TWO business people belonging to the same networking group have achieved a million-pound milestone.
Liz Carnie, of Powerwasher Services (PWS), and Paul Martin, of Martin Property Care – both members of BNI Nexus – have joined an elite club by passing on £1m worth of business to fellow members of their business networking group.
BNI Scotland North, part of the global BNI network, has 15 groups, with six in Aberdeen and further groups in Dundee, Inverness, Elgin, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Peterhead, Perth, Dunfermline and Montrose.
The Nexus group meets weekly at the Links Hotel in Montrose to share potential leads, build relationships and network with other like-minded business people for around three hours. BNI Scotland North, which has more than 380 members, is owned by Aberdeen-based Angela and Bryan Kinghorn.
Angela, executive director at BNI Scotland North, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to recognise the efforts made by Liz and Paul who are a strong part of the Angus group. Their attitude has been outstanding and really typifies the givers’ gain mentality of business networking in BNI. To have two people from the same group achieve this milestone is a real testament to the success of Nexus.”
Based in Laurencekirk, Powerwasher Services is an award-winning, family-run business established 36 years ago. The company has been a member of the networking group for more than four years.
Liz said: “Being a millionaire giver is the result of putting in the time with the group to grow not only as a business but also as a person with courses, classes and presentations helping me to gain more confidence and skills. We’ve grown our business in more ways than we could have imagined when we first joined.”
Paul has been a member of BNI Scotland North for more than 19 years, 10 of which have been as director of his company, Martin Property Care. The Arbroath-based business specialises in timber infestation and damp proofing.
Paul said: “It’s taken me a bit longer than most to get to millionaire giver status since a lot of my referrals are smaller fees but it’s great to get the recognition. Being part of BNI has helped me expand the business and break into markets beyond Arbroath. I’ve made some really great friends over the years as well.”
BNI (Business Network International) is the largest face-to-face business networking referral organisation in the world, with more than 270,000 members in over 9,400 groups operating across 70 countries. Scotland North members have access to more than 13,000 members in the UK and Ireland. BNI was founded by Dr Ivan Misner in the United States in 1985.
The latest figures reveal BNI Scotland North members passed business leads to each other that were worth £19,205,390 in 2019, up £3.44m on the previous year – a rise of more than 20%. An awards night celebrating the success of BNI Scotland North members is to be held on Friday, March 27 (2020) at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen.