We got our quarterly suppers off to a flying start last week with our Q1 supper held at The Bay Tree, Burford, Oxfordshire. 30 High calibre business owners joined us from both our Oxford & Cheltenham Groups together with their guests. The evening started with arrival drinks in the bar followed by a 2 course supper with coffee. Due to numbers each of our 3 tables had time to introduce themselves to their table rather than the whole room. This gave everyone a little more time to tell us about themselves plus allowed time for everyone else around the table to ask questions and find out more. Once everyone around the table knew each other it was the table captains job to introduce their table to the room.
It was a pleasure to introduce such an interesting array of visitors from an estate agent to a personal security firm. Plus it was great to see a lot of new faces joining us. It was also good to see Andrew Tee ( our Oxford group leader) and Jane Van Velson (our Cheltenham Group Leader) enjoy their first quarterly supper as they ease into taking over their 1845 groups from me.
The food as always was superb and this was followed by our extremely interesting guest speaker Anna James of Spring Chicken.
After a career in senior positions within a number of well know High Street chains, Anna decided to start her own business selling products & services for the older consumer. In the Spring of 2014 Spring Chicken was born, with its mission to make the lives of older people better and build a great business in the process.
Anna told us her story, how her personal situation influenced her business idea, how she identified a gap and in the market and how using her experience in “life stage” retailing she is building a successful e commerce business. She also shared with us her exciting vision for Spring Chicken (watch out for the TV advertising campaign due to start shorthly).
The evening came to an “official” end at 21:30 but guests carried on networking and getting to know each for another 30 minutes or so afterwards. A fab evening!