Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 6th March 2014.
Our visitors breakfast meeting. Lots of positives to take away from the meeting.
When I normally arrive at my usual time of 5.56 am my only companion tends to be Paul Booth. This time there were already half a dozen members waiting outside the doors of the Golf Club to be let in.
A lot of members have worked very hard in chasing round potential visitors and last minute checks made us anticipate around 20 to 25 likely arrivals.
Like a well oiled machine we set up and were ready by 6.15. for the first arrivals and by then we had 21 members present.
On the slightly negative side there was a disappointing turnout of visitors despite the promises and we finished up with 7 in all.
2 of the 7 are positive about joining, Stuart Smallcombe, a previous member has promised to turn up next week and Vivienne Kleyn from Barter Card has filled in an application to join which can be considered by the committee next week.
Dawn is to be congratulated in introducing 3 visitors. All visitors bar one expressed a continuing interest but it will remain to be seen whether they follow through with applications for membership.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Tuesday 4th March 2014.
17 members in attendance, for the first time for several weeks there were no visitors but we have the promise of several coming up in the next week or so.
It is with immense pride that I can report that my Leadership Team managed to stand up and introduce themselves without a mistake. They all remembered their names, what their title was, and what they did. It doesn’t get better than that!
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We have now been in existence for 3 years and for those of us who have been there from the beginning (by my account 16 of the original 17 are still remaining) we have seen tremendous growth and a more diverse organisation emerging that promotes our business as well as being an excellent networking organisation.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 27th February 2014.
A great turnout, 24 members and 1 visitor Gary Waskett, soon to be member, rejoining as representative of Anthony Batty, Insolvency Practitioners. Jay French was at the meeting for the first time after being approved as a member and will be duly inducted next week
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 25th February 2014.
19 members present with apologies for absence from Brian Painter, Adam Hotson and Mark Waller.
It was an inauspicious start, the Leadership Team introduced themselves rather unsuccessfully to the meeting.
Jim-you’re the Meetings Committee Chairman not secretary.
Anne – you are the events co-ordinator. Social Secretary was close but it took you far too long to remember.
Scott-I know everybody does know who you are but you weren’t quite sure how to describe what you did.
Nige-you got closest but I was slightly distracted by the long tube or hose lying beside you, although more of that later.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 20th February 2014.
A below par turnout, 16 members and 2 guests, Kevin Smith who is looking to join us when he next visits on the visitor’s day and Jay French who provides Concierge Services who was visiting for the second time and I believe also will be making an application to join, not all doom and gloom then.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Tuesday 18th February 2014.
20, Members in all and two guests David Kendall from a carpet and upholstery firm invited by Fred Harcourt and Dean Caldon a regular Estate Agent/Letting Agent- Brentwood visitor.
Once again a good turn out with apologies for absence from Peter Hall and Steve Hayes.
Spirits were uplifted by a morning where day light was upon us as we kicked off.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 13th February 2014.
20 members present including newly inducted member Alan Moller. Alan has visited the Billericay meeting on at least 3 occasions and took a leap in the dark and joined Brentwood, without having previously attended the meeting. He seemed to come through the experience unscathed.
Other visitors were Kevin Smith and Simon Baldock, visiting us again, both expressing the wish to join us. Gary Waskett from Anthony Batty might be renewing their membership so, all in all a good turnout both from the point of view of members and visitors.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog for Tuesday 11th February 2014.
20 members present and 2 visitors Dean Caldon from the Brentwood Meeting and Tim Farmer, Basil Fawlty Impersonator…and I am proud to record at the outset that we reached the end of the meeting without mentioning the war!
Paul Lefever attended his first meeting as a new member despite not having received my telephone voice mail message congratulating him . Somewhere in the country there is someone saying “ ‘Eh!, our mother, did you ‘ear that message from a bloke from EEEEE,BF”. There was also one really outstanding apology for absence, Iain Douglas actually attended specifically for this purpose, an effort that properly deserves points.
New member Vivienne Nwalema was duly inducted and received her EBF goody bag.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog – Thursday 6th February 2014
22 members (if you count Alan Shaw twice… which he did!!) and 2 visitors Kevin Smith an Aerial Satellite Installer and Simon Baldock a Window Fitter. They both expressed a wish to join.