Visitor Mornings

Our next Guest day is Thursday 28th January 2016, but if you can’t wait that long contact us to arrange a visit

The start time for all dates 6:45 am at the Lymm Hotel and a full breakfast is provided. A wide range of visitors are expected and YOU are welcome to attend to meet many like minded business colleagues and to find out how BNI can help grow your business. Providing your business / profession is not in competition with any of the existing members you will be given the opportunity to speak for 60 seconds about your own business.

Contact us to confirm your place.

Be Part of the Crowd

Testimonial for Neil Cummins from DRUM Internet UK

Many thanks to Neil who we continually work with for his Graphic Design Services. He has worked with us on many Website Designs for our clients which they are always happy with, but behind the scenes Neil always listens and understands what is wanted then is able to produce a great design from that. If any changes are requested he’s never hesitant about it and always comes back to us in a timely manner. Being so confident in Neil ourselves, we have recommended him to people who require Graphic Designs not related to websites, such as business logos, and I can confirm that they are always happy with the results too. Neil always offers something special and unique to a business, so Drum Internet intends to carry on work with In Hand Design, and have no hesitations in recommending Neil to others.  Michael Smith, Drum Internet UK

Every BNI Member is a Visitor Host!

A great Education Slot presented by James Brooksbank, Constructsys Ltd. 


BNI Visitor Hosting: It’s a Team Effort

As your BNI chapter can expect to welcome more than one visitor each week, your team of Visitor Hosts needs to be large enough to properly look after each guest.  The expected number of visitors depends on the size of your chapter, of course, and how active members are in bringing guests to your weekly meetings.

Your chapter’s Visitor Hosts also need to organise the team to look after different aspects of Visitor Hosting: greeting, orientation, and follow up.

The larger the chapter, the more Visitor Hosts you need to appoint.  Both – ensuring individual attention is given to each visitor, and distributing the workload – mean that chapters should have at least three Visitor Hosts to share the tasks, and to be able to concentrate on high quality hosting.

Because it’s professional, it’s polite – and because happy visitors are great referrers!


Meeting And Greeting

Your chapter’s Visitor Hosts are the first people a guest (and potential new member) meets when they visit your chapter.

They greet new arrivals and help them feel welcome.  Visitor Hosts make sure guests have a cup of tea or coffee, and explain how the meeting will run.  And because Visitor Hosts are expert networkers, they introduce guests to key people to get the networking ball rolling.


Making Introductions: Everybody Wins

A good Visitor Host finds out which businesses a guest is looking to connect with – but they also establish which members might benefit from meeting the guest.  Then the Visitor Host brings them together, introducing guest and relevant members.

Even with only little information available, clued-in Visitor Hosts know to introduce a visitor to representatives of the power team the guest’s business would most likely complement.

Either way, introductions made by the Visitor Hosts enable members and guests to network before the actual meeting begins.  Everyone will get the most out of pre-meeting networking – visitor, member, and your chapter.

Visitor Hosts ensure the President has the visitors’ details so they can be individually introduced to the chapter.

Perhaps most importantly for these potential new members, Visitor Hosts explain the Sales Manager Minute (a.k.a. 60 Seconds Infomercial), and the opportunity each guest has to share their business and ideal referral request with the group.


After The Meeting: Orientation & Follow Up

Visitor Hosts not only play a fundamental role in greeting visitors at the start of each chapter meeting, they also help visitors after meetings, both immediately and in the days following.

At the end of each meeting, Visitor Hosts join up with guests for a brief Visitor Orientation.  This orientation is the perfect opportunity for guests to ask questions and for Visitor Hosts to talk them through the application process.

During the orientation, Visitors Hosts should:

  • Thank the visitors for coming
  • Explain the commitments of membership
  • Handout the BNI Visitor Packs
  • Explain the application process and help visitors complete the application form
  • Collect application forms
  • Ask visitors to fill out the confidential meeting evaluation form

And because Visitor Hosts are such welcoming people, they phone new visitors a day or two after the meeting to check if they have any questions or need help with the application form.


So The Best Visitor Hosts Are…

A whole range of people!  From members who love to greet new people to those who can’t stop themselves talking about how BNI has boosted their business.

While it is important for the group of Visitor Hosts serving on the Leadership Team at any one time to have different talents, they do all share one important understanding: that by growing their chapter they are growing their own business. One inevitably flows from the other.


So Are You Ready To Be A Host With The Most?

Like the sound of being one of the welcoming faces of your chapter and increasing to your visibility and creditability?  Great!  Talk to your Leadership Team about becoming a Visitor Host.


Why I do BNI – by Will Howell

This week Will Howell delivered an excellent Education Slot on Thursday and highlighted his top seven benefits he and his business have achieved through being a member of BNI Focus.

“I have been a member of BNI since 2017. During that time, I have learned many skills, and I think it would be useful for anyone running their own business. BNI doesn’t suit everyone, as there are several rules to follow, it’s a big commitment, and the meetings occur very early in the morning.  

For those who don’t know, BNI is a professional networking organisation where members meet weekly for breakfast and help each other by finding new business for each other and making referrals. These are tracked and statistics are carefully kept for attendance, participation and the amount of business passed.  Just a few things people will get out of membership.

