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ebn has a ball for local charities.

Category: Special Events

ebn has a ball for local charities.

Businesses from across the county came together on November 24th, when one of the county's top business networking organisations held their first charity ball. The event was held at the Ivy Hill Hotel in Chelmsford and was attended by over 100 ebn (Effective Business Network) members and their guests.

The event was set up to support 5 local charities; Farleigh Hospice, Havens Hospice, SNAP, Age UK Essex, and Dancing Giraffe.

The evening started with welcome drinks and a greeting from ebn's Managing Director Glenys Chatterley and Heart Essex presenter Su Harrison. Guests were then treated to a lovely 3 course meal before the fund raising really began.

The fund raising started with a chance to win a barrow of booze, yes an actual wheel barrow full of booze! The room went silent as Su announced the winner, followed by lots of cheers and groans.

This was followed by a raffle and an auction, which included a Jaguar for the weekend, and a spa day, to name just a couple.

This is when the party really started, the DJ had everyone up and dancing, and there was even a spontaneous Zumba lesson at one point, because what ball isn't complete without a bit of Zumba?

Glenys Chatterley said; "The event proved extremely successful, and we were well looked after by the staff. We managed to raise over £4000 pounds for the charities, and have a fabulous night too.

"Everyone made such a great effort, and I'm so grateful to everyone that sponsored and supported this event, including my networking members. Each of our ebn networking groups support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community."

ebn has 17 Groups across Essex, Herts, and Kent, and more information is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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More information

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

ebn Charity Ball

Category: Special Events

Hello
We're throwing a party! Would you like to join us?
Every now and then you need an occasion to dress up and enjoy a really good meal with like-minded people. That's what we're doing on 24th November at the Ivy Hill Hotel (Chelmsford) and if you and your partner, best friend or business colleague, would like to come all you have to do is drop me an email or give me a call.

There's a three-course meal and there'll be dancing ...

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If dancing's not your thing, what about posing for the paparazzi? There'll be a photobooth where you can get your snap with friends and only you decide how crazy the picture will be - there'll be props, I'm saying no more!

The best part of it is that it's affordable - just £55 per person - and we'll be supporting local charities: Farleigh Hospice, Havens Hospice, Dancing Giraffe, SNAP and Age UK Essex.

Go on, get your best kit out and join the party.

Call me on 07780 666726 to book your tickets, or email me at Glenys@ebn.uk.com to let me know how many tickets you would like

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Networking business scores hole in one at networking golf day

Category: Special Events

Networking businesses were quick off the tee when one of the county's top business networking groups held its third annual Charity Golf Day at The Burstead Golf Club in Little Burstead.

The Managing Director of ebn (Effective Business Network), Glenys Chatterley, said: "At ebn, we believe that business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group; there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make a good, personal recommendation to their own network.

"Each of our 17 ebn Groups in Essex, Herts, and Kent has a chosen charity which members support in different ways, and the idea of a Charity Golf Day came from a number of Groups.

"Our third such event took place at The Burstead Golf Club and both ebn members and non-members attended.

"The event proved extremely successful, and we were well looked after by the golf club staff, which is why we have decided to make this an annual event.

"The winner of the trophy was John Holliday of Pocknells LLP, but the real winners were all those taking part, as they cemented good business relations with the other golfers and the charity The Farleigh Hospice, which benefitted from money raised at the event."

Additional information about our Groups, and ebn events, is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Video focuses on more business for networkers

Category: Networking

Release date: 29th August 2017

ebn (Effective Business Network) Elstree was recently treated to a presentation from Ben Burman, of Bold Mountain Media, who gave a fascinating insight into the world of short form video (sfv), and how this can be used as an essential tool for marketing a business on its website and all social media channels. Ben produced a short video for the Group entitled 'Why choose ebn?' This can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWC2BwsOMe8&feature=youtu.be.

The video not only highlights how relaxed and informal the ebn Groups are, it also showcases the beautiful surroundings our members get to enjoy.

In the video, you can hear first-hand the benefits that members have had from joining the ebn Elstree Group.

ebn member Sylvi Hussain, of Sylvi Hussain Coaching and Training, said: "It offers me a lot of support and information, and I've learnt so much.

"The people around the table are very generous with their experiences and what they share with the Group."

Group Director Nigel Codron, from ibd Business Advice Group, said: "We have grown very quickly and now have such varied business service related sectors.

"There is great energy in the room and we are looking for representatives of additional business categories to join us, such as solicitors, commercial estate agents, IT support service experts and recruitment specialists.

"We meet every other Wednesday at the Laura Ashley Hotel, and always welcome visitors to come and try out our Group.

"If you would like to come along, with no pressure to join, please contact me on nigel.codron@ibd-uk.com for more information."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet their business needs.

"ebn Elstree is doing incredibly well, with members joining frequently. This, in turn, has brought together like-minded people who want to work together to attract new customers and boost their local economy."

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Notes for Editors

More information:

Nigel Codron on 07977 129241

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Ben Burman on 0203 7275945

The power of effective networking has expanded

Category: Networking

Release Date 21st August 2017

Businesses in the Bishop's Stortford area are invited to see the power of effective networking on Thursday 24th August, when the ebn (Effective Business Network) Bishop's Stortford Group, also known as ebn Stortford, moves into its new venue. ebn has been generating new contacts and contracts for business, and is now moving to a bigger venue.

The first meeting of the ebn Stortford Group at the new venue is on 24th August, at the Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, Dunmow Road, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 5HP, from 7am until 9am.

Fiona Moonan, of Half Moon Travel and the Group Director of the Stortford Group, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to use a tried and tested form of business networking.

"The staff have been amazing while setting up the change of venue, and I have no doubt that we will be well looked after, whist our members and visitors will be able to network in gorgeous surroundings and enjoy a lovely breakfast

"We already have several Group members, and believe we can double this very soon."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "We already have 16 very successful ebn Groups that have brought together like-minded people who want to work with each other to attract new customers and boost their local economy.

"Now we want to do the same for the economy here in Bishop's Stortford, by helping local businesses to build their contacts through effective networking – bringing them new contracts from like-minded businesses which will, at the same time, increase their local economy.

"We already have a number of businesses booked to attend our next meeting on 24th August, but any other business owner wanting to attend can email Glenys@ebn.uk.com for further details."

Additional information is available at http://www.ebn.uk.com/groups/bishop-s-stortford.

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Notes for Editors

The ebn Stortford group will meet on alternate Thursdays from 7am until 9am.

More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Fiona Moonan on 0203 031 6555

Networking members give free advice on debt management

Category: Networking - Free Advice

Release Date: 31/07/2017

Members of Medway ebn (Effective Business Network) were given free advice when Group Director Alexander Low, of Forever Living, organised a business feature at the Group's latest meeting.

Alexander has a wealth of business experience. In the early 90s, he helped to start up and develop a complementary therapy clinic, which continued for 13 years.

After selling his share in the business, he ran the office of a building company in South East London, which he did for ten years. Alongside this role, he developed a buy-to-let property portfolio, including project managing a refurbishment in Co Donegal and acquiring an apartment in Berlin.

Then, in 2013, he started up a health and wellbeing business with his wife, under the umbrella of a 38-year-old global company, giving them the opportunity to help others with their health as well as coaching them to building their own businesses.

