Join us for relaxed, friendly, informal and effective Business Networking over a cup of coffee/tea and scones at Create café in Wakefield.
Join us for the first PBLINK networking event in 2018 in the north of England hosted by the Wakefield Council. This is a great chance to talk about your business plans for New Year and meet other like-minded professionals and the Wakefield Council team that help businesses thrive in the community.
We aim to help you meet new connections, build new relationships, possibly new customers, peer support, potential suppliers, collaborations and partnerships. We will also have two guest speakers – for more details please see below enclosed agenda.
16.00 Welcome from Ewa Jasinska-Davidson, PBLINK representative for the North of England
16.05 The business support available through WMDC and the City Region (The LEP), Pat CoffeyBusiness Development Manager, Wakefield Council
16.30 Top tips to maximise your online visibility through the social media, Jowita Penkala, Managing Director, Uniqua Brand
17.00 Informal networking over a cup of coffee and scones
The venue is situated opposite the Wakefield Westgate train station and there is also a multi-storey car parking available. Book your place now and give yourself the opportunity to expand your business network in a relaxed, professional setting.
Free for members – just log in via membership panel. Small fee for non-members (first 10 tickets free to non-members). Tea/coffee and scones included in the price.
Pat Coffey, Business Development Manager, Wakefield Council
Pat joined the team in 2013 after 40 years in the commercial world managing and running department stores, shopping centres as well as working in the former Soviet Union opening and managing the first hard currency store in Moscow with a Soviet /Irish joint venture. Pat has run his own retail business and consultancy and joined Business Link in 2007 as a specialist start up advisor.
Pat’s passion is for businesses to seek help and grow. With the help of the City Region the Wakefield business portfolio have increased 3 times as fast as the rest of the region and the district release £1.9m of grant support last year alone.
Pat sits on the City Region grant panel and is responsible for the business support team to deliver high quality account management advice to growth businesses and inward investors.
Jowita Pekala, Uniqua Brand
Jowita’s background is in strategic marketing. She is well known social media expert. She’s delivered brand communication strategies for more than 10 years, both in the USA and the UK. She has a Masters Degree in Marketing and Management from Janski University in Warsaw, Poland.
Jowita has worked with numerous companies in the USA, UK, Poland and Germany across a variety of sectors, from leisure and hospitality, legal, professional and financial, right through to manufacturing, engineering and retail. She is a great social media advocate and social media expert. Her clients have been reporting ongoing social media results.
Through her company Uniqua Brand, she has developed a unique integration programme for social media, tried and rigorously tested over the past four years. Using this process, she helps businesses maximise their return on investment (ROI) from Social Media, with proven results.