Viking Signs MD elected as chairman of Total Networking in Grantham

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Viking Signs managing director Darren Joint has been elected as chairman of Total Networking in Grantham.

Total Networking is one of the longest running business networking groups in the town. As an independent group run by its members, not for profit, it’s aim is to provide trusted local connections.

Mr Joint, elected by the development team in December, said: “I’ve been a member of Total Networking for around three years. For me it’s been a great forum to meet the people who run local businesses. The environment is always professional - but less formal or structured than other business networking events I’ve tried. Attending has really worked for me and I’ve made some great contacts, but over recent months the attendance numbers have dropped.

“I felt that the format was such a good thing, with an established following of great members, that I couldn’t help but get involved. I also realised I’d miss the social side of the meetings - how often can you say that of a business networking event! I’d like to thank both the outgoing chair, Elizabeth Bland of Great British Designs, and the rest of her development team for all the hard graft they’ve put in up to now. I’m very lucky that a number of the team have agreed to stay on - and we’ve brought in some keen new members.

“We’re hoping to encourage existing members back, and to generate new interest, by really focusing on what works best for the members - active and successful networking with a relevant audience. Personally I don’t want empty referrals or the exact same faces every week - but the opportunity to make long term connections with local business people who you can trust - and that’s what I’ve gained.”

There will be a re-launch event at The Meeting Venue in February, details of which will be announced shortly.

If you’re interested in joining Total Networking or attending the next event, email