New BNI business networking group for Stonehaven

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From left - Aileen Merchant, Angela Kinghorn and Stacy Edghill
From left - Aileen Merchant, Angela Kinghorn and Stacy Edghill picture by Stephen Fraser

A north of Scotland networking business has launched its 17th group in Stonehaven.

Part of the global BNI business networking and referral organisation, the new BNI Scotland North group, called Hall of Fame, will meet on Tuesday mornings at the town’s Belvedere Hotel.

BNI Scotland North has 15 established networking groups in total, with six in Aberdeen, two Dundee and further groups in Inverness, Elgin, Inverurie, Montrose, Peterhead, Perth and Dunfermline. Another group in Glenrothes is also at the start-up stage like the Stonehaven one; these groups are called ‘core’ for a period of time before formally becoming established groups. BNI Scotland North is owned by Aberdeen-based Angela and Bryan Kinghorn.

Angela, executive director at BNI Scotland North, said: “We’re extremely excited to launch a group for businesses in the Stonehaven area. There is tremendous scope for success and we’re looking forward to developing the group. We want to encourage local businesses to take part and the bypass will also make it convenient for others in the area to sign up as well.

“We’ve set a target for the group by calling it Hall of Fame. The title, Hall of Fame, is an accolade given by BNI headquarters to groups that become established with 35 members. We’re setting the bar high and hopefully like-minded people will be attracted to the group.”

BNI director consultant Aileen Merchant and Stacy Edghill, who runs Hibiscus Media & Events – a business mentoring and social media company – will work with Angela to help grow the group. BNI Scotland North has 400 members in total.

Members pay a joining fee and a monthly fee to be part of a group, which holds weekly meetings. Each group is formed on a competitor-free basis; only one business from a specific market sector is included in each group.

BNI (Business Network International) is the largest face-to-face business networking referral organisation in the world, with more than 247,000 members in over 8,800 groups operating across 71 countries. In 2018, BNI Scotland North generated more than £16m worth of business for members.

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