Guide

Northern Ireland business networks

Introduction

Networking is the art of making and maintaining business relationships that benefit you and your business. In a network you create and maintain your own web of contacts relevant to your career, business sector, market or region.

Successful networking has many advantages for businesses in Northern Ireland. It can help you raise your profile, meet new customers and suppliers, share ideas and knowledge and source finance. This can be particularly important for start-up businesses that do not have an established network of contacts, or growing businesses that are entering new markets.

Networking is particularly important to Northern Ireland businesses because word of mouth and personal recommendation are important to trading success in our thriving small community.

There are many opportunities and organisations around Northern Ireland that will help you build your own successful business network. This guide outlines the networking opportunities and services that are available to Northern Ireland businesses.