€5 million has been generated by local business people in Mayo as a result of effective business networking. The St Colman's BNI group who meet locally in Claremorris every Tuesday morning in the McWilliam Park Hotel is made up of 23 business people who work together to build the local economy. The St Colman's BNI group supports more than 100 jobs locally with this set to grow in the coming months with new business wins among members.
The St Colman's chapter has a wide variety of local business people including a photographer, a physical therapist, a restaurant owner, and a a painter and decorator. The diversity of the businesses involved is what has helped with the chapter's success.
Speaking of the group’s achievement Brendan Walsh, chapter president, said: “Our members are no different to any other business person - we worry about where to find new business but in a group like this it is like having over 20 sales people on the road looking for business for you and we all work together which is what it is all about. Our group is not just about getting new business in, we are also there to support each other in the difficulties we face, and you cannot put a high enough value on such support."
Also speaking of the success of the St Colman's Chapter, Tim Oates, executive director of BNI Ireland West and Midwest, said: "Each member has worked extremely hard to reach such a milestone and I hope they will continue to do so long into the future. BNI welcomes all business people to come to a meeting as a guest. If you would like to grow your business you can visit www.bni.ie to find out how.”