Just in case you were in any doubt that networking and being connected in is the way to succeed in business today, here are some facts:

You are not unique. There are lots of small businesses out there just like you.
Sole proprietors make up just under 25 percent of the 2.15 million enterprises registered for VAT in the UK. (source)

Conclusion: You’d better make sure people like you!

Business networking is happening online
LinkedIn now has over 60 million members worldwide, 11m across Europe. Globally, this figure represents an increase of around 1.5 million members per month. (source)

Conclusion: You’ve got to be in to win.

Being connected is good for business
Big companies are putting their advertising budgets/spend into online activities that engage them with their customers because they understand the value of being connected. (source)