Established in 1999, Gatwick Flagship Chapter pride themselves on being a warm, friendly yet business-like group with the emphasis on giving quality referrals rather quantity.
We meet every Friday morning between 6.30 and 8.30 am at the Premier Inn Hotel, Manor Royal, Crawley.
Click here to see venue details - address, map and hotel website link.
"Thank you very much for inviting us to your BNI breakfast meeting. I really did enjoy the company of the group and felt very welcome." ~ Deborah Naylor - JD Training & Development Ltd
"Thank you also for this morning. What a lovely group of people. Yes, I certainly did enjoy it." ~ Julie Luckin - JD Training & Development Ltd
Testimonial from a BNI Gatwick Founder Member
"I was introduced to BNI just under a year after starting my business. A customer of mine had recently become a member and thought I might find it useful. Being shy in the company of strangers, I attended my first breakfast with my husband. I remember being horrified when I was asked to speak for 60 seconds about my business, feeling sick and wishing I was anywhere else but there. My husband upon discovering that should I decide to join I would have to attend a weekly meeting and would have to get up early (around 4.30am!!) said “you will never do it”. Being one who never likes to be defeated, I set out to prove him wrong and here I am, still a member over 9 years later!!
I was locked out of the first Chapter I visited and subsequently became a founder member of BNI Flagship. I know it isn’t for everyone and if I said I received referrals every week, I would be lying, but at the end of the day, you get out of it, what you are prepared to put in and there aren’t many ways to obtain a workforce of around 20+ people and not have to pay them a salary!!
Remember to take advantage of what is available to you as a member. Free training and web presence, seminars, podcasts and advice from others to help with your business.
The sickness I felt at that first meeting still happens today, but the confidence I have gained in the process has led me to win business I could only have dreamt of. I still work for past members as well as present. It takes a long time for someone to gain the confidence to refer you onto their contacts, but once you win that confidence the referrals start coming in. I have also had the privilege of being a Chapter Director and a Membership Co-ordinator, which have also helped to build my confidence.
Life has its challenges and it is at those times you realise just how many friends you have made a long the way too. If it didn’t work I wouldn’t still be here!"
Karen Hibbart - Freelance Design & Graphics
Founder Flagship Member