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I managed to defeat the technology and be present for the final meeting in April.
As usual the turnout was good, 22 or 23 Members present (if you count both Hammonds)
The Performance League
Scott Griffiths brought us up to date with our performance league. April has been a quiet month given the nature of our current lockdown situation, but there is still business being passed and plenty of other activity going on. Use of our V-Forms to keep all of this recorded is a real bonus. We’ll find out who the winner of the month is after today’s meeting…
Introduced by Ben Golding, our new Education and Development Officer, the Mayor of Gants Hill Village suggested that in downtime we might be experiencing we reach out to all of our existing clients/customers, just to let them know that we are still there and we still care. A very practical approach to current difficulties.
The 60 Second Round
Matt Barry is one of the Members who was able to describe his business thriving in these difficult circumstances. A collaborative project with Scott Griffiths was added to by the news he received towards the end of the meeting that he has just won a substantial contract. He finished up grinning from ear to ear. Its great to have a good news story and so were we all.
Vincent Goode told us of all of those tidying up jobs that he is doing. He did it whilst at the same time showing off a bunch of bananas. I still think that he was pleased to see us.
Simon Essex is currently furloughed but has been tempted with a request to search for a possible candidate for a client. Should he come out of furlough? A vote of Members at the end of the Meeting revealed more thumbs down than up.
Dean Caldon has just completed a remote valuation
Brian Painter was bemoaning the value of remote diagnosis and assistance. He is obtaining referrals through the acronymised organisation BARK. He seems slightly dubious about this source of work. I think he feels that it lacks “bite”.
Terry Maylin reported how he can now make claims of any kind to the court online, a surprisingly useful innovation.
Scott Griffiths is busy with various start-ups. “Kick Boxing in Kent” was the most interesting sounding venture.
John Hammond was lost during the round but was there at the end to confirm that he really is busy. To prove it the background revealed the site he will be working at today
Richard Reed has reduced the turnaround on his client’s claims on suppliers from 5/6 to 2/3 weeks.
We were all pleased to see John Freeman back “on the tools”.
Paul Booth reported NatWest doing good things and a new bank called Metal. They do lots of things for free, so catch them whilst you can.
And so to The Oscar; its absence over recent weeks has robbed us of a trusted friend but today it was back.
Brian Painter was awarding and polishing at the same time. Ben Golding was the winner for a positive celebration of his company and what it can do for us in these straightened times.
10-minute presentation by Stuart Smallcombe
Stuart Smallcome showed us how it should be done in a Zoom environment. Well prepared as always he showed us on screen how his business is structured and working at the moment. He even produced a sensible quiz that gave everyone a chance to score at least 6 points out of 10 . The Winner on a tie break was Ben Golding who new that Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847….not a lot of people know that.