Meeting update: 15 August

A warm welcome to our visitors, guest and subs including Steve Evans from Genesis Advisory, Derrick Brown from Mercury Protection Services, Janet Raeburn, Louise Bennett from TB Electrics, Terry Bennett from TB Electrics and Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining.

Education slot

The Education slot was delivered by Ross Jones of Home Financial. Ross talked about maximising your membership. He used BNI U to get the information for this ed slot but he also talked about what a great resource it is for members. Ross distributed a sheet containing 18 ways in which you can evaluate the value of your membership. If anyone wants another copy of the information sheet, please speak to Ross.

Notable Networker

The Notable Networker award for August goes to James Wilkinson due to his contribution, visitors, TYFTB and referrals generated.

New member

This week we welcomed a new member, Stacey Whitney from MosaIc Digital Media. Stacey was invited to attend the group by Sharon Charteress who can be seen welcoming Stacey to the chapter alongside our President Russ Brown.

The Carl Telfer Cup

The winner of the Carl Telfer Cup this week was Russ Brown from X-press Legal Services.

10 minutes: Mike Snape from Bennett Brooks

The 10 minutes this week was delivered by Mike Snape of Bennett Brooks Accountants, Mike heads up the small business team. Mike has been practicing for 29 years, starting his training in 1990.

Bennett Brooks are a general practice accountants but they specialise in the charity and voluntary sector, solicitors, contractors, start-up businesses, locum practitioners and dentists.

They work to build long-term relationships with their clients and fully understand their requirements.

Small business team services include:

  • Annual accounts preparation for sole traders, partnerships, limited companies and charities
  • Preparation of personal tax returns, partnership tax returns and corporation tax computations
  • VAT returns
  • Making Tax Digital advice, cloud accounting implementation and bookkeeping
  • Company secretarial
  • Mortgage certificates and other references
  • Business planning
  • General advice

Figures

Invoiced business in the last 7 days: £5833
Referrals given to members: 16
1-2-1 business meetings: 2
Visitors to meeting: 3
Testimonials to members: 2

Meeting update: 18 July 2019

A warm welcome to guests, visitors and subs including Amanda Partington from Coaching Hub Sports, Bob Gordon from Acorn Computer Recycling, Dan Asprey from CineRobota Video Production, Karen Barratt from Heath Insurance, Mark Lancaster from Cycle Retreats, Mark Whylie from Copperleaf Group, Paul Williams from Acorn Electrical Electrical, Stacey Whitney from Mosaic Digital Media, Richard Wilding from ITglu and Steve Woodrow from Mustang Digital.

Read moreMeeting update: 18 July 2019

Meeting update: 11 July

A warm welcome to our subs, guests and visitors including Joyce Pemberton from Tender Writing Services, 

Rachel Lamb from Suddenstrike Pest Control, Jon Waldron from WFH Design Partnership Interior Design, Joyce Pemberton from Tender Writing Services, Paul Williams from Acorn Electrical and Lauren Gratton from Bennett Brooks.

Read moreMeeting update: 11 July

Meeting update: 4 July

A warm welcome to our subs, guests and visitors including Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining, Frank Keeffe from The Gasworks Cheshire, Jamie Barr from Seven52 Web Design, Joyce Pemberton from Tender Writing Services, Lauren Gratton from Bennett Brooks, Louise Bennett from TB Electrics Ltd and Paul Williams from Acorn Electrical Supplies.

Read moreMeeting update: 4 July

Meeting Update: 6 June 2019

A warm welcome to our subs, visitors and guest this week Matt Rhodes from Capstone Financial Management, Shak Anwar from Ecomm Garage, Pamela Cunliffe from Your Sub Contractors Ltd and Joyce Pemberton from Tender Writing Services.

The Education slot

Education Slot this week was by Simon Raeburn and was all about networking is more than shaking hands and passing around business cards. It’s about building your social capital. It’s a bout cultivating relationships with other business professionals.

A master networker does:

10. Works their network

Read moreMeeting Update: 6 June 2019

Meeting Update: 25 April

A warm welcome to Shak Anwar from E-comm Garage who subbed for one of our members this week.

The education slot

The education slot this week is by Julie Antonelli from Travel Counsellors who talked about maximising your BNI membership.

  • Arrive early and do some extra networking
  • Turn up every week
  • Invite your own guests, especially when you are speaking
  • Pay attention to other members 60 seconds
  • Sell to your member sphere
  • Always follow up on referrals
  • Use 1-2-1 with maximum effect, prepare for the meeting
  • Make the most of your 10 minutes, prepare and educate
  • Be positive

Notable Networker

Notable networker award for April 2019 goes to Steve Butler from Telecom Solutions. 

10 minute speaker: Pete Bruder

10 minute speaker this week was Pete Bruder from Energy Jungle. They focus on energy broking and monitoring service.