Based on all this experience, Alexander shared his tips on both business and personal debt, and encouraged the other Medway ebn members to do the same.

He said; "Ensuring you can pay off any loans in full is a must, as well as having some income-protection insurance in place to protect you if you become sick or injured and cannot work.

"If you find yourself in debt for whatever reason, seek help ASAP. The faster you get help, the sooner it can be managed and it won't grow into something insurmountable."

Alex is the Group Director the of ebn Medway Group, which meets every other Tuesday at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel. More information on ebn Groups, including Medway, can be found at www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs."

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Notes for Editors

More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Alexandra Low, of Forever Living, on 07932 605643

Southend networking group celebrates the success of one of its members

Category: Networking

Release Date: 24/07/2017

Members of Southend ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating recently when one of the members, My Hypnotherapy Southend, shared some great news.

Barbara Shead, of My Hypnotherapy Southend and Nutritionmatters4u, said: "One of the therapies I offer is Brainworking Recursive Therapy, also known as BWRT®, created by Terence Watts, MCGI. It is a safe and effective model of psychology and psychotherapy carried out in a completely conscious state – an immensely powerful state of working that can dissolve problems fast.

"I am a Supervisor of BWRT® and recently obtained my Level 3 BWRT® qualification; this is working with the psychological aspects associated with illness. I am now one of the few BWRT® Practitioners globally who have completed Level 1, 2, & 3 and BWRT® Coaching (for business, personal and weight management coaching). For more information on BWRT®, please visit www.bwrtmindmatters.co.uk.

"I have also been appointed the interim Secretary of the British Brainworking Research Society, taking the post up officially last week.

"I am a member of the Southend ebn Group and everyone has been so supportive. It's great to be able to share our success with other businesses and know that they are genuinely happy for us."

Group Director for Southend ebn, Robert Hutchinson of Hutchinson Financial Planning, said: "Our members meet on alternate Tuesdays at The Arlington . We were delighted to hear Barbara's good news.

"The whole Group enjoy celebrating each other's achievements, and we wish Barbara continued success."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

Additional information is available at: http://www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for Editors

More information:
Glenys Chatterley on: 07780 666726
Barbara Shead on: 01702 410685
Robert Hutchinson on: 01277 790016

Businesses to score hole in one at networking golf day

Category: Special Events


Release Date: 17/07/2017

Networking businesses will be quick off the tee when one of the county's top business networking organisations holds its third annual Charity Golf Day at The Burstead Golf Club in Little Burstead on 20th September.

The Managing Director of ebn (Effective Business Network), Glenys Chatterley, said: "At ebn, we believe business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group, as there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make good, personal recommendations to their own networks.

"Each of our 15 ebn Groups, in Essex, Herts, and Kent, have a chosen charity which members support in different ways, and the idea of a Charity Golf Day came from a number of Groups.

"Our third such event will take place at The Burstead Golf Club and both ebn members and non-members are attending.

"The previous golf events have proven extremely successful, and we were well looked after by the golf club staff.

"I'm looking forward to see who will be this year's trophy winner, but the real winners will be all who take part, as they cement good business relations with the other golfers and the charity The Farleigh Hospice, which benefits from money raised at the event."

"If you would like to attend, or would like some more information, please contact me at glenys@ebn.uk.com."

Additional information about ebn is also available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for Editors

More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

The power of effective networking comes to Sandon

Category: Networking - New Group

Release Date: 10/07/2017

Businesses in the Sandon area are set to see the power of effective networking on Wednesday 13th September, when ebn moves into the area.

ebn (Effective Business Network) has been generating new contacts and contracts for Essex, Hertfordshire, and Kent businesses for over five years, and is now expanding with the launch of a Group in Sandon.

The first meeting of the ebn Sandon Group will be on Wednesday 13th September, at The Pontlands Park Hotel, West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 8HR.

Matt Baldock, who will be the Group Director of the Sandon Group, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to use a tried and tested form of business networking. My company, Charles David Casson Estates, has benefited from its ebn membership and I am very pleased to be representing ebn for this new Group."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "We already have very successful ebn Groups in Essex, Hertfordshire, and Kent, at which we have brought together like-minded people who want to work together to attract new customers and boost their local economy.

"Now we want to do the same for the economy in and around Sandon, by helping local businesses to build their contacts through effective networking – bringing them new contracts from like-minded businesses."

"We already have a good number of businesses booked to attend our launch event, but any other business owner wanting to attend can email matt@charlesdavidcasson.co.uk for further details."

Additional information is available at http://www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for Editors:

Further information from:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Matt Baldock on 07900 817055

Networking business wins at Essex cricket

Category: Networking

Release Date: 03.07.17

Businesses from across the local counties came together recently, when one of the top Essex business networking organisations held its third corporate cricket day. The event was held at Essex County Cricket Club and was attended by over 80 ebn (Effective Business Network) members and their visitors.

Non-member Dawn Hepden from Clearview Communications was the lucky winner of the ebn business card draw, and was presented with her prize when visiting the ebn Colchester Group on Tuesday of last week.

The Managing Director of ebn, Glenys Chatterley, who presented Dawn with her prize, said: "The event proved extremely successful, and we were well looked after by the staff. Everyone who attended enjoyed lovely surroundings and front row seats to the cricket.

"This event was attended by both ebn members and non-members, allowing local businesses to expand their networks.

"At ebn, we believe that business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group, as there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make good, personal recommendations to their own networks."

ebn originated in Essex, and has expanded into Kent and Herts. Additional information on ebn Groups and upcoming events is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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More information:

1.Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

2.Dawn Hepden 01245 214110

Networker launches new look LinkedIn course.

Category: Networking

Release Date: 26.06.17

Networker launches new look LinkedIn course.

Member of ebn (Effective Business Network) Lesley Morrissey, of Inside News in Chelmsford, has revamped her 'LinkedIn as a Lead Generator' video course, to help businesses get the most out of LinkedIn.

Lesley realised that few people use much of what they learn on workshops and webinars, and she has broken down LinkedIn into 15-minute video tutorials covering: how to optimise your profile; how to manage your relationships effectively; how to find the right connections for your business; how to track down journalists looking for good stories; and how to use the tools to attract potential clients.

The course features nine video tutorials, all with comprehensive notes, and each one has an assignment attached.The aim is to give participants a small amount of work to do that doesn't take long – and still get significant results.

Lesley said: "LinkedIn was purchased by Microsoft in December 2016 for $26.2 billion, and in February 2017 people logged in and discovered LinkedIn had had a facelift!

"Things looked different and functionality was different; people's comfort zones had been challenged.If you only use LinkedIn occasionally, you may not even have noticed, but regular users were 'outraged'!

"I wanted to make LinkedIn accessible to even sole proprietors, so I've kept the price down and my network members are already telling me that it's a bargain at £47!People get my email and phone contact information, too, and I'm always happy to answer questions."

The 'LinkedIn as a Lead Generator' programme can be seen on www.stepbystep-onlinemarketing.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses, but also get regular advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs.

Both ebn Chelmsford and ebn Baddow Groups meet on alternative Fridays at the Pontland Park Hotel, and more information can be found at www.ebn.uk.com/groups.

