Telford Business Club plans record breaking year

Leaders of Telford’s oldest networking club today vowed to attract a record breaking number of members as they launched a new membership package for 2013.

Terry Le Long, chairman of Telford Business Club, said the club had seen a huge amount of business passed between members throughout 2012.

The club also enjoyed a record breaking number of visitors at one meeting when two Battle of Britain veterans visited the club and told their story to more than 75 guests.

Mr Le Long, of NLS Shropshire, said: “Business owners from across Shropshire and beyond had travelled for our two very special speakers and we plan to attract all of those people back again.

“We know a great speaker is a big draw at any networking club and it makes it an enjoyable and informative evening but what is vital is that every member passes business on to others.

“We offer the chance for business owners to take away new skills and advice from every meeting which will help them enhance their company.

“Business is really booming in Telford with new start-ups to existing businesses expanding and at Telford Business Club we welcome all.”

The programme of speakers for 2013 is being finalised but already includes Shropshire Business Today magazine editor Sarah-Jane Smith, Fay Easton, director at Enterprise Hubs and founder of Start-Up Shropshire and Claire Dowdall of Cloud 10 Marketing.

The new membership package for Telford Business Club includes a 10-minute speaker slot to promote their business at a meeting, company marketing material on display at every meeting, a free press release on their company on joining the club and a quarterly prize for the company who gives the most referrals.

Mr Le Long added: “Our programme of 2013 is also going to include some special events including a wine tasting event so we are hoping to attract some great business owners to share in this with us.”

Anyone who joins before the end of January can join at 2012 prices of £120 for the year to include a two-course meal at every meeting on the second Tuesday of the month held at The Shropshire at Muxton. Telford Business Club does not charge an additional monthly fee and does not request people to send a substitute.