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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / May 2017 (1) / RACHEL GENT - LEAVING THE DESK.....TO CONNECT FOR SUCCESS!!

Date: 19/05/2017

We’ve all been there - an invite pops into your diary for a meeting which means a day out of the office, a trip to London.... my first thought: “I’m so busy I have no time to do that!”

It is a constant dilemma, the need to get the day job done, whilst giving up the time to do things that extend outside the day to day job. This time, the invite was to a Commercial Academy where I would meet some of the other 51 Chambers across the UK.

The day started with everyone frantically scurrying around, picking each others brains, asking for top tips. From this I connected with other Business Development Managers and we spent the day discussing our services, where we differ and similarities.

Everyone had different strategies for engaging with businesses, some had trialled campaigns which I had considered and they had not worked (crossed those off my list!). I came away with a list of quick easy wins which I can implement instantly and those which I can take back to other departments to see whether they can benefit from them.

It is difficult to find time in our busy jobs to take the time out to meet others in our sector. From one day out the office, I had 28 unread emails but I had gained 40 new contacts and three people who I really connected with and will meet again very soon. I now have a network of people I can turn to for questions around best practice and even just to sound ideas out. 

The importance of networking with like minded businesses cannot be undervalued. Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce recognises this value and for this reason, in order to respond to our members’ needs, we facilitate networking forums. 

Whether you are a HR Professional, a Manufacturer, a Food and Drink producer, a High Growth business, or interested in Sustainability, there is a forum where you can share ideas, learn from others and shout about your success and challenges.  

To view dates for upcoming Chamber Forums and other events please click here
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Rachel Gent

Business Development Manager

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