Category: MBF Articles

Articles (blog posts) created by Mayfield Business Forum (MBF) especially notes on meetings, discussions and other items of interest

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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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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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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Jan 08

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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Nov 07

Tax saving tips

A big thank you to Ray Reeve (Add Value Accountants), Gavin Ross (Ross Management Accountancy) and Chris Lilly (management and business guru) for preparing material which was discussed at our meeting on 4 November. A whole range of tax-efficient measures were discussed ranging from the simplest (such as making sure you note all your expenses) to the …

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Jan 14

Practical planning

See below to download tools for your own practical planning   At our meeting on 7th January 2014 we went through two planning exercises to help us create and refine            – clear and precise goals            – realistic and thought out action plans to achieve these …

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