Local Businesses Working Together To Create Sales
BNI Claddagh Chapter has been running since June 2010 and in that time those businesses have shared €800,000+ of business together.
BNI is the most successful organization of its type in the world. It provides a platform for many businesses to work together to help keep opportunities for business in each locality where there is a Chapter.
For example, in 2010 BNI Claddagh Chapter formed in Claregalway with the assistance of BNI Support Director, Ireland South & West Liam Higgins. There are now 19 businesses represented in the Chapter and what makes BNI unique is that no two companies come from the same type of business. One only business per trade or profession can join a Chapter and that means that unlike other networking organisations, you will not see your competitor in the same room.
“Since launching in 2010 members of BNI Claddagh Chapter have been meeting weekly to understand one another’s businesses and to learn to identify possible opportunities for business for each of their fellow members” said Liam Higgins. “This has resulted in them sharing in over €800,000 worth of new business because they made these sales on the basis of introductions that they would not have received unless they were members of the Chapter.”
BNI provides a simple structure that is proven to work over the last 25 years and on five continents. Members of BNI passed thousands of referrals resulting in over €270 million worth of business being shared by it’s members in the UK and Ireland in the last 12 months. There are currently four Chapters in County Galway with one in Tuam, one in Salthill and one meeting in Taylors Hill as well as the team in Claregalway.
“Being a member of a Chapter of BNI is like having a huge sales team working for your business. Each person has been trained to identify business opportunities for our fellow members and the best part is that it works really well. It’s not about chasing business though, it’s really about building relationships with your fellow members and it teaches you to do the same with your clients” said Geoff Kinsella, the present Chapter Director of BNI Claddagh.
If you would like to learn more about what BNI is all about and to arrange to come along to see how it can help your own business, why not contact Liam on 086 8332558 or Geoff on 087 9460320 to discuss joining them for a meeting. They meet every week in the Claregalway Hotel on Wednesday mornings and their saying is “Missing breakfast can be seriously bad for your wealth”. If you are looking at new ways to generate more business in 2012 there is no better place to start.