Meeting at: The Refectory, Norwich Cathedral on Wednesdays at 7.25am
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!??
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 www.houserevolution.com 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 www.indigoswan.co.uk.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 former Norwich City Football Club goalkeeper before he plays table tennis.
Charities with their cheques
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.
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.
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...do 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
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!
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!
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!
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!
£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!