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Coffee and Connect 

an independent, friendly, business focussed networking group 

I’ve been publishing my magazines for many years now and over that time I’ve found that I’ve spent a lot of time introducing my advertisers to each other, either when I saw opportunities for them to help each other /  work together or when they asked me if I knew anyone who...

So in May 2008 I thought why not see if I could get some of us to meet up for coffee. Twelve of us met up at that first meeting which I called Coffee and Connect. Since then Coffee and Connect has taken on a life is its own and I now hold thriving, monthly, networking meetings in Hartley Wintney for local business people.

Why networking is good for your business...

Quite simply, the more people that know about your business the more business you are likely to get and networking is another good way to tell people in the local area what you do.

It is also a great opportunity to meet up with up with other local businesses that you may be able to collaborate on projects with.

Finally, running your own business is fantastic (most of the time!) but it's really nice to meet up with other people in a similar situation and have your own “chat at the coffee machine”. Indeed, we even have our own Coffee and Connect Christmas lunch!

Meeting Format

The structure of a Coffee and Connect meeting is very straightforward – we sit in a circle and everyone has a minute to introduce themselves and their business and then we stay and chat afterwards. It's as simple as that!

So nothing too formal and we are very relaxed BUT the introductions are important so that you know who everyone is and what they do, so you can see who to talk to.

What's special about Coffee and Connect?

I am pleased to say I get great feedback about Coffee and Connect. There are two reasons for this. Most importantly it is all about the people that attend – they are genuine, friendly and very welcoming toward new visitors. We're all serious about our businesses and work very hard, but we are not pushy or aggressive.

Above all we are very positive and enthusiastic and we love running our own businesses. Everyone always leaves Coffee and Connect meetings smiling – enthusiasm is infectious!

…but don’t be deceived by the friendly approach - lots of serious business gets done as well!

If you run your own business or work in a local business why not come along and say hello. We meet at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month at Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8RE (no meeting in August). There are no membership fees to pay or forms to sign and you don’t need to book. The only charge is £5 to cover room hire and your tea/coffee.. All the details are on my website www.coffeeandconnect.co.uk.

If you would like to attend just give me a ring on 01252 625683 or send me an e-mail then I can look out for you when you arrive.

Mel