  • Commercial energy procurement
  • Domestic energy
  • Energy monitoring

They have a domestic platform where you can input your data and it will tell you how much you can save etc. Similar to the large comparison sites.

All bills should tell you when your contract ends, out of contract rates are approx 30% higher than regular rates.

Pete is looking for introductions to shops, offices, multi-site businesses, farms, schools, warehouses and industrial premises.

Simon Raeburn from Simon Raeburn Photography won the door prize from Pete Bruder.

Figures for the last 7 days

Our members help 18 1-2-1 meetings.

They passed 18 referrals to each other.

A total of £3671 was invoiced in the last 7 days.

Meeting Update: 4 April 2019

A warm welcome and a big thank you tour. Subs and visitors this week: Ben Coker from Life Mastery Now, Frank Tinnirello from King Whippy Ice Cream, Joyce Pemberton from Tender Writing Services, Louis Wainwright from Tecmark, Martin Webb from Elliot James Property, Stephen Wilkinson from Spectra and Jon Waldron from WFH Designs and BNI Cheshire East.

Education Slot: 60 Seconds

Education slot this week is by Ian Griffiths from Alvis Printing and is about the importance of a good 60 seconds.

It improves the chances of receiving referrals.
Educates your sales force.
Ensure people remember what you want.
Reinforce your professionalism.
Let visitors know what you do

5 tips to improve
Be prepared
Use a Script
Tell a story
Be specific
Make eye contact

It is your responsibility to make it easier for your fellow members to find referrals for you.

If you have a sub, your 60 seconds are even more important, reduce the word count and make it easier for them. Allow them time to practice.

10 minute presentation: Teresa Tomlinson

The 10 minute presentation this week is by Teresa Tomlinson from Internal Affairs Painting and Decorating. They work for builders, estate agents, landlords, bathroom installers, cabinet makers and well as the general public.

The types of projects they complete include decoration of new builds, halls, stairs and landings, bathrooms, wall papering, finishing off built in cupboards, external painting and repairs, wood wax treatments, restorations, and much more.

Notable Networker

Our Notable networker of the month is Steve Butler from Telecom Solutions for referrals given, a great chapter focus and the number of visitors invited.

60 Second Cup Winner

The 60 second cup this week goes to James Wilkinson from Suddenstrike Pest Control.

Our figures this week

Invoiced Business: £8930

Referrals given: 12

1-2-1 meetings: 19

Testimonials: 1

Visitors: 2

Meeting Update: 7 March 2019

A warm welcome to our visitors ands subs Lauren Gratton from Bennett Brooks, Mitchell Riley from Heath insurance, Trevor Fudger from Help for Heros, Trenton Duffie and Nichola Friel from Body Stress Release.

Education Slot: 60 seconds

Education slot was delivered by Simon Raeburn this week and was about the 60 second opportunity. They are like your advert, we all have the same opportunities (time). You need to put something across to make sure people remember you, try telling a story. Make notes before so you don’t have to remember what you want to say. This is your verbal advert for all the other people in the room. Remember whenever possible you should name a contact that you would like to be introduced to.

Read moreMeeting Update: 7 March 2019

Meeting Update: 24 January 2019

A warm welcome to our visitors this week Alex Daniels and Mike Skucha from SEI Security, Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining, James Wilkinson from Suddenstrike, Lauren-Lee Day from Mere Golf Resort and Spa, Leon Carroll from Warrington Youth Club, Steve Atherton from Fleet Prices and Jamie Stewart from Bumblebee Digital.

Read moreMeeting Update: 24 January 2019

And the winner is… BNI Mere!!!

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, a local networking group, BNI Mere, was awarded the ‘Chapter of the Year’ and ‘Largest Net Growth’, fighting off fierce competition from 20 other regional groups.

The group meet every Thursday morning at High Legh Park Golf Club. Meetings start at 10:30am and finish at midday. Open networking is available before and after the meeting. It costs £15 to attend a meeting and this covers your refreshments, room hire and a light lunch. Currently the group consists of 27 members who’ve passed over £530,000 of business in the last 12 months. Their growth plans include reaching 30 members and passing £750,000 by April 2019.

Read moreAnd the winner is… BNI Mere!!!

