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Hunting down a most unusual business idea

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: June 21, 2013

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A HARRIS hawk was the star attraction at a meeting of a Tamworth networking group, to demonstrate how beady-eyed members can spot a business opportunity a mile off.

Falconer Gary Griffiths took 'Wee Man' to Tamworth's BNI group, which meets every Thursday at the Buzzards Valley Vineyard, to celebrate a new connection forged as a result of networking.

Gary works for Tamworth-based pest control company Envirochoice and had previously attended one of the BNI breakfast meetings. As a direct result of the encounter, new 'Hawk Walks' have been created at the vineyard during which birds of prey give flying displays.

Gary said: "We've just finished our first winter and autumn display season and it's been a promising start.

"We hope this will grow into a popular attraction, bringing more visitors to Buzzards Valley and helping us to educate people about birds of prey."

Pete Viggers, marketing manager at Buzzards Valley Vineyard, also a member of Tamworth BNI, said: "Having a new visitor attraction is exciting for us. I was only too pleased to let Envirochoice exercise their birds on our land. Then we put two and two together and started the hawk displays. People have loved them."

Gary works with three Harris hawks, a barn owl, a kestrel and a Peruvian striped owl.

Tamworth BNI director Christine Harris of Tamworth-based Opus Training added: "This how networking through BNI can create some unexpected opportunities."

PICTURED: Pete Viggers of Buzzards Valley, falconer Gary Griffiths, Christine Harris of Tamworth BNI and Lesley Clarke of Access Flowers with Wee Man the Harris hawk.

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