A newly-formed networking group in Hartlepool is celebrating passing over £110,000 of business in just over three months.
BNI Beacon, which was officially launched in December by a handful of business owners and managers, meets every Friday at the Historic Quay in the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
There is a relaxed atmosphere and a huge amount of support for each individual as well the opportunity to pass and receive business.
It is looking to help even more local businesses to grow in the coming months.
The group falls under the umbrella of Business Network International (BNI), which runs 15 chapters and core groups across Durham and Teesside.
Chapter director and Hartlepool businessman Steve Harvey said: “The main principle behind it is that there is only one person per profession in each group; we’re not in competition with each other.”
Mr Harvey, director of Steron Locksmiths, added: “There is a relaxed atmosphere and a huge amount of support for each individual as well the opportunity to pass and receive business.”
Lorraine Williams, partner in Atterway Lettings, said: “What has really helped me is being able to sit down with people who have been in business and have different skill sets.’’
Lee Caldwell, director of Focus Removals, said: “The more I get to know people and the more I see them on a weekly basis; hopefully the more likely the relationships will grow.’’
Matty Wilson, director of Wilson Roofing, said: “During the six months I have been a member, we have invoiced just over £40,000 of business, which is testament to BNI Beacon and the members.”
Owain Jenkins, Business Development Manager at M Media & Design, said that he can trace over £15,000 worth of his firm’s business back to BNI Beacon.
To contact BNI Beacon, to attend a meeting, or to find out more, contact executive director Russ Sawdon on firstname.lastname@example.org or (01642) 784478