NABO Networking – Success in Croydon

When we launched early in June at The Hilton in Croydon, simply put, it was unknown quite what the reaction would be from the many business people, who like me, had become a little cynical about ‘networking’. Was there anything different that could be offered apart from paying your money, having a meeting, doing your presentation, and passing referrals, and perhaps getting some business?

Well it seems that NABO Networking has captured the attention of many up and down the country. Croydon is the largest group so far, and each and every guest who has attended, has left with a smile on their face, more importantly they have contributed to the meeting in a positive way. I think that is fantastic. How often have you been to a meeting, and felt like a fish out of water, gasping for breath?

Is it the low joining fee? No, but it does help.
Is it the great food? No, but it does help.
Is it the venue? No, but it does help.

Is it the structure of the meeting and the focus on relationship building, whilst learning together in how to improve your business? I think it could well be, since the pressure to perform like a circus seal has been removed from the meeting. The whole meeting is supportive, and attendees are not in competition with each other, but there to share their knowledge for the benefit of all.

I am delighted that new friendships and collaboration has resulted from the first few meetings – it is the sign that the group is working together.

Would you like to sample the future of networking, or perhaps know a business person, who could benefit?

Then, please visit here to find out more and register to attend:

Why do people hold back from success?

I work in an industry where it is common for people to join to create an additional income stream. What many of us do not understand is why people invest their hard earned and then fail to attend training, or even put in the minimal activity required to get started.

Any ideas people?

What drives your motivation and focus?

Each and every week without fail, Nigel Risner sends out a motivational newsletter – sometimes Sunday evening, and at other times depending on where he is in the world, Monday morning. You can sign up too via Nigel’s website here:

I always read them every week, and invariably share some of it with my 400 colleagues in my team.

This week he shared some humour (see below), to really hit home about not chopping and changing, but getting focus in your life. The grass isn’t always greener, etc.etc.

Another member on Ecademy, Andrew Horder, is running an event on the same subject very soon – maybe worth checking out? Details here

I have a lot of time for Nigel, and Andrew for that matter. Nigel is a good speaker (and has won many awards), he is disruptive to your thought processes, which is good and makes you think, but most important of all he has been there and done that.

People who know Nigel will be aware of how proud he is of his children. They are his motivation.

Nigel shares his passion for life and for making things better through self development. If it doesn’t come from yourself, who will it come from? Business and Life Coaches (even sports ones) recognise this.

During 2010/11 my motivation was my football team – AFC Wimbledon and by conclusion of the season we had achieved promotion to League 2. It was important that I had sufficient income to ensure I could follow them all over the country – that drove me to succeed, even though my health was not 100%. Now during the summer (ha ha), I am again driving the business forward as a new adventure beckons.

So what motivates you to achieve success in your life, and how do you measure that success?


Some jobs are no pun with thanks to Nigel Risner

My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory,
but I got canned. I couldn’t concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but I
just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.

After that, I tried to be a Tailor, but I wasn’t suited for
it – mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that
was too exhausting.

Then, I tried to be a Chef – figured it would add a
little spice to my life, but I just didn’t have the thyme.

I attempted to be a Deli Worker, but any way I
sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.

I studied a long time to become a Doctor, but I
didn’t have any patience.

Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. I tried but I
couldn’t fit in. I became depressed and soulful.

Then there was the Professional Fisherman job. But I
discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.

I managed to get a job working for a Pool Maintenance
Company, but the work was just too draining.

So then I got a job in a Workout Center, but they
said I wasn’t fit for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work, I
finally got a job as an Historian – until I realized
there was no future in it.

My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had
to quit because it was always the same old grind

If you would like a job with f(p)un, then why not check out this link?

Future Biz

NABO Networking Croydon – Successful launch

On Friday 3 June, over 20 business people gathered at The Hilton in Croydon for the launch of NABO Networking; the latest group to open in the United Kingdom.

2 hours later, 15 of the attendees had joined and became inaugural members of Croydon.

With the accent on education for business and the building of relationships, a professional and yet atmosphere pervailed.

The low membership fee allied with the excellent breakfast will enable this group to thrive with the target of 20 members by the end of July looking is very achievable. Annual membership is £200 + Vat (first time visitors receive a 50% discount) and the meeting fee is £15.

The next meeting will take place on the 17 June at the same venue commencing at 7:30am – plenty of car parking on site.

Details can be found here:

Further information can be obtained from Laurence on 0844 826 1730

Press Release: Business Owners Defy Downturn


The Nationwide Alliance of Business Owners
Launches a New Networking Group in Croydon

NABO is launching a new networking group for local business owners as part of our NABO Networking brand. The purpose of these groups is to provide business owners with the best possible networking experience, whether they are looking for new joint venture opportunities, solving the problems that are holding their businesses back, or sharing their accumulated knowledge with aspiring businesspeople.

Too many business owners neglect the importance of networking, often due to bad experiences at previous networking events. We decided that had to change, and now provide monthly networking sessions at first class venues, with a friendly and supportive atmosphere, under the direction of our expert staff.

Our first Croydon meeting will be held at the following venue and time:

Hilton Hotel
Waddon Way
off Purley Way
Croydon CR9 4HH

Friday 3 June 2011

7:30am start

To book your attendance, or for more information, please visit:


Notes for Editor

Local Group Director: Laurence Lowne of Combyne Group with more than 15 years of networking experience  and can be reached on 0795 789 0 757

NABO founded by renowned entrepreneur Jonathan Jay after turning his last £145 into a multi-million pound business, NABO has long offered expert instruction in sales and marketing to ambitious business owners through our various seminars, lectures and media products, and now, through our series of NABO Networking groups, we are applying the same standards of knowledge and professionalism to networking.

Issued Monday 30 May 2011

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