Networking with thebest businesses in Exeter
6th September 2010
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The next An Evening with thebestof Exeter is taking place at the Fresha Cafe, Sowton, Exeter, on Thursday, 9th September 2010.  This promises to be another great event. It's at a great venue, and we always have some great new members coming along. Book your business in here

The cost is just £10 for members (only those featuredhereand £15 for non-members. This includes a light snack /canapes and a complimentary glass of wine, as well as the chance to network with over 50 amazing businesses!

The start time for this one is 18.00, and we will be wrapping up about 20:30, although people usually stay a bit later to carry on networking with their new contacts.

Don't miss the opportunity to meet with other great businesses in and around Exeter to GET MORE BUSINESS at An Evening with thebestof Exeter to:

• Connect with like-minded business people in a relaxed   ambience
• Discover potential new business alliances
• Source the best local suppliers
• Raise the public profile of your business by bringing your roller banner
• Enjoy a complimentary drink and light snacks / canapés
• Have fun

£10.00 inc. VAT per person for thebestof Exeter members - those featued on here
£15.00 inc. VAT per person for non-members for the networking,

N.B. Bring a guest - and save £2! - just enter discount code guest

Book your business in here

What is 'An Evening with'?
'An Evening with' is a way to make new business contacts and develop mutually beneficial relationships that may lead to new business referrals or alliances. The benefits include new customer acquisition, sourcing reliable local suppliers, enhancing your business profile, improving your confidence and receiving free advice. It's also a highly enjoyable opportunity to socialise with other like-minded business people!

What happens at a networking event?
There are many different types of networking events. Events hosted by thebestof Exeter are largely unstructured, relaxed and very social occasions. We will help introduce to you to other key thebestof members. There are also a handful of brief public presentations from our members.

How do I prepare for the event?
Make sure you can succinctly explain what you do and the type of business you are looking for. Try to think of a memorable way to differentiate yourself and focus on the benefits you provide (e.g. instead of saying "I'm an accountant..." say "I help small business owners maximise their profits..."). Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and a positive attitude!

What do I do when I get there?
Everyone is there for the same reason, so you will find it very easy to start speaking to people. The best initial approach is to find out about what the other person does rather than focusing immediately on your own business. Try to explore ways in which you might be able to help each other - there may not be a direct requirement for each other's services, but you might be able to create a referral for one of your existing contacts. It's standard practise to exchange business cards even if there's no immediate opportunity for any follow up business.

What should I bring?
Your colleague(s), business cards, roller banner some literature and a great attitude to meet and working with other likedminded businesses from Exeter.

How long does the event last?
Allow a good couple of hours. Sometimes the best networking happens after the 'official' session has ended over a drink at the bar.

How much does it cost and what's included?
The standard entrance fee is £10 inc VAT  for Business Members of thebestof and £15 inc VAT per person for non-members. There is a complimentary drink and light buffet included. If you are bringing a guest there is a reduction of £2 - just enter discount code guest.

Who should attend?
Business owners, entrepreneurs and managers working in the Exeter area.

Do I have to be a Business Member?
No, although members of thebestofExeter benefit from a reduction on the entrance fee, the opportunity to publicly present their business and can easily be found by all attendees on our website - plus a host of other benefits of business membership. Request an info pack here.

What is thebestof Exeter?
thebestof Exeter is a dynamic and very friendly team that helps to promote businesses in Exeter through one of the most influential forms of marketing - word of mouth. We can help develop your business reputation and lead generation through our high-profile Internet marketing, direct marketing, outdoor media and social business networking. We also provide a proactive referral support service to help connect you with our growing membership of local businesses.

About the Author

Dave B

Member since: 3rd May 2012

I am the Membership Manager at thebestof Exeter. My role is to maintain good relationships with the best businesses in Exeter. I am also involved in organising our bi-monthly networking events and help...

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