Name of your organisation: Scottish Women in Business (SWIB), which is a Glasgow-based businesswomen’s network. SWIB is a member of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen, which also holds national events such as an Awards Dinner.
Year Established: 1992
Website address: www.scottishwomeninbusiness.org.uk
Email address: email@example.com
Costs involved in becoming a member: from £70 for an individual member, see Prices section of SWIB for details of different memberships
Where and how often do you hold events: 2nd Tuesday of each month (quarterly lunch event, remainder evening events); mostly held in or near Glasgow city centre restaurants.
Can you briefly describe the structure of your events:
Each event begins with informal networking over a glass of wine and includes a 2-course meal. Our events are varied: interesting speakers, table-based networking and development topics (e.g. marketing, selling, communicating), and so the actual structure varies depending on the event. See the Events section on SWIB for more details.
Your top three tips for effective networking:
1. network for the long term, not the quick sale
2. aim to build long-lasting business relationships
3. offer help and contacts, rather than trying to sell
A big thank you to Heather Alexander (President of SWIB) for providing the above information. If you have attended SWIB events in the past then please feel free to add your comments