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Launch of the Bristol Rugby Business Network

Rob Thomas

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

Launch of the Bristol Rugby Business Network

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THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT - But if you'd like to come along, clcik on "Add to waitlist"  (underneath QUANTITY) and you'll be automatically be informed that you can go should be receive any cancellations!


Join us for this inaugural networking event at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Dealership premises in Bristol

Numbers have been increased from 100 to 120 to cope with swift demand (60 have gone already!) so book early to avoid disappointment (we had a sell out at the launch of the RBN in Cheltenahm & Gloucester in July so don't miss out!).

Watch the video from the last launch event here if you're undecided whether to come along and then read on!!

If you haven't attended a Rugby Business Network event elsewhere in the UK (or world for that matter) then here's what you can expect here in Bristol:

  • 2 Hours of informal networking with Business Owners and Senior Business People from across the region who share a passion for Rugby and are there to network and have some fun
  • Sytner (Mercedes-Benz) are not only kindly providing the venue (which has a large networking area) but are also providing drinks and nibbles too (Thanks to Mike Smith, James O'Neill and the team at Sytner for being great supporters of the RBN in Bristol).
  • Three 10 minute Question & Answer sessions with 3 keynote speakers from the world of professional rugby. We have Ben Breeze - Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Rugby Community Foundation, Bob Reeves (President RFU), and Lionel Hurst (President of the All Golds) for an open discussion on the two codes coexisting in the West Country.

    With  the Rugby League World Cup match on the 30th Oct happening in Bristol I think the timing is perfect!!



Who's on thre Speaker Panel for the Q & A So far?

Typically at these events we'll aim to have some interesting speakers from the world of Rugby and for this inaugrual event we'd find it hard to have got two better speakers!.

Bob Reeves - President of the RFU

Bob ReevesBob has been involved in student rugby for over 40 years, representing the Students RFU on the RFU Council since 1995, and chairing the SRFU from 2001 to 2012. He was one of the first senior and then staff coaches of the RFU in 1981, having been coach of Bristol University and was also coach and manager of English Universities and England Students for more than 15 years. He coached England Students during the Student World Cup of 1988, as well as managing the University Select Sevens squad in the Safari 7s in Kenya from 1995 – 2006. He was a member of the Student World Cup Organising Committee in 2000 and was a founder of the Student European Cup, which ran from 1998 until 2004.


Bob was Backs Coach at Bristol RFC over an extended period, including when the club reached Pilkington Cup Finals of 1983 and 84. He helped establish the Gloucestershire RFU Coaching Committee, being Chairman for many years, serving on the Gloucestershire RFU executive committee for three years. He also organised the South West Coaching Conference for 15 years.

Lionel Hurst LL.B - President of the All Golds 

Lionel Hurst

All Golds LogoAs President of the All Golds Lionel is passionate about working with the two rugby codes for mutual success and, in case you didn't know, Cheltenham (the home of the All Golds) is the birthplace of International Rugby League, as long ago as 1908!


President of the University of Gloucestershire All Golds Rugby League Club.The only University in the world – ever - to own its own pro side.

Former CEO of London Broncos when owned by Richard Branson.

Former Public Schoolboy when attending Ellesmere College in Shropshire which is where he played in the 1st XV and enjoyed Rugby Union.

Lionel's love of Rugby League commenced as a young boy of 8 when his father took him to watch Warrington where he was club doctor.

Founder and original Chairman of the Rugby League Conference that saw a huge growth in the sport when the game moved to the Summer after the injection of the Murdoch Millions.

Awards for services to the game include - the All Party Parliamentary Award;the Courvoisier Award.

Ben Breeze - Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Rugby Community Foundation

Ben Breeze

Bristol Rugby Community Foundation have taken the time to identify exactly what it is that makes rugby union special.

They found that a very high percentage of young people are engaged by the combination of old-school values and ethics (such as honesty and integrity) and are positively challenged by the requirement for co-operative team work to achieve successful outcomes.

Couple this, with the physically inclusive nature of a sport that equally values every body shape and size with the use of controlled aggression and you have the beginning of a highly effective engagement tool from which you can deliver a wide variety of attitudinal, behavioural and educational outcomes.

To this end, Bristol Rugby Community Foundation has had the honour of winning seven major national and regional awards since May 2008.


In September 2010, Bristol Rugby restructured their successful Community Department into a registered charity (Reg No: 1137395).

Bristol Rugby CommunityFoundationThe Bristol Rugby Business Network is pleased to support the Bristol Rugby Community Foundation by facilitating a raffle on the evening.  The RBN Networking events are of course FREE, but if attendees wish to support this great local charity then 100% of the money raised on the night will go to this good cause.




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is plenty of parking on the site itself or overflow parking on the road to the left of the main entrance.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If you cannot make it then please either notify us so we can release your ticket to someone on the waiting list (there are only 60 tickets available).  Or if you are sending someone in your place, again let us know as we will have pre-printed name badges prepared for the event, to help networking.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes login and update them any time up until 24 hours before the event.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but if you want to as confirmation please do.  We'll have name badges ready for you on the evening.


The Rugby Business Network is a "not for profit" organisation who's aim is to support the networking of people in business, who also have a passion for rugby and also assist rugby players to meet and network with business people who may be able to support their career beyond their athletic career.  * Please note that The Bristol RBN is not connected with Bristol RFC in any way.


Do you have questions about Launch of the Bristol Rugby Business Network? Contact Rob Thomas

When & Where

Mercedes-Benz of Bristol
Lysander Road
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 6 November 2013 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Rob Thomas

Hosted by WSI-eMarketing

The team at WSI have taken on the responsibily for organising the RBN events in Gloucester/Cheltenham & Bristol, with help and input from Kim Chang

Rob Thomas WSIRob Thomas
 - MD @ WSI-eMarketing

Rob is passionate about Rugby & Business and runs a Digital Marketing agency in Gloucestershire. 

Rob is also MD of Mix Conferences and a Certified Social Selling Coach.

Nadine ThomasNadine Thomas - Director @ WSI-eMarketing

Nadine is also passionate about rugby and is heavily involved with Dursley Rugby Club, coaching and refereeing at grass roots mini and youth level.


Kim ChangKim Chang Senior Business Development Manager at University of the West of England

Extensive sport management, public, private and third sector business development and partnership building experience in Australia and the UK.

Comprehensive experience in multi-sport international events having held managerial positions at the 2000 Olympic Games, 2000 Paralympic Games, 2001 Goodwill Games.

Specialist knowledge in community and high performance sport having worked for the Australian Rugby, New South Wales and Queensland Rugby Unions, 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2001 British & Irish Lions Tour.

If you would like to host or sponsor any of the events please contact WSI on 01454 261111

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