AN Aberdeen networking business is marking its 10th birthday with a five-figure investment in its online platform.
Aberdeen Business Network (ABN) has more than 6,500 online members on www.abncommunity.com and runs more than 20 network and training events each year.
Over £14m worth of business has been won on ABNCommunity, the company’s free online resource which is believed to be the only one of its kind in Scotland.
Now the business is targeting an online membership of 10,000 as it looks to help businesses of all sizes across the north-east of Scotland through a major upgrade of its website.
Andrew Smith, ABN director and a former Grampian Networker of the Year, said: “It’s hard to imagine that something that started out with just a few members has grown into a platform that can connect 6,500 people and generate thousands of pounds worth of revenues each month. Perhaps what is even more remarkable is that the ABNCommunity resource is absolutely free.
“We took the decision to invest in our online platform to make it a more user-friendly and better all-round experience. We’re delighted with the results. Our vision is that an enhanced website offering can help with further growth for our existing and new members. ABNCommunity is the only one of its kind in Scotland and we’re looking forward to taking it to the next level.”
The upgraded platform was developed and designed by Aberdeen-based growth agency Wired Studio. ABNCommunity is used by a broad spectrum of professionals including those in the oil and gas, legal and finance, property, creative, retail and leisure, food and drink and sales sectors.
In addition to its online activities, ABN organises face-to-face networking events and provides a wide range of business development solutions for north-east companies.
To find out more about the events and network online visit: www.abncommunity.com.