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Attending networking events should be a priority in order to grow and develop your business. But when it comes to finding the best ones to attend, it’s important to know that they aren’t just standalone events. There are many types of networking events that can come in different guises, which can bring different opportunities with them.
We’ve already discussed the benefits of good networking in our blog, How beneficial is networking for you and your business? In this guide, we explain different types of networking events and the different benefits attending them can have.
These events are set up by professional associations, such as a chamber of commerce, and industry organisations, like a technology or engineering institute. They target people working in specific markets, like association members, and are designed to allow them to network with others in their industry.
These networking events can be good for:
Best described as the business version of speed dating, these events aim to provide a quick way for a small or large group of people to network. Speed networking usually involves a series of rounds, during which time networkers sit in pairs and ask each other questions for a set amount of time. At the end of the round, a bell or buzzer sounds and they move on to the next person and the process starts again.
Networking events are often tied to conferences, big and small. Multiple networking opportunities can take place, depending on the size of the conference. They can follow seminars or keynote speeches, for instance, or a networking slot might be provided for all attendees at the end.
Often set up by business organisations and associations, these short events allow a select, small group of people to network early in the morning over breakfast or lunch. . Participants are usually invited to the meetings.
These events are often organised by online and print business magazines and association publications. They involve a select number of top people, from across an industry or multiple sectors, being invited to talk about a particular business topic or issue. Attendees sit in a group around a table (hence the name) to discuss the issue together, before having the chance to network at the end. Photos are often taken throughout, with the discussion typed up into a magazine spread.
These events can provide a chance to network in a non-business, casual setting. They are often held after-hours and can take place in stylish or trendy venues, such as the VIP area of a cocktail bar or the private room of an art gallery.
These are local events and can be organised by any establishment, from local trade or charities to nearby colleges and community centres. They can include summer fairs and fundraising events, and often provide local businesses with the chance to get involved, which can provide some good networking opportunities.
Exhibitions – Areas can be set up throughout these to network, like at a conference, with company stands and product demonstrations allowing attendees to see what companies do.
Annual dinners – Guests and members of business associations and organisations and are invited to enjoy a sit-down meal together once a year.
Product launches – Select business people and the media are invited to the launch of an innovative product, such as from a research group, which usually starts and ends with time for networking.
Career fairs – These are often organised by colleges and universities to allow undergraduates to meet their potential future employers.
There are many types of networking events to attend, from formal to casual, to those run by associations to those led by the community. With our expert networking services, we can give you access to the right events to connect with the right people to take your forward. The service includes:
If you’d like to learn more about business networking and how we can help you, please visit our FSB Connect Networking page. FSB Connect Networking is included as standard with our packages, FSB Business Creation, FSB Business Essentials, and FSB Connect. Take a look at our package comparison page to find out about other benefits of these packages.
Network with other members and non members from across the UK through our National and Local networking framework