Roger Stone

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Oct 19

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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Sep 08

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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Aug 24

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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Jul 28

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

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  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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Mar 09

Timely reminders to keep up with paperwork

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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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Nov 18

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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Sep 07

Brexit opportunities and pitfalls

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 It was interesting at last night’s meeting of the MBF to find out how Brexit seemed to be providing opportunities for some and problems for others. The discussion was on “Making Your Business Successful Pre and Post Brexit” led by Chris Lilly.  You can download his notes on what businesses should be considering at this …

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Jun 07

Positive messages on each side of EU debate

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We have become rather fed up with the constant negative campaigning on both sides of the UK EU referendum debate. So here are 500 word summaries taking to put forward the positive reasons for each side of the debate for people to download: Chris Lilly’s reasons for Leaving  the EU Roger Stone’s reasons for Remaining …

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May 19

Paxman on the EU debate

Jeremy Paxman takes a typically sardonic look at the effect of the EU on UK sovereignty.  Initially I was irritated by his focus on straight cucumbers and curved bananas, as well as the screen captions that floated in and out about different EU directives and which did not give any context to them. But he did present …

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Apr 27

Fact checking the EU in-or-out debate

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Everyone seems to have been asking for more facts on which to base their decision about the EU referendum. Experts have been listening and there are now quite a number of websites and news organisations offering facts, and more especially, fact checking of what campaigners on either side are saying: FullFact: an independent factchecking charity …

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