Celebrating our imminent second anniversary and the associated growth and changes that go along with this, today we have launched a new and improved website for Essex Business Forum. If you’re reading this blog post then you’re on our new website. I hope you like it! You will find improved member profiles, improved visitor information…
Essex Business Forum was featured in the December edition of “The Small Business Owner” magazine.
The two page article asked the question “Can business networking improve your home life?”, and journalist Damien Swift who interviewed our director Scott Griffiths explains how meeting up with other business owners on a regular basis can be a huge boost to both your business productivity and work/life balance.
The Leadership team and board of directors at Essex Business Forum would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year
It’s Halloween today and so the members of Essex Business Forum business networking group would like to wish you all a spooky time!
Dear Essex Business Forum, who’s heart is in their profession
Hallowed be thy name
Your referrals will come, they will be done
On earth, as it is, in the world wide web.
At the meeting today a new style of members name badges were launched. You can see my badge below, which I think is excellent.
I’ve already attended another networking event wearing this badge and it provoked comment and conversation about Essex Business Forum. Great stuff!
Well done to the excellent leadership team for arranging this!
I thought i’d take a moment to reflect back on my many years of networking and draw a personal comparison between my time as a member of BNI Brentwood and my membership of Essex Business Forum.
I joined BNI Brentwood almost as soon as it was launched in 1998. I was new to the world of running a business at this stage, and the concept of regular networking with like-minded business professionals was amazing. I joined after my first visit and enjoyed over a decade of membership throughout which BNI was responsible for a very significant part of my income.
Towards the end of my time at BNI, the concept of business networking was becoming very popular and many rival groups were emerging. Most of these groups didn’t last long and has only a small group of members. Networking groups without a critical mass of regular members are doomed to fail, and therefore anything less than 20 bodies attending the meetings each week just doesn’t work or last very long.
What finally made my mind up to leave BNI was the ever increasing feeling that as members of this organisation we were getting less and less value for money. Given the global size of this organisation, and the fact that all of the membership fees that were paid each year (around £600 per person I seem to recall?) the individual group saw none of this money and were left to promote itself and the members to promote themselves.
Merry Christmas from the Members at Essex Business Forum