Visitor Mornings

Our next Guest day is Thursday 31st October 2019, but if you can’t wait that long contact us to arrange a visit

The start time for all dates is 6:45 am at the Hallmark Hotel in Grappenhall and a full breakfast is provided. A wide range of visitors are expected and YOU are welcome to attend to meet many like-minded business colleagues and to find out how BNI can help grow your business. Providing your business/profession is not in competition with any of the existing members you will be given the opportunity to speak for 60 seconds about your own business.

Contact us to confirm your place.

Be Part of the Crowd

Testimonial for Helena Raleigh

“Like a lot of people these days I have taken to booking holidays and flights myself online. I can’t remember the last time I actually went into a travel agent.  However, I was recently introduced to a “Travel Counsellor” Helena Raleigh after being recommended to her by several other people I know and trust.  Not only does Helena do all the leg work if you want a multi-site, multi-flight holiday, she also books flight only breaks or business trips through low-cost carriers.  The advantage of that is that you get ATOL protection for minimal additional cost.  For example my wife and I have just got back from a trip to Cyprus where we booked flight only through Helena. We didn’t book through Thomas Cook as she had warned us in advance that they might experience problems, but we were fully protected if we had.  Helena is also available 24/7 if there are any problems with your trip by phone or through the easy to use Travel Counsellor app. Invaluable in these turbulent times.  I can’t recommend Helena highly enough and have already booked my next trip through her” Tim Jordan (October 2019)

Lymm Osteopathic Practice – Celebrating 40 years

Suzette Pulman of Lymm Osteopathic Practice celebrates 40 years this month.  She marks the occasion with one of her infamous poems:

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher came to power
We expected British Leyland to collapse from hour to hour
But something else took place that year that’s not quite so well known
I qualified, passed my exams and set up on my own

Now looking back on forty years, so much is not the same
What’s still the same, I’m glad to say, is my delight and aim
I started out so long ago in complimentary therapy
To help my clients heal and be the best that they could be.

From there, I got accredited – a health professional now
My practice grew, my colleagues joined, I found myself somehow
Just where I’d wanted most to be, when I set out on my own
With lovely clients, colleagues, friends – oh, how those years have flown .

Those forty years have been and gone, I couldn’t feel more blessed
I love my job, the friends I’ve made, I never would have guessed
I’d end up here, among you all, looking back on all I’ve done
And I hope my work will carry on , for many years to come.

Planning Your 60 Seconds

A lot of things can happen in 60 seconds: 250 babies are born around the world, 1.8 million ‘likes’ are made on Facebook and Americans eat 21,000 slices of pizza. But what can you do in 60 seconds?

Let’s break this down to four parts;

  • Step 1: The Opening (10 seconds) – Every famous speech needs a powerful opening to capture the audience’s attention and your pitch needs this too.  It could be a quote, a statistic, or a question that grabs attention and gets the group involved.  These openings need to be unique – you do not want to use the same line over and over and over …
  • Step 2: Your Introduction (15 seconds) – Now it’s time to introduce yourself.  In doing this you need to highlight what makes you special, unique, different.  An example could be: I am a mortgage broker, but I’m not the same as all other mortgage brokers so I need to make sure this is conveyed in my introduction.  Instead “Hello, my name is XX and I am your local mortgage broker based just up the road in Lymm. My business is called XXX and while we are not the biggest mortgage brokering company, we have the reputation as being one of the best and it’s that reputation that help us when working with the banks to get the very best for our clients.”
  • Step 3: The Message (25 seconds) – By now 25 seconds have gone and you should have captured the groups attention and introduced yourself. Now is the time to tell them the main message and you have 25-seconds to do this. You should be targeting your message with the intention of getting your dream referral, so when you are presenting you need to be mindful that members may have heard the message before and you want to keep their interest. Of course there are many ways to relay the same message and you need to come up with a variety that you can use. Today it may be a story of someone’s experience or how you fixed someone’s problem, and then next week it may be that you explain something technical about your product or service.  In these 25 seconds, you need to try and get your message across to your group in a manner that allows them to understand what you can do and therefore enables them to identify prospects and then get referrals for you. Make it easy for people in your group.
  • Step 4: The Conclusion (10 seconds) – At the end of your 60 seconds, you must clearly communicate what it is you want from the group. This is where you need to be as specific as you can.  Whatever it is you want …money for the company, potential partnerships, or something else – your audience must be made fully aware.  Always thank people for listening and sign off with a memory hook – something like “thank you for lending me your ears, and as your local chartered financial planner I would like to help people that you know that would benefit from sound financial guidance.

In conclusion:

  • Treat your 60-seconds seriously
  • Put some effort & imagination into it
  • Practice beforehand

Thank you to Rob Higgins for this week’s Ed Slot

Are YOU ready for the workplace of the future?

Sharp Business Systems are.

