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Southampton Central Chapter launched

Southampton Central has officially launched as a Hampshire Chapter. Twenty member companies drawn from local trades and professions are already benefitting from BNI’s proven referral marketing system.

Alyson Roach, BNI Hampshire’s Executive Director, says: “It’s fantastic to welcome a new Chapter to BNI Hampshire and I wish the Chapter every success.”

The Chapter’s President, George Goodband, Founder and Managing Director of Affordable IT, says: “Our members are working together towards one goal: generating more business through referrals both within and outside the group.

“Our Chapter meets every Tuesday from 6.45 a.m. to 8.30 a.m. at the Novotel Southampton Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1RA, so if you would like to come along and find out more about becoming a member, we’d love to hear from you.”

 

 

What a Welcome from BNI 

 After launching Cutler & Co HR Consultants in August 2015, I decided to research various networking meetings in my area.  During one particular networking event, I met an Insurance Adviser who invited me to his local BNI meeting. I had never heard of BNI, but I did a bit of research and decided to give it a go.

Due to my recent networking experiences, I knew that they could be quite daunting, however, my first impression of BNI was anything but.

Already apprehensive, I found myself slightly lost in the car park! Thankfully I was spotted by a member of the group, who instantly came over and introduced himself. Slowly my nerves started to disappear and I began to feel more at ease. He proceeded to show me inside the venue and introduced me to the rest of the group, who were all very warm and welcoming. To top it off, people listened to what I had to say and were genuinely interested in me and my business! I loved the idea and structure of the meeting and was lucky enough to have visited on a day where everyone was sharing their BNI Successes. I was blown away by the effect BNI had on them and their business.  Not wanting to miss out I signed up then and there.

I thought it would take a while to start receiving referrals and for members to start using my services, but I was wrong! I swiftly started receiving referrals and quite a few of the group have used my company to provide their HR support. I have had 21 one to ones with Members so far and after a one to one with a Business Coach in our Chapter, I received a referral to one of his clients and now work for them on a weekly basis.

However, for me, it’s not all about the referrals. One of my worries when I decided to leave paid employment and set up on my own, was being isolated. Through BNI I feel part of a team and know that if I have a question/concern, I can call one of my colleagues in the Chapter and get good advice. I am learning from business owners with years of experience, who have put me in contact with various people that can help me grow my business.

Recently Alyson Roach, Executive Director of BNI Hampshire, emailed me with a referral from an HR Consultant at the Fareham Chapter who was retiring and wanted to pass his clients to another HR Consultant within BNI. Alyson put us in touch and I have gained three new clients as a result! When I joined BNI I hoped I would gain business, I have, more than I hoped. I’ve also expanded my network and have met a group of people that have really taken the time to help me succeed.

 

Tammy Cutler

Director

Cutler & Co HR Consultants

Premier Southampton

Hampshire