Networking Chandler’s Ford meets for a business networking breakfast fortnightly at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, SO50 9NL..
Why fortnightly? Well, in our experience weekly seemed too often but monthly seemed too infrequent.
As well as having members who are seasoned networkers, we also aim to attract other businesses who might not normally consider this way of promoting themselves.
Our meetings are friendly but structured. Each person has a two minute slot to introduce themselves and their services and outline the type of customers they are looking for, followed by a bit of time for questions and discussion around the table before breakfast. We encourage people to exchange business cards so make sure you bring plenty.
At most meetings there is also a speaker who gives a 10 minute presentation. We aim for this to be an informative talk rather than a straight sales pitch. There’s also plenty of time before and after the meeting and over breakfast for people to talk informally.
The aim is for local business people to meet each other at a time (7.00am-9.00am) that will not interfere with the working day and at a price (£10) will not break the bank. Our members are mostly one-man bands through to medium sized businesses, but they have contacts in businesses of all sizes.
Our intention is for the group to have around 20-30 members, big enough to generate a reasonable flow of referrals but small enough to remain personal. You will have exclusivity in your business area and there will not be another business similar to yours in the group. In return, we expect members to attend every meeting, within reason – holidays and illness excepted, and even then you can send somebody else along as a substitute. This can be pretty much anyone you like and they’ll be welcome to talk about their own business as well as yours, as long as it doesn’t conflict with another member.
To encourage attendance and cut down admin members pay their membership subs by monthly standing order. We welcome pretty much any type of business, but existing members have the power of veto if a new applicant’s business type or values seem unsuited to the group.
If you’d like to get more business for your company, meet new people and have a bit of fun, then please come along and take a look at us. You can find a list of our current members on the Members page. If you would like to visit us to find out more about the kind of people we are, then please contact us.