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After Christmas and New Year we were all gathered together for our first meeting of 2020. It is fair to say that some of us looked as if we needed a good detox but 24 Members were in attendance and with 1 visitor everyone was looking forward excitedly to a new year.
Toby Acton delivered an appropriate presentation. He advised that we should all be looking forward to 2020. We should fill in our diary/Calendars in the following order:
- Mark out holidays and family time
- Fill in your own time (“me time”)
- Set out any time for personal development.
- The rest can be free for business appointments and business development and all of the other things that you are resolving to do to take your business forward in the New Year
Hands up any of you have done this already.
The 60 Second Round
The first 60 seconds of the year also reflected our personal attitudes going forward.
Simon Essex was awarding the Oscar and was therefore first up. He told us of a graduate vacancy that he needed to fill.
Marcelle Saad, as befitting the new year summarised the full extent of her services.
The Self Styled Mike (King of Mortgages) Rogers explained how the market seemed to have exploded following the Brexit Vote. Lots of first time buyers approaching him for mortgages apparently.
Kieran Peaty has other things on his mind, to wit birth of child. He really didn’t want any new work at the moment.
Ford Astbury has 4 properties on one road in Gidea Park doing loft conversions and the like. We should be considering looking for new clients for him who do not of necessity have to live in Gidea Park.
Tina Walker is looking for people pulling their hair out. She hasn’t turned into a wig maker but is acutely aware of business people drowning in work not completed before Christmas. She can help!!!
Terry Maylin has been involved in British Film Making, “Four trials and a mediation”.
Matt Barry is looking to balance his team and attract new businesses or businesses that are rebranding.
Toby (birthday boy) Acton urged us to review our previous year in order to better plan for this year.
We are just into the New Year and Stuart Smallcombe was able to report bringing high speed internet to Mucking. Some sort of building (power station) in the middle of a field. One mans muck is another man’s gold
The same was true of Mason Edwards, His business is clearing up other peoples mess and he is now involved not only locally but travelling regularly to Birmingham to do the same.
Howard Bullock was urging anybody contemplating retirement, however far in the future, to consult him immediately. He was so keen to get his message over that he put his name down twice on the Members sign in. This is the sort of behaviour we have come to expect from the Naughty Corner.
Brian Painter is looking for someone who does not like crowds, only drives on local roads, can be made sick by being a passenger in a car and only gets pleasure from walking her dog. Those are the sort of people he is looking for. There are a lot of people who walk their dogs outside my house, and they tend to be known by the name of their dog rather than their own name but I will see what I can do to enlist.
The Mayor of Gants Hill will check your flyers for a tenner and make sure everything is tickidy boo.
Dean Caldon confirmed Mike Roger’s assessment of the current lively property market and John Freeman indicated that this was of great use to him with all of the jobs that come with either the moving out or moving into a house.
Saj Sreedharan’s wife is now having to prepare flower displays for funerals that include an Arsenal Scarf and a Mercedes Badge. Just wait until they are instructed to deal with funeral arrangements for a Porn Star.
John Hammond fell short of his usual rant against cowboys, but cowboys still got a mention from him.
Modesty normally prevents me from referring my own 60 seconds but now that Ethical Veganism has been recognised by an Employment Tribunal as “a philosophical belief “. The use of anything to do with animals might need avoidance by employers. I have seen the future…”garlic bread”. Nothing to do with animals there.
So who won the Oscar, Simon Essex’s eye was well and truly turned by Richard Reed who told of savings made on a trip for himself and some friends and beating the price of a hire cottage by £300.00.
This weeks statistics and points of note
24 Members present on visitor
27 Referrals made
£17,500.00 of business recorded
Richard Reed won the Oscar
- 1 visitor at the meeting
10-minute presentation by Terry Maylin
This week it fell to Terry Maylin to produce a clear message about personal injury claims. The insurance industry is trying to oust solicitors from the process and with a couple of case studies he illustrated how much more money he was regularly able to get to claim for punters. Anybody who has been injured could do worse than get advice from him before accepting what are likely to be unrealistic proposals from insurance companies.
So ended the excellent first meeting of this year; may it be the first of many.