Whether your business is widely sought after or unusual, there might be people locally who need precisely what your business does - but how can they find out about you and you find out about them? With so few opportunities locally to advertise what you do to others, networking makes good sense.
People who do best out of a network are those who actively take part. While being listed in a directory can help, it is always best to meet potential clients or customers face to face - and other people who could pass on information about them. And, yes, it is happening here, on your doorstep, as you can see from the list below.
We will try to keep this list up to date so, if you have done business with others as a result of this network, do let us know so we can include it here:
No more wasted time on Twitter: Annie Pennington of DigitalPlot helped Joanna Biddolph of Amethyst Communications get to grips with TweetDeck so Jo could monitor Twitter and Facebook more efficiently, saving her time every day.
Beautiful new curtains: Delyth Smith, a soft furnishings maker, made curtains for Annie Pennington of DigitalPlot's sitting room. Delyth recommended the fabric shop where Annie bought the material; the curtains have brightened the room and are beautifully made.
Apple Mac technical problems solved: Dominique Simond of Macximise rectified urgent techy disasters for local building contractor Seymour Projects, and local author Josceline Dimbleby.
Tendering together: After having met through the network, CPA Architects and building contractor Seymour Projects have been able to pitch for a contract together.
Garden designers collaborate: When Richard Jackson of Richard Jackson Gardens met Penny Litchfield of Litchfield Gardens in Chiswick at our February, they quickly recognised they had similar approaches and ways of working. They are now collaborating on a large garden in Richmond.
Family history research: Military historian Colin MacMillan (who runs Battlefield Tours Limited) undertook research so that Annie Pennington could track down her father's war service records.