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MYnetwork evening meetup at Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival 2011

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Yesterday was MYnetworks quarterly annual evening meet up at the Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival at St.George’s Square. The meet up was held in the demo marquee of the event and each member received a free token on arrival which entitled them to a free drink from ‘The Star Inn’ and free food from the ‘Hinchliffe’s BBQ’. Even though the weather was a little miserable and rainy the event had a great turnout with around 150 members turning up to enjoy great food and drink along with some great conversation and live music from Richard Daniels. We also held a business card raffle prize draw & Barrington from Discovery Bay did a speech about how Huddersfield has a great buzz around it at the moment due to its vast array of restaurants and bars helping to encourage business and support the local business community.  Discovery Bay just received an award for  ‘Restaurant of the Year 2011’ which is a great accomplishment for the restaurant which has only been open for 5 years.

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Business Profile: Jane Mellor (Efficient PA)

Jane Mellor (Efficient PA) & Paul Robertshaw (MEC/SMileS) @ MYnetwork Meetup

Our Business Profile Page is going to take a different member from the ‘MYnetwork’ meet up every month and ask them a few questions and get them to write a bio on the type of work they do. Jane Mellor was kind enough to feature in our first Business Profile,  thank you Jane! If you would be interested in featuring in a Business Profile then just get in touch with

First Job? Office Junior David Brown Gear Industries
Current job position? Owner of “Efficient PA”
Best thing about your job? The variety of work and people that I meet.
The worst thing about your job? Having to work late into the night to meet tight deadlines
Your favourite restaurant in Huddersfield? The Temujin, Milnsbridge (of course)
Your best achievement? Obtaining my degree & post graduate diploma whilst working and bringing up a young family.
Interest and hobbies? Reading & photography
Favourite car/motorbike? Ducati  848 Evo(well I can dream, can’t I?)
What do you value most about being a member of a network group? The opportunity to meet people from such diverse businesses.  90% of my work comes from networking, so it’s very important to me.  For me, it’s about building relationships and building trust.
Twitter ID:  Efficientpa
LinkedIn:  Jane Mellor


As an experienced PA I decided to break free from the confines of a 9 to 5 job and started my own business as a Virtual Assistant.  My clients range from a businessman who is disabled, right through to manufacturing companies in Yorkshire and Lancashire.  My job is to relieve clients of their admin stresses so that they can concentrate on achieving their business objectives.  Clients get all the benefits of a PA without the added costs.  Being able to outsource the tasks that you either don’t have time to do, or don’t like doing makes good business sense.  You just pay for the actual work we do but without the holiday pay, sick pay etc.

We can help businesses by taking on their call answering or we can make calls on their behalf.  We do internet research, diary management, digital transcription, typing up reports, attend meetings, organise conferences and exhibitions, or even pick up the dry cleaning.  The list is endless.

Having been a secretary/PA/Marketing Manager ever since I left school, so it seemed an obvious path to take.  I work from home, so I don’t have the additional overhead costs (or the commute)!

In my spare time, I am slave to two grown up children, a hubby, two dogs and four horses!  I do enjoy supporting my daughters who compete in British Dressage Competitions and County Showing.

I’m also doing a Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, most of which is online. However, I do like to read whenever I get chance!

SMileS attend Ladies 4 Networking event @Temujin

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Yesterday, I attended a great event which was recommended to me by Jane Mellor (Efficient PA) who I met at another networking event ‘MYnetwork’ last week. I’m very new to networking as I’ve just started a marketing placement at ‘ME Consultancy Ltd’; this event was a great introduction into networking as it’s informal and friendly. It’s strictly women only and is a great way to meet ladies from the local area who either own their own business or work in various different industries. It’s also a great event for individuals wanting to network for a specific purpose as in your 1 minute slot you can inform people of what you’re looking for, for example; looking for people with contacts in the beauty industry to stock a new range of products. To follow events and to get more information about ‘Ladies 4 Networking Huddersfield) you can find them on Linked In. Please read the rest of this post if you want to know more about the format of this networking event meet up. I would also suggest anyone going along to the event to take plenty of business cards and various promotional materials they may have to help ensure that people remember your business and can get in contact with you.

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SMileS & Seabrook Crisps working together, are you doing all you can to encourage working with fellow businesses in Yorkshire?

Seabrook’s  is based in Bradford  and in the 65 years since they’ve been in business the company has grown into a £28 million brand and is still very much a family run business. SMileS setup a SMS campaign which was based on encouraging people to text in a keyword (CRISPS) to a shortcode (67777) a text response would then be received which contained a link to the Seabrook website where they could access a 50% discount code which could be used for online purchases. This is a great offer for Seabrook’s consumers as they can bulk buy online and then use their 50% discount from texting in the keyword. Seabrook’s website allows you to purchases products from their whole product portfolio and you can even mix ‘n’ match to create a customised box of crisps; each box contains 48 spaces. Packaging and Delivery is charged at £5 for your first box and then £2 for every other box in a single order. Purchase here

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MYnetwork draws in over 60 people at its latest meetup @The Media Centre, Cafe Ollo

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Yesterday, we had this months ‘MYnetwork’ meet up the event was a great success with over 60 people turning up, which is the best meet up so far. Since the new name was revealed for the group the event seems to have picked up even more momentum and has drawn many new faces to the event. This is a great sign showing that the ‘MYnetwork’ group is going from strength to strength and is a beneficial networking group to be a part of. One new face at the meet up was Maxine from ‘Alexandra House Spa’ in Huddersfield. Alexandra house is a great local business within Kirklees and recently came runner up in the Examiner’s ‘Business of the Year Awards 2011’. ‘MYnetwork’ is all about getting business people together in a friendly and informal environment which helps bring contacts together and encourages local businesses to work together. Read the rest of this entry

MyNetwork – Mid Yorkshire Net

 ‘MYnetwork’ stands for Mid Yorkshire Net; you can find us on Twitter ( and Linked In ( MYnetwork is a friendly and informal network of business people across Calderdale, Kirklees and beyond. My network is sponsored by ‘The Media Centre’, ‘The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’, ‘Ramsdens Solicitors LLP’ and lastly us (ME Consultancy Ltd/Smiles). The daytime meetings are often held at Café Ollo in The Media Centre and we provide a SMS reminder service to inform members of all the relevant information people attending the event may need such as start time and date. Evening meetings will usually be held at a local business within the Kirklees or Calderdale area. For example, the next evening event will be held at the launch of the ‘Huddersfield Food Festival’ on the 11/08/11 at 5.30pm.

The overall aim of MyNetwork’ is to strenthen the business community and to get business people together. The whole ethos of the event is to have fun, chat about topics of interest and swap business cards in a friendly and informal environment. We love being a partner of MYnetwork as it helps us meet with potential new customers and it helps generate more business within the area.

 The first event, sponsored by local legal firm Ramsdens Solicitors LLP, was held at the Kirklees Business Conference at the Galpharm Stadium back in September 2010 and was an immediate success with many attendees requesting subsequent events. This prompted Sinead Sopola Marketing Manager at Ramsdens to organise an event co-opting both SMileS and The Media Centre to help and later become partner of this network. Since then the group has taken off and been a great success.  Feel free to learn more about Mynetwork and current events we have coming up via Twitter or Linked In, we always look forward to meeting new faces at the events so why not come on down and see what where all about  at our next meeting on the 20/7 at 10am at the Media Centre, Huddersfield.