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: 27 September 2018

10 minute speaker: The incoming leadership team

The 10 minutes this week was delivered by Sue Richards, John McKenzie and Ric Webster

Following on from last weeks member survey, the members of BNI Mere have requested the following:

Chapter charter and growth

  • The minimum requirements of members, and the team will help you to achieve the results, 1 referral per member per month, 2 x 1-2-1s per member per month, 3 visitors per member per year, 3 testimonials per member per year, 1 training per member per year
  • The chapter will provide 1 x post meeting training per quarter, 1 x tailored mentoring per quarter and 2 x chapter social events per year for members to assist with achieving the above goals
  • The majority of members want the chapter to grow by numbers and TYFTB. The aim is to get 30 members by April 19, and for the TYFTB to go to £750k by April 19. There are no clear target for October 19. That is a 15% increase in referral value.
  • Targeted vacancies: recruitment agency, estate agent, architect, joiner, HR,
  • Visitor experience – we will no longer distinguish between sub, visitor, etc. All will be greeted at the desk and asked to sign in. They will be made a drink and introduced to members for open networking.
  • Slides for any presentation must be supplied the night before, if they are not supplied you will need to find an alternative independence source to show them.
  • There will be no more ‘nothing from me this week’, you will need to talk about what you are working on.
  • Any other business, will be pre-notified and appropriate – the leadership team will deal with issues as will the membership committee, if you have topics outside this then please speak to John for advice.

Read moreMeeting update: 27 September 2018

Meeting update: 20 September 2018

A big thank you to our sub this week:

Dan Pala from Libreonet, Sonia Burden from Careersat, Paul Williams from Acorn Electrical, Karen Roberts from KR Administration, Dave Skeels from Complete Eco.

10 minute speaker: Teresa Tomlinson from Internal Affairs Painting & Decorating

Internal Affairs offer the following services:

  • Traditional decorating service
  • Specialist papers and wall covering
  • Surface and plaster renovations
  • Problem areas
  • Bespoke murals
  • Removing Artex

They work in a variety of properties including:

  • Private estates
  • New builds
  • Domestic
  • Commercial
  • Landlords/Holiday Rentals

Read moreMeeting update: 20 September 2018

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.

www.7ts.co.uk 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.

 

Read moreMeeting update: 6 September 2018

Meeting update: 19th July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Sam Johnson, Sharples Group, BNI Viking
David Griffiths, VFD Net, BNI Holmes Chapel
Tara Daniels, Talk Direct
Ian Spink, IPS Coaching, BNI Hooton
Sonia Burden, Careersat, BNI Vale Royal
Peter Bruder, Energy Jungle, BNI Alliance

The education slot

A fantastic Ed slot today by John Mckenzie all about the 2 minute testimonial structure.

Read moreMeeting update: 19th July 2018

Meeting update: 12th July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining.
Hilary Newhall from Allchange.
Steve Marston from Fleet Prices.
Tony Carter from HT Legal.

We also had one visitor, Peter Stephenson from Snowball Alternative Finance.

The education slot

The education slot by Alan Salter and was about door prizes.

If you turn up on the day that you deliver your 10 minutes without a door prize you will be required to pay £10 and you will be given a BNI book from stock. Whoever receives this may not be happy, so please make the effort and ensure you have a prize ready.

10 minute speaker: Sue Richards from Enriched International

Sue spoke to us about her ALOE.

A – Aches and pains

L – Lose weight

O – Omeprazole and acid reflux

E – Energy and strong immune system

Sue is looking to hold some Aloe bars – open spaces where there is lots of footfall to try products, do you know a suitable venue?

Our figures for this week:

Invoiced Business: £7151
1-2-1 meetings: 40
Referrals: 30
Testimonials: 3

Visitors: 1

 

Our notable networker for July is Steve Butler from Telecom Solutions for the external referrals he has given and bringing visitors, well done Steve.

60 second cup winner was Terry Chrystal from Cross Street Garage in Sale.

The door prize winner: Ian Griffiths from Alvis Printing

Meeting update: 5th July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Peter Bruder from Energy Jungle
Hilary Newall from Allchange Landscape Gardening
Angela Highton from Home Cooked Dining

This week we welcomed 1 visitor, Angela Rawthorn from Claire House Hospice.

The education slot

The education slot by Alan Salter and was about how 1-21 are the most important networking activity as they allow us to spot opportunities for others and yourselves. Offices are a good place to work. He also reminded us about GAINS.

G- goals
A – achievements
I – interests
N – networking
S – skills

 

10 minute speaker: Ross Jones from Select Mortgages

What – fully independent whole of market mortgage advisor – first time purchase, movers, re-mortgages, help to buy, offset mortgages, but to let, self-build, second homes, holiday lets, equity release, commercial finance and bridging loans. No conflict of interest – he will work to get you the best deal.

How – Fully flexible, weekends evenings, phone, workplace. Start to finish, can help with tailored advice, deal with estate agency and handover.

Why – loves problem solving, making the process easy for the customer, who often end up becoming friends.

Ross is looking to work for – businesses, estate agents, letting agents, accountants, IFAS, professional sports club, mortgage reviews, complex or multiple income sources, business owners and self employed, and contractors.

Ross is also looking for businesses who would like him to come in and offer a ‘drop in’ service. Offering employees/staff a free, initial no obligation chat with him about their mortgages. If you know of any suitable businesses, please get in contact with Ross.

Our figures for this week:

1-2-1 Meetings: 48
Referrals given: 30
Invoiced business in the last 7 days: £7583
Visitors: 1

Read moreMeeting update: 5th July 2018

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 3: Select WRITE A TESTIMONIAL FOR

Step 4: Write the testimonial and SUBMIT

Read moreMeeting update: 28th June 2018

Meeting update 21st July 2018

A big thank you to our subs this week:

Sandra Heap from Ron Law
Natalie Silverstone from Glamour Booth
Ian Spink from IPS Coaching
Pete Bruder from Energy Jungle

A warm welcome to our guest Sam Williams from A Lench building contractors.

Read moreMeeting update 21st July 2018