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Notes for Editors

More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Lesley Morrissey of Inside News Ltd on 01245 473296

Networking businesses meet at Essex cricket

Category: Special Events

Release Date: 20.06.17

Businesses from across the local counties came together this week, when one of the top Essex business networking organisations held its third corporate cricket day. The event was held at Essex County Cricket Club and was attended by over 80 ebn (Effective Business Network) members and their guests.

The Managing Director of ebn, Glenys Chatterley, said: "The event proved extremely successful, and we were well looked after by the staff. Members enjoyed lovely surroundings and front row seats to the cricket.


"This event brought together ebn members and their guests from all 15 of our Groups.

"At ebn, we believe that business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group, as there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make good, personal recommendations to their own networks."

Sara Barnes, of E J Coombs Solicitors in Danbury and ebn's Group Director of the Baddow Group, said: "This event was really useful for networking – not only did we get to make contact with ebn members from other Groups and in other counties, but we met their personal contacts, too.

"Each Group is made up of representatives of local businesses and we meet every two weeks to support each other, share business knowledge and help generate business for each other, and this type of event allows an even wider collaboration between members.

ebn originated in Essex, and has expanded into Kent and Herts. Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for Editors

More information:

1.Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

2.Sara Barnes on 01245 221699

Businesses to score hole in one at networking golf day

Category: Network Charity Event

Release Date: 12/06/2017

Networking businesses will be quick off the tee when one of the county's top business networking organisations holds its third annual Charity Golf Day at The Burstead Golf Club in Little Burstead on 20th September.

The Managing Director of ebn (Effective Business Network), Glenys Chatterley, said: "At ebn, we believe business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group, as there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make good, personal recommendations to their own networks.

"Each of our 15 ebn Groups, in Essex, Herts, and Kent, have a chosen charity which members support in different ways, and the idea of a Charity Golf Day came from a number of Groups.

"Our third such event will take place at The Burstead Golf Club and both ebn members and non-members are attending.

"The previous golf events have proven extremely successful, and we were well looked after by the golf club staff.

"I'm looking forward to see who will be this year's trophy winner, but the real winners will be all who take part, as they cement good business relations with the other golfers and the charity The Farleigh Hospice, which benefits from money raised at the event."

"If you would like to attend, or would like some more information, please contact me at glenys@ebn.uk.com."

Additional information about ebn is also available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for editors

More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Local networkers join charity to speed network

Category: Charity

Release Date: 30/05/2017


Members of Southend's ebn (Effective Business Network) tried their hand at speed networking this month when Career Ready, in partnership with The Hive and Chase High School, organised an event to help students prepare for the world of work.

Career Ready is a UK-wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. The charity gives students from lower income families the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential. Through volunteering for Career Ready, employers get a rewarding opportunity to develop their own presenting, coaching and management skills, and find the next generation of talented employees.

Sarah Morton, of Career Ready, said: "I was delighted that my fellow ebn networkers volunteered their time to help with our latest event.

"The Group Members are from very different sectors, which is ideal to give the students a real taste of networking.

"Students in years 9 and 10 visited The Hive in Southend to participate in a range of activities to help them develop their understanding of the local economy and the skills needed to succeed.

"The students enjoyed speed networking with local entrepreneurs and business volunteers; they found out about the support available to young entrepreneurs, as well as learning about how to manage their finances effectively.

"The event was such a success that we are now arranging more events of this type. If anyone would like to volunteer please contact me at sarah.morton@careerready.org.uk."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn encourages each of our networking groups to support a local charity; the Members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"Southend ebn has done exceptionally well, and I really enjoyed joining them and supporting their chosen charity at this event. I am sure that the Members will continue supporting the charity every time they meet with fellow business representatives."

Southend ebn meets every other Tuesday at The Arlington in Leigh-on-Sea. For more information, please visit http://www.ebn.uk.com/groups/southend.

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Other Information:

Sarah Morton on 01277 656 032

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Networker shows local businesses the world through his eyes

Category: Networking

Release Date: 22/05/2017

Members of Elstree ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating last week when fellow member Gary Perlmutter, of Gary Perlmutter photography, shared the news of his new street photography exhibition in Radlett.

Gary Perlmutter is a London-based professional photographer, known mainly for his portrait and event photography. However, Gary has been a photographer for some 40 years and, in that time, has covered a huge variety of commissions.

Gary said: "I was really excited to share my latest news with the ebn Elstree Group; each and every one of us supports each other, and the members always show interest when you're talking about your work.

"The common denominator in my photography is my love of people, photographing families, corporates and politicians – capturing them at work and at play.

"When I'm not working on paid commissions, I love to spend my time in London, enjoying my passion of street photography – capturing candid moments of people going about their daily lives.

"I've had my street photography published both here and abroad in magazines and books, and I have exhibited at a number of London galleries.

"Since 2014, I have taught photography to beginners, intermediates and those that want to try their hand at the very popular genre of street photography.To find out more information, please visit www.garyperlmutter.com."

'The world through my eyes' is an exhibition of street and landscape photography by Gary Perlmutter – being held at the Radlett Centre, Radlett, Herts until the end of May. The Centre is open every day except Sundays from 10.00am until 5.00pm. Entry is free and there is a restaurant on-site for coffee and lunches. All the work on display is for sale.

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

"ebn Elstree meets on alternate Wednesdays at the Laura Ashley Manor Hotel. Additional information can be found at www.ebn.uk.com/groups/elstree."

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Other Information –

Gary Perlmutter on 07773 322 221

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 66672

Olympic hero pledges support to local networker as they both strive for gold success

Category: Networking

Release Date: 15/05/2017

Members of ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating last week when the Group Director at ebn Stortford, Fiona Moonan of Half Moon Travel, made a very special announcement.

Fiona, said: "Half Moon Travel is part of Not Just Travel, and I was immensely proud to announce that Olympic Gold Medallist Daley Thompson is the new Brand Ambassador and public face of Not Just Travel."


"I am delighted and very excited that Daley Thompson has joined our team. He is an invaluable addition to our company. He is a hero of mine and was a huge inspiration when I was growing up. I am sure that he will help us strive for even more success in the future; with his entrepreneurial, mentoring and coaching skills, there is no better person to help us deliver even better results and, of course, the perfect holiday options for our customers."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses.

"The new ebn Stortford Group meets on alternate Tuesdays at Great Hallingbury Manor, and the whole Group enjoys celebrating each other's achievements."

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Notes for Editors

For further information, contact:

Fiona Moonan on 0788 688 2027; or

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726.

Networking member gives free advice on company logos

Category: Networking - Free Advice

Release Date: 08/05/2017

Members of ebn (Effective Business Network) were given free advice when Neill Boatman, of Image On, gave tips on designing one's brand.

The logo is the main visual representation of a company's branding. It is the face of the company – often the first thing people see and the main thing they remember.

Neill said: "We all recognise iconic logos; that's the whole point, so it's worth investing time on creating the perfect logo that will stick in people's minds. Remember… you love your company, but if you're not around you need to rely on other people being able to speak for your brand. In short, the logo/brand is your DNA!

"With a logo, simplicity reigns! You don't want it too busy. Easy to look at makes it easier to process; that way, customers appreciate it, and the more they appreciate it the more we like it. Ideally, no more than two or three colours work the best, and try to consider colours that reflect the market you are in.

"In the past, creating an effective logo was a single consideration but, with today's many media outlets and communication processes, we not only have to come up with a design and colours, we have to look at each potential application and if the final result works. In many cases, corporations build into their brand guidelines assorted options to clearly state how and where their brand can be used.

