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Last year’s Essex figures are out. 172 new members joined in 2015, with more than 16520 Referrals and over £960,1806.00 of new business being passed. 

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Real Life Success Stories  


The Job Interview 

In 2007, sat in a small office with just two phones, my business partner and I started our vehicle broker company.  I had heard of BNI during my time in the motor trade and decided that business networking was best for our new endeavour.

One of our first tasks was to join our local BNI group in Southend. The meetings were a great fit for us and we ended up getting a referral on our first visit! My business partner joined that particular chapter, however I soon followed suit and joined the nearest chapter to my home.

Within a year we had taken on our first sales representative, who we soon signed up to another local BNI chapter. As a whole, business networking has proved to be very valuable for our business, with BNI accounting for around 80% of all contacts.  Thanks to BNI, our company has grown considerably and we have sales employees in a number of chapters all over Southend and Essex.

As BNI is the best way for us to meet local SMEs, when we started to franchise our company, the agreement stated that attending BNI meetings was a must. We are now a multinational company, so are able to have representatives in chapters all over the country.

Not only has BNI helped our business succeed, but it has also opened doors we never even considered! Some of our employees mentioned an opportunity that had been published in the monthly BNI newsletter. Channel 4 were looking for employers for a new documentary-style show called ‘The Job Interview’, which would follow a group of interviewees go through the interview process. We jumped at the chance - the publicity for our business would be priceless. 

The producers ended up calling us in and after a few call backs we made it onto the show. I can’t reveal too much about which interviewee made in onto our team, but I can tell you that he will definitely be joining BNI! 

Darren Nash

Managing Director

Planet Leasing Ltd