Ellon’s Phil graduates from new Networking Academy

Phil Anderson of Phil Anderson Financial Services, Judith McDonald of Contempo Property, and Andrew Smith of Aberdeen Business Network
Phil Anderson of Phil Anderson Financial Services, Judith McDonald of Contempo Property, and Andrew Smith of Aberdeen Business Network

An Ellon businessman has became one of the first graduates from a North-east networking academy.

Phil Anderson of Phil Anderson Financial Services recently completed the Networking Academy scheme at Aberdeen Business Network (ABN).

The local adviser collected a graduation certificate in recognition of his efforts.

Phil said: “The Networking Academy is a great way of further developing your business development and communication skills.”

Award-winning entrepreneur Andrew Smith is ABN director - who also look after the 4,000 plus member website: ABNCommunity.com. The ABN Networking Academy launched earlier this year aiming to help members become more effective at business networking on online platforms as well as offline.

Andrew said: “It follows a 10-stage programme designed to help members develop their skills. This includes networking events, training workshops, a networking audit, practical experience and one-on-one assessment.

“The initial feedback has been excellent.”

Judith MacDonald, of Contempo Property, graduated alongside Phil. She said: “I’ve found the structure of the programme to be very beneficial in helping me become a more effective networker. I’d definitely recommend it to others.”

Two more members are expected to complete the programme this year. Email andrew@next-business.co.uk or call 01224 619822.