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Entrepreneur Fred Stone Reveals Why He Launched The K-Club
Cheshire Businessman Was Determined To Create A Forum For Like-Minded Individuals And Provide The Business Community With A Voice
The owner of Cheshire’s Brookdale Clinic and director of Keystone, the Mere management consultancy, who also holds the non executive chairmanships of a number of companies, had been monitoring the rapid growth of networking groups as the economic conditions became more challenging.
“More than four decades in the business world had taught me the importance of communication in business and the growth in networking seemed a very good idea, providing forums at which people could discuss current issues and make new contacts,” explained Fred.
“However, after visiting a number of the networking groups I realised that many of the real movers and shakers of the business community were not attending. The more senior figures, heads of very successful organisations, found the networking meetings too sales based.
“They wanted a forum where they could meet up with like-minded individuals, successful business owners like themselves. So I approached a number of senior figures I knew to gauge their interest – and the idea of the K-Club for key figures in the business world was born.”
Fred initially formed a K-Club committee made up of successful businesspeople he had worked with over the years and they came up with the format for the quarterly breakfast meetings that began at the Salford City Stadium at the beginning of this year.
Each meeting enabled attendees sufficient time to chat and introduce themselves to others before settling down to breakfast and presentations by two speakers.
“Our membership includes senior representatives from Coutts Bank, Heatons, the law firm, Ultimate Creative Communications and Corinthian Tax to name just a few,” added Fred. “Our quarterly meetings have been attracting significant numbers. In fact you could say that the K-Club has really taken off.
“When times are tough, businesspeople have to go that extra mile. It is at times like these that a club like the K-Club is really appreciated, enabling businesspeople to discuss the issues of the day and share their ideas.”
Fred, who has held the posts of management trainee to Managing Director and Chairman in a variety of major companies over the past 40 years, believes the K-Club appeals to the movers and shakers of the business world and looks set to become a permanent part of the North West business scene.
“Bringing like-minded people together in a civilized setting gives all those present an opportunity to make new contacts and promote discussion and debate,” added Fred. “And of the course the K-Club also provides that section of the business community with a voice.”
For further information click onto: www.k-club.co.uk