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Net XP are absolutely delighted to welcome our newest event sponsor, Cooden Tax Consulting, for our East Sussex Expo on 1st March 2018! Cooden is one of three premier sponsors joining us for the Casino themed expo in Little Horsted, near Uckfield, East Sussex on March 1st 2018.

Cooden Tax Consulting are a niche tax consulting working with innovative companies to establish whether they meet the criteria that qualifies them to claim the government’s flagship tax relief for Innovation, Research and Development Tax Relief.

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Merranti Recruitment forms part of the Merranti Group. The Group was originally founded by Jason Fudge and started as a consulting business. Over the past five years they have expanded to offer further business-to-business services such as; Accounting and Recruitment. Recruitment founder Clair Reilly has over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing, with 10 of those years including the Print and Packaging industry. With this wealth of knowledge, the goal for Clair’s business is to be the leader for Recruitment in the Print and Packaging sector..

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Fountain Therapies can be compared to a bubbling brook in the forest; soothing and a sanctuary for all; a place where Health and Wellbeing meet with elements of Holistic and Mystic Energies. Concentrating on natural solutions to combat the pressures of modern life, the therapy centre in Handcross serves the local community and helps those in need of services in a calm and relaxing environment.

The professional and qualified therapists are the core of the business, and the focus for progression this year for the company. With sixteen fantastic team members, Fountain Therapies offers wonderful services as a holistic therapy centre. When asked what her long term goals are for Fountain Therapies, founder Sam highlights her desire to expand into other local towns to be able to meet the needs of more people.

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HHBA Networking Event: Waitrose, Haywards Heath, Thursday, 18th October.

Where can you get complimentary sparkling wine, the opportunity for networking with fellow business owners and new business contacts all in one place? We are pleased to announce that you can join us for new sponsored networking drinks at the new Waitrose in Haywards Heath for all of the above! We are delighted that Network Xpress is sponsoring the event and its founder Sonny Cutting will be giving a short presentation during the evening.

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The experience of being a customer has changed beyond recognition in recent years. Self-service systems, automated messages and AI are taking over the front line of customer interaction in the search for ever-greater efficiency. A recent study has indeed shown that emerging digital technologies such as AI and cloud computing are even changing the way we think and react as a customer. Human call centre employees are being replaced by chatbots in all but the most-regulated of circumstances. These technologies can point a customer in the right direction but have limited problem-solving abilities when it comes to a complex question and perhaps most importantly lack the empathy and good will that only another person can provide.

Customer service is particularly important to business-to-business companies, which often deliver a large volume of business to a relatively small number of clients. Against this backdrop what does truly great customer service look like in 2017, and what are the skills that underpin it?

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Neil Tomlinson is the brilliant founder of AQUAPAX – the original concept that coined the first pure and natural mineral water brand to be marketed as an ‘unbottled’ water product – sealed from light and air in what he describes as ‘fundamentally more sustainable’ paper cartons.

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Feel the energy from Natalie Montagnani, a Marketing Consultant, Strategist, and Business Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women who runs her own successful Marketing Agency, Page Marketing. Expect a practical yet fun talk, on the importance of authenticity, your USP’s, why you need to be a rebel and how to stand out from the crowd. In this talk Natalie will help you to reflect on looking at yourself as a ‘brand’ and help you realise you can literally be, do or have anything you want by getting the right strategy into place. Natalie’s mission is to empower, inspire and motivate business owners and entrepreneurs to follow their passion, be positive, embrace change and be successful.

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As heroic as Batman and Robin, as iconic as Han Solo and Chewbacca, and as natural as milk and cookies, the partnership between First Friday Networking and Network Xpress is something special.

The duo is leading the business world to the golf themed event at the 7th September Mid Sussex Expo in Burgess Hill. With 60 marvellous exhibitors, varying from radio to recruitment, hotels to consultants, the range is phenomenal and makes for a day of meeting excellent contacts who you might not normally cross paths with. The expo will be kicked off by our exclusive keynote speaker, Penina Shepherd, for exhibitors and our early bird guests (those arriving before 9.15am on the day), and will be hosting three other wonderful speakers to inspire and encourage; Natalie Montagnani, Amanda Geel, and Neil Tomlinson. Adding to this already mind-blowing line-up, Net XP have also set up the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day and a crazy golf tournament around the expo to keep you entertained and to break the ice with other visitors and exhibitors alike. This expo is certainly one to put in the diary.

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Network Xpress is proud to announce its new membership to the fantastic Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry. More than just a business network, the Chichester Chamber is a source of invaluable advice, a source of encouragement and support, and a liaison with representatives of outside bodies. 

Chichester itself, is a thriving hub of business, and the Chichester Chambers provides the perfect platform to connect businesses and industries of the local area. Members benefit from a whole range of networking and business development meetings and events, support with local authorities to overcome challenges, access to central government via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, and access to other local businesses, initiatives, and people in the Chichester area and further afield. Added to this is member access to funding signposting, training courses and workshops and export events alongside a whole wealth of promotion and communication opportunities, including access to the Chichester Chambers’ Member Directory, member offers, access to Chambers LinkedIn Group, and exclusive advertising opportunities.

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Net XP are absolutely delighted to welcome our newest event sponsor, Paper Plus, for our Mid Sussex Expo on 7th September! They are an exclusive sponsor for the golf themed B2B expo in Burgess Hill. 

Paper Plus, a family-run company established nearly two decades ago, are the only Educational Supply Specialist based in Sussex. Their renowned service and reliability alongside their unique position with leading manufacturers enables Paper Plus to deliver efficiency with cost savings, proving them to be a premium choice of educational and commercial supplies. 

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How gamification can dissolve the social anxiety of a networking event

Sonny Cutting, founder of B2B event specialist Net XP.

Business networking can be important to a successful sales and marketing programme, especially for B2B enterprises that work with relatively few high value clients. Yet the prospect of attending a networking event can conjure up feelings of apprehension, stress and even resentment. Event organisers need to change the game and inspiration could come from a psychology-based trend making waves across the business world.

Beyond its buzzword credentials, gamification has earned its place as a powerful business principle, transforming a range of sectors from fitness to military recruitment. Introducing game elements into a non-game setting works by triggering powerful human emotions such as intrigue, competitiveness and excitement. New ways of applying this simple but effective methodology are continually being found and business networking is just one of the many fields that could benefit.

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