Fiona Duncan Steer
Fiona has been running events for over 10 years and now runs a highly successful business network in Nottinghamshire (RSViP), to which her events attract well over 100 paying guests into a room every month- a feat the big National players would love to emulate! Down to earth and brilliantly connected she has become the go to person for East Midlands based businesses who want to get connected with the right people, have their venues seen and their events filled. With this experience she has also turned her hand to business consultancy and networking training, as well as being an established writer with her own columns in various publications.
Phil owns and runs It’seeze Nottingham, a Web Design and Digital Marketing Business based in Nottingham. He’s steadily grown his business over 6 Years, mainly through Business Networking Groups and is heavily involved in 4Networking – the UK’s only joined-up business network.
“ I’m fortunate to have had a 20 year career in marketing and business development in a number of SMEs. I’ve been lucky to have worked in a number of businesses including global corporations such as Unilever, EDS, Eli Lily and in industries such as manufacturing, facilities management and pharmaceuticals, gaining skills in procurement, project management and training; all valuable in building up my own network of connections.”
Catena is Latin for chain or link and that’s what we do; bring businesses together.
Not so much a networking organisation but more a business connections network, where we actively encourage members to form business relationships.
I started my first business back in 1999 and built a successful catering supplies company taking it from nothing to over £1million annual turnover. Our clients included some of the most famous brands and companies in the catering industry both nationally and internationally.
Why referral marketing? – When I first started to learn about referral marketing I was told “when you have a strong network you can use it to build whatever you wish”. I didn’t quite understand it at the time. I built a successful, strong and profitable business, but I did it the hard way! I wish I knew then how a referral strategy would have helped my business. I’m now 10 years into my referral marketing journey, with several diverse business interests, amazing clients and, yes, a few rocky days along the way. I understand the importance of the opportunity and support that a quality referral network can offer and I’m passionate about helping others to build their business by referral.
East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
David joined the Chamber in 2015 and has an extensive portfolio which includes responsibility for the Chamber’s Membership Team and award winning International Team, as well as the Marketing Team. David also has responsibility for developing partnerships across the region, and through the Chamber’s worldwide network.
East Midlands Chamber is the largest business representation organisation in the Midlands with over 4300 members, and is currently the UK’s Chamber of the Year. The Chamber’s mission is to “enhance East Midlands businesses and communities”. The Chamber helps businesses to grow; it gives them influence at national and international level; it connects businesses; it enhances skills in the business; and it supports businesses to trade internationally.
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