FARNBOROUGH'S Army Golf Club became a centre for hungry, enterprising businessmen from across the News area for the launch of the Farnborough Business Referral Exchange.

Companies signing up to become BRE members will attend regular breakfast meetings to learn about other members' companies.

The meetings are designed to build the relationships necessary to feel confident in referring each other while also providing the necessary knowledge to recognise opportunities for each other.

Rob Hartshorn, one of the group's organisers, said: "It went extremely well. It was well attended and there was a very good mix of people there.

"They gave presentations on their businesses and they all thought it was a valuable thing to try to do."

Nicki Kavanagh, managing director of human communication skills development specialists the Juniper Company, chairs the Farnham BRE and is a regional trainer.

She said: "I was very impressed by the level of professionalism and support the members of Farnborough BRE had for each other. There was also a good number of people there which shows how much work they have put into their inaugural meeting.

"There was about six people who wanted to take up membership straight away as a result of that meeting.

"The fact that so many people are trying to network and help each other expand their businesses is a really positive sign."

A number of well-known local companies have already joined the Business Referral Exchange and more are clamouring to sign up, meaning places are limited.

The Farnborough Group will meet at the Army Golf Club every Tuesday at 7.30am.

For more information on the Business Referral Exchange visit its website at www.brenet.co.uk.