BNI is essential for any business looking to network in Rotherhithe. We provide a low-pressure and collaborative environment to help business owners make connections and generate referrals for one another. Referred business is essential to growth, with 98% of companies saying they rely on it for the majority of their income. However, only 3% have a strategy to generate these referrals. BNI can act as your golden ticket to gaining the referrals you need to sustainably grow your business, with enquiries from new potential customers who are already seeking your services. Whether you’re running your business from a home office on Rotherhithe Street or are a tradesman traveling the length of Salter Road completing jobs, BNI suits businesses of every size and scope. We take special care to make sure that your industry will be unique in your chapter, ensuring you can build your network and new customer base without being in the same room as any competition. It is through this diligence and the commitment of our members that BNI has fostered incredible growth for our members’ businesses over the years.
BNI is a networking group that hosts meetings for chapters of members grouped by geographical area. Your local chapter will meet every week to gather likeminded business owners from Rotherhithe to discuss successes and challenges, and to share referrals. Being in the room with such a diverse range of other businesses will give you connections all over Rotherhithe. We prioritise collaboration over competition, ensuring that you can focus on presenting your incredible services without having to contend with other companies from the same industry being in the room. Our local focus means that revenue circulates between Rotherhithe businesses, growth is sustainable, and the people of Rotherhithe are receiving excellent service from trusted local businesses. Everyone benefits.
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From initial contact to a finalised agreement, it can take up to eight hours to secure a new client. We offer a more streamlined approach so that you’re not spending entire working days securing new business. With word-of-mouth referrals from fellow chapter members, you’ll gain genuine enquiries from interested customers.
BNI gives you the opportunity to connect with other business owners and learn what they might need from you and your services. You’ll also be able to learn about what works for them and how they’ve connected with their customers in Rotherhithe. You can do all of this without worrying about any competition since your business will be unique within your chapter.
We have had no trouble in the past adapting our approach in order to better serve our members. While we traditionally meet earlier in the morning and in-person, that wasn’t possible for everyone. So, to accommodate people’s schedules we’ve started offering ‘brunch time’ meetings at around 10am. We also have 52 online groups in the UK.
With hundreds of BNI chapters in the UK alone, we’re certain that you’ll find the perfect fit for your requirements. Take a look and see which BNI group best suits your needs.
Connecting with other business owners in Rotherhithe through BNI gives you a lifelong network of contacts that will prove invaluable to your business. Gaining referrals from your fellow members is an excellent way to grow your customer base and revenue. But there are non-pecuniary benefits as well. Having a likeminded group with which to share challenges but also successes is enormously beneficial. BNI chapters aren’t just networking opportunities, but meetings of likeminded friends sharing their passion and drive with one another. You’ll make lifelong partnerships for your business in a friendly, supportive, and collaborative atmosphere. At BNI we make sure that all of our chapters are offering a mutually beneficial environment to ensure that your business will thrive.
By building relationships with your fellow members, you will be able to benefit from any referred business that they come across, and you can do the same for them. Especially if you get to know people in adjacent fields, if your customers ever request a service that you don’t provide then being able to immediately offer a reputable company for them to contact allows you to still solve their problems and keeps you looking professional. On a more practical note, BNI members have seen their businesses increase by an average of 20% in their first year with us, showing that membership delivers real results. Referrals from your fellow chapter members are invaluable to growing your Rotherhithe business.
BNI runs on a simple set of values. By engaging with these foundational principles members can expect the best results from their time with BNI. We believe that by embracing these values we can transform the way that people do business.
Members from all over the globe have shared the incredible experiences they’ve had working with BNI, and how professional networking has transformed their business.
“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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To find out more about how professional networking can benefit your business, join BNI today. Contact [email protected] to learn more about networking in Rotherhithe.