Connecting Business – Growing Opportunities

Leadership from the Pitch to the Boardroom

On 3 March 2020, Causeway, in partnership with AM Bid, hosted an insightful business networking evening, with guest speaker former Scottish rugby international legend David Sole OBE.  David delivered a rousing keynote speech on the transferable skills from the pitch to the boardroom, sharing his expertise on leadership and building winning teams.

In his talk, Mr Sole highlighted the significant interwoven elements of the team; leadership; and culture which all need to be connected by trust. He also embraced the need for diversity in teams, expressing to be truly inclusive you need to be comfortable with conflict in your team and opposing views.

Highlights of his speech included his guidance on how you should react under pressure, as it can make or break teams, advising when things go badly, you should lead from the front; and when they go well, you should lead from the back, and not to be too confident or arrogant and focus on humility being your shining quality. 

This event at Murrayfield Stadium was a wonderful opportunity to bring together our growing Causeway membership and also gave us the opportunity to welcome and make new connections with professionals who share our interest and drive in fostering business relationships between Scotland, Ireland & Northern Ireland.

Building our partnership with BITA

In addition to attracting over 80 attendees across a range of sectors, this event was also attended by members of our corporate partners, the British and Irish Trading Alliance (BITA). In 2018, Causeway formed a formal collaboration with BITA, to offer a dual membership in recognition of our shared values and mission and that working together is the best way to secure the most opportunities for our members. 

Commenting on last night’s event, BITA Operations Manager Laura Watkins said:

“BITA is looking forward to a closer relationship with Causeway moving forward, there is much to be gained for members of both organisations as seen at the event last night. The opportunities in the room were incredible and highlight the excellent work that Causeway is doing.”

The importance of networking 

At the close of the evening, Mr Sole answered audience questions, and when questioned about the importance of networking for businesses, he expressed his view that coming to networking events is vital, and making connections is all about building relationships and trust. He advised in your professional life, you need three types of network – a personal network to give you feedback, to challenge and energise you; an organisational network of people who you deal with and do business with; and an external network who will give you your next bright idea. 

Commenting on the success of the event, Managing Director of AM Bid Mr David Gray said:

“I really enjoyed last night’s business leadership event at BT Murrayfield, with keynote speaker David Sole OBE. David shared some fantastic insights on the importance of common purpose, trust and culture, both in teamwork and in leadership. 

“AM Bid was delighted to partner with our friends at Causeway to deliver the event to a full house of over 80 clients, colleagues and business contacts.”

Many thanks to our partners AM Bid and sponsors Johnston Carmichael for supporting this event.

Causeway is committed to building our partnerships and supporting our growing membership. If you are interested in partnering with us for future events please get in touch, or if you would like to know more about how to connect your business and grow opportunities join our Causeway network today.

Author: Aoife O'Sullivan

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Aoife O'Sullivan

Aoife O'Sullivan is Causeway's Communications and Events Manager. She is responsible for nurturing the membership engagement activity for Causeway, primarily through hosting events both online and offline in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, and helps to connect Causeway's members and raise their profile through communications, marketing and PR.


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