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If you are like me, you will find that there is so much excitement in a networking event.

Here are the reasons why I love it.

The benefits of networking!

1. Meeting new people and new businesses
2. Making friends and supporting each other online but also off-line
3. Learning about what other people do and being able to recommend other businesses to your friends and connections
4. Bouncing off ideas and feeling inspired by what others are doing 
5. Breaking the feeling of I’m alone in this, as we all go through similar challenges, which at times feel overwhelming
6. Listening to great speakers and bringing home new ideas and new ways of doing things
7. Feeling inspired and motivated

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Where do I love to network? 

This list is by no means exhaustive, here are some of the groups and events I have attended and networked with. Some are more formal, others are less but they all have in common the fact that they connect people, ideas and businesses. 

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Business networking for women with their own business or thinking about launching.

Monthly meetings, first Monday of each month, Selkirk Pub in Tooting, 8.30pm. Free to join, some events will ask for a contribution towards the running of the group.

Mind Your Own Business group on Facebook

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Support and networking for parents, organises regular events with speakers on different topics.

Ticketed events and topics vary.

South West Mummy website

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A group that meets regularly for social networking but also for events with speakers. Run by 2 bloggers, Vicki from Honest Mum and Maggie from Red Ted Art.

Free, dates are announced on the Facebook group, Creative Women’s Network.

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Regular events are run by the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce, in the area and dedicated to local businesses.

Annual membership.

You can attend 2 events before deciding about membership.

Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce website

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This is a more formal group with an annual membership. There are a number of WiBN groups in the area, in Clapham, in Wimbledon etc.

Monthly meetings over lunch, 2 visits allowed before making a decision about joining.

Women in Business Networking website 

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BNI has many groups operating in London and in the area and it has a very large networking base.

Weekly meeting, structured, with an annual membership.

You are allowed 2 visits before making a decision about joining.

BNI international website

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Pizzup

If Pizza, Prosecco and dancing are your thing, this is the place for you. A great regular social event run by blogger Lorna of the Mumblings blog.

The Mumblings blog.

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I have found the NCT Capham and NCT Wimbledon great at putting together events for local mums and families.

Check out their pages for news and events.

NCT Clapham

NCT Wimbledon

NappyValleyNet

This is a great source of information, advice and regular chat about various topics from parents in the area. If you subscribe you can receive a weekly newsletter, with events, discussion topics & meet-up dates.

NappyValleyNet

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A list of businesses in the area I have recently connected to 

Nicky Raby, an actor, coach, writer, speaker and podcaster

Tinny Toes by Aggi, London newborn & family photographer

Guinot Salon SW18

Dinner Talks, organises dinner talks on topics delivered by members of the community (if you want to learn more contact me and I will put you in touch with the organiser)

Rachel Wheeley, Comedian

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