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Local Business Community turns out for Networking Breakfast

Posted on 26 January 2011

Now in its fourth year, the Belgrade’s Annual Networking Breakfast is a free event that gives members of the local business community the chance to network with businesses from across Coventry and Warwickshire and also learn more about developments at the Belgrade Theatre.

David Jane, Commercial Director at the Belgrade Theatre, explained: “The networking breakfast has grown from year to year and has proved to be a great way for local businesses to connect with each other. It is also a great chance for people to hear about the exciting work that the Belgrade is currently producing and to explore the different facilities available at the theatre”.

In addition to networking, attendees had the opportunity to listen to guest speakers including Geoff Brooke-Taylor from the Leamington branch of law firm Alsters Kelley and Chairman of the Belgrade’s Business Development Committee and Les Ratcliffe, Head of Community Relations at the event’s sponsor Jaguar Land Rover, who talked about Corporate Social Responsibility.

Les Ratcliffe said: “Jaguar Land Rover was really pleased to sponsor the Belgrade’s networking breakfast. Our support to the arts via the Arts & Business Awards is long standing and the ongoing work with the Belgrade supports our wider Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.”

There was also presentation of the Belgrade’s new Theatre Business Training Programme which offers businesses half and full day workshops on presentation skills, team building and communications skills.

The workshops use a range of drama techniques, exercises, creative activity and role play, to build skills in business presentation, creative thinking, problem-solving, assertiveness and giving and receiving feedback.

All areas of the theatre were open, including the Main Stage and the B2 auditorium, for attendees to have a look around the venue and Jaguar Land Rover brought along two of their classic models for attendees to have a look at.

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