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Tuesday 31st March 2020

Sponsor us and extend your marketing reach


I am delighted to share the current ‘stay at home’ policy has enabled me to develop and launch our Online Sponsorship Plan.

You will know that we do not charge any mandatory joining and membership fees. Like many businesses, we need to justify running and growing: Your region’s business network™.  

We rely on the kind support of our sponsors. In return, we provide them with events management and marketing assistance which are cost effective, proven and unique.

Whilst we, of course, have stopped our offline events during these unprecedented times, we believe business should not stop, where possible and in line with our government’s directives.

Many of you will know that this is not the time to hold back on your marketing efforts. We all want to come out of this period as strong as we can. This also applies to potential sponsors.

Sponsor SELBN™ and you will be known for supporting local businesses:

As your region’s business network, our ambition is to continue to provide value to our members. Whilst doing so, we enable you - as sponsors - to help others in the wider business community. Your respective business propositions may be communicated to an organically grown and local business audience with a highly regarded business social network, LinkedIn, at its foundation and, additionally, through other channels. SELBN™ is a fully integrated business network with many email subscribers.

Here’s what we at SELBN™ wish to do, especially over the next few months:

  • Continue to engage with and grow our 3500+ member LinkedIn group. - The region’s largest.

  • Keep the wider business community informed of news and events to help beat isolation.

  • Market / host webinars, enabling us to offer expertise from many business experts. (We have extensive experience hosting networking and business growth events since I founded SELBN™ in 2010. Some photos may be found here.)

Choose your online sponsorship plan.*

Which do you want to be?...

  • Known for supporting local businesses.

  • Known for helping local businesses.

  • Known for engaging with local businesses. 


  • Known for being a thought leader for local businesses.

I look forward to hearing from you, in the hope that you can support us too.


John Coupland

Founder, South East London Business Network (SELBN)

Twitter: @JohnCoupland_  @SELBN_UK   #SELBN

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Just two things...

Wednesday 25th March 2020


  • We have set up a new welcome discussion in our regional LinkedIn group. If you are an engager, let us know how you help others here.

  • Whether you are an employee or self-employed, please support others through this petition to help freelancers and the self-employed. (Please don't ignore this. It's likely that these lovely people have supported you on many occasions in more positive times).

This is the time you can really support your business community. When this crisis is over, be remembered for your actions, not just your words.

You have the platform which I have built since 2010, as one of the many self-employed people out there. It's only of use if members use it, responsibly. 

Thank you and keep well. :)

John Coupland

Founder, South East London Business Network (SELBN)

Twitter: @JohnCoupland_  @SELBN_UK   #SELBN

SELBN™ Update

Friday 20th March 2020​


Engage with us.


What a crazy week out there, eh?

Anyway, further to our announcement to you all last week, we continue to look at various options to support you as best we can.

There are a couple of things to share though…

Firstly, as mentioned in the announcement, we run the region’s largest LinkedIn group. We facilitate that as best we can and on a part-time basis, however, you do need to help yourselves, network online and get to know one another more by interacting. Remember, there is always the phone too. So why not speak to some SELBN members also by connecting with them on LinkedIn first? 
(Tip: Make it a ‘warm’ connection request by mentioning you are members of the same group).

Secondly, please bear in mind that we don’t charge any mandatory joining or ongoing membership fees. You get out what you put in. There are some members who are willing to help you through their value-added articles which they share in the LinkedIn group. (Like you, we loathe spam).

Some of you have asked me if I am planning to host a networking session online on a platform such as Zoom, whilst we're not hosting events in person for the time being.  I have considered it and decided not to do so, for now anyway. Unsurprisingly, I am hearing from elsewhere that some of those which have taken place have been like ‘herding cats!’  I have extensive experience hopping on conference calls, and the like, during my corporate days and they usually always go
like this(I hope that sketch cheers your day). So good luck to those who are hosting / attending those calls, particularly those with more than 5 participants! ;)

That said, and again, referring to our LinkedIn group: I have just set up a fresh ‘Welcome’ chat there where you may introduce yourself. Simply access the group via our recent announcement*. (*See below).

Finally for now, it is likely that that you’ll be receiving emails from us more frequently during the next few weeks, whilst we share more news and initiatives which may include business growth webinars. Please add us to your safe-senders list if you found this in your junk folder. If you are already fed up of us, (hope not), just unsubscribe from our emails.

Have a good weekend and keep well.

John Coupland

Founder, South East London Business Network (SELBN)

Twitter: @JohnCoupland_  @SELBN_UK   #SELBN

Support local business by sponsoring SELBN™ - Receive lots of online PR and marketing.

Announcement from SELBN™ regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Thursday 12th March 2020​



Here’s hoping you and your loved ones are all safe and well.


We have been monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus (Covid 19) for a few weeks now, not least because of the potential impact on all of us and our loved ones.  A few of you have been asking when our next networking event will be, especially as we haven’t hosted one in 2020 yet. We thank you again for your on-going interest. 


The South East London Business Network (SELBN) has decided not to host any face-to-face networking and business growth events for the foreseeable future.


We appreciate that there are varying views out there as to how we should now react to the increase of the Coronavirus and, of course, we respect them.


SELBN’s mantra is: “It’s not about us. It’s about you.”

With that in mind, your health is, of course, paramount.

Medical experts are suggesting that, although we may feel well, there’s a risk that some of us could, unknowingly, be spreading the virus to those more at risk, such as elderly relatives. It’s profound, I realise.  A huge part of me is in disbelief that I am even posting this but, sadly, what’s currently happening is reality.

I could say a lot more about this, but I am not a medical professional and the objective here is certainly not to debate about this.

Our view is simple: If we can play our part in the containment and delay of this dreadful virus, surely, that can only be a good thing.

It’s also important for us to share that, if other organisations feel they will be continuing with their events, our decision not to hold any more face-to-face events - for the time being - is in no way a direct or indirect criticism. It is, of course, for them and their respective networks / attendees to decide whether continuing to meet is the right thing to do.

On a more positive note, please bear in mind SELBN runs the region’s largest LinkedIn group with over 3,500 members.  The platform is yours to use but respectfully and responsibly. I kindly ask that our LinkedIn group rules are respected. We do not tolerate spam.

So, if you wish to post in our LinkedIn group, kindly read the group rules first. Commenting on your fellow members’ posts, responsibly, is welcome. Engagement is key. ‘Spammy’ posts are likely to be ignored anyway. 


Do feel free to let others in the South East London region know about the group. We already have members who are employees in corporate and small businesses in the group, so more are welcome too.

If you wish to promote, please check out ‘Sponsorship opportunitiesvia our website. After all, let’s not allow the virus to ‘win’ by putting a stop to business.

I will be looking at various initiatives as to how we may realistically continue to support businesses online. To keep up-to-date, please subscribe via the blue banner on our website.

In the meantime, thank you in advance for your understanding and keep well.

John Coupland

Founder, South East London Business Network (SELBN)


Twitter: @JohnCoupland_  @SELBN_UK   #SELBN

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