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Review of our Networking Event in March 2016

Photographs by David Gough Photography

Our March event at Carvers appears to have broken all records for attendance with over 130 attendees. We welcomed many new delegates who came along to network with fellow business owners and managers. We also sold out of tables very early, so if you are interested in one for the next event, please do book as soon as you get the event details. We send out emails to our mailing list and also publicise events here on our website and via our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A huge thank you to Henry Carver for hosting this event and providing a very generous buffet and liquid refreshments throughout the evening. It certainly set the scene for a lively evening where many new contacts were made and old contacts re-established. Carvers is a very popular venue for Wolverhampton Business Forum events and we will be revisiting it later in the year.

We had two really engaging speakers for this event. Firstly, Tosca Lahiri from Wicked Spider gave a very interesting presentation about how we can ‘kill’ our website – mainly with neglect.  She gave us loads of tips and tricks and I noticed quite a few people making notes, so my guess is that they went home and starting doing a little work on their websites to make sure they got the most from the learning Tosca provided.

Our second speaker was Steve Smith who founded Poundland.  Steve gave us a really interesting story about his journey in creating a multimillion pound business from scratch. This was a very inspirational talk that got everyone fired up about where they could take their own businesses in the future.  It’s particularly welcome to see local people creating successful well-known brands.  It was also great to see both our speakers talking to delegates during the buffet sharing their thoughts and ideas.

In addition to all of this we also heard from our tables who get to use the microphone tell everyone a little bit about their business. We also had our usual business card draw where about half a dozen delegates get one minute to introduce their business to the rest of the room.  If you would like to be included in this, make sure your business card is in the draw (hand it over when you register on arrival). To get the most out of your minute, brush up on what you want to say – your elevator pitch – before you come and also remember to mention any special offers you have for the rest of the delegates.

We also raised £83 with our raffle which goes towards the running of our events and helps us to keep them free to attend.

All-in-all it was a great evening and we have had excellent feedback from many delegates. If you would like to comment on any of our events, please get in touch using info@www.wbfonline.org. We love to hear from our members and we are very keen to make continual improvements to the Wolverhampton Business Forum events based on your feedback.

EU Referendum Debate

We did talk about having an EU Referendum debate as a forum event, however we have since discovered that there are several events of this type taking place around the city. Therefore, we recommend that if you are interested in attending one of these events, that you consider the Black Country Chamber EU Referendum Debate which will take place on 29th April at the Molineux Stadium.  This event is free to attend, but places are limited

SEO Copywriting

Alison Reeves from Write to Win

Facebook Marketing

Edwin Ladd from Social Frames

Web Design

Tosca Lahiri from Wicked Spider

Twitter Marketing

Stephen Olugbode from Aspray