  1. Public Speaking practice – because you go to BNI every week and do a 60 second speech,
    you get lots of practice in public speaking, I have personally seen new members going from a ‘I
    don’t want to stand up to speak’ position to a stance that Suzette would be proud of, This also
    helps outside of meeting in the real world so we have a basis of an elevator pitch delivered with
  2. Taglines – many BNI members add a tagline to the end of their 60 seconds – and some people
    don’t have these when they join BNI but after being inspired by seeing others, they come up
    with clever ones. These help members and visitors have a micro pitch in the back of their minds
    and when an opportunity arises you will jump to the front of their minds.
  3. Making friends – BNI Is not just about getting new business, it’s about making friends, building
    relationships on a Meet, Like, Know Trust basis – it’s impossible to refer someone that you
    hardly know to a client of yours without being able to trust they can deliver what they promise
  4. Other networking opportunities – through BNI you will get to hear about other networking
    events – open networking events, monthly lunches, awards events, workshops and seminars
    and often its contacts you get there that will help you grow your business
  5. An education on how to network – Members in the room may be new to BNI and some will
    be long established members like Daniel, use their wisdom and techniques to learn and grow in
    the world of networking, having 1-2-1’s is crucial in BNI, I myself established a service I didn’t
    know Helen did in a 1-2-1 and have since been able to pass successful business.
  6. Knowledge of other types of businesses – At BNI you slowly over time become a bit of an
    expert on all of the members businesses, this is also established well in 1-2-1’s you can pick up
    bits on information that you never knew or never knew you needed to know about, for example
    when Tim had a member of staff tell us how there is no such thing as common-law marriage
    that shocked me as my daughter had just moved into her first house with her boyfriend and her
    name was not on the mortgage, from that information I fed this back to her and told her what
    needs to be in place to protect her in the future.
  7. Business referrals – Let’s be honest, we are all here to win more business, not from the room
    but through the room, and building those relationships will help these referrals come naturally, I
    have always described it like this, if you met a guy in the pub, let’s say he is called John and he is
    a plasterer, you have never met him before so would you instantly say “Come and plaster my
    ceiling” the answer of course is “No” but let’s say you see John in the pub every week and really
    get to know him although you have never seen his work apart from a few photographs, you
    have now built the trust and chances are when you need a plasterer, you know exactly who to
    call upon.

Hands on Heart support Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home

Hands on Heart Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home Bond Night 19th April 2019Hands on Heart are supporting the Bond Night at Statham Lodge on Friday April 19th at 7.30pm to raise money for the Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home, having seen first hand recently the amazing work they do.  Tickets are £40 each and includes a 3 course meal.  To join Hayley Hilton in your best bib & tucker to make it a Good Friday for the charity, contact her on 07736041156.  All welcome, particularly dog lovers and professionals working with dogs

Making Tax Digital – 28th March 2019

BNI Focus Hallmark Warrington Making Tax DigitalRequest a visitor seat at our upcoming meeting (Thursday 28th March 2019) and receive a free short overview on preparing your business for the upcoming Making Tax Digital changes using Xero Accounting Software.

The short presentation will be given by Dave Smith of Drum BSS Ltd who has been training business people in using Xero since 2013. Mathew Forshaw from Finton Doyle Chartered Accountants will be on hand to answer any tax-related questions you might have. You will be able to ask more questions about using Xero, or request further information, when the main BNI meeting ends.

The event is limited to twenty confirmed applications.  Only one ticket per organisation is allowed. You will require a follow-up email from the organiser confirming your visitor seat allocation in order to be able to attend the meeting.

To request a seat, go to the EventBrite booking page

Popcorn Lovers Day

BNI Focus Hallmark Warrington - Helen Stott Marketing DorisNational Awareness Days can be great opportunities to market your business through timely (and relevant) content on your website.  This can help drive traffic to your website and make it interesting for returning visitors to your site.  As it is Popcorn Lovers Day today (14th March 2019) Marketing Doris covers the benefits and gives examples in their latest article Pancakes & Popcorn

Scaling up your business

Do you have an established business, been trading for a few years, and you’ve got ambitions to get it to the next stage? But aren’t sure how to scale up? Have you got the right plans and forecasts, have you got the right contracts and people in place, how much will it cost to make an impact and where do you get the money from? The Base Business Breakfast Event on Wednesday 20th March at 8:30 will take you through a “how to“ guide to scaling up your business successfully. This event will feature presentations on the business planning & account forecasting side from Jackson Stephen LLP, sources of additional finance from Santander UK, and company structure & commercial agreements from FDR Law‘s Commercial Partner John King. This event is booking up quickly and attendees must register in advance to confirm a place

Who Can Deal with Estate Administration?

BNI Focus Hallmark Warrington FDR Estate AdministrationFDR Law’s latest article covers the topic of Estate Administration and examines whether a non-professional Executor can administer an Estate themselves, and whether they should.  Go to the FDR Law website to read the full article or for more information contact Tim Jordan, FDR Law Partner at BNI Focus Hallmark Warrington for an introduction.

New Home for the Million Pound Business Networkers

BNI Focus in a Hallmark Move

A group of local business people who have met at the Lymm Hotel every Thursday morning for 9 years are moving to the Hallmark Warrington Hotel; the Fir Grove Hotel on Knutsford Road from 22nd March 2018.

The move up the road from Lymm, coincides with the upcoming plans to close the Macdonald Lymm Hotel.

BNI Focus have for the last 4 years passed between members over £1 million pounds of business per year and they are looking to grow further in their new location.

Businesses represented within the group include professional and financial services, creative and marketing, IT and software, administration and business support, health and wellbeing, travel and building and electrical services.

The BNI Focus networking group is part of the worldwide networking organisation BNI which follows the same tried, tested and proven meeting structure. Business people meet weekly to build working relationships and help each other to find new business opportunities. Regional training courses, conferences and online portals are available for members to network further with and develop their professional training.

BNI Focus meet from 6.45-8.30am every Thursday morning. For further information contact us here or to arrange a visit call Helen on 0790 3727750 or email