On the 27th November 2019 we brought Hampshires tastiest networking event, Curry Business back to Waterlooville in aid of local charity The Breast Cancer Haven.
For those of you who don’t know what Curry Business is let’s start by explaining.
Founded in 2013 by our very own Mark Tillison, Curry Business is a dedicated business networking event with a slight difference. Curry Business is an event like no other. Coupling fundraising with networking, the goal is to bring businesses together in the most informal of ways possible – over a curry. With no obligations, speeches or dress code it’s just about getting together with some good food raising money for local charities.
With around 20 attendees, this event was a roaring success, with a mix of some old and new faces everyone was able to enjoy a delicious curry at the Shalimar, Waterlooville, while networking and raising money for a local charity.
This month’s chosen charity was The Breast Cancer Haven, founded in 1997, the charity supports women affected by breast cancer in the local area. Offering personalised support programmes made up of 12 free hours of one-to-one appointment time, two hours with a healthcare professional and up to ten hours of supportive therapy. Their assessments, counselling and therapies help patients deal with both the physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer.
In October the Tillison Team took part in the national “Wear It Pink Day” raising awareness and additional funds for the charity. The total raised through both Curry Business and Tillison’s Wear It Pink Day was over £130!
Curry Business is about supporting both local charities and business networking, bringing people in the community together.
Ellie from Breast Cancer Haven commented “The evening was a great opportunity to meet local business people and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Haven in an informal setting. The contacts that I met were really engaged and active in the local community and I feel like the networking session was very valuable for us. The money raised from this evening will cover the cost of two initial consultations with our healthcare professionals, who build personalised programmes to support our patients”
We also asked new attendee Claire from Kiwi Education what she through of her first Curry Business and here’s what she said “Tillison’s Curry Business is not your average networking event, it was a relaxed evening, with great company. It was more like sharing a meal with good friends rather than a hard sell networking event, I thoroughly enjoyed it”
Kate from Middleton Law Ltd commented “Curry Business Networking is a lovely relaxed way of meeting new business contacts. I’ve been going to these events on and off for a couple of years now, and the combination of a really good meal and raising money for local charities makes for a great networking experience”
Curry Business breaks for the festive season and will be returning in the new year. If you are interested in attending one of our future networking events then sign up to our newsletter here to be kept up to date with the upcoming dates and venues.
Alternatively, if you are a charity that could benefit from being the sponsor for one of our events then get in touch and a member of our team will arrange this for you!
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