Linda Fisher set up a cleaning company on Teesside in 2011 but did not join the Stockton BNI networking group until last year. She said her business had quadrupled since she started going to the weekly breakfast meetings. The group has been rated the best in the country.
"My confidence has increased no end. Having to stand up and do 60 seconds in front of 45 business people every week at 6:30am is quite daunting - but it does teach you to be more confident, resilient and better prepared."
A group of entrepreneurs in Stockton onTeesside who hold weekly breakfast meetings have been rated the best business networkers in the UK. BNI runs the group, which generated £6 million in deals for each other.