There are many great sites and networks around the world which are useful to join, some of the larger events are held in one or more national conferencing arenas such as the NEC in Birmingham or the ExCel arena London. These can be great to find and build a network of contacts or potential service suppliers.

In the past, I have had some success using business discussion forums, though these tend to attract micro or SME business people rather than an investors or corporate transaction specialists.

Here are a few resources I find beneficial:-

Meetup – this is a network of event organisers what is good is that you can select a location and view a calendar of upcoming networking opportunities some are free, others have modest charges, but if you are trying to break into new locations or market niches it can be very useful.

Eventbrite – Another very respectable networking platform, often I’ve found business angels running events on here which can be a great way to socialise in with some key people.

Networking tools, if you are building a list of subscribers or a database of contacts, reaching out to them in a professional and regular way is important to ensure you keep putting your brand out there, and in front of your users and continually interacting with them.

Constant Contact – this is a powerful website and tool which allows you to create attractive flyers and newsletter and send them to your contact database, there is a charge based on the number of emails per month, but it does take away the hassle factor of working with emails and dealing with blacklists and so on which is an on-going headache with any form of email campaign.

Twitter we use this social media platform increasingly to build up our own network of contacts in the Business Anglel and Private Equity space.

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