I have to confess to being a bit of a fan of networking. Throughout my career I have been to numerous networking events and, although the benefits are not always immediately obvious, over time I’ve come to realise that the old adage ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’ couldn’t be more true.
That’s right, by taking just three minutes of your time to complete the Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey, you could influence UK economic policy. And, with the economy in such an uncertain state your contribution has never been so vital.
No, I haven’t completely lost the plot (yet!). Tatton Park was just one of a wide range of products and services represented at the first International Business Forum that I chaired last week, run by Stockport Council’s Economic Development unit in conjunction with UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) and RBS.
With youth unemployment at an all time high, college leavers and graduates face a tough time when they get out into the jobs market. And, while the media seems to enjoy painting a picture of today’s young people as useless Kevin and Perry types, in my experience that image couldn’t be further from the truth.