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Our Facebook group has over 11K members and is growing every single day.  The directory is not just available to members of our Facebook group but visible to everyone on the world wide web.  We have one of the largest networking groups on Facebook where members can network, advertise, promote and share service recommendations.  We also offer discounted networking and workshop events. As a member of the directory, you can also advertise your business, add your events and jobs in our Facebook group.

Facebook is a fantastic advertising tool and groups have helped us all get our businesses known.  However, you post and then another member posts and your post gets pushed down the news feed.  Unless you see a post immediately, it is pretty difficult to find it again without scrolling through hundreds of other posts.  In this directory, your business listing is always accessible, remains static and is easy to refer to when people are looking for your type of service.  Satisfied customers can recommend your business in the directory via your business profile and, once you receive 10+ recommendations, we’ll add the Member Recommended badge to your profile.  The badge also appears on your business card making it easily visible to potential customers.

There are 2 membership tiers to choose, LEAF or PETAL.
Leaf membership costs £52 annually. The price of half a cup of coffee or chocolate bar each week. This makes the directory an extremely cost effective way to advertise and boost your business profile.  Just one referral from the directory should cover the cost of your membership.
We also offer you a free 30 minute website SEO appraisal with We Get Digital when you join. To claim your 30 minute SEO appraisal (valid for 14 days after you join) contact We Get Digital here quoting the code LLNSEO.
This is a complimentary and advisory service.
Blogs cost £5 to upload to our directory.  Once approved, blogs are shared and promoted across our social media platforms.
Petal membership costs £152 annually which includes all the benefits of our Leaf membership plus we will promote your business from 4 of our social media platforms, Facebook group and page, Twitter and LinkedIn on different days and times (once a week).  4 posts will be written by our content marketing team and rotated every 4 weeks.    This is an extremely cost effective way of marketing your business, saving you time and ensuring your business is promoted each week. When you join as a Petal member, promotional posts will begin within 3 working days.
Petal members can also utilise up to 1 hour’s FREE legal advice on any new legal matter.  To access this service, click the grey button on the Home page.
Petal members can book a FREE Facebook Live slot on Mondays at 1230pm.
Petal members can submit blogs free of charge.  Once approved, blogs are shared across our social media platforms.
You can upgrade your membership from a Leaf to Petal member at any time, payment will be calculated on a pro rata basis.
If you upgrade from a Leaf to a Petal member, your Leaf expiry date will change to reflect the date you upgrade to a Petal member.  Any unused weeks of your paid Leaf membership, will be credited against the amount for your Petal upgrade.

Laurel Leaf Networking offer Petal members up to 1 hour’s free legal advice on any new legal matter.  This service is complimentary and advisory.  All contact between members and the legal team is strictly confidential.  

The group on Facebook was started to encourage and support start-ups, sole traders and small businesses.  We don’t want to heap huge charges on our members but to offer a directory and marketing service which is affordable to everyone.  

Leaf and Petal Membership include: listing of your business profile with images, detailed description of your services, website and social media links.  Potential clients can send you messages via your profile and recommend your service.  You can also upload offers, events, jobs and blogs and this is all part of the annual fee. Plus, you can submit questions to our Ask The Experts business panel.
We also offer a 30 minute free SEO appraisal  valid for 14 days once you have joined.  This is a complimentary and advisory service.
Petal Membership also includes 4x social media promotions a week plus up to 1 hour’s free legal advice on any new legal matter.
Petal members can book a FREE Facebook Live slot on Mondays at 1230pm.
Advertising boxes (visible on every page of our website) are paid services.  Click here for more information on how to purchase an advertising box.

Any business that can service London is most welcome to join.  So, if you are based elsewhere but can offer your services in London then do come and join us!

Yes, anyone can join the directory providing they can service London.  The directory is visible on the web as well as the Facebook group.

Click here to join and fill in your contact and payment details. Then just click ‘Sign Up!’ at the bottom of the page. After you join, you will be able to complete your directory entry, add special offers to your profile, events to our Events Calendar, post jobs on our Jobs Vacancy Board and our Ask The Experts panel questions.  You can also claim your complimentary SEO appraisal (valid for 14 days).

