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.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 11th August 2016.
Despite holidays dominating the attendance we had 17 members present and Alan Heggie as a third time visitor looking to join.
The Ed Slot was delivered by David Plumley himself, whose topic was how to structure the 10 minute presentation. A useful reminder to us all of this section of the meeting that is of importance to both the presenter and the members listening.
Matters sartorial were dominated by socks of various colours. Alan Shaw’s were green, David Plumley’s were pink, Scott Griffiths sported socks of an olivy hue but pride of place must go to Nick Cooke who sported red and white hoops. They were quite stunning.
The 60 second round was positively enhanced by the re-emergence of the School of Whimsy. Alan Shaw (of the green socks) told of a head mistress wanting to do something different, which led him on to remind us that he was available for feasibility studies. This was the Alan we have come to know and love almost back to his best. Nick Cooke (of the red and white hoop socks) spoke of a wedding in Coggeshall where his son was the best man and a reception in a barn. Gathered together in one place he realised that there were 5 people all of whom had obtained a mortgage from Mike Rogers, indeed when he though to include himself and his wife that became 7. As with his co-founder, Alan Shaw, he was totally off message. Brian Painter a more recent recruit to said school has been shouldering its burden over recent weeks but this week he was absolved this responsibility and was back to an analysis of what you take into your lungs when you smoke a cigarette. I noted down the following:- carbon dioxide, tar, ammonia, DDT, insecticide and acetone (paint stripper to you).
Prize for the best use of props must go to David Plumley (of the pink socks) who produced a dongle and a coat hanger. It was all to do with Broad Band connections apparently. If Brian Painter offers hypnosis and probably meditation; Terry Maylin was offering dispute resolution through mediation. This reference to mediation arose because of the fact that he had an appointment for amediation immediately after the breakfast meeting. Unusually he was therefore in conciliatory mode.
Rather depressingly Richard Reed was contemplating the Christmas holidays. He suggested a clipper cruise in the Caribbean. Nothing like a bit of alliteration to get one into holiday mode.
Donna Evans recounted 3 new jobs in the pipeline all of which came from referrals within the group which is both a good advertisement for her and a good advertisement for the group.
Pride of place in the 60 second round must go to Mike Rogers who said he was in “happy place”. I have no idea what coloured socks he was wearing but this is an unusual state of mind for our bellman but he did go on to explain why. In addition the fact that he got further free advertising from Nick Cooke should be enough to make anyone happy. So happy was he and so objective in his assessment….. he awarded the Oscar to Nick Cooke, unashamedly, because aforementioned red and white sockster hadmade reference to him on 7 occasions. As I might have mentioned in an earlier Blog, “blow in his ear and he’ll follow you anywhere!!1” Still it has to be said, he was multitasking in awarding the Oscar at the same time as ringing the bell for anyone who transgressed the 60 second rule.
The 10 minute presentation was a Michael Adelizzi special; lots of pictures of bathrooms and a well-presented history of how he started, where he has got to and where he is going in the future.
Don’t forget next week Steve Roach will be giving a presentation relating to radio advertising with EBF in mind and we are adopting the shortened meeting agenda that will give him 20 minutes to talk to you and receive questions.
Also may I ask all of you who are not going to be on holiday to use your very best endeavours to attend next week to keep up numbers.
Until next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 4th August 2016.
Another holiday affected meeting which benefited from being held in the small room behind the restaurant which, through its reduced accommodation, provided an intimacy and intensity that led to very effective and amusing meeting.
There were 17 members in all and 2 visitors Alan Heggie, a chauffeur who have visited us before and Darryl Morgan who is a Health and Safety Consultant.
The Ed Slot was delivered by Brian Painter who emphasised the importance of first impressions.
On matters sartorial and of first impressions, Brian of course was his usual dapper self although not wearing the full white hunter suit which however had not been abandoned by Alan Shaw.
From the sublime to the ridiculous saw Paul Booth in a full clowns suit (it is apparently annual clowns day). The absence of porridge in our breakfast buffet selection mean there was nothing that could really be poured down the front of his trousers but it’s nice to see someone making the effort.
Paul Booth was not the only one of the Naughty Cornerers who was dressing differently. Howard Bullock sported a red checked shirt that in all respects resembled a table cloth with buttons and this was nicely set off by Alan Shaw’s red socks, which despite the camouflage of his white hunter suit would have scared off any self-respecting animal. David Plumley was sartorial elegance itself with a light weight pale blue stripped jacket, a white belt to his trousers that set off the whole ensemble.
