Spotlight on Aaron Desmond

Founder of Networking Essex
I have been self-employed for more than 30 years working alongside retail, wholesale, import, logistics and mentoring businesses in various sectors. But nothing has matched the enjoyment I get from Networking Essex.

Published in Essex Director magazine, Summer|Autumn 2022

As Aaron explains

I have run networking meetings for 15 years and never tire of meeting new people, finding out about them and their business, and, if possible, giving them a little help along the way.

Sometimes I am asked why our meetings are at mid- day. Well, like many others, I am a single parent, and when I started the meetings, I didn’t have childcare. So, this allowed me to drop the kids off and network.

I don’t have that excuse anymore, but who wants to get up at 5am or get home at 9pm?


Describe yourself in three words? Talkative. Positive. Chilled.

What was your first job? I sold papers outside of EEV and Marconi when I was at school, and my first full-time job was on the youth opportunity scheme at WHSmith.

What frustrates you? Businesses that use automated call answering that bounce you round and round until they give you their email address, then hang up. When did customer service mean so little?

How do you spend your leisure time? I like being outdoors no matter the weather or time of the year. I enjoy walking, cycling and BBQs with the family.

What’s your favourite television programme? The news and Question Time.

What’s your favourite food? You can’t beat a Sunday roast.

What food do you hate? Sushi.

What is your biggest weakness? I get bored if I don’t feel challenged, which has led me to always look for what’s next. This is not always a good thing as far as careers go, but it has led me to where I am now.

Where are you happiest? With family and friends, when a plan comes together and at work meeting new people and finding out about them and their business.

What was the first record you bought? In the City by The Jam.

At school, what were you good at? I was not very academic but loved maths and history.

What one material thing could you not do without? It must be my phone.

You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? Never the same twice, but I did like my Mad Hatter outfit (Pictured below).

What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? The Jam, Quadrophenia.

How many attempts before you passed your driving test? Same as everyone else, two.

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