Connecting Dockland Businesses
There are significant untapped opportunities for small and medium enterprises in providing products and services to the large local corporations and their employees. We have initiated networks that are bearing real fruit for our smaller member organisations in gaining access to decision makers in larger corporations. One successful meeting can be a ‘game changer’ for a small or new business. Companies sourcing products and services locally have a positive impact on the city environment and contribute to the green Docklands.
The Docklands Business Forum organises three annual networking events for Dockland companies to meet and get to know how they can assist each other. The most obvious way commercial organisations can aid each other is to provide direct or indirect custom. Acknowledging that this is not always possible, particularly in the current economic climate, we have found other ways to keep networking relevant and useful to our member organisations.
For example, when O2 Telefonica and 2ergo developed their Deals App, a Mobile Coupons application, they choose the Docklands to pilot the new technology because they knew the Forum could link them to the right type of companies they needed to participate in the test marketing. We introduced them to our network of retailers, hotels, cafes and by so doing provided great assistance in developing a new app that is now being rolled out across the country and beyond.
We also invite key note speakers to our events including broadcaster and entrepreneur Bobby Kerr, celebratory tailor and entrepreneur Louis Copeland, communications consultant Terri Prone, founder and MD of Realex Payments Colm Lyon, Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Phil Hogan and Chairman of NAMA Frank Daly. This provides members with a very useful opportunity to listen to and learn from real innovators in their fields.