Roger Stone

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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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Apr 04

Information about the EU referendum

There’s now more information available ahead of our discussion on 3rd May. As well as the main “EU: In or Out” page there are now three sub-pages dealing with Economic Arguments, Legislation and Security.  Further facts will be added as we track them down, together with a sub-page on Migration, You will also see a quick 2-question survey …

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Mar 07

Tenders, proposals and contracts

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It may not sound like the most exciting topic for a discussion.  But we covered subjects that are vital for many businesses in our March 2016 meeting: completing a tender and making your offer as compelling as possible is mandatory for winning business in most cases in the public and third sectors.  It is also often …

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Feb 13

Staying safe: latest warnings on scams and frauds

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Click/tap/swipe here to download the Fraud newsletter February 2016 from Sussex Police and Neighbourhood Watch. While no doubt we are familiar with most of the scams, it is worthwhile keeping up to date with their latest forms and being reminded of what we need to do to keep safe. Also, if you have neighbours or friends who …

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Jan 13

MBF plans for 2016

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Happy New Year and best wishes for 2016 to all MBF members and visitors to this website. We are now working on plans for meetings during the coming year.  This will include a new summer social event, and we are talking to WDBA (Wealden & District Business Association) about the possibility of a joint event with them. …

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Nov 09

Pension freedom but what about tax?

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The pension reforms of April 2015 allow much more freedom for people in the way they can access their pension savings.  It is well worth understanding the options, their tax implications and the possibilities for inheritance planning. The MBF was lucky to have our member Clyde Young to explain the different options to us at our November meeting.  …

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May 20

Beware of committing to deals on the phone

At our May 2015 meeting, Gary Kendall, one of our members took us through some of the recent mis-selling scandals involving the major banks, in particular some that affected small and medium businesses (SMEs). The mis-selling that is shown in the video below involves selling a swap alongside a loan.  This fixes an interest rate (in the bank’s …

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Apr 28

Funding for apprenticeship training

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The government is providing funding to spend on delivering Apprenticeships in the work place for free. The funding can be used To train existing staff as part of your CPD commitment to them; To recruit new members of staff as Apprentices The qualifications are free of charge to both the employer and the candidate/member of staff …

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Mar 13

Business mistakes not to make

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There were plenty of heartfelt tales at the March 2015 Mayfield Business Forum meeting as we discussed business mistakes and how to avoid them.  People talked of those whom they had trusted and who had let them down, of customers who had convincing excuses for not paying resulting in large debts that had to be …

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