The Return of Networking

The Return of Networking

Hampshire Fare celebrated the return of its networking events by welcoming around 60 members, including corporate friends and partners, to its first business networking event following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

 This special networking event, the first for 17 months, was held on the evening of Monday, 26th July, in the idyllic riverside gardens of The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge. Guests were treated to delicious canapes by Wilds Catering, award-winning white wine supplied by Danebury Vineyard and excellent apple juices from Hill Farm Juice.

 Members from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight came together to take advantage of this relaxed and informal sociable opportunity to meet face to face, make connections and new collaborations.

Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, Hampshire Fare, thanked Lucy Townsend and the team at The Greyhound on the Test for hosting the event. She added: “It is so exciting to see so many of our members here and welcome you all to this wonderful location. Nothing beats being able to meet face to face, to make those valuable connections and form friendships within our supportive food and drink community.”

Mike Wright, Chairman, applauded the resilience and hard work of all the members over the past 17 months, following the introduction of the first lockdown. He also complemented the Hampshire Fare team on their hard work to support members over this difficult period. Members took advantage of the networking events with positive outcomes for many of them agreed on the evening.

Sarah Nelson, The River Test Distillery, commented: “It was really good to meet everyone again after so long. I always find that I come away from these meetings with something positive, whether it’s a new contact, an idea or a feeling of being energised. Thank you to all those involved in organising it.”

Barry Walker, Hampshire Salami Company (pictured above, centre) added: “What a joy to have the chance to meet the Hampshire Fare team again, and to meet new members, and old, and get back to the job in hand, doing business with other Hampshire artisan producers.”