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Ever noticed how a small business owner misses out at Christmas?  It’s a bit hard to have a staff party just for one or two, and as for secret Santas … forget it!

Rye Hill Golf Club

Party time at Rye Hill

So here’s your chance to join other local businesses for a Christmas party night.  We’re organising a get-together at Rye Hill Golf Club near Banbury for one of their Buffet and Bop nights.  This is a great opportunity to network, have a great night out and enjoy a ‘work Christmas do’ with other like-minded people.

The date!

Wednesday 7th December  (other dates may be available, but please understand we can’t please all of the people all of the time!)

The cost?

Just £19.50 per person  which includes:

  • A buffet served at our table
  • Dancing to the resident DJ
  • Party games, crackers, hats and novelties
  • The bar is open until 00.30am

The party plan!

Bring along a significant other (or not), the choice is yours – we only need a party of 8 people to join in the fun.

The buffet menu

  • Turkey & cranberry wraps
  • Chipping Norton pork chipolatas wrapped in smoked bacon
  • Mackerel & horseradish tartlets
  • Oxford blue cheese & mushroom mini quiches
  • Cranberry & parmesan cheese straws
  • Filo wrapped king prawns, spicy chilli dipping sauce
  • Mini éclairs
  • Mini Xmas puddings

Dress code

Anything between smart casual to a touch of glam!

Want to join us?  

If you would like to celebrate Christmas with some local business buddies, get in touch by email.  A non-refundable £10 deposit per person (cheques payable to Rye Hill Golf Club) will be  needed to confirm your booking.

Ho ho ho!  

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The meeting runs from 5.30pm – 7.30pm:

5.30pm  –  Networking / Arrival & Drinks

6.00pm –  Welcome & Introduction by Ray Avery, General Manager, Bloxham Mill

6.10pm – Sponsors’ Welcome,   Joy McCarthy, WORD-right

6.15pm – Guest Speaker Mike Pagan, “Stop Faffing About and Get On With It ”

6.45pm – Refreshments & Networking

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Mary Thomas of Concise Training

Mary Thomas of Concise Training

The week got off to a great start with this morning’s networking meeting at FBBC.  With several new faces swelling the ranks, it was a lively and informative meeting. 

The day’s rosette goes to Mary Thomas of Concise Training who took us through the workings of LinkedIn and Twitter.  Judging by the interest and questions, there were a great many other networkers in the room who benefited from this session. 

Nigel Morgan of Morgan PR

Nigel Morgan of Morgan PR

Mary is a professional trainer and her skills were obvious as she took us through the presentation.  There was no deadly reading of slides here!  We were hanging on her every word!  Introduced and supported by Nigel Morgan of Morgan PR, another internet social networking impresario, Mary’s presentation was ‘pacey’ and easy to follow.  As an added extra, there were professional hand-outs for everyone … so no note taking required. 

With Nigel Morgan as the audience ‘stooge’, the power of Twitter was demonstrated with ‘tweets’ going out live from FBBC.  So, a big thank you to Mary Thomas.  I’m off now to pore over my handouts and ‘tweet’ about my LinkedIn success!

Banbury Business Matters

Banbury Business Matters

Yesterday was one of those days when everything seemed to go against me. At 5pm I hadn’t even thought about getting ready to go to the Banbury Business Matters Networking meeting.  Given it’s almost half an hour’s drive at that time of night, I very nearly didn’t go. 

And what a treat I would have missed if I hadn’t made the effort!  We go to several networking events across the area.  In fact we’re on the organising committee of FBBC (Faringdon Business Breakfast Club), but when it comes to novel and fun ways of making sure people mingle, Banbury Business Matters are head and shoulders above the rest!  

Last night’s theme was the board game, Monopoly.  Traditional Monopoly Cards dictated where everyone would sit (no comfort zones here) and each table received a ‘cash advance’ of £500.  Working as teams and using the skills of everyone on the table, we had to come up with business propositions for either:

• House-type enterprises (buying, selling, renovating, etc)
• A hotel-orientated business
• A public utility concept

The team with the best concept would win £1,000!  In true Monopoly style, Chance and Risk cards came into play to add to the fun.  Overall, the team with the most money in the bank would win the prizes.

If you’re wondering why we’re playing games at a networking meeting when we could be roaming around handing out business cards at a rate of knots, think again.  In the 20 minutes or so we spent on our business concept, we found out more about each other than we ever would in a traditional networking environment.   Because everyone was involved, there were no ‘wall-flowers’ and, most importantly, it was FUN! 

Having organised many events in the past, I know the amount of time and effort it takes to just come up with the concepts … let alone make them work.  So a great big thank you to Rebecca Pearcy of Wise Geary and Phil Cullen of Mail Boxes etc of Banbury for all their hard work and for their talented judging abilities. 

With the inspirational leadership of Sophie Breslin and John Crutch of Banbury Broadcasting Company, I’m pleased to say our table took the prize!

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