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The Queen comes to the MYnetwork Jubilee Party

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Today’s June meet up was Jubilee themed, Sara from our team even made a cake that one would say was ‘fit for the Queen!’ Visit our Facebook Page ‘ME Consultancy Ltd’ to see photos taken at today’s meet up. 

Once again thank you to all our fantastic MYnetworkers that make these events such a success and of course our MYnetwork partners  ‘The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce’‘Ramsdens Solicitors’ and ‘The Media Centre’

The next MYnetwork event will be our MYnetwork Wakefield launch event which will take place on Friday 13th July at the Priory Bar in Wakefield from 12.30pm – 1.30pm. 

If you want to find out more about this networking group you can join the Mid Yorkshire Network  Linked In Group or Follow @MidYorkshireNET on Twitter. You can also visit The Media Centre website to see a video footage at May’s meet up produced  by Simon Bishop from Bish Bash Media. 

MYnetwork feature in The Huddersfield Examiner

You can see the original copy of the MYnetwork feature on The Huddersfield Examiner website or see page 8 of the digital version of the Kirklees Business News. 

Business Profile: Janet Bebb (Social Progress Ltd)

Managing Director of Social Progress Ltd

Current Job Position?  Online Social Networking Specialist,  some would say a Network Tart and MD of Social Progress Ltd.
Best thing about your job?  I love to help people shine and brim with confidence in using online platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc. I like the flexibility my job gives me & the very best bit is finding out all about the people I work with – from all walks of life and different businesses ranging from cake makers, NHS suppliers, solar panel suppliers, HR Consultants, Recruiters, Printers, Coaches, Trainers, Marketeers, Web Developers etc etc etc
Worst thing about your Job? Not being able to support all the new start-ups & those small traders struggling to make a crust cos those people are possibly the ones who need the most help and coaching with online social networking and face to face networking.
Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?  So many to choose from – Bradleys & Nosh have to be two of my most favourite restaurants but sadly I haven’t managed to get to either in a while. Bradley’s make the most amazing Crème Brulee & I love the choice and variety of dishes at Nosh – always something new to try out!
Your best achievement?  Gosh – hard to say! Feel like I’ve achieved so much on different levels. Raised a fair old bit of cash for various charities over the years by completing 11 Great North Runs, 11+ Race for Life’s, completed an Abseil down the front of the Galpharm Stadium, a Tandem Parachute Jump from 13,000 ft, did a Static Line Parachute Jump from 3,000 ft and other ‘stuff’. Renovated a derelict old barn & lived in two caravans for 4 years while we did it with Hubby & 2 small children (both under the age of 5yrs). Lost 3.5st in weight which changed my outlook on life! And setting up my own company, Social Progress Ltd after being made redundant.
Interest and Hobbies? Skipping (1200 skips per day in under 11 minutes – I challenge you!) & Running (but sadly can’t do the distances I used to) – I’m training and getting fit for a Spartan Race I’m taking part in with a group of other ladies & gents in August 2012 – (Yes I know we must be mad!!!). We’re raising money for a very worthwhile local cause – Youth Routes an organisation that helps young people to achieve outside of their academic environment.I also enjoy music a great deal. Music is constantly on all around me and get along to as many live concerts as I can. I’ve worked behind the bar at Leeds Fest for the past two years to get free passes and some time out to see band like Muse, Mumford & Sons, Biffy Clyro, Bombay Bicycle Club, Dry the River etc etc. I’ll be volunteering for Oxfam this Saturday (9th June) to raise awareness for Oxfam’s GROW campaign and see Coldplay at the same time. And my favourite band of all time are one that you won’t have heard of but hopefully one day you will – Kassidy. 4 young guys from in & around Glasgow who play guitars and have wonderful harmonies – and they don’t look half bad either!
What do you value most about being a member of a networking group? The friendships you develop and support you gain through really getting to know people at networking events. Also I love to connect people with others that can help their business grow. That might be a business contact, customer or support agency they’re not aware of. As my dear old Dad would say “give freely and expect nothing in return” – that’s what networking is for me!
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Janet Bebb 

@SocialProgress1 

Social Progress Ltd 

Bio:

I’ve had a checkered career from working in Financial Services for more than 25 years to Trainer, NVQ Assessor, Skills Broker for Train to Gain (government initiative if you remember it – funded training) and then this service transferred to Business Link and I was transferred with it! I’ve worked as a Customer Service Adviser, Team Leader, Change Facilitator, Business Adviser & Change Manager.

How did I get into what I do now? Well I started out using online social networks eg. Facebook to track what the kids were up to (But the kids blocked me – Tch! maybe the same for you). I found it relatively easy to navigate & soon understood it. Then when I joined Business Link, LinkedIn was seen as a useful tool to network and find out what was happening out & about. It was also a place to find new clients and build your network of useful connections.

