Among countless business networking groups, SMBA stands out due to our true independence. This independence ensures that all membership fees are reinvested directly back into the organisation for the benefit of our members.

Over 25 years ago, a group of local business owners, frustrated with the limitations and politics of their local BNI group, founded the South Manchester Business Association. They took the best concepts from other networking organisations and enhanced them, creating a unique and effective networking environment.

Our meetings are structured yet flexible, allowing us to adapt to the needs and desires of our members. We encourage members to take an active role in our steering committee as well as the operational management to help shape our future.

Where else could you be so influential?

We attract a diverse range of professions and businesses. If you’re interested in joining, check out our members page to see profiles of a selection of our weekly members.

Key Benefits of Joining SMBA:

  • No Pressure for Referrals: We prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to business referrals and introductions.
  • Long-Standing Membership: Around a third of our members have been with us since the beginning, showcasing the stability and value of our group.
  • Diverse Professions and Trades: Our diverse membership provides excellent opportunities for exploring new markets for your business.

If you’re looking for a networking group where you can truly make a difference, SMBA is the place for you.


How much does it cost?

We are a non-profit making organisation, where funds are kept within the organisation to help it grow and benefit all the members. We are so confident that new members will quickly feel a part of our group, that we do not have any upfront joining fees.  There is a simple monthly subscription which covers all membership costs and the weekly breakfast.

Monthly subscriptions are £75 and represent the best ‘value for money’ of any comparable networking groups.  We are are proud and delighted to offer what we believe to be the best business breakfast in the region!

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