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 nearly 20 different Business Buzz networking events around Hertfordshire,
Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and in 2018 Business Buzz launched Business Buzz Oxfordshire, Essex and Business Buzz London!
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.
Radio Verulam is THE local radio station, they are a thriving community led station, run by volunteers.
As a radio station, there are costs that they need to cover, so to work collaboratively to support local businesses and the local community in discovering local businesses, they offer very
competitive rate card for local enterprising wanting to advertise to their listeners.
Their advertising comes with social media support, so your business really will reach lots more local people, on the airwaves and online.
Why not come along to a buzz and have a chat with Denise Parsons (business liaison) to find out more about how Radio Verulam could support your business?
Radio Verulam are always happy to interview local businesses, they are the heart of St Albans, and they love supporting local St Albans businesses and communities.
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!
Join us for Christmas Lunch at the Beech House, super 3 courses of glorious food combined with quality networking.
Christmas Lunch begins after the December Buzz Networking on Thursday 19th Dec.
The ticket includes 3 course lunch, if you have any dietary requirement please let us know on the booking, the Beech House is great for adapting recipes to suit all sorts of dietary needs, including Vegan.
Ticket includes your entry into Business Buzz networking on the 19th of December, but does not include drinks which can be ordered directly from Beech House waiting staff at the lunch.