This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was busy and bustling with lots of members back from holiday. With 22 members in attendance.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (standing in for Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings. We had apologies for absence from Aidan Squire, Matt Barry, Carmel Jane, Kevin Brooks and Richard Reed.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Jill Willis, WordsByJill Copywriting was network leader for August.
2. We achieved almost £11k worth of new business
3. We passed 19 new referrals!
4. That’s £22k during Sept so far.
5. On track to hit our monthly average of £80k of new business opportunities – which is great for holiday season.
6. Visitor Neil Garratt of Plaster in Brentwood joined us, and showcased his expertise in plastering and painting gained over 15 years in the trade. We hope to welcome him back next week.
7. Jill scooped the 60 second award – for her account of the wide range of copywriting services she provides clients.
8. The next Professions Synergy meeting is scheduled for 4pm Tuesday 13th September at Reeds in Billericay.
9. The EBF promotional campaign on Phoenix FM will go ahead, please look out for Terry’s email and organise payment.
We were reminded by David Plumley of Brentwood Computers to really bring our A game to the referral round. His Education Slot made it clear, there’s no excuse for not contributing! So next week see how much info you can fill into the slips. You might be surprised.
Things you can include in the referral round –
– One to one meetings
– Advanced notice of visitors you aim to being along to future meetings
– Heads up on referrals you’ll be submitting in the next few weeks
– Thank you for the business
– Written testimonials
– Synergy meetings
– Verbal testimonials
Not to mention a thank you to the 10-minute presenter, or a welcome to visitors.
There’s always something to pop into the basket, and a positive word to say.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. Highlights include, Jo Jones of Jo Jones Health recounting a wonderful testimonial from a massage client. Steve Roach of Phoenix FM proudly announced that the radio station was top of the national sports charts, with its sports shows in 4th, 2nd and 1st place (West Ham Way show). We were all impressed by the beautiful range of sprits showcased by Jo Eastwood of independent wine merchant Liquorice. She launched her new range of Japanese Gin and Caribbean rum.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy told a heart-warming story of an expectant mum successfully giving up smoking thanks to his hypnotherapy services, and Scott Griffiths of Eseyo web design drew our attention to the premium & affordable web hosting he offers to clients (even those who had their websites built elsewhere). Now why would anyone do that!?
The 10-minute presentation was outstanding. Provided by Dean Caldon of Grace & Rose sales and lettings, it was an insight into professional estate agency…and a testament to the personal, caring approach the business has.
“We are a family run, independent estate agency based in Billericay & Brentwood; but you won’t find us in a showy shop on the high street. That’s because we’re one of the UK’s growing number of hybrid office based agents. This means that we’re able to cleverly combine the best of traditional estate agency, with the cost saving benefits of online”.
We were left with no doubt; Grace & Rose provides an outstanding service from beginning to end.
For more information on the services Dean, and Grace & Rose provides, contact 01277 623010 or visit www.graceandrose.co.uk
Next Week – We’ll be looking for clever ways to record member testimonials…so Scott can include it in the points system. Initial idea is to make a note on the Activity slip, alongside one to ones. But other ideas welcomed!
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
Good turnout, 22 in all.
We inducted the Flying Bee in the guise of Alan Heggie, his first day as a member. Welcome Alan.
Terry Maylin, still standing in for Scott Griffiths, announced the winner of the Performance League this month and by way of a very pleasant change it was Jill Willis; congratulations Jill who narrowly pipped Nick Cooke. Jill was on holiday but Nick was present in his truly biblical self.
Stuart Smallcombe presented the Ed Slot. As a result of business coaching they now do a 90 day review of how they have done in the previous 90 days and what their plans are for the next 90 days. It is all about setting targets. Having goals to aim for. A well-presented Education Slot.
As usual, with a good turnout, there was a buzz to the meeting which led to a lively 60 second round.
Richard Reed had the offer of a lifetime being a flight to New Zealand and a cruise. He sought to illustrate the value of the offer by asking Carmel what she would pay only for flights to New Zealand which were the equivalent of the cost of the flight and cruise itself. He also received support from of all people Alan Shaw. It cost him and his wife over £2,000 each to go on a celebrity cruise. I didn’t realise that the celebrities had to pay!!!
