LinkedIn Local returns to Portsmouth for a night of networking after being canceled last year


More than 120 people attended the event at the Village Hotel, North Harbor last Thursday after the events were canceled last year due to the pandemic.

Participants all had their temperatures checked by Fever Checker Pro before being greeted by a Stormtrooper and Mickey Mouse, courtesy of Go Geek Events.

Guests were treated to a talk by training consultant and author Martine Bolton, who discussed how people can be superheroes if they realize their abilities and use thought as their superpower.

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LinkedIn Local Photo: Rebecca Wheeler, Martine Bolton, Karen Vaughan, Sau-Wan Lai, Ian Gribble Claire Ede and Bob Ede Photo: Habibur Rahman

Polling firm Wheeler & Lai and digital advertising agency Madfrog sponsored the event.

Rebecca Wheeler, Director of Wheeler & Lai, said: “It’s great to find some balance at a strange time, these events are so much fun and always very popular. Also because they help charities, which makes me happy. really gives an advantage. ‘

Co-Director Sau-Wan Lai said: “It is always a great occasion with such a positive atmosphere and we are also very happy to help the Elizabeth Foundation this year.”

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Claire Ede, Director of Sales at Madfrog, was delighted to be back as a sponsor after the event was canceled last year.

She said: “We were supposed to sponsor last year’s event which got canceled so it’s great to be here.

“This year in particular there is an energetic atmosphere which is great. I have family that has benefited from charity, so as a business that gives back and also gets promoted in return, it’s a win-win.

The charity for this event was the Elizabeth Foundation in Portsmouth, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary of supporting deaf children and their families.

LinkedIn Host and local organizer, Ian Gribble Photo: Habibur Rahman

All proceeds from the ticket sales were donated to the charity, which amounted to £ 1,855, and included an anonymous donation of £ 200 from someone who was unable to attend.

Deputy CEO Karen Vaughan said she was thrilled to be back in the community at the event and grateful for the support from the sponsors.

She said, “This event resonates particularly with us because we are teaching deaf people to learn to listen and to speak, and networking is all about communication.”

“Sponsors are helping to increase our income which has been lost to the pandemic, so more donations mean more children can make a positive difference in their lives.”

Ian Gribble, who works for copy company Clarity Copiers, hosts LinkedIn Local events for free.

Ian said: “It seems a little surreal to be back, but it just shows the support of those involved and the enthusiasm of people wanting to return to face-to-face networking. Thanks to everyone who came, if people didn’t come there wouldn’t be an event.


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