In 2007 I reluctantly attended my first network meeting, not really believing they actually worked....doh wake up Paul! Six years on and many many meetings later it's difficult to believe the preconceptions I had even existed in my mind. What I actually found was, working with others as a team, sharing ideas and giving and receiving advice was staggeringly beneficial.
I have been involved with several clubs, most of which have been excellent in terms of both generating business and making useful contacts, so when the Coleford Area Partnership gave me the opportunity to create a club last August (2012) I jumped at the chance.
So a brand new group formed with meetings every Monday morning, before long (Feb 2013) a second group was launched meeting every Thursday morning and now bonding well.
I have to say I have been astounded with the quality of the businesses we have attracted and the shear amount of business generated. Both clubs have so much to offer and are beginning to interact with each other, booking cross talks across groups. I feel so proud to be a part of this fantastic team. Currently we have a total of 42 members and will be looking to expand to 50 over the next few weeks.
As from June 2013 (tomorrow) the Coleford Area Partnership are handing me ownership of the CAP Clubs of which I am extremely grateful, and will be taking the responsibility very seriously........well with a few larfs along the way, yes networking is also fun.
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