Category Archives: Networking

30 Day Challenge – The frogs get easier to eat

On Thursday 16th May 2013, at the Basingstoke Entrepreneurs Roadshow, Agnes Cserhati of AC Power Coaching set a challenge to meet 30 people in 30 days.

You can read about the challenge here.

Thursday 30th May: BizPedia Networking meeting

The Frogs get easier to eat.

If you read my blog post about my first Networking Meeting a week ago, you’ll know I was quite nervous, and needed a push to eat that frog!

However, as I was Tweeting about it, and asking people about other local networking meetings, I came across Josh and Angie of BizPedia. They invited me to a Free Networking meeting in Southampton, so I thought: lets get on a roll, and eat the next frog.

I accepted their invitation, and the next Thursday morning I rolled up at 7:15am at Romsey Golf Club.

So a huge thanks to Josh and Angie. You can follow Bizpedia on Twitter, or visit them at

The BizPedia Free Networking meeting was a lively bunch of local businesses, with free tea and coffee, and a simple structure:

1st – informal networking as people arrived

2nd – sitting at a table with 3 or 4 other businesses to share a short discussion on each business, what they were looking for etc.

3rd – change to a table with 3 or 4 other businesses and repeat.

So a very simple way to meet 6-8 businesses, and see how you might be able to help each other.

So Here’s a short summary of the people I met today…

Carl Swain - CW Fellowes

Stewart Dennis - Jack FM


Belinda - Future EmploymentCarl Swain of CW Fellowes explained that they are Business, Financial, and Tax Advisers for small, medium and large businesses. Carl is based in Chandler’s Ford.

Stephen Perry - New Forest Platinum Tours

Kirsty Ricketts Travel Counsellor

Ryan Lisk - Watertight Legal

Ian Lock - Nexus design



Stewart Dennis is Sales Manager for Jack FM and The Breeze Radio Stations. Stewart explained the 2 different audience types for these stations, and how you can target your advertising based on your target audience.



Belinda of Future Employment explained how they specialise in recruiting Sales Directors, and other staff for the Sales and Marketing industries. She is based in Southampton.



Stephen Perry is proprietor of New Forest Platinum Tours. They provide customised, chauffered tours around the New Forest for visitors to the area.


Kirsty Ricketts is a Travel Counsellor Associate, organising personalised holidays anywhere in the world. Kirsty prides herself in getting to know her customers, so she can organise exactly what they want.



Ryan List is MD of Watertight Legal. They provide fixed fee advice on a specialised number of legal services, including Intellectual Property. Ryan gave a great account of how he got into this business while at University in Bristol.


Ian Lock of Nexus Design offers Graphic Design, including Logos, Rebranding, and banners to Small to Medium Entreprises. Ian has almost 30 years experience in Graphic Design.



So this was a great, informal, and cheap way to meet and network with other businesses in the Southampton Area. if you’d like to come to the next one, just contact Josh or Angie at BizPedia.

chris smith


Bye For Now

Chris Smith

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