In this afternoon’s Network Royals Business Club Online Meetups, attendees supplied us with five tips how to make good video at home, exclusive news of HMRC’s promise to process new R&D tax claims within 28 days of application, free apps to help streamline your business and much more!

The session provided each attendee – on a one-by-one basis – the opportunity to talk about their businesses, share who their ideal clients are, an insightful industry insight, personal tips or company news, and give us a fun fact about themselves.

Following a successful launch with Network My Club members, bookings for upcoming meetups are now open to both members and non-members.

Ally & Mo MediaRob Molloy

Who are three industries you’re looking to work with? Video can be used by any industry. One discipline that could benefit from video is HR, they often struggle to engage their employees, rather than using a PDF for internal communications they can use video. Specific industries we work well with are technology & communication, travel & tourism and sport!

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? I recently wrote a blog with 5 tips hwo to make good video yourslef during the Coronavirus outbreak. The tips are: 1) Prepare 2) Lighting 3) Audio 4) Use equipment and 5) Editing. Read more about each tip in detail here.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m a huge football fan so really miss it!

Arbor CulturalTom Thompson

Who are three industries you’re looking to work with? Planning & development of property, insurance and duty of care for other people (e.g. someone with big trees in their garden, schools, nursing homes)

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Tree surveys can be done remotely by photographs!

What’s a fun fact about you? I once changed my name to Sky Rainbow Song!

Diabetes Research & Wellness FoundationTim Green

Who are three industries you’re looking to work with? Target audience will be people living with type 1/2 Diabetes ensuring they have the right materials/education to cope. In general, we don’t have one particular sector/type as anyone can work with a charity! It’s all about making the partnership mutually beneficial.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? We’re currently planning for last quarter to see if can rescue income. One initiative we are launching is walk in September to try bringing the community together to celebrate (hopefully!) getting back to normal.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m missing football but my children are keeping me busy.

Kept AssetsRichard Hayes

Who are three industries you’re looking to work with? Everyone needs a will! If you’ve already got a will, I can review it and answer any questions for free. Particularly good industries are financial advisors, mortgage advisors and solicitors.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Personally, I’d highly advise seeing a specialist about your will! Outside of that, I advise anyone to look at business rates grants as they’re extremely helpful.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’ve been a season ticket at Reading FC for over 40 years!

R&J SolutionsRichard Ranson

Who are three industries you’re looking to work with? Every home can benefit! Commercial industries we work well with are multi-site charities, hotels/conference centres and care home groups.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Business energy contracts are at an all-time low which means energy companies are dropping prices, now is the time to buy and lock in.

What’s a fun fact about you?  My hobby is historic motor racing.

Social Media DirectionsAndras Tasi

Who are you looking to work with? Legal services, advisors/coaches and franchises that are still open!

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Social media is your best friend at the moment. We are also offering our social media scheduling software, Esemdee, to businesses for a 14 day free trial.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m a three-time Hungarian car racing champion. 

The Resilience and Results SpecialistMarlena O’Donnell

Who are you looking to work with? Accountants, financial advisors, solicitors with over 50 employees.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? 1) Use this time to have the intention to change something in your life 2) Help someone 3) Learn something new

What’s a fun fact about you? I’ve run 4 half marathons (2 in high heel shoes!). 

What’s On In ReadingAndrew Morris

Who are you looking to work with? Within the Reading area, any business that are still open and want to advertise.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Intention is be central point for everything in Reading area. Check out our website.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m a season ticket holder at Reading FC and a freemason!

Benfield Fire SafetyJason Sugden

Who are you looking to work with? We work well with the care sector, film and anyone with their own portfolio of properties. We also carry out risk assessments for wide range of charities. We work well referral wise with fire alarm companies.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Using time to gain accreditation which means we’re now on fire risk assessment register!

What’s a fun fact about you? I was a watch commander at Heathrow Airport. See a lot of things that go on that general public wouldn’t see… including aircrafts being on fire.

