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

WYC Supermarket Bag Pack

WYC have organised a Supermarket Bag Pack to raise money for disadvantaged children  from 11th – 17th December at Morrisons Supermarket in Warrington.

Can you spare just 2 hours to help with a charity bag pack?

All money raised will be used to support local disadvantaged children over the Christmas period.

We are looking for volunteers in time slots 10-12 pm, 12-2pm, 2-4pm and 4-6pm – Monday, 11th to Sunday, 17th December 2017

For more information, or to book your team in for one of the time slots, please call Lyndsay Darlison on 07415 230600 or by e-mail lyndsayd@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

 

WYC Annual Christmas Meal – Can you help?

On Thursday 21st December 2017, OnSide Warrington Youth Club will be holding its annual Christmas Meal for vulnerable families at The Gateway, Warrington.

This special event aims to provide a magical Christmas experience for families who will be struggling over the festive period due to lack of income or current family circumstances.  Each family will enjoy a 3 course Christmas dinner, entertainment, a family food hamper and presents for the children from Santa Claus himself!

Can you Help?

If you or your organisation would like to help us, below are things you can do to help us pull off this amazing day:

Volunteering – if you have spare time on the day whether it is the whole day or just a couple of hours to help us prepare the event etc. then you can contact Cherise Duffy at cherised@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

Hamper Donations– We aim to provide every family with hampers to help them through the Christmas period, could your organisation do a tin appeal?  Or have a collection point for members of the public to leave items?  If this is possible, Sarah Thompson is the person to contact at saraht@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

Present Donations – During the event we aim to give all young people who attend some gifts on the day to make their Christmas that little bit more special.  Any donations or collections are greatly received and appreciated. Each year we struggle for gifts for teenagers therefore if you could make that your focus it would be fantastic.  You can contact Jodie Lyons jodiel@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk to arrange collection of these or provide further information if needed.

Fundraising – Any donations to help us cover the costs of the event are greatly appreciated.  Our Grants and Trusts Fundraiser, Jamie Patterson  jamiep@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk can provide further information regarding this.  You can also get involved by volunteering in a charity bagpack at Morrisons in Stockton Heath to raise funds for the event.  Please contact Jamie if you are able to spare 2 hours in the week commencing Monday 11th December.

 

Small Business Networking

Networking in any size business is important, but for a small business it can be and incredibly powerful and beneficial marketing tool for growing your business contacts and you business.  It’s a great opportunity to raise your brand profile and build business relationships with like-minded people who an become valuable advocates of your brand in the process.

However, how you go about networking can make all the difference to the success you glean from it.  It isn’t simply talking to everyone and anyone, but asking informed and strategic connections that will add value to your business.   At BNI we know that word-of-mouth marketing and referrals hold weight, as people by into rather than just a produce or service;  so how and who you make your connections with matters.

To help you get started, here are some helpful business referral networking tips to get you on the way to grow your own business.

  1. Find the right event – There are a vast array of networking events available but before you commit to attending them all, so some research on which will be the most relevant and suitable for your business goals.  Breakfast networking, like BNI are a great way to meet people, a structured environment that doesn’t impact on business hours.
  2. Less is more – While the temptation may be to hand out and obtain as many business cares as possible, there is much to be said for quality over quantity.  It’s better to make 2-3 personal connections than trying to schmooze everyone in the room.
  3. Make it personal – Take time to listen to what they have to say, asking them questions and responding accordingly, not making it all about you.
  4. Keep an open mind – don’t assume that certain businesses are relevant to you.  its important to not discount people before you’ve spoken to them.
  5. Resist the temptation to sell – Although the main aim of networking is to sell your business, try to tone down the sales pitch.  Of course, it’s a good idea to get some key points across but establish a rapport with your peers first.
  6. Always follow up – Networking is only the start of  a conversation, make sure you always follow up on the contacts you have made whilst they are still fresh.
  7. Build your own business network – Once you have established yourself in one or more business networking events, you can begin to look at how to build a business network yourself.  This can be a good opportunity to cement existing relationships and expand your network by creating a more targeted network to help you business grow.

Being proactive, positive and personal will mean you get more from networking events an grow your business as a result.

A Big Thank You!

A big thank you to everyone who came along to Lymm Osteopathic Practice on Saturday to join Suzette and the team at their Christmas Gift Ideas event.   There were many people there and Suzette is delighted to report that to date, they have raised £755 for Christies Hospital in Manchester – which is fantastic!

There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day who came to shop and to have a glass of mulled wine along with a delicious piece of shortbread!

Shoppers were able to pick up gifts for friends, family and themselves from Phoenix Cards, Bridgette’s Brollies, Jute Fun Carrier Bags, Buddha Beauty Products and Soya Candles, Simply Cocoa Handmade Chocolate and Bethany’s Relishes and Jams.

Thank you again for your support.

Educational Slot – Finding the Ideal Sub

Some chapters mistakenly believe that having a short list of willing members and ex-members from other chapters is a good way to solve the ‘Substitute Problem’ In reality, while it undoubtedly appears easier for members if they don’t have to ‘find’ a substitute for themselves, in the long run they, and everybody else in the chapter, gets less business.

