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The ROOM is one of the largest weekly business networking groups in Bedfordshire. We meet for breakfast, so active membership doesn’t impact your working day.
Members & visitors have 60 seconds during each meeting to ask for introductions to other members’ contacts and clients. During the following week, our members arrange these introductions and new business opportunities are created…… this is how our group generates business and is a proven process that works, week after week, month after month.
Each week our members have either a 4 minute or an 8 minute presentation slots when they get to tell us more about themselves, their businesses and the leads and referrals they would like to receive.
We have an informal but structured meeting, designed to build relationships between our members as well as visitors to our group, ensuring that real business is passed between us all.
Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown each member seat in The ROOM had an average value of over £15,000 per year, making the cost of membership not only affordable, but highly beneficial for our local Bedford business owners.
Membership is backed by a 6 month guarantee whereby, if you join and participate as an active member but fail to invoice more than our annual membership fee then we will pay you twice as much back again…. you really cannot lose by giving The ROOM a go. (This guarantee is currently paused – members will be required to pay the annual membership fee, but when we are able to return to face to face meetings at the golf club, your membership will restart for 12 months and the guarantee will begin at that point for new members).
We only allow one business from each trade or industry type, so by becoming a member, you effectively lock out your competitors from The ROOM.
Come and meet us on ZOOM and see for yourself how we can help you to build your business. Email us to request a ZOOM link invite for our next meeting.
I had not experienced much in the way of true networking as I have seen being a member of the Room. I have been given the opportunity to generate new business for myself - far more than through other ways of working. With different trades represented by the group I have been able to appreciate others needs to generate new business and I love the way in which all members are on the look out to help other colleagues in their quest for more business. Being a part of the group has been a really valuable asset for me and I would say this to anyone else thinking of joining the Room.
As a business we rely purely on refferals and introductions and so networking is essential, but the tough demands on time in business today meant that we needed a group that provided us with a grown up approach to networking, focused on support and growing each others business not lecturing us on non productive metrics. TheROOM is was networking should be about, growing your order book not your address book.
A friendly group offering effective networking in a relaxed environment. I would highly recommend this to any business owner looking to grow their business.
Before joining 'The Room' we relied on yellow pages for our marketing. After being a member of a networking group for a long time, we totally commit to it as know the returns it brings. The business from 'The ROOM' equates to approx. 13% of our turn-over. Anybody thinking of joining 'The ROOM', jump in and be quick, your catagory will not be around for long
I was keen to network within the Bedford area, and having attended as a guest this group seemed to be pro-active in their approach to creating referrals for members. Also it struck me immediately as a very friendly bunch of people.
TheROOM was the perfect place for me to begin my networking career. Friendly and relaxed so I felt welcomed, but structured so I knew what to be saying and when. Having been an active member for the past 2 years now, I see value in the group not just for the business I receive, but also the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with the business community. Further to that it has built my confidence to be able to go out to more networking groups and continue to build on the success I have had from the group. I have only three words for anyone thinking of joining the group… ‘go for it’!
Networking has been our most effective & powerful marketing tool since the company began in 2003
Before joining The ROOM I had been involved with a number of other networking groups, some worked but others were simply a waste of time. Since becoming a member of The ROOM I can honestly say this is the best regular meeting group I've been part of. I was prepared to put in the 'hard yards' early on and potentially wait six months before any leads start to come through. This is what I'd found from other groups but I'm glad to say that the leads started coming in from the first meeting and carry on coming. For anyone thinking about joining The ROOM all I can say is come along and meet the group. You will be warmly welcomed and I'm sure you will quickly see how it could be of benefit to your business.
The ROOM was our first foray into networking and we were made to feel welcome from day one, there was a real sense of camaraderie and everyone was genuinely interested in our business and quickly set about ways to help us. If you are contemplating joining a networking group I would have absolutely no hesitation in endorsing The Room, the sessions are very professionally run and are often a great source of very valuable information from a variety of knowledge experts that can be applied to your business immediately.
I would say to anyone looking to start or grow their Business, get in The ROOM. It can help you with some useful contacts, many of whom may have been there, done it and sorted it!
Our approach to business is still reputation and referral based, The ROOM members recommend us but only because they have experienced our approach to business and in a lot of cases the end results as customers so that they are comfortable and confident we do what we say we are going to do, if your approach to your customers is open, honest, ethical and value for money The Room is the best place for you.
This is a relaxed friendly group of people and, if you are looking for a networking group which not only helps each other to promote their businesses but also has social events, then I would definitely recommend that you come and visit TheRoom and experience it yourself.
Prior to joining the Room, Macintyre Law had already recognised the importance of connecting with local businesses. We are already well known and highly respected for our legal services in Milton Keynes (where our offices are based) and with the current expansion to the services offered and the growth of the team, the time was right to join a well respected networking organisation to further deepen our local connections. We believe The ROOM will be a valuable addition to our marketing strategy, and that we in turn recommend and refer work to our networking colleagues in the Bedford & MK area
I have been to a number of networking events but not actually joined a group. The ROOM is a friendly group of individuals with very varied specialisms which blend well.
The group has certainly worked for us financially and personally. It's a fun group that passes business whilst having fun.
