Guide to NetworkHub

Why choose Sci-tech Daresbury?

NetworkHub is Sci-Tech Daresbury’s virtual network


John Leake and Paul Treloar have been involved in the development of Sci-Tech Daresbury from its very early days in 2005/6. Paul has a background in high-tech start-ups in the medtech field, whereas John joined from the technology corporate world of Unilever, ICI and Ineos.

They bring a wealth of experience of how to help support and accelerate the growth of technology companies through their “Sci-Tech Daresbury model” focused on 4 critical areas:

Access to talent and skills

Access to market

Access to funding

Access to technical facilities

During their time at Sci-Tech Daresbury, John and Paul have worked with over 350 technology companies with amazing results in terms of reduced business failure (only 5%) and accelerated sales growth (average 26% per annum).

Networking tips for beginners

Professional networking isn’t just about swapping business cards or gathering a list of connections on LinkedIn, it should be a crucial part of your business strategy. Being well-connected will give you an edge over your competition because you have an established relationship with them.

With this in mind, here are our top tips for great networking at our events:

Planning always pays dividends

Download the list of delegates and plan who you’d like to connect with on the day.

Ask insightful questions

When you combine listening skills with insightful questions, people will take notice.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Networking is a life-long commitment. Wherever you are in your career, whatever age, it will benefit you.

You’re not there to collect cards

You’re there to add value to people. Ask permission to give someone your business card, then ask for theirs in return.

Small talk works

It helps you find the common ground.

Out of sight, out of mind

You’ve taken the trouble to build that relationship, now sustain it.

Good networking is about great listening

Those who stand out are those who really listen.

The art of the follow-up

Do it promptly and keep your promises.

Meet the team

John Leake

Business Growth Director

Dr Paul Treloar

Head of Business Support

Ben Paget

Partnership Support and Marketing Manager

Edward Gray

Business Support Executive