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4th Jul 2018

Metro Mondays Business Networking Event

Once a month Wandsworth businesspeople get together in the Metro Bank in Clapham Junction to meet, network, socialise and exchange information

With the combination of football, Wimbledon, and of course sunshine, the Metro Monday turnout was unusually low this week.


However that did meant that people were able to have long conversations and discussions, about tennis and the World Cup, as well as business. Various different local businesses participated including Banham’s Alarms, South West London TV, KSBC technology relocation, and various others.

Steve Pinto, CEO of Wandsworth Chamber, delivered a short talk about the possibilities opening up because of the move of the US embassy to the area. He hoped that Chamber members would have an opportunity to visit the embassy in the near future. The Chamber wants to open up the embassy supply chain to local businesses. He showed the latest edition of Business Connexions – the Chamber magazine. “It’s a good idea when networking to invite some of the businesses you work with to come along, and make new contacts. Then you are all talking about each other.”

Steve then talked about “Supporting Schools for the Lionheart Challenge,” on Wednesday 11th July.

11AM till 1PM

St John Bosco College

Parkham Street


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The LionHeart Challenge, is a hands-on, demanding, exciting entrepreneurial business experience for pupils aged 14-16. The children are tasked to build a team out with their normal friendship or form groups and develop a viable commercial idea for an achievable product or project.

Steve continued, “The Challenge is to get whole year groups schools working on community based projects. One of the ideas was: how do we help homeless people. The children put together boxes of what homeless people might need.”

Businesses are invited to attend St John Bosco College from 11AM till 1PM 11th July to see the LionHeart Challenge in operation, to ask questions and to find out more about how they can become involved. Steve says, “The whole idea is to take them over what businesses go through: come up with a concept, involves team work, getting everyone involved, developing a business and marketing plan, with a financial case for it. Then present it to the judges, teachers and fellow pupils.”

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Julian Jackson is Wandsworth Chamber’s blogger, whose interests encompass technology, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, the environment, as well as photography and film. His portfolio is here: