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
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.
Having been involved with CoastalNet since its early inception, I have seen both the group and the members grow and prosper. Dominic’s drive, commitment and his professional approach has certainly given many, the opportunity to learn from each other and network in a very relaxed environment. Well done Dom!
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!
Dominic always facilitates a great atmosphere at Coastalnet and ensures that everyone has a good time and really gets to know other local businesses. The fact that so many members of the group have done business with each other is testament in itself to his skills – sessions are always professionally run and highly enjoyable.
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..
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.
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.
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.