Tag: Business Events

Third #MikeArmstrongPodcasts Post – #MikesLikes #BusinessNetworking

#MikesLikes #BusinessNetworking

#MikeArmstrongPodcasts from #MikeArmstrong – #MikesLikes

The Third #MikeArmstrong Podcast – The first of our regular Mike’s Likes Features, about Business Networking, is live and can be listened to via the following link.

https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Regular-feature-Mikes-Likes-about-Business-Networking-ed1jor

#MikeArmstrongPodcasts #MikesLikes #BusinessNetworking #PositiveCoronavirusNews

#MikeArmstrong #podcast #MikesPodcast – #Welsh #UK & #Global #Business #Consultant #Entrepreneur – #Sales #Marketing #Mentor #WelshBiz #EntrepreneurZone

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An Interview with Welsh Rugby Legend Shane Williams at Introbiz Expo in Nov 2019

For more about Introbiz or the Introbiz Expo please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

An Interview with Welsh Rugby Legend Shane Williams at Introbiz Expo in Nov 2019

For more about Introbiz or the Introbiz Expo please follow the links.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Upcoming Online Business Networking Events via Zoom with Introbiz

April’s upcoming Online Networking events:

King & Queen & Networking – Paul & Tracey Smolinski

15th April Online Networking Masterclass with Paul & Tracey, revealing their top 10 secret tips to networking online!

Queen of Network Marketer – Emma Cooper

17th April Online Networking with Emma Cooper, answering your network marketing questions!

For more info or to book online please visit https://introbiz.co.uk/networking-events/…

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Upcoming Online Business Networking Events via Zoom with Introbiz

April’s upcoming Online Networking events:

King & Queen & Networking – Paul & Tracey Smolinski

15th April Online Networking Masterclass with Paul & Tracey, revealing their top 10 secret tips to networking online!

Queen of Network Marketer – Emma Cooper

17th April Online Networking with Emma Cooper, answering your network marketing questions!

For more info or to book online please visit https://introbiz.co.uk/networking-events/…

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Welsh Music Event At Ffos Las Postponed #WelshEvents

The rock band were due to perform at Ffos Las in Carmarthenshire next month but the gig has been postponed due to Coronavirus.

Kaiser Chiefs were due to perform at Ffos Las racecourse in May.

For more on the Wales Online article follow the link.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking – 3 Events in one day!

Had a great time networking online at the Introbiz Swansea Networking and Masterclass Event this morning from 8.30am until 11am. It was great …

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking (2 Events down, 1 to go)!

The 3rd event of the day was the Introbiz Online Masterclass Event with Peter Wilcock, which was brilliant too.

The ex COO of Virgin Media and Author of Camel in the Tent, talked about his Sales history and his broadband history. He talked about team building, mindset and how in the early days at Comcast, he employed people with the right mind set and grew the conversion rates from the 12% industry average up to around 50% often using people with no prior cable experience but who just had the right mindset for achieving higher targets.

He gave lots of advice including the three boxes Advice for employment and for making things happen.

He said all sales guys have some or all of these but the best have all three:

1. Natural Talent

2. Good Training

3. Positive Mindset

He also said that if you wanted to achieve anything then you need to follow the next three boxes.

1. Why

2. Plan

3. Action

“Once you work out your why, you need to make a plan and once you have worked out your plan you need to take action.”

Peter Wilcock Speaking At Introbiz Masterclass Event.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking – 3 Events in one day!

Had a great time networking online at the Introbiz Swansea Networking and Masterclass Event this morning from 8.30am until 11am. It was great …

Another Fantastic day of Zoom Online Business Networking (2 Events down, 1 to go)!

The 3rd event of the day was the Introbiz Online Masterclass Event with Peter Wilcock, which was brilliant too.

The ex COO of Virgin Media and Author of Camel in the Tent, talked about his Sales history and his broadband history. He talked about team building, mindset and how in the early days at Comcast, he employed people with the right mind set and grew the conversion rates from the 12% industry average up to around 50% often using people with no prior cable experience but who just had the right mindset for achieving higher targets.

He gave lots of advice including the three boxes Advice for employment and for making things happen.

He said all sales guys have some or all of these but the best have all three:

1. Natural Talent

2. Good Training

3. Positive Mindset

He also said that if you wanted to achieve anything then you need to follow the next three boxes.

1. Why

2. Plan

3. Action

“Once you work out your why, you need to make a plan and once you have worked out your plan you need to take action.”

Peter Wilcock Speaking At Introbiz Masterclass Event.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Another Great Online Business Networking and Support Event with The Outstanding Network.

Again I really enjoyed the Online Business Support and Networking Event hosted by Pat Slattery and his The Outstanding Business Network.

Two more inspirational stories from Inspirational people.

Thanks to Jennifer Byrne and Anthony Dolan.

Online Business Networking & Support

It’s great to be a part of such a great Network as The Outstanding Network, in-fact its Outstanding!

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Another Great Online Networking and Business Support Event with The Outstanding Network

Had another great online business networking & business support event this morning with The Outstanding Network, hosted by Irish Business Coach & Entrepreneur, Pat Slattery on the Zoom platform.

I had the pleasure of listing to two great talks from two inspirational and honest business people with a lot to say and teach…

Lee Tunney-Ware

First up was Lee Tunney-Ware, A Keynote Speaker and Coach who’s Dyslexia taught him to think differently to others and who will get you to think differently if you take some time to listen to what he has to say! You can find out more about by listening to this recently filmed interview made following the event, by Aron O’dowd who was also on the event – http://aronodowd.com/leon-tulley-ware/

Breeda Hurley

The second speaker was Breeda Hurley, a Business Owner & Author, who’s tough struggles can inspire you to over come your own struggles in life. You can find out more about Breeda Hurley and her Survive to Thrive book here – http://breedahurley.com/my-book-survive-and-thrive/ and you can buy her book online here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Survive-Thrive-Lifetime-Breeda-Hurley/dp/0995581207 .

I’m looking forward to more great online business networking & support sessions with The Outstanding Network, daily at 11am.

