Everyone who runs a small to medium enterprise, (SME), will have been told to do some business networking of some form or another by well meaning friends, professional advisers or marketing textbooks. For some people, (and I do not include myself), it can work really well, meeting new people and being able to sell them stuff without embarrassment.
For many of us it can just be a thief of time; it is all too easy to be a busy fool, rushing around from network meeting to network meeting, not making friends or sales, but giving the illusion of activity.
For the socially timid or the novice looking for somewhere to start there are a number of "paid-for" networking events out there, offering structure, a standardised meeting format, usually weekly meetings and an element of 'external' management. They also seem to promise the earth, but cost time and between £1,000 and £2,000 per year. If it works for you, then the cost is probably immaterial, but not everyone takes to the structure and the demands of the "system".
On the other hand, there are a number of less structured networking events that are often free or low cost, but the outcomes are usually, (for me), very poor.
We are offering a monthly meeting around a good lunch, giving you to opportunity to meet new people, compare business notes and even seek opinions from fellow business owners and professionals. No fees or structures are set in stone, but you buy your own lunch, (which should be tax deductible as a business expense), and you join an e-mail list, so we can send you a newsletter and detail of the next lunch meeting.
For members, but not guests, you can send, via the mailing list, your own business news and update information, so that when a member or an acquaintance needs your services they know who to ask.
If you have a skill or knowledge that a club member is looking for, then it would be to your advantage to speak up, but no one will be required to do anything they do not want to do.
To keep it simple there are no membership fees, we run the mailing list using MailChimp and we will keep postings down to no more than once a week. You can unsubscribe at any time and, other than your conscience, you have no obligations to the group.
If this appeals on a business, social or even peer level, please add yourself to the mailing list, http://eepurl.com/bn75lv.