Winners announced at 2018 BNI Scotland North Awards

Bryan and Angela Kinghorn
Bryan and Angela Kinghorn

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Networking organisation, BNI (Business Network International) Scotland North held its annual awards to reward networking successes at The Chester Hotel last week.

BNI (Business Network International) is the largest face-to-face business networking referral organisation in the world, with more than 240,000 members in over 8,600 groups operating across 69 countries. In 2017, BNI Scotland North which has groups in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Moray, Perthshire, Fife and the Highlands, generated £17m of business for members.

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Angela Kinghorn, who owns BNI Scotland North along with husband Bryan said: “We were delighted groups had the opportunity to come together to celebrate recent successes. BNI is built on a giver’s gain ethos – where members support each other – and this was brought to the fore at our annual awards night.”

Nexus member Lesley Forsyth, of Montrose’s Greenpark Garage, was recognised for achieving Millionaire Givers status – one of only three current members to achieve the feat of passing on £1m worth of business.

In addition, Edward Obi, of HR Hub Plus, was awarded the 2018 Regional Member of the Year accolade for his track record of supporting BNI and its members in the past year.

Individual group winners, Aberdeen-based chapters unless stated, were Ivor Smith (Alpha); Edward Obi (Bravo); Neil Gordon (North); Debra Bruce (Aberdeenshire, Inverurie); Jai Aenugu (Energy); Isla Cruden (Highland, Inverness); Marie Johnstone (Moray, Elgin); Liz Carnie (Nexus, Montrose); Bev Boakes (Platinum); Pete Preston (Solar); Andy Walker (Synergy, Dundee); Sandra Stephen (Target, Peterhead); Dave Pryde (Fair City, Perth); Johnny Bissett (Carnegie, Dunfermline) and Kessar Salimi (Ultimate, Dundee).

Energy group had the highest visitor rate, Highland had the best conversion rate, Platinum had the best retention rate, Synergy had the best net growth and Nexus had the highest number of referrals per members.

Edward Obi was again a winner, this time in the Member Visitor Rate category, while Adrian Sangster (Energy) clinched the Member Referral Rate honour with 250 referrals. Liz Carnie (Nexus) won the Highest Member TYFTB (thank you for the business) Award, passing business opportunities which resulted in £700,000 worth of business in the past year.

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