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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.


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.

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:

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. 




BNI horror stories

We have found thousands of these online and had a fair few contact us directly too. Please note, that these are all stories from people that have paid BNI and had a less than acceptable service for their money. Beware of BNI.

Visit our archive

The BNI Referral System – On Steroids Ok, so some people may not agree with this website, or why it was put up in the first place. But the fact remains that I do not lie down after I’ve been shafted, I get up, nurse the wounds and want what is due (call me a […]

…But, I Told You So So BNI Ashford M20 now has less than half of the members needed to be seen as a “proper” BNI Chapter. How the mighty have fallen, why is this, what made them lose more than half of their members? I’m Never Wrong About People It’s a scary gift, but I […]

You Are Measured Constantly @ BNI Did you remember to bring any guests? Did you remember to refer  business? Did you remember to follow up your referrals? Did you remember to contribute to money referred? Are you helping the chapter? Did you remember to force it down your friends and relatives throats? (Ok, so maybe not this one!) […]

What Bothers Me The Most… …is that BNI knew I would make some noise about their shoddy practice in Kent, when Trevor Ellse and I last spoke, I’d said about our loss of time, refund etc. Again I was fobbed off and when I told him I wouldn’t just disappear he laughed. We had a […]

I cannot believe how the BNI structure works, from what I have personally experienced, it doesn’t work (or do anything at all). I joined Ashford M20 BNI as a printing business (remember this for later in the article), of which there can only be one. One of the members that I introduced (because you have […]

I was introduced to the Ashford M20 BNI back in September 2013 by Chris, owner of Cad4Print, My first impressions were this is a load of jumped up business people, how wrong I was. Almost everyone was friendly and down to earth, as the meeting went on I was quite relaxed, until I had to […]


Send us your horror story/experiences of BNI, we will try to publish them all, please also let us know if you wish to remain anonymous or not (we know how they can try to block work for you, first hand). Let's help warn other people together.


Warn Others
If you have had a bad experience with BNI, then let us know, so that we can help warn others and save them for making the same mistakes.

It is horrible for small businesses trying to build up their clients, when they spend a lot of money and time on something like a bad BNI, (like Ashford, Kent BNI) only to be left in the cold and have lost all of that valuable time and money that could of been spent on their own business and not BNI’s.

Be the change you want to see in the world…
- Ghandi