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Network with businesses and organisations in Hitchin and surrounding area at our networking events. If you are a new business and looking to meet new contacts and raise awareness or are an established organisation looking for new ways to develop your business and make strategic alliances then networking is a great way to do this. Thebestof hitchin networking events are so successful that we recently came Runners Up in the Hertfordshire Business Awards for 'Best Networking'.

An Evening with...thebestofhitchin

thebestof Hitchin is a local, Hitchin based company run by Keith and Louise Yexley, who promote local businesses and organisations through the internet, direct marketing and through word of mouth referrals. "Networking should be a part of everyones marketing strategy" says Louise, "in terms of return on investment, it's well worth putting the time in."

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At theBestOf Hitchin network events we offer our members and guests a fantastic opportunity to make some great contacts that can really help. We will facilitate introductions to other like minded people, as we all know that business referrals are by far the best form of growing your business..

 

Where else can you meet 60+ local businesses that are there for exactly the same reason you are......?

 

 Cuppa Connect

Over the past year TheBestOf Hitchin networking has expanded to incorporate "Cuppa Connect" as well as our regular evening networking events. Cuppa Connect is an informal drop in drop out event and is run in collaboration with The Victoria Pub in Hitchin.

The format is simple, turn up anytime from 9.30am to 11.30am and enjoy a cuppa and piece of cake and chatto the other local business people who have popped in too.

 

These informal events have proved very popular since we started running them. Do come along and try one out for yourself if you work or run a local business.

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Louise also runs four groups of Women In Business Networking, in Hitchin, Letchworth, Stevenage and Sandy.

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If you would like to know more about networking in Hitchin.....

........... please email hitchin@thebestof.co.uk now


Thebestof Hitchin were finalists in the Best Networking Category of the FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards in 2012 and came Runners Up.


 

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Business Support and Networking

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In June 2014, said about The Best of Hitchin

Since renewing our association with BOH, I am really pleased to say we have had several enquiries via the website and all but two have resulted in a positive result and connection with our business at Copper Beech Gallery and tearoom. The other two enquiries gave us the opportunity to create good customer relations which we did by directing them to others we knew could help them, so really you could say it is a 100% conversion rate to generating customers and revenue. I do like the way it works and I try to ensure I respond to all enquiries within 24 hours of opening the enquiry emails. The connections between other businesses too are very helpful indeed so it works between local businesses as well. Well worth joining and I would highly recommend it to anyone still wondering about it!

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In May 2014, said about The Best of Hitchin

I love thebestofhitchin!! I love getting the updates as I’ve just moved to the area permanently and see it as a great tool to use.

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In April 2014, said about The Best of Hitchin

Although I have known Keith for a while we only recently had a 1-2-1 and we talked in depth about our respective businesses. Keith is incredibly friendly and very generous with his time, and introduced me to one of his clients who he thought I may be able to help. As a result I got an instruction, which would not have happened had it not been for Keith. Not only that, he came up with some great ideas (in a matter of seconds) for a creative project I am doing, and happily shared his experience for no reason other than to be helpful. Best of Hitchin is more than a website or networking events, it is about Keith (and Louise) being passionate about helping others to make connections and grow their businesses. I would have no hesitation in recommending Keith and The Best Of Hitchin.

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In February 2014, said about The Best of Hitchin Networking

Truly professional but friendly networking. The best way to meet local businesses and stay in touch with them.

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Reply from Keith & Louise Yexley:
Thank you Hilary. We try to make our networking events as relaxed as possible as we find that people build better relationships with each other and can then decide whether they can do business with each other.

In January 2014, said about The Best of Hitchin

Keith at The Best of Hitchin provided us with a Billboard in Hitchin to help promote our new Electric Car, the BMW i3. The service from Keith was excellent and he was a pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend Keith to others and I am already thinking about other work that Keith could possibly help us with in the new year. Olivia Specialist Cars

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In September 2013, said about The Best of Hitchin Networking

Cuppa Connect is always a fantastic opportunity to network with local businesses in a relaxed environment and I would totally recommend it.

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In September 2013, said about The Best of Hitchin Networking

Very enjoyable and interesting morning at Cuppa Connect. A great place to make new contacts. Lovely informal atmosphere.

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Reply from The Best of Hitchin Networking:
Thank you for your comments about Cuppa Connect. We try to make our networking events as relaxed as possible and we are pleased to say that we get plenty of people coming along. Hope to see you next time!

In February 2013, said about The Best of Hitchin

I love The Best of Hitchin because it’s all about Louise & Keith; they are the life and soul of the business. They help your business to reach out and connect to others by their tireless work to help promote, recommend and just be thoroughly involved in making your business be the best it can be

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In December 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

Within 20 minutes of you sending your e-shot last week, we had an enquiry for bookkeeping and within the hour we had an appointment booked.

