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Business Networks

Dudley Business First has a LinkedIn profile which you can access via our home page – please note you will need to be a registered user of LinkedIn.

There are a range of prominent business networks operating in the Black Country and West Midlands region.


West Midlands Manufacturing Club

The West Midlands Manufacturing Club is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the growth of manufacturing in the West Midlands region.

The Manufacturing Club provides the opportunity to access a range of professional manufacturing services designed to improve performance and productivity. Services include support on Manufacturing Systems, Lean Manufacturing, New Product Development, Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing & Rapid Prototyping. For more information click here

Made in the Midlands

Made in the Midlands is a business network representing around 250 Small and Medium Enterprise in manufacturing in the West Midlands. For more information click here


The Black Country Constructing Excellence Club

The Black Country Constructing Excellence Club represent the construction community in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton and one of the 6 clubs representing the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence. For more information visit click here

Business and Professional Services

Institute of Directors (West Midlands)

The Institute of Directors is the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders and supports 38,000 members through 48 regional branches across the UK.
The IoD West Midlands region covers the counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, as well as the urban areas of Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country and is made up of over 1,800 directors and senior decision makers. For more information click here

Other Support Networks

Black Country Chamber of Commerce

The Black Country Chamber represents around 1,500 businesses across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton; providing help and support on a huge range of business issues whilst helping to raise company profiles and develop a wider sales network. The Black Country Chamber also delivers the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) contract in the Black Country, helping businesses grow internationally. A start-up membership package has recently been launched which includes all the benefits of being a Chamber member in addition to specific offers from fellow Black Country Chamber of Commerce members. For more information click here

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest member organisation promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches. The FSB also offers a range of high quality, good value business services to members. For more information click here

Dudley & District Business Club

The Dudley & District Business Cluc meets the third Tuesday of the month. The Club provides a focal point where its members can meet regularly in a friendly and informal atmosphere. To find out more about about becoming a member visit the website.


Everywoman is a membership organisation that champions the advancement of women in business. The Everywoman Network provides personal development resources, connections, advice and inspiration. For more information click here

Enterprising Women

Enterprising Women offers help and support to start and grow a business. Membership is open to all women from any background, location, sector, whether just starting out, running an established business, or looking to accelerate growth. For more information click here

Social Enterprise West Midlands

Social Enterprise West Midlands is a business network for social enterprise in the West Midlands. For more information click here

Dudley Borough Business Crime Partnership

Dudley Borough Business Crime Partnership is a local business led partnership supported by West Midlands Police, Dudley MBC, The Crown Prosecution Service and business leaders from across the Borough. The partnership proactively works to address Business Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour and provide a safer business environment for your employees and customers. For more information click here


Dudley MBC Federation of Small Businesses Black Country Chamber of Commerce Black Country Growth Hub