The Business Network South Herts Runner up in FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards 2015

We are proud and delighted to announce that The Business Network South Herts was awarded Runner Up in the Networking Group of the Year in the FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards 2015.

  • Sharon Sacofsky (The Business Network)
  • Wednesday 17 June 2015

There are so many reasons why members and visitors enjoy our events. Here are just a few.

Our professional approach and attention to detail creates a relaxed yet business-focussed atmosphere and our unique event format allows for a mix of formal and informal networking.

The majority of our attendees are senior decision makers who are able to influence the buying and selling within their organisations. This links with our ethos of relationship building rather than selling.

Our free educational seminars are delivered each month by members allowing them to raise the profile of their company and provide unique training sessions to those who attend. Due to the wealth of knowledge and experience within the group the seminars cover a wide range of topics.

All visitors receive a welcome call to help them plan for and gain maximum benefit from the event. They are advised of the event format, giving them the opportunity to prepare in advance the brief presentation about their company they will make to those seated at their table.

The table plan is prepared in advance using our unique table management software which guarantees a balanced mix of business categories at each table and can accommodate seating requests. This ensures the networking is not left to chance.

Post event follow-up takes place the next day with the distribution of the table plan and an invitation to visitors to apply for membership.

We offer a truly personal and professional service. One-to-one meetings with members are arranged to gain an understanding of their business and of their ideal outcome of membership. Ways in which they can maximize their membership are also discussed.

We recognise that networking doesn't come naturally to everyone. During the events tips and strategies to improve networking skills are shared together with motivational quotes to maintain a business focus.

We consistently have around 45/55 attendees at our events and this number is growing month on month. There are always new companies in attendance allowing for a constant stream of new potential clients and buying opportunities as well as access to new insights and knowledge.

The benefits of membership are many and varied and include free educational seminars, access to the national database of members, member offers, and the option of bringing a guest free of charge (if the necessary criteria are met).

In order to tailor and refine the service to better meet member needs, feedback is requested from visitors, members and exiting members and acted upon whenever appropriate.

And finally - here is a testimonial from one of our members:

"Sharon runs a thoroughly professional outfit at The Business Network - but I don't mean professional as in stuffy, austere and pressured. Rather, it has been from the first an extremely welcoming environment where everyone's knowledge and expertise is respected and the emphasis is on quality relationships. As the meetings occur regularly (accompanied by some fine food and in some beautiful locations) we get to, in Sharon's words "know, like and trust" each other - surely a prerequisite for any sort of friendship or business relationship to blossom.

I particularly like the way Sharon manages to make everyone feel included - always with half an eye on the room to make sure of this. If Carlsberg did hostesses......It's lovely to talk business in such a convivial environment and we have already formed some valuable connections which will drive our business forward - almost all of these would not have occurred in the normal course of events so it's a definite win-win situation. Follow-up from Sharon is also excellent - it's clear she takes great pride in the service she provides. Thank you"

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