Property, People, Prices and Pazazz

What could possibly link these four apparently diverse topics together?

Well, the answer is this month’s TBN Solent meeting. 68 business leaders including 27 guests from across Hampshire came together in The Solent Hotel Whitely to connect, do business, and learn.

I thought that this month’s meeting was one of the best I have attended, for many reasons.

The first thing I noticed was that from the get-go, there was a buzz in the air. Despite the early morning start, everyone was engaged and up for fun. When people who are passionate about their business and about helping other businesses get together, something magical happens.  

Conversations flowed freely over coffee and breakfast, and I witnessed numerous connections and introductions being made even before the more formal part of the meeting.

Secondly, we had a fascinating mix of businesses in attendance. I was lucky enough to be seated next to Jayne Mugridge, Creative Director from Yarty Cordials.  I could have listened to her all morning as she shared the story of her Southsea based soft drinks business that now counts the Royal Household and Fortnum and Mason amongst their growing portfolio of clients. Hers is a local success story that is both fascinating and inspiring.  

Thirdly, there were our fantastic four presenters, Bronwen Vearncome, Sophie Personne, Darren Coates and Abbi Wightman. Each of their 2-minute presentations was educational, inspiring and amusing, especially Darren’s impromptu game of “The Price is Right” and Abbi’s Samba Lesson (You must see the photos!)  Samba, according to Abbi, is just like our business – 10% technique and 90% delivery.  What a great message to close yet another fabulous TBN Solent meeting.

TBN Solent members are also welcome to attend their sister group TBN Bournemouth who’s next meeting is on 2nd March in the splendiferous Italian Villa in Poole. The next gathering of TBN Solent is on Friday 17th of March, and I look forward to meeting you all there.


Gavin Meikle
Author,  Speaker, Presentation Coach and Wordsmith