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Chairman’s Business Networking Blog, Thursday 13th November 2014.
Another great turnout, 25 members and 1 visitor, Kudzai Sibanda whose business is recruitment of carers;
As with all well attended meetings it was vibrant and yet at times slightly bizarre;
David Plumley delivered the Ed Slot and produced the saying of the week “…treat your customers/clients as if they had been commissioned to write your eulogy”.
With this thought ringing in our ears it was inevitable that the 60 seconds round would be slightly unusual.
First of all, Fashion statements; Tina was wearing her Ooh la la pully, Marcus Brown belied his name and turned up in red, Kevin Brooks wore that cerise pink shirt again (no longer daring) but fashion statement of the week was our very own Howard Bullock. His legs were as alluring as ever, which as always contrasted with his devil may care shorts, topped off with a lurid green and white shirt which would have graced any country kitchen table.
As always the whimsical was ever present. Alan Shaw (who else) has been looking at flats over shops; I had a vision of what amounted to architectural dogging. David Plumley talked of very intelligent routers which he urged should be upgraded and the culmination of this was the revelation that a NAZ can be obtained…. One good acronym deserves another and it fell to Brian Painter who swopped FAGS for IBS. This can apparently take over your life, particularly if you are on a train without a toilet when it can turn into one of those sharing moments.
It took Richard Reed to move us from the whimsical to the bizarre; 5 nights in a five star hotel in Abu Dhabi – B & B, £775.00. If this was not enough this particular offer gave you access to Shangri-La, what more could you want from a holiday.
Mike Rogers mentioned affordable housing again…in the same breath as Runwell. What can make unaffordable housing affordable is if you are in an area that is susceptible to burglaries, but Alan Moller will see you right with his unobtrusive and tasteful security lighting.
Vivienne appeared bemused by the offerings in considering the award of the Oscar. In the end she plumped for value for money with Graham Wright who has a number of radial work tops 1800×1800 that are free for anyone who wants to come and collect them. That is anyone who is confident that he knows what unit of measurement is being referred to with the number 1800.
It was my turn for the 10 minute presentation and I feel that I am the last of a generation; David Plumley has produced a new biography sheet, but not in time to prevent me from filling out once again probably the most embarrassing document ever produced. Who really wants to know your burning desires… Now at last we have something we can get our teeth into. Questions like; with 1million pounds cash what I would do, your inside leg measurement or hat size or, a sentence on your head stone. Suddenly the 10 minute presentation has become more interesting.
Referrals were good (20 in all) and business written for last month totalled £84,000. This week we weighed in with about £5,500.
Finally I must share a daydream with you; I turn up to the meeting to find every single member present. Perhaps next week you could try and turn it into a reality.