Networking is a useful and very important part of running a business. It can also be very enjoyable. In South Lakeland and the surrounding area, we are lucky that there is a number of networking groups, some of which it has been my pleasure to attend. It may be a cliché to say that people do business with those who they like and trust but, in this case, it is based on a fundamental truth. Meeting people and enabling them to put a face to your business, is far more beneficial than leaflet drops or advertisements.
Here are some of the networking groups I attend regularly, so why not come along and say hello?
LA23-NET– takes place on the first Wednesday of every month from 5.30pm to 8pm at the Belsfield in Bowness. The payment of £12 includes a one-course meal.
LBN – aka Lakeland Businesswomen’s Network. This (as the title suggests) is for women only and takes place every third Thursday of the month; the times rotate between mornings and evenings to give all businesses the opportunity to attend. It’s £5 a meeting for non-members (3-visit limit) and £50 for an annual subscription.
KEG – aka Kendal Entrepreneurs Group. This one is more informal, but has a great and supportive atmosphere. There is no fee and it takes place in Burgundy's Bar in Kendal, mostly every third Tuesday evening of the month (always pays to check) from 7pm to 9pm. If you’d like dates and details, do feel free to contact me
Last Thursday of the Month – this one actually takes place in Lancaster, but is a very high-energy and fun networking event. The venue is The Sphere, the excellent offshoot of Paulo Gianni’s in New Street.
Bay Business Network – this one’s also located in Lancashire, but is easily reached from South Lakes as it’s just outside Carnforth in the Longlands Hotel, Tewitfield. It's a breakfast meeting, starting at 7.30am. If you contact Marcus Pomfret via their website, I'm sure he'll invite you for a visit. They do limit the number of members and business-types, but you never know your luck!