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Having this internet malarkey is great but it’s no substitute for being able to meet up with other business owners in person. 

Face to Face Business Networking is our preferred way of keeping in touch so you'll find us at a wide range of events in the North East & North Yorkshire.

Networking Events in the North East & North Yorkshire:

‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’

Networking is a great way to make new business contacts and build on existing relationships. Business professionals who network on a regular basis increase sales, reduce costs, find new suppliers, share ideas and enjoy what can be a fun experience.

Free Networking Events:
  • The Mussel Club
    The Mussel Club provides a range of FREE business networking & social events to help develop successful businesses throughout the North East.

  • Northallerton Business Network
    Informal business network group meeting on first Monday of each month in Northallerton area. No hard sell, no prescribed outcomes, no pressure and no agenda - simply make connections, find solutions, and promote your business.
  • CDC Enterprise Club
    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 on 0191 389 2648 to book a place.
  • 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.
  • 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 221 1660 to book a place.
  • 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.
  • Refresh Teesside
    In Teesside there are hundreds of creative & digital businesses who can benefit from knowing each other. Many of the businesses are relatively small in size, focusing on a specific skill or service. Everyone can benefit from knowing other professionals in their own trades and networking with other professionals who offer skills and services they may require in the future.
  • PowWowBiz
    Monthly Event - First Tuesday of every month: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT), Newcastle upon Tyne. If you’ve never been to a Powwow before basically it’s a chance for creative and digital people to grab a beverage, get together and really get to know each other, none of this business-card-swapping nonsense that we’ve all seen so often. We also provide some yummy grub so come hungry, now prepared by the lovely folks at The Town Wall

Paid Networking Events (Regional)

  • Durham Business Club
    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.
  • Sunderland Business Network
  • Derwentside Business Club
  • Darlington Business Club
    Darlington Business Club is a thriving organisation, attracting upwards of 50 local businesses to each of our monthly meetings. Monthly meetings are friendly and informal. They include a guest speaker, buffet and the opportunity to network with fellow members and guests. Guests can attend 1 meeting free of charge – if you enjoy it then you’ll need to become a member to attend further meetings.
  • Darlington Monthly Network Club
    Darlington Monthly Networking Group is a not-for-profit venture by Darlington Business owner Angela Ming. Angela successfully runs Darlington Monthly, Darlington's free independent community magazine, packed with adverts, features and local interest stories.
    Through the club Angela's aim is to raise the profile of Darlington Businesses to increase collaboration and ultimately sales and income. There is no joining fee, networkers are simply asked to pay for their lunch at the time of booking. Coffee and tea will be provided.
  • Tees Valley Business Club
    Held once a month on a Thursday evening from 6pm.
  • Middlesborough Business Forum
  • Weardale Business Club
    First Monday of every month (evening)
    Second Monday of month (lunchtime)     

Paid Networking Events

  • Network North
  • 8 Business Networking
    8 Business Networking, Stockton-on-tees, is a vibrant group of local businesses that come together once per month to make new introductions and build existing business relationships. It's all about making business introductions in a relaxed and non pressured way. You can attend one event free of charge as a guest.
  • 4Networking
  • BNI
  • FSB – Federation of Small Businesses (NE Region)
  • ISMM – Institute of Sales & Marketing Management
    Regional Networking Groups are taking place around the UK.
  • NECC
  • Inspire Network
    A network of North East women entrepreneurs running great businesses in all shapes, sizes and forms. Meetings in Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Darlington, Teesside, Tyneside and Northumberland.
  • NewcastleUNeed1
    Usually last Wednesday of month Genting Casino Forth Street NE1 Newcastle upon Tyne. Approx £15 per month. Initial free visit may be possible. Structure- forst 30 mins or so informal, then in small groups, of maybe 7 or 8 deliver a 2 minute pitch. Then everyone is asked to pitch to whole group using microphone, followed by more informal mingling.
  • FIND
    Friendship In Networking Durham is a local networking group set up to help Women in Business in and around County Durham – providing a central hub to access business information, education, support and guidance.
  • Co Working Days
    Monthly events in Durham City and Consett. £20 including lunch, workspace, WiFi and refreshments throughout the day. Cheaper if you book 2 events at a time – you’ll pay £16 for each event. Arrive any time from 9 am, a light lunch is included in the event price. After lunch join together for about an hour for an informal but structured chat about a topic associated with running a business which provides lots of opportunities to share ideas and experiences, to learn and pass on knowledge, and of course to connect with other people who are running their own businesses in the local area.

Regular Events with Networking Opportunities

  • North East Expo
    Organised by Marc Gordon. Always a great line up of speakers featuring the best of local, regional and global business. Featuring networking, marketing and business development at the core of the event and it is FREE to attend for all delegates. Look out for other Expo events in Sunderland, Cumbria and Scotland.
  • Mussel Club Expo www.musselclub/events

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This list is updated regularly so if you know of other networking opportunities not mentioned please drop an email with the details to

Happy Networking!

Online Networking:

If you can't get out and about you could try some online networking. There are various 'Twitter Hours' on designated days and times.

For information on 'Twitter Hours' in the North East see our list on

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