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Manchester, April 2013


“….just wanted to say thank you for Monday’s meeting – I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was lovely to meet you and the other ladies. I found the session really informal and relaxed which was great and the session from Karin was really interesting. I can certainly see the benefits of the group and will be recommending it to the Tangerine PR team.”

“This is my 3rd meeting with Cherchez and every meeting has been informative, interesting and friendly - so much so that I’ve decided to join and I’m looking forward to our next meeting. Thanks Helen.”

“The group was friendly and welcoming, and Karin’s presentation was first-rate – interesting and entertaining with something that everyone could take away and use to improve their own and their family’s nutrition. I will certainly be putting future events in my diary!”

“Interesting talk from Karin – learnt some important things to improve my diet! Nice informal environment for networking and support.”

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Stockport, March 2013

“Great meeting and great to listen to Becs’ talk again to really absorb all the info”.

“Comfortable and relaxed network event. Made some useful contacts. Linked-In/social media workshop very interesting”.

“Easy to understand and gave me a lot of food for thought. Hope to implement and put into practice! Thanks!”

“Really useful and practical session from Becs. Really generous sharing of knowledge and experience and action points too. Fab session, thank you”.

“I thought Becs’ advice was great - really practical. I’m looking forward to accessing her online training. Nice set of ladies too - and pastries weren’t bad either!”

“Great meeting, great presentation, learned lot. Already made some changes to my LinkedIn profile! :o)”

Stockport, February 2013

“Really refreshing to meet like minded ladies who want to meet other contacts to share best practice. I really enjoyed today’s meeting and look forward to the next one.”

“Great meeting. Met some lovely people and connections.”

“Really enjoyed today, lovely ladies, great to connect. So approachable and easy to be with!”.

“My first networking event and it was great! Met great people and will hopefully keep in touch with them all. Learnt a lot of tips about networking too.”

“A very welcoming group. Enjoyed all the discussions and find out about other businesses.”

December 2012

“I met Cara Nuttall and Kirsten Grotte at Cherchez Stockport, where I had the guest speaker slot back in June. Their law firm – Slater Gordon - was about to launch its Children’s Team, so there was a good link between our two organisations. As such, Cara and Kirsten joined a fundraising committee I was setting up at the time and have been active ever since within the committee in planning for a charity fashion show, which will take place in March 2013. At the same time, Cara’s team has taken on After Adoption as their chosen charity, and therefore invited representatives from the charity to speak at the launch of their Children’s Team, which was a fantastic profiling opportunity for us – sharing the work of the organisation with an audience from the law world and related fields. We were delighted too when Cara and the firm agreed to transmit our Make Adoptions Last campaign, which was live in National Adoption Week in November, bringing us a host of new supporters and PR through digital media routes. And finally, as I write, the Children’s Team are donning Christmas jumpers in the office and having a raffle to raise money for After Adoption. The worst Christmas jumper wins!

At After Adoption we are immensely appreciative of the opportunities Slater Gordon has afforded our charity, not least because it raises the profile of adoption and ultimately increases the life chances of children currently in the care system. It is unlikely that we would have met Cara and Kirsten without Cherchez – not least at such a perfect time for both organisations - and will be raising a glass to the network this Christmas!”
Louise Magill, After Adoption

Stockport, 29 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…….”

Manchester, 9 & 16 March 2012

“Very welcoming and informative. Enjoyed meeting the group and the staff of Clinique who were particularly helpful and obliging”

“Great event. Lots of new ideas and products to experiment with. Again I met some lovely dynamic ladies. Thanks Helen”

“Really fun event. Made some interesting contacts. James was fab!”

“Great format. Nice and relaxed and informal with interactive activities”

“Lovely and informal with a nice mix of ladies”

“Good networking mix. Informal and plenty of time to chat”

“Lovely food. Good contacts. Fun afternoon!! Thank you”

“Really good event. Great fun and some useful tips!”

“A great informative day with Clinique - has educated me on what I should be buying, not what I think I should. Contacts for my new business superb.”

“It was a lovely treat for a Friday lunchtime – thank you so much for organising it! I was particularly pleased to have won the business card raffle – what a great prize! It was my first experience of Cher Chez and I will certainly be back!”

“Thanks for Friday, I really did have a lovely afternoon and met some great contacts!”

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South Cheshire - 3rd February 2012

“Friendly, supportive and interesting group of women.”

“Loved everything about the meeting - does what it says on the tin!”

“Excellent speaker.”

Stockport - 27 January 2012″

“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

Tameside - 13 October 2011

“Absolutely fantastic meeting, having met a diverse group of individuals. Thank you!”

“Met some fabulous ladies and really enjoyed myself. Dfinitely attend again.”

