About Us

About Us

Our refreshing approach to ‘not just networking’ has been well received by our members since our conception in 2002 – helping and supporting many people in business along the way. Our membership covers a diverse cross section of business types and sizes, from small start-ups who welcome the advice of our more seasoned members to 4th generation businesses who benefit from continued recommendations and keeping up with evolving trends and technologies.

In addition to benefiting members in the commercial sector, we also strive as a group to support local charities and charitable events wherever possible and welcome suggestions for fundraising activities.

Our structured fortnightly breakfast networking sessions are held at the Garden Café at Craft Nurseries in Lawford every other Wednesday from 7.00am – 8.30am. Whilst our gatherings are structured to allow fair exposure for all our members, there is always plenty of time for informal conversations, getting to know members and forging friendships.

As a not-for-profit organisation, our membership fees cover our venue hire, individual’s breakfast requirements and provide contributions to any additional social events.

Connecting – Supporting – Succeeding…

TFIB Member

Our firm has been a member of Tendring Friends in Business since 2010. We enjoy sharing business opportunities with other members in a friendly environment over lovely breakfasts. It gives members a chance to share and solve problems that face businesses, as well as the odd joke or two. What better face to face way to meet so many potential customers (and suppliers) for your business every fortnight? To sum up TFiB is well worth getting up early for.”

TFIB Member

I joined TFIB in 2016 and I was amazed at how much work I gained in a short space of time. They are very friendly and not only is the networking great, but they are fun to be with socially. I can recommend the group and it is lovely when we have substitutes stand in that say how much they miss the group now they are not full members. Many who leave because of other commitments often remain on the subs list. Last year 500 pieces of work were passed around the table, so very worthwhile.

TFIB Member

I have found our TFIB membership invaluable. TFIB keeps me in touch with local business people and business trends, which I think is important.

By talking about my business on a regular basis it maintains my confidence when standing up in front of people and speaking. It was never one of my strengths, but I now feel at ease when doing it.