Small Venue Big Family Makes For Great Business Networking
When I was asked for my thoughts about what’s it like as a local businessman visiting the county cricket ground at Hove a few things immediately came to mind. Firstly, the intimacy.
If you’ve ever visited a ground like Lords or the Oval, as great as they are you’ll know that the scale and organisation of the venue keeps various groups divided up. You’ve got the big corporates on one tier, members in another, fans in the stands and so on.
At Sussex you can be standing in the Boundary Club, their networking group, and be alongside a chairman of a multi-national corporation or a one man band from anywhere in the county. That’s great, that’s what makes it so welcoming and great for business networking.
You can pop in and out as your diary allows, catch some play at lunch time, go back to the office then, after work, see the remaining overs left that day and meet a few colleagues for a beer while you do it. I love it.
And the big family theme is made that much more real by the accessibility you get to the players. They live locally, they move around the ground, they pop over and say hello; what a difference to the world of professional football.
Whether you attend on an ad hoc basis or go along to a Boundary Club event, you are guaranteed a warm welcome from everyone from board directors to middle managers, from businesses employing several thousand people to your local restaurateur.
The Corporate Hospitality & Business Networking Opportunities at SCCC
It is great to be working by the seaside in such a vibrant and colourful city. And for businesses looking for somewhere to entertain and network, I’m pleased to report another excellent venue that ticks all the boxes.
If you haven’t been to Sussex County Cricket Ground recently you won’t recognise the place. The club has invested heavily in the facilities. There is a great new stand, new corporate hospitality suites, fabulous catering from 1839 and the team is flying high too.
We’re a bit spoilt at IEP. Our offices are just down the road and we find that mixing a working lunch with a bit of cricket is a great way to do business. While you do need watch out for the occasional low flying cricket ball, the service and food are well worth it!
We have long association with Sussex County Cricket Club due to the fact that many of us at IEP have always played cricket, we all love watching it and the networking opportunities at Hove are second to none. This year we also agreed a three year sponsorship deal with the club that we’re all really excited about.
Our links don’t stop there. Like Sussex we have made Rockinghorse our chosen charity for 2013. We had a terrific party in the club pavilion earlier this year to launch our new brand and used the opportunity to formalise our relationship with this much loved Sussex charity.
Finally, a word about the excellent new Chief Executive at Sussex, Zac Toumazi. Zac is right behind local businesses and doing everything he can to create a really welcoming environment that lets you talk business, at the same time as enjoying first class cricket and top quality hospitality.
Don’t take my word for it, pop along to the county ground soon and find out for yourself.