Business Networking Groups in Plymouth
The funny thing about networking is that every business has to do it. Exactly what form that takes is up to each business, but there is no such thing as a successful business that never did any networking at all. In short: networking is an essential part of your marketing plan. If it isn’t already, it’d better start being one soon.
“The currency of real networking is not greed but generosity.” – Keith Ferrazzi
Here is our run-down of all the local business networking groups in the Plymouth area. If you are a member of one and we’ve missed you out, just let us know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These details were correct when we added them, but networking groups change their details often so don’t rely on details being exactly accurate here. It’s best to check with the group before you try to attend. Most groups will allow guests to attend once or twice before having to decide whether they want to join.
The A38 Business Club
The A38 Club was formed to enable business networking along the A38 corridor between Exeter and Plymouth. They have breakfast, lunch and supper events along the A38 corridor.
Fees: Membership plus attendance fee.More info on the A38 Club
Fresh was formerly known as Plymouth Business Networking Page which is a non-profit group originally organised via Facebook (hence their old name). They now meet monthly in the city centre at ThinqTanq, Plymouth’s funky co-working space. This is an informal group, with no attendance fees and a genuinely friendly feel. There is usually a short talk from an expert at each meeting. Don’t expect ‘hard-core’ networking, but it’s great if you don’t like the ‘I must work the room’ kind of glad-handers. The overall atmosphere is a mix between informal networking and a social get-together and it does promote real relationship-building between regular attendees. Highly recommended.
Fees: FREE to attend.Find out more about Fresh Networking
Network Plymouth is a business networking breakfast club that holds its meetings at the National Marine Aquarium. Meetings are held at 7 am on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and on the 5th Thursday (this only occurs once a quarter). Membership is restricted to one representative of each business category, so if your category is already filled, you won’t get in.
Fees: Membership costs £150-£170 per 6 months which is made up of £20 for the registration of the business category plus £10 per meeting for 15-17 meetings (£8 for venue hire/breakfast, £2 for Club funds)More info on Network Plymouth
Pilgrim BNI (Plymouth)
The Pilgrim BNI is part of the much larger BNI networking group that was originally established in the US and is now present in pretty much every major city in England. Serious networking but a friendly group. They meet for breakfast every Friday at 06.45 am. Membership is restricted to one representative of each business category, so if your category is already filled, you won’t get in.
Fees: Membership plus attendance fee.More info on Pilgrim BNI
Plymouth Business Club
Plymouth Business Club is a newer networking group in the city. This club is different in that it’s a not-for-profit organisation that actively supports a local charity (St Lukes). They meet on the last Friday of every month at Boringdon Hall Hotel from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Their meetings feature guest speakers at every other meeting. No business category restrictions.
Fees: Meeting fee is £10 (includes buffet). Annual membership is £50. Check their website for details.More info on Plymouth Business Club
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry organises a wide range of networking events through the year. Too many to list here so check their website (below). No business category restrictions.
Fees: To attend Chamber networking events, you have to be a member. Costs vary according to the size of your business. Check their website for details.More info on Plymouth Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Plympton Chamber of Commerce
Plympton Chamber of Commerce is run on a voluntary basis, with the aim of providing ongoing support to members. This includes seminars covering various aspects of business development, breakfast networking events and social occasions. This is a very friendly group and is very welcoming to new attendees. If you’re new to networking or looking for some fresh faces, give them a go. No business category restrictions.
Fees: £12 (includes breakfast) for non-members. £8 (includes breakfast) for members. Annual membership is £30 or £40 depending on how you choose to pay.More info about Plympton Chamber
Plymouth Business Network
Plymouth Business Network is a non- profit making business networking group that is fully focused on helping everyone from sole traders, to small and medium sized businesses. This is quite a large networking group with some enthusiastic member support and an emphasis on providing and sharing referrals between members. Don’t be surprised if you get an invitation to attend soon after meeting one of them. Membership is restricted to one representative of each business category, so if your category is already filled, you won’t get in. They meet weekly on Tuesdays for breakfast networking.
Fees: £10 (includes breakfast) for non-members. £6.50 (includes breakfast) for members. Membership is £60 (for 6 months).More info about Plymouth Business Network
South West Devon Business Networking
The Ivybridge Breakfast Meeting is usually held on the third Friday of each month at the Watermark in Ivybridge. Please see their calendar for details of the meetings. All businesses are welcome, no restrictions. The format is informal networking and a talk from a guest speaker. They prefer you to book your place in advance.
Fees: £8 (includes breakfast)Go to the SW Devon Business Networking website