Apparently “Networking” is hard. We all know people who are good at it: Tony Abott, Bill Shorten, Sir Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffett. You don’t have to like them but you can admire them for their success at managing their networks of people. You can do it too. Networking is only hard if you don’t prepare for success. Here are my six tips so you can be successful at your next networking event.
A few years ago, I walked the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and I was amazed to hear the “waterfall in the sea” as the tide rushes around The Bitches (which are small islands just off the coast). If you ever want an inspiring walk, the middle section of the Coastal Path is to be recommended. Little did I expect to hear about The Bitches in an investment briefing…
The other day I spoke to Dave Raval of the Carbon Trust when he mentioned their latest investment in Wales at… The Bitches. The Carbon Trust has provided a grant to help Tidal Energy Ltd which is deploying a tidal stream renewable energy device at Ramsey Sound which is the area of water just before The Bitches. The installation is expected to provide electricity for 1,000 homes and help the Welsh Government reach its renewable energy targets.
The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies. The Carbon Trust has the most extensive database of companies working in the CleanTech area and have supported over 300 of the very best of these. Technologies vary from large renewable energy schemes to lone inventors with clever energy efficiency inventions, and the companies supported have raised over £100m and gone on to grow successful businesses. Sums raised vary from tens of thousands from angels through to Series A VC investments. Carbon Trust is currently looking for new investors for their portfolio; contact Dave.Raval@CarbonTrust.co.uk if you’re interested.