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What to expect

Not all business networking groups are the same and there is a wide variety for you to choose from.

Here's what you can expect from your visit to one of the BusComm groups.

The meetings are welcoming and friendly; particularly if you are new to networking and feeling a little nervous about attending your first event. There are no rules about what you can and can't do - you can sit anywhere you feel comfortable and bring any marketing material you have (including banners).

You will get the opportunity to introduce yourself to the other businesses in attendance via a 45 seconds "elevator pitch" - your chance to let people know what you do and the type of customers you are interested in being referred to. And the only other "have to do" is partake in a 10 minute 1-2-1 meeting with another attendee.

Unlike a lot of other groups that tend to be "at you" meetings, the agenda (below) is engaging and interactive, helping you to share your knowledge, experience and advice; helping you raise your profile and develop rapport with the group - oh and they are fun too!

  • Arrival - open networking
  • Introductions - these are timed, but not strictly - but you should stick the time limit
  • Video review - a video on a relevant business topic that is discussed in the meeting (current video above)
  • 1-2-1 meetings - 10 minutes to get to know another attendee
  • Member presentation - a 10 minutes presentation of an educational nature
  • "Hot Seat" - a chance for anyone to bring up a business question or request some help/advice on a business issue
  • Acknowledgements - an opportunity to thank someone for a referral or act of support
  • Close - open networking

This agenda may vary for some of the sector-specific groups.

You can attend up to 3 meetings before having to consider membership; at no point will you be pounced on to join up! (Some of the sector-specific groups do not require membership - you can attend as often as you like).

Unlike some membership groups, there is...

  • ...no annual fee
  • ...no contract - cancel any time
  • ...no joining/admin fee
  • ...no lock-out - all businesses welcome*
  • ...no obligation to attend
  • ...no pressure to refer
  • ...no tie to a single group – you can visit as many of the groups as you like
  • ...no application form to apply
  • ...no approval process

*A little bit of healthy competition doesn't hurt and often, seemingly competing businesses, can work collaboratively.

Find out who typically attends these meetings

<p>I have done lots of networking over the years, and I love The Business Community. It hits <strong>just the right mix of being structured and organised</strong> while still being a <strong>friendly and relaxed</strong> place to be. The business world would be a lonelier place without it.</p>

I have done lots of networking over the years, and I love The Business Community. It hits just the right mix of being structured and organised while still being a friendly and relaxed place to be. The business world would be a lonelier place without it.

<p>Networking is my primary route to market for my business. The Business Community provides a <strong>valuable part of my networking strategy</strong> and has a <strong>great welcoming</strong> and <strong>interesting forum</strong> for <strong>like-minded business professionals</strong>.</p>

Networking is my primary route to market for my business. The Business Community provides a valuable part of my networking strategy and has a great welcoming and interesting forum for like-minded business professionals.

<p>Having just started networking I realise what great opportunities there are in the local area and get to meet some <strong>very interesting people</strong> and businesses.</p>
<p>I'm very positive that given time the fruits of my effort will pay off, so keeping my fingers crossed.</p>
<p>In any case, The Business Community is a <strong>very welcoming environment</strong> and not the stuffy corporate atmosphere I used to in my past life.</p>

Having just started networking I realise what great opportunities there are in the local area and get to meet some very interesting people and businesses.

I'm very positive that given time the fruits of my effort will pay off, so keeping my fingers crossed.

In any case, The Business Community is a very welcoming environment and not the stuffy corporate atmosphere I used to in my past life.

<p>I really enjoy the BusComm meetings, the format works quite well and the <strong>atmosphere is very friendly</strong>, most importantly it is <strong>not too scary</strong> even when you are new to networking. I have got enough support from BusComm members, number of clients and <strong>valuable business contacts</strong>.</p>

I really enjoy the BusComm meetings, the format works quite well and the atmosphere is very friendly, most importantly it is not too scary even when you are new to networking. I have got enough support from BusComm members, number of clients and valuable business contacts.

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