7 days before your membership is due to renew, you will receive an email reminding you that your membership is about to expire and you need to renew. If you have chosen manual billing (2015-6 only), then to renew your membership you should sign in and click the purple ‘Renew, Upgrade or Update Billing’ button. Renewal takes less than a minute, and all your existing profile information will be saved. If you have chosen automatic billing, then no action is required from you, however, if you need to update your payment information, then please sign in and click the purple ‘Renew, Upgrade or Update Billing’ button.  (If you current card has expired or you have changed your name/address you will need to upload your new card information).
You can cancel your membership at the time of your renewal but we hope you don’t choose this option!  To cancel your membership, email admin@laurelleafnetworking.com.
Membership must be cancelled within 7 days of the initial email reminding you that your membership is due for renewal.  If you do not cancel within 7 days (via email), the automatic payment will be taken from your account and cannot be refunded (see our T&C’s).

To sign in, click ‘Login’ in the top right (on the main menu). To sign out, go to the ‘Manage Your Account‘ section under ‘Membership’ and select the ‘Sign Out’ tab on the right.

Sign in with your existing password, go to ‘Manage Your Account’ under ‘Membership’ and select the About tab (this may be selected automatically for you). Underneath your name and contact details, click ‘Change’ next to the password heading.

Go to ‘Manage Your Account’ under the ‘Membership’ tab and select ‘Need a password?’. Enter your email address when prompted, and a new password will be emailed to you. If you do not receive the new password within a few minutes, please check your junk folder.

Once you have joined, you will be able to view a ‘Profile’ tab in the ‘Manage Your Account’ section.  Here you can add your logo, description of your business, contact details etc that will show in your directory entry. These details can be edited at any time.

Sign into your profile using the ‘Login’ button OR the ‘Manage Your Account’ option underneath the ‘Membership’ tab. You can then make changes in the ‘Profile’ and ‘Deal’ section.

When uploading your business card logo or whichever image you choose to add to your business card, please ensure it is 400×400 pixels otherwise it will not be picked up by social media platforms when we share and promote your company profile.  If you don’t know how to resize your log0 or image, please contact your website, IT or marketing team who will have a photo editing suite and will be able to resize the picture for you.

Categories help visitors to the directory to find services within a particular field. Our categories are fairly broad, and we suggest you choose between one and three that are best suited to your business. (You will have the chance to be more specific when entering your keywords). Your categories are both visible on your profile and searchable in the directory.

Keywords are your opportunity to be more specific about what your business offers. We advise including at least 10 words that are relevant to your business, and you should type these in as a list e.g. personal training, Pilates, fitness, diet, nutrition. Your keywords are not visible on your directory profile but they are searchable in the directory.
Note: Type your keywords leaving a space in between words, you don’t need a comma.

Type your keywords e.g. ‘personal trainer’ into the search box on the directory page and click ‘Search’. You can also search by location, category or keyword.  If you know the name of the person or business you are searching for, just type in the name and the business profile will pop up.

Anyone who has used a service can recommend it, members of the directory and non-members alike.  Simply visit the directory entry for the business you would like to recommend, scroll to the bottom and click the purple ‘Recommend’ box.  Then write your recommendation and click submit.  

When your business is recommended 10 times or more, by different satisfied customers on your profile page, we will add our Member Recommended Badge to your profile.  The Member Recommended Badge will be visible on your business card which is seen when potential customers search for businesses (individual business cards) and on your business profile.  Please note, that recommendations on member’s profiles are checked.
It’s also a good promotional addition for your business when we share your directory profile or recommend you to customers.
The badge is testament to the positive feedback you have received for your services.

We host monthly networking events and, on occasion, add an extra event when we have a special guest speaker.  Each month the times alternate between 10am-1230noon and 6pm-830pm.  The morning events are usually held at the Hendon Hall Hotel and the evening ones at the Clissold Arms.  Always check the location when signing up.

Tickets are £30 for first-time guests to our networking events.  Member tickets are discounted at £20. Members can bring 1 guest to a networking event at the discounted price of £25.
From time to time, some networking events will cost more than the usual fee depending on the occasion. Member prices will always be discounted.
Please see individual workshop prices for member discount.

