Business Networking for the Construction Industry


Our Networking Events are held at Belgo Bar & Restaurant in Nottingham


We hold our events at lunchtime on the first Thursday of each Month

The East Midlands First Thursday Club is an informal business networking forum exclusively for Construction Industry professionals and has been running successfully since 2001.  With members including Consultants, Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Suppliers and Manufacturers, it’s informal approach over lunchtime allows members to discuss the region’s  Construction Industry with one another and raise the profile of their respective business within the Midlands.

The Club counts amongst its members many of the premier players from the region.

Our monthly meetings provide a unique opportunity for members to network and make new contacts with key people within the Construction Industry.

The club is organised and managed on a non-profit making basis by our Managing Members.

The Managing Members’ aim from the outset has been to enhance the profile of the region’s Construction market and create a forum of like-minded people.

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Special Notice

Coronavirus – CoVid-19


You will all no doubt be aware of concerns in the press regarding the spread of Coronavirus at public meetings and events. Presently there is no government advice directly available regarding events such as FTC, so we would ask all Members to exercise common sense if planning to attend future events. 

Our Venue & Host is: 

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Belgo Nottingham,

9 Weekday Cross,



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If you have recently visited locations that are known to have experienced an outbreak, please do not attend any of the events unless the recommended period of 14 days has lapsed with no symptoms becoming apparent. Also, if anyone in your workplace and/or immediate family are showing any symptoms, again please do not attend until the recommended period has passed. Whilst we will continue to run the events, unless advised to the contrary by the appropriate authorities or prevented by other circumstances, we cannot give any guarantees regarding the risk of infection of those attending. Those members with any underlying health issues may therefore wish to consider whether or not to attend. If you require further information, the following link may be of help:

Sponsored Event


Contractors, Architects, Engineers, Consultants (Civil & M&E), Quantity Surveyors, Suppliers and Manufacturers.  Senior members of staff only.

Date & time:

12.30 – 2.30pm on the first Thursday of every month. (except August when there is no event)


Invitation only, member company sponsored buffet lunch where like-minded construction individuals discuss regional developments, projects and issues. The member company benefits from the marketing at the event and are able to advertise their services as part of the sponsorship cost.


Starts from just £105 for a six-month membership or £180 for an annual membership.  Fee per individual per company to cover administration of the club and any non-sponsored events.  Cheques are to be made payable to ‘East Midlands First Thursday Club’.

Contact Emma Bennett by email for more information.

Managing Members

The East Midlands First Thursday Club is managed by a group of seven local volunteer business’.

Our Managing Members are all well-respected companies in their own fields of expertise.

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Event Sponsor

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Emerald Business Bureau provides a safe pair of hands for our Clients, enabling them to concentrate on their business rather than working in their business

Providing Forensic QS’ing to Commercial Managers, Claims Consultants and Legal Professionals for over 16 years.  Services range from evidence retrieval to labour/ material/ plant analysis and searching for the cause of delay and disruption.

We have been assisting SME’s with their Administration and Office needs for over 20 years; we provide that extra pair of hands that mean your hands are free to do what you do best.

Franklin Ellis Architects was established in 1993 by David Franklin and Andrew Ellis with a culture and ambition to provide the best possible design advice. Over the past 25 years, the practice has grown to employ over 40 staff and has delivered award-winning buildings across all major development sectors.

With offices in both Nottingham and Leicester, we are maintaining our position as a leading practice in the East Midlands. Matthew Branton, a founding member of Franklin Ellis Architects, is now managing partner and works with David Franklin, Andy Dowding, Ben Dudley and Joe Taylor in ensuring the firm maintains its strong position in the market.

Our ambitions include creating buildings that make a positive contribution to the local community in which they are located, bringing visions to life and continuing to develop new relationships with people who share our values, so that we can improve the work that we do and the projects we deliver.