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Tax saving, Tom Peters, e-Commerce, Maslow plus networking – is that a WOW!

November 8, 2012
“The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people” Tom Peters b 7/11/1940
November’s Exeter Business Network event saw a room full of the great and good from the local business community all engaging in  enthusiastic conversations generating a plethora of connections and opportunities.
If there was a scale for measuring  visibility and credibility the action and energy displayed yesterday – 7/11/12 – would have broken it!
New members welcomed in November – Veritas Legal Services Ltd and Andrew Price & Co
The seminar before lunch was hosted by Mary Jane Campbell – Partner at Simpkins Edwards and she shared a wealth of top tax saving tips.
  • Did you know that on the HMRC tax avoidance scale – level 1 is an ISA?
  • There are over 70 different types of income free from tax including Rent-a-room income up to £4,250 and Suggestion scheme awards
  • If you are required to work from home and have a room for this purpose you can claim an allowance based on the proportion of the total upkeep.  Alternatively, claim £3 per week, this doesn’t need to be supported by documentary evidence
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During the lunch an appeal was put out on behalf of Surf Livesaving GB – an Exeter based charity who lost everything in a fire at their Exeter HQ.  The appeal was for office space – and numerous offers were made and Glen King offered her extensive PR experience as a prize draw – everyone who contributed £10 was inn the hat and Catherine Petherick of Exeter Audi was drawn!  Over £400 was raised! Thank you.
As it was Tom Peter’s birthday reference was made to Tom’s fabulous article – Lunch!
Thank you to Nigel Wilkinson – WNW Design for the 10 minutes on e-Commerce – informative, enlightening and full of opportunities.- Nigel’s TOP TEN TIPS HERE
Following the lunch the seminar hosted by Cathy Towers – Exeter Mind and Body Clinic was a cerebral session – looking at the correlations between Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – the Eastern Chakra system and how we can apply different techniques to help in business – how we think, feel and deeply know the challenges and issues that we have…..

‘I wish I didn’t keep getting angry’

‘I wish I could approach problems and challenges with more confidence’

‘I wish I could feel happy, like I used to’

‘I wish that pain would go – and not come back’

‘I wish I wasn’t tired all of the time…..

Cathy at Exeter Mind and Body Clinic can be contacted 07989 564660 or here.


Among those at the event


Business Furniture Group,

Veritas Legal Services Ltd,


Concentric Dots – (Part of iGlimpse Limited),

Egret Limited,

Enterprise Assist Limited,


Andrew Price & Co Limited,

Bitpod Ltd,

Blanchard Media Ltd


Cobalt Communications,

Exeter Mind & Body Clinic,

Concept Card,

CR HR Consultancy,

Crisp Professional Development,

Daneswood Solutions Ltd,

David Frumin & Associates,

Devon Air Ambulance Trust,

Exeter Audi,

Exeter Golf & Country Club,

Fair Energy,

Glen King PR/Marketing Ltd,

Gravitas Recruitment (SW) Ltd,

Hartnell Chanot & Partners,

High Path VAT Consultancy,

Hosted Desktop UK Ltd,

Malcolm Rouse Photography,

Mark Leveridge Magic,

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau,

Jelf Group plc,

Knowledge Gateway Ltd,

Lyme Bay Insurance,

Marla Custom Blinds,

Exeter Racecourse & Conference Centre,

Old Mill Accountancy LLP,

Optix Solutions Ltd,

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education,

Realistic Home Improvements Ltd,

Regus Management UK Ltd,

MRM Information Systems Ltd,

Nature’s Brilliance in Business,

Ostrich I.T Services Ltd,

WBW Solicitors LLP,

WNW Design,

WPA Healthcare,

Tender Victory,

The HR Dept

Q Social Media Ltd,

QuickPrint (South West) Ltd,

RSH Copywriting,


Simpkins Edwards,

Pilates for backpain,

Plug and Play,,

St James’s Place Wealth Management,

Sureways Training Limited,

The West of England School & College,

thebestof Exeter,

Next event 5/12/12  – 2 fabulous seminars, THE networking lunch, Charity Raffle……… Sneak preview here
It is the Christmas event and you have the opportunity of supporting the Exeter Business Network Charities – Devon Air Ambulance, Families for ChildrenThe West of England School and College and St Loye’s Foundation
If you have something to donate for the raffle then please let me know- anything from your time and expertise, a product, a bottle – we have had sporting memorabilia (Lewis Hamilton signed cap), a full colour printer, a 2 day car hire, chocolates, cakes, champagne, gardening services, hotel stay, dinner for two, gift vouchers – I trust you get the idea!  More details will follow.
“Do just once what others say you can’t do and you will never 

pay attention to their limitations again” Captain James Cook b 7/11/1728

Intrigued – want to experience an event?


Questions to ask yourself about your networking

  • Do you want to generate opportunities that will enhance your business?
  • Do you want to build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers?
  • Do you want your networking to relaxed and comfortable?
  • How about business seminars that can positively impact your business?
  • Would a huge variety of contacts be useful to your business?
  • Do you want the opportunity to promote your business and expertise?
  • Do you want a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business?
  • What about generating an ROI on your networking?
  • Interested?

Complete the enquiry form here and your personal invitation will be emailed to you

Call   01981 540708

Why attend? 
The results of a recent survey show that the majority of participants joined Business Network SW to build valuable relationships and meet decision makers from businesses that they felt would benefit them.
96% of members feel that Business Network SW has met their expectations, with most of them making valuable connections, gaining work and getting an increase on ROI 
You can attend 1 event as a visitor – to attend subsequent events membership is required – full details will be available at the event. Membership is restricted so that only 5% of the total membership is from the same business category. BNSW operates a waiting list for those over subscribed categories.

Events are invitation only

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