Thanks Pat for ousting such an Outstanding Event in your truly Outstanding Network.

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Virtual Credit Forum with Forums International – Credit Industry News For Credit Professionals…

Calling all Credit Professionals – come along to your first Virtual Forum for FREE and see how Forums International can help & support your career.

Credit Professionals Forums – 7th April 2020
SAP Users Group – 8th April 2020
IT Distributers & Resellers Credit Forum – 23rd April 2020

Forums International provide over 10 virtual Forums covering a range of business sectors – They are sure to have a Credit Forum for you – https://lnkd.in/dFVSwR3

Business News and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me/news

For Business Advice follow the link or visit the Entrepreneur Zone

My First Online Business Networking Event with Introbiz…

Online Zoom Networking

Yesterday I took part in my first Online / Virtual Webinar based Networking Event, where Introbiz Business Network, innovated and adapted to switch their cancelled real world business networking event online, after their networking event in Cardiff, was one of the many event victims pulled, due to Coronavirus.

30 members of the Introbiz Business Network attended this first online / virtual networking event and the majority seemed happy and positive with the event and the way it was conducted.

The usual power networking format of everyone getting a few minutes to talk about their business was still followed online and the web system of choice for the virtual / online business networking event was the Zoom platform.

Other than a few technical issues here and there the event went well and was really useful for those in attendance to continue to network and build relationships even under the current self isolation restrictions.

Lessons will be learnt and the online / virtual events will get slicker, but all in all the event went really well.

As well as local South Wales members, the online networking event was also joined by wider network contacts and Entrepreneurs from further afield such as England, Ireland & Sweden and I’m sure the spread of networkers will continue to grow as this online networking event format gets repeated several times whilst Coronavirus Measures continue to strike the usual networking event format.

In addition to joining the Introbiz network for attending real world events, new virtual networking members from around the world can now join the Introbiz network and attend the online / virtual networking events for just £99 a year.

See https://www.introbiz.co.uk for more pictures from the event and details how to get involved.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Introducing #SMWONE: A Virtual Conference Series

We are experiencing an extraordinary moment in history. COVID-19 has changed the fabric of our lives, potentially forever, and today I am here to provide you with an update of how we are navigating things at Social Media Week.

The past two weeks have been a dizzying experience, however I am very fortunate to be part of an incredible community of over 200 conference, tradeshow and event organizing CEOs around the world. I have personally watched as their businesses have been decimated by having to either cancel or postpone their events, some small, some very large. The impact has been and will continue to be devastating.

Being Transparent about our Process

As we have tried to navigate through the past few weeks ourselves and as the scale and impact of what was happening has become more of a reality, we have attempted to provide regular updates, offering as much transparency as possible while consulting with attendees, partners, sponsors and our venues to figure out what to do about our May conference in New York and June conference in LA.

As we considered every imaginable option and possible scenario, my team and I have worked night and day to ensure that whatever decision we ultimately made, we would do so with the best interests of our most important stakeholders in mind: our attendees, sponsors, speakers and content partners.

Last Friday and over the past weekend, New York Governor Cuomo and Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti put in place temporary bans to stop public gatherings of large volumes of people (in NY the rule was set to 500+). This week, we’ve seen an even more strict set of rules put in place that reduce these numbers even further. NY has partnered with New Jersey and Connecticut to ban gatherings of 50 or more and Los Angeles has mandated that gatherings of this same size be cancelled or postponed.

Pivoting to #SMWONE in 2020

It is because of this decision and with no end date in sight that we have made the very difficult, but also very exciting decision to pivot our New York and LA conferences to one single virtual experience that we are calling #SMWONE. #SMWONE will be a first of its kind conferences series that delivers live content, talks, panel sessions and workshops, together with on-demand content, product demos, attendee hangouts and networking experiences that span a 4-week period.

When we first announced our theme for this year, HUMAN.X, it was because we had a deep conviction in the ability of technology to unite people—not divide them—and help businesses put humanity at the center of their strategies.

In these uncertain times, our belief in the capacity of technology to bring us together has never been stronger. #SMWONE is a new concept that embodies this idea at its core.

Rather than postpone our events, which was proving to be an almost impossible option for us, we feel there is a meaningful opportunity in this moment to prove the theory that technology holds the keys when it comes to helping businesses better engage with people and bridging divides to foster a sense of global community.

#SMWONE: A Virtual Conference Series, will kick off on May 5 and include a significantly enhanced set of program elements, including:

  • 150 sessions including live talks, panels, interviews and workshops
  • Access to over 300 speakers through live chat and facilitated Q&A sessions
  • Ability to schedule meetings and engage with technology vendors in live chat rooms
  • Network and connect in live chat conversations with other attendees
  • Watch sessions live, on-demand with ability to download and share content
  • Downloadable reports, session recaps and speaker presentations

Looking Ahead and Welcoming Changes

Ever since we hosted our first conference in 2009 we have embraced the tools and technologies that enable us to create a hybrid experience that encompasses both in-person and digital experiences. We have led this charge as a digital and social first conference for more than a decade and will continue to do the same with our latest iteration, #SMWONE.

If you are already registered to attend either SMW New York or SMW LA, or if you are a speaker, content partner or sponsor you will likely have a ton of questions and we are full prepared to respond to each of them and engage with each of you over the coming weeks to reassure you that #SMWONE and future SMW conferences are going to be even bigger, better and more connected experiences than ever before.

If you are not registered for either conference or if you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities, please register your interest in learning more here.

We are so excited to come together with our community, and welcome new participants in the conversation, at our revamped event in May including our local city organizers. Stay tuned for updates here, along with more details in our FAQ. We welcome your feedback, questions, comments, and suggestions at smwone@socialmediaweek.org.

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Business Wales Events Finder – Manufacturing Manifesto – A Journey to High Value Manufacturing in Wales, Events

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MANUFACTURING MANIFESTO – A JOURNEY TO HIGH VALUE MANUFACTURING IN WALES

OVERVIEW

Cost: Free

Building on the principles of Prosperity for All and the Economic Action Plan, the Welsh Government will launch a public consultation on their Manufacturing Manifesto on the morning of Thursday 2 April at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. 

