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.
1230 The Women's Company
1230 The Women's Company is an effective, dynamic network of meetings and events where like-minded business women meet to inspire, share experiences, strengthen and grow their businesses through building trusted business relationships. 1230 TWC is totally committed to providing opportunities for business women to increase business. Gain all the benefits of 1230 TWC by becoming a full member both on-line and off-line. Join us and hundreds of other business and professional women in one of the most effective and friendly networking organisations. The 1230 TWC Franchise enables you to run your own supported 1230 TWC business 020 8650 8015
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.
Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network
Since 2001, the ADP has been supporting disabled people, as well as people with long term health conditions, to set up in business through the Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network (DEN). The aim of DEN is to provide the information disabled people and people with long term health conditions need to start up and maintain their own business. DEN is committed to providing a variety of information for disabled entrepreneurs such as the provision of sign posting to other support, finance and training. Indeed, our work has been recognised on a national and international basis as a beacon of excellence. 0845 6000 787
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK’s largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has around 200,000 members across 33 regions and 188 branches.
Forum for Private Business
The Forum of Private Business has been helping small businesses get their voices heard on the issues that matter to them for 37 years.
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
WIRE (Women in Rural Enterprise)
WiRE is an organisation for rural women in business, offering a dynamic member package for women in rural enterprise including; WiRE Local Network Group, a quarterly glossy magazine, monthly e-newsletter and countless marketing opportunities. See website.
Women In Business Network (WIBN)
The Women in Business Network is about putting like minded women together in a structured yet informal environment to help generate more business for one another. See website for more details.
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