"Stationery, brochures, flyers, merchandise, website, social media, email and other marketing items all play a part in getting your brand noticed, especially since your prospects and customers will be interacting with them directly. So, be sure that you have a definitive approach to how your brand can and will be used."

Neill added: "Your branding will factor into your company's success. Invest the time into getting it right. People will then associate with a brand and have positive feelings with it. It then becomes easier to draw them in and keep them engaged.

Neill is a member of ebn Baddow and Hornchurch Groups. More information on ebn Groups, including Baddow and Hornchurch, can be found at www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs."

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Notes for Editors

More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Neill Boatman on 01708 403163

Businesses told to beware of the humble comma!

Category: Networking - Free Advice

Release Date: 02/05/2017

Local businesses have been warned of the need to take the humble comma seriously after a dairy company in the USA had to face an overtime bill of about $10m (£8m) all because of the lack of a comma.

Members of the ebn (effective business network) Southend Group received this warning from Group Member Dallas Willcox of Simply Words Editing Services, a proofreading and copywriting company.

Dallas told them how the missing comma from the phrase "packing for shipment or distribution of" (the comma should have been after the word 'shipment') in the State of Maine's overtime laws had created a loophole in the Regulations on overtime payments.

Dallas said: "Although this was an extreme case, it demonstrates how easily the meaning of a sentence can be changed by a misplaced or missing comma, and this can result in a financial loss to a business, whatever its size.

"Even the most enterprising of business owners sometimes have difficulty with punctuation, and could receive help with this for a very small outlay.The price of my proofreading services start at only £20, for example."

"Out of all the errors that can be made with punctuation, problems with commas can be the most serious.The title of Lynne Truss's popular book 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' is a well-know illustration of this.

"I frequently give presentations in which I show examples from my collection of bad spelling, grammar and punctuation – often seen outside business premises in Essex – and commas feature in many of them."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs. Details of all our Groups are included on our website: http://www.ebn.uk.com."

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Notes for Editors

For the full details of the USA overtime case, see the BBC News web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39300432.

Contacts:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Dallas Willcox of Simply Words Editing Services on 07757 234521

Networking member gives free advice on comms cabinets

Category: Networking - Free Advice

Release Date: 24/04/2017

Members of ebn (effective business network) were given free advice when Ashley Webb of McConnells gave them tips on keeping a comms cabinet tidy.

Ashley shared tips aimed not only at keeping the cabinet tidy, but also making sure everything's ready for the Company to grow.

Ashley said: "Although not always possible, try to run power cables down one side of the rack, and network and data cabling down the other side. Reason: power and data cables don't mix. These cables too close to each other can cause interference, regarding transmits and cross-talk. This will also ensure that the equipment can be seen and accessed easily.

"Try to place your switches next to your patch panels, so that you can use shorter length cables. Using a one metre patch lead to patch a 30cm gap is going to cause a lot of slack cable and you will soon be in the same mess.

"Ensure that you have space in your rack for extra patch panels, as you never know when you will take on new staff. Plan for twice as many points as you have, because the cost of running two cables is usually near enough the same as running one. Cable is cheap compared to labour.

"Velcro cable ties allow you to run additional cables without having to snip and replace traditional cable ties; the last thing you want to do is accidentally cut a network cable. Velcro ties can also be easy to undo in those hard-to-reach places.

"Pick four or five colours and assign each to a category and hang a sign in your server room with the colours and what they represent, and stick to it – for example, computers use blue and telephones use yellow.

"Put yourself in the shoes of your IT department when trying to trace a fault. If you ask your data contractor to install new cables into an already populated comms rack, you should insist that the first number of the new installation follows on from the last number of the old installation. Labelling full patch panels at the time can save you valuable time and money in the future.

"For further information please visit www.mcconnells.uk.com "

Ashley is a member of the ebn Briantree Group, which meets every other Wednesday at the White Hart Hotel. More information on ebn Groups, including Braintree, can be found at www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs."

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More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Ashley Webb of McConnells on 07793 240646

The power of effective networking comes to Chingford

Category: Networking - New Group

Release Date: 10/04/2017

Businesses in the Chingford area are set to see the power of effective networking on Wednesday 26thth April, when ebn moves into town.

ebn (Effective Business Network) has been generating new contacts and contracts for Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent businesses for over four years, and is now expanding with the launch of a Group in Chingford.

The first meeting of the ebn Chingford Group will be on Wednesday 26th April, at the Royal Forest Hotel, Rangers Road, Chingford, E4 7QH, from 8am.

David Viniker, the Group Director of the new Group, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to use a tried and tested form of business networking. My company, First Website Designs, has benefited from its ebn membership and I am very pleased to represent ebn for this Group."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "We already have very successful ebn Groups in Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent, at which we have brought together like-minded people who want to work together to attract new customers and boost their local economy.

"Now we want to do the same for the economy in Chingford, by helping local businesses to build their contacts through effective networking – bringing them new contracts from like-minded businesses which will, at the same time, improve the local economy.

"We already have a good number of businesses booked to attend our launch event, but any other business owner wanting to attend can email david@page1-on-google.com for further details."

Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for Editors:

Further information from:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

David Viniker on 0208 508 4760

Networking member gives free advice on leading a healthier and balanced life

Category: Networking - Free Advice

Release Date 03.04.2017

Members of ebn (effective business network) were given free advice when Ashley Bishop, of Ashley Bishop Coaching Ltd, gave a talk on neuroscience and how to take back control.

Ashley shared tips which are aimed at not taking up a great amount of time or effort, but which can still have a huge impact on your life.

Ashley said: "Take a ten-minute break. When you are living life in the fast lane at 100 mph, you actually give your brain permission to take over. A simple way to take back control and notice what is actually going on in your life is to slow down and take a break. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as it slows you down and give you the headspace to think.

"Drink more water. YES, this is common sense; however, for most people, it is not common practice. Hydration is important because your brain relies on being hydrated to function at its best; your brain is also the first part of you to become dehydrated.

"Get more and better quality sleep. Most busy people I work with have very poor quality sleep, because they go to bed with their brains still buzzing as they haven't switched off. This is because there is no down time for the brain to relax before bed. Think about your evening pre-bedtime routine and look towards having no technology activity for 30 minutes before bed.

"With better quality sleep, you will feel better in the morning. However, we really need to wake up both our brain and body, and prepare them for the day ahead. Spending five to ten minutes stretching and focusing on your breathing will help to get you focused and ready to have a successful day.

"Spend the first ten to 20 minutes of your working day planning out and preparing for the working day ahead. Grab a pen and paper and write down all of the day's tasks. Then prioritise them, from most important to least important; finally do any necessary preparation, so that you have the ability to get the tasks done more quickly."

Ashley added: "To find out in more detail what is going on in your head, and how to start getting into the right headspace for a more productive work life, please visit https://youtu.be/MPZA4LhSdPo."

Ashley is a member of the ebn Braintree Group, which meets every other Wednesday at the White Hart Hotel. More information on ebn Groups, including Braintree, can be found at http://www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs."

