Taking place on 4th of August, the latest TBN Business Breakfast returned to the delightful Hallmark Hotel in Bournemouth. Over 77 members gathered for another highly productive networking experience. Intermingling in fantastic surroundings, we were particularly proud to have welcomed a diverse range of businesses from across Dorset, including accountants; solicitors; marketing agencies; health and safety advisors; HR consultancies; artists and more!
As is the benefit with our TBN breakfasts, starting early in the morning meant that people had the opportunity to network without it interfering with the rest of their working day. Unburdened, members were able to concentrate on building relationships, getting stuck in with new introductions. As always, after flocking to the all-important ‘fuelling station’ for coffees and teas, guests were then provided with a deliciously hearty breakfast to kick-start conversations and networking!
Focusing on the task at hand, once the Olympic-fever had settled down, our members enthusiastically shared information on their products and services, whilst also asking important business questions such as the threat of cyber-security, the potential benefits of Brexit as well as whether it really is worth working in August! (Okay, that last one may not be as serious…)
In this light-hearted networking environment, we saw strong business relationships flourish. We were also pleased to have several members report that they had arranged follow-up meetings. Having a knock on effect, these relationships will certainly be used to open up future business opportunities not just with members but also with their contacts as well.
Following roundtable discussions, several members stood up to share stories surrounding ongoing successes, as well as useful business advice. Bernie Ward spoke first and was able to convey several ways in which businesses can ensure they promote good working practices and remain compliant with health and safety regulations. Offering his expertise, he provided plenty of useful tips to members.
Second to speak was entrepreneur and software developer JonJoe Whitfield. He was delighted to share the thriving success of his new business with members. He also offered key advice gathered from his experiences to other start-ups with what they will need to succeed.
Professional Photographer Andrew Plant was the last to speak on the morning. Helping companies to get ahead of the game, he advised all businesses to begin thinking about Christmas. One of the biggest days of the year for selling your brand, he believes now is the ideal time for developing Christmas promotions and getting your merchandise photographed!