Around 70 business people from across the county gathered in Bridgwater on Wednesday 25 April for Somerset Chamber of Commerce’ second Business to Business Dinner of the year, in association with Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce.
The event is one of the most popular in the Chambers events calendar with guests given multiple opportunities to network with different people throughout each of the three courses.
Guests were welcomed to Quantock Lakes and given the opportunity to network over drinks before being seated for a three-course meal with introductions facilitated by designated table heads. Steve Leahy, Chair of Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce, provided an update on his Chamber’s local initiatives including the Supply the Supplier Project. Alan Windsor, Business Reporting and Information Officer for the Hinkley Supply Chain team provided an update on the Hinkley Supply Chain Project; highlighting the importance of creating a Somerset legacy rather than focusing on the length of the build of the power station. Alistair Tudor, Head of Chamber Services at Somerset Chamber provided an update on the Chamber’s activities including the recent appointment of Andrew Hanson as part of the Education Business Partnership. Sponsors of the event, Evosite Ltd also ran a competition to give away an Amazon Kindle, which was won by Jennifer Neal from The Lighting People.
Alistair Tudor commented, ‘’Another brilliant evening of networking for the Somerset Chamber of Commerce members and guests. Quantock Lakes is a beautiful venue for an event like this and the buzz and enthusiasm in the room was palpable! It was great to be able to get the opinions of members on our lobbying questionnaire too, and the results of that will help focus our efforts to help businesses across Somerset.’’
Karen Morledge, Client Services Director at Evosite Ltd, who sponsored the event, commented, ‘’Quantock Lakes was a fantastic venue for an excellent event, with so many other wonderful Somerset businesses attending, thanks to the efforts of the Somerset and Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce teams.’’
Steve Leahy, said ‘’It was a great event at the Lakes, with excellent food and company. The event encouraged Bridgwater as well as wider Somerset businesses to engage with each other and listen to future opportunities, arising through other large commercial projects as well as the HPC Supply Chain project itself. We as a Town Chamber have a received very good response today from this event and may there be many more.’’
Jennifer Neal, Technical Director at The Lighting People, said, ‘’The spring time Business to Business Dinner exceeded my expectations, even after having attended the winter event which was superb. The event brings great energy, fantastic networking opportunities and a real sense of business community. Without a doubt, my favourite part of the evening is meeting the many, many wonderful people who are as keen to introduce themselves as they are to get to know others. The days, weeks and months after the event are followed by a lot of referral activity and business opportunity with both new and previous connections. Absolutely brilliant!’’