Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Vintage Network North West, Meeting Two

Surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of Rose & Lee Vintage Living, we held our second Vintage Network North West meeting on Monday 27 February.

Some of our many vintage-loving lovelies
It's always inspiring to get together with like-minded people and this evening was no exception. Gareth (pictured above right) is planning a local Jubilee celebration in June and spoke to us about his ideas.

Rachael of Marry Me Ink chats to Kath of Vibrant Vintage
We started with an array of refreshments, provided by Brooke of Brooke's Cupcakes and Kath of Rose & Lee Vintage Living. Everyone was made to feel very welcome and at home.
Hayley of Baked for You with Kate of Groovy Gang Handmade Soaps
I started proceedings with a brief  introduction, re-itterating the importance of cross-promotion and recipricol linking between one another's websites. It's a win-win! By adding other businesses to your links page you are in fact helping raise your profile on Google listings. Adding special offers and discounts for other network members on the Kitty Wink Vintage website was also talked about. You can add your offer here.
Josaphine of Fauxtique Boutique with Brooke of Brooke's Cupcakes
Next came our 'Speed-Dating' session. We all spent two minutes with each person in the room, handing out our business cards and briefly outlining our businesses. This was really fun and worked very well, with everyone being given the chance to speak one-to-one rather than standing and speaking in front of a room full of people.
Fiona asked for ideas to be jotted onto a note pad. Mainly one idea from each person on how the group can work together in a productive way. Kate placed a box for the notes to be put into. We await with baited breath the results. The winner will get a super prize from Rose & Lee Vintage Living.

Gwyneth of Vintage Afternoon Teas with Fiona of Rose & Lee Vintage Living
Remember, networking works both ways for it to work well. Although it's a fabulous platform to make people aware of your business, it's also about helping others. By helping others achieve you gain so much more.
I'm looking forward to arranging the next one and have a few ideas up my sleeve already.
Thanks to all who attended the meeting:
Rose & Lee Vintage Living
One Vintage Lady
Marry Me Ink
Dolly Cool
Kitty Wink Vintage
Den at Beechwood
Inki Pinki Creative
Deer Vintage Clothing
Baked For You
Crown & Country Vintage
Fauxtique Boutique
Brooke's Cupcakes
Vintage 78 DJ
Vintage Afternoon Teas
Vibrant Vintage
Frock 'n' Roll
Groovy Gang Handmade Soap