Stroud Breakfast - Business Network Meeting

Group Leader

Tom Payne

Tom leads the Sterling Stroud Group with humour, professionalism and commitment to ensuring both members and visitors get the best out of every meeting. A member of Sterling Networking Groups for over three years, Tom understands networking and how it can to help you to make the contacts and generate the referrals you need.

Tom holds the accountant seat in the Stroud Group and has been ACCA qualified for 17 years. He works with clients that include a self employed local electrician to limited companies turning over a couple of million pounds. With a repuation as an accountant that takes an interest in all aspects of client's business, Tom ensures that he helps clients to achieve their ambitions. 

A keen Gloucester Rugby fan and with an interest in the outdoors, especially running! Tom is really well connected throughout the county.

"We have a lively and really interesting group in Stroud. Visit us to help start your business day with renewed enthusiasm, new connections and new referrals

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The Stroud Breakfast is held every other Thursday at, The Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4ER

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



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


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. 


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. 


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! 


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.  


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


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 £329.00 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.