The Melbourn Business Association (MBA) is a vibrant group, which meets once a month for a lively and informal networking event.

The basic ethos of the association is to think and buy locally wherever possible. It is very much a community led organisation to highlight local companies. Unlike many other networking clubs, which can be rather rigid, the main aim is to allow business people from Melbourn and surrounding areas to build relationships and contacts within the vicinity. There is a broad range of businesses in attendance, from small one man bands to large corporate entities.

A rural business networking group is an invaluable asset and a much needed addition to the local commercial community. The needs and general make-up of a village based company can be quite different to those which are town and city based. Therefore a rural organisation is better able to meet their requirements. Many local businesses can almost become hidden or isolated unless there are means such as this to voice their presence and meet other businesses, both large and small.

The MBA has a very low cost annual subscription. A company with under 10 employees pays £25 and over 10 just £50. The monthly breakfast meeting fee is £10, which includes a choice of breakfast, this takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Sheene Mill in Melbourn at 7.30am. In June, September and December instead of breakfast meetings there are evening events, the cost for this is £12 for members and £15 for non-members. The price includes light live music, wine and a buffet supper, again held at the Sheene Mill. There is a chance to mingle with other like-minded people, and at breakfast meetings hear from an interesting and informative speaker and raise any matters of importance to the assembled group.

Anyone interested in joining the MBA or attending a breakfast meeting should contact Kimmi Crosby on 07976 228377 or at k.crosby@btconnect.com.