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.
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.
Yesterday was the long awaited Kirklees Business Conference. We were proud sponsors of the event and the day was a great success for all involved for generating new contacts and generating potential business leads.
On the day we were exhibiting on stands 24 & 25 and joined forces with Code Blue communications to combine our resources and offer a wider range of products and services for our clients. We also exhibited as SMileS SMS – our online SMS platform. We had a great reception from many delegates at the conference with many wanting to learn more about SMS marketing and many had heard of SMileS before.
As a sponsor of the event we sent out a reminder text to all members who had registered their mobile number for the event, which was a great start of for introducing what we do when people visited our stand. The conference had a brilliant friendly atmosphere, not only did we see many familiar faces but met lots of potential new contacts. We also got a chance to visit some of the great seminars that were running throughout the day including ‘Nicky Pattinson – Show Business Selling’ and ‘Dean Hoyle – A frank Q&A with Kirklees highest profile entrepreneur ‘. In Dean Hoyle’s seminar he answered questions from the audience. Prior to the seminar Danny Mathuru had asked each person attending the seminar to think of a question they wanted to ask; and from this eleven were selected. Within those questions selected was from Mark Evans, the owner of SMileS & MEC. The question he asked Dean was ‘No matter how nicely you try to treat people around you, some people can shock you at how they behave in return. Did this ever worry you, but more importantly, how did you respond?’ Dean’s answer would make your jaw drop, his biggest rival had spoken to all its suppliers and forced them to stop supplying Dean, meaning he lost 70% of his supplies overnight. Rather than let this get him down, Dean turned the card industry upside down, he employed a team of designers, printers etc all in house meaning he no longer relied on those previous suppliers. This made Dean’s business very agile and stripped the inflated costs out too. Dean came back stronger, cheaper and more profitable. And the rest is history, well done Dean.
By Kirklees Business Conference Events Director Danny Matharu
HAVING lived in Kirklees practically all my life up until 2008, I had always been based business-wise in Leeds, Bradford and South Yorkshire.
In 2008, I moved my business home to Kirklees and realised that although I knew masses of businesses around Yorkshire, one place I did not know so many was in Kirklees.
After spending some time out and about in our district, I soon realised that it was and still is (in my opinion) the most friendly and open place in which to do business.
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.
SMileS features in the Huddersfield Examiner ‘KBN’ as a sponsor of the ‘Kirklees Business Conference’
Article sourced from the Examiner; KBC event partners take a bow – Business Columnists – Business from @examiner.