A Blackpool networking group under new management is set to hold a bumper event on Friday evening with around 100 guests.
The Ronja group, which was originally set up in 2013 with the help of Blackpool Council’s Get Started team, has also changed its meeting place to Blackpool Carers’ Centre in Newton Drive.
Since its formation it has been quietly building a strong network of local businesses across the Fylde coast.
Each year it has helped local businesses pass hundreds of thousands of pounds of work which continues to grow to this day.
Members and visitors meet every week for breakfast and promote their services throughout the morning. Guests are also invited to give training and advice to fellow professionals.
Members range from professionals to trades and include: solicitors, accountants, marketing, insurance, joiners, plumbers, electricians and construction.
The group also includes support and advice for anyone in business with guest speakers to help individuals climb the professional ladder.
New directors are Lee Clinton of Chadwick Insurances and Paul Foulkes of Alcimi.
Lee said: “Ronja has been a vital part of our businesses growth, it’s not only dramatically expanded our local network it generates thousands of pounds each year. The difference between our group and others is that we build relationships which creates business and it’s these relationships we’ve built with fellow members, that help us pass work to trusted people who we know will deliver a good service.
“Any network group can be formed however if there is little knowledge about the other people in the room how can you refer their services?”
Now as part of their fifth year celebration they are teaming up with charity, Blackpool Carers Centre.
The collaboration is to not only promote local businesses but also to support the charity, something which both organisations are really excited about.
Terry from Blackpool Carers Centre said: “We are thrilled to have Ronja based here at Beaverbrooks House.
“The businesses are helping to raise awareness of our work with carers across Blackpool, supporting our events and building on our positive profile.
“The income that we receive through hosting the Ronja group is a vital contribution to our service and helps to make a better life for carers.”