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Our monthly lunchtime events for Stockport take place at The De Vere Venues, Cheadle Royal Business Park.

This place really is a hidden gem!! Situated at the end of the Cheadle Royal Business Park, and with ample free parking, it’s the perfect venue for our Stockport meetings being just 10 minutes drive from the town centre.

Tea and coffee are included in the meeting cost and a variety of snacks can be purchased from the menu including soups at £3.95, simple seasonal leaves with a variety of extras from £3.50, a range of sandwiches from £4.95 or hot deli snacks from £6.50. A much wider range of food is also available.

By partnering with one venue, it’s simply a case of confirming the dates for the coming months, and then all you have to do is turn up! You will know exactly where you’re coming to, at what time and on what date every month. So much easier for you.

All the details you need are right here. Just use the buttons below to book your places and we look forward to seeing you very soon!


TIME: 12 noon till 2.00pm
VENUE: De Vere Venues, Cheadle House, Cheadle Royal Business Park, SK8 3FS
PHONE: 0161 492 1000
COST: £10 Members; £12.50 Non-Members - including tea, coffee & warm mince pie and cream



21st December 2012

“Fantastic, really enjoyed the talk by Mary. Very useful!”

Another successful meeting with the added bonus of a fantastic presentation from Mary Murtagh again. We had even more new faces attending this month so it all made for a very interesting gathering indeed. Most, if not all, attendees were able to identify something about their own business which was news-worthy and which hadn’t occurred to them previously! I know the ladies walked away with new inspiration in their clutches.

Cherchez Member, Alison O’Connell from The Naked Cupcake Company, was first out of the hat in the business card draw and so she walked away with a bottle of fizz in her clutches too! And a free place for next month’s meeting went to Danielle Mercer from Nomad Wines.


23rd November 2012

We enjoyed another great meeting at Stockport, even though numbers were down on last month. It certainly didn’t dampen spirits and I’m delighted to say that we had yet another couple of “newbies” there too.

After everyone had their 60 second introduction, chit-chat flowed freely amongst the ladies and those who wanted a quick snack were able to fit it in before we all took our places to focus on Heather’s presentation - “The Confident You” which was a fun, interesting and interactive session which resulted in some great feedback.

“Smaller group than last time but that made it more relaxed and I got longer to speak to folks. AMAZING talk from Heather.”

“Very friendly group and the presentation was excellent! Heading back to the office full of confidence and motivation.”

“Another enjoyable session, lots of great people to meet and a really useful presentation from Heather. Thanks.”

“I was made to feel very welcome and the speaker, Heather Gibbon, was very inspirational. I’m looking forward to getting to know the rest of the Cherchez regulars.”

A really great session concluded with the business card draw which, this month, saw Ruth Gaskins from McKellens Accountants skip away with the bottle of fizz, and Gillian Kitchen from The Change Agency grab a free place for next month. Congrats to both of you.


26th October 2012

WOW!! The feedback speaks for itself……..

“Brilliant session! Plenty of free-style networking time and an excellent talk”

“Great session, loved the informal networking, the 60 seconds and the presentation was really great - if a little short! Thanks very much and see you again soon”

“Excellent, thank you. Would like to come along again. Thanks”

“Excellent presentation. Another great opportunity to network”

“First visit - really welcoming and friendly”

“Very useful event. Liked the friendly and informal approach and a good balance of professional input. Loved Anna’s presentation. Thank you.”

“Good atmosphere. Good speaker. Perhaps shorten pre-speaker networking time so there is more time to network after speaker as well”

The De Vere at Cheadle Royal is proving to be a brilliant venue and the staff are extremely polite and helpful. Anna Bennett from Hallidays Accountants gave a smashing presentation, but we sadly came to the end of the session too quickly!! There was a lot of pad and pencil action anyway and we will hopefully entice Anna back in the Spring to share more of her wisdom with us. This month’s business card draw saw a very happy Gillian Kitchen from The Change Agency skip out with the bottle of fizz, and new-comer Charlotte Shaughnessy from MLP Solicitors got herself a free place for November’s event on 23rd. Thanks to all who came along and made this such a successful event.