In the meantime Jo Jones needs help in promoting things through her website and brought up the question of testimonials, this is something for us all to consider.
From the School of Whimsy came some pretty down to earth efforts from Alan Shaw who is looking for building schemes to advise on and Brian Painter who managed in one client to get a panoply (I believe that’s the collective adjective) of phobias. A lady brought to him her daughter who was basically frightened of everything. He has dealt with the blood, the snakes and something else I cannot remember. Next week its injections and lack of confidence. So far everyone on message. We were saved however by Nick Cooke; some bloke wanted to knock a wall down and felt that Nick was the only person to do the job because, from looking at his photograph on the website, he liked the cut of his jib. I think the plan is to put Nick Cooke’s photograph on everybody’s website.
So much for the School of Whimsy. The Naughty Table also was back in action and fully stocked. Howard Bullock is looking for people in their fifties. Mike Rogers on the other hand told a very interesting and informative story of the pigeon in his garden that had lost its memory. He picked the pigeon up and stuck it on the fence in the hope that it would remember that in order to get down from the fence it would have to fly. This apparently didn’t work. It occurred to me that he might bring it in to our next meeting and give it to Brian. I assume that pigeons have sub-consciousness; whether its nine tenths of their brain or not remains to be seen but it must be worth a try.
David Plumley declared that he had lots of aunties but he knew the one he liked the best. It was all rather technical for me.
It was Steve Roach to explain that Phoenix FM has 2 birthdays. I do not know which the official one is but recently it was the 20th for their first broadcast. Many happy returns.
When Alan Heggie rose to his feet, being last up, I was obviously having difficulty by that time with my hearing. I am sure he said that he had route called the Whiskey Way. Maybe that was simply a threat to whisk you away… heaven knows, but he neatly rounded off the 60 second presentation.
Dean Caldon won the Oscar last week but was not around for the end of the 60 second round and the award was made by Kim Redwood-Lee. Kevin Brooks was the recipient, selected for emphasising the importance of proper schedules of work being drawn up for all building jobs.
The ten minute presentation was Matt Barry’s first. A very well presented, polished performance that gave us a full breakdown of the work that he does both at the high end and the lower end. We wish him well in Copenhagen, and whilst he is away there should be an opportunity for us to try and find business for him.
And so we moved to the end of what was a very successful meeting. Unfortunately I will not be with you all next week but I wish you well and look forward to seeing you in 2 weeks time.
At last a good turnout in August, 22 members present with 3 visitors. Sharon Conway from the Flying Bee whose application to join the group has been accepted – congratulations Sharon.
Two first time guests, Paul Hughes from Commercial Energy and Suzette Howe from Triple Windows.
The Ed Slot was once again this week courtesy of David Plumley. His subject was the importance of concentration during the working day. His suggestions included; mini breaks, drinking water, going outside for fresh air, jumping up and down, breathing deeply, getting sufficient sleep and a good breakfast. The working day accordingly to our Plum therefore involves drinking eating sleeping and jumping up and down. Members should notice and take it with them to their work place.
Thanks to Michael Adelizzi for popping in his way to a job, he did not eat drink jump up and down or partake in the 60 seconds but his attendance was appreciated.
And so to the 60 second round. Hot weather brought out the shorts and the knees, some more attractive than others.
Richard Reed, his whole life like is a holiday, has spent a lot of the time in the garden…working.
Jo Jones relieved a cyclist of pains in his body by getting him to stretch. It was not clear exactly what he stretched but it resulted in a proposal of marriage.
Still on subject of holidays Carmel Jane has not had a day off for 2 weeks and a recent job involved her taking photographs from the top of a Fork Lift. That’s the way to make plant(s) work for you.
Howard Bullock was obliged to leave early but had put in the appearance. He was therefore absent from the Naughty Table; his place was taken by Alan Shaw which combination of the Whimsical and the Naughty inevitably produced a rather confused 60 seconds….. but he has been busy.
The other members of the School of Whimsy were on top form today. Nick Cooke doesn’t just do structural Surveys; he was on hand when a car crashed into a house and he came out with a rather “Trump-like” utterance that elderly relatives should be checked regularly regarding their ability to drive. It wasn’t quite clear who should make this check but the implication was a steel beam administered in the right place at the right time should do the trick.
