In The Hive Networking
Networking is an essential marketing tool that can make all the difference for your business. By meeting with other businesses face-to-face, you can create meaningful and long-lasting relationships that are impossible through online interactions. These relationships can open up new opportunities for your business and help you achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.
We have something to suit everyone here ‘In the Hive’ and we’re a very friend bunch. Each networking event is held monthly between two wonderful locations in the East Midlands. Join us for our face-to-face events, either at the beautiful Wymondham Windmill on the Rutland/Leics border or at Margo & Plum Coffee House in Bottesford near Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Each event lasts for two hours, from 12-2 pm. They include a 1-minute introduction from those attending, a delicious lunch, and our exciting ‘Help, I’m stuck!’ business session, which provides you with the opportunity to put a question to the other attendees at the event. This can be related to something you are stuck with, in your business, or some other advice, and usually, we will have an ‘expert’ in the field to assist.
We’ll try to answer as many as we can in the group. It’s an ideal forum for business owners to share their expertise and knowledge, and of course to stay connected, support one another and collaborate.
To book on to our ‘In the Hive’ lunchtime events, please click on the relevant month you would like to attend at the bottom of this page (yellow box icons).
Please join us at our ‘In the Hive’ networking events, and join our Facebook page, ‘In The Hive‘, to meet like-minded people and to share ideas.
Click on the Event boxes at the bottom of this page for more information and to book your place.
We look forward to welcoming you to our friendly Hive.
Debbie is such a warm, friendly & organised person to work with. Her 'In the Hive' networking events are great. A perfect way for small businesses to connect.
Another lovely local networking event at the Wymondham Windmill! Always good to meet new people and connect with other self-employed business owners. Deborah Firmstone runs a fantastic, friendly event... oh, and did I mention the lunch is EXCELLENT?!
Thank you so much for the lovely networking meeting today. It was so nice to meet you.
I will definitely be back – maybe even to Bottesford in a couple of weeks!
Such a lovely venue, welcoming and friendly people and of course fabulous cake 😊
HRH Business Services
Debbie hosts the most fabulous networking events. I went to the one at Wymondham Windmill this week and I'd recommend it to any business owner - new or established. A friendly and supportive atmosphere to showcase what you do and to establish new collaborations and relationships. Did I mention that the food was gorgeous too?!
Debbie is always well-organised and very approachable, which makes for a very pleasant atmosphere at the 'In the Hive' networking events she organises. She is well-connected, wants to help people and is very accommodating to her clients' wishes.
Love the vibe of Deborah's 'In The Hive' networking events, we have attended them since the start. Really friendly, and Deborah creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a great "buzz". If you've never tried one, I certainly recommend that you do. See you at the next one!
I attended Debbie’s 'In The Hive' networking event and it was brilliant. There was a great variety of businesses in the room and Debbie made sure everyone received a warm welcome. I’ll definitely be a regular
Emma Kate Dawson Coaching
Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic event yesterday. It was my first networking event for some time locally and I really enjoyed myself and met some fantastic people. I hope that you run some other similar events in the future and look forward to attending these.
Duncan & Topliss
I had my first experience of a networking event & I couldn't have picked a better one!! The venue was brilliant, the atmosphere was so warm and welcoming. I was put at ease by all of this & the lovely accompanying local businesses. But none of that would be possible without the lovely Deborah at Queen Bee & Co. Excellent communication beforehand and afterwards! Would recommend to everyone :)
What a great networking event! Lots of fabulous business owners to talk to all enthusiastic about helping each other grow. The carefully chosen venue was amazing too. I'll be back for more next time!
Carol Lovejoy Edwards
Debbie's networking events are always really friendly and informal. She's so welcoming and inclusive of everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to speak and if you're nervous you're automatically put you at ease because they're such a lovely bunch.
Myself and my manager took part in the 'In The Hive' networking event and was very impressed with the event as a whole. Debbie was very friendly and welcoming, which made me feel confident in speaking to the other members of the group, as it was one of the first online networking events I had attended. The meeting was structured well and provided me with the chance to gain some excellent experience in terms of networking and also make some valuable contacts to build relationships with in the future. 👍
I have been a regular attendee of Debbie's 'In the Hive' Networking zoom meeting since I discovered them last summer. Such friendly, informal, yet professional approach to networking and I look forward to them every month. They're always run smoothly and it is great to see regular and new faces each time.
Lynne Page Travel
The 'In the Hive' networking sessions are fab! Debbie has such a welcoming, friendly personality, making even the newest networkers feel comfortable. The sessions are structured, and yet still feel relaxed - and it's led to business.
I really recommend them
How can networking help me?….
The advantages of business networking are numerous. First of all, it facilitates networking with potential clients or business partners. Connecting with others allows you to gain insight from their experiences and valuable advice. In addition to increasing your visibility in your field, networking enables you to contribute your knowledge and expertise. It can also improve your communication skills and self-confidence. Developing a network increases the likelihood of discovering new business opportunities and joint ventures. Business networking is like sowing the seeds of future expansion, leading to new relationships, concepts, and achievements.
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