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Newport’s Most Successful Firms Back Return of Business Referral Organisation


A networking referral organisation has had the backing of some of Newport’s biggest names as it relaunches a chapter in the city; 12 years after it closed.

BNI South Wales, which is a franchise of global business referral organisation Business Network International, has reopened the chapter at its new home of Rodney Parade.

Some of Newport’s biggest names in business are already members at other chapters throughout south Wales.

(Photo by Matthew Horwood)

(Photo by Matthew Horwood)

UHY Hacker Young, which itself is part of a global network, has the benefits of membership over the last four year. Jamie Williams, a Tax Adviser at the firm, explained:

“Being a member has been extremely beneficial to UHY as the income earned from referrals has far outweighed the costs. It has also benefited me on a personal level. I have become friends with many of the other members who often provide bits of advice here and there, which I would not get if I were not a member. It has also allowed me to develop my confidence in business networking and public speaking which are key to what I do. I would certainly recommend BNI to businesses in the city.”

Simply Factoring Brokers based in Gold Tops, has had multiple memberships in different chapters all across south Wales. Steve Adams, Managing Director, said:

“We have benefitted greatly from investing in BNI. The regularity of the meetings and dedication to developing strong business relationships ensure that genuine business is passed. It has really helped us grow and succeed; it will certainly be part of our business for years to come.”

Az Ashraf, who runs A2Z Computing just off Chepstow Road, has been a member of a chapter in Cardiff for three years. Mr Ashraf said: “I spend a lot of time networking; whether it be at formal functions or relaxed social get-togethers. BNI has the formal structure, but it cultivates strong relationships that you can rely on. Newport will only benefit from BNI returning to the city.”

BNI South Wales has 21 chapters across south and west Wales that meet weekly to pass genuine business referrals amongst its members. It was set up in Wales in 2003 by entrepreneur Guy Griffiths, who was born and raised in East Africa.

Executive Director Guy Griffiths said:

“We’re extremely committed to reestablishing a stronghold in Newport. Some of the city’s brightest and fastest growing businesses have benefitted from membership to BNI South Wales for many years, so it is hugely encouraging for them to publicly back our systems, policies and values, as well as demonstrate to their colleagues in and around the city of the increase in business they have received as part of our network.”

BNI South Wales is supported by its international franchise network, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina in the USA.

For more information regarding BNI South Wales, or if you wish to visit BNI Newport, please visit, follow @BNISouthWales on Twitter, or call 00447932164216