Brian Painter has a salutary tale about a 13 yard girl who he put into a trance but had the good sense to ensure the mother was present when she complained of being effectively levitated our Pilgrim.
Every week I learn something new, this week it was from Jo Eastwood. Stemware really means glasses to us peasants. No wonder Steve Roach, who was sitting next to her, finished talking about Christmas.
Before I sign off on the 60 second round I should report that Mike Rogers, returning from holiday said a lot was happening and looked positively cheerful whilst Paul Booth, likewise returning from holiday at Disney World was constantly reminded of said Mr Rogers because everyone was wearing T Shirts with “grumpy” or some reference to it emblazoned on the front.
Pride of place however this week must go to Dean Caldon. He has completed the launch of his new business, Grace and Rose, having thrown off the shackles of this Redstone Franchise. Congratulations to Dean and best wishes to the future. The reward…… the Oscar.
Terry Maylin, standing in for Scott Griffiths talked of business written so far this month being in excess of £60,300.00 which he reported together with the 23 referrals, very encouraging
In the words of the Plum, the much coveted slot…the 10 minute presentation to you, was delivered by Donna Evans who gave us a full explanation of the extent of what she does and how she does it. Plenty of props gave us an insight into exactly what she can produce and it is hoped that what was an excellent presentation will lead to plenty of further business.
From the figures referred to earlier it follows that we had a successful referrals and testimonials round, all in all, a very effervescent meeting.
With other members back from holiday let’s see if we can get an even bigger turn out next week.
Chairman’s Blog, Thursday 18th August 2016.
Again decimated by holidays it was nonetheless a turnout of 18. Also once again it was a very successful meeting.
I will avoid making sartorial comment this week. Turning up as I did in shorts sporting a knee decoration that looked very much like a rare steak I will simply comment that everybody seemed to be very sensibly and neatly turned out. Having said that I can’t resist pointing out that David Plumley wore a very fetching line in blue socks.
It was our shortened meeting this week and we went straight into the 60 second round.
Matters of note:
Kevin Brooks, Marcelle Saad, Matt Barry and Carmel Jane were back from holiday and looked refreshed and ready to go.
The decimation of our numbers was particularly evident at the Naughty Table that had only 2, namely Dean Caldon and Michael Adelizzi.
The School of Whimsy was depleted by Nick Cooke’s absence and yet, in the absence of such stalwarts we managed just fine.
Jo Jones kicked everything off by talking of massages and observing “everyone’s pain thresholds are different!” This hinted something of a little too exciting perhaps for the older ones of us at this time of the morning.
Richard Reed and Dean Caldon were both pondering a reduced market in certain areas. Dean feels the housing markets downturn is only short haul and Richard Reed was talking about holidays makers preferring short hauls.
Jo Eastwood was still scraping the paint off from under finger nails but managed to show us on her tablet her new venture which contained “a beer cave”. This is the alcoholic equivalent of the bat cave and she is still looking for her Robin to run the place.
Alan Shaw was still assisting the client who does not know whether he wants a detached house or an extension. He feels the matter had been properly dealt with by a pre application. He didn’t make it clear how the punter decided to proceed…but then, that’s what the School of Whimsy is all about.
If in the Spring you get Tulips from Amsterdam, in the Autumn you have conferences in Amsterdam which is what is currently exercising Matt Barry immediately upon his return from holiday.
I shall feel forever grateful to Brian Painter who last week talked about the adverse of effects of what you inhale when you have a cigarette. I had built my 60 seconds round an alternative, based on the fact that smokers seem to choose death by exploring the advantage of making a Will. I was down to follow him, and sure enough he carried on with the smoking theme, but this time showing a foot with gangrene. This has the makings of a double act.
Donna Evans produced an informative 60 seconds. She produced a tie back that looked like the tail of a racoon and told us of Roman Blinds that could be lowered and raised by remote control (very Essex…her words). I am looking forward to her 10 minutes next week.
