Meeting at: The Refectory, Norwich Cathedral on Wednesdays at 7.25am

August 2012

New Chairman

The yearly changeover has happened. Following a fantastic holiday cruising Route 66, Steve Finney became chairman for the 2012 - 2013 term. Steve has already got members thinking with an idea for his second meeting in charge. It's 'show and tell' members all have to bring something they use every day. There has been a few phone calls sorting out the props!

"We try to keep members and non-members up to date with what we are doing and what we have achieved in the past".

July 2012

New member

We're happy to welcome the Paul Robinson Partnership to 25:am. Based in Norfolk for over 35 years they provide professional services both in the UK and overseas. Architectural services include industrial, commercial, retail, sports facilities, holiday and leisure, residential and conservation. They have won the Broadland District Council Broadland Enhancement Awards in 2011 for one of their local projects. For more information visit their website...

May 2012


RPM Solutions very own Andrea Wilson stars in Acorn Antiques. We got a fair few members along to Taverham Players production of Acorn Antiques. Andrea played 'Mrs Overalls' and stole the show. Many laughs were had at this wonderful event! Maybe there will be a 25:am Christmas Pantomime!??

April 2012

New members - two Future 50 businesses.

We seem to be doing the right thing! We have gained a few members to the group. Future 50 business House Revolution - the estate agency doing it differently. Have a look at for more details! We are also pleased to have Indigo Swan as a member too. Again, another Future 50 business. For more information have a look at their website

December 2011

Sudden loss of a member

It was tragic to hear that Paul McGeary passed away on the 9th December 2011. Completely unexpected and truly horrible news. Paul will be missed. He shared countless laughs with many members and we all have memories of our moments with him.

Our thoughts go out to Rachael and his family.

December 2011

Steve Coogan aka Alan Partridge for breakfast?

Filming will take place in the Refectory with 25am Networkers enjoying their usual meeting. At worst we'll just have the experience of this event. Perhaps at best we will have Alan doing a 1 minute presentation along with the rest of us! We are very proud to of been chosen out of other business networking groups!

January 2012

Dragon's Apprentice

25 Brains are better than one. 25:am Chairman Elliot Symonds played the role of Mr Chairman and lead Dragon with gusto as 25 ‘gifted and talented’ students from Wymondham College worked on a real business problem for a real business, Greenhouses Direct. They had 25 hours to prepare and a real Junior Apprentice feel at St James’ Mill, courteous of Jarrold & Sons. Dragons were Barney Philips, Charlie Gauvain, Mark Foley, Steve Finney and Rob Morley.

January 2012

Blind 10 Pin Bowling

Being Brilliant is what we do best, but bowling blind after a blinding breakfast is just breathtaking. 25:am brought together close to 150 people to bowl with blindfolds on and raise over £3000 in a night for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind. A brilliant time. Many laughs and all for a good cause.

A Wymondham College pupil kicks a ball at the greenhouse glass - it didn't break!

November 2011

Our help appreciated

Photo of our Chairman, Elliot Symonds receiving a certificate of appreciation from the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind for all the work 25:am has done so far and continue to do for the NNAB. The next thing Elliot is organising with the NNAB is a Blind Ten Pin bowling event on January 25th, 2012.

From left: Jeremy Goss, Canary Legend/ NNAB

Georgina Holloway, High Sheriff of Norfolk

Elliot Symonds, Jarrold Training/ Chairman 25:am

Mark Walton, Canary Legend and John Child, NNAB

November 2011

Member goes out to Wymondham College

Barney Phillips of Dynamic Print gave up an afternoon to go and talk to students about logo and print design. He showed approximately 70 logos he had designed over the last few years and talked about what the process behind the designs. Pupils showed logos they had produced and Barney gave a few pointers here and there to help them. Positive feedback from the students left Barney with the feeling he had inspired them.

November 2011

Blind 10 Pin Bowling

25:am will be continuing their support for the NNAB with a Blind 10 Pin Bowling event in January 2012. This will pitch teams of 4 against a visually impaired bowling team. Teams will pay £50 for the four to have one frame and will be encouraged to raise money based on the scores they can achieve whilst blindfolded. This is an opportunity to have fun, raise money for a local charity and network with the members and other supportive local companies. We also expect Gossy to bring an all star legends NCFC team.

October 2011

Breakfast at Norwich City Football Club

25:am were ecstatic to invite Jeremy Goss back to speak to them again about his monumental efforts in completing his Back to Bayern cycle ride. We hired a room at NCFC to add to the significance of the occasion. Jeremy is an inspiration and we hung on every word of his tale which only touched the surface of his efforts. An hour listening to Gossy left us all invigorated to face the business challenges ahead of us.

Jerry Goss in full flow, telling tales of his

epic 1300 mile cycle ride.

July 2011

Jeremy Goss' 'Back to Bayern' cycle ride

25:am were delighted to hear a talk from the inspirational Jeremy Goss who was about to embark on his epic bicycle ride through Europe visiting the stadia which marked highlights in his legendary European campaign with Norwich City. 25:am will be supporting Jeremy in his work with the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.

