It’s a sad fact that many small businesses fail. At Thrive, we’re committed to doing all we can to help sole traders and entrepreneurs build an excellent network of connections and grow organically. But it’s not just potential client connections that count, we’re also lucky to have experts with a wealth of experience among our membership. In our Thrive Friday Breakfast group, Neil Foley – the founder of the Business Growth Club – is happy to share his insights after coaching hundreds of SME owners to success. Now he’s put his knowledge online and is reaching more people than ever before with a new website launched recently. Read more
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Going to your first networking meeting can seem daunting. But there are a few simple tricks to putting you at ease for your first Thrive foray.
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With the summer holidays almost over and the children ready to go back to school, it’s time to turn our attention back to business. The first day back at school children look to catch up with their old friends, share their holiday stories and look to make some new school friends. Now we’re all grown-up is it the same for us? How do we, as business people do this? The answer – network! Read more
It’s my belief that the most successful people are the usually the best connected, this isn’t because they have the best contacts or are known more people but they instinctively know how to build develop and nurture their connections. Read more
Networking is just another sales tool used to accomplish your business goals and the people who effectively use networking in a positive way seem to always enjoy the greatest return. Read more
People can sometimes lose sight of the fact that networking is the means and not the end of their business-building and marketing activities. They desperately attend as many networking events as they can, frantically trying to pitch for new business. Read more
Conversation is an art and like any art some people are more practised in this than others but whatever your skills, this can be developed further through practice and have the art of meaningful conversation become a good habit. Read more
It was just last year that Sandra Flanagan left her role as deputy CEO of mental health charity Norwich MIND to set up her own consultancy. Her mission is to teach companies how taking care of their employees wellbeing has huge benefits to the business as a whole. It’s been a big leap of faith but Sandra is now working across the country with all kinds of different professionals. Here she tells us about striking out on her own, how Thrive keeps her sane and her passion for fashion. Read more
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
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 business network to a higher quality and our Thrive tips for building a seriously tight network
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our network, it’s just something we do, this is the same with those you are networking with. What are they thinking about? Most likely it’s not you. Read more
Last year Cheryl Cade gave up her day job to embark on a business built around her true passion – beer! Now she and her husband Mark run The Thirst Consultants, a company committed to celebrating beer and elevating its reputation. Here Cheryl tells us about turning her hobby into a living, and how networking is key to making her business a success! Read more
There are plenty of people who turn up to networking events believing that their very presence will unlock doors and help them build important connections. At Thrive, we passionately believe that face-to-face connections are vital and that forging personal relationships at networking events is the key to building a strong business network. But simply arriving and shaking hands is not enough to make networking work most effectively for you – you need that all-important strategy. Read more
This beer is special and not for every day. It is considered one of the rarest beers, because it is only brewed on one day of the year and it is strong, only 14%. Read more
Social media changes get irritating but you need to export your contacts out of LinkedIn from time to time
All social media changes constantly, the platform I currently like best for B2B is LinkedIn, but you have to keep on top of all their changes. Read more
It turns out there is more to life than the school bubble I’ve sat in for the last 13 years. Whilst some of what I learnt at school has turned out to be useful after nearly 4 months into my first full time job I’ve learnt a lot, too much to write in one go. What I’ve learnt about the most is networking. Like most people my age I had only really heard the word ‘networking’ if it had been preceded by the word ‘social’, I already knew that social networking was important for businesses but my apprenticeship with Thrive has taught me the importance and power of face to face networking. Read more
Why publish on LinkedIn Pulse?
Most of us don’t have time to tweet, post or publish from every available platform with any level of frequency or quality. LinkedIn reaches more than 364 million professionals worldwide, with the focus being on the professional life, this is what differentiates it from Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. B2B marketers rate LinkedIn the top social media for delivering B2B content and most effective for generating leads. Read more
An early career gamble brought go-getter Mark to Norfolk and saw him help build a prosperous company from scratch. Here Mark tells us how a school test predicted his career future, how Thrive connections really paid off and how he still dreams of giving Nick Faldo a run for his money! Read more
Technology entrepreneur Rob Wiseman laid the foundations of his business back in the 1980s thanks to a love of computers. The world of IT never stands still, but Rob’s always been one step ahead of the game. That’s why he reckons there’s not an IT solution that he can’t find his customers. Here he talks technology, innovation and why his other passion is performing music. Read more
Developing in future talent is key to any company so we were delighted to recruit Oliver Marchant as Thrive’s new apprentice. With Ollie on board, Thrive is able to explore new and exciting opportunities – and enhance our selection of member benefits. So we took five minutes out of his busy schedule to find out how Ollie’s finding his new role… Read more
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
The Forum is a leading small business support group dedicated to helping business owners focus on growth and profitability. Read more
How to be brilliant at networking: make real connections
It’s never been easier to engage in networking for your business. These days, it can be as simple as a click to follow on Twitter or a ‘like’ on Facebook. If we take the notion of networking at it’s Wikipedia definition, which describes it as a ‘socio-economic business activity by which groups of like-minded business people recognise, create, or act upon business opportunities’, then perhaps a Google hang out can do the job. Except that’s not been my experience. Read more
Volkswagen pay-as-you-go cars. Save money by driving Norfolk Car Club’s new Volkswagens – available 24/7 for you to rent by the hour.
Book any car or van in the fleet online or by phone, and use your personal smartcard to collect and return the car. Read more