Malcolm said: “I work with the SLATE charity group in South Leeds which offers local community work opportunities to people with learning difficulties. The charity was really keen for support with their social media strategy, and after speaking at Leeds Trinity Business Network earlier this year, I met Charlotte Rainey at Next Stop Neon – an agency specialising in social media and marketing.
“Charlotte offered her services for free, and has spent an afternoon providing social media training and top tips on how to promote the charity through Twitter. I’ve really seen an increase in their online activity as a result and SLATE has really benefited from the friendly guidance and support.
“Being at the Leeds Trinity Business Network gives me the opportunity to talk to people about what I do and how our members work together to create a fairer society. This prompted Charlotte and others to offer their services, which is a huge benefit to charities and businesses across Leeds.”
Leeds Trinity Business Network is an informal and free network, based at Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth. The network offers businesses the opportunity to make connections, raise their profile and learn something new. Sessions include lunch, networking and a guest speaker on a theme relevant to boosting business.
This week, the group celebrates five years of successful networking, having hosted the first event on campus in June 2011. Over the years, nearly 1000 people have attended, 4500 business cards have been swapped and 3500 sandwiches have been consumed.
Jess Sewter, head of partnerships and placements at Leeds Trinity University, said: “As one of the UK’s top universities for employability, we understand the value of working in close partnership with employers – they play a huge part in everything Leeds Trinity does.
“Since the business network started in 2011, it’s grown enormously with more businesses than ever before engaged and actively contributing to the sessions. We’re really pleased and proud to celebrate five years, and are confident that the network will continue to flourish for another five years to come.”
Businesses from across Leeds are invited to attend the networking event which takes place at Leeds Trinity University every two months.