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Back To Where It All Started
Helen Bennett, owner of The Business Network, returned to take over the hosting of The Business Network Exeter nearly 23 years after attending the launch event.
Having successfully hosted the Manchester group since 1995, the London group for nearly 3 years, and over seen the launch of 15 franchised areas in the last 5 years, Helen agreed to take over the hosting of the UK's longest established group in Exeter when current host Sean Humby felt it was time to move. Sean was originally introduced to The Business Network's unique format by Helen back in the 1990's. Because The Business Networks targets business owners and directors, and appreciating that the focus was on the collaborative and supportive nature of Networking, Sean decided to host a group himself, and The Business Network Exeter has benefited from his stewardship for the last 8 years.
"Sean will be a hard act to follow" said Helen, "but we also know how to run successful groups; we have had more than 100 senior decision-makers book in Manchester every month for the last 13 years, and with the support of the wonderful group of Members in Exeter I know this will be equally successful."
'Network on the Move' - The Return Journey with Virgin Trains
On Thursday 27th August 2015 members of The Business Network London Central group had the opportunity to travel to Manchester, in a private first class carriage with Virgin Trains, to meet members of the long established Business Network Manchester.
The event marked the 'return journey' of one made in 2013 when a Manchester group travelled to the newly established London network. Helen Bennett, Owner and Director of The Business Network said, "the first trip was such a success, and now the London group has grown to over 100 members, it seemed a great opportunity to run the return journey".
"The idea of 'Networking on the Move' has always appealed to me", said Helen, "and we are in a unique position where we can broker introductions between the two business communities".
As well as the private first class carriage on Virgin Trains, executive transfers were provided in Manchester by Professional Chauffeur Services (PCS), who took the London group on to the Networking Event at The Lowry Hotel.
The Business Network London Off To A Great Start
"Inspiring", "outstanding", "the gold standard of Networking", "a real eye-opener" and "a master class of organisation"
These are just some of the kind comments we received following our recent launch event at the DoubleTree by Hilton West End, and the group looks set to be off to a great start with Founder memberships looking likely to hit the 40 mark before the second lunch.
Photographs by Shoot Me Studios
Come and join us at
OUR NEXT EVENT
Wednesday 3rd July
Sandy Park 12 Noon - 2.00 pm
What members and guests say
"I have been a Business Network Member for many years, probably over 10 years now. When I first joined the Network it was unique. It was a relaxed and yet structured environment in which to meet like minded business people who were keen to build long standing relationships rather than score a quick sale. A huge contribution to the success of the network is owner Helen Bennett, and her handpicked franchisees who run the satellite events in other towns and cities. Helen never forgets a face, a name, a connection, and she is constantly on the lookout not only for referrals to the members but also new members to keep network fresh and relevant. I have obtained significant referrals from Network members, and have purchased services from members with great success. Even if there is not a member in your branch that can help, Helen will know someone who can. Quite simply, the original and best."
Slater Heelis LLP
"I joined The Business Network Manchester over a year ago and took the time to get to know the network Members there. After about 5 months we won our first contract, and since then we?ve generated a constant flow of referrals and met many new decision makers and business contacts. It?s not just been the attendees that we?ve worked with, they have suggested our services to their contacts, so its networking in the real sense of the word. Helen is very active in ensuring that there are always new attendees and the group runs at a very healthy level each month. Its also great fun and thoroughly enjoyable."