Angela Kinghorn, the Aberdeen-based executive director at BNI Scotland North

A NETWORKING organisation has generated £14m worth of business for its members in the past year.

Despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, BNI Scotland North, which has 15 groups from Dunfermline to the Highlands, shared 14,155 business referrals in 2020 that were worth £13,937,838. In the UK and Ireland combined, BNI members shared 531,494 referrals worth £428.9m.

BNI Scotland North has more than 350 members with five groups in Aberdeen, two in the Highlands and Islands and additional groups for the Dundee, Elgin, Peterhead, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Montrose, Perth, and Dunfermline areas. A new networking group is planned for the Stirling area. All groups switched from face-to-face to online meetings at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak.

BNI Scotland North is owned by Aberdeen-based Angela Kinghorn and her husband Bryan, who are both executive directors. Angela said: “We are delighted with the figures for 2020 when you consider the challenges of the pandemic. This is an exceptional effort from BNI members across the North of Scotland and one that gives us an optimistic outlook for 2021.”

BNI is the world’s leading business referral organisation, with 275,000 members in 10,000 chapters across 70 countries. In 2020, members generated over £11.9bn through 11.5 million referrals.

BNI members pay a joining fee and a monthly fee to be part of a group, which holds weekly meetings to pass on business leads. Each group is formed on a competitor-free basis; only one business from a specific market sector is included in each group.

For more information on BNI Scotland North, visit: http://bniscotlandnorth.com/en-GB/index