Business networking in Berkshire with BNI

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BNI reading Oracle is the only lunchtime chapter of BNI in Reading and we meet every Wednesday between 12 noon and 2pm.

We like to think that ours is the best chapter of BNI in Berkshire but judge for yourself. BNI offers a wealth of opportunity to network with local business people in Reading, Newbury, Slough and other towns large and small across the county.

So, before you decide to join the best chapter in Berkshire, get in touch, go along and don't forget to take your business cards.

Here are a few links in no particular order. If you have a Berkshire-based chapterthat we've missed, please get in touch and let us know.

NB. Please note that most BNI chapters meet for breakfast, so you will need to arrive at about 6.45am for a 7am start.

BNI Berkshire Website Directory

Bourne BNI, Thatcham
Regency Park Hotel
Bowling Green Road
RG18 3RP

BNI Reading Central
Prudential Ibis Club
Scours Lane
RG30 6AY

BNI Bracknell
Easthampstead Park Conference Centre
Peacock Lane
RG40 3DF

BNI Royal Windsor
Legoland Hotel Conference Suite

BNI Reading Abbey
Reading Hilton Hotel
Drake Way

BNI Mill Reading
Bearwood Lakes Golf Club?
Bearwood Road
RG41 4SJ

BNI Maidenhead
Maidenhead Golf Club
Shoppenhangers Road

BNI Wokingham
Sand Martins Golf Club
Finchampstead Road
RG40 3RQ

BNI Jack O'Newbury
Hilton Hotel
Pinchington Ln
RG14 7HL

BNI Kennett Newbury
Newbury and Crookham Golf Course
Bury’s Bank Road
RG19 8BZ

In addition:

Take a look at the BNI Berkshire website for a list of chapters

Before You Go

Check the following three things with the chapter before you go...

1. Ensure that your business category is free. To avoid conflict, BNI has a strict rule that there can only be one person per business category at any meeting, so, if you're a solicitor, you will not be able to promote your business at chapters where a solicitor is a member.

2. Check that the venue has not changed. The information above was last updated in November 2013 but venues are subject to change, so check with the chapter before you set off.

3. Confirm your attendance. Most BNI chapters need to advise the venue of numbers in advance to ensure that no one goes hungry - your meeting fee will always include food (usually breakfast).

What to Take with You...

4. Make sure you have plenty of business cards. You will be invited to pass business cards round the table during the meeting. Most chapters will also allow you to pass out flyers.

5. You will be invited to stand up and speak for 60 seconds about yourself and your business. If you're not used to speaking in public, don't worry. You'll find that BNI members are very welcoming and will do their best to put you at your ease. But it's useful to have an idea of what you're going to say in advance - your name, your company name, a reason why people should refer business to you, a very quick example of how your company helps people and the kind of referrals you're looking for.

One More Thing...

Don't go to BNI to sell. Go there to connect. No one at a BNI meeting has come to buy anything. But with the right approach, you'll always meet someone who can help your business.



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