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 the first people we came across was Louise Thornton who is a Director of ‘Blue Mouse Disability’ which is a company that is based in Worcester and offer, help, assistance and guidance to companies throughout the UK on how to deal with and overcome any issues in regards to disability and access. To perhaps explain what they do better the Blue Mouse website says “We bring a breath of fresh air to the complexity of legislation and policy implementation and enable you to become disability confident through creative actions and innovative solutions!


The Jury’s Inn themselves were exhibitors and as part of their marketing activity during the event they were organising tours for the delegates to have a look around their newly refurbished rooms.


Lucy Matthews from The Business Growth Show was also at the event actively networking with people. We had a brief chat with Lucy as she asked us to explain how our Events WM email notifications worked, we duly explained - but as there is so many areas that the Connect WM business aims to cover we have to be careful how we explain things. However we took the opportunity at the same time to also advise Lucy that we will over the next week be starting to send out our Deals WM email notifications.


Paul Bradford from the Grosvenor Casino on Broad Street was also there, quite obviously as the Jury’s Inn is also on Broad Street he didn’t have far to travel, which is possibly a good thing as he had the luck of the Irish with him in winning 2 of the prize draws undertaken by the exhibitors – so he must have looked a picture walking down Broad Street with one of the prizes which was a Chocolate Fountain Explosion Bouquet.


At the Birmingham Chamber event yesterday they incorporated a type of ‘Wish to Meet’ list whereby exhibitors and delegates would make a quick written note of who they’d wish to speak with and place the note on the wall – with the idea being that everyone would regularly look at the wall of notes to see if anyone was requesting to talk with them.


Yesterday was the first Friday Chamber Networking event we’d been to in a long while, the last one was probably about 4-5 years ago when it used to be held at the Hyatt hotel which is also on Broad Street, and amazingly the format does not appeared to have changed all that much.


Of course no Friday Chamber Networking event would be the same without the food, and we must say that the food which was laid on for this event was excellent – although we will say that we didn’t care much for the love heart desert fairy cakes because of not being keen on a lot of fondant icing – that said we couldn’t agree more with the wording on our love heart which was “Great Guy”.


The event was well organised with seemingly many Chamber personal present ensuring that things were happening when they should and most of all helping local businesses to connect in Birmingham.