Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 2nd July 2015.
A full house; 25 in all including 4 visitors, Andy Gibson and Ian McKenzie from a security company, Joanne, a Personal Fitness Trainer and Gary Boyce, visiting us again.
Our meeting had been preceded by the hottest day of the year and it was unsurprising, if not a little disconcerting, to see so many people in shorts and sandals. Indeed this is the basis of my now weekly question that will give points in the performance league to the first one who gets the right answer in commenting on this Blog. “How many members were wearing shorts?”
David Plumley delivered Attendance 3 and delivered an upbeat message on the benefits of , if not the necessity of, regular attendance.
Dipping into the 60 second round there were 1 or 2 little gems.
The Naughty Corner was in evidence, although Dean Caldon had deserted them only to be replaced by Richard Willis.
The School of Whimsy was there, at last in full force. Alan Shaw has been slipping of late and although he did tell us of a school project that he was involved in and new flats over shops he must receive the accolade at the end of this year for “best use of other peoples props” when he fiddled around with David Plumley’s electrical equipment that he had brought along just for the purpose. Nick Cooke, although largely on message, spent the whole 60 seconds rubbing his hands as he gave his deliverance in a way that was slightly chilling on what promised to be really hot day. Brian Painter introduced us to the wonderful world of the “what iffers ”. On the basis we were enjoying he decided that we deserved 3 minutes worth. Although most of us felt such behaviour deserved a slap, Alan Moller decided it was worthy of the Oscar which of course, in content and delivery it was.
Kim Redwood-Lee told us of the perfect client and it seemed to bear a strong resemblance to the sort of bloke she would like to run into in a dark alley. Although this paragon is ideally what she is looking for she will accept flabby middle aged men who do not have their tackle in order (by tackle or course I mean their invoices and supporting paper work).
Marcelle introduced the Ruby which is apparently appropriate for both the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. They come from Burma or whatever is called now. If a goyle makes it to 40 years of marriage I suppose she does deserve a second Ruby.
Two people deserve a mention for giving us relevant and useful information, which surely is what the 60 second round is all about; namely Mike Rogers who told us of fast disappearing fixed rate mortgages but also told us of a great one the NatWest had for 2 years and Richard Reed suggests we splash out every now and then on a dream holiday and a 12 day visit to Chile and Argentina he thought would fit the bill. From the area of the world that gave us Montezumas Revenge I think we need more information and I have no doubt he will respond accordingly.
For those of us who suffer the irritation of lawn cutting on a regular basis Lewis Hackney has the answer, Astroturf. It’s expensive, it has to be maintained but it don’t have to be mowed.
With that endorsement ringing in our ears our visitors were given an opportunity of parading their wears and we then moved on to the Meeting Secretary’s Report. Last month was an exceptional month for our group in all sorts of ways. Paul Booth once again was the winner of the performance league. He and the Bard of Hadleigh are examples of what members can achieve so far as referrals are concerned. They are always aware of the opportunity and we need to emulate them.
Other monthly statistics were more than encouraging. 53 referrals passed and slightly in excess of £118,000 worth of business recorded. June was a very good month because all of these statistics were coupled with good attendance; Nice to see that we have kicked off this month in the same vein with really good attendance at this meeting, what finished up as 20 referrals passed and over £8,000 worth of business recorded. The holiday season is very much on us but let us see if we can maintain our attendance level.
The other thing which was not recorded statistically was an increase in the number of visitors, either directly or indirectly. Brian’s recruitment campaign is galvanising us and so it should. By way of a “call to arms” may I ask all of you who are seeking out potential visitors and providing the list of 10 that they not only make sure that full details are available including if possible contact name but that those making contact use their best persuasive powers. There is a script there if you need guidance and always feel free to speak to Brian on this.
And so we broke for breakfast and with visitors in mind it was the turn of Christian Cuvelier, the first product of Brian’s recruitment drive who gave us his first 10 minute presentation. He is a confident presenter whose one fault is that he cannot tell the time. Well done ~Christian, let’s have 1-2-1’s with him and find out more about exactly what he can produce.
Finally a reminder to you all to bring business cards with you in order to restock the business card box and a plea from me to all of you to respond to my email regarding the garden party so that I can get numbers together. The 9th August is not far away!!!
