Local businesses have decided to ignore talk of doom, gloom and recession and are meeting up fortnightly to see if there are opportunities for them to work together, or to create business through joint ventures.
Tom Salter of thebestofhull explains “business has slowed down for all of us, but instead of moaning about it, a few of us decided to get together with other likeminded local businesses. The truth is that there is still business out there, you might just have to look a bit harder for it. Sitting down over an informal breakfast and talking to each other, we often find opportunities that, individually, would have passed us by”.
“To be honest, we could get really bogged down by talk of a recession, but we decided months ago to see if, by sticking together, we could continue to thrive, and, so far so good, some of our members are actually doing better than they did last year.”
Instead of going it alone, the local businesses involved decided to sign up with national networking group 4Networking – “rather than just concentrating on local businesses, 4Networking has put us in touch with like minded business people all over the country, all of whom are determined to fight through any recession, rather than just accept it! Members here in Hull can go out to any other meeting anywhere in the country to pitch for business and we have a regular stream of visitors from all over the country to our meeting, some of whom end up buying services here”.
A simple solution to a national problem? As Tom tells us “what’s the worst that can happen? Rather than sitting waiting for the ‘phone to ring, at the very least I get to lift my spirits and share a joke and breakfast with the others. And any local business is welcome, they can call me, or just turn up on the day”.