WINTER AND SPRING 2020
Well, we have some amazing headline news to start the New Year! In 2019, the Club produced an amazing 1275 referrals between its 50 members. We’ve estimated this to be worth £630,000 of business produced by the group over the past 12 months. Such figures show the strength of Down2Business as one of Devon and Cornwall’s premier networking clubs.
One of the key factors of our success is that, as a not for profit club, we plough money back into D2B with a broad range of events and prizes. One of our quarterly perks is the chance for a member to win £100 by simply inviting a suitable business along to the group. The member who invites the most guests wins! Extra points are earned if the guest joins the Club.
We were delighted that, last year, Dan Gough, from Purple Telecommunications won alongside Paul Journeaux of Geoffrey Rogers Chartered Accountants, Gary Chapman of ADS Window Films and Barbara Wray of Devon Chef.
The start of 2020 also saw our members win a number of D2B awards. Every year, our members vote in a number of categories, from the member who’s made the greatest contribution to the Club through to the one who’s provided the highest number of monetary sales (which saw 14 members reach a tie in third place, an amazing achievement)!
We also have awards available for the person who can consistently provide the best one minute presentation during the group’s 60 second elevator pitch at the start of the meeting.
There’s also an award for Best Personality of the Year and the Chairman’s Award (which goes to the person who, in his view, has made a significant contribution to the Club). It’s a hotly contested arena, but, rightly, recipients should feel colossal pride for the recognised contribution they make to the group.
As always, we were delighted with the quality of the awards from HB Print and Promotions.
The photograph shows our winners. From left to right: Gary Chapman, ADS Window Film (Chairman’s Award), Michelle Gurney, K9 Magic Meals (Best One Minute Presentation), Dan Gough (Chairman), Mark Field, DM Informatics (Award for Greatest Contributor to D2B) and Jeremy Sleet, No Accident H&S Training (D2B Personality of the Year).
The start to 2020 should, of course, include a mention of our fantastic Christmas Party. With some of members being sole traders, the annual event is effectively the ‘staff do!’ And what a ‘do’ it is!
We say a huge thank you to The Corinthian which hosted the event and provided amazing food and wine. Likewise, we were delighted that Jaded Angel was able to play live music at the event. Their repertoire and talent were exceptional which, combined with our annual Secret Santa, saw much merriment and a colossal amount of laughter!