This week’s Essex Business Forum meeting may well have been all about the stand-ins; but that did not diminish its success.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
1. Paul Booth of Booth & Co Accountants (standing in for Scott Griffiths of Eseyo Web Design) unveiled March figures…and they’re smoking hot! 98 referrals, with an average value of £700. Not to forget the 9 visitors we welcomed, and new members who have joined.
2. £14,000 of business referred between members at today’s meeting.
3. Paul Booth scooped March Monthly Contribution competition for his stellar work (Should we start calling him the ‘Referral Machine’?) – With Steve Roach of Phoenix FM in 2nd slot and Jill Willis of Jill Willis Copywriting &PR in 3rd.
4. Jolly Good Egg award goes to Howard Bullock of Clear Financial Advice. Helpful, informative, knowledgeable, as well as an outstanding fundraiser for EBF charity Snap. What more can we say. He’s just great.
5. Carmel Jane, of Carmel Jane Photography joined us at her first official meeting. Great to have such an enthusiastic, energetic new member, welcome from us all!
We were all reminded of the value of ‘slow-time’ by David Plumley of Brentwood Computers, in a very thought provoking education slot. With advice focusing on the importance of maintaining high standards during busy periods, and making the most of the slow periods. “Catch up with administration, revisit your business plan, review your approach to marketing, and streamline systems and processes”, stressed a plain speaking David.
In a nutshell – Make the most of it folks, ‘wiggle room’ is vital if you’re to run your business successfully.
Howard Bullock lived up to his company name, with a business presentation applauded for its clarity. Having just celebrated its ten year anniversary, Howard’s Billericay based business currently looks after a client investment portfolio of over £40million.
After taking a flurry of questions from the floor, Howard’s parting advice was clear; “This is the golden age of pensions, with legislative improvements bringing greater financial freedoms. However, this golden age is not predicted to last, with changes expected imminently. For that reason we’re advising our clients to invest as much as they can into a pension fund now.”
For more advice relating to pensions, investments and protection contact Howard via http://www.clearifa.com/
A warm welcome was extended to Danielle Wilshire of Excel Contracts and Paul Durrant of PDT Sales Consultancy, great as always to see new faces and learn more about fellow businesses around Essex.
I’m sure you’ll all agree, once again we have a solid demonstration of the value EBF brings to each of our businesses.
See you next week!
Jill (in for Aidan)