Friday morning networking 20th Sept

What a beautiful morning to be out early. The sun was up, the drive to Gerrards Cross across Slough easy at this time of the morning.

We had two visitors today –

Moira Hamer and Anthony Jones and an interesting talk from Charles Fraser on how to pay for your care in old age. Some good advice and tips on things to watch out for if sorting this out for elderly relatives. 1. paying with your assets, 2. through the local council if you do not have enough in your assets to cover the costs or 3. through the NHS continuing health care.

One point that was stressed was that proper planning can get over some issues that the council will try. They will try their hardest to make sure they have the least amount of financial input into your care situation!

Karen Pawlowska was telling us about a new initiative from Sky TV, where small companies can now – through companies like TakeOne – do complete TV adverts aimed at specific target markets! Pretty amazing and a great opportunity to play against the more usual suspects of the big national companies. The targets can be on post code, number of children and a multitude of other categories…somewhat scary what these companies know about us, and thus what is used to target market us.

Great meeting and we are now in the planning stages of a Visitors day in November –

Next meeting is 4th October

Why a Blog at all?

How to make the most of your website SEO?
It is so important to keep adding content to your site and a Blog does that perfectly. Adding content increases your “usefulness” to your potential audience but also shows Google that you are actively working on your site so it increases in relevance.
A Blog is the first stage in your social media campaign…. by that I mean before you put anything on LinkedIn or Twitter etc it should be based on your Blog which is on your website… so any other social media can direct traffic back into your site where you have a better chance to convert.

Who is talking – Our next presentations

Every meeting we post out to the group who is doing the 5 minute talks.
This gives everyone a chance to see if they have any specific questions on any topics.
The topics covered are not a direct “sales” pitch to the group- because this is not what we are about!
What they should, and actually do cover, is aspects of that persons special area with hints and tips on how to operate or run your own business better.
We believe this is where we can help and add value to other members.

Friday 21st June meeting

As ever a great informative event.

where we had talks from Matt Noble Wright on what to remember when writing content for various mediums – from websites to printed – and how it can be worth getting a copywriter in to write less rather than more because we have such a small amount of time to get a point of view across. We read a website in the F plan – a little difficult to explain without a graphic but suffice to say its a page read top left to right then down and then across a little so the eyes scan in an F pattern.

A classic quote is “write drunk, edit sober”

Then we had Tim Brooker of Beyond Numbers with some great advice on how to analysis your companies trading and how reverse engineering what you need from what you want to earn. Looking down at the number of average deals and average deal value that you then get is a revealing way of thinking as this then eventually leads you to knowing what you need to do to get what you what from your business.

Then we had Karen Pawlowska from Take One TV who was talking us through the importance of  video but also on how best to ensure you get engagement, this can be as simple as getting your work colleagues to like and share the work that has been produced, this might be all you need to kick off a proper distribution of your work.

K J Smith Solicitors

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Member: Shefali Maher

Telephone: 01494 629000



Elite Coaching

Roger Rawlinson, Founder of Elite Coaching

Do you have an issue with the performance of one of your employees?
Do you need to restructure but don’t know where to start?
Do you need to update your employment or freelance contracts?

Here at Elite Coaching and HR we will help you with all your HR and employment needs, from recruitment to redundancy, from absence to appraisals. And we won’t charge you to talk through with you an issue for reassurance or to get on the right track.

Just ring me on the number below.

Member: Roger Rawlinson

Telephone: 07917201555



Debt Talk

Patricia Buckland is the founder of Debt Talk, Financial Strategist.

I teach Financial Literacy, which means I talk about personal money management. As a BACP Person-Centred Counsellor and Qualified Tutor I work with my clients to support them have a healthier relationship with their money.

Working as Founder of Debt Talk I have gained the following experience: Financial Literacy and Capability resource, design and delivery including Workshops and 1 2 1 and eLearning including statistics and reports.

Member: Patricia Buckland

Telephone: 07749287087



Meeting Friday 6th

Today’s meeting had an extended talk from Una King who discussed why tracking down all your old pensions is so important as unclaimed pensions are more common than you might think. Also covered was the importance of the state pension which is overlooked by many but at about £8,000 a year the pension pot you would have to accumulate to provide this would be over £250,000 ! Una is available to go over this at any point, just contact her.

Roz Lee from Rennie Grove Hospice Care talked about the great Supporting Hands Project:-

Our Supporting Hands service offers supportive companionship, including practical and emotional assistance to our patients and their carers in the south Buckinghamshire area. The Supporting Hands service is available both to our patients with a life-limiting illness and their carers. We can provide support both at home and on trips out.

Yet another amazing way that this charity supports people.

Sally Hindmarch offered us 2 excellent pieces of advice – 1. You can’t change people’s behaviour but you can change the way you approach them to get a better result. 2. If you make a request from people ensure you tell them “why” this is an important request, this helps them to understand the reasons behind what you are saying.

Great talks and as ever great advice!

Next meeting is 20th July at 7.15am in the Bull Hotel Gerrards Cross

Una King


Phone Mob: 07500 931773