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What is BNI?

BNI is a 35 year old business and professional organisation that allows only one person from each trade or profession to join a chapter. With over 7.5k active chapters, and 300k+ members, it is the most successful business referral organisation in the world.

Belonging to BNI is like having dozens of sales people working for you because all the other members carry copies of your card with them. When they meet someone new that could use your products or services they hand out your card and personally recommend your services.

How can I benefit from BNI?

Being active in BNI is like having 40+ sales people working for you, because your fellow members will be carrying your cards and referring your business to people they meet, without you having to pay them any salaries or commission. Successful businesses depend on ‘word-of-mouth’ marketing as the best form of promotion there is.

BNI provides a structured, supportive, business environment in which local business people can get together to network, learn valuable new marketing skills and develop the strong personal relationships that lead to trust and the consequent generation of significant business for each other.

  • I would just like to thank Jam Marketing for their excellent service, their efficient friendly way of working and their professional and consistent support, which they have given me, to help promote my business. Their marketing knowledge and attention to detail is outstanding. I have no hesitation in recommending Jam Marketing with confidence, to anyone who is looking to further develop their business.

    Thank you again for all of your support.

    Julie Charlton – Bee Aloe Good

    Jackie Marston
    JAM Marketing Ltd
  • I just wanted to say a big thank you to Beth at Hummingbird Floral Design on behalf of my family. It was recently my mam’s “60th” birthday, and we always get her a bunch of flowers along with other gifts. This year however, we wanted to do something a bit special, so I asked Beth at Hummingbird Floral Designs about her Rainbow Roses.

    Beth delivered the roses to me on time and in perfect condition, I showed them to my partner, dad and sister before we gave them to my mam that night on her birthday. Everybody was really impressed with them and thought that they were worth every penny we paid for them.

    My mam absolutely loved them, in fact she had a little cry, mind you she would have done that if I’d just given her a bag of fertiliser! She has currently sent me 18 photographs of the flowers since we gave them to her and all the women in her office have said that they want to get some too.

    Thank you again Beth, I really appreciate all of the effort that you put into the bouquet.

    Steve Myers – Paper Voice

    Beth Micham
    Hummingbird Floral Design
  • I recently passed Darren a referral to pressure wash the patio at the back of the house. Darren came straight round to price up the job and get back to me with costs the next day. I was particularly pleased that he priced up all the jobs separately allowing us flexibility on which patio and paths to clean first.
    We agreed the work to be done and booked it in for the next week. Darren arrived on time and finished the job to a very high standard over the next few days. There was a slight problem with drainage which has led to me passing another referral to Darren. It was an added bonus to be able to let Darren work at the back of the house whilst we went to work..
    We are both really pleased with the work which has had the result of making the patio look brand spanking new. I have already recommended Garden Restoration to family and friends.
    Thanks very much

    Joanne Howe – Howe Consultancy

    Darren Benstead
    Garden Restoration Ltd
The most consistantly successful chapter in the region.

Who are BNI Cookson?

We are based in South Shields between Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland, we are part of BNI Northumbria. We work in a professional but fun environment and meet once a week every Friday morning at The Clervaux Exchange in Jarrow.

Our meetings begin at 6:45am and end at 9am, our group gives a lot of business to each other and we are a really friendly bunch and we are always looking to take on new members.

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