Duo get started with networking scheme

Arron Darwen and John Leatherbarrow of Ronja Networking.
Arron Darwen and John Leatherbarrow of Ronja Networking.
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Two young businessmen are to launch Blackpool’s newest networking organisation this week.

Arron Darwen and John Leatherbarrow, both have their own successful businesses thanks to networking.

But now they have formed Ronja Networking to help local businesses get more work and contacts after finding their previous organisations were too restrictive.

They already have over 40 businesses registered to attend the first event at the De Vere Hotel on Wednesday starting at 7am.

Members will gain access to a bespoke member’s website, and this will enable clients to network 24/7, not just with their own group, but with other members all around the country. Arron said: “I was in a networking group and I turned over £130,000 so you can see it really works.

“I met John through that but we felt that the group was too policed, not forward thinking enough and not ready to accept change.

“We decided to set up our own which could be replicated across the country.

“Networking is all about face-to-face dealing but we are now in the 21st century and you need to be online and involved in social networks too.”

John runs Blackpool Signs and Graphics while Arron runs Arron Darwen Joinery and Building Services, which he started with the help of Blackpool Council’s Get Started and small business advisor Geoff Reeves who helped get a start-up grant for this venture.

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