Valley Library of Networking and Events

Think about why you are going. There are so many events you could spend all day, every day at one event or another but look at the list of events and make sure there is a valid reason for you to attend. (And getting a free breakfast isn’t one of them!!!) When I started out I attended 3-4 a week to help build up my business. I now do 1 or 2, you have to find the balance that is right for you.

When considering events they usually come in 5 categories

  • Speed Networking – You will sit with other and do a 1-2 minute pitch, when everyone has done there’s you move on to the next table until everyone is. This can also be done online
  • Informal networking – Meeting with other business owners – can be less effective and more difficult for you to get across what you do as they can end up with people splitting off into groups of people they already know
  • Business lunches – very often organised by sporting organisations
  • Events – Golf Days – behind the scenes at …
  • Exhibitions and Themed programmes – These tend to be theme around a particular purpose and will go on longer than the average networking event so there is an opportunities to have good conversations

Top Tips

  1. Before attending, make sure you have an informal mini pitch prepared and think about how you are memorable. Don’t just list the services you offer, why should they remember you over your competitors.
  2. Don’t be too pushy, these events are ways to build your connections in the first instance not to make a sale.
  3. You’ll need to be prepared to be there 10 minutes before it starts and stay all the way through to the end. If it is an exhibition they are more flexible for you to come and go as you need to but with networking events usually it is expected that you will be there for the duration.
  4. If you can’t make it let the organiser know – don’t just not show up. You will get a reputation for being a no show.
  5. What can you bring to the table, remember this is a way to build your brand and being helpful is one of the best ways to be remembered
  6. Be Social – check in, tag, message or post. This is a great way to continue to build exposure before and after the event

I regularly search through the events in South and West Yorkshire Regions. I have created a “Valley Library of Events” below. These are the ones that I have found to be useful and have helped me to build connections, get support and ultimately find new clients.

I am not paid or asked to list the events below and have no control over the events, registrations and costs. Every listing has the organiser link within it, you will need to click on these to be able to book your place.

Whilst every effort is made to keep these listings up to date and accurate, they may be changed by the organiser at short notice which is beyond our control. Please ensure that you keep the details sent to you directly from the organiser for the most up to date info.

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A workshop for SME’s who are struggling to know what steps to take next to improve their business. Tips, advice and Q&A .

In this course we will cover:-

  • Generate More clients
  • Sell more to your existing client base
  • Recruitment
  • Improve internal operations and efficiency
  • Acquisition
  • Funding – Capital Investment
  • Diversification

Abby will then provide advice and tools to get your marketing to support your business goals

  • Making marketing work on a small budget
  • FREE marketing tools and how to make them work for you
  • Google – Using Google Ads on a small budget
  • What to avoid in Marketing
  • At the end of each session every attendee will also receive:-

About Hayley

Hayley Koseoglu is an Award Winning Entrepreneur, Experienced Business Owner and Business Consultant and the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber Vice President. She has been in business for over 15 years, Hayley’s journey began at the age of 18 when she founded a commercial cleaning company (Crystal Clean Service Ltd). The business grew and became very successful employing over 100 people. She exited the business in 2016 but still owns it 100%. During her time in business she made lots of mistakes and now strives to help other business owners to avoid falling into the same potholes she did.

Her areas of focus are business improvement and growth. She looks at your purpose, and position and then works with you to create a clear plan of action to move your business forward. Hayley’s experience and practical approach can really transform the way that you look at your business. She will reignite your passion and get you business operating in a more efficient, effective and profitable manner.

About Abby

Abby started her career in press advertising in1998 for the Doncaster Star and won a number of awards with the Sheffield Newspapers Group. Moving into Account Management in 2003, Abby was lucky enough to develop and implement marketing campaigns for a number of impressive companies, including Nissan, San Miguel, Johnson Matthey, Scotts and The WAbu Dhabi for the F1 launch. Working on these projects in London, Europe and the Middle East provided Abby with the skills, experience, and knowledge that she relies on today. Abby has worked on independent projects for the last decade and launched Valley Marketing in 2017.

Abby is an LCM certified Business Coach, with a Digital Marketing Certificate from Charted Institute of Marketing, Coding and Marketing Certificate from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT along with Certifications in Googles Ads and Analytics. Valley Marketing is a collaborative set up, working with SME’s, helping them to understand marketing and how to stay in control of a budget. Ensuring that their expectations are met with a real return on investment. As a self-confessed “Google Geek” she understands the importance of digital and the role it can play in the success of any business, but at the same time doesn’t unnecessarily complicate the strategy. Abby’s no-nonsense, jargon free approach means that marketing becomes clear and easy to understand.

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