Speed networking with a difference

Around 60 professionals attended a networking event with a difference when they took part in a go-karting experience hosted by Smith Jenkins Town Planning. Taking place at the outdoor karting venue Daytona MK, the event was the second Annual Smith Jenkins Karting Event and saw clients and associates of the company attend by invite-only. Twenty teams of three were put together by Smith Jenkins Town Planning, a company that specialises in securing planning permissions for development projects across the UK. People were matched based on how they might work together, both on the track and also for the purposes of starting up conversations that could be picked up after the event, with the aim of developing ongoing professional relationships. Each team was allocated 30 minutes to practice (ten minutes per person) before a 60 minute race, with the winners being the team that completed the most laps of Daytona’s 1200m International Circuit with compulsory driver changes.

The results were as follows:

1st Place

Ian Moss (HNT Carpentry)

Helen Lowe (Smith Jenkins)

2nd Place

Luke Thirkettle (Stratfords Estate Agents)

Dan Cole (All Things Business)

Ben Gardener (Ecology by Design)

3rd Place

Ben Allot (The Parks Trust)

Paul Vega (GSS Architecture)

Neil Short (Staycity Aparthotels)


Last year’s winning team - made up of Kian West of Signature Homes, Dean Brown of Aureum Finance, and Kulvinder Obhi of Stenton Obhi Architects - came a respectable seventh place out of the twenty teams. Nick Jenkins, Director at Smith Jenkins Town Planning, said: “We wanted to create an event that got our clients and the property professionals we work with together and enabled them to talk informally. We also wanted to hold something locally in Milton Keynes, not just because it would be convenient logistically, but to put money back into the local economy and support another local business. We hit upon the idea of karting at Daytona MK last year and the event was a huge success and we plan to hold them annually going forward. “A big ‘thank you’ to our clients and fellow professionals for making it such a great event. Last year’s winners dropped a few places, so the competition clearly hotted up this year. Some of our clients have even been seen at the track since last year, getting in some practice! Others revealed they have done quite a bit of karting - some even having a racing pedigree! We’re pleased to say that, beyond a few spins, crashes and black flags, that all business relationships remained intact and we look forward to doing it all again in 2020.” Smith Jenkins Town Planning has seen significant growth since it was established in 2012. The team of ten is headed up by Nick and fellow director and company founder, Jennifer Smith. Together they have a significant combined experience, covering a broad range of town planning matters across key sectors, including residential, employment, retail, leisure, hotels, mixed use developments, and strategic site promotion.

For more information on Smith Jenkins Town Planning, see www.smithjenkins.co.uk If you are local, work in property and want to take part in the Smith Jenkins Karting Event in 2020, email office@smithjenkins.co.uk.