Any businessowner with ambitions of growing their business in Orpington can benefit from BNI. From tradespeople working in suburban homes on Sevenoaks Road to owners of small businesses on Orpington High Street, we want to hear from as many businesspeople in the area as we can. When you join BNI, you will be put into a group with likeminded businessowners who can give you the necessary referrals for your business to take that next step. An unbelievable 98% of businesses state that they count on referred business for the most prominent percentage of their cashflow, but only 3% have a tactic for generating it. The referrals that your fellow BNI members provide you with will change the way you view business. You will have prospective clients who have stated an interest in your services waiting for you to contact them, meaning endless cold calling can become a thing of the past. This business model is satisfying to be a part of and is entirely possible due to our chapter system. BNI is your golden ticket to networking in Orpington and essential word-of-mouth referrals.
BNI is an international networking group that connects businessowners so they can help and support each other. We have a local focus, despite our worldwide influence. We want businessowners to come together, generate referrals, and drive revenue in their communities. That’s why we create networking chapters by area. With BNI, unlike larger networking groups, you don’t need to worry about any direct competitors of your company being in the same room. You can concentrate on the daily ins and outs of running your business. We focus on enabling our members to feel comfortable giving and receiving help, advice, and referrals in order to cultivate an environment of mutual benefit.
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It can take around eight hours – an entire working day – to secure a new client. BNI provides a more streamlined approach, getting you word-of-mouth referrals from fellow motivated businessowners who you can trust.
While larger networking events give you the opportunity to meet potential clients, you are often in the same room as somebody offering the same service as you. At BNI, you can network and gain clients without being concerned about someone in the room competing with you.
BNI is always adapting, changing, and growing. Traditionally, our meetings were held early in the morning, but this was not feasible for parents and entrepreneurs working on a different schedule. That’s why we started running ‘brunch slots’ to enable everyone to reap the rewards of BNI. We also opened 52 online groups in the UK which have now been running for more than a year.
When it comes to the results of BNI, the numbers speak for themselves. Our members generated £15 billion last year as a result of the referrals made because of our chapters. Our process is proven to work. It generates a huge amount of revenue, empowering businessowners and giving you important local contacts.
Lightning is your local BNI chapter in Orpington. Our members are all passionate about helping likeminded people to benefit each other’s enterprises. Over the last 12 months, Lightning members exchanged £245,553 in business between one another. This commitment has led to fantastic growth for the companies of our members and has kept money circulating in Orpington’s local economy. Check out if Lightning is right for you. Plenty of places are available for enthusiastic businesspeople who want to take their business to new heights. Our dynamic group of friendly members are always keen to share business and referrals. Get your BNI journey started today.
We’ve got hundreds of chapters all over the UK, with later meeting times as well as online chapters available. We know that one of our chapters will be the perfect fit for your networking needs in Orpington.
Make sure to get in touch and find a BNI chapter in Orpington. Once you’ve turned up to a meeting, you can start building relationships straight away. You’ll be alongside fellow businessowners who have the same ambition to grow their clientele through referrals. Joining a BNI chapter will not only put you in a group of people with similar goals, but it will also give you a support network to turn to through the highs and lows of business ownership. You’ll have easy access to distributors, suppliers, marketers, and lifelong friends. Your personal and professional life will benefit from the extensive network you will have links to through your chapter.
Providing your Orpington business with real, organic leads is what we’re all about at BNI. Developing a strong relationship with your fellow chapter members means you will see a consistent influx of work, so you are never left short of cashflow or overwhelmed by too many enquiries. This means you can develop your business at a manageable rate. Plus, BNI gives you the chance to pass referrals, meaning you can improve your relationship with the customers you refer and the members you refer them to. This method has been highly successful in Orpington and across the world, with BNI members averaging an increase of 20% for their business in their first year. Referrals enable you to grow your business in a consistent, manageable way.
Our chapters follow a simple list of principles that guide everything we do. These core values define how we change the way the world does business. In order to prepare them for their BNI experience, we encourage our members to use this list to make themselves familiar with our process.
We would highly recommend attending a meeting in Orpington or a nearby area to gain a better understanding of what we’re about at BNI. We’d be delighted to welcome you and start helping you to grow your business. Over the last 12 months, UK BNI members generated £482 million worth of business for each other. This would not have been possible without our fantastic chapter system allowing vital connections to be made between businesspeople. Get in touch today to ask any questions about BNI and what we can do for your business.
Many of our members have shared their stories about what it is like being a part of BNI. Read about how our process helped transform their businesses.
“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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If you want to take your business to the next level, join BNI today. Contact [email protected] to learn more about networking in Orpington.