The events are available for anyone to attend, not only the members of our Facebook group and directory, but to anyone with a business to promote.  Our events are social, informal and a fabulous way to connect with other businesses that service London.  We’re all looking for more connections and, ultimately, referrals and you can’t beat meeting people face-to-face for business introductions (click here and read our testimonials).

The format of the event  differs depending on the type of event and numbers.  For the format of a specific event, see the information of the event which will be detailed when you click on our Events Calendar.

You don’t have to commit to regular attendance to our events but, the more frequently you attend, the greater the benefit and the more involved you will be with our networking community.

Select the networking event you wish to attend on the Events List or Events Calendar. Click the ‘Book Here Now!’ button underneath the event description and fill in your contact and payment details. To book at member price, simply sign in when prompted. You will receive email confirmation of your booking.

We are always ready to support new attendees, if you feel you need extra support, email laurel@laurelleafnetworking.com.

For members, please make sure that you are signed in to add an event. Then click the ‘Add Event’ button on the Event Calendar page, fill in your event details and submit your event for approval. Once your information is approved, your event will go live. Please note, if you wish to add an event that does not directly relate to your business profile, you would need to pay separately (i.e. as a non-member).  You can, of course, always add more than one business profile to the directory.  

For non members, please click the link on the Event Calendar page to make your £5 payment. Once completed, simply follow on-screen and emailed instructions to add your event. Once your information is approved, your event will go live. 

For members, please make sure that you are signed in to edit your event. Select your event on the Event Calendar or Event List and click the Admin button that appears above the description. This will allow you to make and save changes.

For non members, please contact us if you need to make changes to your event.

You may add your event to the Events List and Events Calendar but you cannot sell tickets to your own event on our site. You can, however, include a link to your own event page or website.  

Go to ‘Manage Your Account’ and select the ‘Offers’ tab. Here you can upload details of your special offer, which will appear automatically under ‘Offers’ in the main menu, as well as being part of your directory entry. You can update or remove your offer at any time.

Go to ‘Manage Your Account’ and select the ‘Offers’ tab. Here you can either edit the details of your special offer and click save at the bottom of the page, or delete your special offer. Any changes you make here will be automatically copied across to the ‘Offers’ page. Please remember that you are responsible for removing any offers that have expired.

Showcase your business and take advantage of the advertising boxes in our directory. The advertising boxes appear on every page of our site giving your business maximum exposure. You can submit your advertisement directly or our team of designers can design your ad.  

Please note that the minimum advertising space is 1 month (with a discounted price for annual advertising).

Cost:

Static advertising box (.jpeg format)
£20 per month
£204 for annual advertisement – (15% discount applied)
Our team to design your advert (optional): £65

2 slide animated advertising box (.gif format)
£25 per month
£255 for annual advertisement – (15% discount applied)
Our team to design your advert (optional): 
£80

Please note: The design fee is a 1-off cost for the creation of the artwork.

The design team require:
– Business name
– Logo
– Phone number
– Email address
(Please specify if you would prefer people to contact your phone number or email address)
– Key words  (3-6 words relating to your business)

Our team will design the advert and supply a proof before it is uploaded to the website. If your requirements are more bespoke, there may be additional charges.  You will then be supplied with the advert artwork which can be used for other advertising business.
Email design enquiries via the Contacts tab.

If you don’t require assistance, simply email your advert via the Contacts tab.

Your ad should measure 125×125 pixels.  Artwork should be in a .jpeg or .gif format depending on static or animated.
Ensure ad is a square image and create with a picture imaging editor i.e GIMP (free) or Photoshop.

Your advert will be uploaded within 12 hours of payment.  Payment is via PayPal.

Did you know that you can send messages within the site? To do so, visit the directory entry for the person to whom you want to send a message, and click ‘Send Message’ on their business card. Both sender and recipient will receive an email notification that your message has been sent, and your message will be visible as a thread in any future correspondence (similar to the Facebook message thread). The messages are visible only to you, not to anybody else who views your profile.

As a member or non-member of the directory, you are welcome to use our Ask The Experts panel.  Click here to choose your expert and submit your question. By using this service, you will have read our T&C’s and, therefore, agreed to our terms of use.  It is free to use our Ask The Experts forum.

