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Launch of the Gloucester/Cheltenham Rugby Business Network

Rob Thomas

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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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 Cheltenham & Gloucester RBN is not connected with Gloucester RFC in any way.

Join us for this inaugural networking event at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Dealership premises between Gloucester & Cheltenham.

Numbers are limited to 80 so book early to avoid disappointment.

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 Gloucestershire:

  • 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 and recently was the venue for a fashion event) but are also providing drinks and nibbles too (Thanks to Steve Lyons, Hendrix and the team at Sytner for being great supporters of the RBN in Gloucester/Cheltenham).
  • A 20 min Question & Answer session with 3 keynote speakers from the world of professional rugby (You can put your questions to them about The Lions Tour, England in Argentina, the prospects for the 13/14 season - whatever you like).


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

Typically at these events we'll aim to have a current local Player, an ex-player who has retired from his Athletic Career, but transistioned into his business career (and so can provide some insights from both a Rugby and Business background) and perhaps a 3rd speaker either from the Rugby Business Network, RPA, RFU etc.

Josh Frape

Photo of Josh FrapeIn Josh Frape we've covered two of those bases! As a former Gloucester Player and now Player Development Manager at the Rugby Players Association, Josh can offer some unique insights into how he managed his transition.



Graham Clutton

Photo of Graham CluttonGraham is an experienced sports writer covering a wide range of sports for the national press (Including the Telegraph Media Group). A published author Graham also works as Communications and PR consultant with Athlete Career Transition.

Graham is also a qualified football coach and work as a Social Media copywriter for WSI-emarketing.

Olly Morgan

Photo of Olly MorganOlly's England international career was put on hold last year after a serious knee injury sustained against Worcester Warriors in January of 2012.

And although the full-back, who was speaking at the launch of this summer’s J.P Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s series, admits there is no chance of him returning this season, Morgan insists he has not lain idle in his time away from the game.



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

There is limited parking on the site but street parking is close by.


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 iof you are sending someone in your place, again let us know as we may well 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?

Yes please as we'll scan it in to confirm attendance.  Those that regularly attend such events will have priority invitations sent to them in advance of being opened up, to reward those that book and attend. ("No shows" make it difficult for the sponsors, who are after all providing the venue, and often catering as well, to ensure that these RBN events can be offered to you FREE of charge).


Do you have questions about Launch of the Gloucester/Cheltenham Rugby Business Network? Contact Rob Thomas

When & Where

Mercedes-Benz of Cheltenham & Gloucester
Cheltenham Road East
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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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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