People buy from people? Engage, why?
We’re a diverse group of local business. We meet weekly to engage over breakfast at Foxton Hall, Alnmouth Golf Club and Alnwick Rugby Club. Also lunch every two weeks at Berwick, Felton, Morpeth and Newbiggin. Our aim is to engage through affinity, recommendation and word of mouth referral.
Do I have to be a member?
At Alnmouth yes. We encourage the individual to engage and recognise the value of regular attendance in developing trust and ultimately business relationships. We particularly welcome those in business with limited experience or understanding of the benefits that regular networking may bring, to this end we feel the format of our meeting is an ideal introduction.
How much does attendance cost?
The venue hire levy is from £5 per visit. Breakfast or lunch is included. There is no ‘membership fee.’
What might I expect on arrival?
Essentially at the morning meeting, you will be meeting people looking to hear about your business. Door open at 7 am and you should aim to arrive by (latest) 7.15am when introductions over tea or coffee take place. Breakfast orders are taken from 7.30am to coincide with the formal part of the meeting. During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to engage and listen to others while introducing your own business before the formal meeting winds down and open networking resumes at around 8.45am. The midday meetings at Berwick/Felton, Morpeth all follow similar formats. There is also a morning meeting at Alnwick Rugby Football Club.
Am I expected to participate?
We are interested in hearing about you and your business. Engagement with others is essential. Each attendee is given the opportunity of introducing his/her business, with extended presentations available to all over time. We need to get to know you if we are to recommend your services.
What do I need to bring with me?
Apart from your business cards, a pen and paper would be useful. Anyone else you feel may be interested in our forum are of course welcome although it would be wise to check with us initially to ensure that their business is not already represented by a regular Forum attendee.
How do I find the venue?
It’s easy. Foxton Hall is within Alnmouth Golf Club, located about half a mile north of Alnmouth village, via Foxton Drive (on your right as you come out of Alnmouth.) Parking is FREE 400yds on your left, leaving a short walk to the venue. Go to www.alnmouthgolfclub.com and for Berwick go to www.yha.org.uk/hostel/berwick. Burgham Park Golf Club, Longhirst Hall and Alnwick Rugby Football Club all have websites which offer good information.
Is that it?
That’s it. To engage, the rest is up to you.
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