Brentwood Business Networking Blog 25th June
Guest Written by Howard Bullock
Our illustrious Chairman Aidan Squire was away this week so once again his shoes were capably filled by the feet of Master Hypnotherapist – Mr Brian Painter. Courtesy of Richard Willis, we has one visitor this week – namely Darren Daley of Clarity Consultant Solutions.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 18th June 2015.
After the 2 attendances running of 24 and 25 members respectively this week might have been a bit of an anticlimax with 16 members present, but it is a pleasure to report that this meeting was nothing of an anticlimax. It was in fact a very lively and relaxed meeting with some well timed and effective interruptions that added rather than detracted from the proceedings.
David Plumley continued his theme with his second Ed Slot aimed at attendance. His subsequent publishing of the text perhaps takes away, from me at least, the feeling that he is preaching to the converted. He introduced Fictitious Fred whose get up and go got up and went. These offerings are too good to be introduced every week. They are there to be savoured on an “every other week” basis.
Disaster of disasters; our storage box had been turned upside down in the storage cupboard, the bell was missing and more importantly, almost all of the cards out of the business card box!! Don’t forget to bring extra business cards with you next week to help us restock. It was on the issue of business cards that Scott Griffiths introduced “Evernote”, a free app that enables you to store business cards on your ‘phone. Seems very useful but as my ‘phone doesn’t take pictures I assume I will have to get an upgrade before I can get the “free “Evernote app”. My preference is to keep the business card box stocked, so please remember next week.
And so to the 60 second round which posed challenges for all of us.
Mike Rogers didn’t have a bell to ring and Peter Hood, who won the Oscar, wasn’t there to award this week’s. Two different size glasses stood in for the bell and Christian Cuvelier stood in for Peter.
It was in fact Mike Rogers’ birthday which explained why he spent the meeting with a fixed rictus grin on his face and tried ever so hard to be cheerful. It was only towards the end of the meeting that he really brightened up at the prospect of going home to an empty house with no one to bother him…happy birthday Mike.
Talking of people taking pleasure where others cannot see it, David Plumley was positively beaming at the prospect of hard drives and other methods of data storage eventually failing, it gives him something to do.
I am struggling to recognise a theme from the offerings this week but Stuart Smallcombe, who apparently was “juggling too many balls”, was looking for little jobs. Alan Moller was also looking for little jobs on his way home and Kevin Radford was warning us to look very carefully at the small print. You don’t have to convince us all that insurance isn’t exciting Kevin; it’s pushing it a bit however when our worthy provider of insurance products suggests we should make our insurance choices based on life style. Back to Stuart Smallcombe juggling with too many balls. There was nothing small, little, or even minute about Christian Cavalier’s presentation. He promised us 3 items and he had used a minute up before completing the first one. Undaunted he carried on. I had a flash of premonition about his presentation of the Oscar at the end of the round.
Richard Willis used the disappearing business cards from the business card box to good effect by suggesting we all review our business cards and instruct him to help prepare new ones. The other Richard, Richard Reed talked of gospel breakfasts.
I am afraid lost a bit of the context because I was overwhelmed by his attire. I did promise that I would pose a question every week for you to answer in your comments to this Blog and the first one who gets the question right will be awarded lots of points by Scott. So, what was it that Richard Reed was wearing that so distracted me? I want you to cover all 3 items, top – nature of colour and garment, middle – nature of garment and colour, bottom – feet- what footwear was he displaying. Remember, it’s only the first to get this right that wins the prize.
Alan Shaw is becoming boring; he was once again on message. This is the second time this has happened in 3 meetings…pull yourself together Alan.
Terry Maylin warned of any tenancies created pre 2007 in residential premises where your deposit has been taken. New rules put you in jeopardy if you are a landlord. He has already had a couple of calls.
Kim Redwood-Lee made the theme of her presentation the importance of cash flow with suggestions as to how this could be improved. I was about to say that her 60 seconds “promptly” won her the Oscar. Which leads me back to my premonition; Christian quite rightly awarded her this accolade but it was nothing but prompt. Some of us were losing the will to live but I think he finally made the right choice for the right reasons. Well done Christian.
So what else can I report to you all, well…there was a Synergy Team Meeting, Business to Consumer on which Richard Red reported and on which all those who participated supported him with glowing praise? You really all should try and get to at least one of Richard’s Synergy Team Meetings, they really are useful.