The launch summit, for the manifesto entitled A Journey to High Value Manufacturing in Wales, will be hosted by Quentin Willson with keynote speakers from industry along with Ken Skates, AM, Minister for the Economy and Transport. 

Following its launch there will be a series of consultation events throughout Wales in April and May where you can comment on the manifesto and contribute to the final version.  Preliminary details of the consultation roadshows will be announced on 2 April.

DATES AND VENUES

2 April 2020, 08:30 – 14:00
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, LL30 1BB

Cost: Free

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BOOK NOW ONLINE HERE

— Book on wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/manufacturing-manifesto-a-journey-to-high-value-manufacturing-in-wales/

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This weeks Cardiff, United Kingdom Networking Events via Eventbrite

What's on in the UK

What's on in the UK

Looking for networking events in Cardiff? Whether you’re a local, new in town, or just passing through, you’ll be sure to find something on Eventbrite that piques your interest.

— Read more on www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–cardiff/networking–next-week/

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Top Business Networking Advice…

Business Networking is probably the most effective and least expensive marketing method you can use to build your business or practice, especially if you are looking to do business in your local area.

Lots of business owners and practitioners I meet say that they don’t like to network, they don’t have the time to network, or they haven’t found it to be beneficial to their business in the past.

You can learn to like networking, especially if you learn to do it properly and start getting results from your networking and if you’re currently not getting any results from your business networking then you are probably getting it wrong somewhere, going to the wrong network or you may just have unrealistic expectations about the timing of results.

I do a lot of business networking both online and off.

As a natural people person who likes to talk, networking is relatively easy for me. But even if you’re a bit on the shy side or have reservations about the potential for success with business networking, you can gain value from your networking, if you follow certain guidelines.

I have compiled some business networking tips that can ensure your networking success and ask that if you want to network with search for Mike Armstrong or Michael Armstrong from MA Consultancy / WelshBiz / Mike Armstrong News on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and I would be happy to connect.

Before looking at my Business Networking Tips the first tip for any Sales & Marketing activity is to work on a strategy or plan for that activity. So before you go Networking have a strategy in place.

  • Know who you are looking to meet and what you are looking for.
  • Be clear on what your business needs and what it can offer.
  • Have a plan for following up, contacting and meeting with the people that you meet.
  • How are you looking to raise your company profile
  • What new contacts are you looking for and new skills are you looking to learn
  • Who would make great lead referral partners
  • Who would you like to partner or collaborate with and why?

Business Networking Tips – 1

Choose the right business network!

If you Networking in the wrong network, with the wrong people for you and your business then it can be hard to get any traction. Specialist Networking Organisations, Chambers of Commerce, men’s and women’s organisations, niche networking groups, special interest groups, placed you can volunteer at and membership clubs, buying groups & associations are all potential choices.You can also find a local MeetUp.com group in your area that might appeal to you or another specific event on Eventbrite. Business Expo’s & Conferences are also a great place to do a lot of Business Networking all in one day or over a few days.

“You might need to kiss a few frogs before you find the Prince.”

Business Networking Tips – 2

Choose the right venues!

Not every group of people will be right for you and neither will all locations. Choose groups where people congregate who share your interests and/or are potential clients. Find a location that your are comfortable in and that suits your needs. Also find somewhere close to you or your place of work so you can attend regularly and not miss events.

Business Networking Tips – 3

Choose the Right Time to Network!

Networking like a lot of things is about how much effort, consistency and momentum you can put in.

“The more you put in the more you can get out!

So choose a regular business networking event that fits comfortably in to your working week so that you can consistently attend.

Business Networking Tips – 4

Develop relationships, friendships etc.!

Business Networking is not about giving it the hard sell. It more about building relationships and friendships with like minded people, that can lead to sales, referrals or even partnerships & collaborations further down the line. The idea is to get to know people, their products & services and their values and to allow them to get to know you, your business, your products & services and your values.

Often, people approach business networking a Sales strategy, with the hope of making a sale or getting a client straight away.

That’s not how it works.

People do business with those they know, like and trust and share a similar value system. It can take time to build up that knowledge and trust.

So approach a business networking event without any expectation of getting new business.

“Go networking with the idea of meeting new people, making friendships with likeminded people, learning some things and having some fun and see what happens from there!

Business Networking Tips – 5

Dress appropriately and professionally for the venue, event and your business!

The way you appear can establish yourself as a successful person or not as the case may be. If you dress the part then you’ll also feel the part and this will come across to those who you are Networking with. This does not mean that you need to wear expensive clothes, but do wear something a bit on the dressy side and leave the comfortable baggy pants at home.

“If necessary, get advice from an image consultant or a fashion savvy friend.

Business Networking Tips – 6

Always be prepared with lots of Professional Looking Business Cards!

Make sure you bring plenty of business cards, but only give them to people who show a real interest in what you do. Brochures or printed postcards can also be effective.

Business Networking Tips – 7

Always be prepared with a short, sharpe & concise description of what you do!

You should have a 10 or 15 seconds Elevator description of what you do for meeting people briefly at Networking events as well as a 1 minute and 5 minute more detailed and comprehensive version for occasions when you are invited to present your business is an allotted time slot. Remember to include your professional expertise and USP’s (unique selling points), etc.

“When working on this always the remember – what’s in it for me, the thing the other people will be thinking about as you tell them, and make this as good as you can for them and you’ll have their interest.”

Business Networking Tips – 8

Use Ice Breakers & Build rapport before going onto Business!

People need to relax and feel comfortable before they open up.

“Ask people about Themselves, Their Family, Holidays, Favourite Sports, Hobbies, Interests & Teams etc. Before you discuss business in order to relax people and get them to open up more.”

*You can also relax people and build trust by smiling and maintaining eye contact.

Business Networking Tips – 9

Ask good questions and listen to the answers!

