Written by Robert Mould

Our favourite business networking groups in Eastbourne

Due to coronavirus and the need for social distancing, face-to-face networking events usually held in Sussex are currently on hold. In the meantime, great networking events have taken their place, enabling people to connect from the comfort of their own homes. Apps like Zoom have made it possible to conduct online networking events in Sussex, as well as business meetings, webinars and video conferencing on an international scale.

But which online networking events should you virtually attend? We’ve compiled a list of the best online networking sessions in Sussex.

1. Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce

The Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce organises an online networking event via Zoom on Wednesdays at 10:00 am – 11:00 am each week. Herron Fisher, on behalf of the Chamber, hosts this event. During this hour, you will get a chance to meet its members, share concerns, provide advice, and get to know one another better.

2. Virtual Online Events by FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses continues to host a range of free online events via Zoom, enabling business owners to exchange experience and expertise with members of the FSB. These events, (held on a weekly or monthly basis) which are open to small businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK, include:

  • Virtual networking events
  • Advice on how to enhance or grow your business
  • Legal and HR advice webinars
  • Marketing webinars

3. Sussex Chamber of Commerce- Purely Networking

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce offers practical and valuable guidance to business communities via online networking events on Zoom. To attend one of them, simply register as a member on their website

4. BNI Sussex Networking Chapters

You can invite yourself to the BNI’s virtual meetings to share your business thoughts and problems.

The BNI schedules chapter meetings every week that you can attend online. The following listed below are some chapters that are based in and around Eastbourne:

  • 1st Eastbourne BNI
  • The Royal BNI (Eastbourne)
  • Concord BNI (Eastbourne)

Simply fill out the online form to become a participant for one of their online networking events and chapters.

5. Let’s Talk Small Business Meetup

Let’s Talk Small Business Meetup is a free online business network where you can connect and work with other entrepreneurs online. Twice weekly, they organise a virtual meet up discussing various topics concerning SMEs.

The meet-ups are every Tuesday from 4.00 – 5.00 pm and every Friday from 8.30 am – 9.30 am UK time. Sign-up via the Eventbrite link in order to attend.

Why Attend Online Networking Events in Eastbourne?

Here at RJM Digital, we think the major advantage of online networking events during the pandemic has been the ability to connect with many more businesses locally in Eastbourne. In fact, enforced social distancing has facilitated the opportunity to reach out to small businesses on both a national and international scale that may not have otherwise occurred under normal working conditions.