MBF Meetings


The discussion will first look at running our business during the lockdown, especially the financial support available and how we can operate online. Then it will go to consider how coronavirus may produce lasting changes to our businesses and how we can prepare for the threats and the opportunities.

There’s a lot to discuss and things are changing constantly so we are likely to carry on the discussion in future meetings.

Format of Mayfield Business Forum meetings

We welcome anyone to our meetings who is interested in discussing business topics and/or subjects of interest to those working locally.  In normal times MBF meetings are held in the Rose & Crown pub, Fletching Street, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6TE on the first Wednesday of each month starting at 6:30pm unless stated otherwise.


We are postponing all future meetings until we can once again meet in person when the lockdown has eased enought to make this possible.


Click on any links shown for presentation material and/or notes of discussions:

April and May 2020 meetings were cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdown
Wednesday 4th March 2020: Networking meeting
Wednesday 5th February 2020 : Plans for 2020 – click here for meeting notes
Wednesday 4th December 2019: Christmas drinks and meal
Wednesday 6th November 2019: informal networking
Wednesday 2nd October 2019: MBF / High St quarterly update – Christmas focus – click for notes from the meeting
Tuesday 3rd September: discussion on “What support rural businesses need to survive and thrive”
Wednesday 7th August 2019: informal networking
Wednesday 3rd July 2019: Quarterly High St review You can download brief notes from the meeting here
Wednesday Wednesday 5th June 2019: social media training
Wednesday 8th May 2019: informal networking
Wednesday 3rd April 2019: quarterly MBF / High Street meeting with focus on events through the summer. Download notes from the meeting here
Wednesday 6th March 2019: MBF 10th anniversary meeting: “Building on the past for a better future”
Wednesday 6th February 2019: informal networking
Wednesday 16th January 2019: quarterly MBF/High Street meeting – MBF Retailers plan 2019
Wednesday 5th December 2018: Christmas drinks and dinner at the Rose & Crown
Wednesday 7th November 2018: presentation by Business East Sussex on business support and finance options.  See blog post for a brief description and contact details
Wednesday 3rd October 2018: quarterly MBF / High St meeting. Notes and action plan from the meeting now available to download
Tuesday 4th September 2018: “Cyber Security”, presentation by Chris White, Cyber Protect / Prevent Office from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit. You can download his Cyber Security Links and Advice here
Wednesday 1st August 2018: informal networking
Tuesday 3rd July 2018: “Cyber Security” POSTPONED DUE  TO WORLD CUP CLASH.
Wednesday 6th June 2018: “High Street updates and actions” – follow up to the March meeting taking forward the plans to stimulate activity in the High Street – notes and updated action list downloadable here
Wednesday 2nd May 2018: informal networking
Wednesday 4th April 2018: “GDPR – what it is, how it affects us and how to deal with it”. Three downloads are available:  the main presentation, an example privacy policy with explanations and an example of reducing use of personal data
Wednesday 7th March 2018: “High Street plans in 2018” – a rescheduling of the February meeting. Download the action points here
Wednesday 7th February 2018: “High Street plans in 2018”  – postponed until March due to unforeseen circumstances
Wednesday 3rd January 2018: discussion on “A Fresh Start” – changes for business in 2018 and the changes we want to make.  Download notes covering companies vs sole traders, digital tax, GDPR, local advertising, loss aversion and MBF plans here
Tuesday 5th December 2017: Christmas drinks and meal
Tuesday 7th November 2017; discussion on “Boosting Mayfield High Street” held at Pink Cabbage. A very lively and well attended meeting. Notes will be attached once they are available.
Friday 13th October: Special meeting with our MP, Nus Ghani to discuss local and rural business (click for notes on this meeting)
Tuesday 3rd October 2017: informal networking meeting
Tuesday 5th September 2017: discussion topic “Has Brexit and the triggering of Article 50 affected your business?”. Notes from the meeting are available here
Tuesday 1st August 2017: informal networking
Tuesday 4th July 2017: Discussion: “How we keep up to date” : discussion on keeping our skills up to date in this fast moving world
Wednesday 7th June 2017: Informal networking
Wednesday 3rd May 2017: Discussion on “Opportunities and problems raised by the Wealden Local Plan for our businesses and the community”. Notes on the discussion can be downloaded here as well as a map of the Mayfield Development Boundary and Conservation Areas and a map of the Five Ashes Core Area
Wednesday 5th April 2017: Informal networking
Wednesday 1st March 2017: Bookkeeping presentation by Alex Burnett.of AB Bookkeeping
Wednesday 1st February 2017:  informal networking
Tuesday 10th January 2017: Discussion meeting “Development Plans for Wealden and How this will affect Businesses and our Community
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Christmas drinks and meal
Tuesday 1st November 2016 : informal networking
Tuesday 4th October 2016 : informal networking
Tuesday 6th September 2016 : discussion meeting topic “Making Your Business Successful Pre and Post Brexit”
Tuesday 2nd August 2016: informal networking
Tuesday 5th July 2016: social meeting – a walk round local footpaths including some not shown on the maps
Tuesday 7th June2016: informal networking
