If you have a question about Fresh, check out our most frequently asked questions below.
Whether it’s a question about what to expect for your guests, getting the most out of your membership, or leadership queries, hopefully you’ll find the answer here.
You’re welcome to visit twice – that could be the same hub twice, or two different hubs, but no more than two visits in total. After that, if you want to keep seeing us, we’ll ask you to ‘put a ring on it’ and become a member.
Membership of our Cafe or Online hub is $1595 inc GST and for our Dual Pass is $2035 inc GST for your first year, which includes a joining fee and the Fresh Academy program. After the first year, Cafe and Online hub renewal fee is $1221 inc GST and Dual Pass is $1661 inc GST per year.
To see which hubs are looking for your category, search our Business Categories Available listing
No – the position is held by a single member. If you cannot attend a meeting, one of your colleagues can attend in your place however this should be done on a permanent basis.
It depends on your membership category. If you are a Cafe Member, you can visit any other cafe hub. If you’re an Online Member, you can visit any online hub. If you have a Dual Pass membership, then every hub, café or online, is open to you.
The hub you join will depend on: a) where there is a vacancy for your category b) whether you want to join a cafe or online hub c) if you’re planning on joining a cafe hub, a location that you and your guests can get to for meetings every fortnight.
You can pay upfront in full, or you can spread your payments over 3 months (with the first payment due before your first meeting), using Ezidebit. There is a payment plan fee of $110 inc GST for spreading your payments.
No – we ask all members to commit for a year as we know in networking it takes between 8-10 months to start establishing relationships (6 months is just not long enough to see any reward for your efforts). Also the hub members are equally putting in the effort to get to know you therefore we seek this minimum commitment for all parties to benefit.
You can spread your payments over three months (3 x $400 payments) which must be paid via Ezidebit. (Ezidebit surcharges apply) There is no option to pay monthly over the whole year.
As a member, your commitments are:
- Attend every meeting of your hub, with energy and engagement
- Bring guests to your hub
- Meet with your fellow hub members one to one
- Engage in ‘Fresh Activity’ outside of hub meetings and have at least 3 things to report at each meeting. Fresh Activity could be visiting another hub, meeting a fellow member or guest, attending a Fresh event, making an introduction, making a referral, closed business received.
- Be willing to participate in a leadership role in your hub, your hub success is determined by the contribution of it’s members.
Collaboration is part of our ethos. Fresh offers plenty of opportunities to collaborate with businesses that are your natural referral partners. Within the Café hubs, we offer you category protection, meaning that you will not have a direct competitor (someone who does exactly the same as you) within your hub. We believe that this is the best approach to foster collaboration without you having to compete for your category within your hub.
If you cannot attend a meeting, you are expected to invite a substitute to take your place. Your substitute delivers your one-minute pitch and represents your business.
You are expected to attend all meetings of your hub. Everyone needs holidays though, and of course sometimes we are unwell, so you do have the flexibility to miss no more than two meetings every six months. Wherever possible, you should arrange a substitute to take your place.
Guests are the lifeblood of Fresh, giving our meetings energy, interest, vitality and business opportunities for your hub mates. So we do ask you to aim for at least one guest a month, with an absolute minimum of eight per year.
If you see a gap that a Fresh hub could fill, the first thing to do is to complete a New Hub Expression of Interest form. We’ll support you with marketing to get interested people along. We recommend you have a minimum of 8 people to start a hub.
Yes, absolutely. We encourage anything that expands your network and develops your networking skills. Other networking groups are a great source of guests for Fresh too! Just remember to provide referral opportunities to your fellow Freshies if you are expecting same.
Firstly, you complete an application form. Then the facilitator (or co-facilitator) of the hub you’ve applied to will contact you for a ‘Fresh Audition’. Don’t worry, there’s no singing involved, it’s simply a set of questions about your expectations and experience of networking, what you’ll bring to the hub and how
10 days from date of invoice.
Yes – a full refund is available within the cooling off period less an administration fee of $110 inc GST. After the cooling off period there are no refunds.
Come prepared with an introduction to your business (you’ll have 30, 45 or 60 seconds depending on the meeting agenda). Listen and engage with the others in the meeting. Be open-minded and fun.
Yes – the venues offer us the room free of charge, on condition that everyone attending buys a breakfast.
We ask all members and guests not to spam anyone in the room. That means not sending out mass unsolicited emails, or adding people to your mailing list. Of course it’s fine to connect on LinkedIn, or to ask someone for their contact details for a follow up meeting.
The hub meet and greeter will be expecting you (from your online registration) and will note that you are there, so that you can be welcomed in the meeting. You’ll be asked to order your breakfast (which comes out once everyone is seated) and the meet an greeter will introduce you to people for informal networking before the formal meeting starts.
The link is sent out the night before, 2 hours and 10 mins before the meeting. So don’t worry if you don’t have it the night before, it will be in your inbox by the morning.
That’s no problem, you can cancel your ticket directly via Eventbrite or if you have enough notice, it is courteous to let the facilitator know that you can’t make it. Don’t forget to book for the following meeting!
There is no fixed time – we have start ups and we have people with long-established businesses. It is more about your network, your attitude to connecting and giving referrals, and the quality and professionalism of the service you offer.
This means that if someone asks ‘Do you know someone who…’, your first thought is to refer a Fresh member. If there’s someone in your hub that fits the bill, great. If not, you can use the Fresh Members’ Directory to find someone in the right category, or you can post a request on the Members Only Facebook page.
Networking isn’t about selling. It’s about building genuine relationships based on trust and liking. If you come to a Fresh meeting determined to deliver a sales pitch, you probably won’t get very far. Our members are most interested in getting to know you.
Once your membership has been approved, full payment is due within 7 days of your invoice date. You can spread payments over the first three months of your membership (please refer to What are my payment options above)
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
If you’ve checked out our FAQs and you still haven’t found the answer to your burning question, get in touch.
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