We have some very special news to announce, Introbiz is 6 years old!
Since its birth back in 2009, Introbiz has grown from strength to strength and is now considered one of Wales’ leading professional business networks. With over 250 members in the network and now hosting events internationally, it’s hard to believe that Tracey Smolinski, Introbiz’s founder and managing director, once upon a time didn’t know how to network effectively.
Tracey doesn’t mind admitting that for the first 3 months, when she set out networking for the first time back in 2007, she gave it the hard sell. At the time, she didn’t really see the point of networking and thought it was a waste of time, but not before taking some very sound advice.
“Networking is all about building relationships and trust.”
After this, she went on to sell £100,000 worth of advertising in the following 6 months, which shows exactly how powerful networking can be for a business. Introbiz was born shortly after, when Tracey noticed a niche in the market. Her business idea was to place businesses directly with their target audience and to network and socialise in a relaxed and informal environment in luxurious venues, across South Wales.
In 2012, Paul, Tracey’s husband climbed on board as Operations Director, bringing with him a wealth of connections from the retail industry. He suggested hosting a business exhibition in Cardiff in 2013 and has since grown to be Wales’ biggest business exhibition and is held annually. It’s grown year on year and in 2015, it is predicted that over 5,000 visitors will attend the 2 day event, as well as over 250 exhibitors.
It’s a very exciting time for Introbiz at the moment, international networking, 2 day business exhibition and over 250 members!
We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for supporting us over the years and we look forward to seeing you at all our future events!
Happy networking, the Introbiz Team!