Would you like to network with business owners in Kent and Sussex? Welcome to the Tunbridge Wells Business Network (TWBN). Friendly, relaxed and unpressured... Run by the members for the members... No annual membership fees... No overbearing rules... Fabulous venue and catering... We meet every second Thursday... We look forward to welcoming you soon...

  • Welcome to the Tunbridge Wells Business Network (TWBN)

  • Friendly, relaxed, unpressured networking

  • Fabulous venue – upstairs at the Nevill Golf Club


  • Business networking for Kent and Sussex

  • Sharing business best practice and advice

  • “Networking for grown-ups”

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Every cloud has a silver lining as we discovered this morning when we debated the outcome of our recently initiated survey on Covid- 19 and the long term impact on local business. Peter Martin the founder of Survey Mechanics shared the results and together with 3 new guests who joined us on Zoom we reached our conclusion and forecast. A gloomy outlook for the economy with a silver lining for small and local business owners. More than 50% of respondents have changed their habits and would continue to support small and local business in the future. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about how we can support you in business.

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What’s The Effect of Covid19 On Local Businesses?

Tunbridge Wells Business Network decided to conduct a survey to find out and found that almost two thirds of businesses have been affected adversely.

Businesses have adapted to working from home where possible, with varying degrees of productivity. Whilst over two thirds of home workers believe they are at least or even more productive, 45% of business managers believe productivity is down. However, two thirds miss interaction with colleagues and find working from home more distracting, or have problems with IT and internet connections.

It seems that home working is likely to become a permanent for some, with over a quarter thinking their organisation will adopt it. Only 13% have found working from home more difficult than expected, and 4 out of 5 like not having to commute.

We found 50% were supporting local businesses more than usual and almost everyone says they will continue to support local businesses more after the lockdown ends.

Most people are gloomy about the prospects for economic recovery, with two thirds expecting only a slow recovery. This is echoed by businesses of whom over a quarter anticipate no improvement or even a further decline.
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TWBN – run by the members, for the members

Would you like to network with local businesses to discuss shared challenges, create long-term relationships and develop quality leads and referrals? Although our members are based in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas, their businesses operate locally, nationally and internationally.

The Tunbridge Wells Business Network group (TWBN) is open for business and welcomes guests to meet existing members and listen to engaging topical speakers at our breakfast meetings. During the COVID situation we meet on-line by video link until meeting in person becomes possible again.

TWBN meetings are friendly, welcoming and informal with topical, informative agendas that target members’ needs and interests. We believe business networking should be, first and foremost about building long term relationships with like-minded business people who help each other through shared knowledge to build their business. In turn this creates quality lead referrals of clients who, by association with members, understand and appreciate the core values of trust and quality service.

A quote from one of our members “The friendliness of the group was key – and the professional advice and opinions of those around the table has played a central role in my own business management and development.”

If being part of such a group of mutually helpful business people sounds like something worth getting out of bed for, then we should be talking – click here to get in touch.

The TWBN ethos is simple

TWBN was founded in 2012 by several experienced business owners and networkers, disillusioned at the way some of their former networking groups had been run.

  • Share in the challenges and successes of running a business
  • Create value through referring business to other members
  • Build strong business relationships and promote good business practice
  • Learn new business skills
  • Enhance local business in a friendly, professional network
  • Open to men, women, young, old, experienced business people and start-ups alike

From Tunbridge Wells – and beyond!

While many TWBN members are local Tunbridge Wells businesses, others have come from Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Crowborough, Uckfield, Heathfield, Mayfield, Lewes, Edenbridge, East Grinstead and Wadhurst – all over Kent and Sussex.

Our combined knowledge and client base are great assets. We believe that business networking is first and foremost about building relationships with other like-minded owners – not about being under pressure to produce a list of names and numbers to hand over as referrals. Understanding each other and the business we run is fundamental to developing good referrals.

The friendliness of the group was key – and the professional advice and opinions of those around the table has played a central role in my own business management and development.