David Plumley included among all companies business assets their data, quite rightly pointing out its importance and his function in protecting it. Nick Cooke was the winner of the Oscar last week and in his absence Marcelle awarded the Hollywood accolade to Terry Maylin for explaining how freezing bank accounts can get claimants their money when least expected.
So a really good 60 second round.
Terry Maylin was standing in for Scott Griffiths as meeting secretary and was able to report £41,350.00 worth of business recorded which was a really good effort. Plenty of referrals for such a small turnout and then we went into the presentation.
This allowed Steve Roach on behalf of Phoenix FM to put forward an advertising proposition for the benefit of members. Once he got into his stride he was very positive in advancing the benefits of Phoenix FM for advertising generally and us in particular; the whole process of members agreeing to his proposals was decorously left to an email vote that is being currently administered by Terry Maylin. Steve’s presentation was well received and questioned. Members generally kept their counsel as to how they were going to vote.
May I ask all members, particularly those who did not attend today to look carefully at the proposals that were sent round by Steve in advance of the Meeting and note the email from Terry that gives you access to the voting process. Feel free to raise any further queries that you wish with Steve before making your decision. We are looking to have a full response from all members.
I hope next week that we can at least maintain our numbers and I will try to turn up fully dressed.
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting may well have been all about the stand-ins; but that did not diminish its success.
Brain Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (doing his best impersonation of Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently, and guided us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Paul Booth of Booth & Co Accountants (standing in for Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design) unveiled March figures…and they’re smoking hot! 98 referrals, with an average value of £700. Not to forget the 9 visitors we welcomed, and new members who have joined.
2. £14,000 of business referred between members at today’s meeting.
3. Paul Booth scooped March Monthly Contribution competition for his stellar work (Should we start calling him the ‘Referral Machine’?) – With Steve Roach of Phoenix FM in 2nd slot and Jill Willis of Jill Willis Copywriting &PR in 3rd.
4. Jolly Good Egg award goes to Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice. Helpful, informative, knowledgeable, as well as an outstanding fundraiser for EBF charity Snap. What more can we say. He’s just great.
5. Carmel Jane, of Carmel Jane Photography joined us at her first official meeting. Great to have such an enthusiastic, energetic new member, welcome from us all!
We were all reminded of the value of ‘slow-time’ by David Plumley of Brentwood Computers, in a very thought provoking education slot. With advice focusing on the importance of maintaining high standards during busy periods, and making the most of the slow periods. “Catch up with administration, revisit your business plan, review your approach to marketing, and streamline systems and processes”, stressed a plain speaking David.
In a nutshell – Make the most of it folks, ‘wiggle room’ is vital if you’re to run your business successfully.
Howard Bullock lived up to his company name, with a business presentation applauded for its clarity. Having just celebrated its ten year anniversary, Howard’s Billericay based business currently looks after a client investment portfolio of over £40million.
After taking a flurry of questions from the floor, Howard’s parting advice was clear; “This is the golden age of pensions, with legislative improvements bringing greater financial freedoms. However, this golden age is not predicted to last, with changes expected imminently. For that reason we’re advising our clients to invest as much as they can into a pension fund now.”
For more advice relating to pensions, investments and protection contact Howard via http://www.clearifa.com/
A warm welcome was extended to Danielle Wilshire of Excel Contracts and Paul Durrant of PDT Sales Consultancy, great as always to see new faces and learn more about fellow businesses around Essex.
I’m sure you’ll all agree, once again we have a solid demonstration of the value EBF brings to each of our businesses.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)
An excellent presentation this morning from Scott Griffiths. He gave us the full low-down on using the EBF website to full effect.
Chairman’s Blog, Thursday 30th July 2015.
Holidays are upon us. Despite 6 members being away sunning themselves at various holiday destinations we mustered 18 members and under the circumstances this was a good turnout.
David Plumley delivered the Ed Slot and used his time effectively to advance the benefits and the significance of attending the Synergy Team Meetings. The benefits of these group get togethers and finding our more about each other was his basic message.
The 60 second round started with an uncomfortable message from Jo Jones for many of us. She brandished a tape measure (this was for the blokes) If you have a waist in excess of 40” you have a problem and she issued the warning that the measurement should be taken round your belly button which apparently doesn’t move. Fortunately breakfast was still some time away.
