About

OFFLINE has no agenda, no guest speaker, no name badges and no corporatism. Typically, I just invite 30 – 35 friends and associates, all smart and accomplished people, who enjoy mixing business with pleasure. All I ask is that you come with a generosity of spirit and an open mind. I shall say a few words, we shall have dinner, make connections old and new, play a few games and then I will send you home!

In an increasingly wired world, it is easy to forget simple charms. OFFLINE is about eating and drinking, while talking and thinking, constantly chaperoned by a healthy dollop of laughter and relaxation. Previous attendees have straddled everything from finance to fine art and politics to fashion and I very much look forward to welcoming you too – great food, great company and a hint of the unexpected ensure nobody leaves an OFFLINE gathering early!

OFFLINE is conceived and hosted by me, Howard Lewis, cultured, creative and curious though not necessarily all at the same time. I bring a blend of experience, inter alia, across art and financial markets, while also encompassing a passion for people, books, football, travel, jam doughnuts (with sprinkly sugar for the purists among you) and a finely honed gift for staring into the far distance.

The Dinner

OFFLINE has no agenda, no guest speaker, no name badges and no corporatism. Typically, I just invite 30 – 35 friends and associates, all smart and accomplished people, who enjoy mixing business with pleasure. All I ask is that you come with a generosity of spirit and an open mind. I shall say a few words, we shall have dinner, make connections old and new, play a few games and then I will send you home!

Great communication is the bedrock of great business. Alas, too many businesses take a one dimensional approach to cultivating and nourishing client relationships. OFFLINE recognises that these relationships truly flourish when multilayered. They flourish even further when shared over food!

In a more intimate setting, I invite three companies with an entirely different sectoral bias for dinner. I might combine a private bank with an architectural practice and a law firm or an advertising agency, a hospitality group and a technology incubator. The permutations are endless, as are the benefits.

Typically, ten guests come from each, usually split between four existing clients whom you wish to nurture, four prospective clients whom you wish to court and two management. I then add a further ten people myself, all engaging and diverting individuals, throw all forty odd names up in the air and see where this interesting smorgasbord lands.

This random approach can prove highly liberating. The element of surprise can take the conversation in uncommon directions! Moreover, I mix attendees whereby any given table might, for example, comprise of management of each company, existing clients from one, prospective clients from another and a few jokers in the pack from my end.

OFFLINE events fit roughly into three categories: Private, Small Business and Big Business.