Eighty busi­ness own­ers flock to net­work event

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EIGHTY lo­cal busi­ness own­ers learned how to in­creas­ing rev­enue through net­work­ing at a event hosted by West Wick­low Busi­ness Net­work in Russ­bor­ough House .

West Wick­low busi­ness own­ers ar­rived in their droves to Russ­bor­ough last week. There was a huge re­sponse to this open in­vite from the West Wick­low Busi­ness Net­work and eighty at­tendee’s en­joyed fin­ger food and cham­pagne on ar­rival.

Due to the phe­nom­e­nal num­bers in at­ten­dance, the group had to be split in two tours of the house which has re­cently un­der­gone a €1 mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment. The night was a clear dis­play of busi­nesses, with com­peti­tors com­ing to­gether to sup­port one another in grow­ing busi­ness in west Wick­low and sur­round­ing ar­eas through net­work­ing.

Eric Blatch­ford and Joan Grif­fith from Russ­bor­ough House hosted the event so gra­ciously on the evening and gave en­gag­ing tours of the im­pres­sive ground floor rooms. It felt like step­ping back in time, sip­ping cham­pagne in the im­pres­sive re­cep­tion rooms.

Eric also spoke about the re­cent ren­o­va­tions and how open he was to speak­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses peo­ple about util­is­ing the house.

The key note speaker, Si­mon Finn from BNI, an award win­ning net­work­ing trainer, re­ceived a phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse.

His high en­ergy, en­gag­ing pre­sen­ta­tion asked though pro­vok­ing ques­tions about ‘mak­ing your Net-Work’ by pro­vid­ing at­ten­dees with a net­work­ing tool­kit.

Si­mon’s meth­ods are proven, and he has in­creased rev­enues by €15 mil­lion with busi­nesses he has worked with over he last year through net­work­ing.

Lo­cal busi­ness owner Or­lagh Dee­gan who has al­ready in­creased sales through con­tacts in the net­work and was a key player in or­gan­is­ing this event.

Or­lagh from Choice Train­ing and Con­sul­tancy said: ‘I was blown away by the at­ten­dance, pos­i­tiv­ity of every­one and post event feed­back. I’m al­ready think­ing about idea’s for another net­work­ing event, watch this space.’

This event was very well at­tended but also re­ceived the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses. Spot prizes were do­nated by Tul­far­ris Ho­tel, Ger­maines of Balt­in­glass and Avon Ri. Bram­bles Cater­ing, who run the café on­site, spon­sored the fin­ger food and re­fresh­ments. Ken­nys Su­per­valu spon­sored the cham­pagne and Punc­tual Print spon­sored the print­ing.

Clos­ing the event Ro­nan Flood, Chair­man of the West Wick­low Busi­ness Net­work said ‘I would en­cour­age all mem­bers to re­dis­cover Russ­bor­ough by tak­ing a tour, we are so priv­i­leged to have this won­der­ful her­itage on our doorstep’.

He also ex­tended an in­vite to all at­ten­dees to the next net­work meet­ing at 7.30 a.m. on April 17 in the Coimin Cen­tre in Bless­ing­ton.

ABOVE: Jill Kane, Karen O’Donoghue and John Mur­phy. LEFT: Eimear Dee­gan and Ni­amh Byrne.

BE­LOW: Rachel Mur­phy, Sonia Mo­ran and Eric Blatch­ford.

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