Claire Boyles (founder of Success Matters) is the host of the local Business Buzz networking in St Albans.
Business Buzz is a monthly drop in networking event for local businesses, the St Albans one is at The Beech House on St Peter's Street (the main street in St Albans City Centre).
Business Buzz St Albans is always on the third Thursday of the month, so it's worth putting into your calendar/diary so that you remember to come whenever you are able. We find that regular attendees get to develop deeper relationships, which helps build trust so that people are more willing to recommend and refer their contacts to you and your business.
There are now 15 different Business Buzz networking events around Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire,
Bedfordshire and in 2018 Business Buzz extends into Oxfordshire!
All the Business Buzz events work in the same way, they are monthly morning events 10am-12 noon, no booking is needed, just £5 as you arrive. Each Buzz has a host, Business Buzz is a well established brand and attracts a variety of different business types and sizes.
If you want to get to know the local business community in your area, going along to a Business Buzz is the right place to be.
When meeting someone for the first time at a networking event, don't shove your business card into their hand at the first opportunity! Yes, this does happens, and when people do this is it creates the impression that the person is only interested in what you can do for their business. Most people don't respond positively to this approach.
A better approach, (which is more likely to build long term positive business relationships with people who can refer & recommend you to their network) is to have a normal conversation with them! Ask them about their business, show an interest in them, and only give them your business card if they ask for it. This way you're not wasting your business cards on people who are not interested in what you are selling, and you don't create a negative first impression.
Each Business Buzz has opportunities for local businesses to become sponsors, giving them higher prominence at the Buzz events.
The St Albans Business Buzz sponsor is STANTA (St Albans Enterprise Agency), it provides free consultancy and training to any business younger than 3.5 years. There are lots of useful training workshops that they put on regularly, these are also open to all businesses at very reasonable rates.
The chairman Mel Hilbrown attends St Albans Business Buzz each month, so coming to the buzz is a good opportunity to have an informal chat with him and find out more about what STANTA might
be able to offer your business.
There is one Sponsor opportunity open at St Albans Business Buzz, please contact us if you're interested in finding more about how Sponsoring Business Buzz can get you more exposure and leads for your business.
Third Thursday of each month, 10am - 12 noon, in The Beech House, St Peter's Street, St Albans.
No booking needed just £5 on the door which includes your unlimited tea/coffee.
We now have Buzz travel mugs available for sale!
Bring your travel mug with you to Buzz networking events, as well as your favourite coffee place. Reduce waste, help reducing the impact on our environment.
Added bonus of being able to spot a fellow buzz networker when out and about!
If you spot someone else with a buzz mug, why not take a selfie, tag us on twitter, Fb, or instagram #StAlbansBuzz and we'll retweet you!
Reusable, #EcoFriendly travel coffee cup in a variety of colours and will the Business Buzz networking logo. Help reduce waste by bringing your own travel cup to your favourite coffee hang out, and get the added bonus of spotting other networkers say hi!