Reading Breakfast - Business Network Meeting

If you are looking to make new connections in Reading and grow your business, then the Sterling Networks Reading Breakfast Group is definitely the answer! Reading is steeped in history and has an outstanding reputation for innovation, and our networking group perfectly echoes this dynamic mix.

Referral marketing through business networking can provide an excellent return on investment and the Reading Breakfast Group will help you drive your business forward. We pride ourselves in giving businesses in Reading a platform to nurture their business in a proactive way and help them start conversations to expand their network of contacts. Membership satisfaction is key to any networking group and Reading Breakfast has an established team, all focused on building long-lasting business relationships.

Group Leader

David Rollock

It is my pleasure to give you a warm welcome to Reading Breakfast networking group. We have a wide range of businesses in our group and every meeting is full of energy with members working together to support each other. As with all Sterling Networks groups, we have a one-seat policy at Reading Breakfast so conversations always flow with ease. I have the Health Insurance seat with WPA with many years’ experience in networking in the local area. This gives me a unique insight into helping members make new connections in Reading and the surrounding areas. 


Our fortnightly meetings act as a focal point in the diary to connect, share news and give feedback on referrals and collaborations within the team. Having a professional yet relaxed meeting ensures that even if you have never tried networking before, Reading Breakfast provides a positive atmosphere for all members.


Where the group really comes into its own is the 1 to 1’s between members that we schedule in between the structured meetings. You can really get to know other members and their business on a deeper level, helping to cement long-lasting relationships. The added bonus is the friendships we make along the way and that is invaluable in an everchanging business world.


Are you interested in finding out more about Reading Breakfast networking group? Why not come along as a visitor, I’ll be waiting to give you a warm welcome.

 

 

 

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Meeting Details

The Reading Breakfast Group meet fortnightly via Zoom (for now) and will meet face to face @ Metro Bank, Broad Street Mall, 201 Broad Street, Reading, RG1 7QA on a Wednesday from 7:00am to 8.45am.

 

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7.00am

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

7.15am

Breakfast

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

7.30am

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. 

8.00am

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. 

8.15am

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! 

8.30am

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.  

8.45am

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

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.