Why be a part of “The Bagel”?
It is very simple! You will be included in a recommended directory of local services that is backed up by regular meetings.
Old School Networking
Making connections is essential for new and established businesses to grow. Our meetings are designed to help you connect, share skills and ideas and collaborate in an informal, but professional way, by networking locally. If you run a business (big or small), provide a trade or service or are a local craftsperson, why not pop along and connect with your local business and trades community.
The Bagel is designed to be a modern approach to giving out your details in a friendly and concise way. We can also help people and businesses to grow by facilitating connections. We love to share contacts, and the Bagel Directory has a growing set of very skilled members, from all walks of the business community.
Sometimes, as a small business, it can feel quite lonely and isolating. Making connections and accessing support from professional services can assist growth, encourage diversification or just make you feel more confident about what you are doing.
High on Google
Being listed on a good, local directory is a great referral link; it can help to give you that digital leg up on the Google ladder.
Do I have to have a Website to be part of “The Bagel”?
Some small traders operate on a small one-to-one basis and have no need for an expensive website, but merely want to come to make connections and share their details; The Bagel does just that. By being part of The Bagel Networking, you will automatically be featured on our directory. Therefore, you will have an online presence without the need for a website.
Should I do the networking or just go on the directory?
The Bagel terms state that you need to attend the Bagel Networking Meetings to be featured on our directory*. We like to meet everyone we recommend face-to-face. This is the fun bit anyway! Our meetings are welcoming, informal and a great way to talk shop; something we believe may be missing in this new-fangled, modern, online world!
Why Charge for Networking?
The networking fee is to cover the breakfasts, the hire of the library and general running costs, including marketing.
*You will need to attend at least one of our monthly meetings every three months to stay on the directory. This way we know you are still trading.
Our bagel plan: Build and support local businesses (especially start-ups) and give access to legal, hr, IT and any supporting business-to-business services needed. Keep it local where we can but welcome london wide trades. Run an annual business expo showcasing local trades. Grow a network of trusted traders. Encourage flexible and part-time working and have a Christmas party at least once a year! If you would like to get involved - why not pop along to one of our monthly networking meeting or sign up for the bagel directory today.