Omni Local Business Speed Networking

How well could you function without your dose of speed networking at a business event, or without a cup of coffee in the morning or your mid-afternoon tea break? If you’re anything like us, or the millions of other avid hot drink consumers, speed networking, tea and coffee are a staple of your day…

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3D Media Showcase

by Sonny Cutting

Imagine a future where you can be immersed in a room from the comfort of your own home. Imagine a future where you can visit an exhibition again to remind yourself of the name of a distinct stand. Imagine if this technology wasn’t far off in the future as you thought, but at your fingertips right now…

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Tiger's Pen

by Sonny Cutting

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Are you bursting with ideas? Brimming with passion? But are perhaps lacking investment and funding? What if we told you we could help?

Encouraging the entrepreneurial spark in all of us, Network Xpress recognises the growing number of entrepreneurs – 400 million worldwide – and are committed to supporting the individuals embarking on their ventures.

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For small business owners, preparing for a trade show or exhibition can be a very daunting experience. Here are a few ideas and concepts to employ at your next exhibition for the smoothest expo possible…

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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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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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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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Get inspired by our opening keynote speaker, the wonderful Penina Shepherd - an award-winning entrepreneur, the author of the inspirational book The Freedom Revolution and founder of the innovative Law Firm, Acumen Business Law. During her opening speech, Penina will be sharing her groundbreaking approach to being a remarkable business person in a new and extraordinary business world, but before that we've had a Q&A done to find out a little more about her. :-)

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How it all started....

by Sonny Cutting

Though born in South London, Sonny Cutting was a Brighton local from the age of 16 and has lived in Hurstpierpoint for the past 17 years. Today in the sleepy little village of Hurstpierpoint, he lives with his wife, Andrea and their four-year old twins, Jack and Charlotte.

Sonny is the managing director of Sussex Pages, The Business Marketing Network, a local digital marketing company which he set up after leaving BT as a new media specialist after 8 years of service. Inspiration struck in the midst of running Sussex Pages. Sonny was invited to a business conference in Haywards Heath in 2015 and was simply not impressed. The business conference felt tired and lacklustre – no doubt encouraging the epiphany about tradeshows and conferences that then came to him. In January 2015, Sonny created a small networking group which worked like a mini conference with speakers, guests and members that met once a month on a Saturday morning in Ardingly, West Sussex of bringing together 15-20 business people every month to network, make connections and ultimately, this was the humble beginnings of the Network Xpress brand and vision.

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May Latest News

by Sonny Cutting

As we roll into May, we’re looking at the calendar and scratching our head at how fast the months are flying by!

We’ve had a great year so far with lots of superb add-ons to the brand, including an exciting new partnership with Steve Wilson of First Friday Networking - read about the latest case study on the website for more info and watch this space! Along with newly forged relationships, we have secured over 40 businesses so far for the September Business Expo at the Kings Church, Burgess Hill and we are expecting our exhibitor space to be sold out by July.

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What. A. Day!

The Net XP grand B2B, casino themed event, held at the majestic East Sussex National was flush with success. With a green tartan kilt and a beard to put Dumbledore to shame, after three times of ‘Good morning everyone’, compere extraordinaire Greg Draven woke up bleary eyed exhibitors, gripping their lifeline of coffee to fuel their day ahead.

Immediately afterwards we had Shea Bennett, Head of Digital Marketing at Identity Group take to the stage, with an interesting focus on mobiles and some fascinating facts about social media, answering questions and giving top tips, such as, 9pm-10pm is a great time to post, as it is when people take that one last scroll on Facebook!

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