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By louisewrites, Jan 6 2020 03:51PM

January Business Networking events in Exeter

Exeter Business Club

When? Friday 3 January 7.15am – 9,00am

Where? Isca Centre, Summer Lane Exeter EX4 8NT

What? Network, share knowledge and promote your business.

Cost: £10


Traditional lunch networking

When? Friday 3 January 12.00 – 2.00pm

Where? Cosy Club, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter EX1 1SG

What? Your Partnerships networking event.

Cost: Pay for own meal. £10 registration fee for non members to take out free 30-day trial membership.

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Progressive Property Network Event

When? Tuesday 7 January 6.30 – 9.30pm

Where? Sandy Park, Exeter

What? Monthly networking event for people with a passion, interest or connection in property together.

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Your Partnerships Breakfast Networking Exeter

When? Wednesday 8 January 8.00 – 10.00am

Where? Jury’s Inn Hotel, Western Way, Exeter, EX1 2DB

What? Business networking and breakfast.

Cost: £11 (free for members)

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Exeter Women in Business networking meeting

When? Wednesday 8 January 12:30 – 2.00pm

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

What? Vanessa Cobb from Via Colour shares three secrets of colour and how it can maximise empathy and raise self-awareness.

Cost: Free!

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Chudleigh G12 Business Networking

When? Wednesday 8 January 9.30 – 11.00am

Where? The Phoenix, Chudleigh, TQ13 0HX

What? Open networking, breakfast, 1-2-1 networking.

Cost: £15

For more information contact Gleave Media. 01392 241790.

South Devon Business Club

When? Thursday 9 January 7.30 – 9.30am

Where? Teignmouth Golf Course, Haldon Moor, Teignmouth TQ14 9NY

What? Networking breakfast and one-to-ones.

Cost: £15

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Your Partnerships Open House Business Networking

When? Thursday 9 January 8.00 – 10.00am

Where? Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club, EX5 1JJ

What? Networking breakfast

Cost: £10.95 – (£10 registration fee qualifies non-members to free month’s trial).

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Women Mean Biz

When? Monday 13 January 12.00pm – 2.00pm

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

What? Networking lunch

Cost: £26

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Your Partnerships social networking On the Waterfront

When? Monday 13 January 6.30 – 8.00pm

Where? On the Waterfront, The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AP

What? Relaxed networking, canapes and prosecco.

Cost: £11

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Your Partnerships Networking Lunch

When? 14 January 12.00 - 2.00pm

Where? Blue Ball Inn, Sandygate, Exeter EX2 7JL

What? Business networking and hot fork buffet.

Cost: £12

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Exeter Chamber lunch at Exeter racecourse

When? Tuesday 14 January 11.30am – 2.00pm

Where? Exeter Racecourse Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XS

What? Lunch and racing day

Cost: £30 for members.

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Networking Breakfast, Hampton by Hilton Exeter

When? Tuesday 14 January 8.00 – 10.00am

Where? Hampton by Hilton, Exeter Airport, Clyst Honiton Exeter EX5 2LJ

What? A Your Partnerships networking event.

Cost: Free to members. £10.95 for non-members. (Includes breakfast)

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Professionelle – Business Networking for Women

When? Tuesday 14 January 12.15 – 2.15pm

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

What? Promote your business, network, testimonials & referrals, followed by lunch.

Cost: £25 for non-members.

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Change Management in a changing world

When? Tuesday 14 January 8.00 – 10.00am

Where? Exeter Golf and Country Club, The Duckworth Suite, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE

What? At the first #NatWestBoost event of the year Ciara Eastell from Libraries Unlimited will talk about the strategy that brought Devon’s library services into the 21st century.

Cost? Free!

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Catalysing Local Innovation Ecosystems Prof. Rangapriya Kannan

When? Tuesday 14 January 2020, 6.15 – 8.00pm

Where? XFI Henderson Lecture Theatre, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST

What? A Centre for Entrepreneurship talk - part of the Science, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship (SITE) Public Speaker Series.

Cost: Free!

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Devon Business Alliance

When? Tuesday 14 January 7.45 – 9.15am (fortnightly)

Where? The Grange Court Hotel, Rockbeare, Exeter EX5 2FP

What? Share business news, discuss ideas, inspire and support each other.

Cost: Free!

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BNI Networking event

When? Wednesday 15 January 6.45 – 8.45am

Where? Hampton by Hilton, Clyst Honiton Exeter EX5 2LJ.

What? Networking breakfast.

Cost: £12.50

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Business Development Network Exeter

When? Thursday 16 January 6.00 – 9.00 pm

Where? Pynes Hill Business Centre, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5JL

What? Self-development focused networking. Speakers Michael Green from Endorse HR and Maz Berry from Just Be. Sandwiches, wraps and nibbles will be served.

Cost: Free for first timers, then £27.54 as a member.

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Fempower Women’s Network

When? Thursday 16 January 12.00 – 2.00pm

Where? Pynes Hill Business Centre, Exeter, EX2 5JL

What? Business networking event aimed at empowering women in business.

Cost: £27.54

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What business can learn from elite sport

When? 16 January 2.00 - 5.00pm

Where? The Stand Off, Longbrook St, Exeter EX4 6AB

What? Tim Thurston from Team I and premiership winners Carl Rimmer and Gareth Steenson show how the key elements of a high performing team can be applied to your business.

