Guernsey is a small and close-knit community, take advantage of some of the many networking opportunities
Here you will find some of the more prominent business and networking groups on the island, but once you delve deeper into your niche you might find a lot more unofficial community support groups to get involved with. Below you'll find a list of a variety of local groups, some are free and informal, others have membership fees or have specific requirements to join. If you know of a networking group or a Guernsey branch of an association that you would like included please let us know and we will add it here.
The B4-8 club is Guernsey’s only dedicated business networking club. It has approximately 40 members from a wide variety of businesses and it meets once a month, over breakfast. It is characterised by its lack of formality, the relaxed atmosphere of its meetings and the good range of speakers who address the club each month.
Barclays Eagle Labs Guernsey
Supporting the growth and development of entrepreneurs, businesses and the wider community through specialist mentoring and coaching, as well as access to professional networks and introductions to the wider Barclays Eagle Labs network across the UK.
Their primary purpose is to promote and champion the objectives of the CIPD and to ensure that local CIPD members are given opportunities to network with colleagues, continue with their professional development and remain up to date with the latest people management issues and thinking. The Guernsey branch additionally also aims to raise the profile of the CIPD and HR locally, as well as working with businesses to shape the future of people management in Guernsey. They are an active branch with over 220 members and have a varied programme of activities throughout the year. Most of our events are open to non members and members alike.
Confederation of Guernsey Industry
The CGI provides a voice for Guernsey Industry. Representing the industrial sector to debate issues of current concern, formulate a common position on key issues and lobby States' representatives. As a member your views and needs will be represented by the CGi which sits at the top table in local business and politics.
The Digital Greenhouse offers a range of coworking memberships to suit the needs of businesses of all sizes, giving freelancers and small business owners the chance to meet people and network, including members-only events and socials. They also host a wide variety of business development groups and free networking events.
Call: 01481 701010
Guernsey Chamber of Commerce
Guernsey Chamber has a clear focus on supporting an enterprise culture and engaging with members, politicians and island youth for the development of a progressive business culture. Services include coworking facilities, free-to-members events and industry focus groups.
Call: +44 1481 727483
Guernsey Esports Association
GESA was founded in June 2017 with a goal of promoting and supporting E-Sports in Guernsey and further afield. We believe there is a place in E-Sports for casual players as well as competitive matches. Therefore we're are looking to facilitate events ranging from casual gaming meetups through to top level tournaments.
Guernsey International Business Association
The Guernsey International Business Association is the representative body of the financial services industry in Guernsey and has a membership consisting of all the major financial institutions and professional firms in the island. Including a governing Council comprising of representatives from all areas of the finance industry, which meet on a monthly basis to discuss all current issues affecting the sector; representatives who sit on a number of institutions and working groups, acting in consultation with local government committees and regulators on domestic and international issues relevant to the financial services industry; and links with similar bodies in other jurisdictions in order to discuss matters of mutual international interest.
Call: +44 1481 720071
Guernsey Investment & Funds Association
The Guernsey Investment Fund Association (GIFA) was established in 1989 as a trade association spectrum of the Island’s investment community, including fund managers, administrators, custodians, non-executive directors as well as professional firms such as lawyers and accountants who are closely involved in the work of the investment business industry.
Call: +44 1481 759412
Guernsey Retail Group
The Guernsey Retail Group LBG aims to support, drive and represent the local retail economy. They represent all aspects of the retail sector throughout the island, with their members coming from businesses of all sizes, product offerings and ownership type.
If you are an independent retailer or a larger business looking to open a store in Guernsey, The Guernsey Retail Group (GRG) can support you in finding the right solution that best suits your business through its “Retail Pathway”. You can contact GRG directly for further information: hello@GuernseyRetailGroup.gg
Hive Learning Network
The Hive Learning Network is the Bailiwick's own online learning platform. With the mission to help organisations or dispersed groups of people drive innovation at scale, by collaborating in one central place and accelerating problem-solving and ideation.
As well as creating virtual networks, Hive Learning specialises in developing business-critical skills like leadership, inclusion and resilience.
The platform includes free courses on innovation, leadership, business skills, and more. These resources are available in accessible bitesize formats to give you actionable tips that you can apply right away to drive real results.
The Insurance Institute of Guernsey
Providing CPD, social and networking opportunities in Guernsey. Members of the Chartered Insurance Institute are also members of their local institute, and for the Bailiwick of Guernsey that is the Insurance Institute of Guernsey (IIG). The IIG has approximately 400 members and the IIG council supports education through exam support and continuing professional development through monthly lunches and development days. There are also more relaxed networking opportunities at the golf day, quiz, and netball and football inter-insulars against Jersey. Once a year the IIG gathers to celebrate its work during the year, and mark exam successes, at the annual dinner.
The Guernsey branch of the Institute of Directors supports, represents and sets the standards for directors and business leaders in the Bailiwick. Membership includes training opportunities, networking events and specific lobbying groups (Transport & Connectivity, Machinery of Government, Skills & Population, Economic Development).
Call: +44 1481 246344
Lunch & Learn
Run by the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, Lunch & Learn is a programme of events that provides invaluable (and free to member) advice, together with the chance to make new business contacts and explain your role and your organisation’s areas of activities. They also provide a healthy free lunch.
Call: +44 1481 727483
The NED Forum
The Finance Sector Non-Executive Director Forum LBG (The NED Forum) was formed in recognition of the increasing importance of good corporate governance, particularly as it applies to regulated businesses in the Finance sector. The aims of The NED Forum are to provide support for the non-executive director community in the finance sector in the Channel Islands; and to promote the views of the non-executive director community in the finance sector in the Channel Islands. They hold regular events, where members will be able to meet and exchange information.
Rise & Shine
Rise & Shine is a monthly networking group, it has a variety of guest speakers covering topical business issues. The meetings are light-hearted making for an easy and relaxed atmosphere to nurture new business contacts. The style of Rise and Shine is unpressured and guests can mingle and chat at their own pace and in a way they feel most comfortable.
Young Business Group
The Young Business Group is a non-profit organisation providing networking opportunities for members through monthly events and business and community projects.