You appreciate the benefits of business networking, you’ve joined a club and you attend regular networking meetings, but are you making the most out of your membership?
Are you missing growth opportunities at business networking events?
Although turning up and giving a 60-second introduction to your business is certainly a good place to start, it’s by no means the end of the story.
The most successful networkers are those who understand and take advantage of all the growth opportunities available across all areas of your business, not just attracting customers.
Attending a business networking event gives you access to a wealth of opportunities so it’s important to understand how you can get the most out of it. And while this may require a bit more effort on your part, your business is guaranteed to reap the benefits of business networking.
Here are just some of the ways you can grow your business through attending our business networking events in the Midlands:
Extending your sales team
People often go into networking meetings hoping to attract new customers directly from the membership. However, that’s just a small fraction of the potential customer base. Build relationships with fellow networkers and before you know it they will become an extended member of your sales team. Even if they don’t require your services, they’ll refer you to others who do. You’ll find everyone is super-motivated in this respect because they are hoping for the same in return.
Free advice and support
Your fellow networkers are one of your biggest sources of information. You can get great tips and advice from experienced business people who have been there and done it. Find out what software they use, their top tips for the best marketing strategies, how they dealt with expansion, how to attract new employees and so on. There will be professional services in the room such as accountants and HR consultants – use them! That’s what you’re all there for, to help and support each other. You’ll save a fortune on consultancy fees and benefit from some invaluable information.
Learning new skills
At FaB Networking with FindaBiz, we want you to gain new skills that will help your business grow. To that end we often bring in expert speakers in a variety of areas, such as online marketing, funding and business growth, so that you leave the meeting armed with new knowledge to benefit of your business. Networking groups are also a great place to hear about any free training or courses that may be relevant for you.
Often a business networking event is a great place to find out about funding, support and growth initiatives available in your area. Organisations such as Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Growth Hub and local councils will target business networking groups when they have important information to share. This means you can be among the first to hear about any new opportunities that could be beneficial.
Reduced business costs
Members of FaB Networking benefit from discounted services from fellow networkers. We are also able to secure special deals for our members, such as a free fuel card and a free business cost reduction check with BCR Associates.
Give and take!
This is the most important ingredient to successful business networking. Make sure you do the groundwork by establishing yourself as an active and useful networker to know. Share your expertise and advice, pass on a few referrals, recommend a business to your friends. Do all this and you’ll soon reap the rewards as people go out of their way to return the favour.
You can take advantage of all the above benefits and more at FaB Networking where we are focussed entirely on helping businesses grow. This includes sharing our business goals and objectives and working together to achieve them. Get in touch to start growing your business today.