A BUSINESS networking group in York is reaping the rewards of a successful 2017 after generating more than £3.5 million of businesses among its members in the last 12 months.

During the year members of the Knavesmire group of Business Network International (BNI) have exchanged external business referrals which have earned members a collective £3,564,813.

Darren Housley, president of the group, said: “We are very proficient in passing good-quality referrals to one another, but this is the highest annual figure we have achieved to date and sets us a new target to beat.”

There are 24 businesses within Knavesmire BNI, ranging from hospitality to building and law to accountancy. Only one representative from each category is permitted to join a group at one time, allowing exclusive access to referrals.