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It’s getting darker by the day, but that didn’t dim this week’s Essex Business Forum, which sparkled with 20 members and 2 guests.
Headlines to take away and savour include;
- Paul Booth of Booth & Co Accountants topped the performance league, with Nick Cooke of Nick Cooke & Associates Structural Engineers in second, and Sarina Armond of Upminster Kitchen & Bedrooms Ltd in third. Sarina is a new (ish) member, so well done for making it into the top three!
- Paul Booth of Booth & Co Accountants was presented the 60 second award by last week’s winner Cathy Neat of The Willow Centre. His contribution was rather obscure (toilet rolls, ‘nuff said!) but very funny never the less.
- £8,800 new business passed this week.
- 32 new referral opportunities this week – an outstanding start to the month!
- We welcomed two visitors to the meeting. Andy Ledger of Arbuthnot Latham, a private bank founded in 1883 that offers Private Banking, Wealth Management and Commercial Banking. And, Norman Ellis of essexhairdressers.com, a training and support organisation for hair salons across Essex.
We were all reminded of the need to focus on our core services by David Plumley of Integrate Networks. In his punchy education slot David explained how vital it is to hold true to the core products or services that form the backbone of our business offering. To understand which related products or services we can also offer. And not to be tempted to become a Jack of all trades, and master of none. Otherwise known as ‘Kuldging’ it (according to David). Instead, David reminded us of the value of our EBF network of members. If a job is beyond our core repertoire the smart move is to refer to a fellow EBF member and work together as a team.
The 60 second round had some interesting topics this week. With Jo Jones of Jo Jones Health talking postural pain and lop-sidedness. She explained how, through a combination of exercise and massage, her patients are helped to relieve chronic pain and to rebalance their bodies.
Our other Jo, Jo Eastwood of Liquorice, introduced us to autumn’s must-have drinks. Larios Rose gin and Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger gin. Delectable shades of pink…which she suggests are served with a Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic (also pink, of course).
Cathy Neat of The Willow Centre in Chelmsford reminded us of the wide and varied clients who hire the centre’s meeting rooms on a weekly basis. For anything from occasional desk space in The Hub, to board meetings, training and mediation.
Mike Rogers of The Mortgage Store got serious (for a change) about the befuddling array of mortgages available, and sternly warned against the dangers of DIY hunting via mortgage comparison sites.
Meanwhile, also on the subject of DIY, John Freeman of The One Stop Property Shop explained how he’s coming to the rescue of aspiring home handymen (and women) throughout Brentwood and beyond. Assisting with home DIY projects, providing the help and advice needed to get homeowners started and then keeping them on the right track throughout.
Over on the naughty table Tina Walker
of Liberty Executive Services explained how her Summer has been busy, providing holiday admin and office support for local business owners who themselves were taking a well-earned break.
Brian Painter of Pilgrim Hypnotherapy reminded us of the variety of ailments which can be helped with by hypnotherapy. Not least Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), for which the alternative treatment is ongoing medication.
Finally, Kevin Radford at RMK Insurance talked Commercial Property Insurance and how he’s helping a growing number of commercial property owners.
No 10 minutes this week, but an interesting Q&A instead.
See you next week!
Jill of Words by Jill (in for Aidan)