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Friendly, approachable networking and support for Petts Wood/Orpington businesses

Back in 2013 two small business owners Melanie Alford and Kirsty Manik with two very different types of business shared one common goal: to find local business support within the community and share knowledge and expertise in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Traditional business networking groups can be intimidating places. Often run for profit, they rely on members to grow their database by recommending new members on a very regular basis. This is not something that appealed to them, so they set about making our own opportunities to collaborate with local businesses.

Local networking at grassroots level

So, that’s how the PIB Network was born – literally in a school playground – they devised a way to set up regular meetings in a local coffee shop where we could chat with other business owners, share information, knowledge, and expertise in a way that would help us all to move our businesses forward.

They fast found that whether you’re an electrician, website designer, personal trainer, estate agent or children’s entertainer, we can all benefit from each other’s experiences in a mutually beneficial way.  Relatively quickly the group grew through word of mouth – the perfect way to expand.

People in Business Network: growing from strength to strength

Very soon PIB became too large for the local café and new meeting venues were sought. Now meeting every month at 9.30am and with the database of members growing steadily. We recommend each other’s services; our clients recommend us… and everyone wins.

I have now taken over the reigns in 2018, with Mel and Kirsty still very much being part of the group.  So even if you’re a sole trader with no team to speak of, you can still benefit from group discussions and information sharing. For me, it’s a no-brainer. Together we’re stronger.

Michelle Harvey

Members Feedback

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;"A welcoming, positive group where connections grow, ideas are shared and local business success is celebrated!"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Karen Seed&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;PDS Accountancy&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

<p style="text-align: center;">" We are a very friendly network group. No pressure, no hassle. Just small businesses looking to develop their own business, whilst helping others' along"</p><p><img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107" /></p><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1e83ec;">Michelle Harvey</span></h3><h5 style="text-align: center;">Life Celebrant</h5>

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;" It has exceeded my expectations on every level...professional, encouraging and supportive. More than a networking group, I see it as a small business community"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Katie Mercer&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;The hand stitched&amp;amp;amp;nbsp;home&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;" Not only have I gained new clients from joining PIB, I've learnt so much. In particular, what type of advertising works, how to get the best out of social media and lots of other useful tips. It's nice to share ideas and discuss the challenges we all face as business owners, many of which are similar"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Theresa Cox&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;11 plus orpington&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;" It's so reassuring to have people to hand to give advice and help when needed and to share ideas with"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Cheeta Rawlings&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;Cheetas Kitchen&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;" Working by yourself can be lonely. I look forward to the monthly meetings, it’s good to chat through business issues. Like having a virtual team to bounce ideas off!"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Melanie Alford&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;Soulistic Therapy&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;" If ever I am looking for a service I can trust, I always turn to Orpington PIB. It’s reassuring to know they’re all recommended and professional"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Kirsty Manik&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;Language Link Ltd&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

<p>&lt;p&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;" It’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know. This is so true in business. If you want a really successful business, you need to have relevant connections. A smaller networking group feels more personal – and if you know each others' business well you can pass on a recommendation"&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;img class="alignnone wp-image-202731" src="http://www.pibnetwork.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PIB-Network-small-300x213.jpeg" alt="" width="150" height="107"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h3 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span style="color: #1e83ec;"&amp;amp;gt;Diane Morris&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;/h3&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;h5 style="text-align: center;"&amp;amp;gt;Hey Dolly&amp;amp;lt;/h5&amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/p&gt;</p>

The Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on:

Friday, 4 January 2019 at 09:30

 

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