28 September 2012

“Excellently organised! Plenty of time to network and useful information from the guest speaker. Thank you!”

“it was my first visit to this group and I found the group really welcoming. This is a really great opportunity to meet people from other businesses. Thank you for the opportunity….”

“Found the HMRC rep very helpful and gave me some great advice”

“HMRC input was very informative”

“Really interesting session…….”

Yes, it really was a fantastic meeting and the momentum is building again to make the Stockport events even better as we move into the Autumn/Winter programmes with some great guest speakers lined up.

This month we were joined by Declan Slattery from HMRC Business Education Team - yes, a real live gentleman!! Cherchez enjoys a good partnership with HMRC and Declan is the guy responsible for keeping us up to date with current news via the monthly Key Messages which we circulate on their behalf. Our ladies had plenty of time to quiz Declan and they were very impressed with his knowledge on a variety of subjects. He kindly complimented Cherchez on their dedicated page to HMRC Issues and reminded delegates of the vast amount of FREE Information that is available via the links on that page.

Unfortunately Amanda was delayed at a previous engagement and unable to make it to Stockport in time for her presentation. But don’t worry, we will be re-booking her in the New Year!

Fortunately, Declan was able to to step into the guest presenters spot to bring us up to date on the developments in Real Time Information. We’ll be getting more details on this important development in the New Year.

In the business card draw, new-comer Jenny Collins won a free place at next month’s event and lucky Sam Clifford waled away with the bottle of fizz. Well done both of you!


13th July 2012

The first of our regular meetings at Cheadle was a real success, thanks to the attention of the De Vere staff and also in a very large part to Louise Magill who gave us a thought-provoking insight into the work of “After Adoption”. Louise stopped us all dead in our tracks as we began to understand the complexities associated with the adoption process. There is just so much going on behind the public perception of adoption that we don’t realise. Louise is striving to heighten public awareness and is encouraging local businesses to get involved with the charity which will prove beneficial for all concerned. A truly inspiring session!

You can catch Louise’s presentation again at our Manchester meeting in September - do try and get there if you can.

A fitting end to the day saw Louise go away with a free place for herself and a colleague at a future event and also Cherchez regular Sue Southern had a grand start to her weekend winning the bottle of fizz (again!!). Cheers Sue…………


22nd June 2012

We were invited back to SAS Daniels again this month where another few new faces joined us for the first time. Numbers were a little disappointing, though the comments below speak for themselves….

“Very enjoyable and informative.”

“My first event and I really enjoyed it. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and met some genuinely friendly ladies.”

“A Great way to meet people and develop business relationships.”

“Thanks! Enjoyed it. Look forward to the group growing.”

Angela Brown from SAS Daniels gave us a really interesting presentation on residential property conveyancing. She highlighted the do’s and dont’s when buying or selling a property and gave us some really useful hints and tips to help us through the minefield when we next decide to make a move, using real stories from her own experiences. It certainly provoked some interesting questions afterwards.

In the business card draw, Angela walked away with the bottle of fizz for the weekend which was very appropriate, and first-timer Denise Jones from Hallidays won a free place for next month’s meeting at our brand new partner venue, the De Vere Cheadle Royal.

Why not join us there on 13th July?


25th May 2012

With our first visit to the De Vere Venues Cheadle Royal came the sunshine and a definite yearning from all the ladies to dine al-fresco. After a brief introduction from all the ladies present, we tucked into a delicious assortment of sandwiches, some tasty chicken kebabs, chunky chips and some yummy cakes too. Jugs of iced water and cordial were very popular and regularly replenished too, thanks to the delightful staff at the hotel.