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More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Ashley Bishop, of Ashley Bishop Coaching Ltd, on 01787 476541

Networking members collaborate to give free landlord advice

Category: Networking - Free Advice

Release Date 27.03.2017

Members of ebn (effective business network) have been given free advice as Matthew Baldock of Charles David Casson and John Holliday of Pocknells LLP joined together to advise landlords on the latest legislation and tax changes.

A free event is being held at the Chelmsford City Football Club on 12th April, from 6.30pm until 9pm.

Matthew Baldock said "This free event will cover the current and recent lettings legislation changes, so anyone currently managing their own properties can be sure that they are doing what they should, and anyone thinking of becoming a landlord has a good overview of what it entails.

"John will be doing a talk during the evening to cover subjects such as: the latest legislation; changes to mortgage interest; ATED reporting requirements; ideas on how to reduce one's investment property tax bill; and what is a tax allowable expense.

"There will be food provided in the way of a buffet, along with tea and coffee. There will also be a cash bar open for other refreshments."

If you are a landlord, or aspiring to become one, and would like to get some free advice from local experts, please visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk to order your free tickets.

Matthew and John are both members of the ebn Baddow Group, which meets every other Friday at Pontlands Park Hotel. More information on ebn Groups, including Baddow, can be found at http://www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn Members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs."

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More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Matthew Baldock on 01245 835859
John Holliday on 01245 322808

Witham networker supports marathon

Category: Charity

Release Date: 20/03/2017

Witham networker supports marathon

ebn (Effective Business Network) member Graeme Parrett, of redHotsource in Witham, has not only been boosting his own growth through networking with local businesses, but also supporting local fundraising.

Graeme said: "Each and every runner of this year's Colchester half marathon received a medal, goody bag and a T-shirt. The company was delighted to be able to supply the T-shirts for such a wonderful event.

"We also sponsored a friend running this year's half marathon, which helped raise funds for the Essex Air Ambulance – a vital service that relies on donations."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn encourages each of our networking Groups to support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"Graeme has done amazingly well to support charity fundraising for this event."

Witham ebn meets every other Friday at the Rivenhall Hotel. Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com/groups/Witham

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More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Graeme Parrett on 01206 822833

Local businesses invited to see the power of effective business networking

Category: Networking

Release Date: 13/03/2017

Local businesses invited to see the power of effective business networking

Businesses in the South Woodham Ferrers area are invited to see the power of effective networking on Tuesday 21st March, when ebn (Effective Business Network) South Woodham Ferrers holds its invited guests' day. ebn has been generating new contacts and contracts for Essex businesses for over four years and would like to invite more local businesses to come and see how ebn could help them grow their businesses through recommendations.

The event will be held at the Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Wickford, Essex SS11 8UE, from 7am until 9am on Tuesday 21st March.

Sally Laking, the Group Director of the South Woodham Ferrers Group, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to use a tried and tested form of business networking.

"My company, Sally Laking Wealth Management, has benefited from the membership I have with ebn, and I am pleased to be able to show other local businesses how networking can really work for them, too.

"Like all ebn meetings, the invited guests' day will be informal and relaxed. I will be on hand to greet guests, and introduce them to members and other guests. All they'll need to do is bring their business cards, and £13 to cover the meeting costs."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "South Woodham Ferrers is one of the 15 very successful ebn Groups, across Essex, Kent and Herts, which have brought together like-minded people who want to work together to attract new customers and boost their local economy.

"We already have a good number of businesses booked to attend this event, but any other business owner wanting to attend can email Glenys@ebn.uk.com for further details."

Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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More information:

1.Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

2.Sally Laking on 07809 619072

The power of effective networking comes to Bishop's Stortford

Category: Networking - New Group

Release Date: 13/03/2017

The power of effective networking comes to Bishop's Stortford

Businesses in the Bishop's Stortford area are set to see the power of effective networking on Tuesday 9th May, when ebn moves into town.

ebn (Effective Business Network) has been generating new contacts and contracts for Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent businesses for over four years, and is now expanding with the launch of a Group in Bishop's Stortford.

The first meeting of the ebn Bishop's Stortford Group will be on Tuesday 9th May, at The Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel, Great Hallingbury, Bishop's Stortford CM22 7TJ, from 7am.

Fiona Moonan, the Group Director of the new Group, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to use a tried and tested form of business networking. My company, Half Moon Travel, has benefited from its ebn membership and I am very pleased to represent ebn for this new Group."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "We already have very successful ebn Groups in Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent, at which we have brought together like-minded people who want to work together to attract new customers and boost their local economy.

"Now we want to do the same for the economy in Bishop's Stortford, by helping local businesses to build their contacts through effective networking – bringing them new contracts from like-minded businesses which will, at the same time, improve the local economy.

"We already have a good number of businesses booked to attend our launch event, but any other business owner wanting to attend can email fiona@halfmoontravel.com for further details."

Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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Further information from:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Fiona Moonan on 07886 882027

Essex charity thanks Brentwood networkers

Category: Charity

Release Date: 27/02/2017

Brentwood businesses have not only been boosting their own growth through networking, but have also raised cash for the charity SNAP in Essex.

During last week's ebn (effective business network) meeting at The George and Dragon in Brentwood, Robert Dennis, Fundraising Co-ordinator for the local charity SNAP, gave a presentation to show the Group how much they have helped the charity during its two-year membership.

SNAP - Special Needs And Parents - is an Essex charity that helps families with children and young people who have any special need or disability.

The presentation showcased not only the monetary value raised by the Group from personal fundraising, but the support received at SNAP's fundraising events. These included donations of auction and raffle prizes, and supplying equipment and beverages. The Group often join in at these events, attending curry nights, afternoon tea, and a Christmas jumper day for their last meeting of the year.

Robert Dennis said: "All money raised by ebn Brentwood helps us to continue to provide vital services, including a very busy helpline, a directory of contacts, parent courses and advice from our team of parent advisers.It will enable children and young people to come to the centre to enjoy play sessions, therapies and clubs, and to use our multi-sensory room and specialist IT suite.

"We are currently helping over 2,000 families and couldn't be here without the support from the local community.

"We are extremely delighted to be part of such an inspiring Group. From curry nights and Christmas jumper days, Brentwood ebn members have been extremely supportive of us and the work we do to help local families affected by disability. It

really does highlight the power of the network - not only for businesses, but for charities too. We couldn't be here without the support of the local community and we thank all of the members for being so supportive."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn encourages each of our networking groups to support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"Brentwood ebn has done exceptionally well, by joining in and supporting their chosen charity's fundraising. I am sure that the members will continue supporting the charity every time they meet with fellow business representatives."

Additional information is available at:

www.ebn.uk.com/groups/brentwood.

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More information:Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Robert Dennis on 01277 211300

Colchester networker raises money for local charity

Category: Charity

Release Date: 20/02/2017

ebn (Effective Business Network) member Nicola Masterson, of Aloe Inspired in Colchester, has not only been boosting her own growth through networking, but is also spending a good chunk of her year raising money for local charities.

Nicola said: "I'm very excited to be participating in five marathons this year: the Colchester half marathon in March, London full marathon in April, London full marathon Moonwalk in May, Relay for Life in July, and the Discover Adventure London marathon in September.

"There are three main charities I'm raising money for this year, including one that is a fellow ebn member: Colchester-based Dancing Giraffe."

Dancing Giraffe's Susan Pattrick, said: "We were delighted that Nicola has decided to help raise money for Dancing Giraffe.