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In April 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

I became a member of the Best of Hitchin having heard lots of great reports, and certainly being aware of it in my local town, Hitchin (through banners outside businesses, adverts, mailers etc). When moving to the area I was keen to find all about the local activity and their website is perfect for this! Through joining I have benefitted from a place that my clients can post comments on the service I offer, which in turn I can share with other people, as well as communicating my services along with other businesses in my local area. I can also post events and promotions that I run on their website, which is starting to generate business for me. I attend the Best of Hitchin networking events, which are always great fun and lovely to feel part of a community of other businesses, many of which can be independent people like myself, which again have benefitted me from generating some business. Each time I find out more about my local area too. I also use social media which Best of Hitchin are great at, so I will get to find out the latest piece of news or activity pretty much daily. Keith and Louise who run Best of Hitchin are also both genuinely lovely people, and it’s a pleasure to have met them through this. A great local website, activity and networking for local people – yet with a national connection!

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In March 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

Keith and Louise work extremely hard for the businesses in Hitchin. Always friendly, smiling and obliging. All of their events are fantastic!

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In February 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

I would also like to add that this was Cuppa Connect was a REALLY good event. I met some great people and really look forward to the next one. Louise as always is the perfect hostess warmly welcoming everyone.

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In February 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

Keith and Louise are tireless in their efforts to promote local businesses. I have recently attended the Cuppa Connect networking which was run at the Victoria Pub. This was a really useful and enjoyable informal networking event. Networking is a great way to meet other local business people so why not come along to the next one?

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In February 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

Went to Cuppa Connect for the first time this week. It was good to do, informal, relaxed and got to chat to lots of great people and hopefully introduce our company. Thanks to Louise for the invite..

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In February 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

The networking cuppa connect events are brilliant for those of us working for ourselves, mixing with other like minded local people in business in this informal way are a great source of inspiration and positive networking. Very well organised, with a 'all are welcome' feel. Looking forward to working with some of those I met.

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In February 2012, said about The Best of Hitchin

I think Keith and Louise are Network-Meisters! According to Wikipedia: A person referred to as “Meister” is one who has extensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in his profession, business, or some other kind of work or activity. What more is there to say? Thank you guys for promoting my business so well.You work very hard, but you ROCK! PS: I didn't just write this to win the Orient Express tickets, the flowers for a year would also be fab! Just Kidding, I really mean this, THANK YOU!

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In October 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

Thank you very much for a fab evening! We both really enjoyed it and met some great people. I was amazed at the variety of businesses at the event, people providing services in our area I never even thought existed

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In October 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

The best of Hitchin is a fantastic resource for people who live, shop, work and frequent Hitchin and its surrounding areas. Keith and Louise have a passion and level of professionalism for promoting local businesses that is rarely seen - awesome stuff!

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In June 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

I think you and Keith are a great couple and with your sparkling personalities, you add a bit of fun in marketing my business. In a big pond of business where one has to sink or swim, you are a "lilo" to hold on to and be refreshed. Thank you :-)

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In May 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

Thank you for a great evening. For my first networking event I would say it went brilliantly. Although at the start I was a little overwhelmed, by the end I had only managed one mouthful of food because I was too busy chatting! I felt I made some useful contacts and had an enjoyable evening. Thanks again and see you at the next one.

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In February 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin Networking

Gatwards joined Best of Hitchin 2yrs ago and have always found Keith and Louise to be really hard working and keen to please. They are always willing to go the extra mile and support us in as many ways as possible. Good networking ideas and venues are always useful for business. I would encourage any business thinking of joining to do so.. Jim Hunter Director Gatward Jewellers

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In February 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin Networking

Keith and Louise are true embassadors for the bestof and indeed for Hitchin itself. Their help and patience has been invaluable. Thank you.

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In February 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

As it's Valentine's day I thought I would show some love for our wonderful Keith & Louise from Best of Hitchin. I am constantly stunned how much effort they put in for all their members. I know no other promoter/ marketing company that constantly thinks so much about getting you noticed and talked about. From blogs, tweets, networking to plain old word of mouth - they do it all and they do it so well. So if you are looking for ideas to help boost business go no further, they are the "Best of" the best.

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In February 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

"Louise & Keith are one of the hardest working business couples that I know – And that is well & truly paying off due to their ongoing success with The Best of Hitchin. Always there to show support to their members and nothing is ever too much trouble. The regular networking evenings draw in crowds of local business owners all wanting to meet with like minded others. These events are held in a mix of superb locations and with the relaxed atmosphere that Louise & Keith create there is always plenty of business opportunities passed around. All in all, if you want to promote your local business to local people than the Best of Hitchin is the way to do it."

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In February 2011, said about The Best of Hitchin

I joined Best of Hitchin in November to promote a new childrens clinic within my osteopathic practice. I think that most would agree that the Best of Hitchin website is dynamic – constantly updated, interesting and a great source of information for what’s going on in and around Hitchin from concerts, bee-keeping workshops, to listings for mother and babies groups and for promoting local businesses. I am glad to be a part of that. Keith and Louise are very approachable and, for want of a more English term, great facilitators of networking events if the recent meeting at Blakemore House was anything to go by – great venue and food and just a really conducive atmosphere to meet other local business folk. There’s a lot of hard work that goes on behind the scenes with Keith & Louise and their team and it shows.

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    7 Paynes Park
    Hitchin
    Hertfordshire
    SG5 1EH
    T: 01462 759700
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