You don’t have to talk a lot about what you do in order to find potential customers. Rather, ask people you meet questions about them and their business, then listen carefully to their answers. Find points of commonality that you can bring into the conversation.

“Look for problems that you can solve or solutions that you can provide, or a common business objective or shared cakes that could allow a partnership or collaboration.

Business Networking Tips – 10

Sit with, stand with or engage with people that you don’t know!

Many events have walk-around networking followed by a sit-down meeting of some sort. During the walk-around, do talk to people you have met before to enhance your relationship, but sit with people you don’t know in order to widen your network and meet potential customers, lead referral partners or collaborators.

“You can speak to those that you already know, after the networking event or in an arranged follow up meeting at another time.

Business Networking Tips – 11

Talk to people who are standing alone!

People attend networking events to meet others. If someone is standing alone, that’s the perfect opportunity to make a new contact. You might want to start the conversation by saying, “May I join you” or “I’ve not met you before, what’s your name”.

“People often feel awkward at Networking Events and as networking is about building relationships and trust, if you can help them out of an awkward situation then you are well on your way with that person.”

Business Networking Tips – 12

Move on – politely!

Don’t spend all of your time talking to one person. Gather the information you need, exchange business cards, if appropriate, and move on.

I often say, “I’d like to meet some more new people now. It’s been a great speaking to you.” And then move off!

Business Networking Tips – 13

Remember that givers get!

Focus on what you can do for others, not what they can do for you.

Business Networking Tips – 14

Don’t just walk around collecting business cards.

Take time to meet people, engage with them and see if you can help each other rather than just collecting cards for a database or mass email campaign etc.

Business Networking Tips – 15

Be memorable!

In a room full of others what makes you & your business stand out from the crowd?

You can bring props, not just marketing materials and business cards, something that visually shows off your expertise or helps others to understand what it is that you do.

Business Networking Tips – 16

Quote Testimonials & Case Studies!

Quoting Testimonials from your satisfied customers & demonstrating
how your product or service has helped others can help you to win new clients. Especially if these are for people already in the group.

Business Networking Tips – 17

Make referrals or Introductions!

Where possible, always provide the person you are referring to with a way of getting in touch directly with your contact, maybe cc them into an email, check back on progress and see if it was of value. 

If you were introduced or recommended by someone, keep the person who made the introduction up to date with the progress/outcome.

If it was successful, a positive action would be to thank them publicly at the next meeting, as this not only demonstrates to others that the network is working, it can help to build both your and the referrer’s credibility within the group.

If an introduction wasn’t relevant, provide feedback as to the reasons why and how they can identify more positive referrals in the future for you.

Business Networking Tips – 18

Don’t forget to Follow up with the people that you have met and can work further with!

If you make a good connection with someone, after the event, send a note saying how much you enjoyed meeting them. If appropriate, send an article or some kind of information that they might find helpful.

Don’t just add them to your mail list and try selling to them straight from the off.”

It’s actually not what happens at the networking event that is so important to your networking success. Your success is more to do with what you do after that initial introduction, once you have followed up.

Be pro-active in follow ups, use social media to connect with people you have met and ensure that you follow up anything that you have said you were going to do in a timely fashion.

Have separate 121’s with key individuals outside of the networking sessions, this will also help to avoid getting into any lengthy conversations during the event that may prevent you from meeting other people.

Business Networking Tips – 19

Remember that Business Networking is a process and not just a one-off event!

Take the time to develop relationships with people who interest you. Be proactive and invite someone to a one-to-one meeting so you can get to know them.

Remember that most business owners and practitioners are looking for connections. Be bold and step forward into their world.

Business Networking Tips – 20

Measure & Keep Going if it’s working for you (but give it time and consistency)!
  • Are you achieving your objectives?
  • How much business is generated through this activity either directly or by introductions/referrals?
  • Compare your findings against the cost of investments, be sure to factor in your own cost per hour.

If the Networking is working for you longer term:

Keep Going!

Networking can be a slow burner. It can take a while to build up trust within a group. Attend regularly, help others and have an effective follow up.

“Networking is about building up your network and relationships. You might not immediately get business from an event but one person you speak to might open a number of doors and that can happen straight away or further down the line, but not at all if you stop attending!

Business Networking Tips – Summary

Business Networking is an effective business tool for all smaller businesses, providing a platform to meet like-minded individuals and build connections for growth and development, both professionally and individually. There are a variety of networking groups and events out there to choose from at various price points and all offering different opportunities. Below are some ‘Top Tips’ to ensure that you get the best out of your investment.

If you are new to networking try to visit as many different business networking events as possible, talk to the regulars and find out if the group will fit in with your strategy before making a regular commitment.

If you would like to network with, meet, discuss a partnership or a collaboration with me please call: 07960 872549.

Regards

Mike Armstrong

Author of the Networking Grapevine Blog & Introbiz Business Network Ambassador & Inaugural Winner of their Networker of the Year Prize when they launched it in 2018!

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the below events or opportunities please give me a call on 07960872549.

Introbiz Network

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20 Top Business Networking Tips & Advice…

Business Networking is probably the most effective and least expensive marketing method you can use to build your business or practice, especially if you are looking to do business in your local area.

Lots of business owners and practitioners I meet say that they don’t like to network, they don’t have the time to network, or they haven’t found it to be beneficial to their business in the past.

You can learn to like networking, especially if you learn to do it properly and start getting results from your networking and if you’re currently not getting any results from your business networking then you are probably getting it wrong somewhere, going to the wrong network or you may just have unrealistic expectations about the timing of results.

I do a lot of business networking both online and off.

As a natural people person who likes to talk, networking is relatively easy for me. But even if you’re a bit on the shy side or have reservations about the potential for success with business networking, you can gain value from your networking, if you follow certain guidelines.

I have compiled some business networking tips that can ensure your networking success and ask that if you want to network with search for Mike Armstrong or Michael Armstrong from MA Consultancy / WelshBiz / Mike Armstrong News on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and I would be happy to connect.