BEKEP Property SolutionsIan McGregor-Paterson

Who are you looking to work with? Individuals who are looking to invest funds in property. Usually people that are looking to diversify portfolio or just are looking for more of a return from their money.

What’s a fun fact about you? I fly helicopters!

Branston AdamsPaul Adams

Who are you looking to work with? Clients doing tax referrals/loans – a lot of that didn’t exist a month ago. At the moment, we’re working a lot with solicitors, hauliers, electricians!

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Anybody that has staff that are furloughed, the portal is open on the 20th and paid within 10 days. Anyone who pays business rates can potentially get grants. If you need a government loan or need universal credit we can help. Link to website help place.

What’s a fun fact about you? I coach cricket, and now virtually!

Castle WaterTamzin Hall

Who are you looking to work with? Anybody that has a business site that pays their water. At the moment, can help any business that has a site that is closed/closing.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? The best advice we can give is that if you do have a premise that is shut, speak to us so we can mark your property as unoccupied, so you don’t get charged. Check out or blog for all help and info here.

What’s a fun fact about you? I am studying for a degree in Organisational Psychology. Book I’d recommend is ‘A Happiness Advantage’ – happiness leads to success.

Cooper ParryJonny Brewster

Who are you looking to work with? There are no real exclusions for any business in regards to R&D tax relief, it’s a company that’s doing something new or improved in their field.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? R&D tax claims will now be processed within 28 days of submission, whereas before HMRC had a backlog of 9 months! Contact me to find out more.

What’s a fun fact about you? I’m a keen cyclist!

Jacquie Case – Personal Trainer for the MindJacquie Case

Who are you looking to work with? Anybody that suffers with something that is causing them overpowering stress.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Use this time to slow down! Appreciate your time at home with your family. If you have a stressful thought, write it down on a piece of paper, it’ll help you disconnect from it. Control the controllable!

What’s a fun fact about you? I love to watch films, Netflix and just chill out!

JDE MarketingJoanne Emmerson

Who are you looking to work with? Work well with people that have a hard time differentiating. Doesn’t matter what industry, it’s about mindset. Had a lot of success with law firms, accountants, businesses that struggle to stand out.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? At the beginning or the day and end of the day, write down what you’re grateful for. Also, at the beginning of the day write down 5 things on your to do list and tick them off, each time you do it releases serotonin.

What’s a fun fact about you? Shoes, gin and writing!

Libertad GrowthCarl Garrod

Who are you looking to work with? Profile will tend to be Directors/Partners that are busy with sales work that don’t have time for the prospecting side of things.  

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Now is the time to prospect! Pick up the time to speak to people. If you have an offering that’ll help people at this time, don’t be scared to offer it!

What’s a fun fact about you? I recently was with the President of Uganda!

R2B Business SolutionsAlan Oatham

Who are you looking to work with? Business owners that have pride in their business that have risk of losing it. Range is diverse, but do a lot in retail, hospitality, licensed trade, construction.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Talk, talk, talk – communication is key!

What’s a fun fact about you? Once I took a case against US to court of international trade – and needless to say, lost!

Smart PAMichelle Redpath

Who are you looking to work with? Not one particular industry, but size of company is usually no more than 10 employees that are remotely based. Those that are looking to streamline their processes.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Utilise this downtime to look at your business and streamlining processes. Application I’m using to help are: Trello, Airtable, Hubspot.

What’s a fun fact about you? Love to the gym usually but am now doing workouts on a daily basis!

StrangebrewPhil Strachan

Who are you looking to work with? Businesses that have been around for 10-15 years that have lost track of their identity. Industries I love to work with are automotive, micro-breweries, business coaches/consultants/mentors and professional services.

Can you give us an industry tip/knowledge or company news? Use this time to improve your business – how can you stand out from the crowd?

What’s a fun fact about you? I love working with talented people!

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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