BusinessWise is a not-for-profit referral group of committed business people who meet at Jury’s Inn, Swindon to support each other and refer qualified business leads – having gained a clear understanding of each other’s products or services.
The not-for-profit group has been active in the town for more than six years and operates on a non-competing basis where there is only one person representing one discipline within the membership such as one accountant or a single web designer.
The group also supports a charitable member and currently that is the Gateway Furniture Project which provides white goods and furniture packages at very low cost to families in need in the town.
Current membership includes Haines Watts Swindon, Bevirs Law, Midwinter Web Design, Excalibur Communications, Fiona Scott Media, Eight Interactive, Lis McDermott Photography and Thornton Associates.
Recently there have been some changes to the way in which the group operates and the team now meets fortnightly on a Friday morning from 7.30am to 9am.
The members are looking to work with and support other business owners or directors and this could include trades such as an electrician or plumber or a book-keeper, a mortgage adviser, a VA or PA, an insurance broker, a shop owner or a hotel or B&B owner.
The cost of joining is £250 in year one, then £150 on renewal each subsequent year and the monthly cost is £30 which includes breakfast and room hire costs, marketing activities, charitable work and social events.
In order to find out more about the group and what we do – we do hold open networking events where visitors can attend to find out more and meet us, regardless of their business discipline. Details of the next open event will be released in early 2019.
Chartered surveyor Jerry Thornton, of Thornton Associates, who currently chairs the group, said: “We welcome anyone who wants to come along to meet current members and find out more about BusinessWise and how we work hard to build relationships and support each other. We have several open categories and, if your business is unusual we are open to discussing the possibility of opening up a new category.
“We are looking to work with people who are committed and who will attend each meeting or send a sub if they cannot make it and who are willing to take on one of the various voluntary roles within the group which allows us to function and continue to operate on a not-for-profit basis. We probably will not be right for a new business in its first year of operation.”
The second of our new format meetings, we now start at 7.30am in Jury’s Inn Swindon every other week – the next meeting is 26th October. If you would like to visit our, very friendly, not for profit group, please call Paul Eagles on 01793 706020.
Fiona Scott gave a talk about LinkedIn and we paired up to talk to a fellow member in depth about each other’s businesses.
To round the meeting off we have a Referral Round where 15 transactions were completed between members.
A great end to the month, with a large volume of referrals being passed between members over the month. September was a good month for welcoming new visitors, if you would like to visit our group we now meet every other week. The next meeting is on 12th October, if you would like to visit please give Paul Eagles a call on 01793 706020.
Stuart McNeil of Bevirs Law won the best 60 seconds prize and Pam Jones, Eight Interactive, gave a fantastic 10 minute presentation about her training and animated videos.
Please contact Paul Eagles, 01793 706020, if you would like to visit our very friendly not for profit group.