A couple of blogs ago, I shared some top-tips for starting out in business networking. To follow on, I thought it would be useful to put together a list of places to put your skills into practice, right here in the North East! 

As well as where to find out what events are happening, and which areas of the NE you can find them in, I've also given a bit of guidance as to the style of networking the different organisations offer. 

Remember - give as many as you can a go to find out what you enjoy most. When you enjoy networking you're more likely to relax and be yourself and that's the quickest way to build effective corporate relationships. 


NetworkersBest for…StyleLocationCost







Sunderland Software City & Digital Catapult NETVTech, digital, creative, businesses exploring techRelaxed, pizza & beer, educationalAcross the North EastFree







The Mussel ClubSME's, start-ups, blue-chipRelaxed, informal, open networkingSunderland, Newcastle, Darlington + other within NEFree to join and free breakfast event







Digital UnionBusinesses, digital & creativeInformal, explorational, relaxedwhole North EastFree







North East England Chamber of CommerceStart-up, blue-chip and policyMix of informal, educational & structuredWhole North EastMembership and mixed event cost from free-ticket depending on the event







Business DurhamStart-up, blue-chipMix of informal, educational & structuredCounty DurhamMix







BNISME's, blue-chipStructured weekly breakfast/lunch; industry exclusivity per chapterAll over the worldMembership plus usually a breakfast/lunch fee







Network B2BSME's, blue-chipStructured, but little more informal, weekly breakfast/lunch; industry exclusivityAll over NE and furtherMembership plus usually food cost







4 NetworkingStart-up, SME'sStructured but quite relaxed breakfast/lunch weekly meetings; industry exclusivityAll over the UKMembership plus usually food/drink cost







The Inspire NetworkWomen's events, start-up, self employed, SME'sSupportive, educational and inspirationalAll over the UKMembership







North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC)Start-ups, SME'sInformative, relaxed, helpfulCentre's based in Sunderland & DarlingtonFree - event dependant cost







Sunderland Business NetworkSME's - blue-chipMix of styles, relaxed and supportiveSunderlandMembership + event dependant







Forward LadiesWomen's networkingTraining/educational, informative, relaxedAcross UKMembership + event dependant







RTC NorthStart-ups, SME's, high growthMix of educational, training, relaxAcross NEEvent dependant







Entrepreneurs ForumBusiness owners, foundersKnowledge sharing, supportiveAcross NEMembership - criteria to join







IoDDirectors, CEO'sKnowledge sharing, educational, policyAcross UK with NE communityMembership + event specific







Curry Club NewcastleAnyone and everyoneMonthly networking over lunchNewcastleCost of lunch







UniversitiesSME's to bluechips, academics and studentsKnowledge sharing, educational, engagingNewcastle, Sunderland, Northumbria, Teeside & Durham Uni'sUsually free - event dependant







Design Network NorthDigital, creative, techHost regular 'Rise & Design' relaxed and educationalAcross NEMembers + event dependant







Exclusive BusinessBusiness owners and larger organisationsInformative speakers, knowledge sharingMostly Newcastle + NEEvent dependant







North East Referral NetworkingSME's, blue-chipStructured and regular commitment to eventsAcross NEStanding order but not membership







Deliberately DifferentSME's, blue-chipStrugtured, regular mixed with training/educationAcross NEMembership + event dependant


CIPR North East

Choice Networks

Dynamo

SOCITM

The Hub - Washington

Creative Fuse - CAKE

Converge

PR professionals

Start-ups and SME's

Tech, creative, digital

IT practitioners

Start-ups and SME's

Creative, tech, digital

SME's - bluechip

Educational, knowledge share, relaxed networking

Structured but relaxed

Annual conference, awards, workshops/dinners

Four annual meetings

Informative, relaxed, helpful

Innovation challenges, relaxed, knowledge share

Educational, social, knowledge share, relaxed

Across UK

Across NE

Across NE

UK with NE division

Washington

Across NE

Across NE

Membership + events open to non-members

Pay as you go

Membership

Membership

Free + event dependant cost

Free + event dependant

Membership + event dependant