Building effective connections through networking with helpful contacts is vital at every stage of business growth.
Networks grow increasingly important as companies scale up, becoming the source of customers, suppliers, partners, employees, and investors and inspiration and support. The right connections can provide entrepreneurs with links to people who might be able to answer specific questions relating to growing their companies, or might be able to provide mentoring (whether formal or informal) or other forms of support.
Young Company Finance Scotland have produced a Guide to Networking for Entrepreneurs which gives practical advice and guidance to entrepreneurs about how to make the most of networking opportunities and signposts to several networks and organisations that can help support entrepreneurial growth.
Entrepreneurial Scotland is the newly launched networking organisation for Scottish entrepreneurs that aims to inspire and develop Scotland's people to build the most entrepreneurial society in the world. Entrepreneurial Scotland is a network of current and future entrepreneurial leaders worldwide, who are ambitious, globally minded and have the potential to make a significant impact on Scotland. Find out more at www.entrepreneurialscotland.com.
A programme of entrepreneurs networking events for HIE Account Managed companies will be scheduled from April 2015.