Oxford Central Breakfast - Business Network Meeting

Sterling Oxford Central Breakfast group leads the way in professional networking in Oxford with a dynamic mix of businesses looking to start conversations and expand their connections in the local area. Oxford is synonymous with innovation and the business community has a proactive and forward thinking approach to networking. The Oxford Central Breakfast group has the key aim of working together in synergy as a proven referral marketing tool focused on delivering results. Long gone are the days where networking involves uncomfortable and rigid meetings, Sterling prides itself on having the perfect balance of a relaxed yet professional structure to nurture business relationships.

Group Leader

Ben Anderson

As the Group Leader of Oxford Central Breakfast, I am delighted to introduce you to the group. There’s a unique energy in the room every time we meet and the mix of businesses work well together as there is a one seat policy, as there is with all Sterling networking groups. I have the Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) seat in the group working for St James Place so having a networking group that delivers on results is top priority. 

We work as a team to support each other, not only passing referrals but there is a genuine want to help other businesses in the room. Membership satisfaction is a huge focus to me as the Group Leader and what really shines through is the long lasting business relationships that flourish from our membership. We meet fortnightly with a friendly but a structured meeting but the real value comes from the 1 to 1’s that we encourage outside the meetings. Getting to know each others businesses ensures we can refer with confidence and cement our business relationships.

I highly recommend Oxford Central Breakfast networking group and I would relish the opportunity to give you a warm welcome at our next meeting as a visitor. I’m looking forward to meeting you very soon!

 

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Location

The Oxford Central Breakfast is held every other Thursday and is located at Metro Bank, 4 – 5 Queen Street, Oxford, OX1 1EJ

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FAQ

How many times can I visit?

We encourage you to attend at least twice to make sure that Sterling is right for you. You can visit more than one group following your first visit - all we ask is you call Sterling HQ to check that there is no clash of industry category.

What does single seat category mean?

Single seat category means that we only allow one person from each industry sector in each group. In some groups, professionals from similar industries collaborate and gain mutual benefit. 

How much does it cost?

Your initial visit is just £15.60. Annual membership is £359.00 ex VAT and then it's £15.60 per meeting, paid by DD, to cover breakfast or lunch. 

What if my category is already taken?

There may be other Sterling groups in your area that have your industry category available and do speak to the group leader or Sterling HQ. Often businesses can collaborate even when they may, on first sight, seem to be in the same industry. 

Can I join more than one group?

Yes. Many of our members join more than one group. Sometimes a breakfast and lunchtime group in the same area.

Is there an application process?

Yes. Each application is carefully considered by Sterling HQ and our local group leader. We like to make sure there are no competitive clashes and that every member is going fit well with the group. 

6.45am

Meeting begins with a tea, coffee, water or juice and 15 minutes informal networking.

7.00am

Breakfast

Traditional cooked breakfast, or depending on location a vegetarian option plus pastries or fruit.

7.15am

60-second round

This is an opportunity for each member and guest to introduce themselves and their business, defining the kinds of referrals and any particular introductions they currently seek. 

7.50am

Engine Room break

This is the crucial part of our meetings providing a great opportunity to connect and arrange 'one to one' appointments with businesses you would like to know more about. At the same time a chance to refill your drinks. 

8.00am

Member presentation

This is a great platform where members describe their business more fully. Provides an opportunity for the group to understand the nature and direction of your business. Brilliant for new projects and new ideas. Invaluable! 

8.15am

The ‘activity round’ comes next. This is when members and guests are invited to summarise referrals made and received, give thanks to other members and guests, describe any ‘one-to-one’ meetings held outside the breakfast meeting and share any latest news.  

8.30am

Meeting closes, but you’re welcome to stay on for extra networking and discussions.