A record breaking morning in that there were 29 Members present and 2 visitors, Alan Copping and Shanna Rogan: coupled with the lighter mornings there was reasonable cause for optimism.
The Performance League
Matt Barry is still out front followed by Alan Moller and John Freeman.
This is the last meeting of February, so it’s all to play for.
With the visitors morning approaching Paul Booth appropriately deal with what should be borne in mind when looking for potential visitors. Think of two things, what kind of businesses would you feel you would have synergy with; who do you give referrals to. It was a timely reminder.
The 60 Second Round
Simon Essex was awarding the Oscar, he and several others had the 12th April 2021 in mind. This date is perceived to be a time of re-openings that might present opportunities. For Simon, it was the hope that businesses might want to dress their premises for the occasion and why not do this with plants. By contrast, Mason Edwards saw it as a time for a deep clean. He suggested that people book such cleans as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Normally I would be able to link deep clean with deep-dive but that was something that did not interest Toby Acton on this occasion. This week was all about helping people with talent to monetise it.
Other members to catch the eye…and the ear included Brian Painter. He was updating us on the man whose father thrust a potato down his throat and thereby caused him to suffer from a potato phobia although his phobia apparently his phobia did not extend to chips. My mother would never have believed that! But, to be fair, she did not stuff a potato down my throat.
John Freeman has had an exciting week, the highlight of which appears to have been retro toilets. I assume he was fitting them, but I am not sure I can picture one in my mind’s eye.
Vincent Goode attempted to both glorify customised note pads and relate this to Osmosis. I assume the note pad is the semi-permeable membrane.
Paul Booth wants to meet decent-sized companies who operate Sage 50 or some similar desktop software so that he can adapt them to online.
Kieran Peaty by contrast had a mini rantlet over simply being instructed to prepare drawings. He wants the full bifta.
The Oscar-winning performance came from Sarah Steel, producing an educational video for children’s nurseries relating for the Kick Start Scheme.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Scott picked up on Paul’s Ed Slot theme by making reference to the visitors morning but also signalling the intention to award points for the Performance League to the Ed Slot presenters.
10-minute presentation by Howard Bullock
His reply to the biography sheet silly questions was to produce 4 answers that were identical, namely “The Naughty Corner”. For those Members who have only experienced EBF through Zoom (let’s call them the Baby Zoomers) I offer up this clarification. In a “real meeting” there is a small group of members who congregate together and during the meeting can be very irritating, like Naughty Children. Howard Bullock is one of their ringleaders. It doesn’t really translate at our virtual meetings but I fear the worst when we go live.
However, all members including the Baby Zoomers could not fail but to have been impressed by an outstanding presentation. With the exceptional use of text and photographs, there was a more than coherent presentation of what Howard does and how he does it. Mr Bullock!, all of those who heard you salute you!
Referrals and Testimonials
It was bound to be an anti-climax after Howard’s presentation, but not by much. A good round brought to meeting to a close.
Another fantastic meeting. I always enjoy the 10 minute round. I usually eat my breakfast while listening and find the presentations varied and an interesting insight into the work of others in the group. The range of knowledge and skills is inspiring.
I am looking forward to the visitors day and hope some of the people I have contacted are able to come and experience the joy that is Essex Business Forum!
Thank you all for a thoroughly excellent meeting – it was just the tonic after a challenging week! Top marks to Howard for his ten minutes, which was an absolute corker, and Paul’s Ed slot was also good. Lovely to see a couple of guests and that our numbers continuing to swell. It is no surprise though as, whilst being a great forum for sharing business ideas and referrals, EBF is also supportive and fun – exactly what is needed during these challenging times. Have a good week everyone. I look forward to seeing you all next Thursday!
Well done Howard, a quality 10-minute presentation. Great to see so many happy smiling faces at the meeting and 2 guests. Well done all for keeping this meeting so good!
A very impressive presentation from Howard Bullock. We’re all going to say the same, so I’ll get off now. Have a nice weekend, I’ll be looking up the word osmosis and will try and use a similarly unrelated word in my 60 seconds next week
A wonderful attendance! Stirling presentation from Howard. If I ever think of retiring I’ll seek his advice.
Great meeting and nice to see new faces. record numbers and with a visitors meeting coming up, things are looking very rosey in the EBF family
Many positives in relation to business generated and our impending virtual visitors day. All members were upbeat and on point as to who they are and what business leads they were looking for, a cheery start to our Thursdays as always. Well done Howard, you have been the financial advisor for my wife and I for some years now and the presentation you gave explains exactly why.
Such an enjoyable meeting. Can not wait to we can all meet in person again. Great ed slot and another great 10 minutes from Howard every time I learn something new about his buisness.Nice to hear from Shanna
Good, fun, lively meeting. Nice to see a couple of guests and i believe 31 was a record! Excellent presentation by Mr B – The Naughty Corner rules!
(Which is ironic, because we’re the naughty corner and we don’t play by the rules!)
Great meeting – I feel we have such a great buzz these days and I love logging in early for the “bants”
Useful Ed Sot and as expected a great 10 mins from Howard. Well deserved Oscar for Sarah
Well done again to Howard for a great presentation. I wish I had the money to take his advice!
Also I feel Scott is owed at least a well done for the term Baby Zoomers
Thanks Mike, but I cant claim the credit. Aidan writes the blog and I just publish it on his behalf
Another cracker of a meeting and lovely to meet our guests too. I particularly enjoyed Howard’s 10 minutes and his travelling tales. See you next week everyone.
Thank you all for your kind comments. See you in the morning!