Meeting Update: 13 Feb 2020

A warm welcome to our guests, visitors and subs this week including Adam Green from PTT UK Telecommunications, Andrew Dickinson from Reality Kitchens, Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining , Carol Hickson from Crescent Therapy Health & Wellbeing, Caroline Evans from Mercury Protection Services, David Webb from Mid Cheshire Clinical Hypnotherapy Health & Wellbeing, (Mrs) Jamie Forster from Akeso Counselling Health & Wellbeing, Janet Raeburn, Judith Todd from Homestyle4u Interior Designer, Karl Donovan from Kutchenhaus, Keith Hadaway from Utility Warehouse, Martin Webb from Elliot James Properties, Paul Critchley from Home Financial, Pierre Simmons from STS UK and Wendy Telfer from Tropic Skincare.

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The Wellspring Reverse Advent Calendar

We wanted to reach out and let you know about an important project that we have got involved in. One of our members Sharon Charteress, visited the Wellspring Project in Stockport earlier this month. She was astounded by how many people they help on a daily basis. If you haven’t heard of them, the Wellspring are a charity that are open 365 days a year offering an open door policy to anyone who is homeless. Not only do they provide the essentials such as food and clothing, they also offer professional support, referrals to housing, on site health services and much more.

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Meeting update: 31 October

A warm welcome to our subs, guests and visitors including Dan Oliver from Logosew, Kevin Read from Read Property Associates, Simeon Guntrip from SG Learning and Development, Terry Bennett from TB Electrics, Iain Mclead from Regus, Carrie Phillips from The Altrincham McTimoney Chiropractic Clinic and Aiden from Mosaic Digital Media.

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Meeting update: 17 October

A warm welcome to our guests, visitors and subs including Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining, David Walker from ABS Restoration, Janet Raeburn, Justin Culver from JMC Business Consultancy Business, Jon Waldron from WFH Design, Terry Bennett from TB Electrics and Tom Dobson from iAgent Homes Estate Agent.

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Meeting update: 10 October

A warm welcome to our guests, visitors and subs this week including David Bethell from Project Development Workshop, David Lafferty from Park Holland Mechanical Services, Henry Aborele from Ideal Facilities Management, Janet Raeburn and Terry Bennett from TB Electrics Electrical Contractors.

Member of the year

At the BNI East Cheshire Gala Dinner held on 4th October, Ian Griffiths from Alvis Printing was named as our member of the year. Ian does a lot of work behind the scenes for the chapter and we a re delighted to see this recognised. Congratulations Ian.

Education slot

The Education slot was delivered by Julie Antonelli this week and was all about the top 10 things to get out of your membership.

  1. Support and advice from other professionals
  2. Public speaking practice
  3. Knowledge of other types of business
  4. Access to trusted suppliers and services
  5. Education
  6. Other networking opportunities
  7. A focus group
  8. Joint ventures
  9. Business development for your staff
  10. Business referrals

Notable networker

This month our Notable networker goes to Jill Shields from Blain Boland for her attendance, TYFTB and referrals. Well done Jill!

The Carl Telfer Cup

The winner of the cup this week was Mark Whylie from Copperleaf Group. Congratulations Mark!

10 minute speaker:
Sharon Charteress from Mood Design

This week Sharon spoke to us about her career to date, she wanted to illustrate that even though she runs a small business, she has extensive experience of working in the marketing and publishing sectors.

She told us about her time in London working for a family run chain of 7 hotels, of working as a publications officer at a children’s charity and of her time working for a financial publishing house.

Sharon then went on to discuss her move to the Midlands and working for one of the largest manufacturing companies in their marketing department, before going on to become a non executive director of a city centre design agency.

Sharon finally relocated to the North West and set up Mood Design, using her extensive experience to offer a range of cost effective marketing, social media and design services to small and medium sized businesses.

Our figures

Invoiced business: 4k
Referrals: 8
1-2-1 meeting: 9
Visitors: 3

Meeting Update: 3 October 2019

Many thanks to our guests, subs and visitors this week including Emma Stanton from Personal Development People, Janet Raeburn, Negin Karimi from Mosaic Digital Media, Gordon Spotten from TSB, Sam McWilliams from genesis Advisory Services and Tom Dobson from iAgent Homes and Gavin Bundy from Bundy Electrical.

Read moreMeeting Update: 3 October 2019

Warrington Digital Agency Secure Spot as DEA Finalists

Full-service digital agency Mosaic Digital Media, who has offices in Northwich and Warrington, has secured a position as 2019 finalists of the Digital Entrepreneur Awards ( for the category ‘Digital Team of the Year.’

