A club which connects business owners over fine dining is celebrating its first anniversary.

DB Business Club offers professionals the opportunity to share experiences and learn and support each other in an informal setting.

Founded by Diane of Dovecote Windows and Andrew of Bongo IT, the initiative looks to address the challenges faced by many in traditional networking.

The owners recognise that walking into a room or an online meeting with strangers to deliver an elevator pitch can be nerve-racking.

They also say that, while this approach is potentially effective and can "certainly help build a sense of the business community around you", it can lack the in-depth discourse, mentorship, and advice many business owners seek.

The DB Business Club aims to fill this gap in Oxfordshire's networking scene.

Members convene for casual discussions paired with gourmet meals at the county's top restaurants every other month.

They discuss a range of business-related issues under the Chatham House Rule, allowing for an open and honest exchange without concern of repercussions.

The club said: "Members feel they can open up and ask some serious questions about their business."

The club's next meeting is set to take place on May 14, from 6pm to 9pm, at the White Hart in Fyfield.

People interested in taking part in this event can email info@dbbusinessclub.co.uk.