Drinking and networking often go hand in hand but for start-ups trying to get a foot in the door, is it healthy for business?
Manchester entrepreneurs are being invited to attend a live debate on the issue at Accelerate Places Manchester on Tuesday 20th November, including a panel of experts including Social Chain co-founder, Dominic McGregor. Dominic gave up drinking two years ago for the benefit of his mental health and claims it has had a significant impact on his business.
During the evening, esteemed entrepreneurs from across the city will be asking; “Does the Manchester start-up scene have a drink problem?”; “Does drinking help you to network?”; and “Is it possible to run a successful business without drinking and socialising?”.
The lively debate, which is free to attend, will be chaired by Simon Calderbank, of Big Knows and co-founder of Twitfaced Events, who will also be joined by panellists Naomi Timperley, co-founder of Tech North Advocates, Mark Bohannon, head of Ultimate Performance (UP North), and Lisa Murgatroyd, business manager at Accelerate Places Manchester.
Panellist, Dominic McGregor, said: “This is going to be a really interesting night tackling an issue that is very close to my heart. Starting a business takes a lot of hard work and determination so I believe you have to be in peak shape, mentally and physically, to succeed. For me personally, giving up the booze has been instrumental to my success but I can’t wait to hear what others have to say on the issue. Let the debate begin.”
"The role alcohol plays in this evolving culture is fascinating and often individuals just starting out in business aren't sure whether drinking is a help or hindrance."
Simon Calderbank, chair of the Start-up, Sober-up event panel, said: “Drinking has always played its part in the workplace since time immemorial! And with more people than ever keen to network to promote their start-ups, it’s not just the early morning business events that grab our attention. After-work networking events are now ten-fold in town so yes, alcohol has become an obvious ingredient. Having enjoyed networking and connecting people for as long as I can recall, and run many an event where booze has certainly played a role, I am really curious to hear the good, the bad and who knows, the ugly of Manchester’s business drinking culture."
Lisa Murgatroyd, business manager at Accelerate Places Manchester, said: “In Manchester, business is booming and we are fortunate to have a growing number of innovative and inspiring start-ups and entrepreneurs in our city.
“The role alcohol plays in this evolving culture is fascinating and often individuals just starting out in business aren’t sure whether drinking is a help or hinderance when you’re serious about starting a business.
“We are hosting this event to try and engage with start-ups and entrepreneurs to find out what they think and I’m sure it will a very lively debate.”
The debate kicks off at 5.30pm and concludes at 7.30pm. Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and refreshments will be available on the night.
Limited places available. Book your tickets for Start-up, Sober-up.
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