What our members and visitors say about us...

Our members are the heartbeat and make
The Business Network what it is

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
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
HM Legal Services Ltd
I cannot recommend this network highly enough. Tracy ensures that every event is informative and effective and I am also sat with a great group of handpicked people from Chester and Cheshire and The Wirral. Tracy genuinely cares about your business and is an absolute master at matching people and creating opportunities. Throughout the recent lockdown Tracy stepped up and added more value (not less) and provided much needed support and advice to members. Most importantly we have fun!
Mandy Sinclair
Mandy Sinclair Coaching and Development
I absolutely love the Business Network Chester, it is brimming with inspirational people which makes networking a dream. I always come away with new ideas from the meetings and more importantly I have a network of people to call upon when I need, who I like and trust.
Jo Houlbrook
Houlbrook Physiotherapy
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 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
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
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
Having recently joined The Business Network Chester, I have found Tracy and her team to be very welcoming, inclusive and helpful, I can only say that I'm very happy with my decision to join.
Jonathan Davies
Jonathan Davies Photographic
A great group of people led by the highly motivational Tracy, ably supported by Hayley. All business leaders need motivation, guidance, the benefit of other local expertise to help them grow. This is exactly what the Chester business network offers.
Stephen Carroll
Investors In Marketing
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 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
This network is the best I have ever attended. The combination of Hayley and Tracy brings a certain magic to the group. Tracy is a fabulous connector and Hayley a fabulous organiser. During Covid-19 the network has, dare I say it, got even better! There are online networking events, seminars, updates, 121's, netwalking and more. I know the members of the network better than before 2020 and although I can't wait to get back to lunch at The Chester Grosvenor, I hope we can continue with many of the other ways of connecting.
Julia Worthington
Amber Coaching for Fundraisers
Completely new to business networking. The Business Network Chester is a fantastic place to meet other professionals without any hard sell. I would certainly encourage anybody who is thinking about joining a networking group to give The Business Network Chester a try.
Rachael Evans
ABL Planning and Development
15 May 2019 To Tracy & Hayley This is a testimonial that I write to thank you both for all you have given to me and to your chapter from my personal experience of your fabulous networking group. My personal life took a dramatic hit in April 2017 when I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer, following surgery I had intensive chemotherapy and had major side effects from this which caused me to have not one but two T.I.A’s (Mini strokes). After a spell in hospital and a considerable amount of investigations I slowly started to recover and was released home, where the new life challenges began. During my recovery I was diagnosed with Anxiety & Depression which made me re-evaluate different aspects of my life and I decided to change my life for the better and make as many changes as possible. So after many cocktails, wine & desperados, my good friend and next door neighbour Robin and I decided to go into business together and buy the franchise Monopoly Buy Sell Rent Chester. We launched in January 2018 and I knew that for us to succeed we needed to network and find new contacts within Chester & surrounding area, I searched around for quite some time and didn’t really get any feedback from other groups. I connected with Tracey via Facebook Messenger which was great and I was invited to attend my first meeting in Feb 2018. I really enjoyed this experience and found Tracey and Hayley to be both welcoming and supportive. Once I had committed to attending the network meeting I became very nervous and started worrying about my ability to connect with a group of people and represent my business in the best possible way. Tracey & Hayley assured me that it was a very relaxed environment and that all I needed to do was be myself and make myself present within the meetings. Because of the strong and positive advice I was given during my first meeting, I have taken that into every Business Networking Event and more importantly I have utilised it within other aspects of my business. Since joining the networking group I have become a lot more confident with myself and how I communicate with other people and I have Tracey & Hayley to thank for that for making me feel welcome and helping me along my way. Thank you both, please give yourself a pat on the back. Kind regards Gavin Belton-Rose Director
Gavin Belton-Rose
Monopoly Buy Sell Rent
I joined this networking group in November 2020 and I have already made some great connections at the online meetings. I like the format of breakout rooms which are well planned by Tracy who leads the meeting. I am looking forward to meeting members in person in the not too distant future!
Julie Greensword
Innovation Relief Specialists Ltd
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
An excellent Business Networking group - managed by Tracy and Hayley seamlessly adapting to the new technology and way we have to work nowadays. Tracy's style and humour help the meeting feel informal and welcoming to all- very encouraging to hear just how much business is passed between members and a good range of businesses present too. Keep on doing what you're doing- it's working!
Liz Honer
Alex Merlin Consultancy
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 - NOW INTO MY 10TH YEAR ! Having been a member for over 10 years says it all, the network works! It is there to create genuine connections and long term business relationships amongst the members. Not only has the network brought in new business for me, it has also been there as a support in times of change and to work out through any dilemmas. I would strongly recommend becoming a member.
Maja Kenney
Maja Kenney
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 you can help or they can help you. I love it !!
Adrian Lomas
Blueleaf
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
This is a top class networking group. The leadership and devotion of the group is second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to this inspiration and friendly group of people for Business in Chester and Cheshire.
Lisa Johnson
Square One Training
This is one of the best networking events I have been to. It attracts larger businesses and is for those looking to build quality, long term business contacts. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this for those who want long term quality business contacts across Cheshire and Chester.
Clare Moorhouse
Moorhouse Digital
A highly professionally run networking group with great calibre of attendees - highly recommended!
Sandy Rees
Top Notch PA Solutions
The best networking group I have been a member of, and I network A LOT. This group has well over 70 members, and each member is loyal to supporting each other, whether its sharing business or just looking out for one another. I highly recommend any business, no matter the size to visit this great network.
Gavin Belton-Rose
Umbrella Marketing Team
Selecting a Network Group thats right for you is a minefield, save all the heartache. visit the next Business Network Chester meeting to find out what the group can offer. You won't regret it !
Steve Bate
Print Approved Ltd
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
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
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 is 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
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
I have been a member of Business Network Chester for many years, since the launch in 2010, it is one of the best networking events in Chester. The members support each other and Tracy Griffiths who runs the network is amazing and wants to ensure all the members do well in their roles/companies.
Abi Smith
Grosvenor Insurance
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
The Business Network is a fantastic group of business owners and directors, who are more like a family than network of business associates. Tracy and Hayley are fantastic leaders and facilitators for the Network, with a wealth of knowledge for connecting excellent professionals and business owners. As a business owner, I couldn't recommend this group more highly.
Paul Hughes
SHEQ Health & Safety Consultants Ltd
This truly is the most amazing network I have ever been a part of, the hosts Tracy & Hayley run the events so very well and ensure they are always enjoyable. It’s a fabulous network of people from Chester and across Cheshire and North Wales who have really pulled together throughout lockdown driven by Tracy keeping things going to support everyone. I can highly recommend this special Network group if you are considering joining one and the online meetings work fabulously on Zoom as a temporary measure until we can all get back in the room!
Lisa Barnes
Emmie B Interiors Ltd
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
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
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