I have been a member of Share since 2010 after I first went to a Leeds networking meeting. I can highly recommend it to business owners who are looking to build strong relationships with other company directors. Share strikes a great balance between the two ends of the networking scale. On the one hand you have the very informal groups which can suffer through lack of focus, and on the other hand you get the very structured types of meeting where sometimes members can feel a lot of pressure. As a member of one of those latter groups I do enjoy the focus and the pressure. Share gives me focus because we meet every two weeks and it is only made up of business owners or influential company members who have great connections. We take it in turns to host the bi-weekly meeting, this gives us the opportunity to have an extended 10 minute presentation to promote our products and services and the type of business that we are looking for.
As far as business networking groups go, Share combines a structured format with a very informal atmosphere. Because we are mainly business owners, we make great connections, and like any form of regular networking all members have had a great record of working collaboratively with each other to deliver projects for clients.
The Ascensor digital agency in Leeds has benefitted from some great collaborations over the years, in particular we do a lot of business with Rosemary of Lyndon Associates, referring each other to our clients. We have also had some great referrals from PMG Print Management and Tendo and have been able to help their contacts with Ascensor’s web design and digital marketing services.
We are always looking to grow the group and we operate a policy of category exclusivity. All members vote to approve a new member and we encourage each other to bring visitors to the meetings provided their services don’t clash with an existing member.
We arrange various social evenings throughout the year including summer and Christmas time. The members of the group are all like-minded, we like to have a laugh but equally we are all focussed on building our businesses – if you think that sounds like something you may be interested in experiencing then please feel free to get in touch.
Ascensor Digital Agency Leeds