Networking in Cumbria
Networking is vital in a place like Cumbria as it’s so massive and spread out! I thought it would be helpful to list a few business networking groups which are especially useful for making contacts in Cumbria.
Inspire West Cumbria – informal and friendly, this networking group is perfect for anyone a little nervous about their first foray into business mingling! They meet at various venues around West Cumbria and usually meet once a month – they also have a fantastic annual business showcase for members. More info here
Carlisle Ambassadors – this organisation aims to raise the profile of Carlisle by enabling connections to be made in the area. Whether you’re a small business, a charity or a large corporation, their events and networking opportunities provide valuable knowledge and collaborative opportunities. Visit their website for more info
CWE – Cumbria Women in Enterprise – specifically for women, this group meets in both North and South Cumbria. Its members have a wealth of knowledge and there’s a wide variety of businesses who attend. Take a look at their site for more information
Wired Cumbria – this is a networking group mainly for people who work in the digital industries; encouraging collaboration and growth it’s an informal way to make new contacts. Check out their website for the latest updates
Now, you may be like me and perhaps have children, or just prefer networking online! There’s a few ways in which you can utilise networking using social media specifically in Cumbria.
Cumbria Hour – using the hashtag #cumbriahour on a Monday from 7pm, you can join in with discussions surrounding a particular topic each week. If you visit Michelle Masters’ Twitter page, she sets the theme each week – but please, no spam! It’s a good idea to join in the discussion rather than post links to your products or services!
Now all you need is some tips for networking; I’ve put together a little list of my top dos and don’ts for networking – I’m by no means an expert but here’s the essentials!