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By louisewrites, May 24 2019 01:28PM

June Business Networking Events in Exeter

Exeter Women in Business

When? Wednesday 5 June 12:30 – 14:00

Where? The Terrace, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3FB.

What? David Greensmith from Exeter City Council will talk about commercialisation and protecting the environment.

Cost: Free!

For more information:

The Business Network

When? Wednesday 5 June 12.00 – 14.00.

Where? Exeter Racecourse

What? Presentation by Mark Leveridge, ‘The Strolling Magician’. How to Survive and Thrive in business.

Cost: £37 (non-members)

Contact: Helen Bennett 01803 328806

Chudleigh G12 Business Networking

When? Wednesday 5 June 9.30 – 11.00.

Where? The Phoenix Chudleigh TQ13 0HX

What? Open networking, 1-to-1 networking and breakfast

Cost: £15

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Connect Networking Exeter

When? Thursday 6 June 9.30 – 11.30am.

Where? Buckerell Lodge Hotel, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4SQ

What? Networking breakfast with guest speaker Paola Royal, Body & Mind Therapy

Cost: £10 per person including breakfast

For more information email

The Samphire Club

When? Thursday 6 June 15.00 –17.30.

Where? Brickhouse Vineyard, Mamhead EX6 8HP

What? Networking and wine tasting.

Cost: £20 plus £1.80 booking fee.

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Phonic FM Business Social

When? Thursday 6 June 18.00 – 20.00

Where? Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, EX4 3LS

What? A chance for local business people to connect and see the short ‘This is Phonic’ film

Cost: Free!

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‘Professionelle’ women’s monthly networking group

When? 12.15. Tuesday 11 June.

Where? Buckerell Lodge Hotel Topsham Road Exeter EX2 4SQ

What? Networking, presentations, referrals and lunch.

Cost: annual membership fee £50, monthly meeting fee £18.

For more information contact Anna Gidman:

373 Group

When? Wednesday 13 June 9.00am.

Where? Devon Business & Education Centre - Lower Tale

Payhembury, Honiton Devon, EX14 3HL

What? Rewarding Innovation and Fuelling Growth. Hosted by Aspen Waite Chartered Accountants.

Cost: £15.

For further information call +44 (0)1884 220150.

#LinkedIn Local

When? Monday 17 June 18.00pm – 19.30.

Where? The Oddfellows, 60 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP

What? A chance to get to know the people behind the profiles

Cost: Free!

More information from Vic Williams

Exeter Chamber of Commerce

When? Wednesday 19 June 12.00 – 14.00.

Where? Froginwell Vineyard, Woodbury Salterton, EX5 1EP.

What? Chamber Lunch.

Cost: £24 for Chamber members and £48 for non-members.


Exeter PA Network Business Breakfast

When? Thursday 20 June 7.30 – 9.00am

Where? Harry's Restaurant 86 Longbrook Street Exeter EX4 6AP

What? Joff Alexander-Frye, Editor in Chief of Grow Magazine will be talking about this fast-growth start-up, the vision, passion and mission of Grow and what the future holds for both Grow and Exeter.

Cost: £13.

More information from

Leading Women UK

When? (monthly) next meeting Thursday 20 June 18:00 - 20:00.

Where? various locations across Exeter.

What? Networking, workshops & business resources

Cost: £10

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#Nat West Boost

When? Tuesday 25 June 8.30 – 10.00am.

Where? Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE.

What? The Power of Podcasting – a beginners’ guide by Bengo Media.

Cost: Free!

Full details on Eventbrite:

Exeter City Futures Connect

When? 25 June 17.30 – 19.30

Where? Exeter City Space, Southernhay West Exeter EX1 1TS

What? Open platform for collaboration on creating sustainable change.

How can we make our City more mobile, reduce congestion and have cleaner air?

Cost: Free!

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SWB Expo Presents: An Evening at Inchcape Volkswagen

When? Thursday 27 June 18.00 – 20.00

Where? Inchcape Volkswagen, 2 Matford Way Exeter EX2 8FN

What? See and touch the latest VW models, enjoy great food and drink, network with up to 100 fellow business decision makers.

Cost: Free!

Further details from South West Business Connections.

4Networking Exeter Breakfast

When? Every other Friday. 8.00am – 10.00am

Where? Brewers Fayre, Exeter, near J29 M5.

What? Networking with local business owners and employees. 40 second introduction round, an informative speaker and three ten-minute 1-2-1 appointments with other attendees.

Cost: £15.


BNI City Wall

When? Every Wednesday. 7.00am.

Where? Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE.

What? Networking meeting with prime intention of passing each other opportunities for new business through 'word of mouth referrals'.

Cost: See website for membership fees.

Contact: Benson Campbell, 01626333213

East Devon Business Initiative

When? Every Friday 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Where? Woodbury Park, Woodbury, Exeter, EX5 1JJ

What? Networking and presentations. Members encouraged to present their businesses and services to the group.

Cost: See website for details.

Full details from

Women mean Biz

When? Monthly - next meeting 10 June 12.00pm – 14.00.

Where? The Rougemont Hotel, Queen Street Exeter EX4 3SP

What? Networking including a one-minute business introduction round

Cost: £26

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Business @ Breakfast

When? Fortnightly - Wednesdays 7.00am – 8.30am.

Where? Southgate Mercure Hotel, Exeter EX1 1QF

What? Networking and referral group

Cost: £10.00 per member/ £15.00 per non-member including breakfast. See website for joining fees.


Exeter Business Club

When? Every Friday. 7.15am – 9.00am

Where? Isca Centre – Summer Lane Whipton Exeter.

What? Networking, presentations & breakfast

Cost: Membership £40 per month plus joining fee.


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By louisewrites, Oct 2 2015 10:37AM

I had a ‘right royal experience’ in September when I met Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

As a member of the Board of the charity Working Wonders ( which works to find and fund apprenticeships for underprivileged young people, I was invited to Orangebox Young People’s Centre in Halifax for the royal reception.

The Working Wonders Board is made up of a group of local business people with a variety of skills, including finance, youth work, marketing, digital technology, training and development. As a copywriter/corporate journalist I help the charity with its marketing and promotions activities, writing blogs and press releases.

The Prince is patron of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, a passionate supporter of young people’s organisations and patron of the arts. He was shown around the Orangebox facilities, which include a state-of-the-art recording studio, roof-top skate park, indoor bouldering wall and café. He chatted to young people taking part in employability workshops and then unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit. He thanked everyone and said “keep up the excellent work”.

I find working for a charity on a pro bono basis extremely rewarding. People are always so grateful and appreciate that I’m giving my time freely. But I see this as an investment. It’s valuable experience, an opportunity to work in partnership with other professional business people and is a great way to highlight my copywriting and business journalism skills and ability.

If you’re interested in connecting with charities and using your skills in meaningful ways and you are based in Yorkshire, take a look at the Yorkshire Mafia’s Skill Will initiative which links local businesses with charities. That's me second from the right.

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I am on the Board of this charity which supports young people into employment and apprenticeships.