Bedfordshire Business Networking Groups

The Business Community
The Business Community

Business Networking is a great way to make new friends and business contacts

If you are self employed or run a small firm in Bedfordshire, we would strongly recommend that you consider adding networking to your marketing strategy. Not only does it widen your circle of business contacts, it can keep you in touch with what is going on in the local business world, and potentially bring in more trade!

You will find a list of Bedfordshire based business networking clubs below, but if you want to learn more about networking, please visit our national Business Networking section.

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The Business Community

Are you an ambitious, entrepreneurial business owner with a collaborative mindset?

You are?

Good!

Running your own business can be tough and the odds are against you - but don’t worry! The support you need is on your doorstep - at next to no cost!

At The Business Community, we believe that, with the right support at the right price - any small business can succeed. With our positive attitude of mutual collaboration and a desire to share our collective wisdom and experience, we all have so much to gain:

- Connections & contacts
- Business advice and tips
- Encouragement and support through the dark days
- A pat on the back when things go well

Contact us now to find out more about benefits of membership.

The Business Community
Tel: 01604 269 610
Web: https://www.buscomm.co.uk

A Friendly Welcome Awaits!

The idea of business networking can seem terrifying to some people.

Yet it is vitally important to business these days, a great way to make contacts and increase business without a lot of cold calling. It is actually quite easy and painless. All you need to do is attend a networking event and begin making connections for yourself and your business.

If you would like to know more about networking in the area and where to find a friendly welcome, please complete and submit this simple form.

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How to Network - Free Factsheet

Free Guide to Business Networking Bedfordshire Free Networking Factsheet Free guide to successful networking

A simple to follow guide to networking written by Stef Thomas, author of 'Networking for Dummies'.

Attending your first networking event can be quite intimidating if you do not know what to expect. This factsheet outlines the most important "dos and don'ts" to ensure that you get the most out of every gathering. Even if you are a seasoned networker, it may serve as a useful reminder of how to get the most out of your networking.

Your Networking Questions Answered

Business Networking Questions

If you run your own business in Bedfordshire and would like to learn more about business networking, we have compiled a library of start-up resources which we hope that you will find useful.

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Bedfordshire Business Networking

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Bedfordshire area, we would love to promote you here free of charge (add free listing).

Our role is to ensure that, working together, we create connections within our ever growing peer network and become an enabler for business growth locally, regionally and nationally. Representing 700+ businesses with around 60,000 employees across all sectors, we work at a local, national and international level to support businesses from sole traders to multinational corporations. Founded in 1877, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is one of only 52 Chambers in the UK to be accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce. The Chamber network exists to make a difference to your business, through opening new business opportunities in local, national and international markets, ensuring your views are heard within Government or providing critical business support.
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his student-led society welcomes any students who have an interest is running their own business. It is not just for "business" students - Sports Therapists, Art & Design, Computer Games, the Performing Arts, Osteopaths and students from many other subject areas could have an interest in entrepreneurship. If you are a current student at the University of Bedfordshire and want to know more please email: bedfordshire.entrepreneurs@gmail.com
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Informal Networking You’ll meet other start-up businesses along with established companies from the local area in a relaxed environment. Talk about your business challenges and get advice from other businesses in the room as well as sharing your experiences. Members of BNBN have access to a laptop & projector to use when pitching for new business or giving a presentation. Why BNBN? Grow & develop your business Build your business relationships Support for small and start-up businesses Low fees Relaxed environment Monthly evening meetings
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FSB Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Hertfordshire is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Caron Kendall Development Manager Caron.Kendall@fsb.org.uk
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The Bedford Breakfast Club has for many years provided a friendly and informal environment where you can meet with a wide range of business, educational, and professional financial people. We meet every third Wednesday of the month starting at around 7.20am, finishing at 9am with an average attendance of around 60+ people.
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Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a business support organisation, working alongside businesses, partner organisations and other stakeholders across the county of Bedfordshire. Any business in Bedfordshire who wants to network with other businesses, promote their business, make cost savings and be part of an organisation with the interests of Bedfordshire businesses at its heart should join the Chamber. Address: Kimpton Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 0SX
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Bedfordshire Businesswomen (BBW) was founded in 1988 and is a not-for-profit networking organisation for women who live andor have business interests in the county.
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Our huge thanks to Teresa Bellmaine (www.Astroshola.co.uk and www.Practicallyslim.com) for running WiRE Bedfordshire for so long. Teresa has decided to step down and concentrate on her business. We are looking for a new leader. If you are looking for a rewarding and exciting new challenge, please take a look at the Becoming a WiRE Leader page or drop Polly Gibb an email * WiRE business networking events are run by volunteers, please confirm/cancel your booking with the Network Leaders. * WiRE Network Meetings are not free. There is a minimal cost at each event to cover refreshments / room hire. Typically WiRE members pay less than non-members. Please see individual event details or ask the network leader for the event cost. WiRE is unique in its approach to business help, invaluable to all rural women in business at any stage, from the established or growing business, to new or potential businesses. View our full Membership package. Guests can attend up to two meetings as non members before you are invited to join WiRE.
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Business Buzz is a series of local networking events. We work with the business community in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Essex and London to provide opportunities to meet, connect and share. Our business networking events are informal and relaxed, just drop-in when you are free.
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Mums The Boss is a network and support group for mums in business across Bedfordshire. We offer child-friendly, low-cost and informal networking meetings at 2 different locations in the county each month. There is no need to book, no one per profession rule, and no limit on the number of visits you can make before becoming a member. We also run a creche so you can even come with small children!
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