Every Monday at 1230pm we host a Facebook Live slot for members of the directory and Facebook group to promote their business and interact with other members of the group.  This service is FREE for Petal members.
Leaf members and non-directory members cost is £10 per session and payable in advance via PayPal.  To book your Facebook Live slot, email marketing@laurelleafnetworking.com.
Petal members are guaranteed one FREE slot per membership year.  Further slots are available after a reasonable amount of time and will be charged at £5 per slot.  Payment is via Paypal.
Facebook Live slots run for a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 30mins.

You may ask as many questions as you like. However, if the Expert feels that you require further advice and would benefit from a paid consultation, they are entitled to reply ‘Thank you for your questions which I have answered. I would like to assist you further, please contact me directly to book a consultation’.

All questions will be answered within 24 hours (Monday to Friday, 9-5). You are welcome to ask questions outside of these hours but you may have to wait longer to receive a reply.

For members – to receive an email notification when your question has been answered, just click the ‘subscribe’ box next to your question. For non members – you will be asked to provide an email address on asking your question, which is used to notify you once your question has been answered.

Adding keywords to your Ask the Business Experts questions allows other members to search for your question. For example, if your question were ‘What makes a good logo?’, your tags might be ‘logo, design, branding’. This would allow anyone searching for ‘branding’ to find your question.

If you are a member, go to Post a Job (Members Only) to submit your listing. This service is free of charge. If you are not a member, please visit Post a Job (Non Members) to pay to add your vacancy. Once your payment has been processed, you will receive a link by email, which you must use to add your job. If you are a charity advertising a position, please contact us, as your listing will also be free of charge.

Your vacancy will usually be approved within 4 hours of posting.

Members and non members, your vacancy will stay on our job board for 30 days (unless you choose a particular date to stop the post running). You may re-post your job after this time.

If you are a member, you can use the Manage Jobs link to manage your existing vacancies. If you are not a member, but you have multiple vacancies, we strongly suggest becoming a member so that you can make use of our extended services. Please sign up here, or contact us for more information.

Please click the ‘Apply for Job’ button on the specific vacancy, to reveal the contact details for the position. Your application will be made externally to the website.

Everyone can see the job board, but only members may post vacancies free of charge.

Petal Members: Once your blog is approved for publication, we will automatically share and promote it across our social media platforms.
Leaf Members and Non-Members: Once your blog is approved for publication, we will email you a PayPal invoice for £5.  Once paid, we will publish your blog, share and promote it across our social media platforms.
We endeavour to share and promote your blog upon publication but please note, this can take up to 48 hours depending on day and time of your submission.
Blogging is a great opportunity to boost your business profile and SEOYou can submit your blog, pictures and/or video for publication by emailing blogs@laurelleafnetworking.com, along with your business name and website. Don’t forget to include your keywords, to make sure that your blog or video is searchable!

Blogs must be between 600- 800 words, and submitted as a Word document, with any pictures attached. Please do check spelling and grammar before submitting, and note that blogs are published at the Editor’s discretion. If you have already published your blog elsewhere, do also add the original post link when submitting to avoid duplicate content.  If you haven’t published the blog elsewhere, please state on submission to ensure your blog can be published on our directory.
We endeavour to share and promote your blog upon publication but please note, this can take up to 48 hours depending on day and time of your submission.

Most definitely.  We actively and consistently promote the Directory and Facebook group on social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.  We also share events, jobs, offers and blogs that are uploaded.  Petal membership ensures your business in shared and promoted on our Facebook group and page. LinkedIn and Twitter, once a week on each platform, for the full membership term.

Laurel Leaf Networking offers one to one social media, group training and marketing.
We also host social media workshops and you can find upcoming workshops under the Events tab.

For further information and prices, click on the Contacts tab and submit your enquiry.

The only people who can modify your content are you and the website admin. You are responsible for the safekeeping of your own password.
Laurel Leaf Networking does not store your password, debit or credit card details.

The admin maintains the right to remove any inappropriate content at their discretion and without warning. If you see anything that you believe is inappropriate, please report it by email here.

Please see our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy for further details on how your information is used.
By using this membership directory, you agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Laurel Leaf Networking reserves the right to remove membership, events or content that conflict with the business interests of this Directory and/or Facebook group.  If you are unsure if your membership, event or content is appropriate, here.