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New Southport and Formby business networking group to support Queenscourt Hospice

Leading networking group Real5 has announced it is launching a new group in Sefton this Spring.

Real5 Networking Southport & Formby will be officially launched on Wednesday 24 April 2024 with an event at The Grand in Southport from 6.30pm.

New Southport and Formby business networking group to support Queenscourt Hospice

Following the launch, monthly meetings will be held in Southport alongside regular Zoom meetings.

The new group is being spearheaded by Victoria Jones, an employee health and wellbeing specialist based in Southport.

Victoria launched her own business Pegasus Health four years ago – just six months before the global Covid pandemic struck. Not having the option to network face-to-face, she joined Real5 Knutsford in Cheshire which proved to be a master stoke as she began expanding her network online and generating new business.

New Southport and Formby business networking group to support Queenscourt Hospice
Victoria Jones

The Real5 group continues to play an instrumental part in how Victoria develops, grows, and wins business.

Now Victoria is keen to share her positive experience of Real5 with other local businesses as group director of Southport and Formby.

The group is aimed at business owners, entrepreneurs, contractors, business development managers, and sole traders. The Real5 Network operates a single sector policy to enable members to maximise opportunities in their industry.

The Real5 Networking Southport & Formby launch on 24 April will take place in the Grace Suite at The Grand in Southport, starting at 6.30pm.

Guests will be welcomed by group leader Victoria, who will be joined by founder members of the new group and visitors from other Real5 groups from across Liverpool City Region.

Members of the Southport and Formby business community are invited. The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided.

Guests must register for the event here.

Following the launch event in April, meetings will take place on the third Friday of the month between 12pm and 2pm. The first members’ meeting is on 17 May at Lord Street Hotel in Southport.

The monthly meetings will be supplemented by an online Zoom meeting – giving members the opportunity to continue supporting each other while maximising their time.

Lord Street Hotel is part of the Mikhail Hotel & Leisure Group which also operates The Bold, The Grand, Mavericks, and Punch Tarmey’s in Southport. It also has five venues in Liverpool – ArCains, Cain’s Brewery, Doctor Duncan’s, Punch Tarmey’s, and The Brewery Tap.

As well as working with local hospitality host venues, each Real5 group has a nominated charity. The new Southport and Formby group will support the work of Queenscourt Hospice.

Queenscourt Hospice has been providing compassionate and exceptional care for the people of West Lancashire, Southport, and Formby for over 30 years. They care for patients with life-limiting illnesses, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life at each new stage.

Real5 Networking was first launched in Warrington five years ago by founder Andrew Hibbert. There are now 17 groups across the country.

Since Real5 Networking was established in 2019, members have made 1,000 referrals; completed more than 3,500 one-to-one meetings; and generated a staggering £31million in referred business.

Victoria Jones is Director of Pegasus Health. She is on a mission to make health businesses an industry standard. Her company works with conscious companies to create wellbeing focused employee health benefits packages. A thorough search of the market is undertaken to identify and deliver cover that meets the needs of the business – while ensuring employees have health cover that works for them.

Victoria explained:

“I launched my own business Pegasus Health just six months before Covid. Getting out there to talk to clients and in-person networking was brought to a swift standstill as we went into lockdown – but I was introduced to the Real5 Network. And I can genuinely say that I haven’t look back at all, not even a glance.

“I joined in the regular Zoom meetings, arranged one-to-ones with new contacts, and really threw myself into growing my network and connections. Real5 has elevated my business to a whole new level, with 80% of new business coming through recommendations and the connections I have made. It has definitely worked for me.

“Southport and Formby are thriving, exciting places to do business. I invite business owners to come along to the launch to find out more. Monthly meetings are engaging, informative, welcoming – and fun! No awkward stand-up pitches or strict targets. Business can be difficult and lonely for sole traders, let’s share the load and support one another on our chosen paths.”

Andy Martin is Real5 Liverpool Area Regional Director which includes Liverpool, Liverpool South, and the new Southport and Formby group.

Andy added:

“I joined as a member of the Warrington group for my own courier business and now I am area director for three Real5 areas across Liverpool City Region. The network really has made a difference to my own business and expanded my network considerably. I made the decision to become involved in an official capacity, it was a natural progression for me.

“I am excited to see Real5 head into Sefton under Victoria’s guidance. She has an infectious energy and warmth, and if anyone can make it a success then it’s most definitely her. She has already made her mark on the networking scene and boasts an extensive wealth of connections. She is on a mission to revolutionise workplace wellbeing one business at a time – and that passion extends to networking.”

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