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Why Business Networking

"Trust is fundamental in our business and business networking is all about building trusted relationships. When we get to know people really well we are better able to advise them and support them. That means they get the service the want and the outcomes they need. Being part of a powerful business networking group like Opendoorz allows others to get to know Hedges and understand the values by which we operate. This provides us with high quality referrals. It’s a key part of our marketing approach and essential to maintaining our reputation as an independent, reliable and trustworthy law firm.”

The Results

‘Obviously’ says Carrie ‘Opendoorz has to work for Hedges financially and it really does. From introductions to referrals to members using us directly our Opendoorz membership has more than paid for itself.’ However, Carrie maintains that the results aren’t purely financial. ‘Opendoorz is good marketing for Hedges. It helps us maintain our position and reputation as a well-established brand and part of the Oxfordshire business community. It’s also an excellent way to maintain our professional development as we constantly strive to be the best we can be for our clients.’ 

 

                   

Why Opendoorz

 

 

For Carrie, the answer to ‘why Opendoorz?’ is simple… ‘It’s the calibre of the people in the room that makes Opendoorz stand out over and above any other networking I’ve ever been to.’ she says. As a long-established, independent law practice reputation is crucially important. ‘We have an amazing heritage to uphold at Hedges and being part of Opendoorz endorses that. We know the connections we make through Opendoorz will be high calibre business professionals and that the relationships we develop will be valuable to both us and our clients.’ Carrie also rates the meeting structure at Opendoorz. ‘There’s a great balance between serious business and enjoyable education. The quality of the conversations are superb, I always learn something and I always leave feeling inspired. It’s a very supportive environment.’

 

 

The Opendoorz Approach

 

 

For Carrie, Opendoorz isn’t all about growing business opportunities. ‘Of course there are plenty of sound business reasons for being an Opendoorz member but it’s so much more than that!’ Carrie believes Opendoorz has been hugely beneficial to her own personal development. ‘I’ve definitely grown my skill set since joining Opendoorz. All of the members are so open and happy to share their knowledge, plus leading CPD sessions and delivering showcase presentations has really helped me to develop these skills.’ Carrie also loves the way Opendoorz gives her a working space away from the office. ‘It’s like a little bit of professional ‘me time’!’ she says ‘I can think about work objectively, get trusted opinions from professionals and grow my own knowledge.’


 

The Results

‘Obviously’ says Carrie ‘Opendoorz has to work for Hedges financially and it really does. From introductions to referrals to members using us directly our Opendoorz membership has more than paid for itself.’

However, Carrie maintains that the results aren’t purely financial. ‘Opendoorz is good marketing for Hedges. It helps us maintain our position and reputation as a well-established brand and part of the Oxfordshire business community. It’s also an excellent way to maintain our professional development as we constantly strive to be the best we can be for our clients.’



 

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Our Testimonials

 

No matter how good we think we are it's what our members and guests say that matters most...

  • I have established some excellent connections which otherwise would have taken a great deal longer to develop and it has made a real difference to me in terms of the amount of referrals I receive from fellow professionals.

    Tom McInerney

    Associate Lawyer Spratt Endicott
  • The members are all senior business professionals who support one another, challenge each other when necessary and look to develop business contacts when the opportunities arise.

    Dan Kitchen

    Partner St James Place Wealth Management
  • Opendoorz has a unique and refreshing atmosphere. It attracts like-minded business professionals who actually like and want to do business.

    Andrew Prescott

    Director ISIS Medical Insurance
  • The business I have gained through Opendoorz has more than covered any financial cost, but more importantly it is a fantastic resource to interact with business peers. 

    Peter Smith

    Partner The M Group