ROGER STONE

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The experiment

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UPDATE 27 Feb : Gary Kendall is now unfortunately away on business so we will instead have a discussion on “Common Mistakes that Business Owners Make – and How to Avoid Them” and Gary will talk at our May meeting Our next MBF meeting is going to be on Wednesday 4th March – the first …

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Renewable Energy for Mayfield

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If you are interested in the idea of renewable energy or of having more control of our own energy resources (and pricing) come along to a meeting on Saturday 24th January at The Memorial Hall at 2pm. Transition Mayfield is considering the possibility of a renewable energy project and is seeking to establish whether there …

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The 7 Habits of Successful Mayfield Business People

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  The 12 of us who attended the MBF meeting on 6th January 2015 shared ideas on good habits that we use to help us be more efficient in our business life. Forming the right habits enables us to prioritise important work, tackle difficult issues and motivate ourselves to achieve more – and can make …

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