In most areas there will be a choice of groups. Organisations such as BNI are formal, meeting regularly. Within each BNI group there will only be one representative per trade or profession. There are around 600 groups in the UK, joining fees are considerable, but justifiable if they generate sufficient sales.
Chambers of Trade, the Federation of Small Business, Regional Trade Associations and others organise various networking events. Websites often allow member to share offers and expertise (virtual networking). Such groups are less formal and moderately priced.
Most groups follow a similar format at meetings. Each participant will be allowed to make a short pitch, stating what they do and the sort of business they are looking for. This is followed by a guest or participant giving a more extensive presentation.