finding new contacts and business.

So I will not have to sell the concept here to seasoned networkers, only the group.  If you have never networked, why not give it a try?

Well, we are looking for professionals that want Manchester business networking at its best for our group Manchester Business Breakfast Club.

We are having an open day on Friday1st July  at 7am at our rather nice venue Manchester Tennis & Racquets Club Blackfriars Road Salford M3 7AQ.

Before those that are not early risers turn off I will outline why our group is worth considering.

Firstly we have over 30 members, many of whom are very well connected.  We are welcoming and generous in helping other members; we do not operate in cliques or expect you to be a member for months before business is referred.

The atmosphere of the group is light hearted, fun and irreverent although it aims to generate new business.

As an added bonus we have no membership fees, just a small charge for breakfast.  Any profits the group makes goes back into social gatherings.

MBBC allows only one member from any profession.  So we have only one printer for instance.

However, within a profession there can be a number of disciplines where there is little or no conflict of interest.

So we have a lawyer, Zatmans, and also a family lawyer from Howards Solicitors, as Zatmans does not offer that service.  We also have a Wills writer and a probate genealogist – professions that can work alongside or with legal practices.  In the past we have had outsourced HR and commercial litigation agents (similar to private investigators) as members.

So who are we looking for?

Generous individuals who are happy to give referrals, possibly offer advice and might use other members’ services, if they feel confident and trust the recipient.  It is about know, like and trust.  In return, new members can expect to receive the same help.

Despite many professions being accounted for we still have the following openings:

  • Architect
  • Art dealers & auctioners
  • Burglar alarms/ security systems
  • Business travel/ travel Agent
  • Care leasing & contract hire
  • Commercial gas & electric
  • Courier services
  • Debt management
  • Hotel
  • Interior design
  • Document storage/ management
  • Engineering and manufacturing
  • Estate agents/ letting agents
  • Executive car hire
  • Exhibition companies
  • Florist
  • Franchise consultants
  • Hotels/ venues
  • HR Consultants
  • Recruitment
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant
  • Secretarial/ Virtual PA
  • Sports club – we have had Wigan FC as members in the past and Manchester United came as visitors
  • Surveyor
  • Telemarketing
  • Training Services
  • Wholesalers
  • Wine merchants

If you don’t see your profession and are interested in joining please ask, as it might be free.

If you are in the following professions please contact Graham Heap on 07725 993 400 ggheap@yahoo.co.uk

If you come you will be welcomed and will be allowed to come for free for two visits, including a hearty breakfast, before deciding if it is for you.  So why not try and find out if we can help grow your business?

Creative Industries Networking Group – CING – meet-up

If you want to meet creatives in Manchester you can’t do much better than to pop along to CING.

The first Monday in every month a free get-together is put on in Manchester city centre.

The mix includes: fine artists, designers, musicians, web developers, architects, PR consultants (like me), writers (perhaps like me), TV producers, advertising consultants; I spoke to video production professionals, a linguistics software programmers (I think I am right in that description) and even a specialist glass maker.

The event, organised by Benny Hui, was relaxed, interesting and always within reach of a bar – this time Rain Bar.

I am looking forward to going again.

The start is 6pm and I was there for 3 hours before retiring for last orders at a suburban establishment.

Couple of networking dates for your diary at Turing House Manchester Science Park

Networking is coming to Turing House in November.

On the 19th November Simply Networking will be hosted on the top floor of Turing House.  Mark Greenwood a North West networking institution will be running what should be another sell-out event.

Manchester Science Park will be sponsoring the meeting and server hosting business Melbourne will be co-promoting with Mark.

There will be an opportunity to tour Melbourne’s new 3,000 server data centre, also located in Turing House after the event.

For more information go to Simply Networking’s site.

The following week, Friday November 27th, Manchester Business Breakfast Club will be hosted by Melbourne.  I am sure Steven Allan,  account director at Melbourne, will be happy to show you round its server hosting facilities if you missed the Simply Networking opportunity.

MBBC is now 10 years old and still proving very popular with about 35 members.

The group is particularly looking for surveyors, florists, hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, mail delivery companies.

So if you are interested in seeing if this friendly networking group can help your business please contact me rob@artisanmc.co.uk