Posted on 31st August 2017
Sussex firms invited to mix business and pleasure at golf-themed expo
Sussex business owners are invited to gather on 7th September to share ideas and make new connections at Network Xpress (Net XP)’s free Mid Sussex Expo at the King’s Centre in Burgess Hill. In a departure from traditional B2B networking gatherings, event specialist Net XP’s expos are designed around gamification principles to get people talking with a series of competitions, games and inspiring speakers. The Mid Sussex event this year is themed around golf in a light-hearted reference to the fact that many deals are said to be made on the golf course.
The event will run from 10am to 3pm, and attendees can look forward to talks from successful entrepreneurs, investors and marketers about marketing, sourcing finance and the ups and downs of business. Throughout the day, delegates can test their club skills on the crazy golf course situated in the event’s games room, which is adjacent to the main exhibition hall.
At 9.15am, before the main doors open, exhibitors will enjoy an exclusive talk from Penina Shephard, founder of Acumen Law and author of The Freedom Revolution, a visionary manual about aligning your business life with your values, passion and purpose. Up to 20 lucky non-exhibiting, early bird attendees (arriving before 9am) will also be granted access to this talk on a first come, first served basis.
Net XP has two local charity partners for the event: children’s communication and play therapy organisation, Time 4 Children and The Disabilities Trust, which supports people with learning disabilities and autism. The event is being sponsored by Paper+, Platinum Business, 325 Productions, Cleankill, Worldpay, Clearwater and PileTech.
Sonny Cutting, founder of Net XP, comments: “Our extensive experience in organising and hosting B2B networking events has taught us that people want to be engaged and entertained at these occasions, rather than being subjected to straight-laced business clichés. Our gamification twist adds a sense of competition, play and humour to the event, whilst still providing attendees with genuine opportunities to make connections and learn valuable insights from speakers.”
Programme – 7th September 2017, The King’s Centre, Burgess Hill
9.15am Exclusive talk for exhibitors and up to 20 early bird guests, from Penina Shephard, founder of Acumen Business Law and author of The Freedom Revolution
10am DOORS OPEN
10.30am Natalie Montagnani, Page Marketing: Mastering Marketing
11.30am Amanda Geel, Coast to Capital: Where is the money?
12.00pm Neil Tomlinson, AQUAPAX: The Entrepreneurial Spirit
ALL DAY: Crazy Golf Tournament
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"