It is important to get involved in local business networks. Meeting with other business people is an ideal way to promote your business. You can also get valuable advice to help you start up or expand.
You can start to build up a contact base by attending networking events. These might be meetings or business lunches hosted by local business clubs or enterprise agencies.
Networking support includes:
- Londonderry Chamber of Commerce brings businesses together and promotes economic development in the area. It has a directory of members.
- Causeway Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing, supporting and connecting members through a range of initiatives and services. It has a directory of members.
- The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce (NICC) offer networking and marketing services for businesses.
For further information on networking opportunities, see Northern Ireland business networks.
How to get the most out of networking
To make the most of any business network, it is important to make the right impression when you meet people for the first time. Carry plenty of business cards.
For more on managing contacts and benefiting from your network, see learning through networking with others.