A Carlisle business network which has generated over £2 million for the city’s economy is holding a visitors’ event later this month.
The BNI Network, which meets at the Crown & Mitre Hotel every Tuesday morning, works by members looking out for opportunities for the group as a whole then passing on business referrals to other members.
It is holding the visitors event on September 18 to give people the chance to find out more about what it does.
It has published figures showing that the group has shared £2,197,056 worth of business over the last five years.
Around 20 businesses attend its meetings including MoynanSmith Accountants, Cumbria Windoworks and Bendles Solicitors.
Maggie Crighton, of Outsourced HR, has has been a member of BNI for 14 years and says it has been a big boost to her business.
She said: “Being part of BNI has given me an introduction to a huge number of other businesses and I have had a steady flow of referrals passed to me by other members. In fact my best client was through a recommendation by another BNI member.
“BNI continues provide me with regular new business and I am very pleased to say I have just been appointed as HR and employment law advisor to a business which is opening a very unique visitor attraction in Windermere next July.
BNI president Peter Fleming, who supports Cumbrian business owners as the Business Doctor, said: “Our BNI meetings are focused on supporting our members and seeing how we can help them grow their businesses.
"We refer business to each and like any good business, we track everything we do so it’s pleasing to see how much we have generated.
"Over the last five years we have generated £2.1 million of business for members and expect to generate a further £400,000 this year."