A LEYLAND business networking group, having met monthly for over eight years, is celebrating a century of successful breakfast meetings. BB4B – Breakfast Before Business – recently held their 100th consecutive meeting. And that’s a lot of breakfasts, if not business!
BB4B began in September 2011 and over 100 gatherings later, has welcomed countless local business leaders through the doors. The group is organised and run by Keith and Ruth Bradshaw, owners of local business magazine Leyland Leader.
Keith explained: “The idea of an informal networking group grew out of a business breakfast that I organised during a Mission Week at St Andrew’s Parish Church in Leyland. Several business contacts I had came along and the idea of meeting regularly took off.
“For several years we met every month in the church, for business networking purposes, and the group has grown from strength to strength. We now meet at Leyland Golf Club, an ideal location where we are very well catered for, in every sense, by restaurant proprietor Vince Slater.
Many BB4B group ‘members’ – there are no official joining fees or membership forms to fill in – have attended loyally for years and, having become firm friends, offer mutual support and lots of business is carried out.”
Ruth Bradshaw added: “We see ourselves as a friendly, informal yet very effective networking group. There are lots of laughs, but at the same time, very serious business networking takes place.
“Over time, we have held several social events, including Christmas parties and a Summer Charity Ball. Plus, we raise money for local causes and support Leyland Food Bank every month.”
BB4B meetings last an hour, breakfast comes first and is followed by a prize draw. A member then takes time to highlight their own business or organisation. Each guest is also given time to explain briefly who they are and what they do – there are always ‘new’ people at each gathering.
Andy Prosser, owner of Enterprize Web Design and Print, said: “It’s great to be part of such an awesome business network, and to have got to know so many business leaders over the last five years.”
Tina Russell, owner of Tasty Business, gave a presentation (with cake) at the centenary meeting, adding: “I really enjoy being part of the BB4B local business community and knowing so many great people.”
The monthly meetings are usually held on the first Friday of each month
For more information about BB4B, contact Ruth Bradshaw via firstname.lastname@example.org