By now we were all salivating but undaunted our Pilgrim set about us all as he furthered his recruitment drive. For those of you looking for visitors to create the lists for those who are going to chase, don’t forget the telephone number!
Breakfast was its usual high quality and as 16 were eating for 25 there followed a fairly long period of silence as we all set about our food….. or was the silence one of anticipation. Our 10 minute presenter was none other than our Pilgrim, Brian Painter himself. Having regaled us in his 60 seconds with the statistics that flowed from smokers investing the money that the spent on cigarettes he gave a really stunning performance of simple explanation as to the balance between the conscious and subconscious mind and how he actually goes about revealing and curing phobias. It left us all the ability to sell his product with confidence borne out of knowing the process and understanding and believing how it works.
And so finally to the referrals and testimonial round. There were 20 referrals which, given that only 16 members were in attendance was an excellent strike rate. Over £10,000 worth of business was written pushing out total so far this month close to the £100,000 mark – let’s make this month a record breaking one.
Until next week!
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 11th June 2015.
24 members present including Christian Cuvelier at his first meeting as a full member and he was duly inducted.
The numbers more than matched last week’s excellent effort.
The Ed Slot this week was delivered by Nick Cooke. His subject was the 60 second presentation and his recommendation that we include every now again jobs that we have been involved in the previous week. Staggeringly at least 80% of the contributors followed that advice to the letter. Nick should give up the day job and be an Ed Slot presenter.
So what of the 60 second round?
My reporting on the 60 second round isn’t intended to be an encouragement for people to misbehave. Last week I was silly enough to mention how we all liked it when Peter Hood talked dirty. So encouraged he recounted the fitting of a replacement toilet in the home of an 85 year old who apparently did not have stomach problems or a weak bladder, this was just as well. The concrete base came out easily enough after he had demolished the toilet itself; it was then he discovered the hissing which was a leak under the floor. The poor old boy was not able to do his number ones or number twos until. About 10 o’clock in the evening.
Vying for potty mouth of the week was Kevin Radford. In conjunction with William Wordsworth he produced a graceful poem about the much maligned Mr Lou Rolls. Replete with disgusting innuendo, had he not been awarding the Oscar, he would have had a good chance of winning it.
Richard Willis gave him a run for his money by advising “don’t tweet crap”. If you insert a comma after the word tweet and before the word crap it reads differently and probably better. He was followed by Donna Evans whose first utterance was Uhhh!!. I think this was an exclamation aimed at the next 60 second rather than a comment on Richard Willis’s advice but… you never know.
What of the School of Whimsy, who have been hiding their respective lights under bushels of late. Well they were back in full swing.
Nick Cooke talked of a wobbly wall, the diagnosis of which stretched the wisdom that he has acquired from years of training; but he did, apparently, give the correct diagnosis and rather helpfully went on to tell them how they could correct it. Some evidence here of the need to give up the day job but he was followed by his fellow member Alan Shaw who this week should receive all of the accolades. He described the office cat brining a rat in to the office and then promptly letting go of said vermin. Alan’s response was to open all doors and windows and leave it at that, presumably anticipating that the rat would make for safety. He did however seem unsure as to whether this strategy had worked or not. Maybe next week there will be a sequel? Not satisfied by this piece of whimsy and adopting a brisk pace in order to get it into the 60 seconds, he then told of a bill he delivered to a lady which on closer inspection had an extra nought added on the end of it. This client had largely blamed her husband rather than Alan for this oversight and he did not tell us exactly how much he got paid for his endeavours. Alan Moller, who can often indulge in whimsy produced a 60 second rendition that had those around him suitably amused and therefore I can assume was of good quality. All I picked up was a job that he had finished, had a problem with the electricity supply. I think everything turned out ok in the end. Finally the sometimes member of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter did the jumbo jet simile and once again made you feel that if we could convince everyone who smoked to give it up his 60 seconds we would be less likely to be put off our breakfast.
Hot tip of the week on the financial advice side from Mr Bullock was not to invest in gold. He also did explain why and certainly given the chance I will invest in silver if ever I have the money to do so.
If gold and silver were buzzing in my head as I listened to these contributions Howard was quickly followed by Richard Reed who looked bronzed. His specialist knowledge and impartial advice had at least taken him to the right place.
Dr Deb flaunted the 3 S’s; these are what being a member of Utility Warehouse give you the customer. Just to show her that we were all listening let’s have a blog comment from at least one of you confirming what those 3 S’s are. A hint, it had nothing to do with what Peter Hood was talking about.
The final impression that I got from Lewis Hackney was that he is getting slightly paranoid believing that his neighbour is looking at him through the fence as he waters the grass. Preacher heal thy self…lay the whole of your garden out in those nice Marshals products and you will not need to water and your neighbour won’t need to peer through the fence…job done!
Before I leave the 60 second round it is with some trepidation that I confirm who won the Oscar. Yes it was Peter Hood. Please do not let this be further encouragement young man!
This week we had a Synergy Team Report from Paul Booth which confirmed a useful financial group meeting and Brian Painter maintains his cajoling over the recruitment of members. He is managing amongst other things to demonstrate how some categories lend themselves more than others to membership of EBF. Let’s keep up with our follow ups ladies and gentleman.
This week the 10 minute presentation was by Richard Willis. To say it was slick does not entirely give the right impression although it was. He gave a very professional presentation. From Billericay Meetings Scott and I remembered a particular affliction from which he suffers and he delivered 57 of them in this presentation. Scott and I have vowed silence over identifying this affliction but if any of you spotted it please add it to the comments of this Blog.
Great presentation Richard.
This week we ran very late and I know you will respond to my suggestion that first through the door, whether door monitors or not collect the boxes and we get the meeting set up as quickly as possible. The new regime gives us less time before we suit down to do that initial networking. Let us all try and be more slick in setting up and moving the meeting forward. Therefore a slightly depleted meeting saw however an excellent referrals and testimonials round and this week the figures were almost as good as last week.
There finished up about 14 referrals and £34,050.00 worth of business recorded as passing. We are almost up to last month’s total of over £80,000.00 after just two weeks. This is one of the main reasons we attend EBF and in the words of the immortal structural engineer and fellow of the School of Whimsy “…its seems to be working nicely, doesn’t it”.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 4th June 2015.
You might all find this very sad, but I often think about what would constitute a perfect EBF breakfast meeting. It would be something like this:
- A full house of members attending
- Several guests
- A useful Ed Slot
- A snappy amusing and informative 60 second round
- A productive recruitment session
- The usual excellent breakfast
- A well presented 10 minutes presentation that gave us lots more information about one of our members
- A referrals round that produced at least half again more referrals than there were members present
- A large sum of recorded business…. anything else? Ah yes
- 10.Sweets and a pen for everyone.
Well…that is what happened today!!!! I pinched myself but I didn’t wake up, indeed, I haven’t even had a cat nap…. yet! I could almost finish my blog there, but nobody would believe me so let me fill in a bit of the detail
1.& 2. 21 members and 3 guests were in attendance and all seats were taken
3 David Plumley delivered an Ed Slot that is going to run for one or two weeks, emphasising the importance of attendance at the breakfast meeting. The fundamental importance of this was perhaps best illustrated by the meeting itself which, being well attended attained all the other goals I have referred to above.
4 With our attendance numbers up there was a buzz about the meeting and there were one or two little gems in the 60 second round.
Peter Hood told of those bl….y annoying things that drive you up the wall. He was of course talking about plumbing things, problems with lavatories, showers and the like. We all like it when Pete talks dirty!
The Bard of Hadleigh told a commercial fisherman, a bilge pump and the subsequent claim that this self employed sea dog could make against his employer when he lost his leg in the aforementioned contraption. It is perhaps a sad reflection on modern life that instead of strapping on a peg to his missing leg, donning a naval hat, sticking a parrot on his shoulder and becoming a star of stage and screen; he chose to make a claim against an insurance policy that Kevin Radford’s client fortunately had taken out with the very reliable RMK. The Bard even finished up with a little ditty leaving us all to reminisce of how things used to be.
David Plumley told us that Windows 10 was on the horizon. Things don’t get much more exciting in David’s line of work but we cannot do without him.
Dean Caldon is concerned for landlords and their potential liability from the effects of Legionnaires Disease in their premises…why? Surely he is not letting out some distant outpost in the Algerian Dessert on behalf of the French Government?
Alan Shaw rose to his feet looking relaxed and slightly sporty. He has been involved with…that’s right, a sports centre.
I was pleased to see that this week the naughty corner was occupied by all of it’s paid up members Messrs Bullock, Smallcombe, Radford and Caldon, aforementioned Bullock was trying to spread panic amongst those worthy citizens who are looking to make pension contributions that will relieve burdens from the State that they might create in a later life. Because there is likely to be a mini budget shortly, there might or might not be some relaxation ortightening of rules in relation to pensions.
On the basis that s..t always happens, he is assuming that these adjustments (if they happen) will be for the worst; therefore pay as much money as you can for your pension now or even take out a new one.
Being in the naughty corner does rub off. Stuart Smallcombe talked of infrastructure, both large and small, from the West End to Southend. Even a bunch of wires hanging out of cupboards is meat and drink to him. Let’s go out there and find him more cupboards with wires hanging out and make the referrals.
Richard Willis illustrated the value of having a well known household name by treating us all to packets of Haribo sweets. Yes that right Haribo, the makers of adverts that are substantially more nauseating than their sweets and horribly affected middleclass children singing out of tune ditties. You just know that you will see them all again when they grow up as presenters of “Spring watch”. However to be fair, he did produce the sweets that were part and parcel of my imaginary meeting.
As I was about to go into humbug mode I was however saved by Mike Rogers. He was comparing the price of eggs when he as a young lad and a first time buyer to what they are now…unfortunately he didn’t know what the differences in price were and it therefore made the comparison between eggs and house prices a little difficult to get over. Never mind, make the most of him when he is in cheerful mood.
Terry Maylin told of verbal abuse that we at TM Law suffer from the debtors that we pursue on behalf of our clients.
Life was also back to normal with Brian Painter he started cheerfully enough; someone wanting to commit suicide using a car, a pipe and lashings of carbon monoxide. It was all looking good when he started listing other things that people could commit suicide with and by the time he had explained about arsenic those of us who are true aficionados of the Pilgrim knew where he was going…that’s right, cigarettes. If you put all the suicides end to end they will go 3 times round the earth in one year. Apply that to smokers and there are substantially more such circumnavigations.
Everyone was excelling themselves!!
Paul Booth is looking for people about to retire but want to carry on working reduced hours. I am sure he said that he wanted to make them pay higher taxes but maybe I was wrong.
Kevin Brooks has bought a new truck. I saw it stood in the car part and rather admired it. It might look good but apparently when you put anything in the back it drops out onto the road as you drive along.
The whole 60 second round was wound up with a generous offer from Scott Griffiths of a free audit for your website.
So who got the Oscar? A close examination by Alan Shaw of all the contenders left all of us, save for Kevin Radford, without a leg to stand on. Kevin Radford’s Oscar can genuinely be described this week as crème de la crème.
So there you have it an excellent 60 second round, another box ticked.
5. What next of my wish list… Ah yes a good recruitment section. Sergeant Major Painter was at his best as he continues to build up our data base of approaches that are made to various businesses. Not only however did he hustle us all to help on our recruitment drive but positive results can now be seen. Christian Cuvelier completed his application to join and in the committee meeting afterwards his application was approved. He is the first completed recruit arising from our recruitment academy. Congratulations to all those in isolating, speaking to and recruiting him and particularly to Brian as our recruitment Guru. So another box well and truly ticked.
6 & 7. Breakfast was good and it was Debra Glover’s chance to present her 10 minute offering. She used the television screen to good effect, she had a well prepared slide show for us and she produced a bingo quiz to help emphasise the details of her products. We learned more about her background and it really was a very good performance from her. As you can see we are keeping up with my wish list. What next? Well..
8 & 9. The icing on the cake was the referrals and testimonials round. There were 21 members and 33 referrals; business written totalled £47,450.00 which was half the monthly total for last month in one week and I thought that last month was quite good in itself.
10. Well done everybody you made all my dreams come true because Debra provided everyone with pens and of course Richard Willis had already provided the sweets…
I don’t suppose I can expect you all to do the same next week!!??
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.
Held every third Monday of the month at the George & Dragon, Mountnessing (16:50 for a prompt 17:00 start) and open to all like minded businesses that fit with a business to consumer target market.
OUR MAY2015 MEETING: We had eight in attendance, with seven apologies, and this led to a lively meeting to discuss our “round table topic” for this month which was:- “To Identify New Avenues For Business & Diversifying Our Target Clients”.
