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Business Networks

Business networks are a valuable way to build your business and make contacts. There are a different ways to get involved from virtual networks via social media to face-to-face group meetings. As well as Chambers of Commerce, and regional branches of the FSB, there are a number of national and local network groups operating in the Marches.

Some are open to all businesses and some specialise in specific types of organisations such as creative, women-only or parents groups.

We've listed some business networks below, but please let us know of any others we can add to the list by emailing us from the Contact page.

Shropshire Business Partnership

Shropshire Business Partnership is an independent network for professional and business services companies in Shropshire, run by its members for its members.

Membership is FREE for eligible businesses. Members 'pre-book' to attend quarterly breakfast meetings, which cost £20 including a full English breakfast. Business categories range from Accountants to Website designers but all have a common interest in supplying professional business services.

Visit the SBP website

WiRE

WiRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) is the only UK organisation working to promote, support and develop rural businesswomen.

It offers networking groups and an online community as well as specialist business advice and support.

Visit the WiRE website >

Inspire Herefordshire

This networking group for women meets in a relaxed and friendly environment once a month. It is open to sole traders, home workers or employees of larger organisations.

Visit the Inspire Herefordshire website >

Telford Business Club

This is a monthly networking club, where you can pitch your business or service to other like minded business people in an relaxed environment.

Visit the Telford Business Club website >

The Best of

The Best of networks offer an online recommendation service for businesses as well as face-to-face gatherings. There are several in the Marches area including:

The Best of Herefordshire

The Best of Shropshire

The Best of Telford & Wrekin

Church Stretton Business Women's Club

A networking group which has a membership of women working in law, finance, creative endeavours, on-line trading, retail, catering, tourism and more.

Meetings are monthly, held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, in Church Stretton, at 09.00 for 2 hours. Membership is not restricted to businesses in Church Stretton and visitors and new members from any business sector are welcome.

For more information contact call Christine Williams 01694 724274 or email christinewilliams0@btinternet.com

BNI

There are BNI groups meeting weekly across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. A referral based organisation, they allow one representative of a business speciality in each chapter and you must attend regularly.

Visit the BNI website >

Collaborative Networking

A relaxed and informal networking group where you can meet others and get to know each other. The aim is to help each other to grow our business we ask that you use these events to build relationships. Meetings are held once a month at The Hill Valley Hotel. These are held on the first Wednesday of the month between 10:00am & 12:00pm.

Visit the Collaborative Networking website

BizMums

BizMums is a supportive community of mums in business. We host monthly meetup groups across the UK - where your children are welcome - and provide online networking and training opportunities. Join us to connect, learn, grow and achieve!

Visit BizMums website

Network With Style

The group aims to help women who are either established in business or just starting out to meet and network with other women in the same situation.

Visit Network With Style website

Herefordshire Means Business

Herefordshire Means Business works closely with local businesses organising networking events, training courses and offering all the services a business needs to run successfully.

Visit the Herefordshire Means Business website 

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