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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

Geoff Major’s Charity North Pole Trek Flag revealed!

We are proud to be #ontheflag going with Geoff Major on his North Pole Trek. The fantastic flag was design by Rushfirth Creative and represents £5,000 of donations by companies and individuals. The flag will be going all the way to the North Pole with Geoff and once Geoff has completed his North Pole Trek the flag will be raffled off and one of the entrants #ontheflag will win it to keep as their own.  The flag will also be displayed at the upcoming Yorkshire Mafia Conference where Geoff is exhibiting to increase awareness of his trek and encourage donations.

Visit Geoff Major’s blog to read all about his upcoming trek – Have I really signed-up for this? 

You can support and help Geoff reach his fundraising total by donating on

Want your company logo to feature in a patchwork which is travelling all the way to the North Pole with Geoff Major?

I know it wasn’t too long ago that our blog featured a blog post about Geoff Major and his ‘North Pole Trek’ but here at SMileS we think he’s doing a great thing for charity so this blog post is another shout out to help Geoff with all his fundraising efforts! And it could even be of interest to you!

Many of you will already be aware of Geoff’s trek but for those who don’t here are the key points you need to know;

Geoff will be trekking to the North Pole in a group of 8 to raise £100,000 for charity.

– The 10 chosen charities Geoff is raising money for are Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Heart Research UK, Candlelighters, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Yorkshire Cancer Research as well as (national charities with local ties) Help for Heroes, MacMillan Nurses, Muscular Dystrophy Org, the Samaritans and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Geoff is funding the £25 000 cost of his participation on the Trek but the rest of the money he must raise through PR & Marketing leverage. Geoff is doing all the chasing, talking, visits, driving PR, e-mailing.

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Geoff Major’s fundraising event at Harrogate Bar & Grill on 3/11 to raise funds for his ‘North Pole Trek’

As you may have seen on a previous blog post SMileS is actively helping Geoff Major with his fundraising efforts for his ‘North Pole Trek’. Geoff sent us the below email telling the SMileS team all about how his fundraising is going and what he’s been upto. 

Dear lovely people

Well I raced to £10 000 collected and committed overall, but July-September inclusive has raised about £250 so I’m focusing my efforts on 5 things January-March 2012 …. except I’d like to fill all 80 seats at Harrogate restaurant Bar & Gril on the night of Thursday 3rd November.

If you are interested in attending and supporting the charities I’m fundraising for, please let me know and please can you forward this to any of your friends who may also be interested. All attendees will be getting a great deal for their money thanks to the kindness of the Individual Restaurant Company (owners of RB&G amongst others).

I’ll be looking to fill as many seats as I can as well. I sold 65 tickets all by myself for the event at Zinc in Manchester and I’ll be darned if 2011 is going to end like a damp squib!!

My training is into a new phase where miles wearing the new winter training gear is the key and my first group training event is next weekend on Dartmoor, soon to be followed by my first attempt to drag the sled weight for 9 miles a day 8 days in a row at the end of November.

The children’s cancer charity Candlelighters have already sold a handful and are turning out in ‘charity’ colours; let’s make it a truly colorful event.

Thanks and the dream of £100 000 isn’t dead yet and nor will I be if I continue to increasingly dedicate myself to training (much to my girlfriends’ delight and relief).


If your interested in attending any events Geoff is holding to helping raise funds for his trek then make sure you keep up-to-date by following him on Twitter @northpoletrek.

Take a look at this poster to find out all the details you need to know about Geoff’s next event at Harrogate Bar & Grill poster designed by Howard Rushfirth. SMileS highly recommend Rushfirth Creative they do fantastic designs and are very good at meeting your deign requirements…. please take a look at their website to see more of Rushfirth Creative design work.