Scott Griffiths won the Performance League for July by a healthy margin. Our calligrapher can be congratulated on having the necessary certificate available at the meeting when his victory was announced…..congratulations Scott.
The 60 second round was substantially on message and frankly has given me very little scope to make comment.
Alan Moller in anticipation of his up coming holiday is looking for “1 day stands” only.
Donna Evans produced a small book of wall paper patterns, much more manageable…I have seen the future!
Nick Cook managed to make a retaining wall sound sexy and Richard Reed attempted to entice us all with unmissable offers.
Michael Adelizzi was talking wet rooms and shower rooms. Indeed he was talking of converting bedrooms into wet rooms…ideal for the incontinent.
The red table cloth accompanied by Howard Bullock arose from his position of head of table in the Naughty Corner but any excitement ended there, he simply talked about pensions.
Steve Roach talked of a “bogoff” for 6 months contacts i.e. a years’ worth of advertising for the price of 6 months. Should not be missed.
Alan Shaw was the last of the School of Whimsy to stand up and he was on message. He described how, unusually, as an architect, he was doing drawings…disappointing.
Paul Booth even had a red nose to go with his clowns outfit, his theme was clowns…those who pretend to be accountants without the qualifications, but underneath I could see that he was sad. All clowns are sad. As a child I had an aversion to clowns. If I could have got close enough to him I would have lumped him. I think I need a session with Brian.
Pride of place with the Oscar was with Mike Rogers. Basically his theme was his own ability to attract back clients who his first and only meeting had been several years previously. 2005 apparently is the record. He was of course telling us something we already knew but any man who brings his own trumpet to the party and plays it deserves some sort of recognition.
We were in good hands with the 10 minute presentation which always helps when we are looking to attract visitors to join. Jill Willis gave a very clear and well-presented explanation of who she is and what she does. She was relaxed in her presentation and made us all wonder why we had not made more use of her skills for ourselves as well as referring her to others.
The referrals and testimonial round was solid. There were as many referrals and there were members which is always a minimum average we should look to achieve. Of course the other week when we had 25 members present this amounted to 25 referrals. This week it was 17. The equation is very basic so let keep attracting visitors and converting them to members.
Congratulations to everybody in producing an excellent meeting without the big numbers present. Once again could all of those not on holiday make the effort to get to next week’s meeting.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 28th July 2016.
This week we were hit by holidays. 7 Members absent through holidays which coupled with one or two business demands left us with 14 members present but our numbers boosted to 17 by Aaron Noakes and Ed Blackburn from H&G Recruitment Solutions and Sophie Kohl a party organiser. This coupled with the absence of a 10 minute speaker available meant that the prospects of a good effective meeting were in the balance.
I need not have feared, the quality of our members at our Breakfast Meeting is such that we enjoyed a lively positive and very effective meeting.
David Plumley set the tone with a flip chart presentation of the values and the virtues of consistency, both in business and in being a member of EBF. A call to arms for quality and care in our business and EBF dealings brought up an interesting snippet. If you have a bad habit and change it and adopt that change for 30 days that change has now become a habit. I cannot help but feel that this epithet can perhaps be likened to the 10 second rule. What is the 10 second rule you ask? Well it is to assist overworked mothers whose children drop the food they are eating on the floor. Provided you pick it up within 10 seconds…no problem! This,as a particularly important rule to live by, was adequately demonstrated by myself when I dropped one of my sausages; 2 seconds later it was back on my plate and being consumed…job done.
With such an inspiring education slot what of the 60 second round. The Naughty Corner was on really good form despite the absence of anarchist in chief Howard Bullock.
Mike Rogers said that mortgage rates were dropping, in some circumstances down to 1.3%…jaw dropping! He can also organise a 10 year fixed term at 2.3%. The good news is you can also have as mortgage term that anticipates repayment up to the age of 80. How far anyone with savings could regard any of this as good news defeats me. Stuart Smallcombe, fellow Naughty Cornerer, produced an extended metaphor to illustrate the use of a router. He likened it to a fat man behind a desk in a taxi business directing cars to pick up fares and also showing the door to drunken punters.
Although Alan Shaw’s message was on song, the whimsy showed through with his description of the jobs that he has been doing. Changing a house in to two semis, converting a garage into a house and getting involved in a rather elaborate workshop at the bottom of a garden. Somewhere at the bottom of the garden there are the fairies to contend with but we will leave that for another day.
