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Opal Mortgage Solutions

Contact: Huw Thomas
Address: 9 Bentsbrook Road, North Holmwood, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 4HW
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We advise on and arrange mortgages for clients seeking residential and buy to let mortgages, bridging finance, commercial mortgages and second charge loans.…

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Get your bar buzzing

Turn your pub into a venue for the First Friday Network and get your bar buzzing with business clients!

First Friday Network is a FREE and friendly business networking event held on the first Friday of the month across Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and London and a growing number of pubs nationwide are getting that Friday feeling! By becoming a host venue just once a month you’ll soon increase the numbers of regular clients coming through your doors as well as your revenue.

Drawing regular and new customers alike to your pub couldn’t be simpler really.  People love to network and they love a friendly local venue to network in – so why not make sure that your pub is a First Friday Network pub too! All you need do is offer a  friendly and informal environment in which your regular networkers can meet each month then simply  let the group run itself – no formalities, no pre-booking nor membership admin to deal with – First Friday is FREE, friendly and above all informal.

Networkers simply turn up, buy a drink then get on with networking.

You can promote the network through other local organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Business and other networking groups like 4Networking, BNI etc. You can also publicise them via social media, Twitter and Facebook – then  open your doors to your local networkers and  watch them spend! Once they’ve been and enjoyed the buzz in your pub, they’ll be back for more and  you win by extra takings at the bar and encouraging a  loyal clientele with a reason to  keep coming back time after time. A clientele that will recommend your venue to other businesses and friends!

 Just £10 a month buys you an annual licence and we’ll supply you with a roller banner to promote the event, as well as leaflets, beer mats and business cards –  everything you need to market and promote the meetings. We’ll promote you via the website and also via our monthly enewsletters to all the companies that register with us online. We also market actively on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

There are other things you can do to  grow the network, such as offer your networking clientele a discount voucher or loyalty card. We can supply you with First Friday loyalty cards… for example: buy 6 drinks and get one free! If you have meeting rooms available then you might think about offering special rates for seminars and events. You can  collect the details of the attendees and then you can  promote your own pub events to them and take advantage of this new and growing customer base!

You will have your own webpage on the First Friday site where you can promote the meetings and your pub. You can also include special offers or upcoming promotions for your pub on the page and in the blog if you wish.

Get in touch today and start attracting more customers straight away!

Call me on 01243 787100 or email steve@firstfriday-network.co.uk

Watch a short video of a typical meeting here

Become an organiser…

Now is the time for you to start running a First Friday meeting...

Last Friday I spent the day at Wolverhampton Racecourse at the Business Networking Show, with over 500 switched on networkers... all people who realised the impact networking can have on their businesss... and on their bottom line!!

There were some great keynote speakers like Brad Burton from 4N, Dragon Lady herself Rachel Elnaugh, Apprentice Neil Clough, Marketing Guru Dee Blick, the Wisdom Queen Debbie Huxton and Mr Network Dummy himself Stafan Thomas.

If you would like to see what people had to say about the event head over to Twitter and search for @TBNShow or #TBNS2014 - keep an eye out for news of next year!! Also make sure you are following them: @BradBurton @RachelElnaugh @NeilWClough @deeblick @debbie huxton @noredbraces

I have over 20 enquiries from attendees at the show to start groups 'up north' so hopefully we will be a much bigger network by the new year - so now is the time for you to get involved and take advantage of the increased exposure you will gain from being an organiser!! 

It’s easy to procrastinate, to put off, and to dilly dally, but if you still need to win more customers for your business then what’s to be gained from waiting?

What about becoming the best known networker? Or the person of influence in your area? Or getting a huge uplift in referrals? What’s going to change unless you take decisive action to make it happen?

Nothing.

If you’d already decided to get started then you’d already have seen a difference in your growing list of contacts and referrals.

Just like Paul Dallibar from Gordian Solutions Ltd, who was in a position exactly like yours before he decided to start running a group:

“Steve not only recognises the power of business networking, but has created a powerful, enjoyable and very successful model in First Friday. As an active participant, who has benefited from the reputation I have gained as an organiser, I would thoroughly recommend the First Friday Network.”