Before joining TheRoom I attended lots of one off networking events with other organisations but never received any work as a result. Networking requires trust so that people feel confident about recommending you to to others. A one off event just doesn't give the opporutnity to build that rapport and trust. As a member of TheRoom I have developed great relationships with the other members which allows us to confdently refer each others services. To anyone thinking about joing I would say GO FOR IT! It’s a friendly, focused group which is guaranteed to increase your revenue.
I love being a member of The Room networking group !!! In the 12 months that I have been involved, I have seen, first-hand, how totally focussed everyone is on really helping to develop business for each other in addition to creating a great, fun, networking atmosphere. Not only have I had multiple leads from among the members and their associates and friends, I have benefitted from some great contacts that have helped me save a considerable amount of money, both for my business and in my home environment. I cannot recommend The Room highly enough and the fact that my colleagues are all too eager to sub for me and my wife has now joined to help promote her business, says a great deal about both the atmosphere and the commercial benefits of being involved.
Prior to joining "The ROOM" I hadn't been part of a local network. Membership has helped me make great contacts and improved my communication skills. Come along, have a great breakfast, meet lots of enthusiastic business owners and consider joining asap.
You can't argue with the affect that being a member has had on our bottom line. Not only do we have the opportunity to quote for new business, but we have a room full of trusted suppliers who we can happily recommend to others.
The ROOM has helped me grow my business from a one man band to now employing four people. I regularly see sales of over £30,000.00 generated from people within The ROOM.
Before I joined the room, most of our work was on a large project for a single client so the risk of having all our eggs in one basket was a concern. Being able to dilute this through new contacts and work will help resolve this and generate additional income. As well as having access to new business opportunites for ourselves via the network, being part of The ROOM gives us the chance to connect with other businesses for services that we need to procure and we are also able to share invaluable knowledge within the group. If anyone is considering joining The ROOM, I would recommend coming along for a couple of sessions as a visitor. You will soon get a feel for the friendly vibe and the well structured nature of the meetings as I did myself. The breakfast is well worth it too…great way to start the morning!!
I tried various groups as it was important to find the group that works well for me. I find that this group offers an ideal blend of structure and informality and this has really helped me to grow my business. Why not see for yourself?
The Room has a very friendly atmosphere, and the breakfast is Great.
A very relaxed, enjoyable environment with plenty of work being referred and I can honestly say I really enjoy my Tuesday mornings there. If you are a new business then it is a great way to get off the ground so if you see a space for your trade available I would not hesitate to grab it!
I have found the people at The ROOM to be most helpful and very welcoming and have made some great new contacts. I would recommend joining the group as it has worked well for me.
I'd tried various networking groups before The ROOM but the honest truth is that most of them simply did not generate business for me. The ROOM most certainly has, not only from the people in the group but also from the people they know. If you haven't tried TheROOM, you really need to come along.
We highly recommend The Room as we have gained so much since joining . It's a great way of cultivating great relationships with a group of lovely people and having fun in the process!
I joined The ROOM after visiting several other networking groups across Bedfordshire. A mix of the personalities and experience within the group really made me feel welcome, and the atmosphere and professionalism is 2nd to none. Joining the group has proven to be a great decision for my business.
I was a member of another business group in Bedford, which had limitations. With The Room , it has a better business approach than others and a very friendly welcome , they also have a structure which fills me confidence going forward. I would recommend The Room to anyone looking for the same as me.
Before joining the Room I was thinking of ways to find business, using Social Media to little effect. Now I am more focused on the "people building" part of my business. Do it. Being a natural Introvert, I was terrified of joining the group, but the members are truly nice people and I quickly relaxed enough to start building relationships.
Being a member has not only grown our customer base, but also provided us with valuable suppliers that we can trust and see on a regular basis.
With many years of networking "under my belt" and following a previous women-only group membership I became bored with networking 5 years ago and stopped altogether for a couple of years. I joined The ROOM in early 2017 after attending a couple of meetings as a guest. I liked the relaxed format and the good natured fun at the meeting and appreciated how easy I felt with members right from the start. If you're looking for a networking group I'd highly recommend it; you'll be made very welcome and we try to look after visitors and new members particularly, because it can be daunting to enter a room on your own....Please be reassured, you won't be on your own for long, we're a friendly bunch and there's always room for more.
We are very proud of everything that our members have achieved. There are many reasons why you should come along and have a look at our meetings, but these are the top 5....
Ask any of our members why they love our meetings and they will tell you that it’s because we offer real business opportunities, using a proven structure, but without any of the pressures that are often associated with some other networking groups.
Ultimately our meetings are all about making money for all our members and we wouldn’t continue to be successful and growing as a group if it didn’t work.
To best protect the interests of our members, we only permit one business for each trade, or industry, so by becoming a member of The ROOM, you’ll have your business sector all to yourself.
We keep our costs to a minimum while keeping the quality of the meetings, venue and breakfast as high as possible.
This gives you the best possible return on your investment.
As a not for profit organisation, all our group funds are invested back into making the group stronger & more profitable for all our members.
We have a program of ongoing training that covers many different areas of business, from accounting and compliance, HR, marketing, social media, banking, legal & networking itself.
These training sessions are encorporated into our weekly meetings so our members learn while they earn!
We are so confident that you will benefit from membership of our meetings, we offer a 6 month guarantee.
If you attend our meetings, follow our training and are an active member of the group, if you haven’t invoiced at least your joining fee, we will give you not just your joining fee back, but the same again!!
You really can’t lose by giving The ROOM a trial…