Networking with a twist

Four intrepid members of the Business Development team bravely departed for a new style of networking event in Manchester, ‘Freshwalks’.

Rather than standing around a stuffy room, making awkward small-talk and doling out business cards like they were going out of fashion, Freshwalks turns the whole world of networking on its head.

On the day of the event, our fab four comprised of Content Lead Luke Parkinson, SEO Executive Maria Fernandez de Osso Fuentes and our dynamic duo working in SEO and Content, Elle Brunton and Bryn May.

Instructed to report to the town hall for 12:30pm, the group were unsure of what to expect from this networking event, especially Yorkshireman Bryn who seems to live his life by the fabled ‘see all, hear all, say nowt’ advice.

After a brief introduction, the four ActiveWinners were in a group which was to be led around Manchester discovering some of the history of the city that may go a little bit unnoticed. Titled ‘Radical Manchester’ the tour, headed by the excellent and knowledgeable Sue McCarthy.

The first stop was right outside the town hall where the Peterloo massacre occurred in 1819 after cavalry charged into a large crowd of protestors, killing 15.

Other sights on the tour included the statues of Abraham Lincoln and Richard Cobden as well as a stop off in the Royal Exchange Theatre where the group learned about Friedrich Engels and the impact Manchester slums had on his thinking.

In between all of the stops were chances to chat with the other attendees and everyone seemed more relaxed than at your standard networking event. Elle, in particular had talked herself into such a frenzy that she was in dire need of refreshments.

Luckily for one of Middlesbrough’s favourite daughters, the last stop on the tour was the Grand Pacific Bar & Restaurant where the hungry hombres were presented with a buffet lunch and a further chance to network with the other attendees.

After Luke had demolished the last of the chicken tikka sandwiches, it was time to return back to the office, stomachs full, minds expanded and step counts significantly increased!