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Beating the Recession at Two Valleys

Sun 6 March 2011

Article from the Evening Courier: 3d March 2011 

Despite the recession, a group of Calderdale businesses have generated an additional £415,000 - and look set to have a great 2011.

John Walker, Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses said "A number of pressures on small businesses are beginning to come to a head, such as the increase in VAT and fuel duty, placing more strain on cash-flow. This combined with the severe weather at the end of 2010 has meant small firms are not as confident about their prospects in 2011.  With inflation above target and the labour market still weak, small firms can not rely solely on the consumer for growth in 2011".

The 17 local businesses in the Two Valleys BNI Chapter that meet weekly, realise the importance on not relying solely on the consumer and have recognised the key role that networking plays in the development of a successful business in today's climate.

Membership Co-Ordinator Richard Fitton, of Spencer, Wilson & Co, Chartered Accountants in Halifax said "As a relatively new partner in our practice, I wanted to attract new clients so I joined the Two Valleys BNI Group.  It's been a fantstic way to get new business with over 70 per cent of my income generated from referrals through BNI".

"BNI has been running for over 25 years and many of its members have been attending the breakfast networking  meeting for over five years at the Elsie  Whiteluy Innovation Centre in Halifax.  The Two Valleys BNI group meet on Tuesday mornings from 06.45am-08.30am at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.  This thriving network is keen to get other local companies involved.   Contact Chapter director Chris Hall on 01422 843 127 or Richard Fitton on 01422 331 001.  For more information about the Two Valleys visit the website at



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