Regional networking group wins award | Knutsford Times

Regional networking group wins award

By on November 27, 2018

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, a local networking group, BNI Mere, was awarded the ‘Chapter of the Year’ and ‘Largest Net Growth’, fighting off fierce competition from 20 other regional groups.

The group meet every Thursday morning at High Legh Park Golf Club. Meetings start at 10:30am and finish at midday. Open networking is available before and after the meeting. It costs £15 to attend a meeting and this covers your refreshments, room hire and a light lunch. Currently the group consists of 27 members who’ve passed over £530,000 of business in the last 12 months. Their growth plans include reaching 30 members and passing £750,000 by April 2019.

Sharon Charteress, a long-standing member of BNI Mere said, ‘We are delighted that all of our hard work has been recognised, we actively look for new members who will benefit from joining our group. The whole group works as a fantastic support network, this assists and allows the members to grow their businesses in an effective and efficient way.’

David Williams, Co-Executive Director for BNI in Cheshire and North Wales said ‘The chapter has enjoyed continued and sustained growth over the last twelve months by delivering both a great Visitor and Member experience. This award recognises an outstanding chapter, whose members collectively work together and take responsibility for the success of their chapter. The chapter embrace the seven core values of BNI which are, Givers Gain, Building Relationships, Lifelong Learning, Traditions + Innovation, Positive Attitude, Accountability and Recognition.’

Dave Skeels, BNI Area Director, who supports BNI Mere said ‘The team at BNI Mere are a tight knit, integrated group. They take ‘Know, Like and Trust’ to the next level. A fantastic mix of professionals from across the business community that concentrate on supporting each other, be that through new business, moral support or technical service. All this happens every week without fail, at the same time as having a light-hearted approach and a lot of fun. I am proud to be associated with BNI Mere, a dynamic business group comprising of genuine individuals whom any business owner should seek out and meet.’

We are looking for new members and visitors are always welcome to attend the meetings, all you need to do in contact them on or call Sharon on 07980 497026 with your contact details and your attendance with be registered.

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