With contributions from all members we were able to give our own thoughts on this but, even more importantly, hear suggestions from the others until we wrapped things up promptly at 6pm. A good meeting.
Members Business Networking Blog Thursday 14th May 2015
Our blog is guest written this week by our member Alan Shaw.
Our chairman is away for two weeks and Brian Painter took on the role. Our numbers were 17 with several apologies for absence. There were no visitors this week.
Stewart Smallcombe said that he had a business meeting but ‘facebook’ revealed it was his birthday. It is not easy to avoid ‘Big Brother’.
The Educational Slot was delivered by Paul Booth. The subject was the 60second round. We should be enthusiastic, speak up, hold our heads up and be engaging. I was so intent on remembering these points that I forgot my main theme when it was my turn!
Our 60 second round started with Paul Booth stating that he was looking at profit improvement for his clients and businesses not getting this from their present accountants.
Peter Hood has been working on bathrooms back to back. He did not say if they were in a block of flats but it was quite a large job. He would now like smaller jobs for the time being.
Tina Walker then showed us a picture of a Kit Kat on a cup and saucer and suggested that we all have a break and use her services such as preparing/sorting invoices. A good use of props!
Dean Caldon Gave an example of an Estate Agent who has a person who has been on their books but has not spoken to her for six weeks (she has been tied in for 16 weeks) – Redstones would not do this. They are Client focussed.
Nick Cooke – Advises clients when he carries out a structural survey, regarding any changes they may wish to carry out. Eg. Removing walls, proposed extensions.
David Plumley, – Produced two I Pads one very basic for using the internet and e-mails. The other more sophisticated. He suggested putting an SSD in each. You can then throw them about without losing data and causing damage.
Scott Griffiths announced that he had won the first stage of a large contract with Telefonica by being considerably cheaper (and better!) than the next bidder. Well done Scott.
Kim Redwood-Lee stressed the importance of keeping proper records of business transactions as her latest client, a public house, was not VAT registered. Transactions were made on pieces of paper with employees pay just taken out of the till. Kim is to put procedures in place.
Kevin Radford told us how emancipated he was by helping his wife with the washing up. The previous night a disaster struck – the washing up sponge was lost!!! It was later found squashed. He wondered if it was covered in his insurance policy for accidental damage?
Richard Reed gave some very good holiday offers which included a 4 night cruise sampler for £600.00
Brian Painter, has recently been treating a client who was taking sleeping tablets. She was worried about sleeping as she thought she was going to die while asleep. This problem started when she was a child. Brian will solve the problem with hypnotherapy.
Alan Moller made a suggestion regarding another option when working in a house. Eg. Having garden lighting. If you are having electrical work carried out might as well have other items done too.
Janice Bentley-Pearson. Asked the question: ‘What would happen to your business if you could not get into your office one day? Have you a contingency plan? Could you get to back up information? She would like to talk to companies with no contingency plan.
Terry Maylin is going to take part in a 192 mile bike race for charity. He had samples of high energy products and also some for hydration. He stated that they were all high quality products similar to T M Law.
Dr Deb expounded on the extra money made by being part of Utility Warehouse and the many advantages for customers.
This week’s Oscar was awarded to Mr Paul Booth.
The 10 minute speaker was Lewis of AERON HARD LANDSCAPING driveways and patios. They have been in business for more than 20 years. He stated that they are a quality company and do not take short cuts.
In winter they have contracts with larger companies such as B A Systems and at Queens Hospital, Romford to correct paving that has been laid incorrectly. For front drives they comply with SUDS (Sustainable Urban Design Systems.) They use Marshalls Products.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 7th May 2015
19 members present and 4 guests. A Pest Prevention company, a contact from First Data, a local printer and Mike Childs for his second visit and his clear indication that he wishes to join us. Welcome to him!
Sad news is that Gary Waskett is leaving us as he is leaving Anthony Batty. His is apparently joining Metro Bank in Basildon. We hope to continue to see him at Synergy Meetings and maybe even a member on behalf of his new employer. We all wish him well!
Our meeting was the “polling day special” which meant that Brian Painter, as returning officer for “Middle Earth” was on duty and therefore was not with us. On the upside we had a theme, namely the Election for our 60 second round.
