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Local Networking with Local Businesses

In this age of concern with “carbon footprint” and “localism” what better way to find suppliers and clients than attending networking groups locally?

Business networking is not an opportunity to hard sell though; if you approach networking with the intent to do nothing more than sell to the people in the room, you will almost certainly go away disappointed. Networking is about building longterm contacts and friendships. It is said that up to 70 per cent of business is done by word of mouth referral these days – so attend as many network events as you can!

There are many ways to network, from annual membership and lock-outs to free to attend and drop-ins. Many of the groups are run on a franchise basis and if you are the local organiser it can provide you with great opportunities to market your company to a wide network of local businesses.

You will find that most attendees at these events come from SMEs, however, you should never think that you are only promoting yourself to the person in the room. You never know to whom they are connected – it is very often this third party referral that is the most valuable contact.

To get the most out of your networking try to find events where you feel comfortable; you will be more relaxed and more likely to create positive contacts. If you find yourself standing alone, look for a friendly face or a group of people you can join. Everyone is open to be approached at these events so don’t feel shy.

Find a group to suit your personality and your needs try: http://www.firstfriday-network.co.uk, www.4networking.co.uk, http://www.bni-festival.co.uk, www.business-scene.com. There are also several networks targeted at women only such as http://www.scene4women.co.uk, www.mumpreneuruk.com, http://www.agoodgossip.co.uk, www.theathenanetwork.com.

This article appeared in the Chichester Chamber newsletter.

What an end to the year!

So, it's all go for First Friday Network for the New Year! We have a new group starting in Port Solent and now have new leaders for Brighton, Guildford and Croydon. I hope you will continue to attend the groups and help them grow under their new leadership. 

We have new venues for Chichester and Arundel in January and Lewes in February (Check the group page for locations).

The format of our meetings always gets positive praise and hopefully we can expand the network even more next year.

Don't forget that the website now allows you to promote your company and events through the Members blog and gives you the opportunity to enhance your directory page. the site has loads of traffic and does very well in the search engines as it has been established for over 8 years now.

Have a fab Festive Season and look forward to seeing many of you at a networking event in the New Year.

Business Scene – Sussex Connections

Come and enjoy some great networking opportunities at this great event at Jurys Inn, Brighton, Monday 26th Sept 2011 at 6pm. 

18:00 Arrival and Welcome Drink

19:00 Introduction from Business Scene and Speaker For The Evening

19:30 Open Networking

20:00 Raffle prize draw

20:30 Close

Find out more and register here

Business-Scene regularly run successful Connections events around the UK, bringing together many of the local Business Networking groups under one roof, and offering a great opportunity for local businesses to expand their own business connections.

Joining us for this evening offers you the opportunity to meet other high calibre business delegates, openly network in a relaxed and friendly environment, build strong business relationships and gain valuable information about the issues that most affect your business.

This event brings together many networks and business communities. If you run one and would like to be involved, do get in touch with Andy Yeow

With an entry fee just £10.00 + VAT (which includes a welcome drink) could there be a better value way for you to market your business to your local area?

To give your business a little more prominence at this event, why not take one of our exhibition spaces? These places are limited, and do sell out quickly.