Join the Net

Business networking in Tunbridge Wells redefined

In keeping with the ethos of our networking group - networking made simple - joining the Net and becoming part of Tunbridge Wells's most vibrant networking community is simplicity itself.

There's no lengthy registration forms, no vetting process, no proposal and seconding process. Just turn up, and if you like what you see become a member - to paraphrase a meerkat - simples. The only restriction we have on membership is that only one member is allowed to represent each industry sector - by having this restriction we can facilitate cooperation between members rather than competition.

Joining - the first step

The first step to joining the Net is to come along to one of our meetings and see if it's right for you.

There's no pressure to join on the day (or afterwards for that matter), and you can come and go as you want. However, if you want to reserve your industry sector, you would need to take out a direct debit to cover the costs of the twice a month meetings.

When you have joined the Net your industry sector is reserved and you become eligible to have your business details on the Net's website.

Get in touch to find out more...

If you're interested in coming along to one of our meetings, get in touch with us, and we will happily arrange for you to come along to one of our meetings and let you find out what the Net is all about and whether the Net would be good for your business. We can also advise whether your industry sector is represented or not.

There's no pressure at all during any of this. We only want members that want to be part of the Net, and who want to actively network with other like minded businesses within Tunbridge Wells. That's why we don't have joining or membership fees.

Businesses we want in Tunbridge Wells!

We are always after new members, as this means a wider business network for ourselves (and yourselves), which means greater networking opportunities for all of us within Tunbridge Wells.

Industry sectors we are currently looking for in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas include:

  • Admin/Virtual assistant
  • Artists and illustrators
  • Bank
  • Bars
  • Cafes
  • Car sales
  • Carpet fitting
  • Childcare
  • Colleges
  • Computer stores
  • Copywriting
  • Corporate entertainment
  • Couriers
  • Dentistry
  • Distribution and logistics
  • Electrical services
  • Engineering
  • Environmental services
  • Estate Agent
  • Event management
  • Fitness and health
  • Florist
  • Food & drink merchants
  • Furniture suppliers
  • Galleries
  • Hair and beauty
  • Healthcare
  • Hotels
  • HR and recruitment
  • Jewellers
  • Journalists
  • Lettings Agent
  • Manufacturing
  • Office equipment
  • Office supplies
  • Photographer
  • Plumbing services
  • PR consultants
  • Publishers
  • Pubs and Bars
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Recruitment
  • Recycling services
  • Removals
  • Renewable energy
  • Retail
  • Waste management
  • Wine merchants

Networking tips:

  • Try before you buy...

    Not all business networking groups are the same. Some are more formal than others, some are more structured.

    It’s important that you find the right style of networking that suits you the best, and also a networking group that can relate to and get along with. So before you jump in the deep-end, try a couple of groups out to see which one suits you.

    The Net - more networking - less formality

    For example, the Net is relatively informal. The organisers felt that many other business networking events placed too great an emphasis on structure and not enough on the actual networking side itself –hence the Net was born.

  • Don’t sell

    Business networking isn’t about selling – that’s what you do with customers and clients. Networking is all about building and developing relationships with people that can potentially benefit your business by recommending you to their contacts and customers.

    Marketing your business

    Word of mouth advertising – being recommended – is the most powerful and cost-effective form of marketing there is. Use networking events to build a network of people that will be happy to recommend you in this way.

    Use networking events to teach people about who and what you are, as a person as well as a business, build relationships and be clear and consistent on what you are looking for in terms of leads.

    Remember, people buy people first.

  • Be genuine, be yourself

    Networking is all about building trust with other, similar like minded business people. In order to build trust, be genuine.

    Trying to be something you’re not won’t last forever, and when people find out, in quite simple terms, they won’t trust you as much. Use networking to build your own personal brand of trust and integrity – so that your fellow networkers can come to trust you.

    Build trust - build value

    If you’re a person they can trust personally, then they will trust you professionally.

  • Be a giver – not a taker

    Remember, networking is all about developing long term relationships. Trying to reap the rewards of networking in the initial stages will make you seem like a taker – and no one like a taker.

    Instead, give

    Give people leads, or introductions. Help people at events, give testimonials, give advice freely (if it’s wanted that is).

    By giving, you will build your own personal brand as someone who is trustworthy and integral – someone people can do business with.

    By giving you build your social capital within the network, which longer term, will reap rewards.

  • Follow up

    After networking, spend some time following up the contacts you have made at the event.

    This benefits you in two ways. Firstly, it help builds the relationship you have initiated (by following up on subjects discussed or just to say thanks for something, you are more likely to be remembered), and secondly, it demonstrates your professionalism and your intent on networking effectively.

    Stand out from the crowd

    The actual attending of a networking event is arguably the easy part. It’s the following up that many people find hard. By following up your contacts you can stand out from the crowd as being someone who goes the extra mile.

  • Failing to plan, is planning to fail

    Before you attend any networking event, develop a series of objectives and a plan to attain those objectives.

    Set goals and objectives

    Know before you go to the event what you want out of it, for example; Do you want to get to know two or three people really well? Do you want to talk to one person in particular? What type of leads or introductions are you after.

    If you have an objective and a plan for your networking, it’s easier to stay focussed.