Thanks for Visiting - July 2014

Graham Turrell (alternative property investments) and Claire McDonald (domestic and commercial cleaning)

Hayley Oughton (telephone answering services), Michael Wellborn (marketing automation software) and Paul Sampson (florist)

Laura Hulin (health and wellness) and Mittch Boyd (self-storage)

Meredith Holborn (mobile print technology) and Pauline Reid (same day courier)

Debi Richens (hand-tailored bras) and Nathalie Danon-Kerr (language training)

Thanks for networking with us in Reading this month


We take a moment to give a mention to some of the lovely people we've welcomed to our weekly business networking meetings at Loch Fyne in Reading.

We'd like to say thanks to some of the diverse and exciting business networkers who have visited us in our last few meetings at one of Reading's top dining destinations.

Just Don't Google "Virtual Girl"...

Margaret Balaam
Virtual Girl Friday
Office and PA Services
0118 334 1665
Margaret, from Wokingham, came to network at Reading Oracle because she's recently joined a BNI morning group elsewhere in Berkshire and wanted to take advantage of her membership to find potential new customers in Reading. She offers telephone marketing services for small businesses.

Celebrating African Culture

Tina Brown
Online News Magazine
07985 384422
Tina describes the African Celebs website as "the leading authority on African news, entertainment, arts and culture" focusing on Africans who are positively impacting Africa’s image in order to inspire young people. She came to BNI Reading Oracle looking for introductions to any charities working with young people.

No "Hello Vera" Puns, Please

Laura Hulin
The Aloe Lady
Cosmetics and Beauty Supplies, Reading
07804 142119
Laura came to BNI Reading Oracle to tell people about a network marketing opportunity for self-employed individuals to make money by telling the world about the wonders of aloe vera-based products. Get in touch to request a catalogue.

Cleaner Claire is a Tough Act to Follow

Claire McDonald
Cleanup Your Act
07920 142885
Claire has recently launched her business offering domestic and commercial cleaning services in the Reading area. She has a bold brand (see photo, above) and she's looking for introductions to anyone in the Reading area who needs a regular cleaner.

Hayley Says: Ditch Your Voicemail

Hayley Oughton
Telephone Answering Service, Newbury
01635 573208
Hayley came to tell us about a study that proved companies can increase sales by as much as 20% by replacing their voicemail with a real person. In particular, she'd like to meet lettings agents in Reading who could be losing business while they're out and about.

Pack Up Your Tax Troubles

Hilary Pack
Hilary Pack & Co
Tax Consultant, Caversham, Reading
07769 901141
Hilary is a chartered tax advisor who can help small businesses and individuals to manage their finances by making them more tax-efficient. She's particularly interested in talking to people with older relavtives who are worried about leaving their families with a hefty inheritance tax bill.

Pauline Delivers the Goods

Pauline Reid
Avantee Logistics
Same-Day Couriers, Reading
0118 9507488
Since launching in October last year, Pauline and the team at Avantee Logistics in Portman Road have been bringing quality customer service to an industry ruled by price and capacity and are seeking to show local small businesses that they can build long-term, personal relationships with their customers without compromising on price.

Fit To Bust

Debi Richens
Bespoke, Made to Measure Bras, Woolhampton, Reading
0800 840 2116
Debi told us she gets enormous satisfaction from helping women who have struggled in vain for years to find a bra that fits. Her bespoke tailoring service usually requires two or three fittings and every garment is unique.

Q. What Do You Do if You See a Spaceman?

Graham Turrell
HighGround Property Investment
Property Investment, Eversley, Hampshire
0118 323 3228
A: Park in it, man. Graham helps "the man in the street" to get involved in property investment, providing a fully managed service so you get all the benefits but none of the grief of being a landlord. Most of the investment opportunities he's looking at right now involve a stake in a luxury resort or hotel, but some are less glamorous. How would you like a stake in a car park at Glasgow Airport, for example?



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