Firms flock from afar to Chad business club

NMAC11-2657-1''The Tuesday Business Club met at Edwinstowe's Forest Lodge this month.
NMAC11-2657-1''The Tuesday Business Club met at Edwinstowe's Forest Lodge this month.

IT is not just firms from across the Mansfield and Ashfield area which are benefiting from business networking group, the Tuesday Club.

Since it was launched by Chad and Mansfield public relations and marketing agency Parker PR in March, the popularity of the club has gone from strength to strength with more than 50 representatives from firms attending the latest event at Forest Lodge in Edwinstowe.

Currently, the Tuesday Club has members travelling from Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham, Rotherham and Sheffield for the monthly get-togethers - which take place on the second Tuesday of every month at a local restaurant.

Chesterfield-based Anthony Taylor - director of floor maintenance firm, The Contract Maintenance Group - says he prefers the environment of the Tuesday Club to other networking events.

Said Anthony: “I go to a lot of networking events, I do one nearly every day. We get most of our work through referrals through networking - we don’t advertise anywhere, it’s either word of mouth

“We find referrals from networking are brilliant for us. You have to generate some trust with people but we find it the best way of getting work.

“(The Tuesday Club) is a little more relaxed than the others. People aren’t trying to sell to you straight away. I don’t particularly like that.

“I find it very good for us and I’ve made some nice contacts.”

His comments were backed by Stewart Swindell, director of Nottingham-based FDG Resourcing Limited - which provides a specialist recruitment service for the financial sector.

Said Stewart: “Other network events I’ve been to, it’s normally just sales people thrusting things down your throat - and certainly from my experience of my first meeting that is certainly not the case (with the Tuesday Club).”

He said the group provided him with an opportunity to network in a relaxed environment and was confident it would unlock opportunities to boost his business - and had already talked to other people from the same field at the event which could lead to mutual benefits.

Tuesday Club co-founder Graham Parker, said he was delighted the club was known outside of the area, stressing how important it was for the area’s business community to reach out beyond Mansfield and Ashfield.

He said: “Not only does this bring in new business, it adds external income to our own economy, which is vital to our prosperity.”

His comments were backed by fellow co-founder Chad editor, Tracy Powell, who said: “The fact that we are attracting the attention of businesses as far afield as Sheffield and Derby just proves what we have to offer in our area and what such a valuable vehicle the Tuesday Club is for promoting the businesses in the Chad area.

The next Tuesday Club takes place at China Fong, on Chesterfield Road, Pleasley, at 6pm on 8th November. For details contact Graham on 07977 448306 or Tracy on Mansfield 456789.