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LBI Midsummer Party

After changeable weather all week, the heavens cleared to offer blue skies and radiant sunshine over a very popular Liphook Business Initiative MidSummer BBQ held recently at the Liphook Church Centre, off Portsmouth Road.

The well-attended social event gave business owners and their staff the chance to unwind in an informal environment, enjoy relaxing conversation, food & drink, and take a well-deserved break from work. Jugs of free Pimms donated by The General Wine Company helped raise the banter and added to the party atmosphere.

Chef for the night, Geoff Kerr from Flowers in the Avenue, worked hard cooking tasty burgers and hot dogs, (rolls donated by Liphook Bakery). Members were treated to excellent Nepalese dishes courtesy of The Ghurka Chautari. To end the evening, members queued up for delicious home-made ice cream provided free by Ben Govier of Dylan’s Ice Cream and still found room for an excellent Eton Mess made by Daisy from Number 26 Café in The Square, Liphook.

Alistair Wilkinson from Lighthouse Financial Advice said of the event “It was a very relaxed and enjoyable evening giving the opportunity to meet with fellow business owners in the Liphook area” Entry included a Raffle Ticket for a Prize Draw which took place towards the end of the evening. Fantastic prizes were generously provided by other LBI Members including Escada Hair & Beauty, Art Work, PRC Digital Ltd, Liphook Motors, Number 26 Café, Peep Inside, and Flowers in the Avenue.

John Goodson, Insurance Services (Surrey) Ltd said “An excellent evening, well organised, good food from generous sponsors and even gooseberry ripple ice cream courtesy of Dylan's! More than that, however, is seeing just what a friendly and pro-active business community thrives in Liphook.”

With 85+ members, the Liphook Business Initiative (LBI) is open to all businesses registered within the Bramshott & Liphook Parish area. Members come from all size of business: sole-traders, home-based businesses, retailers, SMEs, and corporations. Membership is currently free and allows business owners to develop key relationships and grow their business cost-effectively.

To keep up with LBI news and updates, members can log onto the website,, follow on twitter (@liphookbusiness) and engage within a LinkedIn Discussion Group (Liphook Business Initiative). Recently the LBI offered a Training & Networking Evening on ‘Social Media for Small Business’. Further Evenings are planned, offering members access to business training & support, as well as networking opportunities with the wider business community. Other Social Nights, including a Christmas Party at the Old Thorns will also take place over the coming months.

The LBI is committed to extending the range of networking events, business support, and information for members. The LBI Panel would like to hear from any member who feels they can be of help. Please contact the Panel via to register your interest or email

Article posted on: 04 July 2011

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