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About Us

Business Exchange Networks (BEN) firmly believe that people buy people, that’s why we run our networking events to be relaxed and friendly. As small business owners, we know the trials and tribulations we all face running a successful business so we encourage everyone to be as supportive as possible. Whether you’re just starting up or looking to grow your business, we are all here to help each other be the best that we can be.

Our Team

Debbie Hoffman

With over 25 years hands on experience in the retail trade, Debbie has worked her way up from a youth trainee with British Gas, to her current role of Business Manager at Barclays Bank.
Throughout her financial and retail career, Debbie has worked hard to add a BTEC First and BTEC National in Business and Finance and CIM Certificate in Marketing to her ever growing CV.
Originally from Norwich, Debbie has now settled in Bishops Stortford and established herself to become a respected member of the local business community.
Married with 2 teenage girls and residing in Bishops Stortford, her spare time is taken up supporting ‘For Nanny and Bobby’, in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund, raising money for cancer research UK, through various different projects, including cycling from Germany back to the UK, walking to/from UK premiership football grounds and, in 2015, fulfilled a lifetime ambition by completing a skydive.
When not fundraising, you will find Debbie relaxing on a far away beach, plotting her next adventure.

Ali Ireland

Ali grew up in Coulsdon, Surrey and moved to Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, when she got married, where she now lives with her husband and children.

Ali started her career in accounts in the 1980s, working for some well known large companies in London.

In 2007, Ali started working for a local accountancy firm and since then has gained a wealth of experience in supporting small businesses from a wide range of sectors of industry. Her main area of expertise is in training business owners to enable them to be control of their accounts, so they can make well informed decisions about how to grow their business.

Ali’s passion is for supporting new and small business owners sharing their excitement as they grow. She understands how important making the right connections can be to help a business grow and flourish.

Val Waring

I am conscientious, highly organised & efficient. I have experience in a variety of areas including management, office administration, payroll, finance, HR, sales, social media, law & hospitality.
I am able to manage my time effectively and prioritise workloads. I like to be kept busy and enjoy the challenge of thinking on my feet and outside the box.

I have experience of working on my own or as part of a team. In the past have managed & supervised a number of people from small teams up to 30 in number.
I am experienced at working to deadlines and under pressure. I am approachable with a good sense of humour.
Outside work I have worked in the voluntary sector within the local community. This has included running & being treasurer of a PTA, secretary of a local Village Hall Committee and both Vice Chairman and Chairman of a local cricket club. I have also been active on committees in various cricket leagues in the Essex and Hertfordshire Area.

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