The afternoon of Wednesday 19 April saw the third 2017 gathering of PM+M’s two-wheeled professionals cycle-networking ride. The weather, yet again, was kind and the group met at The Green Jersey in Clitheroe to head out for 25 miles of pleasant riding and business-related conversations. Thanks to modern technology and GPS tracking the route can be viewed using the following link https://www.relive.cc/view/949367024 but took in Bashall Eaves, Cow Ark, Whitewell, Chipping and Chaigley.
The turnout, as ever, was excellent and we certainly weren’t short of representation from many different disciplines including lawyers, bankers, estate agents, marketing specialists andmore!
As ever the conversation flowed as well as the route and I am aware of at least a couple of follow-up meetings in the diary. Post-ride feedback was as positive as ever and the format universally praised. Collaborative communication within the group is so good that the route was planned to allow one of our riders to swing off home on our return to Clitheroe in time to successfully sell a car without missing the ride!
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Thursday 22 September saw the return of the Napthens Clay Shoot, raising money for Blackburn Youth Zone. The event was held at the impressive Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa where the fantastic weather highlighted the stunning North Yorkshire countryside.
Teams of four were welcomed at the Estate’s Shooting Lodge for coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, before being matched with a professional instructor and sent on their way to shoot 35 clay pigeons from a series of shooting posts. These were varied to provide a range of difficulty and to replicate the behaviour of pheasant, grouse or rabbit. Whilst it is fair to say that the real thing need not have been too concerned about their safety in our presence, this wasn’t the case for some of the four-man teams. PM+M was represented by Tim Mills and your truly, with my guests for the day being Jon Palich of Handelsbanken Burnley, Graham Campbell of Moose Media and Mike Duviau of Go-Velo.
Thanks to the expert tutelage of instructor Allan we were quickly showing signs of improvement. Two of our party had shot before but two (me included) were entirely new to the experience. Of the 35 clays that were presented to each shooter we managed 16,16, 14 and 9 ‘hits’. I’d like to think that there was an eco-conscious decision being made to allow the re-use of some clays or for their breeding population to be preserved.
Upon completion of the shoot, our band of four re-joined our fellow guests at the Hotel for a fine lunch and to share stories of the clay(s) that got away. I offer the option of singular or plural for the reason that Stephen Ford of RBS managed to shoot 34 of his possible 35 to take the Sharp-Shooter award. The other award available on the day was for Best in Show (Best Dressed) and I have to confess that the suggestion in advance of the day of Jamie Allison of Napthens being convinced he had this in the bag I had to explore the dark recesses of my wardrobe to offer him some competition. The fact that he was from the organising company and that I had strategically added a Blackburn Youth Zone coloured orange tie to my outfit meant that I snatched the prize from his eager hands.
The raffle and auction that followed helped to raise over £7,000 for BYZ with some especially generous prizes on offer and some equally generous bids from the room. Co-sponsors Bowker BMW, Together Money and Wardfield Sporting Goods please take a bow.
A great day was had by all, with guests entertained and professional connections built or maintained. I look forward to defending one title and aiming (pun intended) for a second next year. I think there could be some practice planned, after all PM+M honour is at stake!
Neil Welsh – PM+M Wealth Management
Tuesday, 5 July, saw the inaugural PM+M Business Professionals (on 2 wheels) bike ride round the Ribble Valley. Setting off from The Green Jersey in Clitheroe, six riders, representing law firms, accountants, wealth managers, banks, telecoms providers and more set out through Bashall Eaves, Cow Ark, Chipping, Longridge, Stonyhurst, Mitton and back to Clitheroe. The ride was then uploaded (obviously) and followed by a coffee and a recording of the final 5km of the day’s Tour de France stage. Responsible riding saw the riders two-abreast and changing ride-partners regularly in order that everyone had a chance to talk to each other. Subjects throughout the day included Brexit, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, the bike retail industry, currency volatility, investments and portfolio building, advances in telecommunications technology and cycling fashion (or lack of).
The ride was a resounding success and without doubt question professional connections were made or built upon. There is a clear appetite to repeat the exercise and to include those riders who sadly couldn’t make the debut ride, as well as further invitees.
The last word must go to one of our merry band, who uploaded the ride to Strava under the title ‘Networking, Not Not Working!
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