Regarding Business in Cornwall. It struck me one morning over a breakfast meeting that all successful businesses have a community built around them. It wasn’t a huge revelation, I’ve been aware of the power of a community for a very long time, but this was a “light bulb” moment for a particular nut I was trying to crack.
So I had moved location, back to Cornwall, back to the land of legend, the land of my family, the beautiful county of childhood memories, and I had taken my business with me. Sure I had clients in “the smoke” still, but I was now actively networking locally to generate clients.
Whilst popping in and out of these networks, breakfast meetings, and what not, it struck me that what I needed to do was to create my own network. Creating my own network would yield a variety of benefits such as:
- business friends
- leads & potentials, referrals
- a sales funnel
- a place to sing loudly about my clients
- advertising opportunities
- MOST IMPORTANTLY a talent rich network, where skills and services can be linked.
I looked around at what others were doing in the space, who was building a network offering businesses the type of things I can offer. Who was genuinely adding value to businesses, and who was doing it well? Who was offering modern networking, with a joined up virtual service.
Nobody. – I’ve not seen it yet, so I’m building it.
It’s called the Cornwall Trade Network.