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.
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.
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!
Having attended a number of networking groups over the years I now only attend Coastalnet. Not only are the members great fun, the meetings are informative and everyone is hugely supportive of each other. I am delighted to be a member.
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.
When Dominic invited me to the Coastalnet meeting not long after I had started out in business, I was nervous to say the least. Networking was not something that I had done before. I needn’t have worried. Dominic is a very personable chap and I soon felt at ease. The format of Coastalnet is fantastic. A relaxed atmosphere and friendly people from which I have gained much business.Dominic himself made sure that I was introduced to people and made to feel at home. As a speaker he is very easy to listen to and gets a message across in a succinct but enjoyable manner. He is very altruistic and supportive outside of Coastalnet continuing to link people up through business and support causes important to the local community.
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!
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 run the CoastalNet networking group for a few years now. He has managed to keep it an informal but effective group attracting a range of small businesses from the Suffolk Coastal Area. Through Dominic’s efforts I’ve been able to meet a number of contacts that I’ve gone on to do business with!
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