A VIRTUAL networking event set up at the start of the first lockdown to help businesses across the Marches during the pandemic has been such a success it is now the biggest of its kind in the region.

A total of 76 people attended the latest meeting of the Shropshire Business Zoom Room – with 17 new faces swelling the ranks of the hugely popular weekly event as it marked its first anniversary.

The free Friday session – a collaboration between the Marches Growth Hub Shropshire and leading business specialists Good2Great – has received rave reviews from businesses across the area since it was launched.

Marches Growth Hub Shropshire manager Emma Chapman said the group – which is open to all businesses in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin – continued to go from strength to strength.

“We have been absolutely thrilled with the success of the Friday Hub, with the latest session proving to be the biggest yet,” said Emma.

“The sessions were born out of a desire to offer the business community a place to come together and share their experiences of the pandemic, as well as giving them practical support and advice.

“We’ve been told they are now the biggest in the region and are delighted that they have proved so invaluable to so many businesses.”

Johnny Themans, of Good2Great, facilitates the sessions, which also feature guest appearances from some of the very best business experts in the region.

“The sessions have not only helped businesses learn from the specialists we have featured, but they also learn from each other and get the chance to make new contacts and forge new friendships.

“It has proven to be a winning formula and the feedback we have received has been hugely positive.”

Shrewsbury-based personal and professional coach Gayle Hudson added: “I've been joining the Good2Great Friday morning business support sessions and can't rate them highly enough.

"It's been a great source of information and ideas and support.”

For more information and to register visit https://bit.ly/FridayHubRegistration