17 Feb

Kicking off our 2016 dinners by talking marketing

January kicked off our latest series of Food4Thought dinners, with more than 30 ambitious business owners at three events in Leeds and Sheffield discussing core business growth challenges over great food and wine. Our topic this month was marketing – something every business owner needs to think about if they want to grow. There were some consistent issues – finding the time to market, what marketing channels to use, how you measure the value, who should market and whether automation would be any use. What we discussed As usual there were lots of great debate from the attendees, asking probing questions based on their wide expertise and observations.  How do you define marketing (is it solely about attracting new customers or does it include your current ones?), what investment should be made and over what period of time & how to find the time when workload is already so high.\ There was broad agreement that marketing takes consistent time and effort in order to deliver results. Building a strong brand...

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11 Aug

Celebrating our first round of dinners and looking to the future

On Thursday 30th July, following the success of our first round of strategic growth dinners, we brought together members old and new at our first Huddle. Giving them the chance to share their experiences, knowledge and of course, some great food. The evening gave members of both dinner groups the opportunity to meet as well as giving prospective new members a taste of things to come. Pintura in Leeds hosted the evening, serving delicious Pintoxs, wine and buckets of chilled beer. So, after 10 dinners, 285 delicious courses, 5 strategy topics and 50 sub topics, this is what our 19 ambitious business leaders made of Food4Thought… “An evening of great company, great food, great ideas and great inspiration for the future.” “I met some great people who I feel will be able to add considerable value to my business.” “A great opportunity to meet like minded entrepreneurs.” “Interesting, involving, relaxed.” “A great mix of good food, great conversation.” “I left with plenty to consider and implement in my own business…” If you...

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