What a great event!  Thank you very much to everyone who attended Friends of City on 21 February.  Just over 200 people booked in and over 150 joined us for lunch and some excellent networking with old friends and new contacts.  While other events come and go, Friends of City is over 4 years old and more popular than ever!

Word is spreading far and wide about the great mix of businesses attending the meetings.  New visitors are joining us each month from all around Essex, London and the South East and we already have 95 booked in for 26 March 2013.  If you haven’t made it along to a meeting yet then now is your chance to try us out!  So, before you ask “when is the next one?” here are all the details.

So what do you need to know?

We get together once a month at Chelmsford City FC (Melbourne Park, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 2EH), alternating between breakfast and lunchtime meetings.  The next event is a breakfast on Tuesday 26 March from 7am-9am.  The meetings are free to attend – if you like us and you’d like to join up and support the club there is a great membership package which includes advertising space and a copy of the attendance list, but that’s up to you.  There’s plenty of free parking and food, tea and coffee is provided free of charge.  How’s that for great value?

The meetings are very informal – there are no bells or whistles and you don’t need to give a 60 second speech.  We have already taken lots of bookings, so we can guarantee you will meet a real mix of businesses – large and small.  This is a great opportunity to make new contacts and catch up with old friends in a relaxed environment.  Minal Backhouse, our MD will give a short presentation on a current topic of interest, so you’ll have 5 minutes’ break to eat your lunch!

If you’d like to come along

Either drop our Business Development Manager Aaron Desmond an email at:


Or give him a call on 01245 893404 or 07802 807197.

To keep things fair, we only allow up to 3 businesses from any trade or profession to attend, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you can’t attend this time

The meeting after next will be the Friends of City Business Expo on Friday 26 April from 12pm-3pm.

If you contact Aaron now, he will make sure you get a reminder.

Last but not least, if you know someone you think might be interested then please feel free to send them the details – the bigger the group, the more new contacts we all make and everyone’s a winner.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Backhouse Solicitors Team