Simply Networking events launched in 2003, then as Networking4Busness. At this time all networking events were formal. Seeing a gap on the networking scene for something a bit different, the events quickly became known for their fun and friendly feel whilst business happened. The original no nonsense networking!
All other networking started at 7am or at lunch, ours during the working day so 3pm to 5pm. With NO membership fees or pressure, in a social setting rather than business, they grew in size. As a result, more events quickly followed. The events launched in more locations continuing to sell out.
With a motto of ‘Lets Do Business With A Smile’, having fun and doing business at the same time changed how networking had traditionally been seen. Rakesh Rawal, CEO of Codex, who boast a celebrated list of speakers at their events, said Simply Networking had revolutionised networking.
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Going back to the very first event, it was a sell out. Business relationships and even friendships still remain from those days. Back then, they had two sections with the first hour boardroom style, a chance to introduce yourself. The second hour simply an empty space to mingle, chat freely.
Feedback from regulars said they much preferred the second part of the event. As a result, that became the full event. Today’s Simply Networking lunches are still based on this format.
As the events grew, larger venues saw events grow more, with a record attendance just short of 200. Due to demand Simply Networking Extra launched. A smaller version of the main events and a 40 capacity. All whilst lots of competitors now started to appear.
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An evening event was added and quickly established itself, it was new again, attracting 120 at each. A 6:30pm start, delegates arrived, chatted, mingling at the bar. An hour in the buffet opened and the live entertainment came on. Over the years, everything from a former The Shadows guitarist to a string quartet, a great ambiance to network. After the food and entertainment, then into VIP lounge for the keynote speaker. Rounded off as it began, back in the bar, lots more mingling and chatting, into the early hours!
Three years ago, keeping the informal, friendly vibe, the events converted to lunchtime networking. Roving from venue to venue each time, to sample different cuisines, in different locations whilst having fun gaining new business.
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Now with over 17 years of hosting informal networking events, the emphasis has always been on making business fun. In March 2020 the events fell off a cliff edge due to Covid. Undeterred we moved them online. 95% so far have sold out, receiving hundreds of testimonials. We can be found on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.