“Excellent location and the small group made it very initimate and gave us the chance to speak to each person.”

“Really interesting and relaxing 2 hours - thank you Amita for the lovely food”.

“Amita was a lovely host and made us very welcome. Very relaxed and interesting conversations around holistic therapies which is right up my street!. Lovely group of ladies - thank you!”

Manchester - 14 October 2011

“What a really nice group - not only did I meet a lovely group of ladies, I was given some great advice. Sue gave a great talk and her information, I’m sure I will use! Thank you.”

“Effective, informal networking with a lovely diverse, talented group of ladies. Looking forward to some good appointment as a result.”

Stockport - 21 October 2011

“Great talk from Helen!”

“Really enjoyed the meeting, Very friendly and relaxed. Lively people, thank you.”

“Another great event. Met lots of great people and had a very constructive and good fun afternoon!”

“Really enjoyed it, but couldn’t get to the tea and coffee.”

South Cheshire - 7 October 2011

“Thanks for organising such a great meeting today - I found it really great to meet such a diverse and enthusiastic group of ladies and have already arranged to meet and hopefully work with some of the ladies there. Helen’s talk was very interesting and it will be fun to sort out what character types I meet along my networking way!”

“I really enjoyed my time with the ladies at Cherchez today and hearing all the great stories. I look forward to meeting you all again soon. I have already made some great contacts through networking, with seeds planted for collaborations! I look forward to the next meeting.”

“I hope you’re all well. First of all a big thanks to Janice for the event yesterday & to Helen for a great talk. It was lovely to meet you all yesterday & Sue thanks for my Jamie at Home pressie - in case you’re all wondering what is was, it’s 6 fab Jamie Oliver Christmas crackers!”

“I just wanted to drop you a line, to thank you all for making me feel so welcome on Friday. Attending a new group is always a little daunting, but you all were all really welcoming and the sense of willingness to work together and collaborate was really refreshing.”

“Just to say that - yes, I would definitely echo Liz’s sentiments. I have never been to a networking event before and really had no idea what to expect but I was very impressed and I will definitely be coming along to as many as I can - in fact I’m already really looking forward to 4th November.”

“Wow, what a lot of positivity on such a rainy grey day!!”

Tameside - 16 September 2011

“Great meeting, thanks Jane. Will definitely be back!”

“Great bunch of ladies. We had a lovely chat and will hopefully meet up again soon.”

“Great meeting. Cosy, informal.”

“Really enjoyable meeting. Great presentation by Helen Jones.”

“Well organised, relaxed, friendly and really enjoyable.”

“Very friendly and inviting. Great talk on personalities, really useful. Lovely genuine ladies, very chatty. Brilliant!”

Stockport - 16 September 2011

“It was great to meet you and the other ladies. My experience was a pleasure and everyone made me feel very welcome. The food was great and plentiful and the talk was fascinating. An all round hit. Will definitely come again.”

“Many thanks for a really enjoyable and interesting meeting yesterday. The company was good and Mary was very enlightening!”

“As it was my first meeting I personally found everyone extremely welcoming and easy to talk with. The presentation given by Mary was concise and extremely informative – a great help. Personally I would have started her presentation a little sooner as the networking period and lunch period was quite long (I know I arrived early).”

Summer Spectacular Event - Manchester, 8th July 2011

“I’m really glad you’ve had good feedback from this event, it was a lovely atmosphere and I met some wonderful ladies a couple of which I am having meetings with over the next few weeks. I agree with your comments about the venue, it was just the right size, the breakout rooms were really nicely laid out and the food was fab!” Helen Jones, Sandler Training

“For Geraldine and myself (Forever Living Products) it was a very successful day. We met some very interesting and personable ladies and we know for sure that we will meet them again as 17 of them want us to drop off a box of samples, 7 have offered to host a house party and another 2 may want to come on board - brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I thought the speakers were excellent and I would have liked to have attended all three talks. I will definitely be attending some of the local lunches and I look forward to meeting you again.” Kind regards, Lynne Paigge

“Just a quick note to say how great it was to meet you all in Manchester last friday!. I was really nervous about it but you were all so friendly. I also want to thank those of you who have booked a Templespa evening with me and I can’t wait to come along and meet you and your friends and spend a great evening of pampering! I am a Yorkshire gal and am trying to move my business into the Manchester area and so really appreciate the support you gave me…….
I have also chatted to one or two of you and am really excited about the ideas we are coming up with to work together to promote each others business. Please do ring with any more ideas!!! Looking forward to seeing you again, Love Heather x”
Heather Pearson, Templespa

