Its Easter holiday time, and yet we had an overall turnout of 25, 23 Members with 2 visitors.
Stuart Smallcombe, as usual, gave the food for thought which is always good quality. His message was simply that you should make your mind up as to whether you are going to be a generalist or a specialist, and that he did not believe that you can be both.
The 60 Second Round
Scott Griffiths was awarding the Oscar and so kicked us off. He spent his time talking Smush. Slightly puzzling…
Apparently, by way follow up to Scott, Marcelle Saad explained the effect of Artificial Intelligence on the diamond trade which was an interesting insight.
Ben Golding for 60 seconds became the Easter Bunny, a magic egg and a magic card and the upshot was that the Easter Bunny was capable of providing you with all of the benefits that are similar to what Utility Warehouse does. He seemed to be really swapping the pig for the bunny. Must be distressing for the pig.
Mike Rogers produced 2 reasons why he loved his job. He turned innocent savers into homeowners and he has been dealing with 5 year fixed rates which will run out a year after he has retired. Surely EBF has more than 4 years left of him.
Terry Maylin and Dean Caldon pondered the governments declared intent to abolish Section 21 Notices (no fault eviction). Landlords do not despair, there is a long way to go and advice is available from both of them that will help mitigate what might be future disruption.
Kevin Radford AKA the Bard of Hadleigh was less poetic and more dramatic. He rejoiced in “The Game of Thrones” being back and then speculated that Insurance premium for the castle where the King of the North dwells might be. It turned out to be in excess of 6 Million. I know that being specific as to preferences that you are looking for can be helpful but this particular wish was probably slightly ambitious.
Having taken on board Stuart Smallcombe’ s message regarding general or specialist approach to our business, John Freeman stood up and demonstrated how it is always the exception that proves the rule. If ever there was a general specialist he is an example.
Richard Reed talked about a family concierge service which apparently is “high end” in making the sort of detailed arrangements that you would not get from anyone else.
Vincent Goode once again confirmed that he has been going since 1983 and like many people approaching there later life lists can be important. He then told us, by use of a list no less lots of stupid questions that he had received. He does however do exceedingly good printing.
Jill Willis is producing a programme of work shops to help business “get out there”. Watch for an email she is going to send out for us to share with those who we think might benefit from these workshops.
John Hammond, who is all about security, is trying to stamp out senseless acts of violence. His example was a man who stabbed his mother because she put too much milk in his tea. How CCTV cameras can help a reasonable reaction to unreasonable behaviour I do not know.
Brian Painter was back to the evils of smoking. He mentioned DDT, Arsenic and Cyanide. Allan Turing, Himmler and Rasputin apparently all died of poisoning from these various poisons. Whether they all smoked was not clear.
The Oscar was awarded to Kieran Peaty. He explained about expanding his business, diversifying into commercial and industrial areas. It ticked all the boxes for a 60 second presentation. Well done Kieran.
One of our visitors was a one time member Nigel Kirby who is to plumbing what Tiger Woods is to golf. He gave us lots of historical facts about plumbing. Amongst other things he mentioned the significance of a gentleman named Crapper to the development of the modern toilet. He was apparently beaten by one Harrington but I guess, to use his name instead of the aforesaid Crapper would have involved a much more clumsy use of slang in relation to matters lavatorial.
This weeks statistics and points of note
23 Member present
£15,520.00 recorded business
Oscar winner Kieran Peaty
10-minute presentation by Richard Reed
Our travel guru surrounded by congratulatory postcards from all parts of the globe took us through the story of the development of his business and received the verbal accolades of many of the members who have used his services and have had reasons to be pleased to have done so.
What an array of gaudy and multicoloured socks. Messrs Plumley, Goode and Kirby all flashed their ankles and the light generated was stunning. It is also fair to say that as socks go, they were all in exceedingly bad taste.