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The second summer holiday Thursday and we got a turnout of 24 members. A very good effort from those members not on holiday.
The Performance League
Scott Griffiths was one of those of us who was on holiday…Scout Camp. Consistent with his scouting tendencies in always to “Be Prepared” paperwork had been made available to Terry Maylin who stood in for him as the Meeting Secretary. The winner for last month, despite being absent last week, was Matt Barry. Not only was he missing last week but generously he has given us all a start this week as he continues his holiday.
Nick Cooke habitually regales us with neat simple messages to send us out to the world as better people.
No change today. He extolled the virtues of the EBF note pad. He considers it to be a solid piece of table furniture with leaves that usefully stick together. It is both the right weight and the right size for all of us desk jockeys, you can even rest half eaten sandwiches on it. If you haven’t got one please apply to Paul Booth.
New Member Induction
We finally welcomed to the fold Rupert Miles who is now a fully-fledged member. Welcome Rupert.
The 60 Second Round
This week there was a theme of including an acronym, or if not an initialism that references your business and after a slow start there followed many impressive witticisms wrapped up as acronyms.
Marcelle Saad was back after a few weeks absence and told of a diamond tester (a bit of kit, not an individual) that she used to good effect for a customer.
Rupert Miles, his first 60 seconds as a member, gave us a one sided telephone call to illustrate his point. Before you ask, yes he did that thing with his little finger and thumb. This is not the first time he has resorted to the one sided telephone call for illustration, watch out for more telephone calls from our newest member.
Mason Edwards, oblivious to the fact that some members had not quite finished their breakfast extolled the virtues of emptying and keeping clean hygiene bins.
John Freeman has been hanging doors and laying floors. Apparently ,the phone hadn’t stopped but he resisted doing that thing with his thumb and little figure…I think. Nick Cooke explained that lots of businesses can lay claim to the initialism of NCAA but he is the only one who designs steel beams. Ben Golding extoled the power of Utility Warehouse cash back card. The key to low priced utilities is to shop a lot. Music I suspect to some people’s ears. The School of Whimsy did not acquit itself very well last week, in fact not really a Whimsey in site. This week was much better. Nick Cooke with his initialism was a shear joy and Alan Shaw told of a delightful roof extension that had a on suite bedroom designed so that you could see the bed from the toilet and the toilet from the bed , presumably allowing two occupants to occupy each piece of furniture and carry on a useful conversation that would allow for successful gesticulation. Allan Moller was also suitably Whimsical with describing as magic gel for insulating terminals. Had Brian Painter not been on holiday I am sure there would have been four excellent whimsical contributions.
The Mayor of Gants Hill pointed out his good his business cards were but his 60 seconds was dominated by his description of Essex’s own golden triangle where the streets are paved with gold and you can have marshmallow with every meal. Chingford was one part of the triangle. Can anyone remember the other two areas. This question of course is not for Vince but he can be the judge and the first to comment successfully on the other two components will win a marsh mellow.
Terry Maylin was congratulated by two members for his assistance given to them over the last week. He hardly needed a 60 second presentation to enhance his reputation. Kevin Radford declared himself Rugged Manley and Kute. What else is there to say. Richard Reed explained the Villas that he had available but did point out the cost of flights made a villa holiday expensive, by contract he had a top Turkish Hotel all inclusive at £1,150.00 per person they probably did not put marsh mellows on your pillow but maybe Turkish Delight.
Stuart Smallcombe showed us all his ISO9000 Certificate, congratulations Stuart. Saj has a new Website built and designed by Scott and Jill. Tina Walker interestingly suggested that Liberty gives you freedom. Not a bad slogan.
It was John Hammond who stole the show this week, his first acronym was DICKS and after acronymising his way through his 60 seconds he quite rightly looked like a man with two…..
This weeks statistics and points of note
- 24 Members present
- 25 referrals made
- £10,731.00 of business recorded
- Matt Barry won the July Performance League.
- John Hammond won the Oscar.
10-minute presentation by Jill Willis
It was Jill Willis’ turn and her presentation was everything that we could come to expect from her. She was clear, she was concise, she judiciously projected supporting images and illustrated quite clearly how she can add value to anyone’s promotional needs.
Referrals and testimonials
As usual an effective round that illustrates how good we are as a networking group.