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Testimonials from our members – the ones who make The Business Network what it is

I've been to quite a few networking events recently, but I found Thursday's event to be the best by a long way, in terms of quality of connections and hospitality. The attention that you both give to all attendees is a real differentiator.
Thomas Carr
Global Commercial Intelligence and Solutions
Having had the privilege of speaking at two of The Business Network events I only need one word to describe how they are organised, promoted and staged - BRILLIANT!
Michael Heppell
Michael Heppell Ltd
I have been attending The Business Network meetings in Manchester for 10+ years and its the monthly meeting I always look forward too. The Host Helen is always very welcoming and ensures that the people in the room are senior and relevant. If I could only attend one event, this would be the one I would pick.
Steven Allan
Linten Technologies Ltd
Just wanted to drop you a quick line to compliment you on a most wonderful networking lunch today. I have attended a number of networking events during my career, but today's event was one of the most enjoyable for me. The relaxed atmosphere and informal lunch in such a wonderful location was enhanced even more by chatting with a number of inspiring and creative individuals.
Jeni Morris
NMW Direct Ltd
You run a tight, professional show - there is no other network organisation like it!!
Ian Rothwell
R W Learning Ltd
Every time I come to one of your events I have a fun and very fruitful time. Thank you again for creating a fantastic environment for us all to build relationships.
Will Kintish
Kintish Networking Skills
I have been a member of the Business Network for four or five years, first in Manchester and then in Chester when that region was established. Having spent over 30 years in corporate life, the latter 20 at Board level, I was very uncomfortable with the whole concept of formal networking events. Thank heaven I joined Business Network!!! My 30 year corporate experience involved working for three multinational retailers, so I believe I am qualified to make international comparisons when commenting on the strengths of The Business Network. For brevity I'm going to bullet point the exceptional strengths of this world class brand. 1. Clarity of purpose. Some may call it a vision or a mission.... Doesn't matter. BN knows what it wants to achieve, is utterly consistent in its execution and therefore achieves its targets. 2. A single eye over the business. This is hugely important in a franchise business. Helen Bennett, the founder of BN in its current form, is a colossally impressive networker, and an infectiously inspiring facilitator and leader. Helen's integrity, astonishing work ethic/output and unbounded enthusiasm permeate the entire organisation and set the standard for every region. 3. Efficiency, reliability and member friendly admin systems. The business is designed to give its members the best possible service... And it unfailingly does. 4. Results orientated. The success of any brand is ultimately measured by the loyalty of its customers. I haven't done the research but I bet Helen has, and I'll wager that BN beats most comparable business networking agencies worldwide on member retention. Why? Because we, the members, love the process, love the people and develop lasting, constructive business connections as a result of regularly attending our local Business Network monthly lunches. "Simple" as the Meerkat says!
Francis Ball
Chesmait Ltd
Thank you for the wonderful May online event that I attended. This was a very well run, engaging, and supportive event and made me proud to be part of The Business Network. Congratulations Helen to you and the team!
Chris Burn
Great friendly atmosphere with a servant leadership culture. I attended my first meeting in November and already had 4 follow up sessions in the following week. Well worth joining.
Hein Pretorius
Onpro Consulting UK
What is clearly apparent about The Business Network is that, unlike so many other networking groups and events that I have attended, you take an active role in connecting your members where you see there is an opportunity. Typically these networking events are organised, payments are collected from the delegates and the delegates are then left to get on with the networking themselves. Not with The Business Network! This is clearly a differentiator and I'm both surprised and delighted by the level of attention you give to your members, in particular to identifying those potentials relationships that that could benefit members and making the connections for us where we haven't already had the chance to connect.
Luke Rebbettes
Kingsbrook UK Ltd
The Manchester Business Network is one of the best I have ever attended! There are online networking events, seminars, updates, 121's, networking and much more. They are always an enjoyable event. They are professionally run, in a quality hotel with quality people. After my first visit I joined the group as I felt I had found my Networking home with like-minded people.
