Three Lancashire businessmen have joined forces to launch a new standard of networking, from the world’s biggest referral organisation, in Clitheroe.
Jan Evans, MD of Jets GPS Tracking Ltd, Marc McLoughlin, MD of Keyfleet, and Richard Few, MD of Sales Geek, are launching a new Platinum Standard BNI chapter, meeting every Thursday morning at Holmes Mill, starting 7am on Thursday 1st February.
Established over 30 years ago, BNI has over 200,000 members in over 70 countries worldwide. It works by organising weekly networking meetings for groups of businesses. Groups, known as chapters, use their combined network of contacts to find business opportunities and referrals for one another, to a specific brief that members outline at every meeting.
Each chapter follows proven procedures and processes to ensure businesses are able to generate the maximum amount of business for each other.
Expanding substantially on the established aim for BNI chapters to generate £2 million of business per year, the new Platinum Standard aims to generate £5 million per year for members.
The new standard is the brainchild of BNI Executive Director Mike Holman, who heads up 27 BNI chapters in Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
Incoming chapter president Jan Evans said: “Our goal for BNI Beacon is to become a 50+ member chapter passing between £3-5 million of referral business between the members.
“Clitheroe was selected because it is a booming progressive market town that all three of the founding team have an affinity with. I attended Clitheroe Grammar and Marc and Richard both live here. We are all successful members of our own chapters and have recognised the difficulty many good businesses are having getting into BNI chapters in Lancashire as their seats are filled. Also, that there is no chapter in either Clitheroe or Skipton, so we wanted to cater for this.
“We are looking for ambitious businesses who want to grow and would prefer to do this through referral marketing, which is proven to be massively successful at BNI chapters throughout the world.”