If you are self employed or run a small firm in Winchester , 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 Winchester based business networking clubs below, but if you want to learn more about networking, please visit our national Business Networking section.
WIN @ Cafe Winchester (Winchester Informal Networking)
Do you run a business in Winchester, or are you thinking of setting up?? Come along to our FREE business networking club at Cafe Winchester, between 9am - 11am on the third Thursday of every month. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS EXCLUSIVE TO RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES BASED IN WINCHESTER, UK.
We are an informal group, keen to meet with like minded business owners to share and support the local area. The events are held every month and are FREE to attend. All that we ask is that you purchase your own drinks andor food, as required.
WIN @ Cafe Winchester (Winchester Informal Networking)
Tel: 01252 319272
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 Winchester 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.
1st Friday Business Club
Formed by Sarah Chadbourne in September 2008 the 1st Friday Business Club has become a very successful and popular networking group meeting every month and based at Hotel du Vin in Winchester. If you would like to find out more please contact email@example.com. There are no membership fees it really is as simple as when people are able to come along they do - we currently have a database of over 90 people who we invite each month and we are delighted to see new people coming along each time. There are regularly more than 25 people at our meetings. Whilst we are delighted to see our regular attenders it is great to see new people too - this keeps every meeting different and refreshed.
Basepoint Networking Hub
The Networking Hub is a free B2B networking event hosted by Basepoint Winchester. The events are open to all kinds of business and our aim is to give all those that attend the opportunity to meet new people, to build on existing business relationships and to generate new leads. The format of the events are largely informal with a brief talk from a local guest speaker, a complimentary light buffet style lunch and plenty of opportunity to network with other attendees. Alongside this, Basepoint provide a business card prize draw and a business 2 business exchange facility in which attendees can promote their business to other attendees.
We are a local based very friendly networking group who meet weekly on Wednesday mornings at the Langrish House Hotel near Petersfield with the intention of producing top quality referrals for our fellow members. We run our network for the benefit of our members come and visit us and see how we work and how membership could increase your sales.
Curry Business is monthly event for local businesses to meet and enjoy a curry and a chat. Meet new businesses and support local charities whilst enjoying good food. There are no subscriptions, no memberships, no fees, no commitments – it’s a social evening with no agenda other than to enjoy the company of other businesses. If you gain some business from it, consider it a bonus. Curry Business is hosted monthly in locations across Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset and London. The venue, supported charity, and the host changes each time. We ask the restaurant for a 20% discount (it’s a pretty large, mid-week booking) which is donated to the chosen charity by the host, along with any additional donations attendees may wish to make.
Fabulous Women and Marvellous Men
FW&MM is a networking group for small business owners. We have a diverse range of businesses of various sizes and sectors and all members share a common theme 07876 356 176
Fabulous Women Hampshire
Fabulous Women is a Social Enterprise aiming to find practical ways to support women in business (and the men who get it). Our ethos is simple: Care, Share, Laugh, Succeed. We are the ultimate community for women in business (we do welcome men willing to work with us). Our thriving on-line community gives you a whole host of great tools you can use to connect, raise your profile and get ahead. This includes fabulous networking across the South East. 07768 197507
FSB Wessex 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: Neil Eames Development Manager Neil.Eames@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.
Hampshire & IOW Sustainable Business Network
The Sustainable Business Networks (SBNs) are the forward facing business support system run by a number of partners in Hampshire. The partnership is currently running 3 local networks across Hampshire in the North, Central and South of the County. Local quarterly network meetings bring together engaged and like-minded businesses in an informal setting to consider a different sustainability issue each time.
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce providing a wide range of netwoking events across the whole of Hampshire. Members receive preferential pricing but non members are very welcome to attend. Many events also include updates and presentations on business related topics 01329 242420
Hampshire Womens Business Group
This group has been created to encourage, support and motivate Hampshire businesses. I would like this group to know each other, so that we have the ability to refer business and KNOW that it is in good hands. The only way to do this is for you to let us know who you are and then engage in the group and be a part of each others success. Value you and your business - and value the other businesses in here. This is for positive women that want to make a difference in their life and the lives of the wider community. You are welcome here... be kind to each other and LETS GROW our businesses!
Institute of Directors (Hampshire)
The Hampshire branch is recognised as the premier business organisation for the business people in Hampshire. We aim to facilitate networking relations, provide an unsurpassed platform for conducting business and represent the concerns of our members locally, nationally and beyond.
Ladies Who Latte
Please contact Ashley Sandy (firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 07540 784959) or Fiona Whitehead (email@example.com)
Pure Networking Events
Pure networking events are included as a complementary part of your Chamber membership. Events take place across the country and are informal and designed for members to make new contacts over a tea or coffee with fellow members and staff.
Winchester Business Networking
Winchester Networking offer two friendly groups to professional business men and women from Winchester and surrounding areas. We have an exclusive womens group, Bright Phoenix, and also a mixed group for men and women. Each group hosts a lunch once a month at the Mercure Wessex Hotel in Winchester, overlooking Winchester Cathedral. Our is is to help our members build their businesses by sharing ideas and exchanging referrals, whilst enjoying a delicious lunch.
Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their communities and around the world.
Women Who Do UK
Our concept is to join professional women, at any stage of their career or within their business journey through various platforms and media. 07885 629504