David “I am absolutely kn……d” Plumley was bright eyed and bushy tailed, having just returned from his holiday to Jerusalem. He seemed to have got in and out of the country without any political repercussions so we were all both relieved and ready for his Ed Slot. It was a sort of back to basics Ed Slot which followed on from Terry Maylin’s of last week. He emphasised the importance of 1-2-1’s and Synergy Team meetings. The 1-2-1 after our main meeting on a Thursday morning was not only a suggestion of David’s but is also a frequently used time for 1-2-1s already. More of us should take advantage of this.
So to our 60 second round. With 23 people in all it was a busy meeting. The party political offerings varied from the use of party names in our narratives on the one hand, to the positively filibustering type of hustings address on the other. Samples of the political messages were as follows:-
Kim Redwood-Lee was advocating that everyone had a day off on their birthday;
Janice Bentley-Pearson wanted to get rid of and therefore suggested no red tape, no tax and lots of chocolate;
David Plumley, Kevin Radford and yours truly all tried to weave the Political Parties into our narratives; Kevin Radford was the most unbelievable talking about “a Labour of love” or am I just being cynical.
Dean Caldon was true blue and Scott Griffith’s manifesto concentrated on education, education, education and health and safety, health and safety, health and safety.
Richard Willis will never make a politician declaring “no false promises” but it does not mean it won’t work well in his business.
Allan Moller had a much more comprehensive manifesto, “close all bank accounts, use the bank of the pillowcase”. As a result of always dealing in cash it would mean that there is more spending, the economy would be stimulated to such an extent that he would also be able to abolish the 5 day week by squeezing it into 2 days.
I am really getting very concerned about Alan Shaw. He is moving from the whimsical to the thoughtful and even philosophical. If there is a change in government the rules relating to planning permissions, relaxed 2 years ago, might change. A new government might extend the present developments or do away with them all together. Alan offered to see referrals through this regulatory maze. …far too sensible!!! I prefer the Alan Moller approach.
Dr. Deb produced what could have been an Oscar winning performance, turning all the Utility Warehouse benefits into a political rant but she was awarding it this week.
Whatever political slant Lewis Hackney had to his 60 seconds it was the mention of “a petrol driven” Karcher that got most of us going. Mike Rogers, who was looking to ban everything and in particular electric cars, was positively beaming at the mention of petrol.
Predictably, Richard Reed thought that Kim’s idea of having days off on your birthday and indeed increased holidays was a good political platform.
No checked shirt this week for Howard Bullock but his 60 seconds was oratory of the highest order promising to make us all billionaires by sucking the money out of Scotland and Wales’s. He has got my vote on that but more importantly he also got Deb’s vote and he won the Oscar.
Any casual reader of this Blog will see what a sensible group of people we are. Our themed 60 seconds certainly worked on an entertainment level.
It’s the first Thursday of the month and we were all looking forward to the Meeting Secretary’s report as to the winner of the Performance League for this month. He tantalised us with the simple expedient of leaving the figures at home. We will just have to wait until next week!!
Even though Brian Painter was otherwise engaged the recruitment section of the meeting was still present, this week conducted by Paul Booth. Reports of this week’s participants showed some success in chasing visitors. This new approach seems to have stimulated all of us to think more about visitors. 4 visitors a week is not a bad record for the last 2 weeks and we have to date spawned 1 new member for definite. Well done to everyone.
And so it was that we broke for breakfast. We had Mike Rogers to look forward to for the 10 minute presentation and when it arrived he did not disappoint.
His central theme was that you really should not buy an electrically powered car. All the props that he brought with him were focused on this; batteries, an extension lead and finally crayons and books for children that are left in a car that has run out of energy. In between all of this sound advice he did actually talk about mortgages. He did not mention the comfort and convenience of your home or even your parent’s home, but he did talk about affordability, stability, maintainability and sustainability. No lack of ability there then…Mike is one of our more accomplished speakers but then, he is also one of our more accomplished members providing a service which we can all feel comfortable in recommending to our friends and acquaintances.
So the new month was upon us and the referrals and testimonials round showed in excess of 15 referrals and in excess of £5,000 of money recorded.
You must wait until next week for last month’s figures.
And so on this Election Day we spilled out of our venue all intent on voting. I hope you all managed to exercise your constitutional rights.
I am afraid you will have to manage without me for the next 2 Thursdays but I hope the meetings go well and we attract similar numbers of visitors.