Starting a new business, or maintaining an existing one, takes constant effort to get new clients and allocating your marketing budget to get the best return from your spend is vital. One of the first and most important tasks for many SMEs is to get out there and make new contacts locally, which will hopefully introduce you to new suppliers, get you a new source of leads, and of course referrals from people who trust you. After some time passes, even good friends can be made along the way, as we’ve often found here at itseeze Web Design Windsor! 
 
Across the many groups that Windsor and Slough have to offer, there are potentially hundreds of local business owners to do business with. 
 
However, the challenge lies in finding the networking groups that suit your goals and also your personality type. We’ve compiled a list of some of the local groups on offer in Windsor and Slough, and we hope they help you on your search: 

1. BNI 

BNI is the worlds’ biggest business networking group. It focuses on training members, giving members opportunities to get to know each other properly, and passing referrals on within the group from both internal members and from people outside of the group.  
 
To visit the BNI Windsor networking group, you can get more details here. 
 

2. Business Biscotti 

The Business Biscotti networking group is based in Slough. It is a private membership organisation that helps business owners and like-minded individuals to attend events as a ‘try-it-out’ before joining as a member. 
 

3. The Business Girls Network 

The Business Girls Network is a business community created for women to educate, empower, and enable female business ownership and entrepreneurship. It’s a very special combination of a strong online group, matched with local offline events to meet up and collaborate. 
 

4. The Athena Network 

The Athena Network host regular business networking events. Their seminars offer you an opportunity to meet new business partners, make connections, and expand your business. They meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 12–2pm (except August and December) at The Greene Oak in Windsor. 
 

5. Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce 

The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce invites industry leaders to its multiple events held across the county. Find out more and book on here. 
 

 6. Windsor Business Community 

The Windsor Business Community offers business professionals a networking opportunity. You get to meet like-minded people and enjoy great discussions and connections. They've scrapped the traditional networking rulebook and created an event that is informal with no name badges, no stand-up presentations, no one-minute speeches and no membership fees – just great locations, food, and company. 
 

7. 4Networking 

4Networking is a relaxed business networking group that is popular nationwide. It has an open door policy to all professions and there is no restriction on the number of any one kind of profession in the room at any time. It offers excellent opportunities for collaboration and getting your name out there locally. 
 

8. Women in Rural Enterprise (WIRE) 

Based in Slough, WIRE helps women in business and offers them an opportunity to network with others in the industry. A WIRE package includes monthly e-newsletter WiRE Local Network Group and countless marketing opportunities. 
 

9. Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) 

The FSB has over 1888 branches across 33 regions. The campaign pressure group promotes and protects the interest of entrepreneurs and small firms. 
 

10. WIBN (Women in Business Network) 

This group brings like-minded women together. The aim of WIBN is to help women generate more business and assist each other. 
 
We hope this list has proved useful, and look forward to seeing you at a Windsor or Slough based networking event soon! In the meantime, if you'd like to find out more about what itseeze Web Design Windsor has to offer local businesses, why not browse our local portfolio or contact our friendly team today to discuss our affordable web design services
 
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