Wedding suppliers all spend a LOT of time promoting our services & products directly to wedding couples and other customers through advising, social media and face to face events.
BUT……. how much quality time do you invest in taking a step back to think strategically about growing your business, to develop yourself as an entrepreneur, understand new trends in the sector or to network and build relationships with others in the industry?
We think it’s time to do that as a collective and are starting something a bit different………….
The idea for The Exclusive Wedding Club was the brain-child of Helen Ball from EW&SA and Yvonne Bennett from WPGUK with the emphasis on a new learning & networking forum aimed specially at people and businesses in the wedding & events sector.
The forum will be provided mainly, but not exclusively, around monthly meetings, offering:
- learning opportunities on topics that members tell us they want to focus on
- talks and Q&A sessions with experts in our industry
- peer mentoring sessions
- monthly accountability challenges
- access to resources to help support & grow your business
- marketing opportunities – both to couples and B2B
- new business/service development and partnering opportunities
- a ‘supplier of the month’ spot
- networking sessions
- themed events
- a supplier only ‘Exclusive Weddings Club’ closed facebook group so you can continue conversations outside of the monthly get-togethers
These are just examples of what’s on offer. We envisage that the forum will be led by it’s members, who will decide in what way they want the network to grow, develop, and shape up moving forward. There is no joining fee or monthly subscription, it’s not sales-y or run like some other groups were you are expected to bring others or offer referrals to other members.
This is purely about maximising opportunities for the members of the group and building a band of trusted and like-minded businesses with a true passion for the industry!
Our first meeting was held in Liverpool earlier this month courtesy of Business Development Club at Parklands who kindly provided meeting facilities in their fabulous new centre. We were joined by a diverse group of wedding & events entrepreneurs and also Lorraine Hull – Independent Liverpool Celebrant who gave a very interesting talk about the evolution the marriage and weddings in England and gave a demonstration of a hand-fasting ceremony. We got some really great feedback about the first meeting – thank you to everyone who came.
To find out details of our next meeting just follow @wedd-club on Twitter. Or just let me know if you want to be added to the mailing list – we’re not that sophisticated that we have set up an automated one for the group yet!
In the meantime why not let us know what your needs are as a business by taking this quick survey here so we can plan our 2017 programme.