What our members say

"What I would say? Do it! You do have to work it.. not just lunch once a month but 1 to 1's, being open to opportunities, and a givers mindset. If you want to grow your business - simply do it!"

Heather Hobden, Aircool Diesel Services Ltd

"The Business Network is a great example of how fruitful networking events should be run. The meetings are structured to allow you to discuss opportunities with a range of senior business people without feeling under pressure to deliver instant referrals. I look forward to the events each month as I know how beneficial they can be"

Tracy North, Outwrite

"As a large organisation, its great to network with businesses in the local area, connect with the community and learn from others. So I would say come along - at the very least give it a chance - and the chances are you will feel better when you leave that when you started!"

Peter Robertson, Dailycer Limited

"The Chester Business Network group is really working for me. I have 2 great pieces of Business already and the organisation is professional, focussed and top quality."

Steve Swinyard, J S Dutton

"I just wanted to write and thank you for such a great afternoon. Every lunch I come to I have a great time, meet new people and always come away with useful contacts and future leads.Today's raffle donation was £140 which is fantastic and takes your total raised this year to £515 as well as kindly allowing me to attend the lunches so I really appreciate your support.We will write a formal thank you but wanted to send this in the mean time while I'm fresh from 'Boom Whacking'!"

Laura Irving, Claire House Childrens Hospice

"The Business Network lunches attract high quality attendees and the organisers put a great deal of effort into understanding the kind of contacts that each member is looking to make. The result is that more often than not you find yourself sitting with other members with whom there is genuine scope for you to do business with, making the experience both enjoyable and very worthwhile."

Nick Clarke, Aaron & Partners Llp

"What a warm welcome! Your event was purposeful, focussed and of a high calibre, whilst being very enjoyable! It was a delight to cry a welcome for everyone at the event!"

David Mitchell, Chester Town Crier Service

"The Business Network is one of the best networking organisations that I know and I have been a member of Manchester for five years. Helen Bennett is truly exceptional at what she does and in Tracy and Hayley she has chosen two people in her own mould to run The Chester Business Network.I am a founder member of The Chester Business Network and have recently re-signed for a second year because it’s dynamic, interesting and very productive.I can thoroughly recommend it as a source of new business opportunities, inspirational ideas – and it’s good fun!"

Moray Newberry, Monitor Creative

"As a founder member of the Chester Business Network, Fox Graphics have enjoyed being involved with the first year of this exciting network; where we have developed business contacts with professional quality decision makers from companies of a high calibre.We had no hesitation renewing and wish Tracy and Hayley all the best and good wishes in the future development of this venture and look forward to an exciting second year.Like a fine wine, it just gets better and better with time!"

Kate Fox, Fox Graphics

"Why consider Business Network? Well Tracy and Hayley are great.They go out of their way to know everyone and to help them. The total focus is on helping to introduce you to the right people in a very informal manner.There are no pressures, just simply getting to know like minded people in a nice environment and the outcome is that you make friends with people youcan help or they can help you. I love it !!"

Adrian Lomas, Blueleaf

"The Ikon Partnership has joined The Business Network Chester. When Ikon was looking to strengthen their presence in Cheshire, this friendly proactive group was a natural choice as a significant tool in Ikon's marketing strategy."

John Cooper, The Ikon Partnership

"I can’t believe it’s been a year already! I have nothing but praise for the Chester Network and the hard work Tracy and Hayley put into it - it shows and I am happy to renew my membership !"

Maja Kenney, The Admin Office

"The Business Network Chester is like a really good casserole. Lots of ingredients, all left to slowly cook and intermingle over a long period of time and as we all know a good casserole is always worth waiting for, and gets better and better, the longer and more slowly it is cooked.So if you are a Fast food kind of person then we are probably not right for you."

