Altrincham’s ‘Netwalking’, lunchtime networking walks, are being launched on Monday 13th May. The initiative, funded by Altrincham Unlimited, Altrincham’s Business Improvement District (The BID), is aimed at the B2B businesses in the town although all businesses are welcome to join. The benefits of walking, for physical & mental health, as well as productivity, are proven and ‘Netwalking’ will provide a great opportunity to ‘walk and talk’ whilst meeting other Altrincham businesses.
The launch coincides with National Walking Month in May and the Greater Manchester Walking Festival. The 45-minute walks will take place every Monday lunchtime from May-September (except Bank Holidays). Walks will meet at Rhode Island Coffee on George Street at 12:25pm and will vary taking in nearby greenspaces returning at 13:15pm.
Elizabeth Faulkner, the BID Manager for Altrincham Unlimited explains, “We all know that leaving the office at lunchtime can help to increase our productivity, whilst allowing the head space for ideas to be formed, and that collaboration between different businesses often happens best in relaxed environments. Coupled with the obvious health benefits of walking, we hope that Altrincham’s business community will really embrace this opportunity and it will be great to see some new working partnerships developing”.
Feedback from businesses in Altrincham has already been positive, as Natalie Alexander from Alexander Hancock explains, “I think this is a great idea and will definitely be encouraging my team to take part regularly. It’s a fantastic chance to meet other local businesses and you never know what opportunities might come out of it. Of course, we also know that being active at lunchtime makes for a more productive afternoon!”
Louise Robbins from Greater Manchester Moving, said: “The GM Moving walking programme is excited to be working with Altrincham Unlimited to launch ‘Netwalking’. The walks will help the local business community build stronger relationships. Walking to local greenspaces will also support local employees to look after their own mental health and wellbeing as well as boosting productivity.”