From Zoom to in the room

Members of a business club which was launched 15 months ago have met for the first time in person.

Bridgnorth-based consultancy Good2Great set up the ‘Shropshire Growth Club’ in April of last year to help county companies look beyond lockdown.

The initiative has proved successful, with around 60 members getting together on line every week since then to take part in virtual peer group meetings, seminars, networking and masterclasses.

Good2Great director Johnny Themans explained that the Growth Club has been developed for county businesses that needed to re-evaluate their entire operations in light of the pandemic.

“We have been delighted with the way the club has evolved over the last 15 months, with companies ranging from a dog biscuit bakery to global transport specialists joining us.

“It has been great to see everyone online at our regular Zoom events but nothing beats a ‘face-to-face’ meeting and we all really enjoyed this chance to get to know each other better at our informal gathering in Bridgnorth which we will repeat each quarter.”

Nicole Gunter of Nicole Gunter Wealth Services said that she had found the club to be extremely beneficial during the last year.

She said, “Our meetings have been very useful in terms of knowledge sharing and networking and it was great to see people at the event after so many Zoom get togethers!”

Members are supported by a newly-developed virtual coaching app called Business Monitor, developed by Good2Great using a grant from Shropshire Council, which will allow fledgling businesses to access a range of free benefits.

CAPTION: Some of the club members at the first face to face meeting.



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