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Word Gets Around Business Networking

Est. 2011


WGA Networking gives you the chance to promote your business at a convenient time, working around the busy life you lead. In a relaxed environment, you get a chance to build relationships, share ideas and develop your network, with like-minded people.
Our business network group is open to anyone who embraces the idea of support, learning and a ‘together we’re stronger’ attitude. Now more than ever it is about sharing skills and experiences which help build relationships and in time, trust. Everyone has value and you can take away as much as you put in.

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Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Our ultimate aim is to create a group that helps each other to achieve business and personal success. Together we can make this happen. Do you have a burning question about business but too embarrassed to ask? Then please post your question and we can try and answer it next time. We value your feedback, the very thing that helps us to improve our networking group.

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Why choose us?

No membership fees | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

No membership fees

We'll never ask you to sign up to an annual membership fee. This 'pay as you go' approach makes things more affordable for you and means that every month we welcome an interesting mix of existing and new members. ​

Informal atmosphere | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Informal atmosphere

Our group is very informal, so just be yourself. No suit and tie are required unless you want to. Many people have become good friends over the years. We have a culture of collaboration and support. 

Friday Meetings | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Friday meetings

We meet every 3rd Friday of the month between 2 and 4pm. Everything feels more relaxed at the end of a busy week, and we all feel more open to new people, ideas and opportunities. 

People buy from people | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

People buy from people

There may be another guest from the same business area as you. We see this not as competition, but as an opportunity to form collaborations and share ideas. People will choose the right person to work with for them, regardless of business experience. People buy from people.

Everyone has value | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Everyone has value

We all judge people on first impressions, or sometimes dismiss them as we think they have no value to us. We introduced the 'Word Gets Around Wildcard' for this reason, to prove that everyone has something to offer. It fast became very popular at our meetings. We have prizes too!

Make local contacts | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Make local contacts

Networking works best when you fully embrace the idea that you always get out of it, what you are prepared to put in. Word of mouth advertising is a key ingredient in marketing you and your business. It's not what you know, it's who you know.

FAQ

  • What's the format?

    2pm: Guests arrive - open networking
    Enjoy a delicious meal. Paid drinks are available from the bar.
    3:00pm: Word Gets Around Wildcard (10 Mins, 5 mins each)
    3:45pm: 'What's in the box?' A chance to win a prize!
    4:00pm: Meeting finishes. Feel free to continue building relationships

  • Where do you meet?

    We meet at Vivary Golf Club in Vivary Park, Taunton.
    Cullens Catering,
    Fons George Road
    Taunton
    Somerset
    TA1 3PY

    Google Street view: https://wgalink.com/vivarygolf
    What3words: https://w3w.co/lifted.taker.cakes

  • How much is it?

    There is no membership fee to join. The price is just £15.00 (plus fees*) for those that book early online. Without charging a membership and a large fee upfront we rely on some commitment to attend. Please give 48 hours notice if you are unable to attend once you have paid.

    AWe want to promote local businesses and celebrate the successes that come from attending the meetings. This may be through gaining business leads, contacts, confidence, friendship or support. With your help in spreading the word we are growing the group to offer affordable networking that attracts a variety of businesses, without a membership. This works for both start-up businesses and for representatives from larger companies that have to justify an expensive membership fee.

    ( *Fees are to cover the cost of processing your payment with Eventbrite)

  • Can I get a refund?

    If you are unable to make an event once paid we can issue a full refund up to 48 hours before the event time.
    This is due to food commitments with the venue to make sure we can accommodate our guests. After this period we are unable to issue a refund. 

  • What's in it for me?

    Our network group is open to anyone who embraces the idea of support, learning and a ‘together we’re stronger’ attitude. Now more than ever, it is about sharing skills and experiences which help build relationships and in time, trust. Everyone has value and you can take away as much as you put in.

    By making relationships you have someone else thinking of you and your business, and wanting you to succeed. It may be you have just been made redundant, left school or wish to take your hobby to the next stage and make it a business. As a collective group you get the support to make that dream become a reality. Places are limited to 30 people to make it all manageable.

  • What do I bring with me?

    ​​Just bring yourself and any marketing/promotional material you may have to pass on to the people you meet. If you do not have any cards then we can recommend the best place to buy them to get you started. Feel free to wear what you feel is the most appropriate to represent you and your business. We wouldn't expect a gardener to turn up in a suit or someone in finance to turn up in flip flops!

  • Can a similar business sector attend too?

    We do not believe in category lock outs like some other networking groups. We believe that everyone has value and people buy from people that they get to know over time and will buy when they feel the time is right. In fact this also helps to form friendships and the chance to collaborate together in business which is great news for everyone. 

  • What's the WGA wildcard?

    We all judge people on first impressions, or sometimes dismiss them as we think they have no value to us. We use the analogy of pairing a Builder with a Ballerina. The Builder dismisses the Ballerina as they feel they have no value to them and their profession. The wildcard is there to help you keep an open mind, like the Builder who later found out the Ballerina's partner owned the biggest building firm in the country. The opportunity was lost. By building a relationship with one person, you are opening up opportunities, once trust is in place. The numbered wildcards pair you with someone else in the room.

  • What is 'What's in the box?'

    We're the only business networking group to have 'What's in the box?'. In this box are 4 prizes. The winner is someone who stands out on the night. Maybe they have some exciting news, are very topical in their introduction or make everyone laugh. Prizes have ranged from a signed Timmy Mallet postcard, some new sunglasses, to a whoopee cushion and a free ticket for our next meeting. This is a light-hearted way to end the evening. 

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Paul Smith | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Paul Smith

Director
Graphic Designer | Marketing Specialist

Paul is a brand, graphic design, print and marketing specialist based in Taunton. He set up Word Gets Around in 2011, with a view to expanding into other complementary service areas. He is also a lecturer at University Centre Somerset working with graphic design degree students.

Jo Middleton | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Jo Middleton

Blogger
Copywriter, speaker, word whore

Blogger of 11 years at Slummy Single MummyJo is a multi award winning blogger and has worked with multiple big name brands including Tesco, Disney and Unilever and has been on all kinds of adventures with her blog, from skiing in the Alps to cooking traditional pancakes in Ethiopia.  

Clive Smith | Word Gets Around Business Networking | Taunton | Somerset

Clive Smith

Director
Magazine Editor | Marketing Specilist

Clive is the editor of Word Gets Around Magazines which was established in 2014. He works with business owners to help them market their business more effectively by telling their story and building their brand locally. He has also been a DJ for over 45 years with discos and karaoke events. 

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