The Ideal Sub

  • Someone who could join BNI – a person who could become a really good client for a number of your members and could benefit from BNI themselves.
  • Your best client – they could become a great customer for other members and give you a GREAT testimonial.
  • Your supplier/service providers – this gives the opportunity to see how the member can help them with their network.
  • Your business partner/member of staff – helps the group to know more about the members’ business and educates their staff members about how to help find referrals for the group.
  • A relative or a friend – as long as they are over 18, experiencing it first hand they will perhaps appreciate why you would want to get up so early in a morning!

So you see, finding the ideal sub is important.  In your absence…send a good substitute to give a good referral!

 

Wine Tasting Evening

Warrington Youth Club will be holding a Wine Tasting Evening on Wednesday, 22nd November at Corks Out in Chester.  The evening starts at 7.00 pm and finishes at 9.00 pm.

Ticket are £20 per person and includes :-

  • Entry to the event
  • Glass of Prosecco on arrival
  • A variety of nibbles
  • A £10 gift card for the wine sampling dispensers in the Corks Out shop.

Why not make an afternoon of it?  Have a mooch around the Christmas Markets in Chester before you come along and sample the wine.

For tickets, please contact Lyndsay Darlison by e-mailing lyndsayd@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk or by mobile 07415 230600

 

Visiting a BNI Meeting for the First Time?

If you are visiting a BNI meeting for the first time, here are some simple tips to follow to make sure you make the most of attending the meeting.

  1. Make sure you bring lots of business cards!  BNI meetings can have up to 50 people and all they will want is your card!
  2. Once all of the members have given their 60 second presentations, it will be your chance to do one too on your own business.   Think about including your name and business name (sounds obvious but not everyone remembers)!  Tell them what you do, perhaps tell a story on how you recently helped a client rather than listing all your products/services.  Tell them who would be a great referral for you, who do you want to do more business with, who would help you move your business forwards?
  3. Finally, don’t be nervous about doing your 60 seconds, we have all been there!   Just give it a go, nobody in the room will know what your were intending to say.

Most importantly, relax and enjoy the meeting!

 

 

Gift Ideas at Lymm Osteopathic Practice

The festive season will soon be upon us and I am sure like us, many of you will already be looking for some inspiration when it comes to gift ideas for your nearest and dearest.

Lymm Osteopathic Practice have organised a small Christmas Fayre to be held at the surgery in Lymm on Saturday, 7th October.  Our doors will be open from 10 am until 4 pm.

We have a wide selection of stalls for you to see, possibly sample some of the goods or simple browse at your leisure.

  • Phoenix Charity Cards
  • Buddha Beauty Products & Soya Candles
  • Simply Cocoa Handmade Chocolates
  • Bethany’s Relishes and Jams
  • Dry Nose Dog T-Lights
  • Bridgette’s Brollies
  • Jute Fun Carrier Bags
  • All proceeds from the day will go to Christies ‘s Hospital

Enjoy a a lovely warm glass on Mulled Wine and some shortbread whilst you have a leisurely browse around.  We look forward to seeing you on the 7th.

Should you require further information, please call Lymm Osteopathic Practice on 01925 752264.

What Can You Say in 60 Seconds?

One of the most important parts of every BNI meeting is the “BNI 60 Second Slot”   Each member takes this opportunity to educate everyone in the room.   Who you are, what you do, why you are so good at it, who you are looking to be referred to and anything else that would help your fellow members get you them all important referrals.

We’ve all heard of the “Elevator Pitch” but few of us have never been trained on how to prepare one!  60 seconds is certainly not enough time to make a speech but it is often all you have to get your message across.

If you feel nervous about giving a 60 second presentation, don’t worry…you are not alone!   Everybody you meet at your meeting has been in your position and some are still just as nervous.

Here are a few tips that will help :-

  • Prepare your 60 seconds in advance
  • Sounds obvious, but make sure you include your name & business name, not everybody remembers when they first meet you.
  • What do you do?  A great way to tell the room what you do, perhaps how you have helped a client.  This is potentially a little more engaging than simply listing all your products/services.
  • Who would be a good referral for you?  Who do you want to do more business with?  Who can help you move your business forward? It’s OK to name them – you never know somebody in that room may know them or know somebody who knows them.    Remember the power of BNI isn’t in the people you meet at the meeting, it’s who they may know!

In a nutshell, you can say an awful lot in 60 seconds if you plan and be as specific as you possibly can.

 

 

 

Social Event – October’s Quiz Night

The ever popular Quiz Night is here again organised by The Warrington Youth Club.  This year’s event is being held on Friday, 6th October 2017 at The Lymm Golf Club in Lymm and starts at 7 pm.

Cost of a ticket is £5.00 per person which will book you a place in the quiz and includes a lovely hot chip barm!  You can enter as an individual or gather a team together (maximum number per team is 5 people).  This evening is always a lot of fun so come along and join in!

Please contact Lyndsay Darlison by e-mailing Lyndsay.Darlison@warringtonyouthclub.co.uk for more information and to book your tickets.