The launch of the first business networking lunchtime BNI in Sussex is happening this Wednesday.
What is BNI?
BNI (Business Networking International) is a worldwide organisation for Business’ who are looking to increase their networking circle and profits. It all started with Dr. Ivan Misner who is the Founder & Chairman of BNI, as well as a New York Times best-selling author.
Called the “Father of Modern Networking,” Dr. Misner is one of the world’s leading experts in business networking and referral marketing.
The BNI has been successfully helping Business’ for over twenty years now, with thousands of chapters worldwide. You can read more about Dr Misner here.
What are ’Chapters’?
There can only be one profession represented in each meeting, therefore maximising the potential for good referrals from the other members. Some groups can be 40 members plus! So, as a whole they call these groups ‘Chapters’. Members have a sixty second slot to tell the members what they do, how they do it, and to describe what type of referrals they are looking for. A referral being a solid recommendation by a fellow member. With each member almost being a sales force on your behalf, business soon picks up.
What is different about a lunchtime BNI meeting?
The BNI meetings are usually held from 6.45am until 8.30am Tuesday to Friday (breakfast meetings). Mondays are saved for the excessive training supplied by BNI. Training is included within the membership fee and is there to help the members with their presentation skills and much more.
BNI Achievers are the very first lunchtime BNI meeting to successfully launch in the whole of Sussex, ever!
This is not surprising when you take a look at some of the members who have worked hard to make this launch a success. The Area Director, Greg Davies, has been a member of BNI for several years and became an Area Director about two years ago now. Greg told us “I am very proud to be part of the first lunch time chapter in Sussex. It is a great achievement and shows that the BNI is leading the way for networking for business’ in Crawley and surrounding areas”.
The meetings are held under a professional agenda but it is the members who make the Chapter a success with their input and personalities. They have a committee who are there to help and advise every step of the way. The new Chapter Director for the Achievers Chapter will be Tim Fifield, who some may know as an avid networker in the world of business with a mass of expertise and knowledge. Tim is always happy to pass this knowledge on. Tim told us “This heralds a new opportunity for business’ to network in a structured environment with all the advantages enjoyed by BNI breakfast members. I am really excited about this new opportunity and would welcome any company looking to grow to come and meet us”.
Greg has worked successfully to launch this lunchtime BNI chapter
Where is this meeting?
The Achievers Chapter meet at The Premier Inn (Goffs Park). The cost of a minimal £10 covers the cost of the meeting where lunch is also supplied. There is plenty of parking.
So, in brief, if you are a business in the Crawley area and feel you could benefit from more business, then this a meeting you will not want to miss. Please visit their website to see if your business is not represented then fill in the form to say you would like to attend this Wednesday 12th May at 11.30am. The meeting ends at 13.30 with open networking continuing with coffee and tea supplied by the venue.
Just one last thing. Please remember to take about fifty business cards to hand out at the meeting. Oh, and enjoy!
We would like to wish the members of BNI Achievers all the best for a successful future