I was the original member of Tracy's Bob Club when it launches in Rawtenstall 10 years ago. I am still a member, now at Burnley for IT support and also Haslingden for both IT support and website design. In the last six years, Bob Clubs has generated almost £120,000 worth of sales which makes a significant difference for a small local business like Bandicoot Ltd.
When I started 10 years ago, I was completely new to business to business networking. As an IT engineer, it wasn't something that came naturally. I preferred a room of computers to people.
However, if you are looking for a business network to generate leads but daunted by public speaking, 60 second pitches and 10 minutes presentations, I would recommend you give your local Bob Clubs a chance, or two.
It will not only generate the sales, which are the primary reason for getting up at six o'clock in the morning, but also introduce you to great, like minded business people that will become your clients, suppliers and friends.
We just landed a new support contract and looked into where the referral came from. It came via our website, but the new client arrived at our website from our Bob Clubs profile link. This one contract will have paid the subscription fees with in a couple of months. Perfect.
I have been a member of the Burnley BOB Club for around 2 years. It is a valuable business forum of like minded business people where members have develed a level of trust and understanding about each other. The group is businesslike but informal, and its this balance that allows constructive and positive business referals between members. The group meeting are friendly, professional and informal, an approach encouraged by Tracy. I have no hesitation in recommending BOBS club, and of course Tracy who manages all the administration behind the scenes.
I have been a member of BoB Clubs in Burnley for 2 years. I have found it to be a very valuable source of business. Meetings are enjoyable and I usually learn something as well. I also get as much satisfaction out of passing a referral, knowing that another client of mine is going to get a good service from someone I feel confident to recommend. The relaxed atmosphere actually helps generate business, because no-one feels threatened if they don't.
I HAVE NOW BEEN A MEMBER OF THE BURNLEY BOB CLUB FOR 18 MONTHS AND IN THIS TIME I HAVE FOUND TRACY TO BE A EXCELLENT EVENT ORGANISER, MARKETING, WITH GOOD SOCIAL NETWORKING SKILLS.
WITH HER RELAXED AND FRIENDLY MANNER SHE MAKES THE EVENTS GO ALONG IN A GOOD ATMOSPHERE.
I WOULD HAVE NO HESITATION IN RECOMMENDING TRACY TO ANY NEW BUSINESS THAT WANTS TO GET ON AND IMPROVE THERE NETWORKING SKILLS
I have been in Business over Breakfast with Tracy for about 18 months and find her an excellent event organiser and chairperson. Her marketing and networking skills are self evident and she is happy to share these across the group. Tracy's enthusiasm for networking and her encouragement of the group all help to create a great atmosphere for networking and doing business together.
Since we joined Tracys Burnley BOB club we have enjoyed an increase in business turnover,and a few good breakfasts too! The way she runs the meetings helps to build a friendly atmosphere as well as helping us to be more effective at networking, the whole ethos of the group is built on a good understanding of each others business, and over time a good level of trust develops.From that point we can give and receive good referrals.
On a personal level she is enthusiastic, encouraging and very professional. Martin at SignSmith
Tracy is a very enthusiastic and organised leader. We know the meeting will run, and that the room will be just right. That lets us get on with networking, finding referrals, without worrying about whether the coffee will be hot enough!!