Tuesday 3rd May 2016: discussion meeting, “EU: In or Out”.  There is a section of the website that contains useful facts to inform your decision and we will continue to update this up to the time of the referendum
Wednesday 6th April 2016: informal networking
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 – “”Tenders, Proposals and Contracts”. You can download Business Proposals – Final as well as Commercial Contracts skeleton
Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – Informal networking
Tuesday 5th January 2016 – “Farewell 2015, Welcome 2016” a presentation on trends in 2016
Wednesday 9th December 2015- Christmas drinks and meal
Wednesday 4th November 2015 – Discussion meeting: “Pensions” with presentation by Clyde Young.  Fact sheets and a link to more information are available in the blog post here
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Discussion meeting: “The Impact of Mobile Devices on Your Business”
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – Informal networking
Tuesday 4th August – informal networking
Tuesday 7th July 2015 – “Commercial Property” – a talk by Angela Rowe, partner specialising in commercial property at Warners solicitors. Click or tap here to download bullet points from her presentation
Tuesday 2nd June 2015 – informal networking
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – “Bank Misconduct and the impact on SMEs” – a talk by Gary Kendall.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAWDGoRdWGA for a flavour of this talk
Tuesday 7th April – informal networking
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – Common Errors that Business Owners Make – and how to Avoid Them
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – informal networking
Tuesday 6th January 2015 – The 7 Habits of Effective Mayfield Business People
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Christmas drinks and meal
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – How to minimise tax – business and personal
Tuesday 7th October 2014 – informal networking
Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – Andrew Burnett on building his business in the High Street
Tuesday 5th August 2014 – informal networking
Tuesday 1st July 2014 – “Making your website visible and popular” including details of Pageless Design Websites
Tuesday 3rd June 2014 – informal networking
Tuesday 6th May 2014 – 5 minute networking
Tuesday 1st April 2014 – Informal networking
Tuesday 4th March 2014 – Discussion on “The Future of Mayfield Business and Commerce”
Tuesday 4th February 2014 – Informal networking
Tuesday 7th January 2014 – discussion on “Practical planning”
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 – Christmas drinks and meal
Tuesday 5th November 2013 – discussion topic “Time Management
Tuesday 1st October 2013 – informal networking & discussion evening
Tuesday 3rd September 2013 – discussion topic “Networking
Tuesday 6th August 2013 – informal networking & discussion evening
Tuesday 2nd July 2013 – discussion topic “Staying Safe Online – Risks and Tips
Tuesday 4th June 2013 – informal networking & discussion evening
Tuesday 7th May 2013 – “Finding and Winning New Customers
Tuesday 2nd April 2013 – informal networking and discussion evening
Tuesday 5th March 2013 – “Customer Retention & Development
Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Informal discussion meeting
Tuesday 8th January 2013 – “Plans for 2013
Tuesday 4th December 2012 – Christmas drinks and meal
Tuesday 6th November 2012 – discussion on “Motivation for small businesses and those working on their own
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Informal discussion meeting
Tuesday 4th September 2012 – “Keeping your business fresh by innovating” – click for handouts on ways to innovate and how well positioned your company is for innovation.
Tuesday 7th August 2012 – informal discussion meeting
Tuesday 3rd July 2012 -“How to promote your business” which was scheduled to look at both traditional and online methods but spent all its time discussing and demonstrating how to use LinkedIn to promote your business
Tuesday 12th June 2012 – informal networking meeting
Tuesday 1st May 2012 – Social media for those with limited time and money
Tuesday 3rd April 2012- informal discussion meeting
Tuesday 6th March 2012- Presentation by Martin Searle of the Federation for Small Business (FSB)
Tuesday 7th February 2012 – informal discussion meeting
Tuesday 3rd January 2012 – Business Quiz
Tuesday 6th December 2011 – Christmas drinks and meal enjoyed by 28 members and partners
Tuesday 1st November 2011 – How to do your own PR by Julie Rae
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – informal networking
Tuesday 6th September 2011 – Advertising 2011 – what works and what doesn’t
Tuesday 2nd August 2011 – informal networking
Tuesday 5th July 2011 – Organising our Admin
Tuesday 7th June 2011 – informal networking
Tuesday 3rd May 2011 – Retirement Planning for Business Owners
Tuesday 5th April 2011 – informal networking
1st March 2011 – Introduction to e-commerce
1st February 2011 – informal discussions
4th January 2011 – Setting Realistic Objectives
7th December 2010 – Christmas drinks with partners
2nd November 2010 – Making the Most of our Time
7th September 2010 – Attracting Visitors to your Website
6th July 2010 – Cash Management
1st June 2010 – Informal networking
4th May 2010 – Goal Setting
6th April 2010 – Informal Networking
2nd March 2010 – Elevator Pitches
5th January 2010 – Cold Calling and Networking
3rd November 2009 – Pricing
1st September 2009 – Cost effective business
30th June 2009 – Acquiring new customers
5th May 2009 – Informal networking
12th March 2009 – Inaugural meeting

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