Southend Peers – 10th August 2017

Where’s the summer gone?! Luckily, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits at Southend Peers as we gathered at the Arlington Ballroom for another morning of networking and a great buffet breakfast.

It was great to see a good number of members around the table, some looking more sun-tanned than others, and many reporting how busy they are this summer (Peers certainly pays off!)

We began with an enlightening 60-second round, where members could give updates on their business, or advertise new products, services or events. We heard some really interesting insights and useful tips this morning. Peter Mehner of Ace Carpet Cleaning reminded us he could clean car interiors (just in case you left your roof down in this week’s rain!), Colin Merenda of Merenda Insurance pointed out the perils of cheap insurance bought online, and Lesley Finch of Bryman Recruitment let us know she’s looking for warehouse workers for packing and picking – so if you need a job, or know someone who does, give her a call!

The winner this week, however – as judged by Karen Sallows of Crown Vocational Training – was Gina Blundell of Forever Living, for bringing in two of her products to remind us of what the summer should be like! This followed with more grumblings from the men that the female members keep winning – but surely this means they just have to up their game…

10 minutes from Daniel Rosewell, The DG Group

Today’s 10 minutes came from Dan Rosewell of the DG Group. Dan is a self-proclaimed lover of life, and recently cycled an incredible 900 miles in 8 days, raising around £8,500 in the process – what a hero! Today he told us, however, about The DG Group, and mainly Dawes and Green.

Dan started with a brief history of The D&G Group. DG Servicing was founded in 1983, following a gap in the market to service and repair double glazing (DG stands for double glazing!). The next part of the group came in 1996, when DG Supplyline Ltd was set up to supply hardware for doors and windows to other companies, such as locksmiths and window doctors. In 2010, the group set up ADS – Automated Door Systems – which offers automated windows and doors solutions for customers, ideal for customers with disabilities. The final arm established was Dawes & Green, which supplies high-quality doors and windows to customers.

As Dan went on to tell us, Dawes & Green can supply a huge range of entrance doors, all of which are superior in design and quality. Dan can source any style or any colour to suit a whole range of house styles, from period cottages to modern architectural builds. One example he showed was a traditional style door which was made of aluminium, which provides outstanding security. Dan can also arrange bespoke details into any door, and gave us a case study of a replacement door he supplied, which gave the client keypad entry on the door and a secure key drop integrated within it.

Dawes & Green also supplies a wide range of beautiful sliding doors to maximise views, light and space. Dan can also fit motorised blinds for a beautiful finish to your home, and can provide software to control your blinds, lights, and home entertainment from your computer, phone or tablet! Dan is currently looking for anyone who is making improvements to their home, as well as builders, property developers, project managers, surveyors and architects. So if that’s you, please get in touch with him: or 01702 608844.

The meeting closed with our usual referrals and testimonials round and a reminder to keep our diaries free for the 12th October – our next ‘Later with Peers’ event! And if you’d like to join us next week, get in touch and we’ll be happy to welcome you for networking and breakfast from 6:45am!

Written by Peers member Sarah Kelleway of Juniper Copy (

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