Recently, our client Exact ran a networking event for international business owners and decision makers at Lord’s cricket ground in London, one of the UK’s most prestigious sporting venues. This was one in a series of networking events the company is running as part of the Exact International Business Network (EIBN).

Hosted in the futuristic Investec Media Centre overlooking the pitch and the world famous pavilion, the UK event kicked off with a light breakfast to prepare everyone for the first speaker of the day – Dr. Daniel Thorniley, president of DT-Global Business Consulting. Daniel discussed the fastest growing economies around the globe, including India, Brazil, Turkey and central Europe, examined the best strategies for establishing businesses in these locations, and stressed the need for establishing trust and long-term relationships with suppliers and distributors. He also provided an analysis of the current global economic environment, arguing that it is far too complex to provide any definitive as to how strong or weak it is.

Following a fantastic buffet lunch, the final speaker of the day was Sir Richard Needham, Chairman of Avon Rubber Plc and Director for International and Commercial affairs at Dyson. Over the course of the afternoon, Sir Richard told us about his time as Minister for Northern Ireland, and discussed how he helped transform Belfast’s city centre. He also gave advice for businesses looking to grow, stressing the need for businesses to focus on what they do well, and to not dilute their offering by engaging in activity outside of their core business. He explained that this was the approach he helped Dyson to take, by encouraging them to focus on R&D and product marketing.

To round off an enjoyable and informative day, attendees were invited to take part in sampling a selection of fine wines from around the world, followed by a tour of Lord’s. As well as getting a chance to look inside the home and away dressing rooms, we were shown around the rest of the pavilion, and even get up close to the original Ashes trophy.

All in all, the first UK EIBN event was a great success, and everyone left with some excellent insights into how to survive the recession and improve their business. The event was what all good networking events should be – enjoyable, informative, and with the opportunity to make some great new business contacts.

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