Before looking at my Business Networking Tips the first tip for any Sales & Marketing activity is to work on a strategy or plan for that activity. So before you go Networking have a strategy in place.

  • Know who you are looking to meet and what you are looking for.
  • Be clear on what your business needs and what it can offer.
  • Have a plan for following up, contacting and meeting with the people that you meet.
  • How are you looking to raise your company profile
  • What new contacts are you looking for and new skills are you looking to learn
  • Who would make great lead referral partners
  • Who would you like to partner or collaborate with and why?

Business Networking Tips – 1

Choose the right business network!

If you Networking in the wrong network, with the wrong people for you and your business then it can be hard to get any traction. Specialist Networking Organisations, Chambers of Commerce, men’s and women’s organisations, niche networking groups, special interest groups, placed you can volunteer at and membership clubs, buying groups & associations are all potential choices. You can also find a local MeetUp.com group in your area that might appeal to you or another specific event on Eventbrite. Business Expo’s & Conferences are also a great place to do a lot of Business Networking all in one day or over a few days.

“You might need to kiss a few frogs before you find the Prince.”

Business Networking Tips – 2

Choose the right venues!

Not every group of people will be right for you and neither will all locations. Choose groups where people congregate who share your interests and/or are potential clients. Find a location that your are comfortable in and that suits your needs. Also find somewhere close to you or your place of work so you can attend regularly and not miss events.

Business Networking Tips – 3

Choose the Right Time to Network!

Networking like a lot of things is about how much effort, consistency and momentum you can put in.

“The more you put in the more you can get out!

So choose a regular business networking event that fits comfortably in to your working week so that you can consistently attend.

Business Networking Tips – 4

Develop relationships, friendships etc.!

Business Networking is not about giving it the hard sell. It more about building relationships and friendships with like minded people, that can lead to sales, referrals or even partnerships & collaborations further down the line. The idea is to get to know people, their products & services and their values and to allow them to get to know you, your business, your products & services and your values.

Often, people approach business networking a Sales strategy, with the hope of making a sale or getting a client straight away.

That’s not how it works.

People do business with those they know, like and trust and share a similar value system. It can take time to build up that knowledge and trust.

So approach a business networking event without any expectation of getting new business.

“Go networking with the idea of meeting new people, making friendships with likeminded people, learning some things and having some fun and see what happens from there!

Business Networking Tips – 5

Dress appropriately and professionally for the venue, event and your business!

The way you appear can establish yourself as a successful person or not as the case may be. If you dress the part then you’ll also feel the part and this will come across to those who you are Networking with. This does not mean that you need to wear expensive clothes, but do wear something a bit on the dressy side and leave the comfortable baggy pants at home.

“If necessary, get advice from an image consultant or a fashion savvy friend.

Business Networking Tips – 6

Always be prepared with lots of Professional Looking Business Cards!

Make sure you bring plenty of business cards, but only give them to people who show a real interest in what you do. Brochures or printed postcards can also be effective.

Business Networking Tips – 7

Always be prepared with a short, sharpe & concise description of what you do!

You should have a 10 or 15 seconds Elevator description of what you do for meeting people briefly at Networking events as well as a 1 minute and 5 minute more detailed and comprehensive version for occasions when you are invited to present your business is an allotted time slot. Remember to include your professional expertise and USP’s (unique selling points), etc.

“When working on this always the remember – what’s in it for me, the thing the other people will be thinking about as you tell them, and make this as good as you can for them and you’ll have their interest.”

Business Networking Tips – 8

Use Ice Breakers & Build rapport before going onto Business!

People need to relax and feel comfortable before they open up.

“Ask people about Themselves, Their Family, Holidays, Favourite Sports, Hobbies, Interests & Teams etc. Before you discuss business in order to relax people and get them to open up more.”

*You can also relax people and build trust by smiling and maintaining eye contact.

Business Networking Tips – 9

Ask good questions and listen to the answers!

You don’t have to talk a lot about what you do in order to find potential customers. Rather, ask people you meet questions about them and their business, then listen carefully to their answers. Find points of commonality that you can bring into the conversation.

“Look for problems that you can solve or solutions that you can provide, or a common business objective or shared cakes that could allow a partnership or collaboration.

Business Networking Tips – 10

Sit with, stand with or engage with people that you don’t know!

Many events have walk-around networking followed by a sit-down meeting of some sort. During the walk-around, do talk to people you have met before to enhance your relationship, but sit with people you don’t know in order to widen your network and meet potential customers, lead referral partners or collaborators.

“You can speak to those that you already know, after the networking event or in an arranged follow up meeting at another time.

Business Networking Tips – 11

Talk to people who are standing alone!

People attend networking events to meet others. If someone is standing alone, that’s the perfect opportunity to make a new contact. You might want to start the conversation by saying, “May I join you” or “I’ve not met you before, what’s your name”.

“People often feel awkward at Networking Events and as networking is about building relationships and trust, if you can help them out of an awkward situation then you are well on your way with that person.”

Business Networking Tips – 12

Move on – politely!

Don’t spend all of your time talking to one person. Gather the information you need, exchange business cards, if appropriate, and move on.

I often say, “I’d like to meet some more new people now. It’s been a great speaking to you.” And then move off!

Business Networking Tips – 13

Remember that givers get!

Focus on what you can do for others, not what they can do for you.

Business Networking Tips – 14

Don’t just walk around collecting business cards.

Take time to meet people, engage with them and see if you can help each other rather than just collecting cards for a database or mass email campaign etc.

Business Networking Tips – 15

Be memorable!

In a room full of others what makes you & your business stand out from the crowd?

You can bring props, not just marketing materials and business cards, something that visually shows off your expertise or helps others to understand what it is that you do.

Business Networking Tips – 16

Quote Testimonials & Case Studies!

Quoting Testimonials from your satisfied customers & demonstrating
how your product or service has helped others can help you to win new clients. Especially if these are for people already in the group.

Business Networking Tips – 17

Make referrals or Introductions!

Where possible, always provide the person you are referring to with a way of getting in touch directly with your contact, maybe cc them into an email, check back on progress and see if it was of value. 

