For as long as he can remember Simon has been attending BNI, a weekly networking group where business owners from all sorts of businesses get together over breakfast to pass business amongst themselves and discuss the challenges and opportunities they face.
Last year thousands of BNI members passed millions of referrals generating billions worth of business to each other.
With over 500 chapters in the UK, over 700,000 referrals were passed resulting in over £200 million worth of business for the members.
In the last 10 years, Simon’s chapter alone has generated over 18,000 referrals, and the chapter has generated over £5,000,000 of business. (Don’t worry, Simon has had his fair share!)
Membership of a BNI chapter is like having dozens of sales people working for you. All members of the chapter will carry a supply of each other’s business cards around with them. When they meet someone who could benefit from each other’s products or services, they pass on the relevant business card with a recommendation. It is as simple as that!
It goes without saying that getting into one of these groups can be difficult but rest assured with our links to BNI, we haven’t failed to find a franchisee a group yet.
Now this morning Simon was recognised by his fellow members for his contribution to the chapter and was absolutely delighted. "To receive recognition from my peers, the people have watched and helped me grow my business and then the franchise is very special", said Simon. "It means so much when people you know and have enjoyed good and bad times recognise your achievements".
Well done, Simon, but don’t get to carried away — we don’t want to have to make the doors in the office wider to fit your head!