On Sunday 16 November 2014, I was booked to photograph the inaugural InspireURBiz networking event at Hope Community Hall in Beckenham. Hosted by Insight2Marketing, this event had something for everyone - a range of business suppliers, expert speakers, a wellness and massage area, refreshments and goody bags.
The first speaker was Jackie Groudsell, founder of 1230 The Women's Company which hosts regular meetings in Beckenham to help women activities for children.
network and grow their businesses. Jackie talked about the benefits of networking and later ran a very lively speed networking session.
Next up was Ivan Reffell, owner of The Best of Bromley who talked about effective marketing to get a business started in the right way.
Philip Poku, founder of Young Graduates Day Nursery gave up studying at university to follow his dream of setting up a day nursery which is now a chain of nurseries. He talked about the work he put into building credibility, and being accountable for the actions of his staff and having to deal with Ofsted.
Ben Towers is a 16 year old entrepreneur who decided to buck the trend at his grammar school, and become a freelancer instead of working towards gaining a place at university. He gave us an insightful look at the barriers he has faced due to his young age.
Sherica Spence told her moving story about Skye Alexandra House. The entire room was captivated by her fascinating journey of truimphs and setbacks and the role her faith has played. She also shared with us the significance of key family members who have given her the strength to persevere.
Lucy Matthews of Marvellous PR had great rapport and gave valuable tips on how to identify your market, determine your message and engage with local media. Her session was interactive and she enlisted a couple of audience members to ilustrate the power of third-party endorsements.
Nathaniel Peat gave us a high energy presentation covering his numerous and impressive skill set. He is a multi-award winning serial entrepreneur who also won episode 3 of the BBC Three reality TV show The Last Millionaire. He spoke with great passion about the strong social action motive running through his various business interests.
Sherry Ann Dixon talked about the importance of core values and how she applies these to her business and all of her other interactions with the various people she encounters. She has held many high profile positions along the way but her talk wasn't really about what she has done, but what she has empowered others to do. She continues her inspirational work via Women on the Crossroads.
This fabulous event was brought to a close by Dr Diahanne Rhiney, who is a motivational speaker and marketing and PR guru. The lineup of speakers was one of the most impressive I've seen and the underlying messages from all of them revolved around following your passion, working hard, overcoming obstacles and definitely not focussing on making money.
The next InspireURBiz event (hosted by Insight2Marketing), will take place on 18 January 2015 at Croydon Conference Centre.
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