Mothers’ net gains in talking the walk

Net-walkers setting off from Endcliffe Park, with Faye Smith third right.
Net-walkers setting off from Endcliffe Park, with Faye Smith third right.
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Entrepreneur Faye Smith has come up with a novel – and healthy – alternative to crowding into an airless room for some serious networking.

The Sheffield-based marketing and PR consultant and trainer is the brains behind a ‘NetWalking’ group, which networks during a stroll along wooded paths just three miles from Sheffield city centre.

“One of my clients asked to join me on my early morning walks as it was a great way to clear our heads, get fresh ideas while getting fresh air and exercise in a more informal, creative environment,” says Faye, who runs the Keep Your Fork marketing consultancy.

“It was so successful, we decided to invite our business contacts, employed, redundant job seekers or self-employed business people like us to join in.

“Now we have about a dozen regulars and more booking on each month as word spreads.”

Lucy Lippolis of Sparkles Parties and Events, who gave Faye the inspiration for net-walking, said: “People have come and made good contacts in a friendly, welcoming environment, they get great business advice and the feel-good factor of being out in the fresh air.

“It’s completely free and everyone loves it.”

Walks are held on the third Friday of every month. For more details, visit: www.keepyourfork.co.uk