Members from across the Network My Club group joined us for our first region focussed Online Meetup today, as those looking to network in the Berkshire area had the opportunity to share latest company news, valuable industry tips, current challenges they’re facing and a fun fact about themselves!

We find out why prospecting during this time is imperative, ways businesses can save money on their insurance, why saying ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ to your colleagues everyday is important for the mind, and much more!

Region meetups offer members from across the Network My Club group – free of charge – the opportunity to network with businesses in the counties we currently operate in, with Sussex, London and Hampshire meetups taking place later this month.

Benfield Fire SafetyJason Sugden

How do you help business? What problems do you solve?  Conduct fire risk assessments! Some people try to assess themselves and get it wrong.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? There have been 171,000 in last 18 months, but don’t believe it’ll happen to them. Please do take note of your fire assessment.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’ve built houses in the past!

Kept AssetsRichard Hayes

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? Everyone needs to have a will in place! Get one in place now, then when this all over I’ll be able really assess your options and get best options.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? It’s a slightly morbid subject, but if your parents haven’t got a will, although it’s a difficult conversation, make sure they do! It’s difficult enough to lose somebody, and then having to deal with the pain of the paperwork adds to it.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’ve been a Reading FC season ticket holder for 35+ years!

Libertad GrowthCarl Garrod

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? We help small business trying to juggle multiple departments (marketing, sales etc) all at once by helping bring in new clients and outsource sales teams.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? Prospecting during this time really is so important. It might feel uncomfortable at first, but make contact with businesses. No matter how busy you are, try to keep prospecting, set yourself a low target to people you’re picking phone up to each day, be rigorous to when you do them, it’s all about persistence.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m fluent in Spanish and once taught English to Spanish navy!

Macbeth InsuranceJames Bishop

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? We work with both business and private clients on a variety of insurance needs. Recently, we’ve been getting a lot of calls about cyber liability calls given an increased exposure to being online from home more etc.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? Business premiums are based on annual revenues, if you are estimating that this will decrease then let your insurers know which could save some money in long run. If you own a fleet of vehicles that aren’t operational on the road, you can declare them off-road and save money. When you have employees that are working from home, you still have a responsibility of care for them from home, so conduct a risk assessment. Lastly, any unoccupied commercial property that is insured, you have duty to maintain and look after it.

What’s a fun fact about you? Love swimming and go on lunchtimes usually!

Reality HRSally-Ann Hall-Jones

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? There are 2 sides: we provide outsourced HR to SME’s traditionally, but at the moment no one is interested in those things, so we’ve had to reinvent ourselves. We’ve become furlough experts and are making sure we are keeping up to date with government guidelines. We’re regularly updating our Coronavirus support page here.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? There is some great tools to help with working from home working on the HSE website here. You can find our latest top tips for working from home here.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m using opportunity of being at home to do more home exercise!


R&J Solutions
Richard Ranson

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? I can help businesses reduce utility costs via online audits.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? Mine’s a health tip: be mindful of potential damage to body if you overload yourself with technology. We, as humans, are not designed to have technology 24/7 like we are. Set aside time to turn technology off an hour before you go to bed – get your mind straight, sleep and regenerate.

What’s a fun fact about you? I proud to have co-founded an orphanage in Uganda.

Smart PAMichelle Redpath

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? I generally help businesses that are busy and growing, but given the current situation am offering my expertise to anyone. This involves Helping look at issues with furlough, where they can go for help, and helping businesses transition online!

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? Use social media more! Utilise this downtime by streamlining processes now so when you are busy it’ll be even better.

What’s a fun fact about you? I love football and am massive Derby County fan!

The Design BusinessNeil Linford-Relph

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? Businesses are reimagining what they are at the moment. I help businesses work out what they want, what their customers want and then how to communicate. Ask yourself, how are you being different and why?

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? Be mindful of your tone on social media – don’t be too serious! Think about connection with your audience on social media.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m a big Brighton & Hove Albion FC fan.

The Resilience and Results Specialist Marlena O’Donnell

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? I help people who want to make a significant change in their life: business and personal. Faced with changes and challenges, people are finding it difficult to adjust and are having their livelihood affected.

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? 1) If working from home, it’s important to say hello to your team in the morning and when you logging off, just like you would normally 2) Downtime is important – keep that separation between work and home 3) This is not the time to regret or beating yourself up, it’s a hard time, recognise that.

What’s a fun fact about you?I’ve shook hands with 4 heads of states and took part in 4 half-marathons.

VoltKen Pierce

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? We help manage relationships for international businesses that have contractors as staff.

Property & PartnersMatthew Allen

How do you help business? What problems do you solve? Work with a lot of people in property – armchair investors (high net wealth individuals who put money in fixed rate return), joint venture partners (those who lack time or knowledge to go out and do it themselves) and lend and learners (who want to invest and learn).

What’s your industry insight/personal tip/company news? Do more on social! There will be a lot of opportunities at the end of this. Keep going, promote yourself even more and take advantage of the time we have.

What’s a fun fact about you? Football, watch rugby, recently taken up running.

The Network My Club Online Meetups are in place to ensure our valued members continue to network with the best, like-minded professionals.

Find out more about the Network My Club Online Member Meetups here.

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