We are looking forward to the next Business Biscotti event – due to feature an interlude from Biscotti attendee, Vasoula Christodoulou.
As well as being the owner of Nirvana Spirit, a traditional Reiki Master & Teacher, and Karate black belt, Vasoula is a trained bellydancer who performs in venues around Hertfordshire and North London. She has agreed to give us a free show halfway through the morning!
It has become traditional at St Albans to include a brief interlude during each meeting to communicate something relevant in an entertaining way and create a conversation piece. If we all came networking only to find customers, what we gain would be quite limited. There is potential for so much more – referrals, valuable feedback, better suppliers, collaborators, advocates… We can find advocates by, for example, doing someone a favour or doing something remarkable so people will remember us and talk about us. On Monday we will have a spectacular example…
We welcome all local business representatives to our informal networking meeting which attracts up to 60 contacts in Hertfordshire, South Beds and North London. It’s held on the second Monday of every month in the delightful surroundings of Sopwell House in the newly refurbished restaurant.
Come and meet new connections in the heart of Hertfordshire.
NO membership fees
Just the cost of your coffee.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Greg, Jeff, Simbo, Dave and Suzanne
By Greg Peachey, Chair of the FREdome Visionary Trust, owner of the FREdome Hub and Business Biscotti Ambassador. Business Biscotti has partnered with FREdome to promote the planting of a National Garden Forest.
At the December meeting of the Fredome-sponsored Business Biscotti group at the luxurious Sopwell House in St Albans a groundsman showed me a plentiful supply of sycamore seeds lying amidst fallen leaves under a row of trees at the edge of the side car park.
I brought some of these sycamore seeds into the meeting to give out with the fruit and plastic carrier bags. I also made this picture to help you spot them.
Growing trees has never been so easy. Next time you visit simply gather sycamore seeds from under the trees in Sopwell House. You do not even have to pick out the seeds. Simply scoop them up together with the fallen leaves, which will provide nourishing leaf humus for the growing seedlings. Aaron told me that they already have more than enough trees in the Sopwell House grounds, so they would welcome any help to take seedlings away, especially for a good cause.
You can also grow trees from your fruit left-overs at home, but when buying, please check that the packaging says that it has been grown in England. I have found supermarket staff to be very helpful on this point. After the winter you will be able to go out and salvage very young self-seeded trees.
In a couple of years’ time, the saplings grown in people’s carrier bags will be ready to transplant to local woodland or taken to the seaside to places such as Happisburgh, where the coastline is eroding at an alarming 12 metres a year. Sycamore saplings will be particularly valuable as they are moderately salt-tolerant.
For more information on the project, please contact me Greg Peachey at greg@FREdome.org.
A great turnout from Herts/London/Beds to St Albans Business Biscotti yesterday.
A very lively meeting with nearly sixty businesses there despite the snow!
I see that an Edinburgh scientist has made national news by photo-editing trees out of paintings by artists such as Constable to draw attention to global de-forestation. We want our potential solution to global de-forestation to make national news also!
To get started, all you need do is throw your fruit cores into a used plastic carrier bag of soil in your garden and let them grow. Click here for more info.
Zak tells me that after the meeting he found a black telescopic umbrella left in a plant pot. If this wasn’t intended as a contribution to the project in terms of growing an umbrella tree, please collect it from Lost Property in the Hotel!
Don’t forget to join our St Albans Biscotti LinkedIn group. Following last time’s Festive song, we floated the idea of a regular 2-min party piece from the floor during the interlude. The jury’s still out on that one – please add your comments to the online discussion…
All that remains is to wish you a very Successful New Year! See you on Mon 11th Feb 2013 in Sopwell House…
Founder & Chair – The FREdome Visionary Trust (Showing the way to sustainable growth)
Business Development Director – The FREdome Hub (Telemarketing for networkers)
Jeff Barnes (Grosvenor Beaumont Financial Services)
Lauren Harvey (FreedomSites)
David Grant (J D Enterprises)
Simbo Nuga (Practical Financial Detox)
FREdome Visionary Trust sponsors the St Albans chapter of the Business Biscotti.
The purpose is informal networking for local businesses. We have attendees from a wide catchment area of North London to East and West Herts, and as far North as Bedfordshire. The meetings are ably hosted by a team of Ambassadors who represent Business Biscotti and their own businesses, while supporting the aims of the Trust. We look forward to meeting friends who would like to come along and make business connections with like minds at this luxurious Hertfordshire venue.
Time : 9.30 to 11.30 am
Place: The library at Sopwell House
Cost £4.00 (coffee and bics)
Plenty of free parking!
The festive St Albans Business Biscotti networking event held on 10th December 2012 at Sopwell House attracted nearly sixty local businesses. (All photos courtesy of Media Circus Video Ltd)
Guests and members were shown just how easy it was to take part in our Pocket Full of Acorns project, which aims to plant a National Community Garden Forest. Greg Peachey, Chair of the FREdome Visionary Trust, brought apples, pears, plums, cherries & hazel nuts to give out to guests, together with a stash of used plastic carrier bags.
Greg invited people to take away some fruit, nuts or sycamore seeds from the Sopwell House grounds, put soil in a carrier bag, throw in the fruit cores or seeds followed by a bit more soil and leave them to germinate on their patios or wherever they will receive plentiful sunshine in the Spring.
THE Herts Advertiser has teamed up with a new project to stop coastal erosion which readers can support straight from their own back garden.
The FREdome Visionary Trust is encouraging people to pick up seeds they find such as acorns, seeds or nuts and nurturing them to saplings in a plastic carrier bag. After a couple of years the saplings will be ready to be taken to the seaside to create a “bioshield” to protect the coast.
In turn this also helps convert carbon emissions and waste into food and fuel, tackle the drought cycle and protect low-lying agricultural land prone to flooding and salt poisoning.