Ash is the powerhouse behind the ABC Networks group. When I first learned of it, I thought it would be similar to other American style networking groups - all high pressure and low value leads.
Ash doesn't run ABC like that: He believes in the value of the connections you make and the build up of trust between members. His vision attracts like-minded people - entrepreneurs and businesses that value long term connections more than 'leads'. It's no wonder that the ABC Network is growing so fast across Kent and South East London (and Essex now too!); the timing for a non-subscription based network with a 'we're all in this together' approach is perfect.
He is inspiring and helpful to ABC group members: He offers support where he can and encourages enterprise through the group. If you have an idea that could benefit ABC, he will support and promote your plans.
Ash's strong vision for the group and his ability to hand-pick strong characters to run the chapters - and then provide them with support and mentoring if they require it - ensures the group's continuing success.
I'm very happy to have met Ash and benefited from his support and advice. He Rocks.
Ashley's ABC breakfast club is a networking opportunity with a difference. The friendly relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to convey what your business can offer to the group without the nervousness of speaking in public. The diverse array of existing ABC networkers is of great benefit to any business owner, as whatever and whoever you are going to need now or in the future this is the place to get it! The breakfast and venue is absolutely top class too.Ben Parrish
I was invited to attend an ABC Networks breakfast meeting shortly after its inception late in 2010 and I have not missed a single meeting since. Whilst I am far from a serial networker, I have attended many networking breakfasts – but I have never experienced the same positivity as that of the ABC.
The fellowship amongst members is both genuine and sincere, Ashley and Sarah’s stewardship is first class and the breakfast is good, too! Membership has brought tangible benefits for my business, as I have successfully catered for the insurance requirements of many co-members, saving them money and/or improving their cover. Equally, whenever possible, I use the services of my fellow members.
It’s a very simple concept and one that most networks aspire to achieve, but I would say the difference is ABC Networks really does work and the business that goes around between members is quite remarkable – long may it continue! I am delighted to have introduced a good number of associates to the ABC Network and I know it has been equally successful for each of them. I doubt I am alone in making ABC Networks the only networking breakfast club I now attend.Paul Jones - Operations Director, Westhill Insurance Services Ltd
The Wednesday morning ABC networking group at the Gillingham Golf Club has quickly become one of the most important events to attend. With new visitors at each meeting the group is growing. The meeting is very informal and you can expect to make friends as well as business contacts.Robert French
As a newbie to networking Ashley immediately put me at ease with a few well chosen words. He always has good advice on any number of subjects and his business tips have made such a difference to my business in the 4 weeks that I've been attending. All the contacts that I've met through Ashley have been spot on, he seems to have surrounded himself with good people who inturn all sing his praises. I would advise anyone thinking of using Ash in any way to go straight ahead with full confidence. Great bloke.Martin Doyle
Ash manages this group with flair making everyone feel welcome and valued. Highly RecommendedNigel Whittaker - Owner, PURE B2B
Ashley's breakfast club (ABC) every other Wednesday is a fortnightly must, yesterday saw even more new visitors to the event which is a well organised, supportive and fun meet. I will be attending in the future and wouldn't now miss it for anything. Great host (and hostess!) great regulars and always inviting to new visitors, so come along!!Steve Jones
The success of ABC Networks is in no small part due to the way Ashley has run and enthused the group with his enthusiasm and humour. This is no 5 minute wonder, the group is still growing some months from inception and I thoroughly recommend it.Alastair Wood - Alastair Wood LLP t/a AW Accounting
I thoroughly recommend the ABC Network breakfast meetings hosted by Ash Lawrence. Work is an important part of all our lives and Ashley's motivation is: Let's have the best life! Lets enjoy it! Ash's natural enthusiasm and positive attitude to motivate has created a fantastic synergy amongst the members. Supporting each other’s business is at the heart of the breakfast and this is evident from the camaraderie and of course recommendations and referrals made each week! If you want a good helping of positivity, humour and friendship to start your day the ABC Network group would welcome you.Christy-Anne Swain - Business Development, AnsaCom
ABC Network is one of the rare Networking groups that doesn't follow the usual template of its kind. They focus on getting good business people together, making them feel relaxed and giving them the opportunity to network with each other at their own pace. Also, being a not for profit group you only pay for a very good breakfast. This provides great value for your time and money.James Bacon
Ash's breakfast networking club really is one of a kind! Whether you are a newbie or established business owner you will get fantastic benefits from his group. As a newbie this is a supportive environment with a gentle welcome into business networking. As a seasoned pro, if you want leads, clients and business then you will get what you came for. Ash is a skilled business professional who gives generously of his time and skills, which adds a further dimension to the excellent value this group delivers. I belong to a number of business networks and this is only one that I definitely attend for every single event. Plus, there is no joining fee or tie in - perhaps that's because it's good enough to just keep the people coming back just on it's own merits? Just book in and give it a go.Sian Murphy
Ash runs the ABC Breakfast Club. He is popular with all and has the ability to make everybody feel welcome and an important part of the meeting. He also runs self help courses which gives you an insight into how and why you are doing certain things that may be holding you back and explains in simple detail how to change . The courses are informal but very professional and again everybody is made to feel welcome and an important part of the course. He comes highly recommended.Fraz Smith
Ashley has time for everyone he comes into contact with, he listens; however busy he is, he will always give you his full attentionFraz Smith
I have been a fairly regular member of the ABC breakfast club and have found the contacts and relationships that are built from the meetings extremely valuable. I can't recommend the club highly enough.Geoff Watkins
I strongly recommend Ash's Breakfast Club. The atmosphere is very welcoming and friendly with no hard sell. There is a good mix of business sectors and plenty of opportunity to develop lasting business relationships. One of the best network groups I have attended.Ian Netherton - Associate Director Profit Network, BSK-CiC
Ashley has built up an excellent networking group which is very different to any other one I have attended. Under Ashley's guidance the group's informal atmsophere means that people really get to know each other and build up lasting relationships. That in turn generates an enormous amount of goodwill, help and advice which is readily exchanged between the members. I would certainly recommend Ash's ABC breakfast club to any local businessman or woman.Colin Norgate - Director/Consultant, Just4Safety
Ashley's ABC breakfast club is a networking opportunity with a difference. The friendly relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to convey what your business can offer to the group without the nervousness of speaking in public. The diverse array of existing ABC networkers is of great benefit to any business owner, as whatever and whoever you are going to need now or in the future this is the place to get it! The breakfast and venue is absolutely top class too.Simon Dudley - Owner, S G Dudley Property Development Ltd
Ashley's breakfast club every other Wednesday is a fortnightly must, yesterday saw even more new visitors to the event which is a well organised, supportive and fun meet. I will be attending in the future and wouldn't now miss it for anything. Great host (and hostess!) great regulars and always inviting to new visitors, so come along!!Pete Marden