Businesses looking to grasp fresh opportunities are invited to a new networking event in Hale Barns.

The gathering takes place at Ringway Golf Club  from 10am until 12.30pm on Tuesday (July 2). 

More than 80 companies are expected to attend and those who do can enjoy a talk from one of the organisers, Dave Kelly, about how word-of-mouth marketing can work for local business owners.

The launch is the brainchild of Salford business owner Kai La Minshull of Tru Communications Ltd, who felt there was a strong need for companies to connect in the local area for mutual benefit.

She set up a new group known as Airport City, with Mr Kelly. This meets in Altrincham weekly and is already passing lots of work opportunities between those who attend. 

Mr Kelly explained that networking provides an excellent way to close business with a direct introduction: “With 97% of companies relying on referrals to generate new business, it’s incredible that only 3% of businesses have a strategy to generate quality ones. The business leaders we have involved in Airport City are one of the most proactive groups I’ve ever had the pleasure to be associated with.”

Sam Allcock, managing director at PR Fire, who teamed up with the pair for the launch, said: “I originally joined a networking group in Preston 12 years ago and reaped the rewards of a strong collection of like-minded people so I decided to help launch something here in Altrincham. It’s been less than a month since I joined Airport City and the structure and support framework has already improved tenfold. I am pleased to be involved and consider it to be a massive sales channel, not only for me but others too.” 

Any local business owners interested in attending the event can call 0161 672 6629 to book a place as seating is limited. 

There is a nominal charge of £15 which includes lunch and light refreshments. 

Event organisers say this is a great chance for local people to give out some business cards as the turn out is expected to be high. 

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