Bingo – what a great place to network

This morning I attended the Sutton United FC Business Club monthly networking event – I was a guest of the organiser Jeremy Ramsden.

It was unusual, since it was held within Riva Sutton, Bingo Hall, and yes we all had a game too. Didn’t win, so no chance to shout: house.

There was informal networking over breakfast, some short presentations by members, more networking and then on our way.

Hosts at Riva were Nuala and Tony Lynch, and this is one of three locations they run around the United Kingdom.

All very modern with electronic cards now, nicely upholstered seats and plush carpet throughout. A hugely comfortable environment from what I can remember some thirty years ago.

I expect to meet them again and discuss some corporate ideas too.

[Combyne Group Update no. 24] That was the week that was – back to normal now

Good morning from a very cold and foggy Sutton.

What a week weather wise ……. Sutton got it right some days, and on others it didn’t, but looking at the depth of snow and how quickly it fell, quite understandable – the new grit and salt boxes did work a treat, and places where previously I had slipped over, just did not happen this time. It was also good to see the gritters out on Wednesday and Thursday doing the main roads and some of the busier side roads. London Tonight visited the area on Wednesday and reported as well – hope you got spotted on TV!

I have written a short article about the impact of snow here: and would love to hear your stories and how it affected your business? Please email to the address above, and I shall add the best of them to my blog with your links attached, to provide some complimentary publicity – my blog goes to over 5,000 businesses.

Personally, I love the snow, I am a Capricorn – a goat to the uninitiated, since my birthday falls in 24 days time, however, for some this weather is a nightmare often due family commitments, or being in a business that needs to physically deliver a product, and I respect that. I was therefore somwhat amused by Jonathan Hunt MP, minister for culture on TV this morning, explaining how really fast broadband would have been a saviour in such foul weather. Sorry, how does really fast broadband deliver fuel and supplies to a community cut off by snow drifts and sheet ice? He also claimed 600,000 new jobs would be created. I ask how many will be lost due to faster broadband? You can read more here:

But enough of the negatives, let’s look for some positives instead …………..

Tomorrow sees the ever growing Business over Breakfast at our new venue:

The Greyhound Hotel, 2 High Street, Carshalton, SM5 3PE

6:45am for a 7am start and a £10 meeting fee. The breakfast is rather good too.

Ian Morgan tells me we have a new member, since our last meeting before the snow, which is great news, so the group grows ever larger. Why not come along tomorrow and learn about the power of face to face networking – please drop an email to to confirm your place? And if you have some questions, please give me a call on one of the numbers below today.

Have a great week. Be safe, be warm, and please check on some of your elderly neighbours to make sure they are okay too?

Best regards

Laurence Lowne
Combyne Group
0844 826 1730
0795 789 0 757

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