by James
January 22, 2020

Ultimate Guides

Business Networking in Norfolk - The Ultimate Guide

A common question for businesses looking to begin networking is how do I find business networking events near me. Norwich and Norfolk has a really vibrant business networking scene, here is our picks of networking events and networking groups. Even with the outbreak of COVID-19, the Norfolk and Norwich business networking scene is still very strong.

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce

The Norfolk chamber of commerce, of which we are a member, has a wide array of networking events. The chamber break their events down into event types including:

  • Careers events
  • Special events
  • Evening networking
  • Conferences
  • Exhibitions
  • Business breakfasts

You have to pay for membership to be part of the chamber and many events are chargeable too, but with over 940 businesses, the chamber has a wide range of businesses from startups to large corporates.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Norfolk Chamber has moved many networking events online, making networking both available and different. We have found it very enjoyable and highly recommend getting involved with the chamber. If you join just one networking group, the chamber is it. Benefits aren’t just in the networking though, the chamber of commerce offers a great number of support elements for its members.

Eventbrite Business Events Norfolk

Eventbrite is an aggregator of events being hosted and can be filtered by event type. Events can range from being completely free to chargeable. The Eventbrite events offer something different than a business networking group that may have similar members at each event. Not that we think that is such a bad thing. Events listed include Google Digital Garage, Positive Wellbeing at Work and Strengthen Your Social Media Efforts.

Institute of Directors – East of England

The Norfolk chapter of the Institute of Directors boasts one of the most vibrant memberships within the country. In fact, the annual dinner has the largest attendance of any IOD chapter outside of London. Where the Institute of Directors varies from other networking groups, is that membership is exclusively for Director level applicants, covering the individual, not the business.

Events for the institute of Directors Norfolk include “The East of England – Norfolk Mastermind Group” – hosted at Norwich City Football Club, the regular “Collaborate” meet-up and varied breakfast and dinner engagements.

Google Events – Business Networking Norfolk

The search engine king, who are constantly innovating our web experience of course have something to add to the business networking and event finding sphere. Simply clicking the above link will take you to an eventbrite style list of business events being hosted in Norfolk.

Events include BNI Networking, Relaxed Networking at the UEA Enterprise Centre and Great Yarmouth Networking Breakfast. Most events on the list are free.