Last Thursday, I attended my first networking event of 2016, held at the delightful Palm Sugar cocktail bar in Liverpool. This beautiful establishment was the location for Downtown In Business’s popular Sexy Networking event in Liverpool, which attracts a massive turnout of people from many organisations across Merseyside.
I have previously attended and enjoyed these occasions immensely. Once again, the evening was no disappointment, as the quality of the event, the surroundings and the diverse mix of attendees to network with, made for a terrific night. Not only was it a pleasure to catch up with familiar faces, but it was also a delight to meet new contacts, from recruiters, HR professionals, graphic designers, web developers, solicitors and entrepreneurs. What I enjoy about meeting new people at these events, is the opportunity to listen and share stories. This symbolises one of the most important aspects of networking, which is to meet and interact with people from outside your own industry.
It was a pleasure to hear Downtown’s CEO Frank McKenna give a warm and welcoming speech to everyone. As Frank talked about exciting developments and events planned for Downtown in 2016, I sensed his enthusiasm burning brightly. In addition, I also learned that Downtown has been running for 13 years and has expanded to Manchester, Leeds, Lancashire and recently Birmingham. Quite a testament to the hard work and vision of Frank and everyone at Downtown.
Looking back on the event, I enjoyed the atmosphere generated by the informal and relaxing environment. Certainly this was helped by the luxurious surroundings of Palm Sugar, with its blue lit tables, black leather sofas and the smell of delicious Thai-flavoured nibbles provided by their kind, friendly and professional staff.
To conclude, I would like to thank everyone at Downtown and Palm Sugar for once again organising and hosting a terrific and informal evening of networking