The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry is backing a new initiative that looks set to provide the county’s small and medium sized businesses with a vital boost during the current economic downturn.  


The Chamber is launching the Business Network Online (BNO) - developed by the British Chambers of Commerce and Accredited Chamber Network – to provide entrepreneurs with realistic opportunities to pitch for and win new contracts, covering both the private and public sectors.


The BNO goes well beyond the existing social networking and tendering sites, which tend to offer either business networking or tendering. It is the first to do both, giving people a safe platform from which to buy and sell their products and services from as well as develop and build new contacts.


Herts Chamber Chief Executive, Tim Hutchings, said: “All businesses are having to look for new ways to drive sales during these difficult economic times and we believe this tool will help in so many ways. It’s a simple and effective way to meet new business partners and suppliers, reach new markets and customers, win new business through tender alerts and gain more competitive pricing.


 “It’s fast and easy to use as well as being safe and secure as it’s operated through the Chamber community, which is a trusted environment.”   The tender alert facility looks set to be a big pull, matching up business opportunities with companies registered on the database. As matches occur businesses will receive an email alert or SMS text. The fact that companies will have selected the business categories means that the alerts will be relevant and of real interest. 

Mr Hutchings added: “Our research confirmed that although there are a number of sites out there none of them operate like the BNO. We’re very excited about this latest development which we believe really will make a difference.” 

Initially the BNO will operate across the UK but plans are in place to extend the service internationally. For many UK businesses this will be particularly significant, as the weak pound has opened up export opportunity. 

Signing up to the BNO is free to Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry members, while non-members will be offered a three-month free trial. 

For further information contact Tim Hutchings on 07956 172208 or Jill Coggins on 01707 398400