Returning after the success of last year, REC’s Winchester office hosted a networking and curry night last week for its clients and the wider property and construction community in the South. REC’s Marketing Executive, Emma Prendergast, who helped organise the event, tells us more…
“Held in the prestigious Coriander Lounge on Southampton High Street, we were eager to repeat and better the success of last year’s event. This year, therefore, we extended the invite to the regional property and construction industry and were therefore delighted to welcome guests from the local RTPI, Women in Property, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Women in Construction.
Having attended a lot of networking events over the last few years, (some great, some not so great), I often find that more informal events create the best atmosphere for networking. Deciding to opt for a more laid back approach, we loosely based the night around networking, drinks and good food, which enabled both REC staff and ours guests to mingle more effectively. Networking events such as these are also perfect opportunities to raise money for charity, which we did in support of children’s cancer charity, Clic Sargent – a charity that we’ve supported over the last few years.
Along with the Coriander Lounge’s unrivalled dishes (try the Butter Chicken, you will not be disappointed), we were pleased to welcome such an eclectic mix of guests, ranging from a whole host of disciplines; including planning, engineering, property development and housing associations. With a full house on the night and raising just over £160 for Clic Sargent, we could not have wished for a better outcome.
Congratulations again to our winners, (attendees from Arch Associates, AKS Ward and Blake Morgan) and thanks to those of our guests who took part in the raffle, as well as the Coriander Lounge staff , who generously donated our top prize of an exclusive meal for two. The money raised on the night is equivalent to 7 hours of a social worker’s time, which goes towards meeting young people and children with cancer soon after their diagnosis and helping them to understand and cope with the emotional, practical and financial effects of cancer, through treatment and beyond.
It’s a pleasure to be able to host such events and meet members of the local industry in such a relaxed environment. Having only began our networking events last year, REC is delighted with the response it’s had so far – and we look forward to building on what we have learnt so far for future events”.
Below is some of the feedback we’ve had from our curry night. If you’d like to get involved in any of our future events, please get in touch by contacting Emma Prendergast at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It was a great curry and the reputation of the establishment was well deserved. I really enjoyed meeting new people and those I have met before, so for me it was a really well run, enjoyable evening. Thank you very much, again, and I look forward to the next networking opportunity“.
“No, thank YOU – good food, great company and excellent hospitality all round! Thanks to REC for a great evening; excellent food, convivial company and a great chance to network whist raising money for charity”
“Thank you for last night. The event was great and it was lovely meeting more of the REC team”.