For business networking that really makes a difference, you need BNI. BNI provides you with a ready-made network of Catford business owners that will help your business take that next step. A major centre of Greater London conveniently situated on the South Circular Road, Catford is host to a huge range of different enterprises. Whether you’re running a business out of Catford Centre on Rushey Green or working jobs on the suburban roads around Mountsfield Park, we welcome businesses of every size and scope. The primary benefit you will receive from BNI is referrals. Your fellow members can recommend your services to customers who are genuinely interested in your services. Referrals are so key that 98% of companies say that they rely on them for the majority of their revenue, but only 3% have a strategy to generate them. Your BNI chapter can bring you the referrals you need to effectively and sustainably grow your business. What’s more, your business will be entirely unique in your chapter, so you won’t have to compete for any of the benefits that BNI brings you. This truly makes BNI the best networking service out there.
BNI is a wide-reaching international networking group that prioritises collaboration over competition through the principle of giver’s gain. We group our members into local chapters where they can share their experiences and promote their services to one another. Members are then able to recommend one another’s services to those that need them in their wider networks. This ensures that everyone receives regular referrals from a reputable source. This will bring your clients who are already interested in your business and are waiting for you to get in touch. What’s more, we only allow one business from any given industry in our chapters, so you won’t have to worry about sharing space with your competition. Instead, we foster collaboration and support to create an environment of mutual gain.
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We know that no one wants to spend their time cold calling, so BNI helps you get in touch with potential customers who are already in the market for your services. Our meetings are a streamlined process where you can present to the group to promote your services and receive referrals from your fellow members.
Who better to learn from about running a small business in Catford, than fellow Catford business owners? Our meetings are a great learning opportunity to find out what’s working and what isn’t from people in the same situation as you. You can learn more about how to attract and retain your clients from those who know best.
We promote innovation as one of our core values and genuinely take it to heart. That’s why we have altered our approach over the years in order to better serve our members. This has included later meeting times for those on a different schedule. We have also opened 52 online chapters to accommodate those who cannot meet in person.
Our members are consistently delighted with the results BNI membership brings to their business. Last year our worldwide chapters generated an incredible £15 billion through referrals. We champion our approach because we know that it works. Referrals from your chapter members are a great way to build your business.
With dozens of chapters across London and the south-east we’re certain that we’ll have the perfect fit for your business.
At BNI our reach might be global, but our focus is local. Joining one of our chapters will put you in a room with fellow Catford business owners all facing the same challenges as you. Being able to regularly connect with individuals who know exactly what you’re going through is a great way to learn and grow your expertise. Your chapter will also bring you into contact with potential partners for your business. The enormous diversity in our chapters means that you will be in contact with professionals from all sorts of different businesses. You’ll have a direct line to seek their services to assist you with your business or for personal projects.
BNI provides you with a professional network that will deliver you the referred business you need to grow. Not only will your chapter be able to refer your business but having a close relationship with them means that you can choose jobs more easily and keep your workflow consistent – keeping you from being desperate for work or overwhelmed by the number of enquiries. As you pass on referrals for their businesses in turn, you will build your relationships with them as well improving your own reputation with the clients whose referral you gave. This approach has seen incredible success in Catford and across the UK. On average BNI members see their business increase by 20% in their first year of membership with us. Referrals from a close-knit networking group at the perfect way to ensure sustainable growth for your Catford business.
BNI is founded on a set core values. They form the foundation of everything we do here and are a guideline for what we look for in our members. These guiding principles underpin what we believe is the better way of doing business.
Many of our members find that networking with BNI is the only marketing they need. The power of referred business and have a reputable network to draw is an incredible boost to Catford businesses. You can reduce the amount of time you’re spending on other marketing endeavours and focus on running your amazing business. Last year, BNI members in the UK generated over £482 million in business for their fellow chapter members. When you make connections with BNI you are building an invaluable network that will take your business to the next level.
Our members have been delighted with how their business has transformed thanks to their BNI membership and have shared their stories with us.
“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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Get in touch with our team and find out more about the better way of doing business. Contact [email protected] to learn more about networking in Catford.