Meeting update: 27 September 2018

10 minute speaker: The incoming leadership team

The 10 minutes this week was delivered by Sue Richards, John McKenzie and Ric Webster

Following on from last weeks member survey, the members of BNI Mere have requested the following:

Chapter charter and growth

  • The minimum requirements of members, and the team will help you to achieve the results, 1 referral per member per month, 2 x 1-2-1s per member per month, 3 visitors per member per year, 3 testimonials per member per year, 1 training per member per year
  • The chapter will provide 1 x post meeting training per quarter, 1 x tailored mentoring per quarter and 2 x chapter social events per year for members to assist with achieving the above goals
  • The majority of members want the chapter to grow by numbers and TYFTB. The aim is to get 30 members by April 19, and for the TYFTB to go to £750k by April 19. There are no clear target for October 19. That is a 15% increase in referral value.
  • Targeted vacancies: recruitment agency, estate agent, architect, joiner, HR,
  • Visitor experience – we will no longer distinguish between sub, visitor, etc. All will be greeted at the desk and asked to sign in. They will be made a drink and introduced to members for open networking.
  • Slides for any presentation must be supplied the night before, if they are not supplied you will need to find an alternative independence source to show them.
  • There will be no more ‘nothing from me this week’, you will need to talk about what you are working on.
  • Any other business, will be pre-notified and appropriate – the leadership team will deal with issues as will the membership committee, if you have topics outside this then please speak to John for advice.

Read moreMeeting update: 27 September 2018

Meeting update: 20 September 2018

A big thank you to our sub this week:

Dan Pala from Libreonet, Sonia Burden from Careersat, Paul Williams from Acorn Electrical, Karen Roberts from KR Administration, Dave Skeels from Complete Eco.

10 minute speaker: Teresa Tomlinson from Internal Affairs Painting & Decorating

Internal Affairs offer the following services:

  • Traditional decorating service
  • Specialist papers and wall covering
  • Surface and plaster renovations
  • Problem areas
  • Bespoke murals
  • Removing Artex

They work in a variety of properties including:

  • Private estates
  • New builds
  • Domestic
  • Commercial
  • Landlords/Holiday Rentals

Read moreMeeting update: 20 September 2018

Meeting update: 19th July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Sam Johnson, Sharples Group, BNI Viking
David Griffiths, VFD Net, BNI Holmes Chapel
Tara Daniels, Talk Direct
Ian Spink, IPS Coaching, BNI Hooton
Sonia Burden, Careersat, BNI Vale Royal
Peter Bruder, Energy Jungle, BNI Alliance

The education slot

A fantastic Ed slot today by John Mckenzie all about the 2 minute testimonial structure.

Read moreMeeting update: 19th July 2018

Meeting update: 12th July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining.
Hilary Newhall from Allchange.
Steve Marston from Fleet Prices.
Tony Carter from HT Legal.

We also had one visitor, Peter Stephenson from Snowball Alternative Finance.

The education slot

The education slot by Alan Salter and was about door prizes.

If you turn up on the day that you deliver your 10 minutes without a door prize you will be required to pay £10 and you will be given a BNI book from stock. Whoever receives this may not be happy, so please make the effort and ensure you have a prize ready.

10 minute speaker: Sue Richards from Enriched International

Sue spoke to us about her ALOE.

A – Aches and pains

L – Lose weight

O – Omeprazole and acid reflux

E – Energy and strong immune system

Sue is looking to hold some Aloe bars – open spaces where there is lots of footfall to try products, do you know a suitable venue?

Our figures for this week:

Invoiced Business: £7151
1-2-1 meetings: 40
Referrals: 30
Testimonials: 3

Visitors: 1

 

Our notable networker for July is Steve Butler from Telecom Solutions for the external referrals he has given and bringing visitors, well done Steve.

60 second cup winner was Terry Chrystal from Cross Street Garage in Sale.

The door prize winner: Ian Griffiths from Alvis Printing

Meeting update: 5th July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Peter Bruder from Energy Jungle
Hilary Newall from Allchange Landscape Gardening
Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining

This week we welcomed 1 visitor, Angela Rawthorn from Claire House Hospice.

The education slot

The education slot by Alan Salter and was about how 1-21 are the most important networking activity as they allow us to spot opportunities for others and yourselves. Offices are a good place to work. He also reminded us about GAINS.

G- goals
A – achievements
I – interests
N – networking
S – skills

 

10 minute speaker: Ross Jones from Select Mortgages

What – fully independent whole of market mortgage advisor – first time purchase, movers, re-mortgages, help to buy, offset mortgages, but to let, self-build, second homes, holiday lets, equity release, commercial finance and bridging loans. No conflict of interest – he will work to get you the best deal.

How – Fully flexible, weekends evenings, phone, workplace. Start to finish, can help with tailored advice, deal with estate agency and handover.

Why – loves problem solving, making the process easy for the customer, who often end up becoming friends.

Ross is looking to work for – businesses, estate agents, letting agents, accountants, IFAS, professional sports club, mortgage reviews, complex or multiple income sources, business owners and self employed, and contractors.

Ross is also looking for businesses who would like him to come in and offer a ‘drop in’ service. Offering employees/staff a free, initial no obligation chat with him about their mortgages. If you know of any suitable businesses, please get in contact with Ross.

Our figures for this week:

1-2-1 Meetings: 48
Referrals given: 30
Invoiced business in the last 7 days: £7583
Visitors: 1

Read moreMeeting update: 5th July 2018