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Paul Booth was there with a call to arms. He reminded us of the importance of Google Reviews and challenged us all to get our fingers out this week. It was a timely reminder and one that we should all respond to.
The 60 Second Round
Nathan Howson was doing the awarding of the Oscar. He also reported a good week that involved the number 2. He finished a job 2 weeks early, £2,000 under budget. What’s not to like!
Highlight of the round was Nick Cooke doing Daffy Duck impressions in a way that brought tears of joy to our eyes. I think he was explaining that he was the structural engineer of the group.
Sarah Steel was delivering a webinar to Ferrero Roche; you know, those chocolatey things that people at posh parties eat and end up with bits of nuts between their teeth. She also made us aware that the average credit card debt is £2,000.00 which is apparently £441.00 more than last year.
Brian Painter reminded us that a free initial telephone consultation is available to enable him to clarify what he can do for any punters introduced to him. We should remember this when making referrals to him; that also goes for me, in particular if members introduce punters who are looking to buy or sell a business.
At Speed Print Vincent Goode does exceedingly good menus. He shared an example on his screen that contrasted the before and after once he was allowed to weave his magic. This menu boasted; Ultimate Dogs, Jumbo Wings and Buffalo in Franks Sauce. It’s enough to make you go vegan.
A lot of us are tidying up before Christmas, John Freeman, Alan Moller and John Hammond to mention but three.
Scott Griffiths offered the oft quoted epithet “if you think it’s expensive to hire a pro, see what hiring an amateur will cost”. A view echoed by Terry Maylin where a client who should have known better, had failed to provide a written contract to an employee and was now being well and truly stuffed.
The Oscar was awarded to Matt Barry who is through the Blue Sheriff is helping raise money for the Brentwood Theatre.
Well done to all for their contributions to an excellent round.
Meeting Secretaries Report
Scott Griffiths reminded us that next week we must turn up in our Christmassy gear. Make sure you concentrate on dressing from the chest upwards. Elvin shoes, Santa’s boots and tight-fitting red britches will be a waste of time as well as uncomfortable. Concentrate on the chest upwards.
10-minute presentation by Simon Essex
It was good to see Simon Essex looking fit and well after his brush with Covid 19. An interesting piece of information was that he started off working with the BBC on Pebble Mill at one. More of us than cared to mention it had memories of this middle of the day production. Ben Golding even admitted to singing on one particular programme. As always Simon produced an excellent presentation of his new life at the Greenhouse. He is even trying to reintroduce the Aspidistra, very Noel Coward! We even got to see a video that showed those of us who have not been exactly what the Greenhouse looks like.
Referrals and Testimonials Round
Lots of 1-2-1s and Thanks for the Money.
Don’t forget next week; it’s Christmas!!!