Business Networking is a great way to make new friends and business contacts
If you are self employed or run a small firm
in Essex, we would strongly recommend that you consider adding networking to your marketing strategy. Not only does it widen your circle of business contacts, it can keep you in touch with what is going on in the local business world, and potentially bring in more trade!
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The idea of business networking can seem terrifying to some people.
Yet it is vitally important to business these days, a great way to make contacts and increase business without a lot of cold calling. It is actually quite easy and painless. All you need to do is attend a networking event and begin making connections for yourself and your business.
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A simple to follow guide to networking written by Stef Thomas, author of 'Networking for Dummies'.
Attending your first networking event can be quite intimidating if you do not know what to expect. This factsheet outlines the most important "dos and don'ts" to ensure that you get the most out of every gathering. Even if you are a seasoned networker, it may serve as a useful reminder of how to get the most out of your networking.
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Omni Local Business Networking Essex is a vibrant, energetic, growing community of like-minded local business owners. There is a wide range of different business owners, professions or tradesmenwomen, who have a wealth of experience and expertise, who pass business, connections and advice to each other.
Our breakfast meetings are held fortnightly throughout the week, and our evening meetings are held once a month.
Essex members have regular meetings in Colchester, Southend-on-Sea.
Essex Chambers of Commerce is the voice of business across Essex as the largest independent, private sector provider of business support in the county. Representing businesses at local level to government, working with leading organisations, we deliver business information and advice, as well as business products and services from HR to healthcare and more. In addition to being the voice of business Essex Chambers can support your business with a range of business to business networking opportunities and training, as well as with exporting and trade. Address: 8 & 9 St Peters Court, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1WD
FSB Essex is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Iain Wicks Development Manager Iain.Wicks@fsb.org.uk
Biz’ee Women (including Biz’ee Mums) is an ever growing networking group for all women in business or thinking of starting up; and even for women who would like to come along in support of their husbandpartner’s business.
Since our launch in January 2012 we regularly connect and support other likeminded women in business both in person and online, our hive is always buzzing with activity. As an established network we champion women in business and know what dedicated and professional individuals each and every one of our attendees are. Our popularity has increased from just 2 locations to 9 and growing.
An independent networking group made up of 30 or so members. From tradesmen, to professional services and everything in between. We actively promote each other by passing regular, high quality referrals and collaborate to grow our businesses.
Essex Chambers of Commerce, the Countys leading business support organisation. Our aim, on behalf of our Members, is to remain the largest private sector provider of business support in Essex and to continue to provide excellent value and expertise.
Business Women will tell you that we help Increase sales, get known as the expert in your industry, Secure dream contracts, Overcome business fears, Drive traffic to your website that leads to sales, Become an effective & powerful communicator.
The Women in Business Network hold meeting across the county: Billericay, Brentwood & Thurrock, Chelmsford, Colchester, Gidea Park, Great Dunmow, Harlow, Leigh-on-Sea, Loughton, Saffron Walden, Southend-on-Sea, Stansted, Witham & Maldon, Woodford