Getting yourself out and about to Business Networking Events is one of the best ways to get you and your organisation found. People buy from people, so get out there and meet people. We try to attend as many business groups as we can and in most cases we’ve found them to very nice and welcoming.  Even if you think that networking is not your thing or don’t feel naturally comfortable in groups don’t worry. There are lots of people who started our just the same and are now moving and shaking with the best of them. 

All of the good business groups understand this and will do their best to make you feel welcome.

 So, don’t delay, get out there today !

This list will be updated on an as and when basis so please do check back form time to time. We’re not here to endorse any of the organisations listed but just to make you aware they exist. Also, the information is correct to the best of our ability but do contact the clubs you’re interested in for the latest information. We’re not taking any responsibility if and when times, prices etc change.

If you know of any groups we’ve missed, please let us know and we’ll update this page.


Free Business Networking

Not sure this one is exactly free, you only pay for the cost of your breakfast, but there’s no other fees or registration so we’ll put in this column.

Nice club, very friendly and relaxed. Great way to start out if new to business networking.

Usually the first Wednesday of the month. Covering the North Tyneside area. Various events, including breakfast meetings. For More

A business networking club run by the North Tyneside Council.
They have various events throughout the year that are free or low cost to the business of North Tyneside.

Paid Business Networking

2015 is thier 200th anniversary so it’s fair to say it’s well established.

Even though they are a fee paying organisation, they do have ‘open’ events from time to time so it’s worth keeping an eye out to see what events are on. Try before you buy so to speak.

Sunderland Business Club

Covering all of Sunderland & Washington area.

Durham Business Club

We’ve been to the odd one and they’re good. Occasionally have open days or events you can attend for only £10.00 which is not very expensive way to meet new businesses.

Free Networking Events:

[accordions handle=”arrows” space=”yes” icon_color=”#1e73be” icon_current_color=”#ffffff”] [accordion title=”CDC Enterprise Agency” ]Last Friday of the month. 1 to 3pm in Mile House, Chester-le-Street. There are usually around 16 to 20 attendees ranging from Pre-Start to established entrepreneurs, sole traders and SME’s.  The format is 2 minute introductions, speaker/seminar on topics to benefit your business. Call Michael Harriot on   0191 3892648  to book a place.[/accordion] [accordion title=”Chester-le-Street Business Network Group” ]Every other Wednesday lunchtime, 12 to 2pm.  Free networking opportunity for businesses in Chester-le-Street and surrounding areas. The purpose of the group is to work together, support each other and make referrals. There is only one member per business sector and regular attendance of meetings is required. For more information or dates/times contact Dawn Gray on 0193 3889244 or 07868 746916 [/accordion]

[accordion title=”G Casino (Newcastle)” ]This networking event is open to any business and is very informal with no presentations or formal introductions, just an opportunity to network and make new contacts. Takes place on the  last Thursday of the month from 12 to 2pm.  Refreshments provided. Contact Cheryl Flowers on 0191 2211660 to book a place.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Tyneside Connect” ]Covering the North Tyne area. Various events, including breakfast meetings. For More Info: [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Mussel Club” ]The Mussel Business Club provides a range of networking & social events to help develop successful businesses throughout the North East. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”First Friday Newcastle” ]Newcastle Science City  Monthly Event – First Friday of every month: 08:00 to 10:00am  at Central Bean Coffee Shop on Gallowgate Newcastle City Centre. An informal forum regularly attracting over 100 people who come along to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship. The events are specifically targeted at the science community, including entrepreneurs, designers, scientists and financiers. To date the event has played a key role in helping a number of collaborations and businesses get off the ground.[/accordion]

[accordion title=”Freelance Romance” ]Helping good freelancers and good businesses meet. [/accordion]

[accordion title=”Rise and Design” ]Run by Design Network North. A fantastic networking opportunity for members to meet on the second Friday of every month.  Each Rise and Design covers a different topic of design practice and includes speakers from the relevant industries.  Tea, coffee and breakfast is served and members also have the chance to showcase their products and services in a dedicated exhibition space. See eventbrite for dates/times.[/accordion]


Paid Networking Events:

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[accordion title=”Durham Business Club” ]The subscription from January 2013 is £144 inc. VAT.  A 10% discount is available if you join at a club meeting. There are, regular monthly evening meetings that present valuable information on topical business issues, promote inter trade and encourage a friendly, sociable gathering of business people willing to share experience and knowledge. As well as monthly breakfast meetings with informal networking. [/accordion] [accordion title=”Sunderland Business Network” ]Join SBN from only £50 per year and get access to monthly network meetings and a range of opportunities to promote your business. [/accordion] [accordion title=”Derwentside Business Club” ]Membership entitles you to unlimited access to all membership content including meetings unless otherwise stated. Price: 1-49 Employees £60+VAT | 50-99 Employees £120+VAT | 100+ Employees £240+VAT (payable on confirmation) At DBN we believe that networking should be relaxed and informal and this is how our monthly (evening) meetings are structured.  As well as exchanging business information and new ideas, we laugh a lot and have fun!. Our members have built long standing relationships and friendships, through contacts they have made via the Network [/accordion] [accordion title=”Network North” ] [/accordion] [accordion title=”Willow Wednesday” ] [/accordion] [accordion title=”4Networking” ] [/accordion] [accordion title=”Federation of Small Businesses (NE Region)” ] [/accordion] [accordion title=”ISMM – Institute of Sales & Marketing Management” ]ISMM Regional Networking Groups are taking place around the UK. Regional Networking Groups help sales professionals to develop their own local communities, where they can share best practice or find solutions to their problems, as well as developing their own network of friends and colleagues. Nev and Nicola from support our regional events here in the North East. [/accordion] [/accordions] [/one_half_last]


An epically huge thank you to Secrets Of Software who did all of the hard work and put this list together.