Business Networking Groups – Which are right for you?

April 16, 2014 8:48 am

Attending business networking groups is vital to your business success. There are a number of benefits of attending such events, namely the chance to ignite inspiration and ideas from others, learn about innovative business tactics and strategies, problem solving techniques, and referrals. They can all play a part in your business growth.

What you’re looking for will determine the business networks you should be attending. Taking a targeted approach is best to ensure you get the results you want. Whether it’s a niche event ideal for your business offering, or a wider scope business networking event focused on the economic environment your business is in, it’s ideal to know what you’re going to get out of it.

Business Networks for You

Local Chamber of Commerce Events (Derbyshire, Nottingham, Mansfield)

To find businesses that could complement yours within the local area, becoming a member of the local business chambers has exceptional value. It’s important to know your environment and those who are shaping the playing field your business is in. Become an active member and contribute value to fellow members, and you’ll be sure to see the karma returning to pay the favour.

Trade Weeks

If you’re looking to export into new markets, then taking advantage of targeted events like Trade Weeks can prove exceptionally useful. Not only will you receive guidance and knowledge on exporting, but you’ll be surrounded by fellow likeminded business personnel who are also looking to export. This allows you to create new business relationships while taking part in trade and marketing workshops.

BNI events

BNI are a hugely successful business networking referral organisation. With over 13,000 members in the UK and regular events held around Nottingham and the surrounding areas it’s a great chance to win new business. Find other people in your surrounding area whose services you can market, while they’ll return the favour.

Local Business Clubs (Mansfield 2020)

Business clubs are a great way to add a social element into your business networking. With usual lunches, gala dinners, and days out, business clubs really know how to enjoy business networking. It’s not all fun and games though, there are a lot of movers and shakers that are members of business clubs and they can offer a lot of value to your business. It’s worth researching a local business club to find one that suits you (personally) and one to complement your business.

Check out the local networking groups.

Read more about improving your networking skills.


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