101 Results in category Connect WM

Will the Connect Brunch give you business on a plate?

In a few months time the Connect Brunch will be born as a way to build business connections, increase business awareness and obtain attendance of those businesses which are serious about what it is they do, and what it is they are after. 
The networking and business exhibition debate looms ever more; in that do such things attract any business? Do the right people turn up to such events? No-one will ever settle on a common ground because everyone's views are different. 
The one thing which many will know is that things have to change; networking attracts a vast number of businesses some of which are good, bad or indifferent. Whichever they are, the term networking was originally ...

Nothing but praise for The Clarendon Suites.

The very first Connect WM Business Exhibition took place on the 27th February 2013 having originally chosen The Clarendon Suites  for its location for ease of parking, its central locality and ease of access within the building itself.
At the point of booking, and in fact right to the exhibition day itself we had only really ever dealt with The Clarendon Suites General Manager Diane Hennessy who was first class in her understanding, her guidance as to how best  layout of the exhibition hall, and use of further rooms within the venues whole facility.
But when we come to the day itself, never could we have imaged beforehand that the attention to detail, the understanding of what wa ...

Local Businesses can only grow with Quality over Quantity

Some may know that the whole Connect WM ethos is trying to find the right businesses for each other to be able to work together which in turn provides either a positive midterm result or long term working relationship.
We set up our first Connect WM business exhibition solely with this in mind and did not allow any cross over’s of exhibitor main service trading areas.
Also we promoted 3 seminars taking place throughout the day for industry bespoke products / services (Energy Saving – Business Advice – Finance) to help local businesses as opposed to what is seen as the normal way of promoting seminars which is that of individuals, as we believe it’s the actual produc ...

Forwardline Events organise The Business Show 2012 Midlands

Forwardline Marketing Ltd as the name suggests are a marketing company based over in Rugeley, Staffordshire and has been operating for a number of years. Recently they added an addition to their business, a service to incorporate events calling this aspect of their business Forward Events through which they are looking to host and promote events up and down the country.
Last Friday (15/06/2012) saw them hold their first event, held at the Aston Villa Football Ground and incorporated a business exhibition, multiple seminars and speed networking.
We attended two of the seminars, which covered Social Networks and Online Success.
The Social Networks – How exposed ...

As a business, do you CONNECT to Events in the West Midlands?

There are many business related events, which happen throughout the West Midlands region on a monthly basis. Such events offer the ability for local businesses to engage in many things such as networking, training as well as identifying who might be potential customers.
Events such as business exhibitions in the West Midlands also provide local businesses with the perfect undercover disguise through which assists those in identifying who their competitors are, as well as what they offer over and above what they themselves offer.
Business organisations, business event companies as well as people groups organise events – some going out their way to put their own twist o ...

You may call it networking I’d call it butting in.!

There seems to be a new trend occurring at networking meetings, well to be honest it may not be new at all just that we haven’t really noticed before as it’s been a while for us since attending some networking meetings.
What we’re referring to, is the apparent ignorance of some people at networking meetings who seem to think that they have a right to barge into the middle of a conversation without even a “sorry” or “excuse me”.
One example while attending a networking event in the middle of Birmingham only last week, saw us talking to someone we’d never met before and we were engaging in polite chit chat as you do.
So ...

Birmingham Energy Savers working towards helping households

This morning saw members of the Connect WM and its sister company Squashed Bills attend a meeting hosted by Sustainability WM at the Council House in Victoria Square.
Lasting about 2 hours the meeting centred on how best to move forward with the Birmingham Energy Savers project which is the first of its kind in the UK.
With 3 main areas of discussion it ultimately boiled down to how best to Connect Birmingham households to the notion of buying into the Green Deal in order to make their household more ECO friendly.
There was a varying array of attendees from local businesses such as ourselves, as well as end providers, representatives from the top six energy compani ...

It’s the here and now that counts

Many businesses, especially new start ups it could be argued need to plan more for the future in terms of how they operate and as to what direction their ultimately heading towards.
However with all the perceived excitement of owning or running your business the planning for most turns into day dreaming, thinking that they can be all conquering, that they have what it takes to be the best, believing that their better than anyone else…!
The stark reality is that they can’t, don’t and aren’t.
Time and time again you witness SME’s who seem to ignore others when at networking meetings, or attending exhibitions, instead opting to carry on ...

Chamber Networking at the Paragon Hotel

Last Friday saw us attend the regular monthly networking event which this time round was held at the Paragon Hotel formerly known some years back as the Chamberlain Hotel.
For the Birmingham Chambers first monthly event of 2012 it seemed well organised as well as did the  Paragon Hotel and its staff - well organised and prepared to cater for the event.
Yet just like in 2011, 2010, 2009……… it never seems to amaze that whilst the event was being held for the benefit of members and the many small businesses within the Midlands, and still there are those business folk that perhaps despite of any New Year resolutions to do things differently, they ...

The Jury was in for the Birmingham Chamber Networking event

Yesterday the Jury’s Inn which is located on Birmingham’s Broad Street hosted the latest Birmingham Chamber Networking event which allowed local businesses to turn up as delegates and engage with other delegates and event exhibitors.
The attendance to the event seemed quite good and although hard to explain it had a different feel to it when compared to other local events in the West Midlands. It seemed that a vast majority of attendees who turned up seemed to be suited and booted, some would say they were more of a corporate type person although that was not the case when actually speaking to people and find out what it was they do and where they work.
One of t ...