Fellow professor of the School of Whimsy, Brian Painter told of a man with tick which was more of a slinging back of the head from a man who has been struck by a football years and years ago. He was still feeling and reacting to the football hitting him on the side of the head. The impression that Brian gave made me think he was going to provide inspiration for this jerking of the head to the oft maligned and much remembered comedian Jack Douglas… whah heh !!
Stimulated by Stuart Smallcombe’s metaphor, Paul Booth declared that he had some new clients which included a taxi driver. Entertainingly David Plumley was explaining about terabytes but it fell to me to warn everybody not to keep them in a bath where they can grow in size and be totally unmanageable.
Whatever was uplifting about the 60 second round, and it was, Peter Hood’s farewell saddened us all but we wish him well and with all the various jobs that he is doing for various of the members we will no doubt continue to see him for some time in the future. Sorry to see you go Peter.
So what of the Oscar, Michael Adelizzi was awarding and David Plumley receiving. The reason was base, he was offering something free; although after my warning I did not know how many people wanted terabytes.
Scott’s Meeting Secretaries’ Report amongst other things mentioned the Education Materials that are now being rolled out. Please read them and feel free to add your comments at the appropriate place. Something a little more on message than Naughty Corners Stuart Smallcombe’s “like your beard” comment.
One of the absentees was due to deliver the 10 minute presentation this week so it was replaced with a Q & A. Although this is a well tried fall-back position it always seems to work well and today was no exception. Lots of questions….. we had to cut them short as the meeting approached its close.
Now that it is holiday time it is important that those of us who are not holiday make every effort to attend. Please also remember Scott’s request that he and I are notified this week of your holiday plans over the next 6 weeks so that we can have an idea of numbers for the meetings.
All in all an excellent morning meeting and I look forward to next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog Thursday 21st July 2016.
A slightly cooler morning than yesterday’s scorcher brought out members in plenty. 24 in attendance and 1 second time visitor Paul Durrant.
Whenever the meeting has 22-25 people there is a buzz that is missing otherwise. It also brought out the usual summertime sartorial successes. There were shorts a plenty. Main protagonists for the battle for the classiest shorts were Richard Reed, Steve Roach, Scott Griffiths and Howard Bullock. Although Howard Bullock is a practised bare legger, pride of place must go to Scott with a rather nicely tailored checked pair. I was proud to sit next to him.
Opening act of the meeting following breakfast was to award Alan Shaw his certificate for winning the Good Egg Award. He almost did not get up to the front because he was collecting up plates. His willingness to turn his hands to scullery duties is one of the reasons he was such a popular winner. He was not wearing shorts. He was wearing what has now become his customary white hunter outfit. Last week’s other white hunters were missing but Jill Willis ought to be very careful with her leopard skin attire. If ever Alan Shaw was to turn up with a 12 bore to illustrate as prop she should run for cover.
Jill Willis, safe for the moment, presented the Ed Slot and emphasised the importance of member testimonials and how these can used to good effect. She also suggested that the first Thursday of September be Testimonial day and we review testimonials we could have made and make them available on that day for all the various members who have done a good job for us or our contacts over the previous months. I suggest you all start looking things out now.
There were 1 or 2 props floating around during the 60 second round. David Plumley produced a Naz which could store 4 hard drives. From a sartorial point of view he should be complimented on his pouch worn with rust coloured trousers. Jo Eastwood produced crisps for all of us which, once you had salted them were really nice. I am not sure that was the point but never mind.
What of the School of Whimsy this week.
Alan Shaw was on message but had some curious projects; houses at Chanells Golf Club, a beauty Parlour, the garage I told you about last week that is to be converted into a house and problems he has had with a room in a roof. He cautioned patience, which is what you really needed to take in the various bits of information that he was throwing out as us. He was not helped by the air conditioning unit that was making us pleasantly cool but creating a steady noise that we had to shout above.
Nick Cooke continued his series of breaking down what he does. Last week he referred to steel beams….. yes that’s right, not to stealing beams but steel beams. Well this week, whilst such steel beams can form an essential part of structural repairs and he reminded us that he administers structural repair contracts. If you do not think this is very uplifting, then his partner in Whimsy,Brian Painter had a sad tale of a lady who came to see him with her mother and managed to smile twice and laugh once. Apparently this was unusual, so unusual that she told her psychiatrist about it and he told her to have nothing to do with hypnotherapists including our Pilgrim. The one thing that Brian can do is make you laugh and smile and more than once or twice… …very strange!
