Our members are the heartbeat and make
The Business Network what it is
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.
The Outward Bound Trust
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.
Latent Capability 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!
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.
Power Solutions UK Ltd
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.
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
Allison Protection Specialists
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.
You have always run the most professional network of all the ones I have ever been to.
Voodoo Agency Ltd
It is personal touches like this which set the Network aside from other business networks and which make it a constant pleasure to attend.
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.
Superb networking group, professionally run by very caring individuals. I can highly recommend.
Plan and Protect Solutions 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.
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.
Spring Rites Speaking Skills
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.
Onpro Consulting UK
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!
Slater Heelis LLP
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.
The Athena Programme
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.........
Cameron Clarke Leasing t/a Select Car Leasing
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.
Linten Technologies 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.