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."
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."
Tim Fifield, Business Development Director, BritWeb
"I've been an enthusiastic and committed networker for over two decades, five of which have happily been in the company of the gdb membership.For me, gdb provides an important blend of business intelligence, support and connections all of which have delivered some great results for BritWeb. I have actively been involved with a range of gdb initiatives and events and enjoy the opportunities for informal networking and more formal business presentations. I'm delighted to be an Ambassador which is a natural fit for me as I'm happy to share my contacts and experience with new and old members alike. And there's the added advantage of working with the moderately bearable team at gdb towers ;)"
Anya Ledwith, Founder, Eshcon Ltd
After four years as gdb Chair, I am delighted to become an Ambassador. I have seen the organisation grow, adapt and flourish with new services and membership options, always with networking at its core. Face-to-face or virtual, it’s great to meet other gdb members - useful and interesting people - to discuss their objectives, opportunities and ideal clients.
Being a gdb member has been extremely worthwhile both for my business and for me personally. Eshcon thrives on partnerships and recommendations – gdb is the place to be. Let’s talk!
Suzanne Davis, Corporate Fundraiser, St Catherine's Hospice
I’ve been attending gdb meetings representing St Catherine’s Hospice for over 5 years now. As the hospice for West Sussex and East Surrey, our local community are at the heart of all we do, supporting our work as we care for local people at the hardest time of life. I have always valued the way gdb also fosters that sense of community and mutual support in the local business community, bringing businesses together, creating connections and finding creative ways to support and celebrate all that this area has to offer. I’m delighted to be an Ambassador and help support the gdb Team and members.