Networking and small businesses

Not all my customers have been private individuals even during the pandemic lockdowns.

While there has been a marked drop in business trips overseas, there have still been times when small business owners needed our services.

As a small business owner myself I have seen the power of networking for spreading the word about our services and it has been a measure of how flexible businesses have been in switching to online networking and kept going when face to face meetings were not possible.

I have been a member of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) for over 12 years and in that time I have been to many events that they have put on all over East Anglia.

I have met many businesses, some of whom I still work with today, and have found out about all sorts of companies and characters through networking events face to face before Covid 19, now virtually meaning I travel wider.

In more recent years I have been host for some events, including the marquee at the Suffolk show, which has led to my representing the FSB on radio and TV mentioning the effect it has had on my own business as well as the wider small business community in Suffolk.

They have done events which has meant opportunities to try different things such as Karting at Anglia Karting.

My business has directly benefitted too from free business banking and legal advice.

During the pandemic the large amount of information either through seminars or on the website has kept me sane and up to date with government help.

The power in networking is not so much about selling yourself as it is about listening to others and making connections.