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Face-To-Face Networking Essential for Small Firms

Face-To-Face Networking Essential for Small Firms

More than a third of small firms believe that networking face to face is still crucial to the success of their business, despite the massive increase of online networking, research by events organiser Business Scene has found. The survey of 500 small businesses also revealed that 66 per cent attend networking events at least once a week. Of those that network face to face, 44 per cent have made more than £1,000 from it in the last year and 20 per cent have made more than £10,000. “Online networking is good for making initial contact, but it’s no replacement for face-to-face networking when it comes to winning new business,” said Business Scene founder, Warren Cass. “People are starting to think about where their next deal is coming from, and they realise... »

Marketing and Doing Business in Europe

Knowing more about the European Union (EU) and the programmes that are in place to help small and medium-sized businesses could be vital for your future success. The FAQs and resources in this section will help you identify opportunities and support programmes that relate to your business and to find the advice you might need to take advantage of them. Twelve countries, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, are currently involved in negotiations to join the EU. It looks likely that there may be as many as ten new members of the union in 2004 with a further two countries joining in the next 6 years. EU enlargement will: Bring down remaining barriers to trade and business. UK companies will benefit from access to the largest single market for trade and investment in the world, with over 50... »