Monday, 18 October 2021

Business networking group organises river trip with Mayor

ABOUT 50 people from Sonning Common enjoyed a river trip in Henley on Monday.

ABOUT 50 people from Sonning Common enjoyed a river trip in Henley on Monday.

Sonning Common Business Collaboration hosted the Thames excursion on the Hobbs of Henley passenger vessel


Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier was the guest speaker.

Councillor Hillier, who runs a tea shop and a coffee house in Henley, said: “I spoke about about how I started my business and the challenges of that. I also spoke about my time as Mayor and about the various organisations and businesses that involves.

“People said to me afterwards how much they had enjoyed it. They were a really lovely crowd.’

Kathryn Willis, a professional photographer who set up the networking group in November 2013, said she hoped to run a similar boat trip in the summer. 

She said: “This was the first time we have run something external because usually we meet at the Butchers Arms pub.

“We wanted to support Hobbs of Henley in the quieter winter months and chose a Monday morning in January because businesses tend to be a bit quieter then. The people who came were predominantly sole traders such as designers, beauty therapists and PR people.

“The river was quite high so we only went to the lock and back but it lasted about 90 minutes. After the Mayor’s talk everyone introduced themselves and there was lots of time for people to network and swap business cards.’

Tickets were sold for the event to cover the cost of the boat and the £180 surplus will be donated to the Ways and Means Trust in Peppard. There was a raffle with prizes donated by Mrs Willis, Jo Hayley and Lindsay Punch.

The group’s next meeting will be held at the pub in Blounts Court Road on February 22 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

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