Lisa Storey
EZ Hampers
I enjoyed the event yesterday, you seem to be able to produce the right combination of people being both friendly and business orientated. Thanks.
Colin Cameron
Mutech Limited
Thanks once again for organising such a wonderful day for us all yesterday � some great meetings and contacts made.
Lorraine Sarsby
Bushey Promotions
Yesterday was a super session – was it a record turnout? It was very good and the Breakout Room was super and very well controlled by our room host with whom I was very impressed. I just thought I would let you know over the last few months I have been doing business as a result of attending your Network meetings, all over the Country! The fact that you are including your London and Exeter group with the Manchester one has enabled me to link with people in Totnes and Kingsbridge, for example and I have done business as a result, so I just thought I would tell you that and say keep up the good work! Thanks very much, Ian
Ian Allison
Allison Protection Specialists
Just a short note to say thank you and how much I enjoyed yesterday's networking event. The food and the company were excellent and I was so impressed at the professional but friendly way you coordinated the event.
Elaine Shepherd
Polkadot Design and Print Limited
One of the things that really stood out to me as you were sending thanks to the various people at the event, I realised that I have also utilised the services of the first three people that you mentioned. This just makes me realise what a fantastic place this network is, the power of recommendations is second to none. The best of it is that I now have the contacts and ability to strengthen my company on an on-going basis. Thanks for all your hard work.
Mark Nolan
Mark 1 Business Systems Limited
It is personal touches like this which set the Network aside from other business networks and which make it a constant pleasure to attend.
Stephen Singer
Infralogics Limited
Simon Mayhew
Txtured Studio
This Network is as good as it gets. Hosted by the wonderful Helen Bennett it offers all kinds of businesses excellent network opportunities as well as support from Helen. The network lunches are always a positive experience and for me personally they have provided me with many new clients - and indeed friends.
Maggie Ford
Spring Rites Speaking Skills
Over the years I have been to many types of business networks including sector targeted events, however I now choose to only go to one - The Business Network Manchester. This is a coherent, friendly and excellent way to network and offers long lasting relationships. I find its an efficient use of my time and I always look forward to monthly event. Helen is always a great inspiration and ready to offer a helping hand and introductions. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the network.
Sarah Carlick
The Athena Programme
Helen and Russell could not be more thoughtful or attentive to detail and their ethos permeates the culture of the networks they lead. The Business Network events all carry their hallmark and the people who attend are happy, engaged and always ready to help.
Paul Skinner
The Agency Of The Future
Thank you as I found the lunch very productive and I have had a busy morning connecting and arranging new meetings with the contacts made yesterday.
Steve Phillips
The Cake Nest
Please can you publicly thank Paul Giness for his referral which has led us to winning the refurbishment project for Vileda?s UK head office.
Matt Jackson
UK Workspace Limited
I've been a member of the Business Network in Manchester for over 4 years now and I know of no other network that works so hard for its members. There's no gimmicks and no "you must create 'x' number of leads", there's just a genuine interest in who you are, what you do and how the network might be able to help you. In return, members are eager to help each other, providing support, services, advice and more and so much of it without any hint of a transaction. In pre-Covid days we would meet for lunch in one of Manchester's premier hotels, attend an optional pre-lunch seminar on a specialist topic (often worth the joining fee alone), and then, after a period of general networking, be supported by a table host as you share your business, passion or anything else that is on your heart. In our socially distant setting, we still meet monthly, now via Zoom, and follow a similar format, albeit without the 2-course lunch and coffee! Membership tends to be a mixture of business owners to senior leaders in the small to medium enterprise sector but there are some bigger organisations represented and the decision makers are generally in the room. I've found the Business Network - and the work of Helen and Russell Bennett in particular - to be very supportive and the gateway to some excellent opportunities for both business and support.
Roger Porthouse
Latent Capability Ltd
Thank you for allowing me to come to the event today. I will be joining the network. I was so impressed by your personal approach and your professionalism in running the event and your husband did a great job as well.
