With 90% of the Fortune 500 chief executives playing golf, it's safe to think there's a shred of truth in the old adage "business starts on the green". But with 481 of these high flyers being men, it could also be assumed that women miss out on some networking opportunities - especially those in a "boys club" environment.
That's why we decided to host our March event at Albatross & Arnold, at The Range, Spinningfields. The Range is a luxurious indoor virtual golf club, with 5 top-of-the-range golf simulators, a raised putting green, 2 bars, and a kitchen serving tapas.
We've got to be honest, we'd never heard of The Range, let alone Albatross & Arnold (their bar) before looking for venues to host our March event, and we're pretty gutted about that. The Range itself is stunning - luxurious decor, state-of-the-art technology, and exceptional food. Despite being a member's only club, the bar is open to the public (though reasonably quiet as no one seems to know of this absolute gem), which the girls were thrilled about. Isn't it nice to know about a great place that you can introduce all your friends to?!
The Theme for the evening was Networking, and was in partnership with Enterprise Nation and Facebook for their #SheMeansBusiness campaign – a series of nationwide events to inspire creativity, empower confidence and educate on how to best utilise Facebook and Instagram to grow your business. Jen is Manchester’s Accredited Adviser for the campaign, and this event was the first of the series.
The evening started off with a networking ice-breaker as everyone was given a list of 5 opening lines to start off their conversations with at least 5 people. Intentionally awkward and cringe-inducing, the topics were designed to put everyone in the same boat and give those who were not comfortable starting a conversation a head-start, as well as a few laughs to make everyone feel at ease.