It’s well known that Brighton is a major cultural hub in the South East, and is home to countless businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. The rich mix of cultural heritage, coupled with a bootstrap mentality and two major universities (not to mention the ability to reach London in 50 minutes on the train!) make it the perfect place to network and grow your business.
Following on from the successes of the Curry Club UK across the country, Steve Kettle (founder of the Curry Club UK) decided to open the Hove branch as a monthly lunchtime networking event. Brighton & Hove residents are spoilt for choice when choosing to network in the city, but what sets the Hove Lunchtime Curry Club apart is its clear focus on the business services sector and the proven results from being part of our wider UK network – with over £10 million of business being generated yearly at our events.
It turns out that Steve wasn’t the only one who felt that networking over a curry was a fantastic idea, as a previous event – the ‘Brighton Business Curry Club’ ran in the city until November of last year. Our Hove Lunchtime Curry Club has no association with the previous ‘Brighton Business Curry Club’, but proves that there is a hunger in the city for professionally-led networking over a curry!
If you’ve yet to join us at the Hove Curry Club, it’s a fantastic chance to make business connections in Brighton and Hove in a relaxed, professional environment. The lunchtime event takes place on the third Thursday of each month, and you can find all future dates on our events calendar: www.thecurryclubuk.com/events
The Hove Lunchtime Curry Club – What to Expect on the Day
New to networking in Brighton and Hove? Not a problem!
The Hove Lunchtime Curry Club is perfect for both first-timers and veteran networkers. Unlike many other business networking events in Brighton, The Hove Curry Club takes place from 12 noon until around 2:30pm, allowing you to fit-in networking over lunch.
Once you arrive at Ganges (93 Church Rd, BN3 2BA), you will be welcomed by our host and given your name badge and a guest list. If you are keen to speak with another guest on the day, you can ask for an introduction from our host.
Once you’ve been welcomed, it’s time to start networking! A good way to get started is simply catching someone’s attention and introducing yourself. Remember, everyone is there to network so it’s perfectly encouraged to start speaking with someone you haven’t met before.
After about an hour of networking, you will be asked to take your seat for lunch. This is another great opportunity to get to know those you’ve been networking with, and to introduce yourself to the other guests at your table. Over lunch, you will be invited to listen to a guest speaker who will give a short presentation sharing their expertise – always in terms of how it can help you and your business. Previous guest speakers have included Deborah Francis of Howlett Clarke QualitySolicitors speaking on ‘Women in the Workplace’ and Ryan Heal of Rockinghorse Children’s Charity speaking on ‘How Businesses can work with Charities’.
After lunch, our host will say a few words, after which you are invited to stay for a while and continue networking, or head back to the office. Choosing to join us for an afternoon of networking is a great step towards growing your business and contacts. Whether this is your first foray into networking, or if the Hove Lunchtime Curry Club becomes part of your companies regular networking schedule.
And remember the golden rule – don’t forget to bring lots of business cards!