Coastalnet is a once-a-month networking forum for small businesses, predominantly those on the Heritage Coastline in Suffolk.
The format of the group enables communication at meetings to be open, honest, welcoming and fun - which derives from the simple idea that people do business with people they like.
Coastalnet thrives on the cornerstones of informality, friendship, humour and education - since we all spend more time at work than home, it makes perfect sense we should do our best to enjoy our business life as much as our personal one, and that we continually strive to learn and better ourselves.
Coastalnet meetings give members the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learning with other members to enhance skills they may already have and benefit their daily work.
Meetings are open to all, there is no lock out (i.e. only one of any particular type of business), no expensive annual membership and no pressure to give referrals - just turn up, enjoy the atmosphere and hopefully meet likeminded people who wish to use your services.
If you want to know more about the ideas behind Coastalnet and how it came about, then visit our About Us Page.
Dominic Allen, Group Organiser
The lack of formality is what makes this one of the most comfortable networking groups I attend. Lots of opportunity to catch up with folk before the only formality of giving an abbreviated description of what we do comes around. Then, a presentation followed by more catching up with the attendees.. Friendly, incredibly diverse, no membership fee and only a fiver to join in on the day. There is much to commend it.
I have found Coastalnet to be a complete waste of time. All people do is sit around chatting and laughing. What good is that? Plus they sometimes try to talk to me before we’ve been formally introduced. I cannot recommend it. I keep going every month just to make sure it really is as rubbish as I suspect.
Cristina and Barry from BoMoJo Productions have been attending CoastalNet Business Networking events a non profit organisation run by Dominic for a number of years to date. Dominic does a sterling job in attracting businesses from around Suffolk to what can only be described as a great group of people who learn and collaborate together, generating business, leads and referrals and additionally making great friends. The meetings are productive, informative, informal and infectious from the enthusiasm generated, often leaving you with much food for thought. Dominic is engaging, extremely knowledgable and professional with an experienced business acumen. Don’t just take our word for it, go try CoastalNet !
I am pleased to endorse Dominic’s work organising Networking events at CoastalNet. They are always welcoming, well ordered, informative and contain a good mix of people. This is due to Dominic’s personality, which is open, accommodating and warm. This sets the tone for the events. Even when things are not going to plan he is calm and does not get easily flustered. I can recommend Coastalnet highly.
Since starting self-employment I have attended most of the local networking groups, and after almost two years the fact the CoastalNet is one of the two that I still attend regularly tells the story in itself. The meetings are a monthly highlight where the light-hearted and friendly approach is perfect for making connections that grow into tangible business contacts. Looking round the room, I see the faces of MANY of my customers which proves that the informal approach championed by the group leader Dominic Allen is a highly successful one. If you are a small business in the Suffolk Coastal region you owe it to yourself to attend and see it working first hand.
It was my first time at Suffolk Coastalnet Networking Event at Ufford Park. Dominic was warm and receptive, in an environment that wasn’t too large, too small and not intimidating – supplying us with as much coffee, tea and biscuits we liked. We placed our names and companies on an A frame board so there was reference to the people, if like me you couldn’t remember someones name at any point throughout the morning. Everyone was open and willing to talk. I found the morning very sociable, very informative and good to be at an event with like minded people, focused and all searching for the same goals of aiming to put their companies forward within the vision of what Suffolk Coastalnet Networking Events wishes to promote. Very worth while..
Dominic has done an absolutely brilliant job of developing CoastalNet from its early days, and we’ve watched it grow to standing room only at recent meetings. He’ll hate me saying this, but it’s kind of networking meets Michael McIntyre. Dominic’s a great bloke, funny, decent and thoughtful and people really respond to that (CoastalNet is run for them, not making money out of members). He has recently introduced a showcase session, which is worth its weight in gold to members. In many formal groups, you’re lucky to get 10 mins in the spotlight. Here we’re allowed 15-20 mins and members get the chance to see you and your business in much greater details. The meetings are fun and informative and a lot of business passes round the room in the networking sessions. Thoroughly recommend it to businesses in the Suffolk Coastal area.
Without a doubt the friendliest networking event I’ve ever attended. As a newbie walking through the door for the first time I hadn’t even had my first caffeine hit before I was inundated with people wanting to welcome me and say hi. None of the scariness of having to approach people was present here! And I’ve been booked to speak at a session already even though I’ve only been once! Thoroughly recommend it!
I had never been to a networking group before I was invited to give Coastalnet a whirl. I expected a formal group with lots of throat clearing and pointless conversations about nothing. These expectations were confounded within the first five minutes. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The people are delightful. It’s well run and the talks are always interesting and relevant. I have made a number of friends and business contacts and look forward to many more fruitful and enjoyable years with the slightly crazed but always lovely Netters.
I started coming to Coastalnet meetings at the end of 2012. I have found the meetings to be great for networking (nice friendly and helpful group) and the presentations are brilliant too. I have learnt loads and made lots of business and personal friendships from this group. Would certainly recommend new and old businesses to attend. Dominic tirelessly organizes the group with extreme vigour and banter. Love it!
Val Chater of Thought Field Therapy and Shiatsu
Chris Higginson of Murchison River Lodge