Businesses keen for high speed network

ROCKHAMPTON business people have responded enthusiastically to an initiative to help them network at high speed.

Peter Lynch, sales executive with Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, says the urgency of the RING gatherings is something to behold.

Each person attending meets someone new every two minutes at the sessions which have been set up to meet the demand for networking opportunities after the Rockhampton Chamber folded some time ago.

“It's speed dating for businesses and it's gaining in popularity,” said Peter, who has organised the next Rockhampton Innovative Networking Group event for September 29.

“When the local chamber fell over, it left a void and it wasn't long before people were asking where they could network.

“So we put our heads together and came-up with a concept that has gone down very well.” he said.

Sixty people attended the first, and about 70 the second.

“One of the good things is that no one makes a profit from it. We charge $25 to include drinks and nibbles and give all the proceeds to worthy charities.”

So far the beneficiaries have been the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Rockhampton's helicopter rescue service. Next charity to benefit will be Camp Quality.

“The interest has been very broad - from people involved in heavy engineering to retail, the full spectrum,” he said.

The gathering at Rockhampton Leagues Club on September 29 is open to all business people and will start at 6pm.

“We will be finished by 8.30pm and people will have been introduced to scores of new contacts.”

Peter said if anyone was interested in attending they should call him on 4922 1278 or contact Belinda Cranny at Rockhampton Regional Development on 4927 0292.

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