It was nice to see Graham Wright back sporting a rather extravagant purplish striped shirt. At a sartorial level he couldn’t be beaten save for perhaps by David Plumley who was sporting luminous greeny blue socks. That was that, so far as matters sartorial was concerned.
The School of Whimsy was somewhat reduced by the absence of Nick Cooke but was in full flow nonetheless. Alan Shaw stated that he should have been designing buildings this week but was dealing with water flow rates and the calculations surrounding these. The job he had been involved with this was apparently 3 times over the limit. His message therefore that he did not want jobs that involved water flow rates. He add however that he does design buildings. Brian Painter produced a metaphor of the painting hanging on your wall that you do not like. You have apparently 3 options. 1. Your leave it there. 2. You turn it round to face the wall. 3. You take it down. This is apparently what you do with panic attacks…pick the bones out of that!
The Bard of Hadleigh addressed us all by walking up and down behind those seated “bar side” of the room holding forth on the excellent travel insurance that RMK offer. Clearly the up and down was travelling which presumably also intended to emphasise his point. There seemed to be some link between the Bard and David Plumley. Yes he of the lurid green blue socks, was talking about routers which have apparently improved over the years. You should look to change yours or at least check that it is working properly. Routers presumably have something to do with travel but I think it’s more to do with the speed of movement of your computer. Now Stuart Smallcombe, still on IT related matters held forth on Voice Over IP, apparently it’s not always the best way to go but consult him to find out.
Is it the holiday season or did I get the impression that everyone was looking to be informative but really did not want too much business flowing in at the moment, with holidays coming up..surely not. Graham Wright, in the absence of last week’s winner awarded the Oscar. Your question for the week to be answered in comments to this Blog is, who won the Oscar last week and who won the Oscar this week. You need to get both right and the winners themselves and the person who awarded them are excluded from the competition.
Paul Booth was standing in for Scott Griffiths and delivered the excellent message in the Meeting Secretary’s Report that last month we achieved business recorded of £118,000.00 based on 90 referrals and so far this month we have hit just over £76,000.00 on 70 referrals. Very good numbers!
I did say that Graham Wrights shirt and David Plumley socks were the extent of the sartorial experience this week, but when Kim Redwood-Lee stood in front of us to deliver her 10 minute presentation I think we were all stunned by her vivid brick coloured high heels which she apparently declared cost her only £6 quid. When we had managed to wrench our eyes and thoughts from her shoes we were treated to an example of how she went about setting a company up properly, book keeping wise, to enable it to have relevant management information both for its own purposes and convincing banks to lend money. It was a really good illustration of what she can do and how she does it and why we should not find it difficult to refer businesses to her.
Finally I would like to one again ask as many of you as possible to attend our garden party on Sunday 9th August (yes that’s Sunday week) I can guarantee the weather (or plenty of shelter) and a culinary experience second to none. Please get your replies in to my email.
19 members present in what was a lively meeting. Holidays continue to take their toll, this week it was the turn of David Plumley and Scott Griffiths. Richard Reed must bear some responsibility for these holidays whether he arranged them or not. Every week he encourages us to go to mouth-watering locations. This week Terry Maylin and Brian Painter stood in respectively for Scott and David.
The Ed Slot was taken this week by Janice Bentley-Pearson urging us to keep focused on our business goals including maintaining and reviewing records of performance and always being willing to re-write our business aspirations.
The 60 second round was themed and was aimed at revealing the use of jargon in our respective businesses. We accordingly treated ourselves to an agglomeration of acronyms, a lottery of Latin tags and a deluge of derogatory descriptions. Acronyms were exercised particularly by Stuart Smallcombe, Alan Moller, Dean Caldon and others. Latin tags properly fell to myself and Terry Maylin but pride of place must go at least on the jargon front to Mike Rogers. I will spare you all a further reiteration of liberal use of derogatory names describing underwriters, many of which referred to body parts. He shared the Oscar with Alan Shaw who abandoned mere jargon in favour of a quotation from one of the world’s great architects as to what amounted to the basis of the design of a building. Question for you all, who was the architect Alan quoted from…spelt correctly??? Paul Booth was the awarder of the Oscar and after awarding it jointly, supervised arm wrestling between the two protagonists to try and separate them.
