My idea of a perfect networking evening: great contacts, good gossip and a green hanger gizmo.
It seemed slightly weird driving from Preston into Manchester for after work drinks, with a group of strangers, but hey, that’s networking for you. However, armed with my coffee, I soon found a relaxed atmosphere upstairs at Rosylee’s, thanks to the organisation of John Ardern and Anjlee Bhatt.
There was a wide range of creative and marketing people that included:
- a film maker,
- a photographer of alternative weddings,
- an advertising agency director,
- someone who creates the moodiness of TV programmes,
- a designer of aircraft control panels,
- a social media guru,
- a comedian…
And it turns out, Manchester is a small world. I had worked in the same place someone’s first wife used to work. There were people who knew people I knew. We shared some stories, some gossip, some advice. And it felt not like a group of strangers, but rather more familiar.
So when I can, I’ll be back. Because the contacts were good. The gossip was good. And the green hanger gizmo? Well, I was the lucky winner of the card draw for the crap prize. Which turned out to be a rather useful mobile phone ‘shelf’ that fits around a plug.
All in all, way more than I expected to leave with.
Tell us bit about yourself Amanda..
I run Tigerfish PR a public relations agency in Lancashire, specialising in the manufacturing and logistics sectors. When not PR-ing, I sing in a choir, ski and cook. Happily not all at the same time.
What made you decide to come to a Northern Soho meeting?
People can’t buy from you, if they don’t know about you… so I thought I would look for some nice people to potentially team up with, and get to share stories with businesses ‘off my home patch’. I came across Northern Soho via networker extraordinaire, John Ardern, who I first met in St Ann’s Square, Manchester in the mid 1980s.