If you were introduced or recommended by someone, keep the person who made the introduction up to date with the progress/outcome.

If it was successful, a positive action would be to thank them publicly at the next meeting, as this not only demonstrates to others that the network is working, it can help to build both your and the referrer’s credibility within the group.

If an introduction wasn’t relevant, provide feedback as to the reasons why and how they can identify more positive referrals in the future for you.

Business Networking Tips – 18

Don’t forget to Follow up with the people that you have met and can work further with!

If you make a good connection with someone, after the event, send a note saying how much you enjoyed meeting them. If appropriate, send an article or some kind of information that they might find helpful.

Don’t just add them to your mail list and try selling to them straight from the off.”

It’s actually not what happens at the networking event that is so important to your networking success. Your success is more to do with what you do after that initial introduction, once you have followed up.

Be pro-active in follow ups, use social media to connect with people you have met and ensure that you follow up anything that you have said you were going to do in a timely fashion.

Have separate 121’s with key individuals outside of the networking sessions, this will also help to avoid getting into any lengthy conversations during the event that may prevent you from meeting other people.

Business Networking Tips – 19

Remember that Business Networking is a process and not just a one-off event!

Take the time to develop relationships with people who interest you. Be proactive and invite someone to a one-to-one meeting so you can get to know them.

Remember that most business owners and practitioners are looking for connections. Be bold and step forward into their world.

Business Networking Tips – 20

Measure & Keep Going if it’s working for you (but give it time and consistency)!
  • Are you achieving your objectives?
  • How much business is generated through this activity either directly or by introductions/referrals?
  • Compare your findings against the cost of investments, be sure to factor in your own cost per hour.

If the Networking is working for you longer term:

Keep Going!

Networking can be a slow burner. It can take a while to build up trust within a group. Attend regularly, help others and have an effective follow up.

“Networking is about building up your network and relationships. You might not immediately get business from an event but one person you speak to might open a number of doors and that can happen straight away or further down the line, but not at all if you stop attending!

Business Networking Tips – Summary

Business Networking is an effective business tool for all smaller businesses, providing a platform to meet like-minded individuals and build connections for growth and development, both professionally and individually. There are a variety of networking groups and events out there to choose from at various price points and all offering different opportunities. Below are some ‘Top Tips’ to ensure that you get the best out of your investment.

If you are new to networking try to visit as many different business networking events as possible, talk to the regulars and find out if the group will fit in with your strategy before making a regular commitment.

If you would like to network with, meet, discuss a partnership or a collaboration with me please call: 07960 872549.

Regards

Mike Armstrong

Introbiz Business Network Ambassador & Inaugural Winner of Networker of the year (2018)!

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Top Business Networking Tips & Advice…

Business Networking is probably the most effective and least expensive marketing method you can use to build your business or practice, especially if you are looking to do business in your local area.

Lots of business owners and practitioners I meet say that they don’t like to network, they don’t have the time to network, or they haven’t found it to be beneficial to their business in the past.

You can learn to like networking, especially if you learn to do it properly and start getting results from your networking and if you’re currently not getting any results from your business networking then you are probably getting it wrong somewhere, going to the wrong network or you may just have unrealistic expectations about the timing of results.

I do a lot of business networking both online and off.

As a natural people person who likes to talk, networking is relatively easy for me. But even if you’re a bit on the shy side or have reservations about the potential for success with business networking, you can gain value from your networking, if you follow certain guidelines.

I have compiled some business networking tips that can ensure your networking success and ask that if you want to network with search for Mike Armstrong or Michael Armstrong from MA Consultancy / WelshBiz / Mike Armstrong News on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and I would be happy to connect.

Before looking at my Business Networking Tips the first tip for any Sales & Marketing activity is to work on a strategy or plan for that activity. So before you go Networking have a strategy in place.

  • Know who you are looking to meet and what you are looking for.
  • Be clear on what your business needs and what it can offer.
  • Have a plan for following up, contacting and meeting with the people that you meet.
  • How are you looking to raise your company profile
  • What new contacts are you looking for and new skills are you looking to learn
  • Who would make great lead referral partners
  • Who would you like to partner or collaborate with and why?

Business Networking Tips – 1

Choose the right business network!

If you Networking in the wrong network, with the wrong people for you and your business then it can be hard to get any traction. Specialist Networking Organisations, Chambers of Commerce, men’s and women’s organisations, niche networking groups, special interest groups, placed you can volunteer at and membership clubs, buying groups & associations are all potential choices.You can also find a local MeetUp.com group in your area that might appeal to you or another specific event on Eventbrite. Business Expo’s & Conferences are also a great place to do a lot of Business Networking all in one day or over a few days.

“You might need to kiss a few frogs before you find the Prince.”

Business Networking Tips – 2

Choose the right venues!

Not every group of people will be right for you and neither will all locations. Choose groups where people congregate who share your interests and/or are potential clients. Find a location that your are comfortable in and that suits your needs. Also find somewhere close to you or your place of work so you can attend regularly and not miss events.

Business Networking Tips – 3

Choose the Right Time to Network!

Networking like a lot of things is about how much effort, consistency and momentum you can put in.

“The more you put in the more you can get out!

So choose a regular business networking event that fits comfortably in to your working week so that you can consistently attend.

Business Networking Tips – 4

Develop relationships, friendships etc.!

Business Networking is not about giving it the hard sell. It more about building relationships and friendships with like minded people, that can lead to sales, referrals or even partnerships & collaborations further down the line. The idea is to get to know people, their products & services and their values and to allow them to get to know you, your business, your products & services and your values.

Often, people approach business networking a Sales strategy, with the hope of making a sale or getting a client straight away.

That’s not how it works.

People do business with those they know, like and trust and share a similar value system. It can take time to build up that knowledge and trust.

So approach a business networking event without any expectation of getting new business.

“Go networking with the idea of meeting new people, making friendships with likeminded people, learning some things and having some fun and see what happens from there!