The trouble with themed presentations in the 60 second round is that we tend to concentrate on the theme and less on information regarding our business. Never mind, next week will be a theme free 60 second.
Brian Painter followed the 60 seconds in maintaining the search for visitors and new members. Let us hope for some visitors arising from this next week’s targets.
This week the pleasure of the 10 minute presentation fell to me. Thank you all for listening! A pricelist for some of our services seemed to go down well and I will be circulating more details before next week’s meeting.
So far as referrals and testimonials are concerned the numbers were £10,245.00 worth of business recorded and what ultimately amounted to 11 referrals.
I will finish with a call to arms; let’s make every effort to attend next week and get our numbers back into the 20’s.
BUSINESS NETWORK MEETING REVIEW BRENTWOOD. 21st MAY 2015
Members Business Networking blog Thursday 21st May 2015
Our chairman is away for another week and Brian Painter took on the role.
Our numbers were 17 with several apologies for absence. There was one visitor this week.
Scott Griffiths – announced that he was the leader in the performance league. Last month business produced almost £80k and this month so far £16k.
David – performed the education slot. Do not appear desperate when delivering the 60 seconds about your business. Get to know each person’s business and if you meet somebody complaining about a service, you may be able to say I know someone who can help you.
Dean Caldon – stated that his business was like a clean golf ball whereas other estate agents can be described as a muddy golf ball. His service will not fade – you can use it time and time again. (This was in response to the theme of an object found in your pocket related to your business). Glad that Dean had the balls to carry out his job.
David Plumley – showed us a short lead that could be plugged into a computer to clone the hard drive. It is transferred to a CD. It has an NTCS Electrics within it.
After the meeting David could be heard playing classical music on his acoustic guitar – it was very good – he was probably going busking later in Brentwood High Street.
Alan Shaw – Spoke about acting as an Expert Witness in a court case. A dispute between the owner of a house and a building contractor. A Perspex box of different coloured crayons was produced illustrating the shape of a Canary Wharf Tower. Each colour can be inserted into the top. Colour sketches can then be produced.
Stewart Smallcombe – showed us a bunch of keys which he said could be replaced by a dongle. With access control systems you only need a plastic card to operate the door systems.
Brian Painter – Waved a small metal tube. Clients think it is a magic wand. A lady client told Brian after her first visit, that his system did not work. Therpy may require several visits to be effective.
Howard Bullock – placed a £1 coin on a trolley. He always has a packaged called a wrap investment – everything on the same platform readymade if Client’s require to simplify the investment.
Tina. Her object was a diary. She can organise your office diary and personal life.
Terry Maylin. Produced a claim form. (Winalot County Court). He finds debtors which makes his day.
Lewis – When Marking out hard landscaping he uses a piece of plastic gas meter cupboard. Much better than chalk or pencil – saves a lot of time.
Graham Wright. Brought a dongle . He had a job in Slough – start 6am and was given a dongle for access to the building. Unfortunately it did not work. He has lots of office furniture stock for office refurbishments.
Paul Booth – He always takes the world wide web with him so that he can access anything and anyone who has not completed the previous year Tax Returns.
Richard Reed presented his Business Cards. To carry out a trip within Dubrovnic it is easier to use a caravan as it is cheaper and more comfortable. Interesting!
Dr Deborah – Discounts on everything. Utility Warehouse is the cheapest for energy bills. There is protection for smart phones for people who want more money every month.
Alex – He will be involved in a feature film this year. He produced a unit sound recorder That filters out background noise. Looked expensive.
Kim Redwood Lee produced a diary – (she always buys a good quality one) and always carried it everywhere with her. Then data is uploaded on her computer. Kim said she could not function with it and has to have her dresses made with an extra large pocket.
Scott Griffiths – Produced his smart phone which goes everywhere with him. Most business is carried out on them. This is normally for the first contact a Client may have.
Mike Childs- Estuary Logistics. Have carried out market research in the Romford area which is useful to them. They deal with anything Import/Export.
Paul decided the winner of the Oscar was Alex because of his spectral waves.
