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With the some members being absent through holiday as Easter approaches it was a good turnout.
All members showed great resilience in listening carefully to the value of free advice passing between us as a group. Both verbal or email guidance is not to be relied upon and acted upon. The simple message was that if you ultimately want to rely on the advice of a member you should formally approach that member and engage them; otherwise use any such advice as general information that you do not rely upon. We want to ensure that EBF continues to allow members quick and easy access to somebody they can trust and point them in the right direction when they have a problem they are looking to solve, but it must be seen in the context of the above rider.
The 60 Second Round
Marcelle Saad illustrated her presentation with a picture of the very very large diamond that recently sold for an amount of dollars that were just beyond comprehension. Despite its undoubted beauty and obvious size I think most of us would err on the side of sublety in selecting diamonds for our loved ones….we would have no choice!!
Jo Jones compared all of the tablets that are availabe for blood pressure, collesterol etc with the alternative, which does not have any of the side effects, namely excercise. With Spring around the corner and weather improving we should all give some thought to Jo’s admonitions.
Good news, Carmel Jane’s prices are coming down. She has taken on a new photographer and is looking for business to sustain her new recruit.
On matters sartorial, Howard Bullock and Mike Rogers spoke more from their attire than they gave in substance. Mr Bullock’s shirt was vivid loud and striped, Mike Rogers, no longer the besuited style guru but a tracksuited relaxed version of himself featuring blacks and reds(he still sports his beard).
If size isn’t everything, David Plumley was keen to point out that his very well presented leaflet mixed up its gigas with its megas and Donna Evans, in trying to make Venitian blinds no longer boring, showed us samples of wood slats and explained how you could now get them measuring 63mm. I assume that’s the width….
Jil Willis explored the importance of content in advertising our businesses and came up with a slogan “…the right contents at the right place…” which was fine so far as Richard Reed was concerned. There was this holiday he was organising for someone in Costa Rica where his clients were going native. The limit of most peoples excitement these days is Costa Coffee rather than Costa Rica but it will be interesting to see whether his clients escape kidnap or a mudslide. Watch this space.
Michael Adelizzi told of how he had come across his difficultist bathroom. By contrast Alan Moller had managed to give some of this risky free advice to a client who really appreciated it and acted on it to his obvious benefit. Alan’s diligence led to giving this advice as to restore electricity to his house by getting his customer to put a switch from the off position to the on position. A trusted professional to the last…don’t mention rocket science.
Nick Cooke cheerfully told us of a client he had avised who was looking to take down a wall…… in a flat where no notice had been given either above or below of the work to be done; nor indeed had the landlord been notified. This prompted Dean Caldon to tell of how prospective purchasers of top floor leasehold flats often mistakenly think that the loft space comes with their flat…wrong!
Dean was also was awarding the Oscar this week and he gave it to Jo Eastwood who, visibly relieved, told us of how she had finally sold her house after it had been hanging over head for about a year and was now able to move forward with her life. A good 60 seconds that was deserved of the Oscar.
This weeks statistics and points of note
Lee Scarff has joined us as resident plumber and we will be inducting him at the first opportunity.
£12,000 of new business was recorded this week and 35 new referral opportunities.
These to be set against not only £135,000.00 worth of business in March but also 145 referrals.
10 minute presentation by David Plumley
His presentation obviously involved the use of the computer and images on the screen. He first of all showed us where he worked which of course is the EBF hotbed known as the Hermitage. His photograph enabled him to point out where Paul Booth worked and where he worked and also point out the location of certain faux fenetre (false windows to you). He then showed us a picture of himself multi tasking with four screens and finally he mentioned PUPS, this well known canine nuisance is of course an acronym. Your question for the week, to be answered in your comments to this Blog are, what does PUPS stand for? It will not be a satisfactory answer to state that, like “time and tide” it waits for no man, buts let’s have your suggestions. Somebody might have remembered exactly its meaning. As usual David demonstrated his total compitence and value to all of us who use him to keep our computers running. He really is a member we can recommend with confidence and so lets get out there and do it.
An excellent and humorous referrals round gave support for the current statistics showing a very vibrant group that is moving forwards.
Next week there will be several people away on holiday. All of you who are not, please make the extra effort to turn up all bright eyed and bushy tailed.