Grow Karting – Networking At Speed!
Written by Joff Alexander-Frye
Imagine getting to know like-minded business people whilst travelling at up to 40mph, a matter of inches from the ground, around a 350-metre-long custom-made indoor race track. That is exactly what we did recently with our inaugural Grow-Karting event at Raceworld, Woodbury Salterton.
This was a small, invite-only micro-networking event, intended to introduce Grow East Devon to some local business owners from the area, as well as to get to know them and their businesses a little better. All, of course, with the traditional Grow smattering of fun, competition and positivity.
On the grid were; Steve Williams and Pete Woodham-Kay from Good Game, Sara-Jane Williams for BrandLanterns, Martin Truman from Truelegal Solicitors, Jessica Magill from Powderkeg Brewery, Steve Morton from The Deaf Academy, Richard Martin from Hampton by Hilton, Jordan Westcott from Timewade, Sarah Knight from Sarah West Recruitment, Kate Jenkins from Froginwell Vineyard and, Kevin Flowers from TFQ Architects and, last but not least, me and Drew Mason from Grow.
We all underwent some initial briefing, before suiting up, donning our crash helmets and separating into two groups. Each group then had a ten-minute practice, a ten-minute qualifying session and then, the Grand Final, with all thirteen racers taking to the track at once. After much banter and jostling for position, it was Jordan from Timewade who eventually took the chequered flag in first position, with Drew from Grow in second place and Kevin from TFQ Architects in third place.
After a champagne-soaked podium moment, we all changed out of our racing gear and made our way to Froginwell Vineyard, just down the road, where Kate had prepared for us a delicious lunchtime feast of local produce. We spent an hour or so re-fuelling and getting to know each other a bit better and all left having had a fun experience, made some new connections and ready to return to ‘normal life’ with an extra bit of va va voom.
I’ll leave you with a fun fact. Apparently, an hour of Karting burns off 650 calories; more than any other sport, except swimming. Who knew?
Perhaps I’ll be going again soon then….
Huge thanks go to Bez, Rob and the team from Raceworld for your hospitality and for keeping us all safe too! Thanks also to our main magazine sponsor, Timewade, who sponsored the event.