"All of the money kindly raised will go towards helping inspire, inform and represent the Essex disabled community, by enabling people to access information, products and services that are needed every day.

"Dancing Giraffe relies heavily on the local community for support, and I would like to thank Nicola, and all of the other members at Colchester ebn, for supporting the work that we do. It's a pleasure to be part of ebn Colchester and we look forward to another exciting year ahead."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn encourages each of our networking groups to support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"Nicola is doing an amazing amount for charity and I hope that she collects a good sum of money. I am sure that the members will be supporting Nicola and the charity every time they meet with fellow business representatives."

Colchester ebn meets every other Tuesday at the Colchester PlayGolf Centre. Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com/groups/Colchester.

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More information: Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Nicola Masterson on 07852 476092

Susan Pattrick on 01206 212469

Networking businesses to enjoy a day at the cricket

Category: Networking

Release Date: 13/02/2017

Businesses from across the county will come together on June 19th, when one of the county's top business networking organisations will hold another Corporate Cricket Day. The event will be held at Essex County Cricket Club in Chelmsford and is set to be attended by over 100 ebn (Effective Business Network) members and their guests.

The Managing Director of ebn, Glenys Chatterley, said: "These events are extremely successful, and we are well looked after by the Cricket Club staff. The cricket ground is a great back drop for the event, and being undercover means the great British weather doesn't affect us.

"This is our third such event. Our previous events brought together ebn members and their guests from all 15 of our Groups.

"At ebn, we believe that business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group, as there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make good, personal recommendations to their own networks.

"Tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite, or you can get in touch for more details via Glenys@ebn.uk.com."

ebn Braintree member Ashley Webb said: "This event will no doubt be really useful for networking; not only will we get to make contact with ebn members from other Groups, we will also get to meet their personal contacts, too.

"Each Group is made up of local businesses and we meet every two weeks to support each other, share business knowledge and help generate business for each other. This type of event allows an even wider collaboration between members."

ebn originated in Essex and has recently expanded into Kent and Herts. Additional information is available at www.ebn.uk.com.

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More information:

Glenys Chatterley on: 07780 666726

Ashley Webb on: 07793 240646

Networkers to go glam at charity 'black tie' event

Category: Charity

Release Date: 06/02/2017

Businesses from across the local counties will come together on the 24th November, when one of the Essex top business networking organisations will hold its first charity 'black tie' event. The event will be held at the Ivy Hotel and up to 200 ebn (Effective Business Network) members and their guests are expected to attend.

Proceeds from the evening will be shared between six of ebn's charities: Age UK Essex, Havens Hospices, Dancing Giraffe, Parc Essex, SNAP, and Farleigh Hospice.

The Managing Director of ebn, Glenys Chatterley, said: "The event is looking as though it will be extremely successful; we have already filled tables, even though the tickets haven't officially gone out yet.

"This event will bring together ebn members from all 15 of our Groups in Essex, Kent and Herts, and we hope to get a good intake of non-members, too.

"At ebn, we believe that business networking is about more than just generating leads for other businesses in each Group, as there needs to be a proper relationship between business owners if they are to make good, personal recommendations to their own networks.

"ebn encourages each of its networking Groups to support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"Members have already started to come forward to sponsor parts of the evening. This will help us to raise a bigger amount for the charities taking part. If anyone else would like to help, please let us know."

Please keep an eye out on the website www.ebn.uk.com for more information. If you would like to get your name down for tickets, or even to book a table, please contact Glenys at Glenys@ebn.uk.com.

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More information:
Glenys Chatterley on: 07780 666726

Elstree networking is growing fast

Category: Networking

Release Date: 03/02/2017

ebn (Effective Business Network) Elstree held its ninth breakfast networking meeting last week at the Laura Ashley Manor Hotel, with 16 different businesses represented.

There was a Business Presentation from Ben Burman, of Bold Mountain Media, who gave a fascinating insight into the world of short form video (sfv) – an essential tool for marketing your business on your website and all social media channels.

Group Director Nigel Codron, from ibd Business Advice Group, said: "We have grown very quickly and now have ten members from varied business service related sectors.

"There is great energy in the room and we are looking for additional business categories to join us, such as Solicitors, Commercial Estate Agents, IT Support Services, Marketing/PR Agents and Recruitment.

Photo taken by ebn Elstree member Gary Perlmutter, of Gary Perlmutter Photography.

"We meet every two weeks at the Laura Ashley Hotel, with our next meeting taking place on 8th February.

"We already have seven visitors booked for our next meeting.If you would like to come along too, with no pressure to join ebn, please contact me on nigel.codron@ibd-uk.com for more information."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet their business needs.

"ebn Elstree is doing incredibly well, with members joining constantly. This has brought together like-minded people who want to work together to attract new customers and boost their local economy."

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More information:

Nigel Codron on 07977 129241

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

The power of effective networking has expanded

Category: Networking

Release Date: 30/01/2017

Businesses in the Wickford area were able to see the power of effective networking on Tuesday 24th January, when the ebn South Woodham Ferrers Group moved into its new venue. ebn (Effective Business Network) has been generating new contacts and contracts for businesses, and has now moved to a bigger venue.

On that date, the Group met at The Chichester Hotel, Old London Road, Wickford for the first time, from 7am until 9am.

Sally Laking, of Sally Laking Wealth Management and the Group Director of the South Woodham Ferrers Group, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to use a tried and tested form of business networking.

"We were well looked after by the staff, whist our members and visitors were able to network in gorgeous surroundings, and enjoy a lovely breakfast.

"We already have 11 Group Members, and believe that we can double this number very soon."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "We have 15 very successful ebn Groups that have brought together like-minded people who want to work with each other to attract new customers and boost their local economy.

"In all ebn Groups, we help local businesses to build their contacts through effective networking – bringing them new contracts from like-minded businesses, which will, at the same time, increase their local economy.

"We already have a number of businesses booked to attend our next meeting, on 7th February, but any other business owner wanting to attend can email Glenys@ebn.uk.com for further details."

Additional information is available at http://www.ebn.uk.com.

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Notes for Editors

1.The ebn South Woodham Ferrers will meet on alternate Tuesdays from 7am until 9am.

2.More information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Sally Laking on 07809 619072

Local networking group celebrates the success of one of its members.

Category: Networking

Release date 23/01/2017


Members of ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating last week when the Group Director at ebn Baddow, Sara Barnes of E J Coombs Solicitors, told them about the recruitment of the firm's fourth solicitor.

Sara, said: "I was delighted to announce to the other ebn members that we have a new solicitor joining us at E J Coombs.

"Vicky Robertson was admitted as a solicitor in 2000; she is a qualified mediator, and specialises in family law and collaborative law.

"Vicky practises in all areas of family law, including divorce, financial settlements, cohabitation issues, private law children matters and domestic violence. She has dealt with a wide range of financial settlements, including high net worth clients. Vicky also practises as a mediator for people with family law issues.

"We're so excited to have Vicky working with us, at both our Danbury and Billericay offices."

Sara added: "ebn Baddow meets on alternate Fridays at the Pontlands Park Hotel, and the whole Group enjoys celebrating each other's achievements."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

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Other Information:

Sara Barnes on 07745 272248

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Networking member gives self defence advice

Category: Networking

Release Date: 16/01/2017

Members of ebn (effective business network) were given advice on staying safe while on the go by Richard Mitchener of Combat Academy Chelmsford.

