By Natalie Rickman
Thursday 29th June saw our first WYPG with Love Wimbledon and what a great event it was! Taking place at the vibrant and intimate Suburban Bar and Lounge in Wimbledon, 50 young professionals from Wimbledon and the surrounding areas came to network and make business connections.
Suburban Bar’s mixologists made us our very own WYPG cocktail which was delicious and available for the duration of the event. A great addition to our first event and we thank them for making this possible for us.
Attendees heard from our Director, John Merriman of Crown Lane Studio in Morden, of the new offers we have at the Chamber – of our Virtual Office service, meeting room hire and our 25th Birthday bash coming up on 27th July (more information here). Our sponsor Nick Mace from Clear Group, who was to thank for the generous bar tab, spoke about their relationship with Merton Chamber and keen interest in Merton even though they are no longer in the borough, a great testament for the support they have received from Merton Chamber over the years. They also heard from Love Wimbledon’s CEO Helen Clark Bell about upcoming events in Wimbledon during the Wimbledon tennis fortnight – more information can be found here.
We also introduced a new networking section where each person was given a number and had to join others with the same number, introduce themselves and come up with a joke between them. This definitely helped break the ice and we saw lots of interaction between people who had not previously talked during the event. Something we will try to continue in some capacity for our future events. Four lucky people also won prizes in our business card raffle, congratulations!
Some feedback from the event:
1) Venue was great – liked the intimate feel and vibe
2) Attendees met some really helpful people
3) Seemed like a real sense of business community
4) So different to any other networking event
5) The hand stamps worked well to make sure everyone got a drink and also we could identify others who were there for the WYPG event
If you attended our WYPG event and would like to give us feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would to know more about future events please also email the same address and we can add you to our database.
ALSO! Please sign up to our LinkedIn Group for WYPG https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8607397