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Network Review – Basepoint B2B Networking Hub

Date: 30 June 2017

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Emma Pearce gives a more detailed insight into the networking event held at Basepoint Newhaven

You can genuinely enjoy a free lunch at this networking group. The Networking Hub, held at the Basepoint Business Centre in Newhaven, is free to attend and includes a buffet with good quality sandwiches and cake!

Abi Burgess, Centre Manager, said “We want to give back to local businesses in the area by providing a networking event in one of our meeting rooms and social space. Our aim is to provide informative speakers and a relaxed environment for business owners to chat.”

I have been a speaker twice in recent years – most recently giving a talk on social media advertising for SME’s. The audience was B2B companies of varying sizes and industries – from graphic design and travel to a range of professional services and a manufacturer of handbags.

All Basepoint centres run a networking hub event once every two months. Typically this is a lunchtime event and speakers are recommended by other centres or local businesses, or identified by the Centre Manager’s own networking.  Why not contact your nearest Basepoint if you are interested in being a speaker? Newhaven, Shoreham and Haywards Heath are the closest centres in Sussex. They have great facilities for presentations.

The Networking Hub at Newhaven has been running for 10 years in November, although it recently had a break for about 12 months due to building work.

Meeting Format

The agenda for each event is:

  • Open networking from 12 – 12.30
  • 20 minute presentation by guest speaker with Q&A
  • Buffet lunch with open networking 1 – 2pm

Abi added “Another benefit of our group is that there is free parking and you could win a bottle of bubbly in our business card draw at the end of the event too. Rest assured we do not do any selling about Basepoint either – it’s all very relaxed!”

Key Facts

  •    Location: Denton Island, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9BA
  •    Frequency: Every other month – third Thursday typically
  •    Size: Averaging 20 people at the moment, but will build back up to 30 people once everyone knows this event is up and running again now that construction work has been completed
  •    Time: 12 noon – 2pm
  •    Lock out: No
  •    USP(s):  Free lunch, quality speaker, B2B
  •    Minute round: No
  •    Speaker slot: Yes
  •    Cost: Free!

For more information about the Networking Hub visit www.basepoint.co.uk/locations/newhaven. Why not ask to go on their email list to get a reminder about their events? Talk to Abi via newhaven@basepoint.co.uk or call 01273 615250.

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