Thank you to Cherry Beesley for a wonderful testimonial to start off our 20th year with….

…As you know I am a sociable bunny and Simply love people, but I am also a professional woman with a business goal. Joining a network group is not to be taken lightly, you have to commit time and ultimately the thing that we all work hard for – money.

About six years ago as a newly set up freelancer I joined Avanti with no expectations other than to meet businesses whose services I might be able to recommend, use, and vice versa. What I didn’t expect was to find a network that gave a warm enveloping hug and supportive arm to all that entered and a bunch of mad as bananas friends.

Now I believe that you get out of life what you put in and I know that the more we do to support the group the bigger we become. In that growth comes strength and potentially more business. It’s a win win…There are other networking groups out there, we all know that but there is something about Avanti that gives more than any other.

It empowers each of its members to make the very best out of the business in the room. It empowers us to have a voice, in a close supportive way. It empowers us to make business connections and help us in our business objectives and it empowers us to meet and make personal relationships.

There has been a huge amount of business that has been transacted through the network of Avanti and additionally knowledge and experience. I know of so many of us who will happily give our time willingly to give advice and help with no other agenda than to support one another. I heard last week that Michelle had given an hour of her time for another member with help on a business plan. That experience and knowledge is valuable and comes free from us all to each other. How can you put a price on that?

Whilst it’s primary focus is business some incredible friendships have been forged and I am lucky enough to now count a number of you in my close group of friends. You know who you are.

Avanti doesn’t just support us. It doesn’t just encourage and empower us, it’s members, it also supports and empowers its staff and Emma Louise is a prime example. Victoria has helped her tackle what she was so scared of way back when and look at her now. A stronger, more confident woman that each month organises, manages the meeting and us (well most of us), Chairing each meeting with confidence and aplomb.

I would like to thank Avanti for what it stands for, the support, friendship, business connections and business that I have gained because of it. I have no hesitation in recommending Avanti Networking, which you can tell by the number of guests I have brought to meetings.

Thank you Victoria for all that you do to support us all.