One of Manchester’s familiar faces is Sam Jones, Managing Director of the award-winning creative social content agency, Tunafish Media. Sam joined us on the first Freshwalks back in August 2014 and still finds time to walk with us every few months. Sam is also co-founder of an amazing project called Not Just Soup, a soup kitchen that helps feed homeless people through the support of local restaurants. Find out more on his LinkedIn profile.
I went on the first Freshwalks not really knowing what to expect and had a great time. Being out in the hills gives you the time to get to know someone and their work properly and I met a lot of interesting people. I signed up for the second one as soon as I got home.
About 6 or 7.
A lot of networking events are a bit samey, whereas this is completely different. The views are amazing, the routes are brilliant and there’s always a great crowd.
We went to a waterfall on one of the early ones and that was immense.
Michael Di Paola standing over a ‘puddle’ only for it to turn out to be chest deep.
We’ve picked up a couple of pieces of work from people we met on these walks. I also met one of my business mentors there and have also been able to pass some work to other people as a supplier.
Steve Bottomley. I met Steve on my first walk and he has become a mentor to me and my business partners.
Chris Xavier. Great guy with a great business as well as being really fun.
Heather Gray. Met Heather on a walk and have since bumped into her at every networking event I’ve been to.
Most networking events these days seem to revolve around alcohol and this is completely the opposite. You get out in the fresh air with a load of great people and it’s a brilliant way to spend a day. Then you go to the pub afterwards and that’s where the alcohol comes in.
I probably don’t exercise as much as I should and Freshwalks is a great way of doing this in an environment where you can also make great contacts. There’s a lot of experienced business people on the walks and it also gives you the opportunity to pick their brains and I’ve learnt a lot from being there.
Entertaining. Engaging. Fun.