“…. I attended one of these sessions delivered by Cherchez Member, Helen Jones. Here’s the recommendation I wrote on Linked In:
“Having recently attended Helen’s Business Development Roundtable, I can recommend Helen’s sales training. I came away with sales strategies to put into practice, a deeper insight into buyers’ behaviours and, importantly, motivation to step up my sales effort! I recommend Sandler’s holistic approach to sales, combined with Helen’s professional, yet relaxed, delivery of the training.”
Janice Mills, Higher Ground Coaching

“Hello all, Although two weeks after the event, i would like to thank you all for the fruitful morning you have created for me personally as well as H & D Diamonds’ future. This was my first time in a networking event and i am thankful to all of you for making me feel so comfortable and at ease.”
Orit Adiri-Niemogha

“Had a great day and met some great people - thank you for inviting me along. Hope to get to the Warrington and South Cheshire groups soon xx” Becs McNeill, Linked-In Workshop Provider

“It was great to meet you last Friday at the Cherchez Networking Summer Spectacular. I hope, like me, you really enjoyed the day. Well done and thank you Helen for organising the day. As a follow-up I am writing to outline an offer to everyone who attended on the day ……..”
Julia Gardner, SanSins Wines

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Tameside - 16 June 2011

“Relaxed, better venue, food was fab, informative talk by Joel”

“The presentation was very informative and the group was small enough to be able to interact and ask questions. Very enjoyable!”

“Fantastic - my head hurts!”

“Nice venue, pleasant meeting, good food and great talk from As One”

“Really good meeting, great talk by Joel. Got some really handy tips”

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Stockport - 19 May 2011

“As a new visitor to the group I found it very welcoming and well organised. Sarah Batten presented extremely well and facilitated networking by opening with an introduction to each attendee. V. beneficial. Thank you.”

“Very informative, really interesting talk. Lovely food, met some great people. Thank you”

“Lovely friendly group. Very interesting talk. Really appreciate the invite. Thanks”

“A great turnout and great mix of people and professions. Shelley was great! Thanks”

“Thoroughly enjoyable. Loved the SAS pre-nuptual talk. Excellent :)”

“Nice venue. Very good food. Good range of potential new contacts”.

“It was a friendly networking environment and the presentation was just the right length”.

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Warrington - April 2011

“A very intimate but enjoyable networking session”

“Great venue! Great conversation!”

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Tameside - April 2011

“Very informative. Motivation to get out of a hole and get some business cards and get computer friendly. Life………. who knows!”

“Really relaxed and informal networking. Enjoyed it”

“Nice relaxed event - met some useful contacts”

“First networking event, I was very nervous about attending but have found it to be a really useful and enjoyable few hours”

“Interesting event - should have arrived earlier to hear the 60 second bites! Well done”

“Very informal relaxed atmosphere. Good networking opportunity”.

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Stockport - April 2011

“Very informative and a great perspective on customer approach and time management within business”

“Good location. Fab group of women as a few new members. Good marketing; good presentation and good connections”

“Good informal atmosphere to talk to other women in business. Important to do the 60 seconds……”

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Manchester - April 2011

“Really enjoyed the relaxed style and venue”

“Laid back, relaxed atmosphere - really enjoyed that. Enables inspriational women to share their experiences and knowledge”

“Great organisation and management of the event. Great venue. Catering very good. Powerful group of attendees”

“Great - as always a chance to meet and talk to other women in business. Thank you”

“Another brilliant meeting - lots of networking. People so friendly, interesting and interested. Yet another great “15 minutes” by Caroline - lots of food for thought. Long may Cherchez continue to grow :)

“I enjoyed meeting new people today and as always there was an atmosphere of warmth and positivity”

“Great venue……. Nice group size with opportunity to speak to everyone, hear advice, share experiences and start to build a useful network. Caroline gave a good talk that has given me things to think about linked to goal setting”

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Manchester - March 2011

“A really useful session from a networking point of view and also good to hear more about Linked In”

“Very Good! Met old colleagues and made new contacts”

“Another amazing meeting - great people :). Excellent talk by Shona - I’m all fired up and ready to go on Lined In. Can’t wait for the next meeting. Thank you”

“Another great event. Useful presentation on Linked In. Good venue. Supportive group of dynamic women”

“Excellent meeting - I’ll be attending many more hopefully!”

“Great presentation by Shona. Great networking!”

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Warrington - February 2011

“Warm, friendly and informal group”

“Fantastic event, thank you. Loved the talk. Great bunch of ladies”

“Enjoyed it better today and you definately get out what you put in!”

