Stroud Breakfast - Business Network Meeting
Hello, I’m Tom Payne and I lead the Sterling Stroud Breakfast group with humour, professionalism and a commitment to ensure members and visitors get the best out of every meeting. I have been a member of Sterling for over four years, so I fully understand networking and how Sterling specifically helps to bring people together to generate the referrals they need.
I hold the accountant seat; ACCA qualified for 17 years. I work with a diverse range of clients including self-employed local electricians and limited companies that turn over a couple of million pounds. You can find me here.
A keen Gloucester Rugby fan and with an interest in the outdoors, especially running, I am 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”
The Stroud Breakfast is held every other Thursday at, The Old Lodge, Cirencester Road, Minchinhampton, Stroud GL6 9AQ
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Many of our members join more than one group. Sometimes a breakfast and lunchtime group in the same area.
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.