Geoff Robertshaw
Geoff Robertshaw Limited
Many thanks for a great afternoon - I was really taken by your enthusiam and total passion for what you are doing - it contributes greatly to the commitment of your guests who all seem genuine people committed to growing their business and their fellow guest's businesses, so well done.
Mark Clough
Venture Resource Management
Superb networking group, professionally run by very caring individuals. I can highly recommend.
Gina Campbell
Plan and Protect Solutions Limited
I thought the event was extremely well organised and all of the guests engaging.
Paul Colder
Evac Chair International Ltd
Back in 2009, I realised I should really look to expand my business contacts by joining a local networking group. To do this, I decided to shortlist a number of various different groups from around the area, try them all out, and make a decision on which one suited my requirements best. So it was that during the first few months of 2010 I attended a selection of breakfast, lunch, and evening events, and out of the 5 shorltisted groups I found the Business Network to be by far and away the most suitable for my requirements. The size of the group was an immediate attraction; to be given the opportunity to meet and network with over 100 business people at each event was something the other groups simply couldn't match. Also, I felt the structure of each event to be far more effective; allowing the opportunity for both formal and informal networking. Overall, the quality of the attendees, the organisers' warm welcome and the friendly atmosphere made it a very easy decision to make. I joined The Business Network early in 2010 and have recently renewed my membership. I would have no hesitation in recommending The Business Network to anyone looking to grow their network of quality business connections.
Liam Ahern
I-COM International Ltd
I use business networking extensively to build new business and so I come across all types of Networking Companies. To say that Helen Bennett's Business Network stands head and shoulders above the rest is only telling it how it is. The format is excellent and relaxing which get the best out of everyone and the added bonus is Helen's personality and attention to detail. I can heartily recommend Business Network.
Moray Newberry
Monitor Creative
Nothing but positives for Helen & Russell since we became involved with The Business Network Manchester 2 years ago. Extremely professional and skilled and making useful connections. I look forward very much to the return to their face-to-face networking events sometime soon.
Oliver Blomfield
The Outward Bound Trust
You have always run the most professional network of all the ones I have ever been to.
Simon Cocker
Voodoo Agency Ltd
As I'm sure you know I go to a lot of networking events. Yours had a brilliant selection of very interesting and 'in the know' professionals - it was also a great structure with perfect timings.
Richard Venables
Excel Publishing
After nearly 30 years in business, this is The Best Business Network we have ever been to! The success of this network is down to the enthusiasm and genuine love of the members from Helen and Russel Bennett who are the founders and organisers and this culture runs throughout the network with a genuine desire to help one another without any pressure. Well organised, friendly, welcoming and now a mature network with some fabulous businesses and people who wants to help. Long may this network continue.........
Steven Clarke
Cameron Clarke Leasing - Select Car Leasing
What a fabulous event at the Palace Hotel, it was truly inspirational
Lawrence Boswell
LB Telecom Limited
The Business Network is the perfect forum for forging new long term professional relationships leading to increased sales and mutually beneficial business. It is great to be part of such an active team of members all assisting one another in such a proactive and effective way ably led by a fabulous leadership focused on developing new business generation which would otherwise not happen.
Simon Martin
Power Solutions UK Ltd
Helen and Russell Bennett are fantastic! The Business Network Manchester is a brilliant group of like-minded business people who come together each month to network, offer referrals and to generally help each other. I have been a member of over 20 years and it has very much helped me to grow my business as a result! If you are based in Manchester, you should pay a visit.
Ann Davies
It was lovely to meet you yesterday, thank you for your hospitality and warmth. I truly enjoyed the event, it was professional, well organised and you clearly are extremely successful at what you do.
Tracy Waddacor
World Class Service Ltd
Please let me congratulate you on the quality of the event, it was extremely interesting, well-co-ordinated with a really great diversity of professionals.
