What our members say

"Visiting The Business Network for the first time and meeting Karen Tems immediately put me at ease.Making me feel really welcome.I thought I’d arrived at a live BBC studio! Highly professional, relevant discussion, practical business wisdom. Friendly, informative and helpful. A wide range of established and new businesses.Excellent meal quality at top 4 star hotels. Excellent conversation and outstanding seminars, making a superb networking event. I joined on my second visit. New business contracts soon resulted!Thanks Karen, you’re doing great work… easy to see why The Business Network is one of the best, longest established business networking groups in the area.John Pearson - Senior Partner Webittz The Web Designers"

John Pearson, Webittz

"Having been involved in many business networking over the years, I have found Preston Business Network to be one of the best organised and most enjoyable meetings I have attended. Every meeting is very well planned / hosted, the agenda is relaxed, always kept to time and held the best venues available in the area. Business Network provides a valuable opportunity for our business to network locally and will remain a vital component of our face to face marketing for many years to come."

Ian Hilton, Tech Advance Ltd

"As a member of The Business Network Preston, we have attended their events on a number of occasions and have been blown away by the warm welcome and professionalism that is extended to all members and guests. People feel able to build long term relationships in the Network which helps generate business in a friendly and non - pushy manner. I would recommend The Business Network Preston without hesitation."

Simon Price, DWF LLP

"I can’t praise Business Network (Central & East Lancs) highly enough. It offers just the right blend of formal and informal networking and, crucially, a good mix of organisations to build relationships with. We’ve made some excellent contacts and some really good friends."

Chris Macpherson, Chapelfield PR

"I would highly recommend The Business Network to companies wishing to expand their client and supplier base. It represents the right blend of formal and informal networking. Karen is dynamic, professional and supportive. There is a real buzz in the room and her infectious enthusiasm makes each event special.I look forward to meeting people from a broad spectrum of organisations and learning something new at the pre-lunch seminars.We have made some excellent business contacts and some really good friends."

Ros Nuttall, Chapelfield PR

"The Business Network is the only network I would consider going to during office hours, its friendly, vibrant, slick and above all it works! People buy from people and it provides the ideal environment to make that happen."

Natasha Schofield, Grassroots HR

"Imagine a networking group that runs like clockwork, with no scary moments, no feeling of wasting your time and no dread when it's time for the next one! I tried a number of different networking groups in the early days of my business and the Preston Business-Network was the only one I have kept on. It is run superbly well by experienced businesswomen Karen Tems supported by warm, friendly helpers. They only allow professionals, senior staff and decision-makers to join, which ensures that contacts made are top-quality. Just the number of strategic business partnerships I have made makes it worth my membership fee, but I have also made sales and had referrals. The free seminars are also excellent and have included some top speakers - including Ian Brodie and Will Kintish. Come along as a guest one month, we will all make you very welcome."

Michelle Scott, Pitman Training

"Eden Marketing has been a member of the Business Network for the past five years. The morning seminars are engaging and you leave with lots of food for thought and actions you can apply immediately. The members are experts in their field, generous with their time and conversations around the table are interesting, giving you quality time to get to know both guests and members. The Business Network is beneficial to Eden Marketing and also to myself as a Director. I have developed a strong network of trusted specialists who I can call upon for both Eden Marketing and our Clients. The business has grown through referrals and direct business and I can't speak highly enough of Karen Tems and the fantastic members who make up the Business Network."

Jean Atkinson, Eden Marketing Ltd

"When I first joined the Business Network I was a litle apprehensive. I had attended various networking groups in the past but hadn't particularly enjoyed or benfited from the experience. Karen Tems spent time coaching me on how to get the most from being a member of the group and the many opportunities which were available that would help me successfully market my business. The welcome I received from the outset, both from the members and organisers was warm, friendly and professional and has enabled me to develop fruitful business relationships. I would personally recommend the Business Network to anyone seeking to expand their professional network and develop their business."

Jane Ayrton, MJN Training & Hypnotherapy

"Your event was first class for any business owner looking to meet other Key Decision Makers, building long-term relationships and generating quality referrals, all within an informal, organised and professional environment."

Mubarak Chati, 1 Events Media Ltd

"‘The Business Network has been instrumental in helping Mayes Accountants grow our client base over the last 18 months. We have met and made strong relationships with excellent businesses and their owners and have worked together to help each other to grow our respective businesses. Via our unique Business One Page Plan service we have been able to offer local business owners a hugely successful resource to help them to increase the profitability of their businesses and at the same to help them feel less isolated at the top of their business tree’‘The Business Network offers a great, well organised and structured approach to meeting quality business owners – if you are looking to expand your already successful business, whatever sector, I highly recommend you join’."

Andrew Botham, Mayes Accountants

"I�m well into my 4th year with The Business Network and I haven�t looked back. It�s the only group with the perfect balance of people, location and purpose. I�ve stopped all breakfast networking and recognise that this group is all about building lasting, meaningful business relationships. The financial returns have been excellent. This meeting is the first thing in my diary each month, and I look forward to meeting new members and learning more, every time."

Matt Chandler, Chandler Digital Ltd

"The Business Network: exceptionally organised, beautifully delivered, a wonderful platform which offers the opportunity to create long lasting links and develop meaningful business relationships."

Ian Hooper, GB Music Events

"The Business Network Central and East Lancashire is the premier event on the monthly business calendar. Karen Tems is not only a fabulous host, who can help make introductions and connections, she is an experienced, successful business women, who offers insights into making the right connections. I have come to appreciate her help and support during my time with The Business Network "

Nick Brookes, Cornfields

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Click play on the video testimonial below to hear why existing members recommend joining The Business Network.

Come and join us at

OUR NEXT EVENT

Thursday 18th January

Stanley House 12 Noon to 2.15 pm

Click play on the video testimonial below to hear why existing members recommend joining The Business Network.

Come and join us at

OUR NEXT EVENT

Thursday 18th January

Stanley House 12 Noon to 2.15 pm

What members and guests say

"Visiting The Business Network for the first time and meeting Karen Tems immediately put me at ease.Making me feel really welcome.I thought I’d arrived at a live BBC studio! Highly professional, relevant discussion, practical business wisdom. Friendly, informative and helpful. A wide range of established and new businesses.Excellent meal quality at top 4 star hotels. Excellent conversation and outstanding seminars, making a superb networking event. I joined on my second visit. New business contracts soon resulted!Thanks Karen, you’re doing great work… easy to see why The Business Network is one of the best, longest established business networking groups in the area.John Pearson - Senior Partner Webittz The Web Designers"

John Pearson
Webittz

"‘The Business Network has been instrumental in helping Mayes Accountants grow our client base over the last 18 months. We have met and made strong relationships with excellent businesses and their owners and have worked together to help each other to grow our respective businesses. Via our unique Business One Page Plan service we have been able to offer local business owners a hugely successful resource to help them to increase the profitability of their businesses and at the same to help them feel less isolated at the top of their business tree’‘The Business Network offers a great, well organised and structured approach to meeting quality business owners – if you are looking to expand your already successful business, whatever sector, I highly recommend you join’."

Andrew Botham
Mayes Accountants