Grow Your Business Face-to-Face and Online with The Business Network Banbridge

| June 26, 2017

Business Network BanbridgeThe Business Network Banbridge will be hosting its monthly breakfast meeting on Thursday 29th June at 07:30am at Banbridge Enterprise Centre.

The topics on the agenda this month include utilising face-to-face networking and e-commerce strategies to grow your businesses.

The Power of One-to-One’s

This month’s member speaker is Denise Cowan, an award winning Digital Marketing Consultant and Vice Chair of The Business Network Banbridge.

Denise set up her digital marketing services business, Digital Den in 2014 to assist companies to market themselves effectively online and has since received a number of awards for her work, including being Runner Up in the Best Marketing Campaign category at last week’s Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Business Awards.

Denise creates digital marketing strategies and campaigns with an emphasis on content marketing, email marketing, copywriting, social media marketing and search engine optimisation (SEO).  She is a business mentor and trainer on various local authority SME support programmes and for Women in Business NI, and delivers workshops on topics such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Email Marketing for various training companies and organisations including the Construction Industry Training Board.  In addition to her work within this group, she is also an active member of Newry Junior Chamber and Women in Business NI.

Denise will be talking about the purpose and benefits of one-to-one meet-ups’ for members following the successful trial of this at last month’s meeting.  During the session she will provide tips on getting the most out of these meetings.

E-commerce – introducing a Clicks and Mortar Business Model

The guest speaker for the morning will be Glenn Sands, owner of ER Media Ltd.  This is a family business established by Glenn in 1998 in his home town of Banbridge, Co Down.  Glenn employs 10 members of staff and has plans to grow his team further.  Although originally operated as a technology products business selling computer hardware, software and stationery supplies over the counter, he has diversified the portfolio of products he offers customers over the years based on industry changes and customer needs.

Glenn was responsible for bringing the Taiwanese multinational hardware and electronics corporation, Acer to Ireland 15 years ago.  He set up Acer’s warranty centre and parts division, and still manages and distributes Acer Spare Parts throughout the EMEA regions today from ER Media’s base in Banbridge.

ER Media is also the parent company of 2 online brands – Need A Print and Pixa Prints.  Need A Print (www.needaprint.co.uk) provides commercial printing services including business cards, flyers and banner stands for companies and organisations in the UK and Ireland, whilst his photo products and gifts website, Pixa Prints (www.pixaprints.co.uk) sells personalised wall calendars, photo mugs, canvas prints, phone covers and many other photo based products worldwide.  Glenn describes his business as ‘Banbridge’s best kept secret’ as online orders for export now account for 99% of Pixa Prints business and minimal trade is done over the counter directly to the public.

Glenn is passionate about e-commerce and firmly believes that Northern Ireland retailers need to move away from solely being ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses and introduce a ‘clicks and mortar’ growth strategy before it’s too late.  He will talk to network members and visitors about the challenges and investment required to create a successful e-commerce business and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Network members and visitors will have the opportunity to have a one to one meeting with at least one other person in the group on the morning to learn more about each other’s business and explore ways to help each other to grow.

Join The Business Network to avail of these opportunities to connect, learn and grow together. Register online or direct any enquiries to [email protected]

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