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We are back in Manchester!

July 21, 2010

The venue has been sourced, the partners are in place, exhibitors are signing up… which can only mean that The Business Growth Show Manchester is rearing to go!

Fahima, Event Director for Manchester and Glasgow, is looking forward to making the most of her inheritance of success of the event in Manchester. We have held the event in the area four times before and are always well received by our colleagues in the North West.

So if you’re in the area join us on the 7th September for more Speed Networking Sergeant Major-style, seminars, expert exhibitors and some great networking.

Here’s a taster of what you can look forward to based on past events:

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How do small businesses make sales?

May 19, 2010
How do businesses speak to the right people to be able to make a sale? Through telesales? By getting their PA to schedule meetings? Do they have a magic little black book? Of course the answer is likely to be ‘A little of all the above’ but in many cases businesses, especially SMEs, survive through networking.

When you start up your own business, it can be very daunting to try to connect with the outside world and make a sale. Do you watch ‘How I Met Your Mother’? Ted starts his own architectural business and spends 48 hours ignoring the phone and deciding which is better between felt tips or biros?

Our advice would always be to network. It is easier when you are face to face with the right type of businesses and feels less lonely. There are plenty of opportunities to get your brand out there, and its about finding the right type of networking to suit you and your business:

  • Breakfast networking: We recommend 4Networking but there is also the BNi, Business for Breakfast, Business Over Breakfast and many others that may be stronger in your local area. This is great for kick-starting the day feeling productive
  • Daytime / Lunch networking: obviously, we would love to see you at The Business Growth Show but the Chamber of Commerce near you will also host different types of networking events that are worth checking out. You may also find success with your local Best Of
  • Evening networking: we find the Business-Scene Connections really useful for generating leads, but see if your local chapter of the FSB host anything

There are hundreds of events out there, many free and others more than worth the membership. If you would like some more advice the team at Corkscrew Events would be glad to help. Our partners Business-Scene are a good source for finding networking events near you.

Don’t forget to check out Events Calendar to see when your next The Business Growth Show is!

Top Tips for Business Networking

March 26, 2010

Take the Call, Make the Call, Refer the Call

Corkscrew Events are the event management company behind The Business Growth Show. We are very passionate about networking and believe that it is essential when growing a business. Speed Networking has become our trademark with The Sergeant Major leading businesses taking place over an hour session. Over the years up to 10,000 businesses have taken part in one our speed networking sessions throughout the country including Confex and Business North West.

With networking close to our hearts we designed an event giving businesses the chance to take part in what we believe is important in any business. The Business Growth Show is a business to business networking event designed around networking encouraging businesses to exchange business contacts and conversation.

At Corkscrew Events we believe in three key phrases, make the call, take the call and refer the call. Take the time to make the call with the contacts after networking and make sure you return your time by taking the calls of the people you meet. Finally if you meet a business that isn’t useful to you, don’t forget they may be useful to someone else, so keep them in mind for future clients or colleagues! To some up here are a few bullet points to remember:

Our top tips for speed networking:

  • Take lots of business cards
  • Listen to each individual; you may want to refer their business, if it’s not for you!
  • Be concise get your 3 USPs across in 60 seconds
  • Take notes, because you won’t remember faces
  • Follow up conversations that were worthwhile

Hi from The Business Growth Show

March 25, 2010

The Business Growth Show, Sergeant MajorThe Business Growth Show have now got their own blog and will be keeping you updated on our doings and events.  Please bear with us while we find our feet and finish setting up – see you back here soon!

In the meantime you can follow us on twitter – search for CorkscrewEvents (or you can follow our MD Mark Linton as SergeantMaj if you are feeling daring!)