Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may have questions about our unique style of Business Networking. So here are some of our answers – read on and if you still have questions – please get in touch!

Who does your style of Business networking work best for?

Do any of these things this sound like you?

  • Hate hard sell
  • 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 build a sustainable and “Genuine referral”
    network of contacts?
  • 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 network.

How often do you hold your Networking events in Chester?

We meet just once a month, at lunch time, generally the 2nd (ish) Thursday of the Month.

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 also hold our Networking events at lunch time and enjoy meeting new Contacts over a lovely 2 course lunch – 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 networking event in Chester?

Ask yourself:

  1. Am I decision maker with authority to buy as well as sell?
  2. Do you have a positive mindset and are you ready to take the quality of your networking to the next level?

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

You can either

  • Get in touch by emailing tracy@business-network.co.uk
  • Complete the contact form here and we will get in touch with you
  • Call Tracy on 07768 926 602. I may be in 121 meetings but will return your call as soon as I am free.
  • Email me your Company name, Your name, Tel number and email requesting an invitation to an event and we will send you a
    personalised invitation.

How do I pay for my place at your Business Network Event?

We have a variety of options to take payment. As a visitor we do ask that you pay for your event fee – which covers access to the main
networking event, includes reception drink and 2 course lunch, teas and coffee.
It also enables free access to the Educational seminar that runs (10-11.30).

The cost as a visitor is £47 – a sign of the quality of venues and quality of contacts you will meet.

You can pay by

  • CC via our secure Worldpay site
  • By BACS on invoice
  • By Go Cardless

We can accept other methods – get in touch if you have a question about payment for your place at our exclusive Business networking event.

Can I visit your 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 connections, 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 – if you can’t or won’t pay for a single lunch, you are probably not the best fit for our amazing group.

What do I wear to your 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 visit, be you.

And trust me – you will understand why when you meet us!

What is the structure of The Business Network Chester event?

Our Meetings are split into 3 parts – Educational Seminar, Open Networking and our highly structured Table Networking.

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

What should I prepare to get the most from The Business Networking event?

Easy – just 3 things.

Bring 10-15 Business cards

A smile and a commitment to participate

Your 2 minute table talk.

You say there is a 2 minute table talk at your Business Network Chester 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.

Sign up and we can send you a copy – and we promise NOT to
SPAM you. We really hate that much more than 2 minute table talks!

Where are the Business Network Chester events held?

We hold our events typically 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 Business network 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.

What sort of businesses attend the Business Network 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 Business Network can give you quality connections like that?

What makes your Business network group different?

Great question!

As someone that left the safety of a big Corporate job working for adidas I know how difficult it can be to find quality networking. That how the Business Network Chester 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 Business Networking events and 121 to meetings, social support, learning mindset makes us unique in the world of networking.

Many of our members are with us since we launched in 2010! SO our best advice – is visit an event and ask them!

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 Business Network event?

Nope!

All visitors are given a name badge in white – this shows all our Members you are a visitor and they will look after you.

Members in a gold badge can all remember what it’s like attending for the first time – and so not only will you receive a warm welcome from Tracy and Hayley, but they will ensure that you are safely introduced to a small group of members that you can chat to.

Quite often there are so many contacts we think you should meet that we will use the open networking 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.

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

How do you help your members in the Business Network 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 Business Network Event in Chester?

  • Yes – to ensure you have the prefect table for you please book at least 72 hours in advance – the earlier you book the better
    your table!
  • We work on the table plan for 3 days before the event – tweaking, changing, connecting, optimising everybody’s experience at
    the event.

How many people attend your Business Network events? How do you plan the tables?

We welcome anything between 60 and 100 attendees at our events – 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 The Business Network Chester event?

At our 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.

Do you have any industry lock-out rules in your Business network 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.

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

What sort of businesses attend the Business Network 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 Business Network can give you quality connections like that?