Southend Peers – 27th July 2017

And so we met again this morning at The Arlington Ballroom for another successful Southend Peers meeting. Despite a few members sunning themselves on holiday, we still had a strong turnout this morning and were also pleased to welcome Trevor from CHC Construction again, as well as Wayne on behalf of Lesley at Bryman Recruitment. We also welcomed Tom Rae for the first time, a freelance marketing specialist.

Once we were charged up with a buffet breakfast and plenty of tea and coffee, we started things off with our 60 seconds round. Mike Rutter from Best4Advice reminded us of the importance of pension planning and planning for our retirements, Paul Stibbards of S. Stibbards & Sons explained the benefits of a Golden Charter funeral plan, and Dan Rosewell told us all about secondary glazing and the benefits it can bring in cutting down heat loss and noise pollution.

However, this morning’s winner – as judged by Sarah Kelleway of Juniper Copy – went to Karen Sallows of Crown Vocational Training. Crown was recently visited by an assessor, who praised the college highly for its superb provision for apprentices and the outstanding work the staff do along the way in supporting employers. The only criticism? They don’t shout enough about how good their work is – so here’s a big shout out for Crown Vocational Training!

10 minutes from Tony Mudd, British and Overseas Property

This followed with 10 minutes from Tony Mudd – his first as a Peers member. Tony owns British and Overseas Property, an estate agency under the umbrella of Keller Williams. As his business is just 6 months old and still developing, he took the chance to explain more about himself, his background and his family, giving us great insight into his life.

We heard all about Tony’s descendants, a story filled with fascinating tales about his great-grandparents, his grandparents and their experiences of WWI, and his own experiences as a child in WWII. Born in Hampstead and later a resident of Barkingside, Tony and his family moved to the local area when he was still a child, and he attended Westcliff High School for Boys. After leaving school, he worked for a shipping company in London, before spending two years in Malaya on National Service.

After leaving the army, Tony went back to his job at the shipping company but didn’t really enjoy it. This prompted him to set up his own business with a friend, selling office equipment to various large businesses. In 1979, he left the company, and set up again a couple of years later, this time with two junior directors. The business went from strength to strength and, at the point of Tony’s retirement in 2003, it employed 500 people up and down the country!

Retirement didn’t stop Tony, and he went on to purchase some property in France and Spain in 2006. In 2016, he undertook his training with Keller Williams to become an estate agent and is now building his business to find fantastic homes for his clients both in the UK and abroad. You can find out more about Tony at http://www.kwuk.com/agents/Tony_Mudd.

The meeting closed with our usual referrals and testimonials round, as well as a number of notices – the most important of which involves you! Yes, the date for our next ‘Later with Peers’ meeting has been set, so grab your diary and keep 12th October free for more great networking with Southend Peers! Details to follow!

If you can’t wait till then, why not join us next Thursday for breakfast and networking from 6:45? We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Written by Peers member Sarah Kelleway of Juniper Copy (www.junipercopy.com)

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