BUSINESSWOMAN Jill Evans is a very busy networker.
Now her efforts to generate business opportunities for local enterprises have earned her regional recognition.
Jill, of Birkby-based creative agency the Planet Group, won the award for best business networker in the region at a glittering ceremony hosted by Business Networking International.
The award came after Jill generated 58 genuine business opportunities for other Huddersfield business people attending BNI meetings.
Said Jill: “At Planet Group we set very high standards for ourselves in everything we do. We make sure that our clients receive the best service possible.
“I just apply the same principles to my business networking. It’s a fantastic feeling when you’ve worked hard and found a great referral for someone else that you know will lead to some really good business for them.
Businesses to benefited from Jill’s networking skills include the Pain Relief Centre, based at Longley. Manager and owner Georgie Oldfield said: “Jill has brought me 10 new clients in the past year. That’s a fantastic result and it’s great to have someone like Jill looking for potential clients for me.”
Simon Garforth, managing director of Newsome removers TMTY, remembers Jill passing him a great bit of business. “Jill knew someone who was relocating to Dubai and recommended TMTY to them and we got the job,” he said. “We probably wouldn’t have got this work had it not been for Jill.”
BNI has been going for 25 years and has about 15,000 members in the UK & Ireland.
In 2009, BNI members passed 659,066 referrals – word of mouth recommendations – generating £230m worth of business