Today's technology, being more mobile than ever before, gives us immediate access to our business while on the move. From a personal safety perspective, take a look at how many people walk along with their phones in their hands.

Richard said: "It's worth considering removing the incentive for a robbery/attack. Would you walk down the road with the cash value of your phone in your hand? Unlikely!

"If you need to text or email, stop, put your back against a wall, deal with the response, then securely replace your phone in a bag or pocket before continuing with whatever you were doing."

Richard added: "Most people have heard of the 'fight or flight' reaction in a confrontational situation. However, the brain will often 'freeze' in an attack and Combat Academy Chelmsford classes will help you develop a 'learned response' to avoid this."

ebn member Allison Lagdon, of All on Beauty, said: "Although self defence is something you hope you'll never need to use, knowing simple measures to help keep yourself safe is invaluable. It's not just about learning to fight; it's about awareness, too, and making sure that you don't put yourself in a vulnerable position."

Richard is a member of ebn Baddow Group, which meets every other Friday at Pontlands Park Hotel. More information on ebn Groups, including the Baddow Group, can be found at www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also receive regular, free advice from experts to help them meet both their business and personal needs."

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More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Richard at Combat Academy Chelmsford on 07798 628207

Allison at All Is On Beauty on 07729 225351

Southend networkers celebrate success of fellow member

Category: Networking

Release Date: 09/01/2017

Members of Southend ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating recently when one of the members, Career Ready, shared some exciting news.

Sarah Morton of Career Ready said: "Career Ready is a charity that helps young people prepare for work. We do this for two reasons - (1) to help students fulfil their potential, and (2) to ensure that businesses are able to recruit young people with the skills to succeed.

"Career Ready has recently secured nearly £70,000 worth of further investment from the Government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company's support for more young people in Stoke-on-Trent, the Black Country, London and Essex.

"The investment will help Career Ready to scale up its employer mentoring program and extend it to work with students who are about to start their GCSEs, but are at risk of disengaging.

"I would encourage anyone who wants to get involved in mentoring to step forward and join us, to help make a real difference to the lives of young people in their local community. For more information on Career Ready and the work that we do, please visit www.careerready.org.uk."

Group Director for Southend ebn Robert Hutchinson, of Hutchinson Financial Planning Ltd, said: "Our members meet on alternate Tuesdays at the Holiday Inn, Southend. We were delighted to hear Sarah's good news.

"The whole Group enjoys celebrating each other's achievements, and we wish Sarah and Career Ready continued success."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

Additional information is available at: www.ebn.uk.com/groups/Southend.


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More Information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Sarah Morton on 07802 865443

Robert Hutchinson on 01277 790016

Colchester networkers celebrate for a third year

Category: Networking

Release Date: 03/01/2017

Members of Colchester ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating recently when one of the members, H D Consultants, shared some exciting news.

Howard Reuben of H D Consultants said: "For the third consecutive year, my professional team has been recognised as a Buy-to-let Broker of the Year finalist in the Business MoneyFacts annual recognition of excellence.

"The annual Business MoneyFacts Awards' ceremony celebrates and rewards those who have offered the best products and services.

"As well as becoming a finalist for the buy-to-let broker of the year, we have also received special award nominations for best mortgage broker, best specialist broker distributer, and for the outstanding contribution award.

"Our full list of current and historical nominations and awards can be seen at: http://www.hdconsultants.net/awards."

Group Director for Colchester ebn Andrew Chenery, of The Utility Warehouse Discount Club, said: "Our members meet on alternate Tuesdays at the Colchester PlayGolf Centre. We were delighted to hear Howard's good news.

"The whole Group enjoy celebrating each other's achievements, and we wish Howard continued success."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

Additional information is available at: www.ebn.uk.com/groups/Colchester.


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More Information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Howard Reuben on 01206 577266

Woman on a mission raises incredible amount for local hospice

Category: Charity

Release Date: 28/12/2016

The aching limbs, blisters and hair-raising challenges didn't stop Glenys Chatterley (63), who was determined to face her fears and push herself in aid of the charity Farleigh Hospice.

Glenys, who is the Managing Director of ebn (Effective Business Network ), with the support of her friends, family, colleagues, and networking contacts, raised an incredible £15,000 for Farleigh Hospice.

Glenys decided to set herself a range of challenges to help raise the money for the charity which included wing walking, parasailing, kayaking, taking part in the London marathon, and even having a tattoo - just to name a few of the activities.

Farleigh Hospice is a registered charity which provides hospice care to people affected by life-limiting illnesses across mid Essex. Since being established in 1982, the Hospice, and its team of healthcare professionals, has grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of the community it serves.

Glenys said: "These were the toughest, yet most exhilarating, challenges of my life, but knowing the money that I was raising would make a big difference was the best part of all.

"I was determined to reach my £15,000 target, and to complete this in December has finished the year off perfectly. I would have walked across hot coals to get there - in fact, I did!

I'm so grateful to everyone who sponsored and supported me through my challenges, including the members of my networking Groups. Each of our ebn networking Groups supports a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community."

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More information: Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Brentwood networking group raises money for local charity

Category: Charity

Release Date: 19/12/2016

Brentwood businesses have not only been boosting their own growth through networking, but have also raised cash for the charity SNAP in Essex.

Group Director for Brentwood ebn (Effective Business Network) Hayley Taylor, of Taylor Made Promotions, said: "Our members meet on alternate Thursdays at The George & Dragon. For the last meeting before Christmas, members gave extra to dress up in festive attire to support our Brentwood charity member, SNAP.

"Each ebn Group has a charity member that it supports and we were pleased to hand over £453.80 to help SNAP in its work."

SNAP's Robert Dennis, said: "We were delighted that members of Brentwood ebn decided to raise money for SNAP through a wonderfully festive Christmas Jumper Day and themed networking breakfast.

"All of the money kindly raised will go towards helping to ensure that Essex families with children affected by disability always have a safe place to turn.

"SNAP relies heavily on the local community for support, and I would like to thank all of the other members at Brentwood ebn for supporting the work that we do. It's a pleasure to be part of ebn Brentwood and we look forward to another exciting year ahead."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn encourages each of our networking groups to support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"Brentwood ebn has done exceptionally well, collecting a good sum of money by joining in with their chosen charity's fundraising. I am sure that the members will continue supporting the charity every time they meet with fellow business representatives."

Additional information is available at:

www.ebn.uk.com/groups/brentwood

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More information: Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Hayley Taylor on 01621 856504

Robert Dennis on 01277 245345

Chelmsford businesses dress up for Christmas

Category: Networking

Release Date: 12.12.2016


Members of the Chelmsford ebn (Effective Business Network) Group dressed up on Friday for their Christmas networking meeting - a tradition that has grown over the past few years.

The Chelmsford Group meets on alternate Fridays, at Pontlands Park Hotel, for the members to support and encourage each other, share business knowledge and help generate business for each other.

Chelmsford Group Director Robert Hutchinson said: "The Chelmsford ebn Group has grown beyond belief in 2016.

"The Group members' willingness to get involved in the local community, and not take themselves too seriously, is one of the reasons for the Chelmsford Group being so popular.

"I'd like to thank the members for all their support throughout 2016 and for putting up with my rotten jokes. I look forward to our ebn meeting every other Friday. Everyone has had a great commercial year and I know that ebn has helped support that success in some way."