...and Tony Hedger from A&T Business Associates Limited, who sent us this note recently:

"We have just taken on our second First Friday meeting having grown as a company and wanted our new team member to start to build a company presence in the area. Having run a First Friday event for over 5 years and seen the benefits that it has created in brand awareness and reputation for our company in the local area, we felt it was the only way to quickly build up our company name as someone in a new area that was well connected and a true networker. I would recommend taking on a First Friday meeting if you are keen to grow and develop your business in that location, as networking is the best way to grow your business, and what better way than to be known as the best local networker!"

I'd love to have you as part of the network, so let me ask you…

…are you ready to grow your business?

…do you want to get loads of referrals pouring into your business?

If your answer is yes I want to make taking that next step as easy as possible. 

If you’re worried about the cost, then don’t be, listen to what one of our organisers had to say:

“I am the only person that has had a direct financial cost for attending, which is easily offset by the people who actively target me and the promotion that being the event organiser gives me. I have seen the benefit of running the events in quickly gaining brand awareness in the local business area. It has helped me gain business from companies that would have taken me longer to build relationships with had I not set up the First Friday Networking event. It has also helped my business find clients and I can say that the direct cost of setting up a First Friday event has been recovered many times over!”

... and we've reduced the fee to just £120 a year - yes £10 a month - if you can't get a fantastic ROI from that you're doing something wrong!!!

To get started today, simply email me at steve@firstfriday-network.co.uk. 

If you’re still not sure, and you’d like to talk to me personally then call 01243 787100.

Yours sincerely,
Steve Wilson

Stefan Thomas from 4N with his Networking for Dummies book

The Business Networking Show 2014

Last Friday I spent the day at Wolverhampton Racecourse with over 500 switched on networkers... all people who realised the impact networking can have on their businesss... and on their bottom line!!

There were some great keynote speakers like Brad Burton from 4N (he really does like me it's not a trick of photoshop!), dragon lady herself Rachel Elnaugh, Apprentice Neil Clough, Marketing guru Dee Blick, the wisdom queen Debbie Huxton and Mr Network Dummy himself Stafan Thomas.

If you would like to see what people had to say about the event head over to Twitter and search for @TBNShow or #TBNS2014 - keep an eye out for news of next year!! Also make sure you are following them: @BradBurton @RachelElnaugh @NeilWClough @deeblick @debbie huxton @noredbraces

I have over 20 enquiries from attendees at the show to start groups 'up north' so hopefully you will be part of a much bigger network by the new year.

Everyone loves the idea behind First Friday and I hope that many more groups start and people join our happy little network... you can help by inviting one guest along to a meeting with you... why not try it this week!

Pictures from the Business Networking Show 2014

The E-Myth Revisited - A business book not to be missed

I highly recommend you get a copy of this book of you're serious about your business!

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
Michael E. Gerber 

E-Myth:
1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 
2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical work

Voted #1 business book by Inc. 500 CEOs.

An instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business.

Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.

The E-Myth Revisited will help you grow your business in a productive, assured way.


Get it here…

EMyth book cover

Festival of Chichester 2014

Find out about more than 250 exciting events in the award-winning Festival of Chichester 2014 by clicking on the links below. Please pass on to your friends and colleagues and help the festival committee get the message out to as many people as possible.

www.festivalofchichester.co.uk

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MUSIC -classical, jazz, world, blues, folk, rock, pop, light

THEATRE, SPOKEN WORD, ART & CRAFT, WALKS & TRIPS, CINEMA, FOOD & DRINK, OPEN DAYS, CHURCH, SPORT & CYCLING AND BEYOND THE FESTIVAL.

BROCHURES from Cloisters Shop, Cathedral Cloisters, Waterstones Store, Novium, Library, Assembly Rooms, St John's Chapel, Chichester Observer Office.

BOX OFFICE: Cloisters Shop, Chichester Cathedral, Tel. 01243 813595 (10am - 5pm)

Make the most of our fantastic festival!

Barry Smith, Festival Co-ordinator

festivalchichester@gmail.com (Tel. 07813244731; please call box office for ticket enquiries)

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