Become part of a growing mutual support network and the community

What is Edinburgh Connections?

Edinburgh Connections is addressing a critical market need in providing peer to peer support to entrepreneurs in their ambition, passion and commitment to grow their businesses, especially now at this time of great change.

Become part of a growing mutual support network and community at EC, built on strong lasting relationships, respect and trust where individuals can share their experience, ideas expertise and contacts.

Business Networking Events in Edinburgh

Behind Edinburgh Connections are their founders: Colin McKeand, Scotland’s Mister Networking and Bart Kowalczyk, founder of PBLINK. We are an Independent Business Membership Organisation. We help local, growth-oriented entrepreneurs and individuals to achieve business and professional goals by connecting with one another.

We organise the biggest regular business networking events in Scotland – attended by 130+ delegates. We cover Edinburgh, Lothians and Fife regions.

Still need convincing? See what our members think

Edinburgh Connections is built on strong lasting relationships, respect and trust where individuals can share their experience, ideas expertise and contacts.

 

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Great event, lovely friendly people, superb venue, and well organised. Well worth coming even if I don’t meet customers I can directly work with. People know people who might need me.

Really enjoyable, round table discussions work well and very interesting to hear different ideas from other groups on the same topic. It was a very good host for this and kept things on schedule and in control easily.

Really enjoyable, round table discussions work well and very interesting to hear different ideas from other groups on the same topic. It was a very good host for this and kept things on schedule and in control easily.

 

 

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Membership Benefits

Edinburgh Connections offers essential tools to help members to grow in Scotland and beyond through Online & Face-2-Face Networking

Membership Onboarding

Each new member will go through an onboarding process that will include: setting up Business Profile in Edinburgh Business Members Directory, introduction call with Anna to review business objectives and plan ongoing engagement with PBLINK, a series of educational emails to help you make the most of your Membership.

Ongoing engagement with other Members

We will stay in touch with you throughout your Membership, seek your feedback, suggest promotional opportunities, and provide website content that is interesting and useful for your business.

Introductions

We aim to ‘’fish’ the best contacts for you for your 12-month membership and facilitate 2 warm introductions to other Members.

eBooks

Opportunity to contribute content to EC eBooks = extra promotion of your brand.

Pre-Networking Online Sessions with other Members

Access to a pre-networking session before most of our online events. At the pre-networking session, we will be able to welcome new members, update our network about forthcoming events and go through the delegates list. We will also be promoting members at online events (public pitch, Member Name in Attendee List, putting the letter M next to surname [M=Member] so we can mix members in the breakout rooms)

Delegates List

Only Members will have access to the delegates list of those attending our online and F2F events. It will give members context in which they can start to build relationships. In most cases the list will include: first name, last name, job position, business, what networking contacts are they looking for and Linkedin address. On top of this members will have access to Webinar Recordings & Chat Transcripts of all of Edinburgh Connections events. Access is via Dropbox membership folder.

No Penalty fees

Non-members booking but not attending our events might be charged a no-show fee of up to £50 depending on the event. This fee won’t apply if you are Edinburgh Connections Member.

Linkedin

Members will have access to our members-only Private Group on Linkedin. Great way to network with others and send comments and questions.

Speaking & Exhibiting at the Edinburgh Business Show & other events

Members have the opportunity to speak and/or exhibit at our events including Edinburgh Business Show.

Access to Membership Alert

Access to information is key to success. The Alert function allows you to network with other members 24/7.

Business Profile in Directory promoting your business

Each member will get a Business Profile in the Members Directory with one do-follow link supporting your SEO.

Free Business Event Tickets

The average member saves up to £100 per annum on event fees. Free/discounted Events for members and up to 3 guests including Edinburgh Business Show, Scottish Business Leadership Conference Networking Session, Edinburgh Construction & Property Connections. This is a great way to invite your partners/Clients and add extra value to your offering.

Content Support

Members can publish their own business events and other content on Edinburgh Connections Website.

Social Media support

We use Linkedin and Facebook to communicate with our members and guests. All members content will be promoted in our social media accounts.

Emailing

Only members can send dedicated emails to contacts in the Edinburgh Connections database (1.3k emails, fee £150). After send out they will receive a detailed report from the mail-out and all replies will be forwarded to the member. Emailing to be in the format approved by EC (max one image, short content of 1-1.5k characters, call to action with link).

Members-only event

Members will get exclusive access to our members-only events

“Networking is not hunting, is more like farming”

 

Networking will not always generate business in the short term. Effective networking involves a lot of referrals: I might not do business with you now, but I might know someone who will be interested in talking to you.

Colin McKeand & Bart Kowalczyk
Edinburgh Connections Founders

 

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