Business Networking Tips – 5

Dress appropriately and professionally for the venue, event and your business!

The way you appear can establish yourself as a successful person or not as the case may be. If you dress the part then you’ll also feel the part and this will come across to those who you are Networking with. This does not mean that you need to wear expensive clothes, but do wear something a bit on the dressy side and leave the comfortable baggy pants at home.

“If necessary, get advice from an image consultant or a fashion savvy friend.

Business Networking Tips – 6

Always be prepared with lots of Professional Looking Business Cards!

Make sure you bring plenty of business cards, but only give them to people who show a real interest in what you do. Brochures or printed postcards can also be effective.

Business Networking Tips – 7

Always be prepared with a short, sharpe & concise description of what you do!

You should have a 10 or 15 seconds Elevator description of what you do for meeting people briefly at Networking events as well as a 1 minute and 5 minute more detailed and comprehensive version for occasions when you are invited to present your business is an allotted time slot. Remember to include your professional expertise and USP’s (unique selling points), etc.

“When working on this always the remember – what’s in it for me, the thing the other people will be thinking about as you tell them, and make this as good as you can for them and you’ll have their interest.”

Business Networking Tips – 8

Use Ice Breakers & Build rapport before going onto Business!

People need to relax and feel comfortable before they open up.

“Ask people about Themselves, Their Family, Holidays, Favourite Sports, Hobbies, Interests & Teams etc. Before you discuss business in order to relax people and get them to open up more.”

*You can also relax people and build trust by smiling and maintaining eye contact.

Business Networking Tips – 9

Ask good questions and listen to the answers!

You don’t have to talk a lot about what you do in order to find potential customers. Rather, ask people you meet questions about them and their business, then listen carefully to their answers. Find points of commonality that you can bring into the conversation.

“Look for problems that you can solve or solutions that you can provide, or a common business objective or shared cakes that could allow a partnership or collaboration.

Business Networking Tips – 10

Sit with, stand with or engage with people that you don’t know!

Many events have walk-around networking followed by a sit-down meeting of some sort. During the walk-around, do talk to people you have met before to enhance your relationship, but sit with people you don’t know in order to widen your network and meet potential customers, lead referral partners or collaborators.

“You can speak to those that you already know, after the networking event or in an arranged follow up meeting at another time.

Business Networking Tips – 11

Talk to people who are standing alone!

People attend networking events to meet others. If someone is standing alone, that’s the perfect opportunity to make a new contact. You might want to start the conversation by saying, “May I join you” or “I’ve not met you before, what’s your name”.

“People often feel awkward at Networking Events and as networking is about building relationships and trust, if you can help them out of an awkward situation then you are well on your way with that person.”

Business Networking Tips – 12

Move on – politely!

Don’t spend all of your time talking to one person. Gather the information you need, exchange business cards, if appropriate, and move on.

I often say, “I’d like to meet some more new people now. It’s been a great speaking to you.” And then move off!

Business Networking Tips – 13

Remember that givers get!

Focus on what you can do for others, not what they can do for you.

Business Networking Tips – 14

Don’t just walk around collecting business cards.

Take time to meet people, engage with them and see if you can help each other rather than just collecting cards for a database or mass email campaign etc.

Business Networking Tips – 15

Be memorable!

In a room full of others what makes you & your business stand out from the crowd?

You can bring props, not just marketing materials and business cards, something that visually shows off your expertise or helps others to understand what it is that you do.

Business Networking Tips – 16

Quote Testimonials & Case Studies!

Quoting Testimonials from your satisfied customers & demonstrating
how your product or service has helped others can help you to win new clients. Especially if these are for people already in the group.

Business Networking Tips – 17

Make referrals or Introductions!

Where possible, always provide the person you are referring to with a way of getting in touch directly with your contact, maybe cc them into an email, check back on progress and see if it was of value. 

If you were introduced or recommended by someone, keep the person who made the introduction up to date with the progress/outcome.

If it was successful, a positive action would be to thank them publicly at the next meeting, as this not only demonstrates to others that the network is working, it can help to build both your and the referrer’s credibility within the group.

If an introduction wasn’t relevant, provide feedback as to the reasons why and how they can identify more positive referrals in the future for you.

Business Networking Tips – 18

Don’t forget to Follow up with the people that you have met and can work further with!

If you make a good connection with someone, after the event, send a note saying how much you enjoyed meeting them. If appropriate, send an article or some kind of information that they might find helpful.

Don’t just add them to your mail list and try selling to them straight from the off.”

It’s actually not what happens at the networking event that is so important to your networking success. Your success is more to do with what you do after that initial introduction, once you have followed up.

Be pro-active in follow ups, use social media to connect with people you have met and ensure that you follow up anything that you have said you were going to do in a timely fashion.

Have separate 121’s with key individuals outside of the networking sessions, this will also help to avoid getting into any lengthy conversations during the event that may prevent you from meeting other people.

Business Networking Tips – 19

Remember that Business Networking is a process and not just a one-off event!

Take the time to develop relationships with people who interest you. Be proactive and invite someone to a one-to-one meeting so you can get to know them.

Remember that most business owners and practitioners are looking for connections. Be bold and step forward into their world.

Business Networking Tips – 20

Measure & Keep Going if it’s working for you (but give it time and consistency)!
  • Are you achieving your objectives?
  • How much business is generated through this activity either directly or by introductions/referrals?
  • Compare your findings against the cost of investments, be sure to factor in your own cost per hour.

If the Networking is working for you longer term:

Keep Going!

Networking can be a slow burner. It can take a while to build up trust within a group. Attend regularly, help others and have an effective follow up.

“Networking is about building up your network and relationships. You might not immediately get business from an event but one person you speak to might open a number of doors and that can happen straight away or further down the line, but not at all if you stop attending!

Business Networking Tips – Summary

Business Networking is an effective business tool for all smaller businesses, providing a platform to meet like-minded individuals and build connections for growth and development, both professionally and individually. There are a variety of networking groups and events out there to choose from at various price points and all offering different opportunities. Below are some ‘Top Tips’ to ensure that you get the best out of your investment.

