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A networking gaffe that weakens your reputation?

Have you heard this? “I don’t need to network”.  What you’re really saying is that you will never be in need of the help of others.  

Networking is just a fancy word for relationship building, in which business people and entrepreneurs meet, so what you’re basically saying that you are happy to live enclosed within the group you’ve created, you know all you need to know and have put up barriers to stop anyone else entering in. We rely on our networks to advise us and keep us on track, and we give back to our networks in return, the better your network the more knowledge you can tap into. Read more

Missing Networking Ingredient: Are you sharing with your network what you need?

Building a tight-knit network helps get you and your products or services get noticed by the right people in the right place, but keeping your network informed is just as important as having great people in that network, if not more important.  Read more

How to turn your social chit chat into business chat.

Socialising is all part of networking, but networking is more extensive than this.  The purpose of networking is to create connections between different people with different needs, so how do you turn the socialising and get to the point of having a deeper conversation with someone in the first place?  Networking is a skill, like any others, which means that it needs to be practiced on a regular basis.     Read more

A great place to make surprising and lasting connections

Being a member of Thrive has opened up several business opportunities and helped me to expand my network of professional contacts, many of whom have become friends. I’ve been impressed by how several aspects of Thrive has helped change and shape my business.

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Top tips for successful networking

By Rhian Morgan
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)
Succeeding in business is all about making connections, as one of the world’s top entrepreneurs, Richard Branson, once said. Rhian Morgan talks to Lorna Burroughes, director of networking group Thrive, about why we need to network, how golf can help with business, and her top tips on making networking central to your business success. Read more

Are you beating the feast or famine cycle?

Business may be great at the moment, and if it is I’m pleased for you. A couple of months ago I spoke with someone who was struggling with his time – quite simply he had so much business that he couldn’t prioritise his networking and yes you guessed it, when I met him last week he’s coming to the end of this and he now needs to look for work. Read more

It’s not about networking, it’s about making opportunities happen

Do you have you a networking strategy?  There’s more to networking than ‘turning up’!

From identifying who you want to connect with, to knowing where to find them, there are some essential questions you should answer in order to create a networking plan that will work for you. Read more

‘Old-boy’ networking!

Trust is the fundamental basis of any relationship, building relationships with people you can trust is essential in business. People do business with those they know and trust, but how you can build that trust without face-to-face interaction. It’s not an overstatement to say that relationships are everything, the people we spend time with largely determine the opportunities that are available to us. Read more

How to Thrive on Linked In!

We are passionate about the benefits of face-to-face networking, but there’s no denying that technology has opened up a whole new way of connecting. In the UK, 17 million people use Linked In, the social network of choice for business people. With that sort of reach and potential, it’s a great way to support your other networking efforts. Here are some tips on how to be a Linked In networking master. Read more

Go to networking events regularly and build relationships

Networking events are a complete waste of time unless you are prepared to invest regular time and effort. If you are mostly networking and meeting people once and then you’ll never see them again, this is wasting your time. People don’t usually do business with or refer business to people they just met. Read more

Thrive Face of the Fortnight – Caroline Billings

Caroline Billings – solicitor, Hatch Brenner.

Forget what you know about aloof legal eagles in a stuffy suits, Caroline Billings is a solicitor on a mission to bring the human touch to this serious business. That’s why she’s found Thrive to be the perfect place to reach out to other professional people, and ensure she’s giving her clients an even better service.

Thrive: Give us your pitch, Caroline.

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Thrive Face Of The Fortnight – Steve Jenkins, SJD

Leaving the safety of graphic design agencies to set up on his own was a big gamble for north Norfolk creative Steve Jenkins. But he’s held true to his vision, and says the world of self-employment is exciting and fulfilling. 

Thrive: Pitch us your business, Steve. Read more

Spotlight on … David Woodward – Thrive Face Of The Fortnight

Thrive Face Of The Fortnight: David Woodward, Tas Valley Fire

Thirty years of fighting fires in the Norfolk brigade didn’t leave fire officer David Woodward wanting a nice, long sit down. Instead, he rejected retirement to fulfil his ambition of being his own boss – with great success. Read more

Networking can you hack it?

The way of networking is changing – we have to change and to modernise, but do not discount the face-to-face method, as nothing can supersede in-person networking, it is this that creates a fundamental personal relationship. Read more

Thrive First Aid Training

Trained first aiders in your home or workplace could be the difference between life and death.
This course is designed for people who need to refresh their skills or those new to first aid and is to be delivered by Sandra Flanagan.  This interactive and practical course has been designed around her extensive experience in this field.  It is a three hour emergency First Aid Course that will cover all the basic emergency procedures and likely events such as: Read more

Why do so many struggle when it comes to getting new business?

Networking is considered one of the most cost-effective and powerful ways to generate new business and it’s no secret that making connections and good quality contacts are among the way that top business leaders acquire new leads and sales, then why do so many business people struggle when it comes to making connections and networking? Read more

Don’t waste your time going to networking functions unless you are willing to work at building solid professional relationships.

If you are not networking for the long haul, stay at home.

Networking that will grow your business, attract long-lasting business associates and develop a solid referral base is about building relationships built on trust and respect.