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Such a glorious morning deserved a great turnout and it got exactly what it deserved. At one time there were 25 souls present; 22 Members, repeat visitors and about to joint Members, Colin O’Connor and Sarah Bell and former Member Quiller Hawkins. And what, you might ask, became of the Banana Bunch. Well this week it numbered 10 and the accolade of Top Banana went to Colin O’Connor who produced his banana in the form of banana loaf. Congratulations to all who made the effort.
The Performance League
Howard Bullock is way out front with over 300 points. He leads the field in what has also been an excellent month for business recorded given the lockdown, namely £40,000, a great effort by everyone.
It was Matt Barry who produced this week’s intellectual encouragement. He produced a slide show to illustrate the need and importance of keeping in touch with your clients and customers. “Be human” “give it the personal touch” and be willing to offer an ear to those struggling. Keep your employees in the loop and stay positive. Because he appeared on our screens we knew that he was not “Sniffing a line” so he must have had a runny nose but we all stayed positive.
The 60 Second Round
Senior Member of the Banana Bunch, Vincent Goode was awarding the Oscar so he went first and told us he had been producing court bundles for solicitor.
David Plumley was with us and business is creeping back up.
Matt Barry illustrated his current contract with Brentwood Council, getting over the message of social distancing as things start opening up… slowly
Toby Acton thinks we will be ok in Q3 and that it will be a “game changer”. Once we had all worked out what “Q” was it all made sense…..
Social distancing as offices open will produce an “in” for Stuart Smallcombe. Simon Essex 60 seconds was totally disrupted by his dog not being able to hold it in. It apparently threw up just as Simon was about to address us which led Paul Dulieu to exclaim against the current political “dogs dinner” of mixed advice and example coming from our leaders. Epigram of the week “do quickly what you will have to do eventually”. Dean Caldon seems to have taken up this challenge he has just sold three houses with a fourth in prospect.
John Freeman has been doing repairs. First of all to a deckchair and next to a shed.
Terry Maylin in holiday mood was sitting in the garden but last week served a Statutory Demand and a Notice.
Allan Moller spoke to us from his van whilst John Hammond did not.
Scott Griffiths and Mason Edwards are both bracing themselves for the influx of business, Mason with regard to deep cleans and Scott with regard to his clients updating their websites with things such as blog posts.
Nick Cooke is going to look at a house in Grays. He will be so socially distanced that he will need to use binoculars. This obviously tickled the Mayor of Gants Hill who promptly awarded him the Oscar.
10-minute presentation by Nick Cooke
Nick Cooke, not content with possessing a banana; not content with winning the Oscar produced a thoughtful and careful presentation of his business. Highlights included the following insights:
- Its an inspection not a survey
- I look at trees and drains
- Its mostly small and low key
- Removing walls and putting beans over the gap
Four important stages in a structural engineers life…. as well as looking at houses through binoculars that have suffered fire damage (the houses that is). An excellent presentation.