Forming connections with other businesses can help your Beckenham business to grow sustainably. No matter your industry, whether you’re a High Street business owner or a tradesperson serving local properties on roads like Elm Road, BNI can meet your networking needs in Beckenham. Our chapters allow likeminded business owners to pass referrals to one another, helping to generate revenue. This is an important income stream, as 98% of businesses say they rely on referred business for cash flow. BNI membership lets you join the 3% of businesses that actually have a strategy to generate these referrals! Working in this manner is far more enjoyable, as you’ll be dealing with clients who are already interested in your services and are waiting for you to make contact. The connections that our chapter system fosters eliminate the need for cold calling. Choose BNI for your business’s growth – our networking group in Beckenham is your golden ticket to word-of-mouth referrals.
BNI is an international networking group that encourages business owners to support each other. Whilst we have a global presence, our focus is on local communities. Each of our chapters are focused on a specific area, helping to drive revenue within the same community. One of the unique features of BNI is the lack of competition in each chapter. Your business will be the sole representative of your industry within the room, ensuring you can focus on growing on your business rather than outshining your competitors. The mindset behind BNI is a supportive one, developing an environment of mutual benefit where members in Beckenham can give and receive help and advice.
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Converting a new customer can take up to 8 hours from start to finish – that’s the same as an entire working day. Your BNI network offers a streamlined approach to gaining new business, as the word-of-mouth referrals you receive come from other business owners who can vouch for your services.
Larger networking events put you in contact with lots of potential clients, but they also ask you to share the space with your competition. BNI takes a different approach, ensuring that you can focus on your own business, not the competition, when seeking out new leads.
BNI is an established organisation but it’s also one that adapts. Our chapters traditionally met early in the morning, but this presented a barrier to parents and some entrepreneurs. We’ve since established ‘brunch slots’ to cater to these groups, as well as 52 UK online groups. These have been active for over a year now.
The value of our approach is evident. BNI’s global network generated more than £15 billion last year through referrals, empowering business owners to generate significant amounts of revenue. We can help you to build contacts throughout Beckenham, letting you grow at a sustainable pace.
Your local BNI chapter in Beckenham is Inspiration. This supportive group allows likeminded people to help grow each other’s businesses. In fact, over the past 12 months the members of Inspiration were able to pass £607,812 worth of business to one another. Not only was this a great benefit for those in the room, but it also made sure that this money continued to circulate in the local Beckenham economy. Discover whether Inspiration is right for you. There are openings within the group for enthusiastic professionals, so get in touch if you’re looking to take your Beckenham business to the next level. We’ll be happy to help you start your BNI journey.
There are BNI chapters throughout the UK, allowing you to find a group that meets your needs. Whether you require a later meeting time or wish to meet online, we’re sure we have a suitable option.
There’s no need to hesitate. You can attend a BNI meeting in Beckenham to start getting to know the local members right away. Visiting a chapter lets you meet others with the same goal – growing their clientele through referrals. Best of all, many of our members find that BNI offers a lot more than just new business. You’ll form a support network that can help you through difficult times and join you in celebrating the good ones. Our approach to networking in Beckenham lets you make friends, as well as meet potential partners, suppliers, distributers, and marketers. Each of our chapters covers a diverse field of businesses, letting you build a network that is sure to benefit you throughout your personal and professional lives.
BNI has been incredibly successful across the globe – on average members find their business increases 20% in their first year. This is because your networking group will lead to genuine, organic leads for your business in Beckenham, drawing on the close-knit relationships you’ll have with other chapter members. This can help to control the amount of business you receive, ensuring you can maintain a steady cash flow without being overwhelmed by enquiries that you can’t act on. Being able to pass referrals on to other businesses is also a real benefit, enhancing your reputation with your chapter members and with the people you referred. Organic referrals play a key role in consistent, sustainable growth.
We are guided by a set of shared values which define how we are altering the way the world does business. Potential members can use these to orient themselves as they begin their BNI journeys.
The best way to get an accurate feel for BNI is to attend a networking meeting in Beckenham or in one of the surrounding areas. In the previous 12 months, BNI members throughout the UK generated more than £482 million of referred business, made possible through the connections within our chapters. Get in touch today to see how BNI can help your business to grow. Our friendly members will be more than happy to meet you and to help you kickstart the next stage of your business’s growth.
Take a look at the difference we’ve made to our existing members. They’ve shared their experiences with BNI so you can see the impact for yourself.
“I started my company having come from a corporate sales background. On day 1, I set up in my dining room and started to dial out to the data that I had acquired. I spent an entire week cold calling but to no avail, I was making between 100 and 150 dials a day and was getting rejection after rejection in return.
To say that I was downbeat and frustrated (and worried) is an understatement. I had left a well-paid job and a successful career and now no-one would talk to me!
I went to my parents’ house on the Saturday and within 1 hour my sister and my parents’ neighbour had recommended BNI to me (I had never heard of business networking before, I didn’t even realise it was a ‘thing’). I went home and searched for my nearest BNI networking group and invited myself to the meeting on the Thursday morning. It was a ‘visitors day’ so the room was packed with 80 other local businesses and it blew me away. People were genuinely interested in my business and after I had stood up and done my 60 seconds presentation (which I was so nervous about) the builder sat next to me passed me his card and said that he would like me to build him a website!
I couldn’t believe it, I’d spent an entire week cold calling with not one person happy to talk to me and I went to this networking meeting with other likeminded local businesses and within 2 hours I had made my first ever sale. That was nearly 10 years ago now and I have not picked up a phone to do a cold call since. Now more than 70% of our revenue comes from BNI, which is a wonderful return for the annual cost. We have grown from just me in the business to 37 of us now, plus I have a wonderful group of BNI friends, amazing suppliers, a great support network, and experts in just about every subject you could wish for.
My friends now come to me asking ‘do you know someone...’ And, do you know what, I always do!
If you’re serious about growing your business, then look at networking – and especially BNI – I cannot think of a better way to do business.”
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Join BNI today and take your business to the next level. Contact [email protected] to learn more about networking in Beckenham.