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Get Connected: Network Knutsford's success continues to grow.

By on February 21, 2009

The second Network Knutsford event took place on Thursday (19th Feb) there is no doubting its success and what it can offer business users. With attendance at some fifty plus people, the evening progressed smoothly and professionally with individuals exchanging ideas, comments and most importantly, business to a backdrop and live music and great food.

Dellapina & C.o charge £10 per person for the event which has prompted comment from a range of companies in the town as to why there is a charge at all. After only a short time it was quite obvious to see that costs for deploying such an event were only just met. Via Via had gone to some considerable effort catering for an army of hungry business professionals, combined with the organisation time Marco and his team had put into the networking project,  ten pounds seemed a very modest figure to unite some of Knutsford’s business leaders.

Phil Orford, Chairman of the Forum for Private Business believed that events like this were extremely beneficial to the local economy and businesses.  The Forum supports many thousands of UK business is based right here in Knutsford and is one of the most important trade and commerce associations. Mr Orford who spoke of membership to the FPB should be considered by all companies. In light of this and the current climate, FPB membership could soon be opened up to sole traders and smaller business to benefit from the actions and advice of a larger trade body.

As with all networking groups, there were some skills duplication but it should not be seen as negative. Competition exists everywhere and it shows good willing and keenness to network with competitors in the same environment.  Most individuals we spoke to understood that they would not necessarily walk away with a deal on the night but instead would seek to make longer term business relationships as the event helps to establish an initial level of trust. It’s event No.2 but Network knutsford does appear to offer the right synergies for local companies to discuss, and exchange business ideas and commerce.

The next events are taking place on:

Thurs 19th March
Thurs 16th April
Thurs 21st May
Thurs 18th June

Stephanie Ellis
01565 634100

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