The Naughty Corner did not live up to its reputation. Stuart Smallcombe was very on message, he outlined the 3 basic parts to what he can supply: 1. Telephone Lines to the building, 2. Cabling to the specific locations in the building, 3. Telephones.
Howard Bullock was not much better. He was helping a client with early retirement to generate further income. He was looking for anyone who has had an unexpected windfall. Oh yes I forgot to mention, his client was a fireman taking early retirement. I assume that this was with a bad back which is how most of the firemen that I have known over the years have come to retire early.
Things brightened up a bit when Michael Adelizzi told about his team that worked on installing bathrooms. He reeled off the names and people and who worked with who. As there were 5, there was one poor guy, I think his name was Lee, who worked on his own. He was awarded the Oscar in recognition of the slickness of the roll call that he presented in describing the various members of the team.
No 60 second round would be complete without Richard Reed who is producing good a quality cruise over both Christmas and New Year. The problem with going on a cruise for Christmas is that although you are getting away from friends and family you finish up having to celebrate Christmas with people you do not know, a lot of whom will be geriatric and the rest will have personal problems that make them want to escape from the Country over Christmas or New Year. Don’t let me put you off however. His 3 City stay in Italy at less than £500.00 per head sounds well worth looking at.
Our 10 minute presentation was slightly different this week. David Plumley helped advance recruitment by handing out leaflets that he had collected of various trades and businesses looking for clients and customers. Let’s see if we can follow these up, send out some electronic invites and entice various unsuspecting business owners through our doors. As he handed out the leaflets he talked about “pump primers” ….the idea is you might have to suck or blow to get something going. I think it was a metaphor or some sort but I have to say it left me more puzzled than primed.
We then had a referrals and testimonials round when 25 referrals were passed. This was only 1 referral per member but it just go to show how the more of us there are the more opportunities there are for referrals and business wthout any exceptional effort by any one individual.
Finally, as I mentioned earlier in this Blog, our Pilgrim can make you laugh and certainly make you smile. He has in his guise as social secretary something interesting lined up for us all that involves rooms somewhere in Southend. Keep your eye open for his email which will no doubt make it clearer.
I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Our excellent photographer member Carmel Jane recently completed some work for us and captured the meeting in progress. I’ve selected just a few of these photos for you to add your captions to in the blog comments.
Each photo is numbered, so when you leave your comment please tell us which photo it refers to… have fun…
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 14th July 2016.
A relatively small turnout. 15 members were there at the start of our short form meeting designed to finish at 8.a.m. so that we were able to get over to SNAP for a guided tour.
Clearly several members saw it more as a safari and tuned up suitably attired. As if dressed for a tiger hunt, Brian Painter, Alan Shaw and David Plumley were stunning in their “white hunter” gear and added a sartorial edge that has been missing from the meeting in recent weeks. Your sharp eyed correspondent also noticed at the end of the meeting that Nick Cooke donned a jacket which veered towards Khaki. I think we should all revisit our wardrobes in order to add tone to our meetings in the weeks to come.
Anyway!….. To the meeting itself. Apologies for absence took slightly longer to read out than usual and in the absence of last week’s Oscar winner, Jo Jones, Brian Painter did the honours. It was a 60 second round of imagery rather than substance.
Kim Redwood-Lee went in blind to a well-known estate agent to do their books.
Alan Shaw talked of an application for change of use for a garage. He failed to tell us what said garage was going to be used for and I was left with a vision of a bijoux mansonette with up and over doors.
Brian Painter told of the infatuation of a 47 year old supermarket worker for a 20 year old checkout girl. He had apparently been consulted so that the girl could be put out of the mind of the drooling 47 year old. In searching through the sub-conscious of this desire drenched wretch he discovered that in reality this love crazed shelf stacker did not wish to have the young ladies charms banished from his consciousness at all leaving our poor Pilgrim helpless.
David Plumley told us of the importance of a company’s name and how, with an eye on the fact that his business pulled things together he landed on the name Integrate. All of this was on topic and was fine but then we came to Kevin Brooks, he told of an unsuccessful foray to withdraw money from his Nationwide Book and had to be persuaded that however valid his savings were with said building society it was no use going to the Halifax if you wanted to draw money out. A man so oblivious to his surroundings deserved something to wake him up and he was awarded the Oscar accordingly.
