What Recession???Nov 14
Des Sutton of Man Bites Dog our IT people, is sick to death of hearing about the recession. He informs us that there are many people out there doing quite nicely thank you and has picked up two new clients from the Middle East. Mike Segall fresh from the ecademy Black Star 4th birthday bash last night, is wearing another hat at Central Debt Collection where he can sometimes get people’s debt settled at 30p in the £ and surprise, surprise, is very busy. And last week, another lunch companion who had earned himself US$100 million in 10 years, gave him an excellent referral. Christian Ingerslev of Danesoft does surveys for between 10 and 180,000 people finding out what customers really think while resident copywriter Caroline Hampstead has been dumbing down a client’s copy which they felt was too intellectual.
Litigator Paul Marmor of Sherrards reminds us that a Compromise Agreement before redundancy can often result in better terms for the employee while Richard Houldsworth of Splatt Print picks up an old BRE strapline “If it moves, we will print it”. He will be away for a couple of weeks at http://www.skillslondon2008.co.uk/site/1/ which might be of interest to 14 – 19 year olds looking for employment
Maurice Press of Disability Resource Team had one of those weeks where someone tried to steal his mobile phone while waiting outside his office, but hopefully inflicted enough pain to deter the villain in future. On a nicer note, a kind person conducted him across the road but since he was already on the proper roadside, asked to be conducted back again!
Jamie Denham of Sliced Bread Animation completed his move to Shoreditch but did not get much holiday as he is too busy and again working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission where they did a Glory Days piece last year. Emma Ross of Photowonder reminds us that their services are available on-line and via retailers such as Jessops, Snappy Snaps and that Gavin Hirst is due to become a dad again next Monday.
Mike Jennings of Avenue the smart procurement people, subs for Justin Beavis whose job is to impove the core services of businesses and next him is a visitor from BRX Southend, Alan Hopgood of Kendlebell providing telephone answering and virtual office services. New visitor and former flatmate of Gavin M-H is Claire Garabedian of Inwater Flowers.
Yours truly at in2 Consulting is happy to give a testimonial for mortgage broker Mike Chan of www.bizcash.co.uk when a chum wanted to find out a lender who would lend on woodland and quickly provided a website link to specialists in just this kind of lending. As a change from my bread and butter life and pensions business, my own two meetings yesterday at the Institute of Directors went well with two entrepreneurs looking for investors and non-executive directors so that they can retire in 5 years.
After 3 weeks, Mab of Opus Telecom finally brings in the promised Blackbery Storm for us to see but it is a dummy and makes you wonder what Blackbery’s marketing department does to fill the day. Sanjeev Shah’s HSBC 10 minutes generates a lot of interest with their BizDirect Account and Secure e-payments product giving him the most referrals ever and they are now back lovely new offices at 196 Oxford Street.
Most uplifting moment of the meeting is from master-coach George Metcalfe, who made it to the meeting after getting to bed at 5am and telling us about Schubert’s impromptus – perhaps they do them on iTunes??
Have a good weekend