If you are new to networking try to visit as many different business networking events as possible, talk to the regulars and find out if the group will fit in with your strategy before making a regular commitment.

If you would like to network with, meet, discuss a partnership or a collaboration with me please call Mike on: 07960 872549.

Regards

Mike Armstrong

Author of the Networking Grapevine Blog & Introbiz Business Network Ambassador & Inaugural Winner of their Networker of the Year Prize when they launched it in 2018!

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the below events or opportunities please give me a call on 07960872549.

Introbiz Network

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Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Picture Highlights of Recent Introbiz & Lexus Cardiff Business Event

You can see all of the picture highlights from the latest #Introbiz event at Lexus Cardiff, online now!

Introbiz would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and made it such a memorable event.

Click here to see more photos from the Cardiff Business Event, online.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Welsh Business News / WelshBiz – Propose 4thRegion Event In Swansea is postponed due to Coronavirus…

Coronavirus Victim

**POSTPONED** We have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Swansea City Centre Conference and Exhibition scheduled for Tuesday 31st March, due to fears relating to the spread of the Coronavirus.

Please watch this space. #ItsYourSwansea2020

Keep up to date with the event News by following 4theRegion on Facebook or the Web.

For More Welsh Events News, Welsh Business News or Coronavirus News please follow the relevant link.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Excellent Peak Performance Business Event in Cardiff & Networking Opportunity…

If you want to learn how to achieve peak performance and business excellence, network and connect with local businesses, showcase your products and services, and listen to some great talks from industry experts, then this is an excellent Business Event in Cardiff for you!

Start your morning off with BREAKFAST and a chance to network with our exhibitors.

Follow this by being inspired by our great speakers. 

Enjoy plenty of free parking on site.

BUSINESS EVENT SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

Teamwork makes the dream work. Really? An insight into high performing teams  Kerry Chown from Cobalt HR

Vision and Mission value alignment. Aligning the team to the North Star  Nicola Rylett-Jones from The Nicola Rylett Group

How do you connect with your customers?  Mel Evans from Insight6

Enjoy all of this for just £16.76 and exhibit from just £65.

You can sign up to either option via Eventbrite online, via the link.

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Social Business Networking Event in Cardiff at Lexus

12 March 2020
16:00-18:00
Lexus Cardiff, Hadfield Road, Cardiff, UK

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Join us Thursday 12th March from 4pm- 6pm, for an exclusive networking event and VIP Social. Introbiz are inviting members and guests for an afternoon of networking in a beautiful showroom on Hadfield Road. This is a fantastic way to see the latest Lexus products and offers. 

Our chosen charity for this event is Bullies Out.

We will also be joined by former Apprentice star, the amazing Jessica Cunningham. Jess will be sharing her tips on leadership and growth, alongside her experiences of being on the Apprentice and being a business coach.

We are also pleased to announce that Hugo Boss will be at the event showcasing their latest products such as their luxury suits and clothing, services and offers to everyone in attendance.

Relax with refreshments and a selection of food courtesy of Holm House. There’ll also be a selection of delicious cakes supplied by Bee Happy Bakery. You will have the opportunity to network with corporate companies, business owners and SMEs from a wide range of industries. Make new connections and be introduced to countless brands. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest cars from Lexus.

There’ll also be a business card draw where you could win prizes such as a delicious afternoon tea, a round of golf, 2 tickets to a Cardiff City game and a bottle of champagne.

Spaces for this event are limited so make sure you book your place to attend beforehand. You can call the Introbiz team to book by calling 02920 291002 or email info@introbiz.co.uk. Tickets cost £18 per person.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know.

SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR PREVIOUS LEXUS EVENT

Jessica Cunningham

Jessica Cunningham is a businesswoman, actress, model and television personality, best known for competing in the 2016 series of The Apprentice, coming fourth. She is also known for her appearance as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 19. She is the owner of the online fashion company ProdigalFox and the operations director for a PR and marketing agency.

86 places available £18 

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Forums International Credit Industry Event for Credit Professionals – Credit Webinar

Join Forums International on the 18th March 2020 at 3pm for their next credit webinar where they will be joined by Paul Stevens from Esker who will be talking about 7 Tips for Enhancing the Customer Experience with AR Automation – https://lnkd.in/dFcrV-E

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Upcoming Introbiz Networking Events in Cardiff for March…

LEXUS BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT-SOCIAL AT LEXUS CARDIFF

Event Date & Time – 12 March 2020 from 16:00-18:00
Networking Event Cost – £18
Networking Event Location – Lexus Cardiff, Hadfield Road, Cardiff, UK

FULL DETAILS VIA LINK BELOW

INTROBIZ BUSINESS NETWORKING LUNCH EVENT AT REVOLUCION DE CUBA IN CARDIFF

Event Date & Time – 20 March 2020 from 12:30-14:30
Networking Event – Cost £25
Networking Event Location – Revolución de Cuba Cardiff, The Friary, Cardiff, UK

FULL DETAILS VIA LINK BELOW

BUSINESS NETWORKING BREAKFAST EVENT AT VIRGIN MONEY LOUNGE, CARDIFF

Event Date & Time- 27 March 2020 from 7:30-9:30am.
Networking Event Cost £22
Networking Event Location – Virgin Money, Trinity St, Cardiff, UK

FULL DETAILS VIA LINK BELOW

— Read more on www.introbiz.co.uk/networking-events/

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Business Wales Events.

UPCOMING BUSINESS WALES EVENTS

Use the quick links to get to some of this month’s up and coming events:

NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety
3 December 2019 – 4 March 2020, 09:00 – 17:00
Startup Club
16 January 2020 – 26 March 2020, 17:00 – 21:00
Superfast Business Wales – Sell More with Social Media
4 March 2020, 09:00 – 13:00
Kuwait Business Briefing
5 March 2020, 09:00 – 10:30
Introduction to the Event Management System
12 March 2020, 15:00 – 16:15

— Read more on wales.business-events.org.uk/

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me