Olivia Stefanino, Be your own Guru Ltd

"I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for arranging the introduction to Sue Brocklehurst of the University of Chester Academies Trust at the last Business Network lunch. Sue was genuinely surprised during the initial introductions to learn of all the services, the members on her table could offer to the Trust.Sue did comment that having received a personal invitation from you inviting her to lunch, she could simply not refuse!I have subsequently emailed Sue and I am hoping that your initial introduction will turn into some real business.Thank as always for your continuing support and assistance."

John Loney, Oliver and Co

"I just wanted to say thank you for organising another great lunch today. I cannot believe it is a year since I started coming to the Business Network Chester events. I really enjoy coming to the events and it is a testament to your enthusiasm and great organisational skills that they are such a success month on month.I tried a lot of different networking events before coming to the Business Network and never really felt that I got that much out of them, despite my efforts, but your philosophy of building trust and getting to know people is a good fit with my own thoughts on business networking and definitely seems to work.I have recently started to really feel the benefit of being in the Network and am very much looking forward to continuing to meet and get to know the other members over the next 12 months."

Amy Pownall, Hillyer McKeown Solicitors

"Great Bear Distribution have been members of The Business Network Forum for almost 12 months and in that time I have met many interesting Owner Directors and Senior Managers of business.The Chester Business Forum meets monthly for a couple of hours at various prestigous Chester Hotels. Not only is there an opportunity to network with key decision makers in the region, it is also possible to present your organisation to a wider audience, on a one to one and if the opportunity allows as a formal seminar.My Company will in time I am sure be doing business with one or two of the key people we have met - this is a gradual process of confidence building ,and sharing of ideas and experiences. Equally many of the smaller companies and individuals can provide a higher degree of personalised service, something which has been lost and perhaps missed in a quest for business growth.I highly recommend any business to put a toe in the water and meet two highly motivated organisers and many like minded business networkers at a future meeting....Go on try it - nothing ventured nothing gained.!"

Michael Pepper, Great Bear Distribution Ltd

"The Business Network Chester is by far and away the best business networking group I have ever been part of and it's entirely down to the energy that Tracy and Hayley put into it. It�s a pleasure to come to every event; I always come away with either a lead or a useful piece of information and think you do a superb job of running the show.Congratulations to you both!"

Kirsty Craig, Kirsty Craig Associates

"Tracy, I really enjoyed the event and thought you were the perfect hostess.Quality People, Qaulity venue.We will look forward to joining you after Summer season!"

Kerry Bland, Jack Russell Debt Collectors UK

"Congratulations on running a really relaxed feeling event. I met some lovely people some of whom already I hope to do Business with."

Helen Rae, Helen Rae Photography

"I have been a member of The Business Network Chester from the start and always come away from the seminars and lunches with great new connections, leads and a feeling that I am getting to know the business community in Chester more and more with every visit. At Clatterbridge Cancer Research our approach is very much long term and that suits the ethos of BNC, it’s not about hard sell and more about long term relationships and building up connections. This year Tracy has gone above and beyond and took part in our major fundraising event Come Dancing, as you would expect she gave it 110% and is our reigning champion! Huge thank you to Tracy and Hayley for really making us welcome every month and bringing a real benefit to the team at CCR"

Laura Irving, Clatterbridge Cancer Research

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Come and join us at

OUR NEXT EVENT

Thursday 9th November

The DoubleTree by Hilton 12 Noon - 2.00pm

What members and guests say

"As a large organisation, its great to network with businesses in the local area, connect with the community and learn from others. So I would say come along - at the very least give it a chance - and the chances are you will feel better when you leave that when you started!"

Peter Robertson
Dailycer Limited

"I just wanted to write and thank you for such a great afternoon. Every lunch I come to I have a great time, meet new people and always come away with useful contacts and future leads.Today's raffle donation was £140 which is fantastic and takes your total raised this year to £515 as well as kindly allowing me to attend the lunches so I really appreciate your support.We will write a formal thank you but wanted to send this in the mean time while I'm fresh from 'Boom Whacking'!"

Laura Irving
Claire House Childrens Hospice