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Wed 18 May 2011

Southport’s BNI creates £600,000 worth of new business
 
A Southport networking group is celebrating winning thousands of pounds worth of new business since its launch.
 
The town’s successful Business Networking International group BNI Mariners has passed £600,000 worth of business since it began two years ago and £400,000 in the past 12 months.
 
The chapter, which has 27 members, is also celebrating that their meeting location, the Ramada Hotel in Southport, has been shortlisted for the Mersey Partnership Tourism Award for Hotel of the Year.
 
BNI Mariners member John Porter said: “I think the chapter has been so successful as there are a great mix of people in the group and the business categories that are represented here are varied and compliment each other perfectly.”
 
A networking organisation that operates all over the world, BNI works by allowing only one member of each profession to join a chapter. Then, the group’s members act as each other’s sales force to find new business for one another.
 
The Southport group is made up of entrepreneurs, business owners, business leaders looking to share business leads and receive referrals of work.
 
John added: “Our weekly meetings are a very positive place which has contributed to our string of successes. Last year we were the top chapter in the region for the number of referrals.”
 
BNI’s Merseyside networking group has been responsible for generating around £100m of business for Merseyside firms over the last 10 years and is one of the most successful networking organisations in Europe.
 
It costs around £10 a week to be a member of BNI, and in each meeting members exchange business contacts and receive referrals of work which can be anything from £50 to £1.5m in value.
 
The group meets at the Ramada Hotel, Southport Marine Lake

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