Over the last 18 years, I have seen a massive rise in the number of networking organisations throughout the UK.
When you think about it, it is an extremely logical and effective way of doing business.
People tend to do business with people that they know and trust. How better to get to know someone than through frequent contact at a networking group.
When I first started my company (WebDesigns) in 1998, I had just stopped commuting to London every day. I was operating from a back bedroom, and knew hardly anyone at all in the town on a business basis. The first networking group I joined, Business Networking International (BNI) was the only one that I could find.
Now, we are almost spoiled for choice. BNI, 4Networking, CADIA, EG Business Association, Crawley Chamber of Commerce, 12:30 Club, Sussex Enterprise and the Federation of Small Businesses all regularly hold networking meetings for local businesses to interact.
I have seen some great synergies formed, simply because of a chance meeting at one of these events.
If you run a business and you don’t go to any of these events, then I recommend that you attend at least a couple of meetings just to see what’s going on.
You may well be amazed at what you might find.