‘Less daunting’ approach to business networking in Carrick

(From left) Joanne Campbell, Clouncillor Noel Jordan, Philip Bain, Kelli Bagchus and Gail Kelly at the Global Entrepreneurship networking event organised by Carrickfergus Enterprise. INCT 48-791-CON
(From left) Joanne Campbell, Clouncillor Noel Jordan, Philip Bain, Kelli Bagchus and Gail Kelly at the Global Entrepreneurship networking event organised by Carrickfergus Enterprise. INCT 48-791-CON
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A Carrickfergus audience has heard how a self-confessed introvert stepped out of his comfort zone to become a leading businessman.

A number of free events were organised in Mid and East Antrim to inspire new and existing entrepreneurs as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

(From left) David McKechnie, Suzanne King, Philip Bain, Joanne Campbell, Thomas Hamilton and Kelli Bagchus at the networking event. INCT 48-792-CON

(From left) David McKechnie, Suzanne King, Philip Bain, Joanne Campbell, Thomas Hamilton and Kelli Bagchus at the networking event. INCT 48-792-CON

Carrickfergus Enterprise, in conjunction with MEA, kicked off GEW with a joint event in Belfast Loughshore Hotel.

‘An Introvert’s Guide to Networking’ attracted around 50 budding entrepreneurs and established businesses with the aim of getting delegates to think about how they might develop and build their networks for success.

Speaker Philip Bain, co-founder of ShredBank, gave a unique insight into how he has had to get out of his comfort zone and build networks in his own personal style to succeed in business.

He has moved from that first awkward networking event in his early 20s to being involved in a number of organisations such as chair of the Chartered Institute to council member of the Prince’s Trust and Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

Philip said he was delighted to speak at the event. He added that networking or, better put, relationship building is “crucial in building your business” and it was great to have the opportunity to share his thoughts on how this can be done for mutual benefit.

Kelli Bagchus, manager of Carrickfergus Enterprise, said: “With limited networking opportunities in Carrickfergus this was an excellent way for those considering self-employment to network with those in business and get inspiration to help start their business.

“Established businesses also got the chance to make new contacts and develop their business further. There was a real buzz from the event as we facilitated networking in a way that made it less daunting for those in attendance.”

For further details on business support initiatives contact Kelli at Carrickfergus Enterprise on 028 93 369528.