Successful business event to launch in Wakefield

By Wakefield Bondholders 12th August 2016

A unique peer-to-peer business mentoring group is launching a Wakefield group following a successful 20 months in operation in other Yorkshire and North East cities.

Food4Thought, founded by Gary King, one of Yorkshire’s leading growth and strategy experts, has launched two successful groups in Leeds, one in Sheffield, and most recently opened a fourth group in Newcastle on 4th July supporting over 40 entrepreneurs in total every month.

Having a number of clients in the Wakefield area, Gary has recognised the need to further support the cities ambitious leaders and plans to bring Food4Thought to Wakefield in the autumn this year.

Meeting monthly with a three course meal and wine, business owners come together to discuss challenging topics relevant to business growth including marketing, sales, finance and product innovation.

Food4Thought has supported more than 70 business leaders to grow since its formation and, with increased demand from across the region, Gary plans to extend the support to business owners in Hull and York also.

Nicola Pettit, founder of Night and Day PA has been attending the original Leeds Food4Thought group since its formation.

Nicola comments: “I currently travel from Hull to Leeds on a monthly basis to attend the groups and think they’re well-worth the commute. The event provides a relaxed atmosphere for business owners to share best practice and discuss challenges. The support and learning it has offered me has been invaluable to support our growth.

“Gary facilitates the meetings professionally, ensuring they keep to time, and, with a different topic to discuss each month, it inspires and evokes really good conversation. Whilst Gary allows the conversation to flow naturally, he keeps it focused and does his homework before attending to keep it specific to the challenges faced by the people around the table.”

Gary adds: “Business owners of growing firms often don’t know where to turn for support. Bringing a group of likeminded experts together in a relaxed setting to offer each other advice and support, has proved to be a useful platform to generate ideas, build confidence and aid business growth.

“I’m delighted with the feedback received following the first three groups and I look forward to rolling them out across other cities in the North.”

To discover how Food4Thought could benefit your business, see http://www.food4thought.club/