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Ubiquity City Social – El Pecado

Last week, I attended the Ubiquity City Social networking event at El Pecado. Located and hidden away on Bold Street in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks, this cosy little Spanish eatery provided an ideal backdrop, to a delightful evening of networking. It was a lovely event to attend, and I came away afterwards not only impressed with the networking, but also of the venue and its homely surroundings.

Arriving at the event early, I was greeted with friendly welcomes and smiles. This was followed by refreshments including tapas that was tasty enough, to satisfy the hungry and salivating appetites. Other refreshments included glasses of sangria and wine, which was certainly popular with several attendees.

The event featured an interesting mix of people. Naturally there were several familiar faces, including some I had not seen for a long while, and I was also delighted to meet some new faces too. These included Heather Anderson of The Hive Youth Zone, Russell Gannon of Baltic Triangle Area CIC and Jane Slinger-Brennan of Rutherford Diagnostics. It was interesting to listen to their stories about what they do, which not only gave me food for thought, but also some potential ideas for future blogging content (watch this space).

El Pecado was a homely yet atmospheric restaurant. This is because I noticed how the tables and chairs were neatly arranged closely to each other. I also noticed the low-hanging lights on the ceiling and the closeness of the kitchen, which gave a sense of intimacy. In my opinion, El Pecado has the feeling and touch of an old-fashioned family-run restaurant with a soul and sense of comfort, fitting in nicely within the unique community and vibrant surroundings of Bold Street.

My thanks go to Joel Jelen and everyone at Ubiquity PR for organising a fine networking event. I also would like to thank the staff of El Pecado for the tapas, the sangria and the other refreshments, which all helped to make for a lovely evening.

Thanks for reading!

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Weightmans Wednesday – Mowgli Street Food

Whenever I receive an invitation to a Weightmans event, I always look forward to not only networking, but also listening to the stories of others. I see these as opportunities to learn from speakers and fellow attendees, where personal stories are told, rich in heartfelt tone, humour and experience, lifting the human soul and encouraging a belief that anything is possible. A recent example is my experience of last week’s Weightmans Wednesday event, where I had the pleasure of listening to the excellent Nisha Katona of Mowgli Street Food.

Along with her success as a restaurateur and curry evangelist, Nisha has also written two books called “Pimp my Rice” and “The Spice Tree”, along with writing for newspapers such as the Independent and Telegraph. In addition, Nisha has also appeared on television, and you can also find her on Twitter and YouTube.

The audience and I were wowed by her personal journey, from her beginnings as a barrister for 20 years, to founding Mowgli in 2014, along with its subsequent and successful growth. Nisha also spoke about building Mowgli’s success through the back of social media, in addition to helping others. This included sourcing local suppliers, and working as part of a close-knit and supportive community of residents, fellow restaurant owners and small businesses. Located in the unique and eclectic surroundings of Bold Street, Mowgli is one of Liverpool’s popular dining establishments.

Listening to Nisha, I picked up on her passion for homemade Indian cuisine, and of the pride in her work.  To be successful involves taking risks, thus requiring faith and confidence in yourself and your abilities. Other useful points that I picked up, were the importance of integrity, knowing your strengths, surrounding yourself with good people to delegate, as well as remaining true to yourself and your brand. A final and most important characteristic is the ability to tackle and survive setbacks.

My thanks go to everyone at Weightmans for organising a fine evening. I would also like to personally thank Nisha for sharing her heartfelt story. It was not only inspirational, but also powerful, and her eloquently chosen words contributed to lifting the evening, into the realms of unforgettableness. For me this was one on my favourite ever Weightmans Wednesday events.

To conclude, Nisha’s success shows that you can follow your heart, and pursue your passion for something that is a labour of love.

Weightmans Wednesday – Fazenda Group

Liverpool is blessed to have so many fine restaurants. From the likes of Panoramic 34, Old Blind School, Sapporo, Mayur, District House and others, there are many terrific restaurants that provide quality cuisine, catering for all tastes and palates.

At last month’s Weightmans Wednesday event, I listened to a very interesting talk given by Tomas Maunier from Fazenda Group. The purpose was to deliver an insight into the running and development of Fazenda. Located in the fine surroundings of Exchange Flags, Fazenda has grown to be one of the best dining establishments in Liverpool, and is very popular within the city’s Commercial District. As a result, I was extremely keen to listen to Tomas’s story.20161026_204023

Tomas covered his early background in law, before moving into marketing and his current work with Fazenda. Listening to him, I learned it is important to understand people, as this is how business is done. In addition, I picked up other useful points related to branding and customer service, which I have included below.

  1. Focus on providing a quality experience for customers.
  2. Do what you do with passion and love!
  3. Service begins at home!
  4. Concentrate on making a premium brand and dream ways to expand it.
  5. Explain to the customer about what you are doing.
  6. People do not accept change easily!

With these events, usually I listen to speakers talk about their successes, but rarely their mistakes. Tomas was different in that he opened up about past errors made, which was refreshing to hear. It is very rare for a speaker to open up and honestly mention what they could have done better previously, so I applaud Tomas for having the courage to do this. Sometimes we need to remember, that we are human beings who are not perfect, and that mistakes are opportunities for us to learn from.

My experience of the event was very positive. Tomas was a fine speaker, as he spoke sincerely and with passion for his work. From his early background in law, to getting into the hospitality industry, I was fascinated by his story, and of how Fazenda has grown as a restaurant. I hope to try their cuisine very soon!

In conclusion, I would like to thank Tomas and everyone involved at Weightmans, for an excellent evening of conversation and networking.