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LincolnLincoln has a thriving business community, which is as diverse as it is innovative. Lincoln has two universities and many graduates choose to start their businesses in Lincoln, which fosters youth and vibrancy in the new business sector.

The universities are popular with students who come from the surrounding areas, including Stamford and Nottingham as well as with national and international students.

Each university has business support centres for start-up businesses where they can benefit from guidance and support from the very beginning.

Similarly managed workspaces are encouraging entrepreneurship by offering affordable, flexible spaces with on-site facilities such as meeting rooms for small businesses.

Lincoln boasts several organisations that promote businesses in Lincoln and Lincoln itself as an excellent place for companies that wish to relocate.  Indeed, national companies have moved their businesses to Lincoln, where they enjoy the benefits of lower costs with high-quality facilities, in an area that has succeeded in marrying innovation with tradition and history.

Lincoln has a proud history; its achievements are not solely historic the tradition of engineering excellence and innovation are alive and thriving with companies such as Ruston and Siemens Group making huge investments in technology and infrastructure.

Lincolnshire has always had a strong farming community and food industry.  Historically manufacturing has developed a thriving industry employing both skilled and unskilled labour. The county as a whole has strong links with the RAF and its ancillary service industries.

Developing a network of contacts in the Lincoln business community is essential to encourage the growth of your business, this is particularly critical for new businesses or businesses that have recently moved to Lincoln.

Visiting a BNI Chapter is a great way to meet local Lincoln business people, it will give you an insight into the diversity and sheer enthusiasm that is present in the Lincoln business community. It will also give you the opportunity to develop some great contacts and strategic partnerships.

A BNI Chapter is about so much more than just the businesses represented in the room. Consider the wider network, each business in the room has suppliers, customers, and a range of other business contacts. Just as each member has family and friends, who may not be in business themselves, but who might be in the market for your services.

Some professions are more popular than others, and those seats tend to fill very quickly. That said there is an almost inexhaustible list of professions and being ‘The Plumber’ or ‘The Photographer’ in a room that contains 30/40 people; who make up YOUR marketing team, and who have a vested interest in promoting your business, is a really powerful way to grow your business.

Not only does each chapter develop strong professional relationships but many friendships are formed and it becomes a support network for its members. There are strong links to other local chapters and other areas through regular events that bring together groups from across the counties, whose members are drawn from business communities across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, and local towns including Stamford and Grantham.