Updated 26th May 2019
Have you ever wondered whether it would be beneficial for your business and yourself, should you decide to attend a Business Networking event? I thought I would give you a low down on how to find networking events and which companies are running them. Unfortunately, the events I am going to tell you about are all within the UK.
Now maybe you are not even sure what it means when people talk about a business network and this is what really puts you off attending the events. With this post therefore I am going to explain to you what a Business Network is and what is achieved from it as well as telling you about the events that are happening just now and what ones are coming up.
What Is A Business Network?
Let me tell you that a business network is a sort of social network available to businesses and this has been created so that business people can have help when they are connecting with entrepreneurs or even managers in the hope of being able to form business relationships that will be of shared benefit as well as encouraging one another’s business passions.
Would you like to find ways to leverage both your business and personal connections, then networking events is a good way of helping you to get a regular amount of business for you that is new.
A number of important companies who deal with business networking, create varieties of networking events which will allow any business person to forge new business affairs while at the same time being able to create some new business prospects.
Even though there are numerous types of networking groups who all work differently, individuals will be able to work out who the best type for themselves depends on what business they are involved in as well as the prospects they are hoping to meet. You will find though that places like Chambers of Commerce as well as other groups that are business-oriented could also arrange networking events.
History of Business Networking
Even before the introduction of business networking being used online, there were still opportunities to do business networking but it was done face to face. The way this was done, by means of trade shows, loyalty programs or marketing.
It was proven that these techniques were still looked upon as a valid source for getting an income. However, a lot of companies are now choosing to use online marketing more because there is the means to follow the details of any campaigns as well as being able to justify the outgoings that are needed when arranging one of these campaigns.
Business Networking Events
I have given you an insight into what it means when you speak about Business Networking Events and then told you a little about the history of what happened with these networking events before we were introduced to them online.
How To Find Networking Events
Now let me show you how to find networking events that are taking place near to you in the UK.
Events Happening In May 2019
Listed below in chronological order are a selection of Networking Events taking place throughout the UK. I am sure that if you are interested in attending any of these events you will be welcomed greatly and will be introduced to businesses who could become work prospects if not now, possibly in the future.
Wednesday 8th May 2019
- Exeter Business Network at Exeter Race Course.
- South Herts Business Network at the Holiday Inn, London Elstree.
- South Humberside Business Network at San Pietro, Scunthorpe, 11.45 am
Thursday 9th May 2019
- South Manchester Business Network, Airport Marriott, Manchester.
Thursday 16th May 2019
- Birmingham Business Network, Novotel, Birmingham Centre
- Central and East Lancashire Business Network at Barton Grange Hotel.
- London Central Business Network at London Marriott Hotel, Marble Arch .
Thursday 23rd May 2019
- Brighton Business Network at (Time and place to be confirmed).
All these events run over lunchtime and start about 12 noon and finish between 2 pm and 2.15 pm. The only change is the Humberside meeting which starts at 11.45 am.
If, you are interested in attending any of these events and would like to get more information or just ask some questions then click on the button below.
I have had a look to see what was available here in Scotland as well and have found some for you that are taking place in May, June and July. They are in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
- Wednesday 16th May 2019 at Copthorne Hotel, starting at 12 noon till 2pm.
- Wednesday 5th June 2019 at Copthorne Hotel, starting at 12 noon till 2pm.
- Wednesday 17th July 2019 at Cafe Rock @ Inspire, starting 12 noon till 2pm
- Thursday 23rd May 2019 at Apex Grassmarket Hotel, starting at 12 noon till 2pm.
- Wednesday 19th June 2019 at the Apex Grassmarket Hotel, starting at 12 noon till 2pm.
- Wednesday 24th July 2019 (Venue and Time to be confirmed)
These events are all run by Business Network Scotland as a lunchtime event. Even though you are not a member, you can still book as a guest. Each event however does have a fee to pay and this is £45, this will include lunch and there are often guest speakers at the events as well.
If, you are interested in attending any of these Scottish events or even just like more information on Business Network Scotland then click on the link below. You can book a place on any of these courses by doing this too.
These are just a select few of the Business Networking Events that are being held throughout the UK in the near future and I hope that there will at least be one that will be of interest to you.
I was lucky last year to be invited to an early morning breakfast meeting of the Business Network International (Braidlaw BNI Midlothian) and I have to say that I was very impressed with the meeting and everyone I spoke to were all very friendly and enthusiastic. They do their marketing using a referral system which when you see how they work the meeting it is amazing to see how many referrals they make for each other.
I have to say, if you are ever invited to one of these BNI meetings then I would highly suggest that you attend. I was disappointed that I was not able to join this group but should I ever get the chance then I most certainly would do so in the future.
I hope this post is helpful to anyone who is thinking about attending an event but wary about making that first step through the front door.
If you have any questions or feedback on this article, then please leave them in the comment section below or contact me at WealthyAffiliate.com and I will be more than happy to answer them.