Thrive is very community minded. I think our group reflects the Norfolk community. It’s not a heavy approach, either. I think you can walk into any Thrive meeting and feel comfortable and welcome. There is a great camaraderie there and I’ve found that great for me now I’ve started my own business. To have that whole group of people means I don’t feel isolated. It’s been an anchor for me because you can have a rubbish week and then you go in on Friday morning and you come out feeling refreshed and with the determination to carry on.
I was looking for a networking group that positively sought connections rather than it being an obligation on the individual members to do so. There is a structure already in place within Thrive and you have people working within Thrive to establish connections on your behalf.
Being a member of Thrive has opened up several business opportunities and helped me to expand my network of professional contacts, many of whom have become friends. I’ve been impressed by how several aspects of Thrive has helped change and shape my business. Read more
David Woodward, Tas Valley Fire (UK) Ltd.
"Thanks Lorna Burroughes for this weeks Thrive networking breakfast. It was a great opportunity to meet like-minded business people to do business with and offered a fantastic insight into some exciting projects other businesses have been working on -I'm talking about you Lambda Films! I'm looking forward to working with all the Thrive members much more in the future. Thanks again! " Iona de Wal - Recruitment Consultant at Contract Personnel
“Thrive has been absolutely key to making my business a success. From the moment I arrived at my first meeting, Lorna has been an amazing help and given me the introductions to create my own business network in Norwich. Thrive meetings are a place where I know I’ll meet great business people, get support and advice, as well as being really inspired. I feel lucky to be part of the Thrive community. Now with Oliver Marchant on board making connections between us all outside the meetings, it’s an even more valuable and I don’t know what I would do without Thrive. Thanks Lorna and Ollie for all your hard work.”
I like Thrive because it’s not a pushy environment and that means quality work gets passed around. Thrive is all about relationships and getting contacts from the other members, which I really like. Read more from Mark Johnstone
I’d done lots of networking in the past, but I like the environment at Thrive. There is no pressure, and you can be yourself. Read more from Rob Wiseman
How does Thrive fit into your business? I like the relaxed, professional atmosphere and getting to know about other people’s businesses. It’s really inspiring that our group are so interested and engaged in new ideas and new ways of doing business. They are also very good at going out and talking about your business for you. Stephen Burton
What’s been the most useful connection you’ve made at Thrive Andrew? " I’d have to say Mark Johnstone from Argents Accountants. I meet a lot of self-employed clients who are frustrated with their accountant and I always refer them to Mark. We have a very similar work ethic and we gel really well. I’d say the same about Caroline Billings from Hatch Brenner Solicitors. We are a good triumvirate – an accountant, solicitor and financial planning consultant" Andrew Button - David Hewson Practice. Read more
With Thrive I really like connecting with other members. We would all like to get work out of it, but there is no pressure for referrals. I find it good as an individual to go to meet other people and get their spin on things. I hate standing up for the 60 seconds presentation but with the encouragement of the other members, I have got better at it. It’s helped to build my confidence. Steve Jenkins - SJD
I joined Thrive when I first came to Norwich so I could meet a whole new group of people, not just people that the other solicitors in Hatch Brenner had introduced me to. It was so useful and now I love the supportive atmosphere and hearing what other people have to say. To have a fortnightly insight into what everyone else is thinking and how the world looks like to them is very good for me. Caroline Billings Hatch Brenner
My most lucrative referral to date was a large job with Norwich City Council, which would never have happened if it hadn't been for my contact at Thrive who introduced us. Mark Johnstone - Argents Chartered Accountants
We recommended Gareth Stevens, the solicitor in our group, to several people and they've hired him and been very impressed. He definitely owes me a pint!
David Woodward Through Thrive member, Ian Higgins, I have been asked to advise on, and manage a large fire detection system. From there they've asked for even more work and its become a very lucrative contract.
Clapham and Collinge Having found that we had sold our house within 5 days we needed someone to act on our behalf quickly as our purchasers wanted us to move within a month, we found the team so understanding of our emotional needs as well as the professional ones at a very stressful time.
Jane, Mary and Lorna kindly recommended our services at Norwich Print Solutions to an exhibitor at an exhibition in June, we have since then produced one print job which they are very happy with our service and quality and asked us to now quote on their roller banners. Thank you very much Thrive!
I am very grateful to Steve Jenkins at SJD for the support, expertise and graphic design solutions that encapsulated everything I required for the re-brand of my business and feel that my new image accurately reflects my aims and ethos and I am extremely impressed with the final result.
Thank you so much Paul Youngs at Printbox UK for the banners and leaflets, really pleased with your superb work and the timescale to which you promised to work to and deliver. It has been a very positive journey, and I will have no hesitation in recommending your company.
Rachel from Unity Medical Services spoke to one of my clients for me about a Director who is off sick. It has not only helped my client see a different perspective, but has helped my coaching, in terms of dealing with this issue. Thanks Rachel, I am sure that it will eventually lead to some work with them as your input was very useful and credible. John Burroughes
Our simple aim is to enable members grow their business through a structured and professional "word-of-mouth" system and network, by developing an extensive network of quality connections and advocated referrals and with the ultimate intent that Thrive member's businesses grow and flourish.
Lorna is a lady with determination, drive and strong ethical values. She's entered a crowded marketplace to launch very different networking groups. What makes this different? Well unlike so many, Lorna really does want to see her members succeed. This is not about pay/eat/swap cards/go, but more an ongoing commitment to help you get to where you want your enterprise to go.