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When I made the brief journey from my house to my office it was clear that a lot of rain had fallen and there was still drizzle about. I am sure it was as uplifting for the 23 other Members that when we finished just before 9a.m. the sun was shining. And so 24 of us occupied the screen in networking heaven.
The Mayor of Gants Hill was in charge today and he reminded us all of the difference between a good referral and one that was hardly a referral at all. He illustrated the none too onerous but necessary effort that is needed however to make sure it is a referral. It is a reminder that we all need from time to time.
New Member Induction & Existing Member Renewal
Its always good to celebrate a renewal, in this instance Paul Dulieu, congratulations Paul on your first anniversary of membership, and we now look forward to reviewing your application for the EBF Mark of Excellence.
We also remain hopeful that our return visitor Mike will be submitting an application to join us as a new member.
The 60 Second Round
For the second meeting in a row, we all demonstrated that we knew what 60 seconds was. We were missing Allan Moller and John Hammond who frequently give us a good view of the interior of a van but this was more than compensated for by Stuart Smallcombe appearing in a darkened room asserting that he was awaiting Allan Moller, who looked as if he would have his work cut out to restore sweetness and light and David Plumley appearing on a 50’s Television set which pipistrelle-like had him on one occasion hanging upside down.
Other points of interest arising from this round were Matt Barry’s intention of taking on another member of staff, uncharacteristically a bloke. This should at least give him the opportunity of behaving ladishly should he choose to do so.
Brian Painter has finally hit his stride and was comparing Covid Deaths with the annual death toll for smoking. Covid appears to be only 20 % above the annual figure of 78,000. It wasn’t as gruesome as last week but nonetheless shocking.
Paul Dulieu and Vincent Goode had a similar theme which was in praise of EBF.
Scott Griffiths is a Google partner who has personalised his personal email address by sticking the word Dot in front of his name and suggested that such personalisation could be good for us all and our contacts.
Simon Essex was at his greenest best, pointing out that 15,000 tons of flowers were delivered on Valentine’s day (yes it’s not that far away !!) and you should think in a more sustainable way purchasing plants/gifts from the GreenHouse which will last a little bit longer than cut flowers.
Toby Acton indicated that he did not like big buts (not butts), he needs open-minded people to help develop their businesses
It was Kevin Radford who was awarding the Oscar this week and it was awarded to Nathan Howson who emerged victorious by demonstrating his willingness in a new project to use specialist Sub Contractors for certain specialist work. It appealed to Kevin’s risk management ethos.
Meeting Secretaries Report
So far this month we have recorded £55,000’s worth of business which for the statistically minded produces average referral value of £1,300.00.
Members were also instructed to get their thinking caps on as the voting for our annual member’s awards is upcoming. Nominations for the best 60-second presenter, best 10-minute presenter, and the overall “Member of the Year” will be recorded and then announced on our Birthday meeting.
10-minute presentation by Dean Caldon
With a short slide show Dean Caldon introduced himself to any new members and then offered himself up for Q & A. A wholehearted response resulted in not everyone getting their questions answered in a 10-minute session. As always professional; as always reliable….oh by the way, his favourite band is Bucks Fizz….
I will now always view him in a slightly different light!