Networking is one of the best ways to promote your business. It gives you the opportunity to speak with others about how their own businesses are doing within these tough times and what ideas they have to see themselves through.
Everyone I found to be very open about their business and apart from the odd one or two, nobody was to pushy.
There were business card everywhere and at the end of the event I felt like a kleptomaniac. I am sure I had more than I gave out ummm.
Both Alan and I can really see the advantages of attending these events, My guide would be to be picky about which ones you go to otherwise you will keep bumping into people you have seen before and they already have your card, so choose wisely.