Online business networking – FAQ

We know you may have questions about our unique style of online business networking – FAQ below

Who does your style of online business networking work best for?

Do any of these things this sound like you?

  • Needing to connect with businesses through these times of the pandemic ?
  • Want to plug into an online community here to help?
  • Want to build a sustainable and “Genuine referral” network of contacts?
  • Tired of demanding weekly networking commitments?
  • Think you can never be a “Good” Networker?
  • Need quality suppliers you can trust?
  • Looking for bigger, better quality clients?
  • Want to escape your silo or “Business bubble” and connect with like minded ambitious Business Owners?

Whichever one resonates with you – you will probably like – even love our online business network.

 

 

How often do you hold your online business networking events ??

Through the pandemic we are meeting formally as a whole group, with visitors once a month. Beyond that if you choose to become an “Online” member – you would access seminars and drop in sessions where we chat, learn share ideas and support each other.

Our dates for our networking events are set at least 6 months usually 12 months in advance –  avoiding school holidays where
possible.

The future dates can be found here.

We hold our face to face and online Networking events at 12-2pm and enjoy meeting new contacts – making it much easier to build Networking into your day just once a month.

 

 

What do I need to do to come along as a guest to your online business networking event on line?

Ask yourself:

  1. Am I a decision maker with authority to buy as well as sell?
  2. Am I looking for a supportive network that is willing to share ideas, knowledge and support?
  3. Do I have a positive mindset and am I ready to take the quality of my business networking to the next level?

If yes – then what are you waiting for – Get in touch!

How do I pay for my place at your online business networking?

We have a variety of options to take payment. Your event fee covers access to the main networking event and educational seminar – and allows you to meet our high quality connections and members.

The cost as a visitor is £20 – a sign of the attention to detail we apply to connecting you to like minded and good people – and a reflection of the high quality of contacts you will meet and support pre and post event you receive from Tracy.

You can pay by CC via our secure Worldpay site or By BACS on invoice, or just go to eventbrite to BOOK.

Can I visit your online business networking event for free? Other Business Network Groups do that?

While other groups do offer free places – We do not. We are a network that is founded on quality businesses, senior decision makers that have authority to buy as well as sell, and people that are determined to do business based on our mantra of “Know Like Trust.”

To gain special visitor access to our group and visit an online business networking event – if you can’t or won’t pay for a single event you are probably not the best fit for our amazing group.

 

 

What do I wear to your online business networking event?

We are relaxed! No Stuffed shirts required!

Tracy and Hayley do like to dress up for the day – (we don’t get out much) but we tell our members – especially those with branded items to wear them!

We insist that you follow one of the key rules of networking – be comfortable, authentic and just be yourself!

No airs and graces, no pressure to “perform” no demanding referral counting – Just come and visit us, AND just be yourself.

And trust me – you will understand why when you meet us or see us on video!

 

 

What is the structure of online business networking event?

Our online business networking events are split into 2 parts.

Online Educational Seminar runs 10.15 to 11.30

Online business networking event 12-2pm

You can see all the details about how our networking events are run over on this page.

 

 

What should I do to prepare to get the most from online business networking event?

Easy – just 3 things.

  • Practice the ZOOM tech with Tracy in advance
  • A smile and a commitment to be yourself when networking
  • Practice your 2 minute table talk and consider why you are even networking? To meet good suppliers, to gain more customers or simply to build mutually beneficial relationships.

Tracy will talk you through these things in the calls/Zoom chats ahead of the online business networking event.

 

 

You say there is a 2 minute table talk at your online business networking event – what’s that?

The thing most people say they hate!

There is a guide to crafting a 2 minute table talk when you sign up for our events – along with other helpful guides and tips to get the most from the event. The beauty of online business networking is actually how relaxed people feel – so be clear about

  • What you do,
  • How you get results for your clients
  • What suppliers can help you
  • Who you want to work with to build a strong referral partnership.

Then see how you can help each other in your network group.

Where are the Business Network Chester events held?

Through the pandemic restrictions we are holding business networking events online – Tracy will guide you through the tech!

When we get back to holding our events typically it will be at our Member Venues – The Chester Grosvenor and The Double Tree By Hilton.

The use of such  exclusive venues, is testament to the quality of our members and define the ethos of group; quality, service, and high standards.

 

 

Do you have any industry lock-out rules in your online business networking group?

Absolutely! Our Network is never overrun with certain sectors that you always find at Networking events.

We operate a 5% of membership rule, which means we will NEVER have more than 5 members in any category – and for some categories we cap it at 3 – some at 1. That way we can provide choice, along with ample opportunity to do Business.

In addition for REALLY unique businesses which we are keen to attract – if you join us and and are the “FIRST” in class in the Network – we will ensure you have exclusive membership to the network for your first year – it will take that long to meet everyone!

It does mean at any one time we do have a wait list for certain categories.

