Category: MBF News

Dec 12

Christmas dinner 2017

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

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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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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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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