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Schmooze and shoes at LK Bennett event

Networking evenings are nothing new to the Profession — they are regular events on the Staple Inn and Maclaurin House calendars — and are a chance for actuaries to catch up, renew old acquaintances and form new ones.

However, 24 September saw a more unusual venue for a networking evening in the glamorous surroundings of the LK Bennett shop in Covent Garden. It was an opportunity for members to sip champagne, mingle with friends and colleagues and take advantage of the 20% discount on offer.

Laura Mason, one of the attendees, said: “It was good having an event which was not just focused around an actuarial matter. It was also good to see us actuaries doing our part to restart the economy with a bit of shoe retail therapy!”

Jenny Blackford, who also attended, added: “It was a great choice of venue and, judging by the amount of boxes piled up behind the till, everyone took full advantage of the discount on offer. It would be nice to have some similar events in future — any excuse to buy shoes is definitely appreciated!”

With some attendees travelling from York, the event was a great success and the Profession will be planning similar networking evenings in the future. If you have any suggestions for an unusual venue or theme for a networking event, contact sunita.dhawan@actuaries.org.uk