Cost: £16.76

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Mindful Business Netwalking

When? Friday 17 January 10.00 -12.00am

Where? Stover Country Park – near Bovey Tracey

What? Make business connections on a gentle inspiring nature walk.

Cost: £7 plus £1.50 parking charge for 2 hours.

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The Exeter HR Network

When? Tuesday 21 January 8.00 – 9.00am

Where? Darts Farm, Clyst St George EX3 0QH

What? Rachael Howorth, Director of Momentum South West will speak about people development.

Cost: Free!

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The Business Network

When? Wednesday 22 January 12.00 – 2.00pm

Where? Sandy Park, Exeter

What? What’s internal comms really about? – Speaker, Margaret Oscar

Cost: £39.95 (includes two course lunch)

Contact: Helen Bennett 01803 328806

Exeter Successful Women in Business Network

When? Wednesday 22 January 9.30am – 12.00pm

Where? Flybe Training Academy, Exeter Airport, EX5 2LJ

What? Networking breakfast.

Cost: £23 for non-members

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B2B Business networking at Basepoint Exeter

When? Thursday 23 January 11.00am – 1.00pm

Where? Basepoint Business Centre, Yeoford Way, Exeter EX2 8LB

What? Networking, speaker Dave Stickland from WPA Healthcare will present a talk on being ‘Fit for Business’

Cost: Free! Including tea, coffee and a buffet lunch from Taste Catering.

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Cloud, Collaboration & Coffee

When? Thursday 23 January 9.00am – 12.00pm

Where? Taurus Clearer Communication, Orchard Court, Exeter EX2 7NR

What? How modern cloud collaboration and communications solutions can take your business to the next level.

Cost: Free!

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Cyber Security Awareness Week: Launch networking event

When? Thursday 23 January 6.00 – 8.00pm

Where? Stephens Scown Solicitors, Southernhay West, Exeter EX1 1RS

What? Get your copy of the CSAW programme, networking and a short cyber presentation.

Cost: Free! And includes drinks and nibbles.

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The Samphire Club Friday Lunch

When? Friday 24 January 12.00 – 2.30pm

Where? Hotel du Vin, Magdalen Street, Exeter

What? Welcome drinks, networking and buffet lunch.

Cost: £27.50

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Technology for Success Business Group – survey results revealed.

When? Friday 24 January 8.00 – 10.00am

Where? Exeter Science Park, Babbage Way, Clyst Honiton EX5 2FN

What? Helping business leaders improve their use of technology.

Cost: Free! (including bacon sandwiches)

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Breakfast Networking at the Puffing Billy

When? Monday 27 January 8.00 -10.00am

Where? The Puffing Billy Inn Station Road Exton EX3 0TR

What? A Your Partnerships networking event.

Cost: £10 (for tea, coffee and breakfast)

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Exeter Fashion & Beauty Week: Evaluate & co-create

When? Wednesday 29 January 5.45 – 7.30pm

Where? John Lewis, Sidwell St, Exeter

What? Fashion and beauty retailers invited to evaluate success of this year’s event.

Cost: Free!

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Construction Networking

When? Thursday 30 January 7.30 – 9.30am

Where? Woodbury Park Hotel & Golf Club, EX5 1JJ

What? Construction specific networking event

Cost: Members free, (non-members £10 for a month’s free trial), Breakfast £10.95

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Flying start networking breakfast

When? Thursday 30 January 7.30 – 9.00am

Where? Flybe Training Academy, Long Lane, Exeter EX5 2LJ

What? Networking breakfast and cabin crew training experience

Cost: £10

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4Networking Breakfast Meeting

When? 3, 17, 31 January 8.00 – 10.00am

Where? Hampton by Hilton (Exeter Airport) Exeter EX5 2LJ

What? Open networking, 40 second introductions, speaker and 1-2-1 appointments.

Cost: £15 includes breakfast

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4Networking Evening Meeting

When? 9 and 23 January 6.00 – 8.00pm

Where? City Gate, Iron Bridge, Exeter EX4 3RB

What? Open networking, 40-second introductions, speaker and 1-2-1 appointments.

Cost: £15 (includes dinner)

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Exeter Successful Women in Business

When? Third Tuesday of the month. 9.30am – 12.00pm.

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

What? Breakfast & networking

Cost: £23

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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.


4Networking Exeter Breakfast

When? Every other Friday. 8.00am – 10.00am

Where? Hampton by Hilton (Exeter Airport) Exeter EX5 2LJ

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.


Devon Women in Business lunch

When? Last Friday of the month

Where? Passage House Hotel, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton TQ12 3QH

What? Networking and business referrals.

Cost: £15

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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.

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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.


Laptop Friday

When? Every Friday morning

Where? Café 3 Sixty, Newton Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AZ

What? Informal co-working & networking.

Cost: Free! Pay for your own refreshments.

Contact Louise Jenner, The Dream Job Coach.

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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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Voluntary work


Having worked for the Community Foundation for Calderdale on a voluntary basis, providing copy for  press releases, websites, blogs, leaflets and booklets, my main focus now is the spin off charity

Working Wonders.


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