Background of business
Jilly Beaumont has recently started a small business offering copywriting, website writing and proofreading services on a freelance basis; she has been in business before, running a very successful book-keeping service while living in London in the 1990s. Jilly is also a trained teacher and offers one-to-one tuition classes for primary school children. While working for a client in Silsden, Jilly started to realise that although there are a great many businesses trading locally, there are limited opportunities for them to meet and get to know one another. Jilly chatted to a number of business owners locally and realised that there was a real need for a business networking group. She started to think about hosting a group herself which would allow local businesses to meet and encourage them to trade with one another.
Jilly initially met up with local Kickstart Enterprise Coach, Candy Squire-Watt, to discuss the first networking group meeting, but they soon realised that they could work together much more closely. Candy was available to offer coaching support to members of the group, but also able to use the group as a great way to introduce new businesses to the concept of networking in a very accessible format. By this time Jilly had booked a date for the first meeting and had started publicising it, and the group held their inaugural meeting in October 2012.
Where they are now
Like most small businesses Jilly wanted to increase her freelance work, and business networking allowed her to meet other businesses and talk about her offer in a relaxed, informal setting. There is no ‘hard sell’, just the opportunity to meet people and get to know the kind of work they do, so that if and when you are looking for a service, you have someone to call on. Ideally you will also pass details to family, friends and clients too. This is why business networking is so effective it expands the possibility of word of mouth referrals.
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