Through the pandemic restrictions – we will be encouraging people to take up “Online” membership – from anywhere in the locality.

 

 

What sort of businesses attend the online business networking events??

We attract ambitious large regional businesses, some national Business, and of course a diverse, ambitious  and creative set of SME’s.

The key to our network is not just who is in the room – but who they know. Just think of the maths.

We have around 100 members across at least 30-40 sectors. They all will know at least 2-500 people – some over 1000,
Tracy alone has around 1200 connections – almost everyone of them she has met face to face at the very least spoken to by phone – or followed for a significant period of time.

That’s a network of at least 50,000  contacts you can potentially access – once you have built rapport, trust and confidence in others in the network.

What other online business network can give you quality connections like that?

 

What makes your online business networking group different?

We absolutely are 100% here for our members – this is no side hustle –  Tracy is working hard for members all the time – even more so through the pandemic restrictions.

As someone that left the safety of a big Corporate job working for adidas I know how difficult it can be to find quality business  networking groups. That is how the online business networking was born.

Our Guiding philosophy has always to bring together ambitious, like minded, growing Businesses and organisations, that want to do Business based on a network that passionately believes that business is best when done on a “Know Like Trust” basis.

Our online business networking events and 121 meetings, social support, learning mindset makes us unique in the world of networking.

Many of our members have been with us since we launched in 2010! So our best advice is visit an event and ask them why they keep coming back month after month, year after year!

Alternatively – take a look at some of our videos that members kindly contributed to.

The Business Network Chester – You Tube Channel

 

 

Will I be left on my own at your online business networking event?

Nope!

All visitors are given time with Tracy to do a number of things.

  • She will learn about you and your Business
  • Understand how we can best help – support, connections, introductions
  • Teach the tech – and get you fully prepared for the main event using ZOOM or when face to face

Quite often there are so many contacts we think you should meet that we will use Linkedin and other means to make sure we can broker those introductions for you.

We will also – if you would like –  assign you a “Business Network Buddy” – a long standing member that will look after you at your first network meeting when we meet face to face – and the table host will look out for you when we meet on line.

We are a really friendly bunch – and want everyone that visits to know you can be a part of a great vibrant group, whose reason for being is based on helping each other.

 

 

Developing your network

How do you help your members in the online business networking group?

We do lots for our members! and to add we love it when they are REALLY demanding!

Find out more about what makes us unique with our member support here.

 

 

 

 

Do I need to book in advance to your online business networking event?

  • Yes – to ensure you have the perfect network group for you please book at least 72 hours in advance – the earlier you book the better your table or breakout room!
  • We work on the table plan for 3 days before the event – tweaking, changing, connecting, optimising everybody’s experience at the event.
  • Please note that only those that have paid for their place will receive the ZOOM link and we enforce strict security to protect everyone.

How many people attend your online business networking events? How do you plan the tables?

We welcome anything between 60 and 100 attendees at our face to face events – and our online events so far have attracted 50-75 participants – whatever the number every table is planned to ensure

  • You meet new contacts
  • You are never sat with competitors
  • You are sat with decision makers to buy as well as sell.
  • There is a great diverse mix of Businesses
  • There are at least 2 people it “makes sense” to have a 121 with.

Can I bring a colleague/friend to online business networking event?

At our Online and face to face networking events, with Corporate membership you can have up to 2 attendees per company.

If you have a friend from a different company that wishes to attend they can also pay the Visitor fee to attend the event.

For our online events we can accommodate 2 attendees per company – get in touch to discuss how we can help!

Do you have any industry lock-out rules in your online business networking events?

Absolutely! Our Network is never overrun with certain sectors that you always find at Networking events.

We operate a 5% of membership rule, which means we will NEVER have more than 5 members in any category – and for some categories we cap it at 3 – some at 1. That way we can provide choice, along with ample opportunity to do Business.

It does mean at any one time we do have a waitlist for certain categories.

Whilst the pandemic is in progress – we will be providing monthly on line only membership valid for Businesses from across the region – ask us for details on that.

What sort of businesses attend the online business networking events??

We attract ambitious large regional businesses, some national PLC Businesses, and of course a diverse, ambitious  and creative set of SME’s.

The key to our network is not just who is in the room – but who they know. Just think of the maths.

We have around 100 members across at least 50-60 sectors. They all will know at least 2-500 people – some over 1000,
Tracy alone has around 1700 connections – almost everyone of them she has met face to face at the very least spoken to by phone – or followed for a significant period of time.

That’s a network of at least 50,000  contacts you can potentially access – once you have built rapport, trust and confidence in others in the network.

What other online business networking can give you quality connections like that?

 

Seeing is believing – right? Why not book onto an event and see how effective online business networking events  our way can be? Whilst restrictions are in place this is an EXCELLENT replacement.

 

Call Tracy to learn more about our online business networking events.