Stories and the HDCC continue to be massive advocates of business networking and we would highly recommend it to all in business – to grow your connections and little black book, to share ideas and to collaborate.
Bear in mind that with the exception of the Chamber, a number of the groups below operate a ‘one member per business type’ policy, so it’s always best to make contact before turning up. Remember to always take business cards and prepare a brief sixty second presentation if needed. A lot of these groups will have ‘Power Teams’ or similar groups, where members of related industries work and communicate closely together. It’s often worth getting to know these people in the group most closely associated to your industry.
Harlow and District Chamber of Commerce – The HDCC promote a number of events throughout Harlow: http://www.harlowchamber.co.uk/events. For more information, contact us on 01279 271104.
Harlow BNI – Meets every Wednesday at the Park Inn Hotel at 6:30 for a 7am start. BNI networking follows a strict agenda designed to maximise results – a formula that has proven itself over many years. If interested please contact Robin Stretton at Robin@bnisoutheast.co.uk.
Harlow Professionals – Meets on the last Friday of the month at the Harlow Arena (HTFC). This is an informal meeting with no need to book – just turn up with loads of business cards and enjoy the (free) lunch with other Harlow professionals at it’s excellent new venue.
WIBN Harlow – Women in Business Networking meets at Miller and Carter in Harlow. This women-only event meets at midday one Tuesday each month. More information can be found at http://www.wibn.co.uk/groups-members/harlow/
Just outside of Harlow…
Stansted BNI – Meets every Thursday at the Novotel at 6:15 for a 7am
start. This is a friendly group which turned over £2.2m of business between it’s members last year. If interested please contact Steve Chew at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stansted Business Breakfast – included here as a number of Harlow-based businesses are involved. Informal and friendly networking group, meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Stansted Airport every second Friday at 7am. Contact Eric Chorley on 01279 324837.
PAYN – A new group, begun in Harlow and expanding rapidly. Meets at the Queens Head in Churchgate Street – contact Chris Bedwell vis email@example.com
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These are fantastic resources for info on the latest and closest events, they even select relevant gatherings based on your personal interests.
FACEBOOK: An odd concept for a recommendation for business networking but a couple of groups do stand out, notably Networking Herts and Essex https://www.facebook.com/groups/NetworkingHertsandEssex/ and Networking Cambridgeshire https://www.facebook.com/groups/networkingcambridge/, both of which avoid advertising and are run by the marvelous Kim Wallis.
If you would like to list an event or business networking opportunity in the next issue of Stories please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org