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Geoffrey Chaucer’s guest appearance at Bristol Business Network!

April 18, 2013
Geoffrey Chaucer  (whose Canterbury Tales were read at the court of Richard II for the first time on 17/4/1397) was featured at the Bristol Business Network event on strangely enough the 17/4/13 at Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa.
Little did Geoffrey know that words that he wrote over 600 years ago would be used in the context of networking!
“Life is short. Art long. Opportunity fleeting.  Experience treacherous.  Judgement difficult.”  Surely networking helps and supports that meeting face to face can take out the difficulty and treachery!
“Nothing ventured.  Nothing gained”  – if you go to an event you will benefit from the opportunities that are gained from conversation.
The event began with an informative and enlightening seminar hosted by Oliver Dymond on the world of spread betting.  Oliver covered

Advantages of Spread Betting

  • No Stamp duty is payable (a saving of typically 0.5% compared to a traditional share purchase)
  • Tax Free Profits: Profits on spread betting are not subject to capital gains tax (subject to tax law changes)
  • Profit from falling or rising markets.
  • They are traded on margin therefore bets can be placed with a relatively small initial outlay.
  • A single account can give you access to far greater range of financial markets. – Oliver spoke about a number of providers including IG, Capital Spreads)
  •  Risk can be limited by using a ‘Stop Loss’.

What can you trade?spread bet on?

  • Stock market indices such as the FTSE or NASDAQ.
  • Individual shares from the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, but also from leading US and European shares.
  • Currencies, FX.
  • Commodities
  • Futures and options.

How does a Spread Bet work? – courtesy of IG

Oliver’s seminar was packed full of information, examples and a full Q&A session

Among those that attended the event were..

David Minns , Nick Fox , Jeremy Comley, Paul Wilkinson , Glen Maxwell-Heron , Derek Jenkins , Merilyn Parker Armitage , Chris Roys , Duncan Laker, Sam Finlay , Michael Evans , Sean Humby , Paula Squire , Fiona Hallworth , Alan Webb , Simon Norton, Alex Woodward , David Lucas , Sam Talby, Anthony Druce , Greg Dodimead , David Graves , Daniel Collings , Anna Cussen , John Hurst, Jane Humby , Mark Leveridge , Nigel Peeck , Roy Adair , Martin Boulton , Inge Dowden , Bryonie Harwood , Peter Prater , Matt Richardson , Kelvin Roberts , Alexander Campbell  , Oliver Dymond , Nigel Slade

From these businesses

Avagio IT Services, Clifton College, St John’s Chambers, The Camino Group/Damsels in Success, David Lucas – The Long Reach Irrigator, FRP Advisory, BizVidz/Airhead Animation, Hilton Garden Inn Bristol, Polyglot Coaching,  Jelf Lampier, Cultivate Marketing, GD Creative Ltd, BPI OnDemand Ltd, GWS Media Ltd, Phil Yarrow Consulting Ltd, A Suit That Fits, Appleton Fox Wealth Management Ltd, Shopping Sherlock, Mark Leveridge Magic, N3 Display Graphics Ltd, Rewarding Customers, Clarke Willmott LLP, Qtac Solutions Ltd, Recognition Express, Co-operative Flexible Benefits, Cofely,  The Jessie May Trust, Welcome Telecom Ltd, Shred-it M4 Corridor, St Andrews Consulting Ltd, Knipe Whiting Heath, Open Network Associates Ltd, Reframe Active

Thank you to Matt Richardson for an entertaining, lively and memorable 10 minutes on the power of branded goods and how they can make a business stand out from the crowd!
 Matt finished with a poem! Chauceresque!
So, if it’s tat you want and a decent price,
From a chap who smiles and is awfully nice

From the cheapest pen to the poshest of prize

Don’t just sit there, open your eyes

You know who I am, you know that I’m odd

You know that I’ll treat you as if you were god

I’m king of the tat, with a mouth of a sewer

Don’t just think of orders, go be a do’er

I thank you today for letting me chat

And do hope that I haven’t been too much of a twit

I love my job and want to sell more

So place an order or I’ll barricade the door!
Look for Joe Bloggs**
** If you introduce someone called Joe Bloggs who is a decision maker in a business – they come to an event and join then I will give you 12 months membership free!
Preview for the next event 15/5/13 is here – celebrating 20 years of Business Network lunches in Bristol
Businesses not currently represented in Bristol Business Network
Accountants, serviced offices, Health and beauty, cosmetics, florists, photographers, manufacturing, logistics/courier, hire, consumer goods, hair dressers/barbers; landscape/gardening/horticulture, architects, Printing company, taxi, cleaning contractors domestic & commercial, building supplies, travel agents/consultants, butchers, bakers and candle stick makers and someone called Joe Bloggs!**- to name a few!
A final note from Chaucer
“Patience is a conquering virtue” – again very apt for networking!

Where do I get my invitation?

call 01981 540708

email – with “yes book me in” or “yes send me invite” or

complete enquiry form here

Why should you attend?

At each event you will have the opportunity to meet numerous other senior decision makers from locally based businesses in a relaxed and focused environment. It is a proven way and sustainable way of continuing to develop opportunities.

  • You will generate opportunities that will enhance your business
  • You will build mutually beneficial relationships with other decision makers
  • The networking is relaxed and comfortable
  • You will the opportunity to promote your business and expertise
  • You will build a team of advocates and ambassadors for your business
  • You will generate an ROI on your networking
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