Our final Ware To Do Business networking meeting for 2018 saw a mixture of new faces and regulars enjoying some festive fun.

Chairman John Gibson took charge of the informal proceedings at The Feathers Inn, Wadesmill, Hertfordshire, which included a Christmas quiz kindly organised by Chris Kell.

As always, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and had a chance to network and chat about our businesses.

The committee would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

This month we challenged each other to think about our business goals for 2019.

The group broke up into pairs, allowing guests to have an in-depth discussion. We then returned to the main table to feedback our ideas to the group. There were plenty of interesting plans, including:

  • focusing more on a particular side of the business
  • reviewing fee structures
  • embarking on a new career
  • signing up for more training
  • becoming more profitable by charging for extra work.

So there’s plenty to look forward to in the New Year!

But before then, come and join us for next month’s festive meeting…

Most people would not consider embarking on a new career when retirement is just around the corner, but that’s just what Ware To Do Business regular Chris Kell has decided to do.

At this month’s meeting Chris, who has spent many years working as a counsellor, outlined her journey to becoming a qualified civil funeral celebrant. Having completed her training, Chris can now preside over funeral services in a wide variety of locations.

We also welcomed some familiar faces to the group this month, including decorator and signwriter Barbara Murrell who was visiting the area from Hampshire.

This month’s meeting saw a welcome return by two people who were regulars from the early days of Ware To Do Business.

Paul Violet (The Coachman) and Steve Hayward (EcoKlean) first visited the group back when we met in a cafe in Ware town centre. Paul went on to help manage the group, including taking a turn as chairman.

Although the Feathers Inn was undergoing some emergency repairs, the friendly staff managed to accommodate us in another part of the historic pub. Over a delicious breakfast we did some informal networking before breaking up into one-to-one sessions to get to know each other a little better.

Many thanks to Colin Lock from Mdina International for an interesting and engaging presentation on human resources for SME owners.

Colin outlined his long career in management and HR and his partnership with Mdina International, based in Malta. Discussions then turned towards the common issues faced by SME owners surrounding performance management, recruiting, dismissals and equality.

Summing up, Colin offered those in attendance a free, no obligation, HR healthcheck.

For more information, contact Colin on 0207 849 3575 or email colin@mdina.co.uk

Photos by Alison Jenkins Photography

Colin Lock of Mdina International


For the July gathering guests were treated to a photography masterclass from Alison of Alison Jenkins Photography.

Alison, who is a member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), described how she turned her hobby into a business several years ago. Now Alison offers a varied range of services from wildlife to wedding photography, with a growing emphasis on supplying corporate imagery.

Along with her husband Simon and a team of highly qualified professionals, Alison provides stunning images for any social or business occasion.

You can also find Alison listed on The Best Of Hertford & Ware.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our discussion on social media.  It was a lively discussion and we all learnt something new.

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