Fiona Duncan Steer
“ I’m fortunate to have had a 20 year career in marketing and business development in a number of SMEs. I’ve been lucky to have worked in a number of businesses including global corporations such as Unilever, EDS, Eli Lily and in industries such as manufacturing, facilities management and pharmaceuticals, gaining skills in procurement, project management and training; all valuable in building up my own network of connections.”
Catena is Latin for chain or link and that’s what we do; bring businesses together.
Not so much a networking organisation but more a business connections network, where we actively encourage members to form business relationships.
Why referral marketing? – When I first started to learn about referral marketing I was told “when you have a strong network you can use it to build whatever you wish”. I didn’t quite understand it at the time. I built a successful, strong and profitable business, but I did it the hard way! I wish I knew then how a referral strategy would have helped my business. I’m now 10 years into my referral marketing journey, with several diverse business interests, amazing clients and, yes, a few rocky days along the way. I understand the importance of the opportunity and support that a quality referral network can offer and I’m passionate about helping others to build their business by referral.
East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
East Midlands Chamber is the largest business representation organisation in the Midlands with over 4300 members, and is currently the UK’s Chamber of the Year. The Chamber’s mission is to “enhance East Midlands businesses and communities”. The Chamber helps businesses to grow; it gives them influence at national and international level; it connects businesses; it enhances skills in the business; and it supports businesses to trade internationally.