BUSINESS and professional life is more than being good at what you do: it is also about having fun, making connections and collaborating (the technical term for this is “networking”). We, Australians, have known this for yonks.
Henry Ford has been quoted as saying: “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” As the effects of the financial crisis continue to be felt, many entrepreneurs and professionals in the UK are beginning to see the benefits of a more collaborative way of working. It is true to say that in business, no-one goes it alone. The fast-pace of change and deluge of information means that it is impossible for any one person or organisation to have all the answers. To open up possibilities and solutions, you need to tap into available networks.
The Business After 5 with Qantas networking series in London is just one networking opportunity for professionals. Hosted by Australian Business and sponsored by Qantas, it is testament to how collaborative modes of working can benefit everyone. The second event for 2013 was held on 11 April, in the elegant surroundings of the Hyatt Regency London.
Kim Dillon, Executive Director of Australian Business says from feedback received, members love networking opportunities, as it is a great way to connect with fellow Australians and others who have a connection with Australia. Catherine Dunkerley, Marketing Manager, Europe, Australian Trade Commission points out that networking for professionals new to the UK can help get themselves known, both to people within London and the broader UK.
Kevin Skipworth, Agent General of the Government of Western Australia says that the Business After 5 events are a “a golden opportunity” to network with Australian businesses here in Europe and the UK. If you have not taken the opportunity yet, despair not.
“We have a lot of business lunches coming up: Archie Norman, John Buchannan, the Governor General of Australia, and the Ashes lunch; some economic updates in the calendar as well and some more Business After 5 networking events,” says Ms Dillon.
Nick Crabb, Marketing Manager of Qantas says that the reason why networking events are of great assistance to professionals is that they allow people to get to know each other without them trying to sell anything to each other. It’s more about finding people you have something in common with.
“Business comes off the back of relationships and people who gel with each other and often think “where is the common ground for our two organisations?” which is good,” says Mr Crabb.
Mr Crabb believes organisations that work well together for the right reasons naturally achieve greater output than they otherwise might.
In between drinks and canapés, networking allows us to share professional and personal experiences. As well as making new friends with like-minded people, there is the opportunity to explore new ideas and possibilities.
You can find out more about the Business After 5 with Qantas Networking Series and other events at Australianbusiness.co.uk.
Tune in to the fun from the Business After 5 with Qantas Networking event on 11 April with live interviews on Astute Radio on AustralianTimes.co.uk.
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