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Networking group rolls into town

An event combining cycling with networking is launching in Shrewsbury, with a group of lawyers, accountants and other professionals gearing up to don their Lycra and cycle helmets.

Networking on Two Wheels (No2W) incorporates fresh air, fitness and the opportunity to build a local network of like-minded contacts, and it will take place in Shropshire next month for the first time.

The group was set up for those who enjoy getting out on their bike, and has seen great success running for the past seven years in Chester, also last year launching in Warrington.

Helen Johnson, head of marketing and business development at Aaron & Partners, said: “No2W is a great way to bring together colleagues and professionals from across the area – as well as get out of the office and get active.

“It’s about combining networking with exercise in what can otherwise be very sedentary professions.”

The event will be organised in conjunction with Helen Knight from the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, the region's main cancer charity, and with Mike Jones of Velofit acting as ride leader.  

Helen, head of fundraising for Lingen Davies, said she was delighted to have been asked to lead the group and it further develops the charity's link with Aaron & Partners and other corporate supporters. 

Mike owns Shrewsbury-based bike shop Velofit and has been cycling seriously since the age of 14, mainly as a competitive athlete, rising through the ranks from schoolboy to elite. Having been in the cycle trade all his life and with a wealth of experience in coaching and guiding, he’s also raced at international level all over Europe and was Masters National Champion in 2012.  

The first ride will take place on Wednesday, September 7, leaving from Oxon Business Park at 2pm. Taking place monthly, the rides will follow a 30-mile route with a break for coffee and cake half way, returning at around 5pm.

Helen said: “The Chester No2W group has been active for seven successful years and we launched the event in Warrington last year, where it’s already proving to be very popular in the business community. We’re now delighted to be joining forces with Lingen Davies to bring a monthly ride to Shropshire too.”

Anyone wishing to get involved can book their place by contacting Helen at Lingen Davies on helen.knight@lingendavies.co.uk, or via the No2W group on LinkedIn.

Pictured: The Chester Networking on 2 Wheels group, which has been running for the past seven years to connect professionals in the area