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Meeting update: 18 October 2018

Many thanks

Dan Oliver from Logosew
Sonia Burden from Careersat
Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining
Adrian Walker from Pro Fit Flooring
Charlie Reid from Egan Reid
Kevin Woods from Small Planet Travel
Suzanne Hughes from HT Legal
Alice Jackson from Best Business Enabler

10 minute speaker: Terry Chrystal from Cross Street Garage

The 10 minute speaker this week was Terry Chrystal from Cross Street Garage in Sale and TLC Garage in Warrington. Did an apprentice at Vauxhall and then worked mobile until taking on Cross Street Garage.

a-z of vehicle maintenance
Classics are a speciality

Notable networker

Notable Networker award was given to Sharon Charteress from Mood Design Solutions.

60 second trophy was also won by Liam White from Capstone Financial Management

Our figures this week:

Referrals: 7

1-2-1: 31

TYFTB: £11016

Visitors 2

Testimonials: 2


Meeting update: 4th October 2018

Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today’s meeting was somewhat special. Our members wore pink in support of those suffering with breast cancer and many of them also made some delicious cakes which were used to raise funds for Cancer Care Packs for Shine Bright Charity.

A warm welcome to our visitors and guests:

Emma Fawcett-Eustace, Florist

Julie Antonelli from Travel Counsellors

Paul Caslin from Mow Gardening

Hazel Burgess from Nurture Your Skin

Julie Cameron from Jem Recycling and Waste

Wendy Heyes from Open House East Cheshire

Angela Highton from Home Cooked Food

Education slot: testimonials

How to write a testimonial

Focus on the person and business.

Go into details on how good they are at providing their service and products.

What did they do right?

Always try and make it a first person testimonial.

How did it make you feel?

Please can you write a testimonial for anyone who has completed some work for you.

10 minute speaker: Russell Brown from X-Press Legal Services

X-Press Legal Services in Stockport are a national provider of property searches to anyone who purchases a property.

Planning permission – if a loft has been converted but does not have planning permission, you cannot market it as a room

Contaminated land – cannot be sold, you will be responsible for the clean up and costs

Home risk reports – directly to the public, residential market – offers a range of risk reports

Looking to connect with estate agents and mortgage advisors

Notable networker

Notable Networker award was given to Sharon Charteress from Mood Design Solutions.

60 second trophy was also won by Sharon Charteress from mood Design Solutions.

Our figures this week:

TYFTB: £10,503

Visitors: 4

Testimonials: 3

1-2-1: 23

Referrals: 18


Meeting update: 6 September 2018

A big thank you to our sub this week:

Thank you to Angela Highton from Home cooked dining for subbing this week.

A warm welcome to our guests this week Joanne Johnson from Travel Counsellors and Su Turner from Insight to Impact Consulting. Paul Williams from Acorn electrical supplies.


Congratulations to Peter Bruder from Energy Jungle for becoming our latest member.


The education slot

Ed Slot was delivered by Ellen O’Donnell and was all about Hot or Not.

How hot is your referral?

1 – gave someone your name

2 – gave someone your business card

3 – Gave someone your card and a recommendation

4 – You have arranged a meeting with the contact and your member

5 – You have arranged a meeting for the contact, the member and yourself

10 minute speaker: Steve Butler from Telecom Solu7ions

Steve talked about Horizon, a complete hosted communication system which allows you to manage your calls effectively.  It allows to you keep your old numbers, but also add new ones. Call forwarding feature enabled. Administrator interface can be managed internally or externally.

Can be used for conference calls, hold and pick up by another phones, group calls, etc. Enhances flexible working for the modern company that may not always be office based with the ability to manage mobile and landlines. for more info.

Our figures for this week:

TYFTB: £5720
1-2-1: 23
Referrals: 20
Visitors: 2


Notable networker for September is Liam White from Capstone Financial Management, external referrals and the quality of 1-2-1s

60 second cup was won this week by Dale Sherlock from Fleetprices.


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Meeting update: 28th June 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Sonia Burden from Careersat
Ella Worthington from Utility Warehouse
Peter Bruder from Energy Jungle

This week we welcomed 2 visitors, Denis Wakefield from JDF Lend and Peter Stephenson from Snowball Alternative Finance.

The education slot

Was delivered this week by John McKenzie. He was telling us how testimonials will only count now when they have been put onto BNI Connect.  There are 4 easy steps to do this.

Step 1: Click on NETWORK, then on CONNECTIONS

Step 2: Select the member you want to write a testimonial for


Step 4: Write the testimonial and SUBMIT

Read moreMeeting update: 28th June 2018