Networking helps boost city firms looking to connect

The speed networking session at the University of Portsmouth's Portland building last night
The speed networking session at the University of Portsmouth's Portland building last night
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FIRMS looking for innovative ways to improve met other companies in Portsmouth in a speed networking session.

Around 40 people met at the University of Portsmouth’s Portland building yesterday evening for the event.

Run by Southern Entrepreneurs, the event was attended by businesses ranging from a marketing firm to a cycle hire company.

Organiser Anne Dawson said it was the first time the firm had put on an event in the city.

She said: ‘It promotes growth within the businesses.

‘The idea is it’s not only the people they meet here but the contacts they make here as well.’

Firms employing up to 25 staff are invited to the event.

Jane Slatter, owner of Waterlooville-based Amaze Marketing, was at the networking evening.

She said: ‘It’s been really good night, I’ve talked to a number of businesses that I wouldn’t have expected to meet here.’

She added: ‘You get to find out a snapshot very quickly.’

People sat in groups of six, with one person talking about their company for a minute.

Others on that table got to ask questions for a further two minutes.

Speakers then moved to other groups.

Jane added: ‘In traditional networking events people tend to get into little groups.

‘But this forces you a little bit out of your comfort zone.’

Southern Entrepreneurs started at Eastleigh Borough Council and is now funded by councils across Hampshire.

Neil Strange, from Business Thinking, based in Kingston Crescent, was keen to find technology businesses that could help his own firm.

He said: ‘It’s great to get businesses together.

‘The point of networking is to make connection and find unexpected pieces of information.’

His firm helps other companies use data efficiently.

He added: ‘The nice thing about this particular event is they offer out parts of the county as well.’

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