Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact other new businesses to use their services?

There are a number of organisations set up to allow new and existing business the opportunity to network and to trade services. These include:

If you belong, your trade association will be able to provide you with details of networks specifically for your sector. Try for a directory of UK trade associations. All these types of organisations will usually also offer help, support, business breakfasts & events. There is normally a joining / membership fee, but new prospective members are often invited free to their first meeting to assess the benefits of joining.

Local authorities usually have Business Directories that may be accessed free of charge. East Sussex Council operate a trading standards scheme – Business Support Network – that could be useful to your business. For more details visit

Business-oriented online networks enable you to locate relevant contacts and services in your field by posting your business card or contact details online. The idea is that members can pull up a list of contacts and see everyone they're connected to, and their connections, in an ever-expanding network.

Most online networks require you to submit your e-mail address, name and business details. Many are free to join for a basic membership package. You can use the network to browse other members' details, join networks in your sector and send messages to your contacts. The best-known business-oriented online networks are:

The above are traditional networking services which also operate online contact exchanges.

EDEAL offers an on-line Small Business Directory and trading companies can register for free.

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