What happened at the last QI Events?
Thanks to our excellent speaker Beth Whittaker we had valuable tips and excellent discussions on how to promote your organisation.
Title: Shout it Out!
It’s never been more important to communicate effectively with your customers or clients, with your trustees, with your local community… but with so little time and so much to do, how can you choose the best ways to ’shout it out’? Twitter, Facebook, press releases, website, e-newsletters, networking, printed flyers… what will work best for you and help your enterprise grow? Beth Whittaker, former journalist and PR professional with more than 20 years’ experience working with the third sector, will help you focus on who you need to be talking to, what you need to say and how you can ’shout it out!’
This time we brought you two guest speakers to offer some interesting insights, and lots of time for networking. Our speakers were Sarah Jones from national housing association, Places for People followed by Iris Eiting from Re:Work.
Sarah Jones explored how ethical businesses might be able to make business relationships with the housing association sector and also told us about the Spark Programme they support. Spark is a pioneering development and investment programme that aims to inspire organisations to build social enterprises that will prevent and tackle homelessness using sustainable business models.
Iris Eiting told us about Re:Work and her role as a new Board member from the Third Sector on the West of England Skills and Competitive Board. Re:work Ltd runs three projects aimed at supporting the local community, encouraging the growth of employment opportunities, work experience placements and training facilities, through a furniture re-use project, building and gardening service. The purpose of the West of England Skills and Competitive Board is to support local businesses and the area’s workforce through the improved coordination of public andprivate sector activities across the skills and employment agenda.
We were delighted to introduce our guest speaker Rachael Wheatley from PACE Partners International; who let us in on her valuable secrets around ‘building business relationships’.
Building business relationships can take a while. But while it’s top of the agenda for many businesses, most have limited time and resource available for business development and are often not sure of the best method to use to generate the best results. So what framework works? What marketing and business development activities can help us get to meet people in other businesses? What’s the best way of building the relationships after that initial meeting? How do we keep the momentum going?
This event covered:
- Help you to target the right organisations in the first place
- Explore ideas on how to build and maintain relationships
- Share a way of earning the right to meet people you don’t already know
- Show you what a good first meeting looks like
Rachael Wheatley is a consultant with PACE Partners International, a business which specialises in helping firms grow profitable income, either through key client management or through applying the skills and behaviour of best practice business development. Before joining PACE, Rachael worked in companies for over 20 years heading up marketing and business development teams.”
We are thrilled to tell you that our first event held back in April was a great success, even with the closure of the city centre due to the political debates; people jostled their way through the city to get to us. The event included a pitch from A Clean Sweep, a cleaning cooperative and finished with a speed networking session.