Business networking in Sydenham can help you grow your business sustainably and effectively. At BNI we have built a better way of doing business by fostering collaboration amongst our members, rather than competition. Members work together to share advice and promote one another’s services in their own networks. You’ll gain referrals which are essential for expanding your customer base and income. In fact, 98% of companies say that they rely on referred business for the majority of their cashflow but only 3% have a strategy to generate it. When you join BNI your fellow chapter members will recommend your business to others, ensuring you receive a steady influx of interested customers seeking your services. All of our chapters are structured so that everyone’s business is unique. This means that you won’t share a chapter with any direct competition and can focus on building relationships and delivering amazing services at your business. Whether you’re running your own enterprise on the bustling Sydenham Road or are a tradesman serving the leafy suburban streets around Mayow Park, you can benefit from the best business network out there.
BNI is the world’s largest business networking group, with over 290,000 members in more than 76 countries. Although our reach is global, our focus is local. We group our members into chapters in their local area. Your chapter will host weekly meetings where members can share their services and discuss the successes and challenges they’ve faced. From here, members refer their fellow members’ business to others, driving new customers to local Sydenham businesses. BNI is unique for encouraging collaboration, rather than competition which inevitably happens at larger networking events. This process clearly works since many of our members find BNI so valuable that they don’t need any other marketing.
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Referrals put you in contact with customers who are already interested in your services. They help you take the cold out of the call and only contact clients that are likely to lead to a sale. This massively reduces the time spent searching for customers and allows you to focus on what you do best – running your business.
Attending your chapter’s weekly meetings will give you valuable information about how other business owners are faring in Sydenham. You’ll learn about how best to serve and retain customers from those who have done it themselves. Fellow chapter members are an amazing resource for insight into your customers in Sydenham.
Adaptability is one of BNI’s greatest strengths. We are willing to adjust our process to make sure that we’re offering our members the best service possible. We have opened 52 online chapters as well as chapters with later meeting times to accommodate those with different schedules.
BNI has delivered incredible results for members all over the world. Last year our chapters generated £15 billion worth of referred business. This is all made possible by building connections and encouraging collaboration between our members. Better business networking is the edge you need to take your business to the next level.
BNI Adventurers is your local BNI chapter in Sydenham. Made up of business owners from a variety of industries, Adventurers is a diverse group with professional experience and a broad network you can benefit from. They passed £533,464 in business to each other last year, which is an incredible result and shows their commitment to one another. BNI Adventurers has created a system of mutual benefit that also keeps money circulating in Sydenham’s local economy and going to the businesses that really deserve it. Take a look and see if Adventurers is right for you. You can attend the next meeting and start your BNI journey right away. We are always eager to welcome enthusiastic new members.
With chapters across London and the south-east, we’re certain we can find one that’ll suit your needs. Our members are consistently amazed by the incredible results their BNI referrals have made possible.
When you join your BNI chapter you’ll gain access to a network of local business owners. There are incredible advantages to having this network available to you. You’ll have a group of likeminded individuals who can provide their expert opinion and offer valuable insight into running a business. Additionally, with such a diverse range of businesses represented you’ll also be able to take advantage of your fellow members’ services. Our members have found that simply by looking at their local BNI chapter they’ve found marketers, distributors, and sub-contractors who are able to help them complete projects and expand their services. These connections are invaluable not just for the referrals, but also to provide incredible non-pecuniary benefits. You’ll have a group to lean on to help you with challenges and celebrate your wins. BNI gives you a network of dependable business partners and lifelong friends.
Referrals are a great way to cut down on the time you spend looking for new clients. It can take as long as eight hours to secure a new client, from first contact to a final agreement. Referrals ensure that you’re getting in touch with people who are already seeking your services. Taking advantage of referred business has led to fantastic results for our UK members. They experience a 20% growth in business on average in their first year of membership. BNI provides you with an invaluable network to gain new business that creates consistent growth. Our members experience unparalleled results by forming real connections with likeminded business owners in their area.
Our core values are key guiding principles that demonstrate how we’re changing the way the world does business. They are a guideline that shows what we expect from our members and how chapters should be run.
Start your BNI journey today by getting in touch. Our members are always ready to welcome visitors to their meetings so find your local chapter and let them know you’d like to attend. Our UK chapters have enjoyed enormous success, generating £482 million worth of business for each other. Our approach, combined with the commitment from our members, has enabled amazing results for businesses in Sydenham and across the country.
Some of our members have shared their experiences with BNI. Read their reviews and see for yourself the power of business networking.
“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 Sydenham.