When I joined EBF I had recently gone into business by myself, as a freelancer. With just a few clients under my belt, I hoped membership would help me to grow, and to become established. It has certainly done that. I’m now collaborating regularly with fellow members on new business, and have a regular flow of high quality referrals. This is my No.1 focus for business growth.
I Joined Essex Business Forum a few months after I started by business and have been a member ever since. In the past six years I have not only obtained quality business leads that have led to me carrying out work for a variety of clients but have also fostered an excellent network of business contacts who I am happy to recommend and do so on a regular basis.
In addition I have a great support network in that the other members are happy to give me advice and guidance when needed and I hope I provide that to them as well.
I cannot think of any downside of being member of this brilliant organisation –except for getting up early every Thursday morning!
Director, TM Law Ltd.
Every week at EBF I have the opportunity to meet 30 people all of different trades and professions and this gives me a broad outlook on what is happening outside of my consulting room.
To help build and cement relationships and to learn about members interests outside of their working environment, social events are held throughout the year culminating in the grand Christmas dinner.
All members act as salesmen for each other and apart from the enthusiasm and good fellowship generated at the meetings I receive good quality referrals, all of which enhance my business.
There are many reasons why being a member of EBF has helped my business. Firstly of course are the recommended referrals. Our hit rate is really high on EBF business , way up in the 90%.
Secondly I have access to experts in their fields ,all of whom are happy to offer advice on issues that arise during business life and thirdly it helps you to build confidence.
Standing up and speaking in front of people doesn’t come naturally to all . Doing this on a regular basis really helped me to build confidence not only here but in my normal business dealings.
I fully recommend you come along and give EBF a try.
I only became involved with the whole networking concept for the first time last year and I can genuinely say that it has worked for me.
Not only has it already more than paid for itself with the business I have gained but meeting with fellow professionals from all walks of life has given me a new energy.
Prestige Holidays and Travel
As well as providing an important and consistent source of new business, the group is a valuable resource of support and advice which has been vital to the development of our firm.
The trust and respect that builds between members has a direct influence on business growth.
Clear Financial Advice
When I first started in business my biggest concern was the ability to get new clients.
I have no doubt that the biggest factor in the success of my business has been joining the group. I cannot recommend it highly enough
Booth & Co.
Setting up your own business is very different to being employed and I have found the group to be invaluable in terms of support, advice and assisting me to attract new clients.
If you are a new business I strongly recommend you join.
Workplace Safety Systems
I was introduced to Essex Business Forum by an existing member, and honestly at the time I did not know, nor understand what to expect. 2 years later, I can say EBF is beyond business referrals.
For me, it is about working closely with positive and inspirational external colleagues; and constantly educating each other.
I truly believe EBF has played a huge part in my professional development; and in my presence in the community.
Membership and involvement with EBF is a key part of my business. I have built up many valuable relationships with like-minded companies in the area.
Eachy week there is a lively buzz and a pleasant atmosphere and I’m convinced that more business is passed in that environment than in the overly-regimented approaches I have seen elsewhere in the past.
Integrate Networks Ltd.