Please note: This website is still under construction and not complete yet.
Joining Kent/Ashford BNI? Before you do...
We believe we have a public duty to tell you what Kent BNI is really like, we passed over £70,000 of business in two months, yet were still ignored, shafted and ripped off. The decision is yours, we are only here to give you both sides of the BNI ethos.
But you will be told by BNI, who to do business with or receive the cold shoulder.
BNI have honed the sales skill needed to get you onboard, beware the lure of statistics.
BNI's No Refund!
Possibly the scariest thing, I mean, what reputable business doesn’t offer refunds?
Kent BNI's Image
The BNI image is one of business, growth and brotherhood, sadly, only their own matters.
Try Googling: “BNI Reviews”
At the time of starting some serious research, the home page of Google showed 9 negative results. Two of which were on SCAM.com and RipOffReport.com. And that is without putting “Bad BNI Reviews”! So if you want to look for those too, you are more than welcome.
We cannot tell you how often we have kicked ourselves for not putting in some due diligence first, but BNI have mastered the art of selling their membership.
Do Your Homework
If you were to invest a £1,000 on a television, or a dance school for your little princess, you would do some research, make sure you do some before you spend well over a £1,000 a year on BNI. Don’t get me wrong, it is perfect for some people and I am sure some regions have excellent meetings and teams that actively gain business for each other.
I know first hand, that Ashford BNI, here in Kent, is not one of them.
BNI no refund
Unlike reputable companies, BNI have a no refund policy. So if you don't like it, tough. If they push you out, tough. Even when they do not keep up their end of the contract, there is no refund! As we found out.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
So you’ve worked hard all your life, you decide to buy into a Ashford/Kent BNI membership, brilliant, but if it doesn’t work, you can’t get your money back.
This is truly shocking, if you (unlike us) have money to throw away on a whim, then Ashford/Kent BNI is for you. But if you are the kind of person that likes guarantees or a company that is confident enough to offer refunds, then this is the point you turn away and run.
Never Trust No Refund Policies!
We feel (and I expect any intelligent person would), that if they do not offer refunds, they clearly do not back their promises with substance.
In our opinion, the only people that don’t offer refunds, are fly-by-nights, Del-Boy and moody, “fell off a lorry” type people. Can you imagine buying a brand new Viera, Panasonic TV, that doesn’t work and John Lewis’ saying you can whistle for a refund? No, because they are a reputable, decent business.
Harvey Nicholls 100%
The UK Government’s View On Refunds
As found here: https://www.gov.uk/accepting-returns-and-giving-refunds (opens in new window).
You must offer a full refund if an item’s faulty, not as described or doesn’t do what it’s supposed to.
Well, I do not think that is too complicated. Do you?
You can also look at “Chargeback” schemes offered by your card provider. More information on Chargeback can be found here, on the CAB page. (Opens in new window.)
the bni way
The BNI Way is almost draconian, their way or no way. We were told that you HAVE to bring a new visitor at least once a month, which is impossible for a start up business with only one type of client base. Read below for more "BNI Ways".
What we were told at Ashford M20 BNI, Kent:
- You HAVE to bring at least one visitor per month.
- You HAVE to find 40 businesses and print out a letter introducing BNI and tell them why to join.
- You HAVE to do BNI courses (at an extra charge of course).
- You HAVE to refer business to fellow BNI’ers.
- You HAVE to sit where you are told to at each meeting.
- You HAVE to send someone else if you cannot make it.
- You HAVE to pay £10 a week (they can accept standing orders for this too).
- You HAVE to pay £10 to BNI even if you don’t make it one week.
There is a lot more to it, as you will see when you go through this website, but in short, Kent BNI isn’t the best for growing the group new visitors, you are! So your £1,100+ a year pays them for you doing the work. It’s genius! You line the pockets of the Kent BNI directors, presidents and owners, while they fly around the world doing whatever it is they do.
As much as I would love to have that kind of money flying into my bank account, morally, I couldn’t do it.
We Pay Them For What?
You get a shiny tie pin, a name badge holder and a branded filofax, (yes, remember them, as outdated as the BNI model) not really worth the £1,100+ a year is it. As you HAVE to do marketing for them!
You pay Kent BNI, so that you can bring them even more people! Yes, I do feel stupid now, but that is what this website is about, telling people the truth about Kent BNI. So people can see what goes on before having the money disappear into the ether, with no chance of a refund from BNI.