What is SmartNet Essex?

SmartNet Essex is a business networking group for men and women who meet once a month for a lively, productive and informal lunch. SmartNet’s members support people in business, whether that business is a start-up or more established, by offering a meeting environment that allows everyone to share business know-how and first hand experiences with each other.

SmartNet Essex was launched in 2011 and was the first of its kind to offer a Pay As You Go forum, without members having to commit to attending every meeting or pay an annual fee. Members come along not because they have to, but because they want to.

How SmartNet began

Ten years ago the co-founders of SmartNet Essex recognised that business networking helped them enormously, particularly in the first few years of running their own businesses. They knew many men and women in business who could not commit either logistically or financially to membership-only based groups. Some couldn’t even find one they were allowed to join, either because so many were gender specific or imposed a non-competition caveat and their profession was already represented. So began SmartNet Essex a monthly Pay As You Go networking group to welcome all people in business. The initial aim was to help start-ups, but it soon became clear that the winning format encouraged both the embryonic and the established.


SmartNet meetings

SmartNet Essex provides a lively and dynamic environment for guests who meet once a month to make connections and share their skills set with each other. Attendees represent a wide range of professions from accountants, solicitors, web designers and graphic designers, through to personal development coaches, virtual assistants and holistic therapists.

How to join SmartNet

We meet on the second Thursday of the month between 12 and 2pm at the Blue Boar Restaurant in Abridge, Essex (excluding December and August). If you would like to join us for any of the meetings, please contact us through the form below to book your place or to request that your name is added to the mailing list, so that you receive email alerts about forthcoming meetings. The meeting fee is £20, payable in cash on the day to include a main course, water/juice and a hot drink.

Places are limited, so if you want to net some business the smart way, remember to book in early to secure your place.

Fiona Sagoo - Founder SmartnetFiona Sagoo was he founder of SmartNet and runs it each month. Fiona is a fully qualified chartered accountant, working from her home in Theydon Bois, specialising in small business accounts preparation and tax advice. She acts for a wide range of sole traders, partnerships, and small companies and advises on self assessment taxation, corporation tax, VAT, payroll and CIS. No question is too stupid!

SmartNet Facebook page

If you’ve not already done so do take a look at the SmartNet Essex facebook page. It’s the best place to share your ideas and keep up-to-date with the meeting

Future meeting dates

We meet on the second Thursday of the month between 12 and 2pm at the Blue Boar Restaurant in Abridge, Essex RM4 1UA. We meet every month except August and December.

How to get to Smartnet Essex


Please click this link to join our mailing list for forthcoming meetings

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