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A day that promised sunshine after a Wednesday of rain and likelihood of Friday with rain, brought the Members out in droves. Despite it being holiday season we mustered 26 Members and 1 Visitor Paul Thurgood. Lots of busy networking prior to breakfast. On a sartorial note, after several barren weeks following the great sock love in Howard Bullock single handedly got us back on course. Sporting a sharp chic waist coat of powder blue combining well with slightly faded jeans and contrasting brown shoes he was not only busy but elegant.
Toby Acton stood in and produced something “off the cuff”. The buzz words were “reverse engineering”. In developing your business it is useful to know where you are going, having a work plan of where you want to be and then work backwards as to how to get there.
The 60 Second Round
As a prelude to our Question and Answer Session was due to replace the 10 minute speaker there was plenty of material.
There was something of a Brexit theme from some of the Members although it was not treated contentiously. Mike Rogers pointed out that long term fixed interest rates with major lenders are coming down with their interest rates it seems to illustrate the lack of a Brexit influence. Howard Bullock declared that there were lots of other potential problems over how pensions might perform and Brexit is not considered a game changer. Set a bandwagon rolling and someone will jump on it. Tina Walker sold her services on the basis that Brexit might be making people panic, particularly over recruitment of staff and that she could fill gaps on a non-permanent basis.
Alchemists have always been trying to produced gold from base metals. Marcelle Saad had a jewellers version of this, mainly turning yellow gold into white. She suggested a couple of methods that would coat the gold and give a white gold effect so that the customer was able to judge whether she wanted a permanent change. It seemed to be somewhat a matter of reverse engineering in that base metals were used to change the appearance of gold but it stimulated interest.
Has anybody ever heard of a Canvey Raft. Its not a boat but it perhaps floats. Nick Cooke declared that it was the name for foundations used on Canvey Island that will cope with the Canvey soil.
Terry Maylin pointed out the add on that can be made to commercial debts by people who have been left unpaid beyond the due date on their invoice. Late payments involves both compensation and interest at the rate of 8.75%. Good rates of interest always follow risky investments but a late paying creditor can be compensating you for holding on to your money for a long period of time.
Kevin Radford was all about the price of gold going up requiring people to make sure they revalue their household insurance policy.
For the gastronomes amongst us, the booking of a holiday around a booked table in St Mark’s Square it is feasible, particularly if you are going to Venice.
Vincent Goode, Mayor of Gants Hill, illustrated with photographs a demountable trolley that produced an expandable stand fit for exhibitions. He even followed it up with a poem. At this stage it appeared that there needed to be some seismic occurrence or reference in the 60 seconds to come to knock him off the potential Oscar Pedestal.
Ashley Bermange, as I have repeatedly pointed out, rimes with orange and orange was the theme of his illustrative garments. Two or three presentations later our Pilgrim told of a lady with IBS that presented itself as diarrhoea. The illustrative metaphor of a river slowly reaching its destination somehow kept her continent on a ‘plane flight. Ford Astbury was so impressed that he awarded the Oscar to Brian. It could be said that Brian came up smelling of roses.
Questions & Answers session
10 Minute speaker was replaced by a question and answer forum which, as always, if used infrequently as we do, works incredibly well. A lively round was followed by good quality referrals and testimonials.