Over the last several years, they have invested heavily in technology and services which will enable all their customers to create their own workplace of the future. Cainan Cornelius would like to invite you to join them to experience their innovations for yourself, to help you on the road to creating your own workplace of the future. If not for your business, then this could the perfect opportunity for a referral!

When & Where:

  • Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th October 2019.
  • 10.00 – 13.00 or 14.00 – 17.00
  • Sharp Business Systems, Olympic Park, Longbarn Boulevard, Warrington WA2 0XA.
  • Light refreshments will be available.

Please note places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you have any questions, or need more information on any aspects of this event please contact Cainan Cornelius direct on 07848 450 107.

All registered attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £200 restaurant vouchers

Testimonial for Will Howell

From Mike Hart “Earlier this week I was preparing to go on my induction course in Bedford.  As part of this course. I required an encrypted laptop which required Windows PRO.  Unfortunately, due to my somewhat limited IT skills I had purchased WINDOWS HOME, having presented my specifications to a high street store they didn’t point out my mistake.  I called Will Howell in a panic Saturday afternoon, knowing I had paid out for hotels in Bedford. Will was a calming influence and told me not to worry. He then gave me a really competitive price for Windows Pro and told me he would also install the majority of programs that I needed on my laptop.  He then called me on Monday morning as promised and updated my laptop remotely. He was professional, knowledgeable and really really competitive on price.  Massive thank you for this and I would urge anyone to use him for their IT requirements. Thanks”

FDR Law – Legal 500 Rankings

FDR Law were delighted to learn this week that they have achieved recognition from Legal 500 for the quality of their legal work in Real Estate and Commercial Property for a second year.  Doubly delighted, for 2019/20 the FDR Law Private Client team has been awarded their ranking.  The news included feedback from clients that described the Real Estate team as ‘responsive and very good communicators’ and the Private Client team as having ‘impressive knowledge, efficiency, integrity and clarity of practice’.  In 2018 FDR Law were the first Warrington based legal firm to achieve a Legal 500 ranking, and this year they remain the only Warrington firm listed, but now with 2 rankings.  Congratulations to all involved and for full details visit the FDR Law website

Testimonial for Will Howell

“As a business owner I T forms a key part of running my business. This Friday I had an issue around a new staff member obtaining access to my systems. Although the issue revolved around Microsoft 365 I couldn’t get to the source of the problem. At this point I sent a message to Will Howell. Will immediately responded, and (due to the urgency required) dealt with this ‘remotely’; meaning that I didn’t have to wait until we could physically meet.  Not only did Will sort my problem he also opened my eyes as to how Microsoft 365 could actually add value to my business. I am now asking Will to help provide some training to myself and my staff as I am convinced this will help with the growth of my business whilst freeing up time to focus on the business areas that really matter.  Excellent support that was quick, efficient and informative. I would be happy to recommend Will Howell; and my business will certainly be working more closely with him in the future” Rob Higgins, Arley wealth Management

Testimonial for Will Howell

Will has been a member of our networking group for some time now but fairly recently changed his category to all things IT (apart from printers!).

In this capacity I recently asked him to see if he could recover some data from a disc that appeared to have been wiped clean in error.

Although this was a very minor job, will made exhaustive efforts to recover the data, and ultimately come up with a solution. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

I am also personally aware of Will helping other people on the same basis, as well as looking after his long term clients diligently, professionally and at extremely professional rates.

I would not hesitate in recommending Will to an individual or small business who wants all their IT needs looking after without having to worry about technicalities or cost.”

Tim Jordan, FDR Law
September 2019

Testimonial for Sam Bridger of Bridger Consultancy

“I was originally introduced to Sam Bridger at my first meeting at BNI Focus. We hit it off immediately as we each talked about our businesses and I confided in Sam that I had been struggling to grow my business in a way that felt right with me and it was evident that Sam actually listened to my challenges as she made a few suggestions that were specific to my needs, not some off-the-shelf advice that I had been privy to previously.

I knew that joining Sam’s Business Mastermind group was a great step to explore my own issues with her genuine coaching nature but in reality, this group has given me so much more. From that very first session online 3 months ago, we were all welcomed in a safe, non-judgemental environment and Sam showed us that although our businesses differed on the outside, there were a great deal of similarities in the challenges that we were each facing. This meant we all learnt something each session and each had ideas to take away and work on; whether we were starting out, looking to change direction or just looking at new ways of exponential growth.

Sam guided us expertly to find our own solutions to whatever was holding us back and prompted us to think of the issues in a different way, often by bringing insights in from each other too as an open, collaborative process. For myself specifically, Sam helped me get some clarity on specific admin issues and self-limiting beliefs, proving that I was more than capable when I attacked them in a different way after seeing it through fresh eyes and I have grown tremendously in these areas.

It has been a true pleasure to work with Sam in her Mastermind group and occasional 121 sessions and I highly recommend business owners of all sizes to working with Sam, as she has a way of bringing out the best in you and your business in ways you never thought possible.

Thank you again Sam x”

Hayley Hilton, Hands on Heart Canine Massage