Many of us in the meantime told how we had been assailed by “The Inventor” The Inventor is a sort of anti-super hero who tackles the world’s wrongs by boring everyone to death. Scott Griffiths, Howard Bullock and Terry Maylin were the dastardly rogues who were successfully assailed by “The Inventor” who I am told IS now to reverting to wearing his underpants over his trousers in order to be more effective. It depends what you’re doing I suppose…
Nick Cooke talked about beams. I thought he said that he was stealing beams but I think he was just talking about steal beams. Anyway the rule of thumb is, the wider the gap the bigger the beam.
Allan Moller is developing his own theme now. For the third week running he talked about a job that he didn’t take on…well maybe it was only the second week but it seemed like three weeks. He needs a session with The Inventor!!!!
All of this made for an amusing 60 seconds round.
It was Good Egg Award time and by an overwhelming majority the winner for all sorts of reasons was one of our white hunters,Alan Shaw. It was entirely coincidental that the colour of the Egg matched his bush ranger kit.
Given the paucity of numbers the referrals and testimonials round was surprisingly successful. 17 referrals and by the end of the day we were creeping up towards £10,000 worth of monies recorded.
The meeting drew to a close by 7.50am and we then took our instructions from Richard Reed and headed off to SNAP’s premises.Everyone but the White Hunter and Good Egg found it first go.
Any ambivalence that I might have felt was dispelled immediately by a presentation of how the Charity had grown over the years and its present set up
The enthusiasm of the staff and the effectiveness of the presentation made me feel that it really was a very worthwhile Charity that we are supporting and the immediate future should continue to support. They do seem to be very successfully fulfilling a genuine need in the community that local government could never provide. They are the very essence of what a good Charity should be and should do.
See…I am not always cynical.
I would thoroughly recommend anybody who was not in attendance to arrange to go and see the Charity in situ.
An excellent meeting and a very enjoyable morning. I am definitely looking forward to seeing you all again next week.
Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 7th July 2016.
A very good turnout, 24 members and one visitor, Robin Schapiro, who is an inventor…….nuff said!
Stuart Smallcombe provided a very excellent Ed Slot by not so much emphasising the importance of the 60 second round as the importance of us listening to everyone’s offering. He suggested eye contact and warned against people playing with their ‘phones. His fellow Naughty Cornerer , Mr Bullock, illustrated these short-comings in a very entertaining presentation.
Business Networking Blog, written by Jill Willis.
This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting was super busy, with 23 members in attendance.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy (standing in for Aidan Squire of Quality HR) chaired confidently. Guiding us all through the proceedings.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Alan Moller, Cable Plan Electrician was awarded an “Outstanding performance” certificate and small gift token for his continued dedication to new member recruitment – well done Alan!
2. Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design topped the performance league, with Alan Moller in second and Terry Maylin of TM Law in third.
3. Jo Eastwood of Liquorice scooped the 60 second award – for her wonderful display of wines that ‘make your bed rock’ – and a curious whiskey with a rather rude name…
4. We achieved £35k worth of new business
5. We passed 26 new referrals!
6. Visitor Keith Campbell from KJC Trade Consultancy Limited joined us, and showcased his expertise as an advisor to businesses thinking of importing, or exporting for the first time.
We hope to welcome him back next week!
7. Paul Booth celebrated tomorrow’s milestone. 10 years of Booth & Co Charted and Certified Accountants. Huge congratulations from us all.
We were reminded by Howard Bullock, of Clear Financial Advice, to recognise the difference between a referral and a lead.
“If I say my neighbour has a scruffy garden and needs a gardener, this is a lead. Whereas if I speak to my neighbour about their scruffy garden, say I know someone who can help, and they ask me to put them in contact, this is a referral”.
It is often tempting to pass leads to fellow Essex Business Forum colleagues, and of course they’ll also be received with thanks. But pre-qualified referrals is the reason we all visit each week! So let’s keep them coming.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Nick Cooke of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineers telling us a cautionary tale involving rats and roof timbers, Dean Caldon of Redstones Estate and Letting Agency keeping us up to date on the housing market post-Brexit, and Steve Roach of Phoenix FM talked about the huge benefits businesses can achieve by making the switch from print advertising in local newspapers, to radio.
Paul Booth, of Booth & Co Accountants gave an outstanding 10 minute presentation, helping us to navigate the minefield of capital gains tax. Leaving us in no doubt. We shouldn’t try to do it alone, and a certified and chartered accountant such as Paul is far better qualified to do this for us.
For more information on the services Paul provides, contact 01277 224666 or visit www.boothandco.co.uk
Next Week – Carmel, of Carmel Jane Photography will be capturing the meeting with her camera. So smiley faces please! Plus, the first Creative & Tech synergy meeting will take place following the meeting.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)