Category Archives: Networking

Don’t try to sell me an oil tanker

Last week I went to an Enterprise Day at All Hallows School In Salford organised by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It was a great event where teams of pupils act as manufacturers whilst business people volunteer to be potential customers. The teams manufacture a variety of products from a range paper templates, such as vans, […]
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Building of the Year

              Mike Gibson, Chair of the Property & Construction Committee, hosted the Annual Dinner of the Greater Manchester Chamber’s P&C Section at The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate.  At this event, Baroness Beverley Hughes of Stretford presented the Building of the Year Award to Manchester City Council for the Central Library […]
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Increased investment in training

The service sector reports a three-point increase in training investment to +16%, the highest recorded since the first quarter of 2008. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey Quarter 4 – 2012 Service sector companies are seeing the value of training and are investing in training their staff. Make sure that your company is […]
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Keep Calm and Prepare for Change

I was at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) conference in Manchester. It was an excellent event which showcased the many good projects in the North West and Yorkshire. Two minute video – click here
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Mike becomes Chair of the Property & Construction Committee of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Mike has been a member of the Property and Construction Sector’s Committee since 2005 and has been its Vice Chair for the past two years.  He takes over as Chair from Phil Cusack of Aecom (pictured here) who has become the Chamber’s President. Mike says: ‘I’m really looking forward to the work the P&C Committee […]
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Networking training to suit everyone

Recent seminar appealed to both experienced and new networkers. “Very worthwhile seminar even for those who think they are good at networking.” Doug Brown, Director, Recycle Technology “Fantastic introduction for first-time networkers. Structured approach to the things you ‘should’ know, but forget to use under pressure.” Rob Ffoulkes, RK Accountancy “Very practical and useful session […]
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The canapé conundrum

We both go out business networking a lot. At evening events the hosts usually serve canapés, which are very nice but not intended to be filling. Often, once we are back home we don’t know what we want to eat. We don’t have room for a big meal; we want something. The default is cheese […]
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Peter Jones Enterprise Academy

Connectivity Associates Ltd was invited back to the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy to help their young entrepreneurs with Business Networking skills. The Academy was set up by Peter Jones CBE from Dragons’ Den to provide academic qualifications for young people with the motivation to become entrepreneurs. Successful candidates leave with Level 3 BTEC in Enterprise […]
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Global Entrepreneurship Week

I ran a workshop for Liverpool University as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week  this was just one of 40,000 events over 104 countries. The aim is to drive the next generation of entrepreneurs and business owners. I was helping the students to use business networking to find out about job opportunities and to get themselves […]
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My whole career passed before me

I have been going through my Contacts List. There were so many contacts that Outlook was taking a long time to load. So, I put the radio or a podcast on and settled down. It has been a fascinating process. I have found contacts from projects all over the world – some successful, some less […]
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