Small business owners and sole traders in the Dacorum area are being invited to an open meeting of a networking group that could increase profits and referrals.
The Gade Valley chapter of Business Network International has relocated its base to Kings Langley and is looking for new members to swell the group and ultimately build business across the area.
The open morning will be held at The Young Pretender, Hempstead Road next Tuesday, March 4, from 6.45 am.
The group meets every week, on Tuesdays, for an early breakfast meeting and to share news and opportunities and to make presentations about what their individual businesses offer.
Orchid Estate Agents director Matthew Bennett, who chairs the group, said: “Recommendations are the lifeblood of any small business or sole trader.
“Word of mouth is a highly effective and free advertising tool, as most people prefer to use the services of people they feel they can trust.
“Our members bring new referrals and leads to their fellow members each week and BNI also has training and development opportunities.”
In 2012, the 587 BNI chapters in the UK and Ireland gave 683,823 referrals, leading to business worth £304 million.
Gade Valley created an impressive £250,000 of business for each other last year.
It has 19 members covering an extensive array of skills and expertise, including those working in the building trade, estate agency, print and design, insurance, legal and finance fields and homes, gardens and interiors specialists.
There is only one member in each group representing a particular field of expertise, and now Gade Valley is hoping to increase numbers to around 35.
Business owners and sole traders from the Hemel Hempstead area, Bovingdon, Kings Langley, Abbots Langley, Watford and St Albans are welcome.
At Tuesday morning’s session you will be able to chat with members of the group over breakfast (£10) to discuss your business.
For more information, contact membership co-ordinator Jon McGowan, telephone 07789 255588, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Business Network International, visit the website at www.bni.co.uk.