Nicola Blake, Marketing Manager, Creative Funding Solutions Ltd
"I joined Creative in August 2015 and quickly set the wheels in motion to become a member of the Gatwick Diamond Business network, I knew that they had a very good reputation locally and my MD had also heard the same.
I embraced the networking program straight away and found that everyone was really friendly and I genuinely looked forward to each meeting. I also immediately started to swap any spends for goods and services to companies who were members of gdb and we quickly secured some finance opportunities from other gdb members.
I believe that for this network to work at its best all members should try to keep business opportunities, where possible, between other gdb members and this is something I have tried to do since I joined. I have great pleasure when I receive sales calls to tell people that I only engage with companies who are gdb members or based on the Manor Royal BID area! I think because of this approach the gdb team recognised my commitment to this group and asked me to become an ambassador."
Susan Fleet, Founder and MD, Lea Graham Associates Ltd
"Having been a member of gdb for 25 years (initially with CADIA), no doubt it was my seniority that earned me an ambassadorship! It certainly means I can testify to the outstanding networking gdb affords us. I firmly believe it's who you know that counts and being a member of this professional club leads not only to mutual opportunities, but problem-solving through shared experience. I will be pleased to assist new and existing members in any way I can."
Ben Harvey, Operations Director, Storm12 Ltd
"gdb invited Storm12 to be ambassadors because we've been enthusiastic members for so long and are happy to be able to recommend the gdb to other businesses. It's friendly and welcoming yet professional and effective as both a networking and lobbying group on behalf of all its members."
Simon Bland, Economic Prosperity Programme Manager, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
"The team at Gatwick Diamond Business are always committed to working for the benefit of their members. Helpful, enthusiastic and flexible in their approach, they always strive to add value and help people ‘do business’. gdb represents an extensive and important network of local businesses and I’m delighted to act as an Ambassador for such valuable organisation."
Sandra Norval, Managing Director, Catalicity
"I joined gdb as I knew it was a vibrant network of businesses of all sizes across the diamond and it had a fantastic reputation for being a non sales orientated network. I wanted to find potential collaborators, innovators and peers who could teach me something about building a business and that's only part of what I found! I have been lucky enough to find a new business partner and build something ground breaking, bringing my sustainability expertise into immersive technology, a whole new arena for me. I've had the opportunity to speak and write about my work, learn from others about all sorts of business topics all amongst the most amazing venues, gorgeous food and an incredibly welcoming, nurturing atmosphere. It was a natural step for me to become an Ambassador and I hope to help others see the benefits of gdb simply by loving what I do and showing how it all came from my membership!"
Jaffer Lokhandvala, Director, E-mpower IT
"I was one of the world’s most reluctant networkers, but at the insistence of my Marketing Manager, my company E-mpower.IT Ltd joined gdb in 2016 with a view to building strong business relationships and raising the profile of our company. After a tentative start, I have never looked back.
Since my company joined, I can honestly say it has been a unique experience – relaxed, enjoyable and fun and really not like any other networking group I have been involved with. A large part of this can undoubtedly be attributed to the variety of networking events, in great locations with a non-rigid and relaxed format. The large membership means there are always new people to meet too. It has to be said too, that behind the scenes there is a great team organizing and facilitating the events to make sure members get the best out of them.
So, all in all, rather than dreading the prospect of an upcoming networking event, I now very much look forward to them.
On the business side, I have met and created relationships with some very interesting people working in or running some very interesting businesses. The old adage “People buy people” (or to paraphrase it, people buy from people they trust and identify with) is still very true – people can’t buy from you if they don’t know you exist, either! I take great pleasure too, in cross-connecting people and businesses in my network where potential synergies exist.
For me, being a member of gdb is all about putting the foundations in place to build a platform of connections and alliances that will help my business grow.
Finally, I love my role as Ambassador – key for me is helping to ease new members into the gdb fold as well as genuinely enthusing to prospective new members about gdb, its voice in the wider business community, and in particular the opportunities it can provide through the brilliant regular networking events."