Can I be the only person in my industry in the group?

NO.

I really believe that good business networking is not about one industry in each group. It’s about supporting people in business and sharing their knowledge, skills and experience with likeminded business people.

The other reason, a lot of the key industries needed to make a successful business networking group flourish, often can’t make meetings regularly. However it’s of real value having a Lawyer, Accountant, Real Estate Agent, Insurance and Mortgage Adviser on hand at each meeting we run, the group growth is limited without them. They all have their own strength, so yes they may overlap a little, but they all excel with their own specialty.