After a range of lively discussions, the business card draw resulting in the following winners: Rebecca Stevens recieves a free place at next month’s event; our regular attendee Sue Southern received a really good bottle of bubbles for the weekend and relative newbie Marketa Krzokova was the lucky winner of a voucher from the hotel for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for Two.

The venue was great, and the staff were polite and helpful, and I’m really looking forward to our new partnership with the hotel.

In the meantime, here’s what some of the ladies had to say about the meeting………..

“Lovely venue, great food and fab company”

“Fun - nice and relaxed. I was a bit surprised there was no presentation but in a way it made it easier to chat and get to know people”

“Fab venue, great food and fantastic company”

“Lovely company, location, food, weather and conversation”

“Lovely event. I’m sure it will reap rewards even more than it has already!”

20th April 2012

April’s meeting was held at Edgeley Park and was well attended with a diverse mix of businesses being represented. The guest speaker was Jane Vigon of Renaissance Training who is a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner; she demonstrated a technique for dealing with phobias which included getting all of the ladies to sing along to the ‘Shaun the Sheep’ theme song! Jane left us all feeling very relaxed and contented after her session.


23 March 2012

The March meeting was kindly hosted by Babs Golden of HSBC in Stockport town centre. We had a fantastic, informal but highly informative talk about all aspects of banking including mortgages, SIPPs, loan applications, business banking, credit ratings and security. Babs demonstrated her expert knowledge and made several very generous offers of help to the ladies in the room.

The free place at the next meeting was won by Rebecca Stevens of Work Brighter, and the bottle of fizz went to Audra McKeller of APS Legal & Associates.

As has become customary, the feedback was as positive as ever……..

“Another fabulous meeting and thanks to Babs for all the advice!”

“Fantastic venue, lovely lunch and a very friendly meeting”

“Thank you for making me feel so welcome!”


24 February 2012

“Absolutely great, open atmosphere, wonderful food, very informative presentation.”

“Very informative and an enjoyable event, thanks!” – Dianna Denniston, Beever and Struthers

February’s meeting was hosted by Cherchez regular Carly Borne from Gorvins Solicitors in Stockport. There was a great turn-out with nearly twenty ladies in attendance who all enjoyed the fantastic buffet lunch from Sillis and an informative and interactive presentation from Carly and Danielle about contracts. All the ladies enjoyed the quiz about old laws that are still in place, and it definitely wasn’t a fix when Helen Jones won the bottle of wine for the highest quiz score!

Carly presented eloquently about a difficult and emotive topic, in a language that we all understood, and demonstrated her knowledge and expertise in this area.

The bottle of fizz was won by Carla Baumgardt and the free place at the March event was won by Catherine Allen from SAS Daniels.

“Excellent location, food and presentation. A lovely lively group of ladies.” – Sue Southern, Ithaca Photography

“Fun presentation & quiz, good food.”

“Very enjoyable for my first Cherchez event.”


27 January 2012

It was a pleasure to be back at Hallidays again for the first meeting of 2012, where Anna and the team made the Cherchez feel very welcome, as always. The delegates, both old and new faces, enjoyed a delicious light lunch with plenty of networking time and lots of new contacts were made. Anna’s presentation went down a storm and I think the feedback speaks for itself!

“Excellent! I’ve got some much needed new ideas” – Jane Vigon

“Very well presented event”

“Very useful”

“Very good presentation some useful tips” – Kate Millett

“Great venue, welcoming, relevant business presentation” – Louise Barson

“Excellent presentation by Anna & very friendly group”

“Vey informative & inspiring session. Great to meet new people.” – Dee Jones

“Very useful to build network & confidence and to help focus” – Alison O’Connell

“Great presentation, useful hints & tips”

“Really enjoyed the meeting today. Everyone was friendly and the presentation was very interesting. representatives from Hallidays were very professional.” – Simone Berisford-Ince

“Excellent, great mix of businesses” – Sharon Lomas

Come and join us in February to experience our next Cherchez event!