Lynn’s BNI Vancouver Chapter is on the brink of achieving a coveted silver status which would put them into the county’s top five based on their membership numbers.
To further boost numbers, the chapter is holding an open day at its regular meeting spot, the Linnet Lounge, Lynn Town Football Club on Thursday, February 11. To gain silver status a chapter must have more than 30 members for at least three consecutive months. Dan Kelly BNI director for Norfolk said: “I am very proud of what Vancouver Chapter are achieving with the growth in members. The net result of their efforts means that more business contracts will stay in West Norfolk. The bigger the chapter, the greater the opportunity for any business owner in West Norfolk looking to grow.” Last year the chapter generated £1.28 million of invoiced business for its members. BNI Vancouver is the longest-running chapter in Lynn.
Independent mortgage broker and chapter director Gavin Simpson said: “I know from personal experience that BNI Vancouver can add thousands of pounds to turnover. It’s like having a team of 30 sales people working for you proactively looking for business opportunities. After all, the best customers come from word of mouth.”
Jason Hall, partner at chartered accountants Mapus-Smith and Lemmon, who is a founding member, said: “It is very satisfying to be able to help a client, friend or family member who is looking for a decorator, an architect or even a new car, for example. You can connect the two with confidence because you already know your chapter colleagues’ businesses inside out as well as knowing that they can be trusted to deliver what you say they can.” The open day runs from 6.45am to 8.30am.