If you are self employed or run a small firm in Northern Ireland , 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!
You will find a list of Northern Ireland based business networking clubs below, but if you want to learn more about networking, please visit our national Business Networking section.
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.
If you run your own business in Northern Ireland and would like to learn more about business networking, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.
BNI Northern Ireland
Being active in BNI Northern Ireland is like having up to 40 sales people working for you, because your fellow members will be carrying your cards and referring your business to people they meet, without you having to pay them any salaries or commission. Successful businesses depend on word-of-mouth marketing as the best form of promotion there is. BNI Northern Irealnd provides a structured, supportive, business environment in which local business people can get together to network, learn valuable new marketing skills and develop the strong personal relationships that lead to trust and the consequent generation of significant business for each other.
FSB Northern Ireland
FSB Northern Ireland 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: Mairaid McMahon Development Manager Mairaid.McMahon@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) is an award winning, quality assured, customer focused membership organisation with over 230 years commitment to the Northern Ireland economy. It is a well-known network for business with a membership of 1,200 businesses representing over 100,000 employees. Address: 4-5 Donegall Square South , Belfast , BT1 5JA 02890 244113