There is no shortage of great people in Merton – but how do you tap their network? We asked Caroline Cook from Merton Chamber of Commerce for her top tips on how to make the most out of local networking opportunities. Here’s what she had to say…
Networking is at the heart of my work at Merton Chamber of Commerce. Networking doesn’t have to happen at an event, but my time at Merton Chamber has given me a wealth of local knowledge and connections which I can share on a daily basis with our members. These contacts with local businesses are massively important, as being surrounded by great people can help both upcoming and established business find solutions to almost any problem. And in Merton, I am proud to say there is no shortage of great people.
Connecting people has given me an insight into the world of networking. The biggest piece of advice I give to people who perhaps struggle with networking, and especially those young people who often don’t have many contacts in the business world, is to just say ‘yes’! Throwing yourself into as many opportunities as possible is the quickest way to link up with likeminded business people and find out which avenues you want to pursue. In my experience, Merton has always been full of inspiring people who can help you grow and achieve your aims; all it takes is time and a good attitude to find these people.
Here at Merton Chamber we offer a wide range of opportunities for local businesses, including networking, and the chance to meet with likeminded people. This month has been packed with great chances to jump in and get involved, for example, our Join the Green Conversation breakfast seminar in partnership with Sustainable Merton and Geeks. This is followed on the evening of Thursday 23rd May by a Wimbledon Young Professionals evening at Wimbledon’s new Bar CMYK; and in early June we’ll be hosting one of the highlights of our Networking calendar with our Networking Evening and AGM at the stunning Cannizaro House Hotel du Vin, on Tuesday 4th June. So we would advise any local businesses to take time out and catch up. Come along!
Contributor: Caroline Cook, Membership and Events Manager | Merton Chamber of Commerce