Full house at the Chamber to Chamber Event
I always enjoy the Chamber to Chamber networking events, and this one was no different.
I arrived early to have a meeting with Ross Chamberlain of Media village. Ross and I know each other through our networking activities. Ross is a rugby player and committee member with Clitheroe Rugby club. He wanted to learn more about how Chip and PIN could improve the clubs services to its patrons.
The consultation was simple and short. We spent 15 of the twenty minutes chatting about sports and such.
The room began to fill up and we moved towards the refreshment table. I picked up a copy of the delegate list and quickly scanned for ‘potential marks’. Three accountants were scheduled to attend so I asked Barbara, Chrissy, Alan and Carl of the Chambers if any of them could introduce me to my ‘marks’. I find personal introductions are always a great way to begin a relationship.
The formal address from Bae was about to start so I quickly grabbed a coffee, a sandwich and sat down following the formal address Chrissy ran the draw which allowed six guests to ‘Pitch’ their business.
Louise Powell Shepherds Fire & Security, Rob Owen Valia Recruitment, John Reagn Director at Phoenix Broking Services Ltd, Janet Pardula Brilliant at Bookkeeping, Catherine Donavan Down Size My Home and Jane Brick Technology
Tony Raynor, Abbey Telecom, donated Golf Brolly which was claimed by my Ready2Network friend Corinne Surkitt. After announcing forthcoming events Chrissy closed the formalities and declared open networking opening again. I only had a short window of opportunity to secure my targeted contacts before a scheduled 1:2:1 with Kendall Dootson, Director Hawthorn Estates.
I succeeded in connecting with Chartered accountants Paul Maulding of Pierce Accountancy and Julie Wilson of Abrams Ashton – job almost done. I found Kendall and we started to chat. It was soon time to clear the hall. Kendall and I decided to continue off site.
Once again the ‘Chambers’ provided a proving ground for many delegates to hone their networking skills. This form of socioeconomic activity brings together groups of like-minded business people who recognize, create, or act upon business opportunities. I will share the outcome of my four contacts in a future articles.
Thanks to all the team members of the two Chambers on behalf of all who attended for all the help, assistance and organisation of the event.
Davina Parker-Murphy, High Class Caters. @highclassfood
Chamber of Commerce East Lancashire
Red Rose Court
Clayton le Moors
Accrington BB5 5JR
9-10 Eastway Business Village
Lancashire PR2 9WT
T: 01772 653 000