A group of entrepreneurs have been rated the most successful business networkers in the country.
The small business owners meet for breakfast once a week. Last year their meetings generated six million pounds of business.
One of the group, Linda Fisher, started a small cleaning company two years ago.
Her business quadrupled after she joined the BNI group in Stockton.
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