Barkingside Business Network to hold its first ever meeting tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 February 2017

Outside image of The Chequers Pub,  Barkingside,

Outside image of The Chequers Pub, Barkingside,


Businesses on one of the borough’s popular high streets are celebrating the launch of a new group aiming to bring them closer together this week.

Emma Jones is a businesswoman who now runs a recruitment business from her Barkingside home.

After months of toying with the idea, she has now taken the plunge and launched the Barkingside Business Hub, which will be holding its first meeting tomorrow lunchtime.

“I go to a lot of networking events and I know they can be quite hardcore,” she told the Recorder.

“It’s a lot of sitting down to dinner and there can be a lot of pressure to refer.

“Sometimes you want something a bit more casual and relaxed, especially for people who work from home.

“A lot of them are now missing out on the social aspects of working for a big company so I thought it would be a good idea to hold an event, once a month, to allow people to get together.”

And so the Barkingside Business Hub was born, aiming to create warm relationships between the area’s many businessmen and women.

And when it came to where was best to hold the hub’s regular meetings, Emma had the perfect venue in mind – The Chequers in Barkingside High Street.

“We’ve got a lot of strong businesses here in Barkingside and The Chequers is a natural community hub,” she said.

“It’s been done up recently so I thought it made an ideal location to hold meetings.

“I was born and raised in Barkingside and then I moved away and came back, so I know there’s a strong community here that has maybe lost touch with local businesses a little bit.”

The Barkingside Business Hub’s first meeting takes place tomorrow from 12-2pm at The Chequers, for more information search for the group on Facebook or

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