Is anyone a member of any business or industry specific associations or networking forums? A new northeast one called a:design association has just been launched here in the North East and for some reason its Â£300 per/annum to join! Now call me cynical but these just seem like massive money spinners for the owner/organisers and hard work for members whether it be industry specific or one for general business owners. This might seem like a bit of a rant but surely as a business speading Â£300+ per year on this kind of activity is money not well spent if I'm going along and directly competing with the other people there. I suppose in one respect charging members to joins means a certain amount of quality control in the businesses they accept and obviously theres costs involved, but there must be a more enterprising way to run this that doesn't involve silly costs. Anyon got any thoughts on this?