There are not many business networking groups focused purely on Business to Business (B2B) attendees, so they do prove popular. The Longmans Lunch Club also has another winning card - it’s based in a Thai restaurant and includes an excellent two-course lunch!
But it’s not just the great food that keeps bookings high at each month’s event. When I spoke to attendees at a recent meeting they said the group was always busy because it’s informal - you don’t have to stand up and pitch. They find it friendly, easy to manage with no membership fees or obligations to attend, plus the restaurant is within easy walking distance for anyone based in the town centre.
The group has been under the leadership of Gavin Whippy (of John Whippy Insurance Brokers) since April 2015, but was established back in the mid-1970’s by David Lakin. As a Building Society Manager, David wanted to network with accountants, solicitors and financial advisors, and the group gradually grew. Gavin also had a turn running the club in the mid-1990’s, having been a member for a few years.