Allison and I would like to invite you to our RSVP: Friends of Thames Valley Expo - Pre-Expo Lunch Thursday 6th October 10.30am – 12.30pm. This is exciting and best of all its including in your exhibitor package so please bring (register) as many staff as you feel is necessary to get the most out of the event.
INFORMAL NETWORKING: Every exhibitor who attends will be given 1- 2 Minutes for a member of their staff to share with everyone else what their organisation does. This will ensure that everyone gets an opportunity to meet new suppliers, partners and clients ahead of the main expo event.
KEYNOTE BY AWARD WINNING BUSINESS PERSONALITY & MENTOR – MARY FLAVELLE:
From the day she was rejected by the BBC because it didn’t employ women as receptionists. That was Ireland back in the 60’s and receptions were manned by security men – definitely no women. Mary Flavelle has been turning hurdles into opportunities, leading to her being named Ambassador for Women at SEEDA.
After a lengthy career in netball as player and coach, marketing trophy products to the local business and sporting community led to radio and TV appearances. Mary landed a job at Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. Head-hunted by South East Economic Development Association (SEEDA), she was seconded to Enterprise Gateway in Reading, and then nominated for the Ambassador award for the South East. ‘It’s not qualifications, you know, it’s being in the right place at the right time, and taking opportunities,’ says Mary.
Mary’s business is networking in all forms, she has strong links with The High Commissioner of Malaysia, and she has been a Director with OMEC – Malaysian Executive Council. She has continued her interest in local business breakfasts with the Keller Breakfast at the Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell. Her skills as an event’s organiser have led to her appointment as Chairman of the East Berkshire branch of Federation of Small Businesses, now Vice Chair after serving 3 years on committee as the Chairman.
It’s her passion to support women in business, which led to her appointment as Ambassador for Women, and has now given her the opportunity “to encourage young entrepreneurs, to mentor and to keep the government aware of the needs of women at work. Mary is Berkshire Head Judge for the Young Enterprise scheme and proud to be associated with it. More recently was invited to be Judge at the inaugural LLoyds TSB Enterprise Awards for London and South East. Mary was also the guest speaker at the event.
Whilst at the Chamber, she launched the women’s network SHE plc, and partners Sharon Connelly with Ladies Who Latte. Mary has also stayed connected with radio, having been on Woman’s Hour, Radio 4, Radio 5 and Marlow FM, a regular visitor to Radio Berkshire appearing a number of times with Ann Diamond and Debbie McGee. Mary also spent 3 years with Henry Kelly as his weekly newspaper reviewer. Now Mary presents her own programme twice monthly on Marlow FM on Mid Morning Matters
Below is a time table of the event:
10.30am - 11.00am - Networking/ Meet & Greet/ Drinks upon arrival
11.00am - 11.15am – Allison/ Alec welcome then onto Informal Networking and meeting event partners/sponsors
11.15am - 12.15pm – Keynote Speaker – Mary Flavelle (Build your business through networking)
12.15pm - 12.30pm – Training on how best to exhibit with Q&A’s
12.30pm - 1.30pm - Allison/ Alec close - LUNCH
This is a fantastic opportunity to network with other exhibitors, partners and event sponsors - please bring along any members of staff that are going to be representing your organisation at the event.
We will be giving an update on the registration levels, marketing activity and the general schedule of the day.
This is a sincere thank you for making Great British Expo’s a market leader!!
We appreciate you exhibiting and want you to get the best before and at the event.