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Thursday 13 February 2020
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Andrew Hibbert from Real5 Networking

  • Name of Business  real5 Networking 
  • Who are you?  Founder & Managing Director 
  • What sets you apart from the competition?  We have an innovative referral system that ensures members are rewarded financially for productive activity, our 'gaining together' ethos has produced not only great opportunities but whole new businesses have been formed as a result. 
  • How did the business come about?  I was sat on the beach in Dubai discussing networking with my business partner and thought I could create my own group that was a better fit for my lifestyle than some of the groups that were already in existence.  I came home, wrote a business plan and 3 months later I launched real5 networking Warrington.   
  • What are your main target markets?  Business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors in the town or city where the group operates from 
  • How long has your business been in existence?  we are 2 years old this month! 
  • How many staff do you employ?  Just 1 full time person but we now have 7 franchisees with a further 5 to come this quarter  
  • What job or achievement makes you most proud?  I think the fact that I've been able to scale the business  from what was an idea on the beach to what will be 15-20 franchises this year in such a short space of time has been really pleasing. 
  • Where do you see the business being in five years?  I'd like to see the business as a market leading, established business networking company that has groups all over the uk and potentially across the globe. 
  • Why Warrington?  Its my home town, I'm extremely passionate about the place and unbelievably proud that I have been able to create a number of businesses that help contribute to our wonderful economy.  It's a great place to do business and things are only going to get better here,  I'm sure. 
  • Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  The name real5 comes from my wife and childrens first initial, Rachel, Ethan, Amber and Lizzy...........there's also 5 of us! 
  • Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)  I love hiking and mountain climbing, I'm taking on the 20 highest peaks in the UK this year in aid of St Rocco's, I'm also a big liverpool fan som hopefully this really is our year! 
  • Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?  Bill Shankly   Robert De Niro   Freddy Mercury   AP McCoy   Alan Sugar   Rick Stein (he can cook)