Leavers Link South West Networking

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Leavers Link SW provides a networking platform for all Service Leavers, Veterans and their families.

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Leavers Link has been running networking events for over 10 years and has expanded to provide networking in the SW. And whilst we are still physically distancing and keeping it virtual, the event is accessible across the country and we are actively encouraging you to attend regardless of your location.

Leavers Link SW provides a networking platform for all Service Leavers, Veterans and their families to link businesses with ex-Forces personnel. This gives access to industry experts for advice, to build confidence and grow valuable business connections and referrals to open up employment opportunities and trusted relationships.

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Your hosts are Janine Whitley, Abbie Pierce & Peter Houston. Being Veterans, they know how it feels to be isolated, embarking on a new career and adjusting to life outside the wire.

The business/industry experts will be a mixture of ex-Forces and civilians who are subject matter experts in their field. Businesses of different sizes from Veteran owned, freelancers, substantial national organisations, family-owned businesses, PLCs, new start companies and very mature businesses will be invited.

The attendees will be a mixture of Serving or ex Serving personnel and/or families of all ranks with a variety of military or civilian experience.

There are opportunities for attendees to introduce themselves and showcase their work experience, skills and learning aspirations and what they would like to get from the event. This will enable other attendees within business and industries to connect with veterans, build trusted relationships to share information and knowledge and increase working and business networks.

In July we welcome Mick Latter - "Digital Ninja" (our words not his), making online work with and for you... not against you.

Proven and highly experienced at implementing digital content strategies to generate change, engagement, influence and effect. Using social media, digital marketing, paid marketing and user experience design applied across multi-media programmes on a global scale. Highly experienced with Government, Military, Charity and commercial organisations. Currently working on Global and UK Influence programmes in support of UK relationships and previously NATO operations with a focus on real return for investment.

Using the reach and engagement potential of the internet and in particular social media to maximise opportunities for individuals, companies and organisations. Understanding your target audience is key to engagement and reaching out to them.

Head of Communications for HQ Brigade of Gurkhas and digital strategy consultant for the British Army's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Centre for Army Leadership, General Staff Centre, British Army's Intelligence Corps and Royal AnglianRegiment. Previously subject matter expert to 77th Brigade advising on Operational influence/ engagement and effect through digital content.

Consultant and digital content development for a number of Government, commercial and charity organisations and business owner with his brother Focus Ecommerce Marketing a full-service marketing agency, founded with over 30 years of experience in Retail, E-Commerce, Marketing, Government and the Charity sector. Covering website, social media, PR and e-commerce.

The meeting running order...

19:00 Welcome and introduction from Group Director

19:05 Super-short attendee introductions

Use the chat for virtual business cards/details

19:25 Keynote speaker and question time

19:50 Breakout room 1 - Get connecting

20:05 Brief Break with Top Tips of the week

20:10 Breakout room 2 - Choose your room with an SME

20:25 Closing comments and news from Group Director

20:30 End of meeting

During the event, you will have access to the Chatbox facilities. Please be aware that if you provide any information with your contact details then any person attending this event will have access to these details and could contact you. If you do not wish to be contacted by any attendee you will need to make this clear when you enter your details. Alternatively, only share your details with specific people via the direct message function.

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August: Summer break - no meeting, enjoy life wherever we might be able by then.

September: John Stephenson of Forces Transition Group.

October: Babcock Employment Opps.

November: Sector Event.

December: Christmas break - no meeting and restrictions depending, it would be great to meet up in person for some festive drinks.

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