A new business networking group has been formally launched in Elgin.
BNI Moray, which has 20 members and is looking for more, meets every Friday at the Elgin Youth Cafe from 6.30am to 9.30am. BNI Scotland North has 17 groups across the region.
Angela Kinghorn, executive director at BNI Scotland North, said: “Moray has a rich variety of businesses and we’re delighted to launch this group with the aim of generating additional revenue for members.
“We believe there is tremendous scope for companies in the area to support each other and increase awareness of services through the weekly BNI meeting.”
BNI Moray, now officially part of the global BNI network, has members from a variety of business sectors, including accountancy, architecture, trades, IT and insurance.
BNI has seven groups in Aberdeen, two in Dundee and further meetings in Montrose, Perth, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Inverurie, Peterhead and Inverness. Latest figures reveal BNI Scotland North generated £17m of business for members in 2017.
BNI members pay a joining fee and a monthly fee to be part of a group. BNI Scotland North has more than 400 members, and it recently awarded its fifth millionaire pin badge to a member who has generated £1m for fellow member businesses.
As evidence of the success of members’ networking skills, BNI Scotland North recently scooped six awards at the BNI Directors’ Conference held in Newcastle at the end of last year.
Aberdeen-based group BNI Energy won Outstanding Performance in Chapter Traffic Lights, a reporting system used to monitor lead generation and business gained.
BNI is the largest face-to-face business networking referral organisation in the world, with 865 regions across 69 countries. Scotland North members have access to more than 13,000 members in the UK and Ireland and more than 225,000 others worldwide.
BNI (Business Network International) was founded by Dr Ivan Misner in the United States in 1985. In 2017 BNI passed nearly 630,000 referrals worth over £520 million in the UK and Ireland alone.