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IoD Speed Networking event held on-site at Langstone Technology Park

IoD Speed Networking event held on-site at Langstone Technology Park
Created on 16/03/2010 12:41:00

Langstone Technology Park played host to a speed networking event held by the Institute of Directors (IoD), which is likely to generate new business in the region.


Langstone Technology Park Host IoD Speed Networking Event

Langstone Technology Park played host to a speed networking event held by the Institute of Directors (IoD), which is likely to generate new business in the region.

More than 25 members and potential members of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight and Sussex branches of the IoD took part in the get-to-know-your-services session, held annually at different venues.

Grant Harrison, Chairman of IoD Hampshire, which has 2,000 members, said: “Speed networking is a great way of breaking the ice and making contacts. Feedback from other sessions show that more than half of the participants go on to make contact, often generating new business down the line.

“Of course it is not always possible to act immediately on any of the contacts made, but it does mean they can be leveraged in the future when the demand arises.”

On behalf of the two IoD branches, he thanked Fasset for sponsoring the event, which involved business leaders sitting opposite each other and talking about their businesses for two minutes before moving on to the next person after swapping business cards.

Gary Medlow, Managing Director of regional technology parks operator Fasset, which runs Langstone Technology Park, took part in the speed networking .

He said: “From Fasset’s point of view, it was a great opportunity to showcase Langstone Technology Park and the fact that it is home to 18 cutting-edge companies employing more than 3,000 people, with upwards of 4,000 passing through the doors on any given working day.

“As well as pitching for the park, it was also a chance for me to hear how other businesses could help us with a whole array of services because we are continually striving to ensure best-in-class performance for our occupiers.”

Prior to the event, Mr Medlow greeted the IoD, giving a potted history of how Langstone Technology Park transformed its fortunes by creating and managing space for occupiers on the 45-acre site after IBM stopped making hard drives, leaving hundreds of thousands of square feet surplus to requirements.

Business represented at the speed networking included IT support, office interior plants, business coaches, commercial electricians and a mineral water supplier.

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