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IFB2016 Business Breakfast Networking event at Liverpool Hope University
EDEN Building, Hope Park, Childwall, Liverpool L16 9JD

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 7.45a.m. – 9.45a.m.

Join us to hear Chris Sharkey, Divisional Head for the North of England with Santander Corporate Banking department talking on the following topic: The global economic and financial crisis – are there as many opportunities, as threats for your business? Also, Dr Valeria Andreoni will be sharing her research on: “The Global Financial Crisis: Causes, Impacts and Alternative Economic Perspectives”.

Also, take the opportunity to network and make some new contacts.

The cost for the event is £12 and will include a buffet breakfast.

Booking: You can book via our online shop using this link or pay over the telephone by ringing Jaime Maguire on 0151 291 3833.

Please note there is a parking charge on site at a cost of £2, but there is also parking available on roads around the university if you prefer.

If you have any questions, or require additional information please contact Carol Buckman on buckmac@hope.ac.uk or tel. no. 0151 291 3285

 

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Join us for our breakfast networking for businesses or our evening networking sessions specifically targeted at small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Merseyside region.

Please contact us to receive updates about our next networking events. 

 

About our Networking  

Hope Business Gateway hosts a range of topical business networking events, primarily located within the stunning EDEN Building. These events bring together an extensive network of key decision makers, social entrepreneurs and thought leaders from across the country. Examples of keynote speakers to date include Susan Williams, director of the Atlantic Gateway; Matt Ashton, acting director of public health at Knowsley County Council; Francis Davis, Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government; and Robert Hough, chairman of the Mersey Partnership.

With a dedicated theme for each event, businesses and organisations can capitalise on a number of excellent sponsorship packages that offer further profile raising opportunities. Sponsors can enjoy a designated speaker slot alongside a keynote representative, selected advertising placements for their brand banner and full advertising support from the Hope Business Gateway team.

 

Recent Events 

 

Ken Pye Boldly Goes at Liverpool Hope University

SME Networking Event on Thursday, 29th May

There was a real buzz as people met and networked at the start of the event in the lovely Arbour Room in the EDEN building. There were a mix of newcomers and regular delegates, many of whom had not met before. All were there to make contacts to develop and grow their business. 

Ken Pye, Managing Director of the Knowledge Group, was our Keynote speaker at the event and he talked to around seventy delegates on the Secrets of Success for SMEs.  As always he was passionate in his views and gave a very enlightening talk, sharing his knowledge and experience. Included in this were the six qualifications for an SME to be successful, nine top tips for Business Success, that Unique Selling Point that everybody needs to stand out from the competition, with a specific focus on integrity and professional ethics. He finished with an important point and that was that the one thing that will determine success is YOU!!   He kindly provided handouts for all delegates with his top tips.

Ken also made a very generous offer for delegates who attended the event to join the Knowledge Programme. For more information see www.knowledgenetwork.org.uk         

Following that we had some “Hotspots” when three business cards were chosen and those three delegates were asked to give a two minute pitch for their business, which is the first time we have offered this opportunity. It proved very popular and we have been asked to include this again in future events.

Feedback for the event was very positive and a particular thanks to our Catering department who provided an excellent buffet.

 

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Getting Fit for the International Festival for Business 2014

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A Breakfast Networking Session, held in the EDEN Arbour Room on Thursday 13th February, was the best attended event so far.  A wide variety of businesses gathered to hear our Keynote Speaker, Jenny Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. Jenny’s topic was ‘Getting Fit for the International Festival for Business 2014’.

She looked at how businesses in the Merseyside region can get the best from this big event. Jenny spoke about the importance of then event to local, national and international businesses. She believes that we can trade our way out of recession and that the IFB will facilitate this.

Jenny was joined by Andy Snell, who is the Director of International Trade at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce. He hopes that the IFB will increase ambition locally, and stressed the importance of international trade for businesses within the Merseyside region, to meet David Cameron's target of doubling exports by 2020.

The event was a real success for the speakers, businesses and students who attended. Neville Liddle of Kane Business Solutions said:

"This is the first time I've been to an event like this, certainly here. I thought it was really well organised and the content was excellent." 

 An outline and report of this event can be found here.

 

The Power of a Contagious Brand in a Digital world

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On Tuesday 19th November 2013, Hope Business Gateway welcomed the local business community to the EDEN building to hear Bryan Adams, Director of local digital marketing agency, Ph Creative, discuss ‘The Power of a Contagious Brand in a Digital World’. Bryan’s talk held the audience’s attention in the “sold out” Arbour Room venue where almost eighty different businesses gathered to hear Bryan discuss the secrets of creating a truly contagious brand.

Throughout the evening, Bryan showed examples of how small businesses have disrupted and subsequently won over their audience using humour, creativity and the most important tool of all; listening.

Bryan spoke about the emerging power of Google’s Social media channel, Google + and the changing face of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) in favour of originally authored content, a tool that small businesses can readily use to their advantage.

Throughout the evening, Bryan consistently showed examples of smart, clever and original marketing campaigns that ‘disrupted’ their audience with an idea or a spark that made them pay attention to their message.

Elaine Lavelle from local business Smith Lavelle commented:

“It was a great event, in a fantastic venue. Bryan was an engaging speaker who inspired us to revise our own marketing strategy the next day!”

 

Differentiate your Business based on Social Value

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We held a Breakfast Networking Session in the EDEN Arbour Room on Thursday 10th October 2013 which concentrated on how social value can influence business.

Keynote speaker Liz Brooks-Allen of social business consultancy ‘The Connectives' spoke about how ethical issues are becoming an increasingly important part of legislation, funding and value for businesses and how to transform creative ideas into realistic deliverable solutions that grow company value and contribute to social changes.

Also speaking at the event was Hope University SEED centre director Tony Bradley who introduced some of the centre's new projects, such as the introduction of a 'Liverpool Pound', the new MA in Societal Entrepreneurship and his work with social Enterprise in Islamic Societies.

 

 

The Potential of the Atlantic Gateway

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At a previous Networking Event we were pleased to introduce Susan Williams, Executive Director of Atlantic Gateway, who spoke on The Potential of the Atlantic Gateway. To read about the event, visit our News page. Susan's presentation can be viewed here: Atlantic Gateway Presentation.‎

Keynote speakers for previous Business Breakfasts have included Matt Ashton, Acting Director of Public Health for Knowsley MBC, who spoke on the topic of NHS Reforms 2013 - Challenges and Opportunities.  An outline of this event can be found on our News page. 

 

Further information

If you are interested in attending future Hope Business Gateway networking events, or would like to know more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

ERDF Logo‌Carol Buckman

Business Gateway Manager

T: 0151 291 3285

E: buckmac@hope.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 7.45a.m. – 9.45a.m.

 

Join us to hear Chris Sharkey, Divisional Head for the North of England with Santander Corporate Banking department talking on the following topic:  The global economic and financial crisis – are there as many opportunities, as threats for your business?   Also, Dr Valeria Andreoni will be sharing her research on: “The Global Financial Crisis: Causes, Impacts and Alternative Economic Perspectives.

Also, take the opportunity to network and make some new contacts.

The cost for the event is £12 and will include a buffet breakfast.

 

Booking:  You can book via our online shop using the following link:     

Store.hope.ac.uk/IFB2016BusinessBreakfast    or pay over the telephone by ringing Jaime Maguire on 0151 291 3833.  

 

Please note there is a parking charge on site at a cost of £2, but there is also parking available on roads around the university if you prefer.

 

If you have any questions, or require additional information please contact Carol Buckman on buckmac@hope.ac.uk  or tel. no. 0151 291 3285