Never has supporting our peers in the local business world been more important than now. Rising operating costs, a looming recession, and a bank of potential customers that are reluctant to spend, mean it is a worrying time for all.
Committing some more time and effort to business networking will not only provide you with the support you need during challenging times, but you will also be rewarded with sales opportunities and contacts based on referrals and introductions too. To help get you started, we have listed all the business networking groups we are aware of, and are familiar with, in the local area:
BNI – The world’s largest referral networking organisation, BNI has over 296,000 members throughout the world. We are very fortunate to have a broad choice of BNI chapters in Bromley, and to be part of the UK’s most successful region of like-minded business owners. BNI members have a passion for growing their business and helping others do the same. Members meet once a week to benefit from a network of local businesses who will be proactively promoting your product or service to their network.
BNI Churchill is a shining example of an established chapter, boasting more than 50 members who share £3,500,000+ of business a year. To find your local Bromley BNI group visit: https://bniselondon.co.uk/en-GB/findachapter
Bromley Business Networking
Bromley Business Networking – BBN members meet fortnightly over breakfast at Bromley Football Club. Relaxed networking for business leaders who value relationships.
Beckenham Business Association
Beckenham Business Association – BBA members meet at least four times a year to network, discuss important local matters, and enjoy topics of interest to help businesses.
BR1 Networking– Monthly networking and support. A good opportunity to connect, share knowledge, collaborate, and promote your business in a relaxed environment. No fees, speakers, or pressure to pass referrals.
Business Over Breakfast
Business Over Breakfast – BoB clubs operate all over the country. The most local club is in Beckenham where you can book to attend a bi-weekly meeting. Good opportunities for increasing the level of referrals you receive and to promote your business and increase your visibility.
Federation of Small Businesses
Federation of Small Businesses – FSB offer members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support, and a powerful voice in government. Their aim is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.
Laptops & Lipstick
Laptops & Lipstick – A business networking group run by women for women.
People in Business
People in Business– An affordable, fun, and friendly small business network group.
Pure B2B Mastermind
Pure B2B Mastermind – Meetings for ambitious business owners wanting to share business knowledge and expertise. You can ask advice on issues and challenges facing your business.
South East London Chamber of Commerce
South East London Chamber of Commerce – Working with businesses in South East London.
They provide business networking tips.
Visit Chislehurst – A voluntary organisation supporting and promoting the community and businesses of Chislehurst.
Your Bromley BID
Your Bromley BID – Your Bromley is the Business Improvement District (BID) for Bromley Town Centre. It promotes the town centre as a whole to help support and grow businesses within the area and the local community.
Please note: This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list – It is a list of groups that are known to us.
We understand that meeting a room full of people (and potential customers) for the first time and getting the outcome you need, can be daunting. Check out our business networking tips on forging a long-lasting and supportive cohort of contacts to help you succeed.