Sherborne Early Bird Business Exchange

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Meeting Wednesday 14th May

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Invited guests

We had two guests at our breakfast today:

  • Alan Bunter from Remous Ltd
  • Kirsty Stewart from the Western Gazette Ltd

We hope that they enjoyed their visit and will consider joining EBBX in the future. The network thrives on new members so do please bring along a guest if you know of someone who would benefit from networking.


Mike Spencer, M & J Bowers Ltd

Mike, ex-professional footballer and ex-financial adviser, is now the Business Manager at M & J Bowers Ltd, a family-owned company which deals with document destruction and clothes recycling. He has helped progress M & J Bowers from a family-run business into a professional operation with 25 employees on a purpose-built site on the Lynx West Trading Estate in Yeovil.

Last year the company was successful in winning the contract to destroy documents for Wiltshire County Council and more recently has won a similar contract for the University of Bath. Hence the company is expanding and business is up by 10-15%. However, they donít just deal with large contracts Ė no job is too small and they are as happy to deal with small companies as they are with large organisations. Their operations cover much of the South West of England but they are willing to travel outside of this area on occasion if the job demands it.

On the clothes recycling side, M & J Bowers buy and collect excess stock from charity shops to help them with their fundraising and provide the same service for schools which have excess items left over after jumble sales etc.

Mike would welcome introductions to local solicitors, accountants, academy schools and medical practices that already use recycling services with other companies.

Paul Giles, PG Security Systems Ltd

Paul set up PG Security Systems in 2000 and now employs 9 staff. The company, which specialises in the design, installation, maintenance and monitoring of alarms and CCTV systems, won the Small Business of the Year Award in 2013 and was a finalist in the 2014 awards.

Paul brought in samples of sensors, keypads and control boxes for us to see and passed round a tablet on which we could view high-definition, real-time images from one of his CCTV cameras in Sherborne. Although an alarm won't stop an absolutely committed burglar from attempting entry, it is more likely that s/he will look for an easier target that isn't covered by such a system. There is a myth that the police don't respond to burglar alarms but this isn't true if you are using an approved system. If there is one activation then a key holder is called, but if there are two activations from separate detectors then the police will respond. All Paul's systems are approved; the Police calling systems have unique reference numbers and all his staff are screened to ensure you are getting the best possible person for the job. Images from CCTV systems are retained for 31 days in licensed premises.

Paul also showed us a video of smoke systems which are very useful in a variety of establishments. The smoke fills the area in seconds so that intruders can't see anything and strobe lighting can also be fitted for a more disorientating effect. You can't steal what you cannot see! He assured us the smoke is harmless!

Systems start at £400 but there is an option to rent which costs £199 for installation and £22 per month rental.

Smoke systems can be leased or bought:

  • 1 x Smokecloak unit (405 cubic metres in 30 secs)
  • 1 x Isolator
  • 1 x Cloak sensor
  • 1 x 360 movement detector
  • 1 x Installation
  • £1940 + VAT

Maintenance contract from year 2 £150 + VAT, includes the replacement of fluid and batteries.

This can be done monthly if required. You could have this system from as little as £10.07 + VAT per week.

Other business

  • The current Leadership Team stands down at the end of June and a new one needs to be in place by 1 July 2014. Nominations will be called for soon and should be submitted by the end of May and will be sent to members for voting on in June.
  • Don't forget the one-to-oneís!!

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