With divine intervention by David Plumley I zoomed into the meeting at 7.37 am. I was the 18th and some time later we were joined by the Bard of Hadleigh. A virtual meeting of 19 was a good turnout and although it was a bright sunny morning a feeling of desperate sadness pervaded.
We all remembered Marcelle Saad who was prematurely taken from us this week. She was remembered in words and in 60 seconds of silence. She will remain in our thoughts for a long time to come.
Saj Sreedharan has departed for pastures new with our best wishes and thanks for his contribution to EBF during his time as a member.
Brian Painter has also been struck by the Virus and accordingly absent from our meeting. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery Brian.
Paul Booth presentation
An extremely useful and timely review of current government reliefs for all types of business and employment status was expertly delivered by Paul. The position of individuals who trade through a Limited Company, Tenants relief, (make sure the Landlord isn’t nicking yours),Business Loans and deferring VAT were some of the topics covered. It stimulated a lot of questions. Peal will also in future meetings keep us updated. Great effort!!!!
A short piece by John brought us up to date with the HSE’s recent guidance in the light of the Virus will be followed up by John sending round materials via email
60 Second Round
Yes we had one and very revelatory it was too.
Howard Bullock has remained busy and revealed new business from a backpacking mate of 27 years ago. What starts in a tent stays in a tent,
You don’t have to go out of the house to design a steel beam and Nick Cooke has been surveying remotely
If Alan Moller is “quiet” Ben Golding, ably assisted by Archie(cat) has been noisy and busy with virtual meetings.
David Plumley reported a run on Laptops second probably only to Toilet tissue.
The Mayor of Gants Hill has shut up shop as has Simon Essex but he has volunteered to support the NHS as well as indulging in pilates and boxercise from the comfort and convenience of his own home ; by contrast Paul Booth has lots of March year ends….if you’re confused ask him.
Tina Walker is taking the odd day off but is still looking for business.
Whilst Stuart Smallcombe remains busy he reported that Open Reach had stopped all installations that needed access to property.
Richard Reed who appeared as a Monty Pythonesque head or otherwise appeared to be prostrate in true laid back fashion. He is also working hard at repatriation for several of his clients
Toby Acton was advocating the benefit of e war chest although if you haven’t got one it’s too late now
Terry Maylin’s life is being made difficult by courts indicating that there might be virtual hearings but offering no other definitive guidance thereby causing loads of possibly unnecessary work.
Kevin Radford is getting loads of enquiries but not getting much joy out of the Insurance companies over virus related claims.
I am working from home now and am still available to prepare wills that can be dealt with without a face to face meeting
Scott Griffiths – Not only is he keeping busy with his own work but is also working for all of us. Not only has he set up this successful meeting but also he showed us how he is upgrading our profile pages on the EBF website. Now he is proposing a Zoom Social one evening next week. It will be distinguishable by all participants holding and drinking an alcoholic beverage from a glass sitting in front of our screens. Be there!!!!