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“Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it”

August 10, 2012

“Find the good.  It’s all around you.  Find it, showcase it and you’ll start believing in it” – 

So said Jesse Owens (b 8/8/1913) and there was a room full of good at the  Bristol Business Network on August 8th.

Those attending created an event with such a great buzz, much conversation, opportunities being created and connections being made  A truly collaborative event!

The pre lunch session saw a MasterMind session involing numerous minds, a bunch of Post-Its, a three ring model and creative discussion!


Some of those who were at lunch on Wednesday 8/8/12

Decision makers collaborating, conversing and connecting!

Co-operative Employee Benefits,
Cremanass Limited,
Evelyn Mae Interiors,
Appleton Fox Wealth Management Ltd,
Brook Redwood Hotel & Country Club,
Red Recruitment Partnership Ltd,
if only….ltd,
Mark Leveridge Magic,
N3 Display Graphics Ltd,
The Referral Institute UK,
Themis Health and Wellbeing,
Phil Yarrow Consulting Ltd,
Polyglot Coaching,
Roger Moore & Associates,
Shore Business Services,
The Best Of Bristol Ltd,
The HR Dept (Bristol) Ltd,
Welcome Telecom Ltd,

Thank you to Halina Sroka – Evelyn Mae Interiors – who brought along a selection of truly impressive pieces that would add a real statement to any reception – add an extra dimension to an event – even take wedding flowers to new heights – the photo’s give an impression 

The photo does not do these wonderful pieces justice!











Thank you also to Inge Dowden of Polyglot Coaching for a truly Olympian 10 minutes – inspirational, extremely relevant and certainly something that can be used in business and life!  The Queen music and lyrics adding an extra dimension

Inge is hosting the seminar at the next event on 19th September – details here

Inge’s 10 minutes – Full transcript here – including Queen lyrics!



Other contributions and opportunities came from the following

David Minns of A Suit That

Complimentary measure-up and consultation, or bespoke shirt with suit*


Chris Gordon of AUDITEL LTD

Wewill review you or your clients costs for free – consultancy on a no-savings, no-fee basis delivered by the UK’s number one cost management organisation. We can look at over 150 cost categories from energy to telephones, insurance to stationery to business rates.  Even if you are a small organisation or a sole trader there is probably something we can do for you.  We will happily pay a finder’s fee for introduction to larger clients.


Karl Ellis of EBRS

PAY BENCHMARKING OFFER – get 2 roles assessed for the price of 1.

The savings made by not paying the going rate for a role can be easily outweighed by the recruitment and training costs of replacing a valued employee who has been tempted away.

We can provide you an objective assessment of the market rate for any (or all) of your roles – from Chief Executive level down. Contact us on 01454 501686 or see our website ( for more details


Mike Stevenson of the HR Dept
Tel 0845 2021 999

We offer outsourced HR Services to SME’s; everything an in house HR Department would provide but at a fraction of the cost. We are happy to provide a free consultation and meet with any business to discuss their HR needs. We also offer a free review of employment contracts, company policies and handbooks



Tel: 0117 965 5566

Get a Premium Banner stand 1m wide (pre-owned unit) with new bag and lifetime warranty at £130 (normal price £250) – limited stock

Inge Dowden of Polyglot Coaching


Would you like to be better at communicating with others, avoiding conflicts and motivating others? Then have your DISC personality profile done and have a 30 minute coaching session with me, all for just £25 instead of the usual £40.

 Personal Development Journal “This is my Life”: £24.95. Perfect for people who want to make a change in their life, but don’t know how to do it, or lack the motivation and action plans to succeed.

Contact me for more details:  or 0117-3704204


Tel: 01454 228 213

Best of Bristol Exhibition – limited exhibition spaces available

Free to visit and develop opportunities for your business


Tel: 0870 7777011

Reduce costs; reduce your carbon footprint with Fax 2 e-mail. WELCOME offers a full range of numbers that can deliver faxes to your inbox. Free to set up this service means that you only print the faxes you need to.

Bristol Business Network Charity 

Jessie May is a local charity that provides vital nursing care, within the family home, for children who have life limiting conditions. In addition they provide respite days, packed with activities, with expert care on hand giving parents and siblings a chance to do some of the things you and I take for granted – such as the weekly shop or perhaps even a trip to the zoo.

Other ways you can help

  1. Many companies have charity committees – if yours does it would be great to get an introduction to the chair or other members.
  2. As well as hard cash we also need IT hardware, office equipment, furniture etc. If you become aware that your company or a client company is getting rid of good stuff then you might point them in our direction?
  3. Also as I mentioned we are currently collecting old mobile phones and inkjet cartridges for recycling which raises money for us. A new fundraising initiative is recycling old jewelry – gold silver, costume jewelry and watches broken and damaged all can be recycled and raise money for us.
  4. You may be a member of a sports club, a choir, or other leisure group. These often raise money for charities also – consideration of Jessie May would be very helpful.
  5. An opportunity for you to market your business through sponsoring our newsletter for example.

Or a great way of raising team morale by a team participating in a fun fundraising event.

If you want any information on any of these ideas then please email me or ring me – Chris Roys   Chief Executive   01179616840

Family Walk & Teddy Bear’s Picnic!                                         Sunday 16th September 2012

Blaise Castle at 11.30 am

Bring a bear, bring a picnic, bring the family…and raise money for Jessie May!

  • £5 (Adult reg)
  • £2 (Child reg – 16 yrs & under)
  • £10 (Family reg) -2 Adults, 2 Children
  • & then raise as much as you can in sponsorship….

Jessie May’s fundraising walk will take you on a journey around Blaise Castle’s beautiful estate, and will feature a special Teddy Bear’s Picnic with children’s facepainting.

The walk is approximately 1.5 miles long and is wheelchair friendly.

To enter the walk click here: or contact Emily Lynch at or  0117 9582174


The HL Mencken 9b 8/8/1880 quote

“Two words that can be formed into the longest sentence are: I do.”

Harold Abrahams – Olympic Champion – not a quote – dialogue from the film “Chariots of Fire”

“If I can’t win, I won’t run” – says Abrahams.  “If you don’t run, you can’t win” replies his girlfriend Sybil


Any guest that you invite who joins earns you a bottle of bubbly – unlimited – more guests who join = more fizz!

Businesses not currently represented….

Lawyers, health and beauty, cosmetics, florists, photographers, manufacturing, logistics/courier, hire, utilities, consumer goods, restaurants, hair dressers/barbers; landscape/gardening/horticulture, architects, cleaning contractors domestic & commercial, building supplies, travel agents/consultants, butchers, bakers and candle stick makers and someone called Joe Bloggs!- to name a few!


Interested in attending a future Business Network SW event – Bristol, Taunton and Exeter?

Get your invitation here


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