New team leads local breakfast network revolution
8th June 2009
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A local networking group has been enjoying real success thanks to a revolution in its management team, and is celebrating by opening its doors to business people across the Shropshire area.

4Networking has not only welcomed a new Group Leader for Telford but also an Area Leader covering the Shrewsbury, Telford and Wolverhampton groups, and the change in leadership is paying dividends with a dramatic increase in visitor numbers.

"We've seen a 100% increase in numbers at Telford alone," said Nick Garvey, Telford Leader and Managing Director of The Surveying Consultancy. "This has been helped somewhat by moving the meeting venue to the Park Inn which is just off junction 5 of the M54, but word appears to spreading across the business community that our networking group really works."

The group is part of the largest joined-up breakfast network in the UK, and it's this combined with its unique structure which new Area Leader and Director of Jigsaw Business Services, Julie Owen, thinks is responsible for its unparalleled success. "Everyone is really positive and friendly which makes the whole networking experience less intimidating, but as a group we're also all very active in seeking business opportunities," she explained.

"Unusually, time is set aside each and every meeting for three separate, 10 minute one-to-ones where members can get to know each other better, take briefs, get advice and - more often than not - do firm business."

The 4Networking group is open to business owners and leaders across the region, and all interested parties are asked to visit to book a guest place at an event, view the 4Networking map or search the list of members.

4Networking is a group of nearly 200 linked breakfast meetings, and boasts over 16,750 business members. Based on a 'meet, like, know, trust' culture which acknowledges the importance of building longer-term business relationships, the breakfast meetings are described by members as being '50% business, 50% social and really effective'. Visitors can purchase a passport membership which allows them regular access to every group across the UK, as well as the chance to network up to four times per week if they choose. For further information please visit
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