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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

UK: Open Networks, Closed Networks & In Between

by Dave Clarke
UK Bureau Chief

Many of the UK Organisations where Networking is the primary activity are either open to competitors or have one place only for a particular trade or profession.

, Ecademy Blackstar and NRG-networks are all open and encourage collaboration between people offering similar services.

, BRX, and BoB Clubs operate an exclusive membership with only one place in a group for people doing similar things.

Both types of organisations provide an environment for building trusted relationships and work well for the people in them. Clearly many people are happier in one or the other and some are members of both proving that both can work in tandem. If you are not sure which would suit you then try as many as you can before committing to those you will join.

I was in Edinburgh last week meeting people in preparation for the launch of some of new NRG Metropolitan Groups. I had been introduced beforehand to Belinda Roberts who runs 'Winning Entrepreneurs'. Hers is an open & closed Network being open to entrepreneurs, but closed to advisers.

All going to show that Business Networking is thriving in the UK and you can find one or many networks to suit you whatever your business is.

Good Networking!
Dave Clarke

For more information, please visit Dave's TNNW Bio.

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