Business Networking With BNI
5 years ago
Networking is a supportive system of sharing useful information and practical services among individuals and groups of likeminded people who have a similar or common interest. Networking is a really valuable way to expand your knowledge and understanding, acquire information from others, discuss success stories, attain new clients and promote your own business.
BNI is the largest business networking organisation in the world. Each BNI member carries several copies of each of the other group member’s business cards around with them which they can hand over should they meet someone who might benefit from your services. Last year members of BNI in the UK and Ireland alone, passed nearly 647,000 referrals worth over £419 million worth of business for each other! The BNI is a business and professional referral organisation that allows only one business from each profession to join each particular ‘chapter’. These ‘chapters’ as they are referred to, are small groups of BNI established in local areas.
These groups provide business owners with a positive, supportive, and structured environment in which to meet, discuss and exchange quality business referrals. During these sessions the group members can share ideas, best practices, success and failure stories which helps to support local business growth within the area. Its members have increased exposure to many other business professionals and have the opportunity to sharpen their presentation, public speaking and leadership skills.
Prime Mix Marketing have now been members of Worcester City BNI networking group for just over a year. We are regularly given referrals and business leads from our colleagues which has in turn generated a significant amount of local business for the company and increased our profile. Although structured, the atmosphere of the weekly meetings is informal and friendly. Many of the members besides being colleagues have become good friends too!
The Worcester City BNI group meet every Wednesday for breakfast at Worcester Golf & Country Club from 6.45-8.30am.
If your new year’s resolution is to begin networking in and around Worcestershire, then why not come and visit the chapter and find out how networking with BNI can kick start your 2017! To arrange a suitable date to visit, please call Simon Hodgetts on 01886 812160.
We look forward to seeing you there!