NETWORKING
16th & 17th March 2021

Hosted Networking Sessions

We've made it easy to make genuine, significant connections quickly. Here are four simple ways you can get connected at the Northern Business Expo:

Speed Networking
Speed Networking
Hosted by Dell Small Business, these efficient sessions are the ultimate way to make the most of your precious time at the event.
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Wall of Connections
Wall of Connections
Efficiently exchange contact details by simply posting who you're looking for. Pick up business by responding to requests too!
Networking sessions
Networking sessions
Access just one or all four of the free, hosted networking sessions run by some of Manchester's best networking groups. Finding genuine connections has never been more simple!
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Exclusive Breakfast
Exclusive Breakfast
Key members of the business community gather before the event to kickstart their day with a delicious breakfast and vital networking. Request your invitation today to this exclusive invite-only breakfast.  
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Whether you're looking to find new suppliers, meet potential clients, or simply grow your Northern business network, it's key that you find business meetups that work for you.
There are plenty of networking opportunities in Manchester, and at NBE we bring together some of the best companies for you to try out for free!

Why network?


If you have even just a small business network, it can have a huge impact on whether or not your business starts or expands successfully, so why not try the Manchester networking groups for free at the show? Here's six reasons you should:

Feedback
Get genuine, honest feedback from potential customers and an objective view from other business owners.
Customers
Meeting lots of people usually means you'll come across some who need your services.
Support
Having a reliable network can offer you the support you need when you need it. Also, knowing the right people to turn to can be helpful in a business crisis!
Referrals
A strong network can be a valuable source of regular leads, referred to you from a trusted connection.
Opportunities
You may well meet your next great hire, or even be offered a higher position/salary at a different company.
Knowledge
Expand your horizons and open your mind. See what's out there, the new ways of thinking and alternative ways of doing things.
Wall of Connections

Even with all of the networking opportunities on offer at the Northern Business Exhibition, there's no way you'll be able to reach the thousands of professionals that attend the event. 

The Wall of Connections is the answer to that problem. Whether you're seeking for services or provide said services, simply attach your query or business card to the wall, then pop back later to see the responses!

 

How to Network

Be genuine
Be genuine
The concept of networking building relationships and trust with others, seeing first how you can help them, not to sell yourself to everyone you meet. A network that trusts you and likes you will do business with and refer work to you in time.
Be prepared
Be prepared
Think of short, catchy sentences that summarise what you do so that introductions are efficient and confident. Prepare open-ended questions that you can use to start good conversations.
Be a good listener
Be a good listener
It sounds obvious, but when you ask someone something, or they're introducing themselves, listen carefully to what they say. Make notes subtly once the conversation has finished if you need, so that next time you speak to them they will appreciate you listening well.
Be a conversationalist
Be a conversationalist
Make good eye contact and use the other person's name. Show a genuine interest in them, and they will do the same. Ask questions based on what they say, and talk about whatever feels natural. Use open ended questions where you can to help conversation flow.
Stay informal
Stay informal
Networking is not about selling your product it's about building a genuine rapport with someone else - don't go into sales pitch mode!
Be open minded
Be open minded
Even if you don’t think someone can help you directly, they may have other valuable connections or be able to help you further down the line.
Exclusive Networking Breakfast

Key members of the business community gather before the event on 17th March to kickstart their day with a delicious breakfast and an important networking session. Anyone can request an invitation, so pop your details below to hopefully be part of this exclusive, invite-only breakfast.  
Your request for an invitation to the Networking Breakfast has been received.

An email confirmation of your request has been sent to you, and we will be in touch at the end of February to extend an invitation if you are accepted. 
You will need to make sure you've registered for a free entry ticket.
Your request for an invitation to the Networking Breakfast has been received.

An email confirmation of your request has been sent to you, and we will be in touch at the end of February to extend an invitation if you are accepted. 
You will need to make sure you've registered for a free entry ticket.
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