Group member Dallas Willcox, of Simply Words Editing Services, said: "Friday's meeting was so memorable. It's not often that one can sit around a table with an elf, Batman and a 'chilled turkey' to discuss business!

"My thanks go to Robert, and ebn, for making networking so enjoyable."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn Groups meet over breakfast right across Essex, and in other counties, and it's a real pleasure to see each Group start its own traditions and members enjoying themselves.

"ebn Groups are about building strong relationships with other businesses and this is proof that this philosophy works."

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For more Information, contact:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Robert Hutchinson on 01277 790016

Dallas Willcox on 07757 234521

Managing Director of ebn, Glenys Chatterley:

Braintree businesses get tips for their Christmas parties

Category: Accountancy

Release date: 05/12/16


When they attended the Effective Business Network (ebn) Braintree Group at The White Hart Hotel on Wednesday 23rd November, Braintree businesses were given free advice from the owner of Profit Guide Accountants, Tracey Kelk, with her helpful tax tips for holiday periods.

After enjoying a full cooked breakfast, members learnt that the cost of a staff party is an allowable deduction from taxable profits for businesses.

Tracey said: "You can spend up to £150 per head, which can include partners of employees but no more, or all is taxable.

"Cost includes the total cost of the function, including any associated transport - e.g. taxis, accommodation and VAT. VAT is recoverable on staff entertaining but needs to be apportioned if any non-staff attend.

"So, a director employee of his/her own limited company can have a Christmas meal with their partner and get a tax deduction of up to £300, but the function must be available to all employees.

"Customer entertaining is not allowable, so you can't get a tax deduction for that, nor recover VAT. And you can't have a party as a sole trader on your own, or allow your share if you employee others."

Tracey added: "Just as an aside, the £150 is an annual figure, so it doesn't have to just be a Christmas party; it could be a summer party or spread over several events throughout the year, as long as the total doesn't exceed the £150. If it does exceed £150, it is still an allowable deduction for the business but is a taxable benefit on the employees."

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes getting regular, free advice from other members to help them meet their business needs."

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More information:

Tracey Kelk on 01787 237086

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Networking member gives free IT advice for the Christmas period

Category: IT

Release Date: 21.11.2016

Members of ebn (effective business network) were given free advice when the Director of IT Positive, David Lee, gave helpful IT tips for holiday periods.

Viruses are a big issue for any business using technology. However, one of the most popular ways for cyber criminals to send out a virus is through an email attachment.

David said: "Avoid viruses by not opening email attachments unless you are 100% certain that you know who they came from.

"Many businesses may close for holidays, for a week or so. When offices are left empty, damage to offices can affect the IT systems. Businesses should have an emergency plan in place so that they can keep trading.

"To avoid losing out on any business when you return, ensure that you have a full backup, stored off-site, of all your data. This means that, if your office has sustained any damage and cannot be used, you have everything you need to continue to operate at an alternative address.

David added: "Not every business closes at the same time for holidays. So, don't forget to set your 'out of office' email responder, to ensure that your clients know when you will be back from the break. This way, they know when to expect a response or email again."

David attends several ebn Groups – including Billericay, Maldon, Southend, Braintree, Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester. For more information on ebn, and to find out where your local Group meets, please visit www.ebn.uk.com.

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley said: "ebn members not only build good contacts to help grow their businesses but also get regular, free advice from experts to help them meet their business needs.

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More information:

ebn Managing Director Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
IT Positive Director David Lee on 01376 653115 – www.it-positive.co.uk

South Woodham Ferrers' networkers age for charity

Category: Charity

Release Date: 14.11.2016

At a South Woodham Ferrers ebn (effective business network) meeting recently, members took on the challenge of wearing age-awareness equipment to give an insight on the challenges faced in later life.

Member Jean Robinson, from Age UK Essex, took along the age simulation suit, which included gloves, glasses, joint limiters and muscle waste simulators, for members to wear.

These are all items that can simulate the challenges that later life can bring and this einforces the reasons why Age UK Essex exists to support thousands of people each year to manage day-to-day in their golden years.

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterly said: "ebn encourages each of our networking groups to support a local charity; the members represent businesses based in the local community, so they want to support that community.

"The South Woodham Ferrers Group has done exceptionally well by joining in with their chosen charity's fundraising, and I am sure that the members will continue to support the charity each time they meet."

South Woodham Ferrers members meet every other Tuesday at The Lodge Country Inn in Battlesbridge. Further information can be found at www.ebn.uk.com.

If you have older customers and would like to discuss a training package for your staff, or would like to support Age UK Essex by regularly donating just £3 per month, please contact Jean on 01245 207065, or email jean.robinson@ageukessex.org.uk .

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More Information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726

Jean Robinson on 01245 207065

Billericay networker gets a new look

Category: Estate Agents

Members of Billericay ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating recently when one of the members, Grace & Rose, shared some exciting news.

Dean Caldon, Director of Grace & Rose, said: "As former Directors of the Redstones estate agency franchise in Brentwood and Billericay, we have rebranded our business and are now a completely independent estate agency, in the name of Grace & Rose. The name was derived from our daughters' middle names, to continue with our ethos of being a family run local business.

"Whether you're an existing or past client, or hopefully a future client, of Grace & Rose, we remain fully committed to continue delivering exceptional levels of customer service, which our past and present clients say has made the buying, selling and letting of their properties so much easier.

"We would be delighted if you would take a moment to have a look at our new website, www.graceandrose.co.uk, to see the testimonials. We hope that you will like the new look!"

Group Director for Billericay ebn, David Lee of IT Positive, said: "Our members meet on alternate Wednesdays at the Burstead Golf Club. We were delighted to hear Dean's good news.

"The whole Group enjoy celebrating each other's achievements, and we wish Dean continued success."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

Additional information is available at: www.ebn.uk.com/groups/billericay.
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More Information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Dean Caldon on 01277 623010

Colchester networkers celebrate for a third year

Category: Networking

Members of Colchester ebn (Effective Business Network) were celebrating recently when one of the members, H D Consultants, shared some exciting news.

Howard Reuben of H D Consultants said: "For the third consecutive year, my professional team has been recognised as a Buy-to-let Broker of the Year finalist in the Business MoneyFacts annual recognition of excellence.

"The annual Business MoneyFacts Awards' ceremony celebrates and rewards those who have offered the best products and services.

"As well as becoming a finalist for the buy-to-let broker of the year, we have also received special award nominations for best mortgage broker, best specialist broker distributer, and for the outstanding contribution award.

"Our full list of current and historical nominations and awards can be seen at: http://www.hdconsultants.net/awards."

Group Director for Colchester ebn Andrew Chenery, of The Utility Warehouse Discount Club, said: "Our members meet on alternate Tuesdays at the Colchester PlayGolf Centre. We were delighted to hear Howard's good news.

"The whole Group enjoy celebrating each other's achievements, and we wish Howard continued success."

Managing Director of ebn Glenys Chatterley said: "Networking is about building relationships to help businesses grow and become stronger, and this includes celebrating successes with other local businesses."

Additional information is available at: www.ebn.uk.com/groups/Colchester.

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More Information:

Glenys Chatterley on 07780 666726
Howard Reuben on 01206 577266

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