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Manchester - February 2011

“Venue & food excellent and thoroughly enjoyable & useful event as always”

“Always a joy to meet like minded women. For those women perhaps feeling a little daunted about networking; just go to a Cherchez meeting and experience a relaxed and friendly group of people”

“Enjoyed relaxed networking atmosphere and meeting new people”

“Great venue and good to meet familiar and new people in business, share ideas and experience”

“A very good venue. Good contacts and nice people. Would certainly come again and look into becoming a member. thank you for having the opportunity”

“A wonderful friendly group of people - interesting to listen to and interested in my business. Super buffet. Very relaxed, contacts made. Looking forward to the next meeting. Thanks for everything”

“Very relaxing environment, great for networking”

“Great venue, ideal for rail station. Excellent food. Good networking - love the format - well organised”

“Lovely informal event - mets lots of fantastic like-minded people”

“Very friendly, informal. Useful contacts made. Will come again!”

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Stockport - January 2011

“Thanks again very much for organising the meeting! it was great!”

“Great 2 hours. Am really glad I came and made some useful contacts. Thank you!”

“Great fun and lots of very interesting new ideas and contacts!”

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Manchester Meeting, December 2010

My first event. Enjoyable. Got the opportunity to demo my wares. Be interesting to see how it goes! Joining Today.”

“Another great event. Made some good contacts and a lovely venue.”

“Fabulous venue - really chilled out, informal networking.”

“Excellent - recommended by colleague and great opportunity to meet new contacts.”

“Really enjoyed as usual, nice meeting and talking to new people.”

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Manchester Meeting, November 2010

“Enjoyable, great value for money. (I got a free place this week but this comment is based on usual cost!). Entertaining presentation!” - Karen Pheasant

“Excellent venue and guest speaker. Already booked for next time at MCFC and please can we host as early as poss in 2011 at Manchester Conference Centre?” - Judith Rafferty

“Really entertaining and informative talk by Amanda. Fantastic venue. I really like the informal aspect of Cherchez events” - Lisa Gower

“It was again a positive experience and good to see a solid group being formed”

“Relaxed atmosphere, interesting group of ladies. Will be re-visiting. Thanks” - Tracey Richley

“Really enjoyable, food was lovely and presentation very informative”

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Following our lunch at Hallidays on 27th May 2010………….

“Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome at the networking lunch at Hallidays yesterday. It was a very relaxed and comfortable lunch (unlike some I have attended!) and it was a real pleasure to meet you all. Looking forward to meeting up with you again at future events.”
Dot Birchfield, PROMOTIONS/EVENTS MANAGER, WILLOW WOOD HOSPICE

“Was nice to meet you all on Thursday in such a pleasant environment. This was my first women’s network meeting and I really enjoyed it…….. Hope to see you at the next meeting!!”
Christine Fowler, Tutor Doctor

An ongoing business relationship

“I met one of my most valued customers through a Cherchez networking event. Cathie Stone of The Brookdale Clinic in Knutsford needed to revamp some of her existing promotional material and I was glad to take on this challenge. Since then we have worked together on many occasions and I have assisted with the design and production of flyers, leaflets, gift vouchers, magazine ads and even t-shirts. Thanks to Cherchez we have formed a rewarding and ongoing business relationship.”
Sarah Batten of Shout Out Graphics

Following the lunch on 29/05/09

“Just to let you know that thanks to taking the speakers spot at Cherchez, I got several excellent candidates to be SMC’s. Many thanks for giving me the chance to display my wares!!
Cheers,”
Nancy Jaeger, The Introduction Agency

“I attended the networking event on Friday 29th May at The Old Rectory in Stockport and I must admit I was nervous as I had never been to anything like this before. When I arrived I was immediately put at ease and was greeted with smiles and a positive ‘vibe’. Most of the other girls were ‘Network Virgins’ and we had a great time!! I met some lovely people and hopefully have promoted my new business venture – a really good experience. Thank you Helen.”
Victoria Neate, Aspiring Virtual PA

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A comment posted to the website……….

Hi Helen,
“Although I’ve not yet got to any of the events, I just wanted to say I’m impressed by the website and the friendly tone of everything. I’m only just back from holiday for the next event, but hopefully will be able to come along soon. Wishing you every success!!”
Josephine Cropper, Healthy Horizons

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Following the original launch of Cherchez in 2008………

Jackey Palmer, Okikoki Design, was the lady I met at my first Cherchez Meeting and we have worked
together on several events that she has held as she is also an Image Consultant for Colour Me Beautiful.

Jackey has booked me on a number of occasions, once when she gave a talk to the WI in Hale and the surrounding areas - about 100 or more ladies turned up. Jackey showed them how to put their colours and styles together, I sold fashion accessories at the end of the night. They loved it all!

She has also booked me to attend her personal Seasonal Updates and introduced me again in the same format as above. We have kept in touch since that first meeting and got on really well. We have exchanged information and ideas.

All thanks to Cherchez!
Elaine Kelly, Dans Le Vent