Nathan Monshin
Spherical International Operations
Helen, thank you very much for your help and support and I still maintain that the Business Network is the premium Networking proposition in the market. Your events are streets ahead of other groups I have attended. Thank you for making them so interesting!
Fareeda Jaleel
FRJ Business and Marketing Solutions
Helen runs the best networking group I know. I have been a member for ten years and I would have dropped out long ago if it wasn't worth while!
Peter Savile
Aitchison Raffety
Hi Helen, Thank you so much for this introduction. The other member has made contact and we've had a chat, and it looks like we may very well be going ahead with a new patent application for him to protect his new development. So it all looks very promising. Aaah - the power of The Business Network at its best!! It's win-win opportunities like this, with your presence and skills at the hub of things, that make the extended Network so successful! Best regards, Jonathan
Jonathan Linn
Jonathan Linn Intellectual Property
Hi Helen, I just wanted to say that my first meeting as a member of The Business Network Manchester was superb. I've already made a couple of excellent new contacts, with follow up meetings being arranged. Many thanks. Following on from my email earlier this year I just wanted to let you know that I have just received confirmation today of a new 3-month pilot campaign with a new customer which is directly as a result of me being part of The Business Network. This is a significant piece of work for Mustard Seed and further cements my confidence in the group moving forward.
Andy Pearson
Mustard Seed Telemarketing
I have been a Business Network Member for many years, probably over 10 years now. When I first joined the Network it was unique. It was a relaxed and yet structured environment in which to meet like minded business people who were keen to build long standing relationships rather than score a quick sale. A huge contribution to the success of the network is owner Helen Bennett, and her handpicked franchisees who run the satellite events in other towns and cities. Helen never forgets a face, a name, a connection, and she is constantly on the lookout not only for referrals to the members but also new members to keep network fresh and relevant. I have obtained significant referrals from Network members, and have purchased services from members with great success. Even if there is not a member in your branch that can help, Helen will know someone who can. Quite simply, the original and best! We are delighted to be part of this wonderful network!
Helen Brown
Slater Heelis LLP
I have been a member of The Business Network for around 15 years - it might be more! I love the real world events but in the absence of that for obvious reasons recently, Helen had run a great online event every month. Helen is very well connected and always makes you feel an important and valuable member of the network. I recommend you come along and see for yourself.
Carole Fossey
A simple thank you for another great meeting; the venue was a really good choice. My thanks to your team of helpers; 5 star as usual.
Graham Rushton
LB Telecom Limited
Thank you very much for a really enjoyable afternoon yesterday. I appreciate how much of your time you gave to helping me feel welcome and to get most from the event. I have now made a number of great contacts and it is thanks to you.
Heidi Nagaitis
Monitor Creative
The reason that I am joining The Network is quite simply you have an excellent model, and having attended many networking events I feel that yours is by far the best structured to actually achieve outcomes for the members.
Lisa Styles
Corporate Accountancy Solutions Ltd
An amazing event; absolutely top drawer. You excelled yourself Helen; I loved it!!
Gareth Clements
Rumpus Limited
I joined The Business Network Manchester over a year ago and took the time to get to know the network Members there. After about 5 months we won our first contract, and since then we've generated a constant flow of referrals and met many new decision makers and business contacts. It's not just been the attendees that we've worked with, they have suggested our services to their contacts, so its networking in the real sense of the word. Helen is very active in ensuring that there are always new attendees and the group runs at a very healthy level each month. Its also great fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
Vicki Culverhouse
Helen, it?s always very uplifting attending your luncheons and thanks again for a great year of networking.
Mark Brocklehurst
Sharples Group Ltd
Thank you very much for the event you organised today. Both my brother and I really enjoyed it and took many ideas away with us. May I also thank you for the personal touch you gave to the event - particularly the call before the event and for the personal welcome and goodbye - considering there were some 150+ people it was very kind of you to be so welcoming.
Mick Heys
Ainsworths Accountants

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