- May 26th 2020
Hampshire Business Networking Opportunities
Hampshire Business Owners Wanted More Time, but not like this
The last couple of months have given businesses in Hampshire and their business owners time to think about their plans. It was an often-quoted phrase of Directors that they were too often working ‘in their business and not on their business. The inference being that long-term growth objectives were failing to be reached because day-to-day firefighting too often got in the way.
Little did we know that it would take pandemic to create the thinking space many business owners were seeking.
Networking was a key to the business development activity of many small businesses. The ability to meet (often early), connect and generate a referral pipeline was considered time and money well spent. With one Prime Ministerial statement in March the opportunity to network was gone. Credit to small business entrepreneurs and Hampshire business network owners. Their meetings were soon back up and running, tweaked and improved for the new virtual Zoom environment. As the weeks have gone on, and our familiarisation with the technology has improved, there are some excellent virtual meetings taking place in Hampshire. These bring businesses in North East Hampshire and Surrey together to share their experiences and to grow their network of contacts. Levels of business are down, for now at least, but business is being done and relationships can be developed.
As restrictions begin to gradually relax, it will be interesting to observe how network owners choose to run their Hampshire business meetings going forwards. It would be nice if they chose different models to give people a real choice, although I suspect most will go for a hybrid combination that alternates between virtual and actual networking meetings.
If you’ve missed going to networking meetings or think that you need to attend them again to help kick-start your business pipeline in Hampshire, here is a list of some of the groups.
Business Networking Meetings in Hampshire
- BNI Hampshire
- Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
- Enterprise Connexions
- Basinsgtoke Business Club
- The Name Game
- Omni Networking
- Coffee and Connect
- ONLE Networking
- Network my Club
- Eagle Radio Biz
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