Roger Stone

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GDPR information

It is important that all organisations that deal with personal information comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into force on 25th May 2018.  This includes all sizes of company, sole traders and even voluntary organisations – if you have information that identifies individuals, then this concerns you. Key elements are …

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Change to meetings in March and April

The February meeting unfortunately had to be postponed at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances.  So we rescheduling it for March and pushing back our planned March discussion to April.  This means that the next two meetings are: Wednesday 7th March at 6:30 :  “The High Street in 2018” – looking at plans, activities …

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Wealden Business e-focus

The November 2017 copy of the Wealden Business e-focus magazine can be viewed and downloaded here.   Among the items of interest are: 2018 Small Business Awards for the South East now open for entries – page 2 Pub is the Hub (PITH) activities in Wealden – the organisation looks to help pubs wanting to …

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Christmas dinner 2017

A convivial time had by all – 20 members and guests at the Rose & Crown on Tuesday 5th December 2017       

Discussion with Nus Ghani, MP

         Last Friday’s meeting (13th October) covered a wide range of business topics and led to some interesting discussions. Nus began by giving us a brief summary of the work she has done since being elected as our Member of Parliament in 2015.  This included her work to promote the needs of the constituency, particularly …

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Too much negative press

The tendency of the media (newspapers, TV and radio) to look for headlines and so to over-emphasise negative news was one of the main points to come out of the MBF discussion “How has Brexit and the triggering of Article 50 affected your business?” held on Tuesday 5th September.  The spirit of small business was …

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Nus Ghani, MP, to attend MBF meeting in October

Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, will be attending a special meeting of the MBF on Friday 13th October 2017.  It will be held in the Rose & Crown, Mayfield starting at 7:30pm. It will be a great opportunity to discuss the needs and opportunities for business in and around Mayfield and Five Ashes.   Nus is …

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3 reasons to be cautious about LinkedIn’s Social Selling Index (SSI)

Barrow on beach piled high with inflatable toys and swimming aids

  This week I took part in a webinar organised by BuzzSumo on “7 LInkedIn Publisher Secrets” with a presentation by Viveka von Rosen, “the LinkedIn expert”. Viveka presented many useful insights into what content to post on LinkedIn and how best to promote it. One insight she gave was on LinkedIn’s Social Selling Index …

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Timely reminders to keep up with paperwork

Image of paperwork pen and calculator on desk

Alex Burnett’s talk at our March 2017 meeting was a timely reminder of the benefits of keeping paperwork up to date. She also gave us some very useful tips on how to improve our bookkeeping. Paperwork is not something most people enjoy but it is vital to keep our business running, as well as for completing …

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Mentoring and coaching local businesses

MBF members have always been supportive of each other.  They are willing to help their fellow members where they can.  Experienced members have often provided free coaching and mentoring to those who are starting out or who have reached a critical point with their business.  We want to make this service better known to local …

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