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Business Networking

Find out more about Mendip, Somerset and the South West's business networking groups and associations.

Businesses in Mendip can access a wide range of networking events, covering different topics and with keynote speakers.  From professional services companies offering the latest tips and tricks, to inspirational stories ranging from local entrepreneurs to big brand industry names, you are sure to find an event or group which can help your enterprise.


Mendip Business Membership and Networking Groups

Mendip Association of Chambers of Commerce

Frome Chamber of Commerce
An active member of the Wessex, Mendip and Somerset Chambers of Commerce. These three established networks allow Frome members to engage positively across a wider network of business initiatives.

Shepton Mallet Chamber of Commerce
Encouraging members to join and network with other local businesses and traders, Shepton Mallet Chamber runs local events to get businesses sharing views and ideas.

Street Chamber of Commerce
Working with members to make Street a better place to work and do business, Street Chamber of Commerce offers free member advice, discounted services, networking opportunities and much more.

Wells Chamber of Commerce
Linking members and holding monthly meetings, Wells Chamber of Commerce aims to maximise potential from city events and to keep members informed of local business schemes and initiatives.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB Yeovil and Mendip)

FSB Yeovil and Mendip
Forming part of the wider Somerset & Wiltshire region, the Yeovil and Mendip branch offers access to the national lobbying group for small and self-employed businesses.  The FSB offers a wide range of member benefits including legal protection and tax advice.

4Networking - Glastonbury Business Breakfast

4Networking - Glastonbury Breakfast Group
Develop helpful business connections in a relaxed, friendly environment and at each meeting benefit from 3 x 10 minute 1-2-1 business appointments. An ideal way to spread the word about you and your business. 
Meetings every other Wednesday from 8-10am, we would be delighted to welcome you.

Business Network International (BNI)

BNI Abundance (Frome)
BNI West Mendip (Wells)

The BNI network is the world's largest and most successful business network.  Its purpose is to provide a positive and structured environment for the growth and development of its members through the exchange of quality business referrals.  Regular Mendip-based meetings are held by BNI group members in Frome and Wells.

Women in Business Network (WIBN)

Women in Business Network (Wells)
A membership organisation for women who wish to gain new business opportunities through word of mouth.  Whether employed or as a business owner the network has a huge diversity of businesses involved.  Mendip-based meetings are held regularly in Wells.

Mendip Business Women's' Forum

Mendip Business Women's Forum

A forum for women in business to share knowledge, skills and experience in a friendly environment.  Meetings are held monthly and non-members are welcome to come along and 'try before you buy'.


Somerset and Regional Business Membership and Networking Groups

Somerset Chamber of Commerce

Somerset Chamber of Commerce

A membership based business support organisation, which combined with Somerset Town Chambers, represents 2000 businesses across the county.  Offering business advice, mentoring, networking and information seminars, the Chamber also manages the county's two premier business events, the Somerset in Business Conference and the Somerset Business Awards.

Federation of Small Businesses - (FSB Somerset and Wiltshire)

Federation of Small Businesses - FSB Somerset and Wiltshire
The regional office for Somerset and Wiltshire offers access to the national lobbying group for small and self-employed businesses. The FSB offers a wide range of member benefits including legal protection and tax advice.

Institute of Directors (IoD Somerset)

Institute of Directors - IoD Somerset
A local membership network offering professional free benefits and expert services to help you grow your business.  IoD Somerset currently has 250 members, and organises inspirational events in the Somerset area.

Southwest Women in Regional Enterprise (SWIRE)

Southwest Women in Regional Enterprise
An independent group of self employed business women based in the South West.  SWIRE's membership includes sole traders and limited companies.  Open to women who are currently in business or thinking of starting up, the group meets every six weeks.

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HOTSW LEP)

Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

One of 39 LEPs set up by government across England, HOTSW LEP (covering Somerset and Devon) offers a forum through various groups and committees on general and specialist business topics.  From 2015, LEPs will be able to bid for funding from a national £2 billion fund to support housing, infrastructure and employment projects.

If you represent a local or county-based business networking organisation which is not included here, please contact economy@mendip.gov.uk to update your details.

Last modified: 29 September 2014