If the hat fits - changes at the top for BGN

BGN, Hampshire's most democratic business working group, witnessed its six-monthly bloodless purge with the election of a new chairman and committee. Lee Stuart of Liphook design and branding firm Print IT took over the reins and is already implementing a programme of reform.

Unlike many chains of networking groups, BGN is run as an anarcho-syndicalist collective and not as a business, which means fees can be kept down to cover costs rather than make someone a profit. Lee and his committee have temporary executive authority and any change to our constitution would be put to the membership for a vote. It's worked well for more than a decade and there is no sign it's going to stop.

This lets us get on with the business of mixing over breakfast, getting to know each other and passing on referrals. This week we generated 19 of them among 31 attendees.

Guests and new members are welcome

We are still looking for new members to join us for breakfast. If you know a car mechanic or plumber looking to start up in the East Hants, Meon Valley or Solent areas, ask them to contact us for a great introduction to local businesses.

Hats off to our charity fundraising

We like to keep things ethical and raise money for good causes. We collected nearly £70 over one recent "hat-themed" breakfast meeting for Brain Tumour Research, merely by raiding our dressing up trunks...

Lee Stuart at BGN business networkingSarah Redfern at BGN business networkingMichel Focard at BGN business networkingAlice Murray at BGN business networkingLuke Ingram at BGN business networkingGiles Cleverley at BGN business networking

Our motley collection of headgear included: new chairman, Lee, going for the "Fat Controller" look; "wizard" accountant Sarah Redfern as a character from her fave book Harry Potter and the Bookkeeper of Azkaban; resident Bond villain and photographer Michel Focard who likes nothing better than a good goose; marketeer Alice Murray with her homemade Oog hat, whatever that means; former boyband member, now a painter and decorator Luke Ingram (he's still doing better than the rest of the boys from Blue); Cat in a Cat Hat IT entrepreneur and business coach Giles Cleverley.

Free breakfast, free breakfast, free breakfast at BGN!

We meet at Langrish House, near Petersfield, every Wednesday morning, snow or no snow, from 6.45am and we’re finished by 8.30 after some fun but focused networking over a full English or continental breakfast.

And did I mention that a visitor gets to eat for free for their first visit?

Don’t miss out on meeting 36 like-minded people to act as your unofficial sales staff, then please contact us. Come and see - you might like it!

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