The 10 minute slot was filled by Stewart Smallcome of LG Networks. He is the co-owner with his cousin. Everything they do runs over the same network.
He said it was good meeting business owners and discussing ways to solve their problems.
• Cabling network and infrastructure,
• internet services,
• dedicated: CCTV and high quality access control systems.
• They also carry out business to business relocations,
• slow internet problems
and anything BT can do. This was an in depth and polished performance.
Next weeks theme : Techno Jargon you use.
• Richard Reed announced that his synergy meeting had eight people present.
• Brian stated that Marcus had a list of ten signwriters, but was not present.
• He then asked Graham if he could get 10 signwriters in Brentwood and surrounding areas to give to Richard and Dr Debs the following week.
Kim announced for a night out, she knows a restaurant in Chalkwell Park. £20/£25 a head. Please let Kim know if you are interested in going.
Alan said that he also had suggestions for venues.
Well, August is upon us as is the holiday season. It was therefore probably a good result for there to be 18 of us present including Alex Pink who has made an application to join.
A call to Arms! Could all members who are not on holiday make every effort this month to attend every meeting;
I for one in particularly enjoyed the meeting this week. It started off well – Stuart Smallcombe reading what could best be described as his first Epistle to EBF. The subject was trust and how it was a quantifiable business asset.
First of all there were the 3 stages of trust
• Know me
• Like me
• Trust me
Then there was the trust seesaw; on the downside, no trust business slow costs more/on the upside, trust fast business costs less.
Then there were the companions of trust
And finally, give trust, have faith.
All of this might seem slightly evangelical, as I said before, Stuart’s first Epistle to EBF but not only was it well thought out, it was well delivered and any thought of religious dogmatism was immediately dispelled by Stuart wearing what appeared to be a black fingerless glove on his right hand, could there be some strange cult involved here…I felt obliged to make full enquiry and you will be pleased to learn that he has simply strained his wrist…apparently writing the second and third Epistles, which we look forward to in the future.
With Stuart’s exaltations ringing in our ears we dove…yes dove into the 60 second round.
Alan Shaw rose to his feet and appeared to be more confused than usual. A bad week, drainage problems, a nightmare with wrong drawings apparently, and some problem with a little porch; I thought he said little Porche but no, he had a problem with a little porch. Not a good week. In following 60 seconds presentations I was looking for others who had shared a bad week with Mr Shaw. Well Alan Moller found a fault underneath the floorboards. Terry Maylin had returned from holiday to collect debts and obtain possession orders. His clients were ok but those who owed the money and had to get out of their houses had a bad week. Peter Hood has taken someone on 3 days a week so is ready for anything…he should be. The moment you start employing someone your headaches begin; Richard Reed had no special offers for us.
Reasons to be cheerful? Well Marcelle was cheerful enough describing the birthstone for August, the Peridot. It’s green, it was Cleopatra’s stone of choice and is the stone of the zodiac sign of Libra.
Kevin Radford was gleefully launching his campaign against the Meerkats in general and Oleg in particular. David Plumley was quite excited about warning us keeping our business computer separate from our home computer. Janice Bentley-Pearson was emphasising the importance of spending more time on rather than too much time in your business. Kevin Brooks was talking about materials but the rust coloured shorts and holiday style flip flops and casual shirt was a total distraction and Mike Rogers was close to being cheerful. Generally we were upbeat but the Oscar had to be awarded to Alan Shaw, if only as consolation for his trials and tribulations of the week.
Still, reasons to be cheerful included Kevin Radford’s 10 minute slot; never mind what he said, the Bard of Hadleigh is adding song and dance to his poetry in an attempt to make himself the all round entertainer. He turned his attention from Meerkats to Direct Line and Go Compare. A heart warming performance; you do feel that all the risks we all take and face everyday are in safe hands if they are managed by RMK, Kevin was uplifting. He retained his spritely approach to life tripping round the room in the referrals and testimonials round handing out the paper that we wish to have passed.
The figures for the month of July made for good reading. £65,667.00 worth of business recorded and the winner of the performance league by a good margin was David Plumley. One of our hardest working members and it was a popular win.
And so dear friends we are into August, your best efforts for the month please.