As an entrepreneur one of most valuable resources you can possess is an extensive and well-qualified support network. You may be looking to network with business angels who can provide finance and advice/ experience from prior startups. It may be that you may be looking for a group where you can network and find other entrepreneurs, maybe even a co-founder.
Whatever your aim having a versatile and wide-ranging support network can be extremely helpful when setting up a small businesses or running a startup. There is a range of organisations and networks providing support and links for UK based entrepreneurs. Being an active member of networks can lead to new business opportunities, sales and investment.
First Tuesday is a vast network across the UK, operating individual networking events across the country on the first Tuesday of each month.
Pricing: Depends on the event, local networking groups generally free.
Contact/ Apply: You can reach them here.
British Chambers of Commerce
The British Chambers of Commerce is arguably one the oldest and most respected business networking organisations in the country. 100’s of chambers are setup across the UK connecting local business owners and entrepreneurs.
Pricing: Depends on your local chamber, membership fees vary.
National association of college and university entrepreneurs (Nacue)
Nacue has a vast network, array of events and societies supported by them. Nacue is a great organisation for young entrepreneurs in education to join by sheer numbers alone.
Contact/ Apply: Typically you can join a Nacue society at your university of FE college, you can also attend national events. They also have an online forum/ networking site dedicated to entrepreneurs.
Enactus is the largest on campus student group in the world. Each chapter typically at a college/ University focuses on running a social enterprise that works across a range of areas.
Contact/ Apply: You can find your university SIFE Chapter or contact the national body for direct contact.
Setup as a youth employment charity, Elevation Networks is setup to work with people aged 11-25 and underrepresented groups in the labour market. They offer a great network for students entrepreneurs and graduates, also running a series of events and educational programs
Contact/ Apply: You can find out more here.
Md2MD is a community of business leaders responsible for 10s or 100s of staff that are committed to improving their own leadership and their teams’ development.
Pricing: £295 – 795, see membership page for full details.
Contact/Apply: Please fill in MD2MD’s enquiry form for a demonstration meeting here.