As we approached the last 18 months of Business Link we went from just over 400 staff to just under 100 in the last 8 months. We had three rounds of redundancies and throughout this time I used LinkedIn to find and apply for jobs.  I also found jobs for my colleagues and passed these on to them. There’s lots of jobs on LinkedIn that aren’t advertised anywhere else & so by using LinkedIn you stand a better chance of getting that all important foot in the door than using more traditional routes. I did get interviews from this approach for myself & others – see my recommendations on LinkedIn.

I was asked to show others within Business Link how to get the best out of LinkedIn and then one of the external trainers asked me to show him how to use this powerful tool and said he’s pay me to do so once I left Business Link – BINGO! Lightbulb moment! I asked a few of my trusted colleagues for their honest thought/opinions (see it’s all their fault) and here I am!  Master of my own destiny J.

Mid Yorkshire Network – May

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Thank you to all the members that came along to today’s MYnetwork meet up, there was a great energy in the room thanks to all you enthusiastic networkers. You may have noticed that there were a few photographers at today’s event, we had Anthony from AF Photography Ltd and there was also a photographer recording content for a marketing video for The Media Centre. Visit our Facebook Page to see photos taken at today’s meet up ‘MYnetwork – April’

Our next meet up will be on Wednesday 20th June and we will be holding a Jubilee themed meet up; keep your eyes peeled on the Mid Yorkshire Network Linked In group as this is where the details about this meet up will be revealed. 

This networking group is going from strength to strength it’s attracting new members all the time whilst having fantastic regular mynetworkers who help make the networking group a constant success. In addition to this, the Linked In group now has over 1,000 members who actively participate in online discussions and attend our monthly meet ups and don’t forget you can also follow MYnetwork on Twitter @MidYorkshireNET.  

Mid Yorkshire Network – April

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Here are some photos taken at today’s MYnetwork meet up at Cafe Ollo, The Media Centre 9am-11am. MYnetwork is brought to you by Ramsdens Solicitors LLP, SMileS SMS, Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce & The Media Centre.  

If you want to see more photos taken from today’s event and previous meet ups then please visit our Facebook page ‘ME Consultancy Ltd‘.  

If you want to join the MYnetwork group you can join our Linked In group – http://ow.ly/95kL4 or follow us on Twitter @MidYorkshireNet. If you don’t have either then just come along to our next meet up on Wednesday 16th May, it’s a very friendly and informal networking group so why not come join us for a coffee and a chat. 

Yorkshire Mafia Conference 2012

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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

Mid Yorkshire Network – March

Take a look at some of the photos from this month’s MYnetwork meet up held at Cafe Ollo in The Media Centre.

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MYnetwork is a friendly, informal networking event held every 3rd Wednesday of the month at The Media Centre from 9am-11am. If you want to become a member join the group on Linked In – Mid Yorkshire Network.  

Visit our Facebook Page ‘ME Consultancy Ltd to look at photo’s taken from previous meet ups and if you do happen to visit please ‘Like’ our page to keep up to date with everything going on at SMileS. 

MYNetwork feature in The Huddersfield Examiner

MYNetwork links West Yorkshire businesses

You can also read this article on The Examiner Website.

NETWORKING group based in Huddersfield is combining new technology and tradition to bring businesses together across West Yorkshire.

The Mid Yorkshire Network – which makes use of online communications and old-fashioned face-to-face meetings – began life three years ago under its original name of the Kirklees and Calderdale Business Group.

Following a rebrand last August, the newly-named MYNetwork now has more than 900 members – and continues to grow in numbers.

About half of its members are business people from Huddersfield and Halifax with the rest drawn from surrounding areas.

 The network holds monthly meetings at the Media Centre in Northumberland Street, but also hosts online discussions about business issues with members staying in touch through the LinkedIn site.

Big Yorkshire Mafia Drinks Evening in Huddersfield

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Founded in 2008 The Yorkshire Mafia started as a LinkedIn group, Geoff Shepherd and Sat Mann wanted to get Yorkshire businesses trading more with Yorkshire businesses. In under two years the group has grown to over 7,000 members, which is quite amazing considering membership is tightly controlled helping make it Yorkshire’s top business membership group.

As Geoff says “The Yorkshire Mafia brings together executives and stakeholders from the Yorkshire Business Community to meet, network, share experience, learn, build relationships and ultimately trade (where appropriate). This is all done in a relaxed and sales-free environment.”

As part of their networking activities the YM has monthly ‘Big Yorkshire Mafia Drinks Evening’ which are held at many different venues in many different areas within Yorkshire, for example past drinks evenings have been held in York and Leeds. Having drinks evenings in a wide variety of areas within Yorkshire  allows more businesses within Yorkshire to meet new contacts and potential customers. It also helps encourage the main ethos of the YM  which is to help Yorkshire businesses trade with fellow Yorkshire businesses. By arranging these drinks evening they give the Mafiosi a chance to get to know each other and network in a friendly atmosphere with like minded businessmen and women.

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