It’s always energising to host a successful networking meeting, and the launch of the new Hout Bay Hub business networking group in Hout Bay this morning was no exception!
Pure Restaurant at the Hout Bay Manor Hotel provided a beautiful, light space which is very conducive to conversation and networking. Great coffee (and the tasty juices everyone talked about) had us all feeling very welcome from the moment we arrived.
Our guest speaker, Andy Effting, gave us all a pleasant walk down Hout Bay’s memory lane with tales of what it was like to start a business in Hout Bay in 1983. His very successful Hout Bay Dental Studio is one of Hout Bay’s flagship businesses and certainly among those that have been here the longest. Andy told of the days when his practice was located in the “back room” of where Ethno Bongo is today, of his stunning receptionist (wife Alison), and how he decided to rid Hout Bay of tooth decay… He has promised to write down his memories and I will share it with you all here soon.
Attendees ranged from estate agents Shaun & Lola Kramer and Elke Losskarn to Bella Donna’s Jessy Lipperts, Rosemary Sloggett of Independent Traveller, Lindy from Whatarush.co.za, Libby Lloyd, Claire from AnnabellaMaternity.com, Hout Bay’s very own French translator Patty Taljaard, Raymond Kilfoil & the WebSavvy crowd, Pierre from Naturehelpsyou.co.za, Bronwen Lankers-Byrne from Thrive Hout Bay, Alison Effting from Allisone.co.za, Bronwyn Moore & Wendy Morgenrood of Cohesion, Romany Thresher of Direct Assist Online, Alexa & Letishia from the Hout Bay Manor Hotel & Pure Restaurant, Belgians Jean-Pierre and Kirsty of Fortain Chacolatier and Gwen Kloppers, the networking queen from XtraOrdinary Women.
The breakfast was exceptional: fruit salad with yoghurt, pastry selection, English muffin with poached egg & hollandaise (my favourite), croissants filled with black forest ham, mozzarella and confit tomato, and grilled mushroom & tomato with herbed ricotta. Wishing you were there yet? :-)
I watched in amazement as people mingled and chatted about everything from the weather, old Hout Bay, new Hout Bay, real estate, Kings of Leon last night, poached eggs, restaurants & schools in Hout Bay, to dental procedures, pets, cars, coffee… all while drooling over the tasty chocolates from Belgian Jean-Pierre Fortain! It’s not so much amazement at how well strangers network, but at how diverse our little group was today, and how they find the all important common ground so quickly when at a networking meeting! I am proud to have been instrumental in offering this platform to the people of Hout Bay and Cape Town, and I hope to see many business meeting spring from today – I have a few coffee meetings scheduled with attendees already!
The last of us only left just before 11h00 after a tour of the hotel’s amazing interior and bedrooms. Thank you to Alexa from the Pure Restaurant and Letishia of Hout Bay Manor Hotel for hosting this event.
I’m already looking forward to the next meeting!
To receive invitations to future meetings, subscribe to the invitations here or go to Hout Bay Hub’s website where you can register online for the next meeting. Numbers are often limited as the meetings take place in different venues around Hout Bay and they can’t all accommodate large groups, so be sure to register if you want to attend. Everyone’s welcome, it’s not only for people from Hout Bay… :-)