A NETWORKING stroll proved a hit with businesses as they were brought together in the great outdoors for the first event of its kind in Saddleworth organised by a top business support group.
Business owners brought along friends, family and even their dogs as around 20 people enjoyed the late-summer ‘Networking in Nature’ ramble from Uppermill to Diggle and back.
The group, which included a number of the FSB’s regional committee, also made a brief stop en route to see Sandy Gray who operates the Diggle Valley Rack Railway – one of the world’s largest and highest model railways.
The event was organised by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Manchester and North Cheshire Regional Committee to bring together companies in the area.
One of the organisers Peter Davys said: “The new venture was a great success and all parties had exercise and fun.
“More importantly they made business contacts in a relaxed and informal manner with likeminded people.”
FSB Regional Chairman, Simon Edmondson, added: “This event provided our members with a chance to network in a more relaxed, informal setting and was a fantastic alternative to some of the more routine networking events – the weather was also on our side!
“It proved a real hit and we’ll certainly be doing another outdoor themed networking event like this.”
The walkers set off from Saddleworth Museum in Uppermill, strolling up to the Diggle Hotel, before returning to the starting point about four hours later.
Chris Dunkerley, from First Aid for All Ltd in Mossley, decided to take part to meet new people outside his regular FSB and BNI networking circles.
He added: “The event was really local, it’s a nice place to walk, with a stop at the pub, so what more could you want?”
Paul Ruchat, who runs Four Seasons cleaning supplies in Oldham, brought along his family to enjoy the stroll.
He explained: “We wanted to come along to enjoy the walk and do a different type of networking to usual.”
And Pam Coates, who runs Waterside Dental Care in Rochdale, added: “It’s something good to do and meet other people while enjoying the countryside.”
The FSB offers support and advice to help small businesses protect themselves and save money.
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