Read more about Jeremy or you can find out more about the NNAB here

June 2011

New Chairman

25:am unanimously decided upon Elliot Symonds becoming the current chair on the group. Elliot is a senior manager within Jarrold & Sons with an extensive career in FMCG Sales and Marketing. Elliot is also a published author, thai boxer and poker player. His leadership style is attentive, demanding and inspirational with a ruthless approach to customer service and love for the group.

We are proud to think that as a group we can sort out any business problem. Shared advice and contacts takes you to the right person!

June 2011

Royal Norfolk Show

25:am attended the Royal Norfolk Show in 2011. We were proud to present a public face at this prestigious event and spread the word of how our 25 brains are better than one.


Mark Overton displayed a variety of exclusive rock art prints through his Off Beat Lounge company and money was raised for chosen charity Nelson’s Journey.

Off Beat XXV's Mark Overton & Fiona Ryder with Michael Spencer Jones - Oasis photographer

February 2011

Out to Swanton Morley for

The Light Dragoons breakfast

In a mixed convoy of cars, vans and 4x4's we went to the Officers Mess for a 25am Breakfast meeting. After going through security checks we were all allowed in the Officer's Mess. Members enjoyed a tour of the various rooms before sitting down to breakfast in a fantastic  room lined with regimental pictures. Officers were dotted amoung us to complete the exceptional breakfast.

Members listen in the Mess to a talk on the history of the Light Dragoons Regiment.

June 2010

Three days of fundraising - £10000 given away in one morning.


1. Our summer event consisted of a 25 hour Table Tennis Marathon We had a number of special celebrity players who competed avidly during their 20 minute time slot.


2. Our Business Exhibition it was an opportunity to meet the members of 25am and see for yourself why this group is so successful at business connections.


3. We finished up with a Summer Ball on Friday 11th June 2010. We started with drinks and canapés in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral and then strolled over to the marquee.

Mike Liggins - BBC Look East presenter with Mark Overton - Chairman 2009-2010

Brian Gunn Led Zeppelin print
Charity cheque presentation

Brian Gunn former Norwich City Football Club goalkeeper before he plays table tennis.

Charities with their cheques

April 2010

Keith Simpson MP

Keith came and held a question and answer session. Members asked and he answered. Our other guest that day was Sophie Berry from Nelson's Journey pictured below with Mark Overton.

March 2010

From Afghanistan to Norwich Refectory

We were delighted to welcome Capt Gary Bartholomew of the Light Dragoons to a breakfast event. Gary was kind enough to run through an outline of frontline operations and a recent military objective in Helmand Province.


"A humbling thought for us all after

the bacon and eggs".

Brian Bush - Chairman 2010-2011


As well as the obvious overseas work, Gary and the guys at the Dragoons were to stage a mammoth Charity Boxing Event at the Royal Norfolk Showground in March 2011.

The event raised much needed cash for the rehabilitation of our injured troops and featured a Norfolk Select team who will face the UK Army.

September 2009

Jon Thaxton

Jon gave a talk about his boxing career and the highlights of some of his best fights. The Norwich fighter held European and British lightweight boxing titles during his 17 year career. He works the circuit talking to and inspiring younsters and uses the message "Don’t just dream it!"

Right: Some of our members with Jon Thaxton

The members of the group have created an incredibly positive thinking and very interconnected body.

It was a delight to have been involved. I wish the group the very best for the future and thank

them for the opportunity to attend. Paul Eteson, Headteacher, Harford Manor School

Les Miserables

February 2010

Les Miserables

The Theatre Royal put on the stunning performance of Les Miserables. We practically had 2 rows filled! 50 seats with members, wives husbands and partners. We enjoyed a sumptuous meal with a few drinks and then we took our seats to see the show. An 'after show' drink sealed a lovely evening!

September 2009

25am Roadshow

It looks like 25:am did it again!


We took our members on the road. The venue was Sprowston Manor, with the invitations out for people to meet us, have a bite to eat and a drink or two while chatting about their businesses!

February 2009

Meet the members Breakfast -The Return

After the success of November's 'Meet the Members' with our 37 guests, we decided to put a ceiling on the numbers this time. We were asking for a maximum of 10-15 for the meeting. We ended up with 19! Every member AND every guest was able to 'whet the appetite' of prospective new business contacts during the meeting.

...setting targets above the rest for both our businesses and our networking group.


With larger networking groups talking about us, they obviously realise how good we are!

November 2008

Meet the members Breakfast

The early start was well worth it – guests came along and see what good networking can do for their businesses. We heard members talk of the group and how business happened over breakfast. Watch this space for your chance for a free, no obligation meet the members breakfast. It was such a success we’ll be holding another!

Barney Phillips - Chairman 2007-2009

hands over the money!

September 2008

£8000 given away in one morning

Following the Charity Ball in Cathedral Close

We welcomed the four charities all to our breakfast meeting to see what we get up to. We had excellent feedback from them all in how we network, helping each other and their charities!