After weeks of prepping for the event, sorting out our stand and tweeting all about it….the biggest conference in the North was finally upon us, The Yorkshire Mafia Conference.
The conference was held at the Royal Armouires in Leeds on the 21st and 22nd of March. As soon as we arrived at the event the atmosphere had a really buzz and everyone was full of enthusiasm for what the two day conference had in store. With around 150 businesses exhibiting at the conference, over 3000 delegates expected over the two days and an exciting seminar list the event was set to be a great networking event for all involved full of opportunities and prospects.
We were exhibiting at the conference in the Armouries Hall on stand 8. We’d already set up our stand on Tuesday afternoon so only had a few last minute things to do to get our stand ready, however our trusty Touch Tower which we take along to all conferences blew the screen just before the conference started. It tripped all the electric on our side of the conference hall, leaving many of the stands without electricity. Although the Touch Tower was still a good attraction to have at our stand we couldn’t manage to fix it to load our presentation about our products and services, plus we had lists of memorable geographical numbers which where for sale and available on the day.
It was a fantastic location for our stand as we were right next to the entrance for the seminars being held in the Bury Theatre, which meant we had a good flow of traffic passing by our stand throughout the two days. If you want to know more about what was going on at our stand visit our previous blog post – ‘Why you should visit us at Stand 8 at The Yorkshire Mafia Conference.’ Read the rest of this entry
To put this into perspective let’s think about how big is 5.0 billion?
- Compared to total email users – SMS is three times bigger.
- Compared to all landline telephones? SMS is 4 times bigger.
- Compared to Facebook? Over 5 times bigger.
Want to know more? Read the rest of this blog post here.
|Current Job Position?||
Creative Director and co-owner of Rushfirth Creative,
Creative Director and co-owner of Schools Teaching Enterprise Programme Ltd. (AKA STEPteam)
|Best thing about your job?||Being paid to do the thing I love most and do best|
|Worst thing about your Job?||Not having enough hours in the day.|
|Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?||Being relatively new to Kirklees (I live and work on the Leeds/Wakefield extremities of the district) I don’t get over to Huddersfield that often, mostly to the MY Network meetings.|
|Your best achievement?||Being a major player in the creation and production of the brand identity for premium ranges of TWO major supermarket retailers.|
|Interest and Hobbies?||The precious spare time I have is spent with my wife Kathryn and my three children.|
|What do you value most about being a member of a networking group?||It’s essential for small businesses to ‘expand their team’.|
I was born in a small house in Garforth in the Spring of 1970. And after a spending a year or two of behaving like a complete baby (literally), I made an important discovery.
I liked to draw.
Everything went in through my eyes, spun around in my head, flowed back down through my right arm and pushed its way out the end of a wax crayon creating my own unique reinterpretation of the world around me.
No one asked me to do it, or taught me to do it, or even particularly encouraged me to do it. I just did it. And did it. And did it.
40+ years later, I’m still doing the same thing. Sure, during the last 22 years, the crayon has been substituted by a ‘mouse’ with a little picture of an apple on it. But the drive and the principle remains the same. I’ve illustrated nationally distributed children’s books (at the tender age of 16) and created cartoons for comics. I’ve created corporate signage schemes for big-name high street retail, banking and pub chains. I’ve created branding for premium ranges for several major supermarket retailers. I’ve run press ad campaigns and story-boarded for film and television.
And I still like to draw.
With my wife Kathryn, I run Rushfirth Creative, a small but perfectly formed creative agency offering a wide range of expertise for those serious about moving their business forward through good design. Design that not only looks good, but gets results within the marketplace. If you want to find out a bit more, our website is a really good place to start. I also tweet all kinds of stuff (and nonsense, on occasion) on Twitter. We’d also love you to ‘like’ and interact with us on our dedicated Facebook page. Most of all it would be nice to meet up- we try to get to the MY Network meetings whenever we can- so perhaps see you around!
Here at SMileS we strive to be a welcoming and innovative business so we are always thinking of new ideas of how we can find new prospects and convert them into long-term mutually beneficial relationships. One idea we came up with is Cake Friday; we try to hold meetings and networking on this day and our team member ‘Sara’ makes a different cake every week. Cake Friday allows us to reflect our company ethos which is all about keeping people happy whilst providing excellent service.Cake Friday helps us to create a welcoming and friendly business atmosphere. It’s a key factor in helping us to establish good friendly relationships with the people we work with to allow for good communication.
Cake Friday has proved very successful mainly due to us promoting it via social networking sites which has helps to encourage more meetings and networking on cake Fridays and has created a buzz around our company. Here are some of our pictures from Cake Friday; you can find more on our Twitter ‘smilessms’& Facebook page ‘Me Consultancy Ltd’.
Why don’t you come and visit us at our office in Golcar and truly experience our cake Friday – And go away full of text messaging ideas (and cake.)