We started out thinking of another way to help SMEs, assisting them with any issues their businesses faced, by introducing them to any businesses that provided them with solutions to any of those issues. With the help of a Virtual Executive PA, we set up a business networking event and called it Business Solutions Network. For our first event held on 24 June 2013 we anticipated an average of 20 business reps to turn up but, 30 showed up.
Well, WOW! It’s been a year already? Our first anniversary was 30 June 2014 and 55 business reps showed up to celebrate. We decided that the theme for our first anniversary should be FIRST; our Executive PA who organizes the event, coined the word ‘Firsters’ and we offered prizes to anyone who was the first to tells us they’ve had a client, a referral or their business network has grown considerably since attending the BSN event. Prizes were champagne, chocolates, M&S vouchers, Baileys, Whittards and free drinks at the bar. We heard back from too many to mention. We read emails and got phone calls from delegates congratulating the network’s success and telling us about their successful experiences. Here are quotes of some of those who expressed their success with the network:
“I just picked up a client today [22 May ] – a referral from an attendee at last month’s event (Graham Prior).” Matt Hodkinson, Influence Agents
“My network has increased greatly after networking with BSN and I have definitely made some amazing friends in the process!” Michelle Kotzee, GPS Capital Markets Ltd
“The first time I attended a DG Law Network event I did meet someone who became a customer and friend and then he introduced me to a few other people.” Simon Fraulo, Oval Motorcycle
Throughout the year, attendance has been an average of 20 to 50 in attendance. We will take a break in August because we will be swimming and diving in the clear blue sea and sunny skies of some exotic country or indeed in the UK – the summer has been great so far, wouldn’t you agree? But the next Business Solutions Network event will be in September, and our records show that September is a cracking time for business networking, so why don’t you come along?
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