A BUSINESS networking group in the Staffordshire Moorlands is going from strength to strength.
The Leek Business for Breakfast (BforB) has become so popular that the franchise owner has now introduced a second meeting day for the fortnightly gatherings.
Business For Breakfast is a UK-wide referral networking organisation, where every week members bring in £10,000s of business for each other.
And the Leek group certainly does help the local business economy.
At the meeting reporter Belinda Hargreaves attended, a total of £42,500 of business was announced as having passed through the group just by referrals from members to members.
The meetings, which in Leek take place in The Bistro at The Retreat, are structured but of an informal nature, with participants tucking into a full English breakfast freshly cooked by staff at the Retreat.
Introductions of guests are made and then participants are invited to carry out a 60-Second Sound Bite all about their business.
There is then a ‘spotlight presentation’ made by one of the members, which is rotated each meeting.
After a networking break, hints and tips of how to get the best out of BforB are offered before the contributions of referrals made at the meeting are discussed and totalled up.
The Leek BforB Group is owned by Len Foster, and the group’s Local Director is John Capper.
John, a business coach, said: “BforB is my family of business friends.
“Not only is there the networking opportunities but also the social side of being a member.
“Since we started the Leek group two years ago, we have had £300,000 in referrals for business.
“We have meetings every other week on a Thursday.
“This group is now full so we have started up another one for Friday mornings every other week.”
Leek BforB member Suzanne Davy, who runs Moorland Contract Cleaning, told the Post & Times: “Joining BforB has been very good for us.
“Already this year we have gained £16,000 of contracts through this group.” She added: “Not only do you gain valuable referrals but also have the opportunity to gain lots of support as members are willing to offer each other advice where they can.”
Yvonne Barlow, who owns The Retreat, added: “I have been hosting these events for two years and it has done a world of good for The Retreat.
“I think that BforB is very valuable for any business."
For further information about the Leek BforB, visit www.bforbleek.co.uk