Have you missed out?

We had a fantastic turn out to this mornings meeting, with our special guest Mike Duckett of Coaching for Success.

He explained the core idea behind the model used by Dr Steve Peters, from his book The Chimp Paradox, which helped the British Cycling team produce their world beating performances.

if you would like to attend one of our meetings as a guest, click below:

Applied Legal Services

OK Our Kids

The Chimp Paradox

Effective press releases

A great presentation today from Stephanie Wareham of Bucks Free Press  on to to create – and have published – an effective press release.

Making fuller use of PR  is something that many of us could be better.

Being a part of CBC is all about finding out about ways in which we can improve our respective businesses and why I plan to remain a member for a good long time!


Investing in business relationships….or eating breakfast?

Business Networking in High Wycombe over Breakfast

Why would you find yourself presenting to an interested audience straight after a very satisfying fry up? Well it might be that you have joined Chiltern Business Connections, a fine group of people who like to network and, help each other’s clients and customers…..whilst indulging themselves in a hearty breakfast every Tuesday morning at Wycombe Heights Golf Club, High Wycombe.

Having joined this year, my colleague Vanessa and I found ourselves in the spotlight last Tuesday presenting the business we represent – Financial Management, a financial advice practice of 25 years standing and based in Penn. Unbelievably people paid attention, asked questions and occasionally smiled. The shouts of “get off” were barely audible and Vanessa and I walked away thinking what a lovely bunch they are.

Maybe more importantly, as always it showed that there is real value in helping others understand what you do and the essential fundamental of everything….. why you do it? It’s the latter that demonstrates the sincerity of your motives, helps people relate to why you are talking to them (so early in the morning)…. and ultimately builds the trust individuals need to refer one of their customers onto you. The old adage of needing to “know, like and trust” a person before you can confidentially refer them is still true; afterall you put your own reputation on the line when you recommend someone, so you need to be confident they will provide a good service or product as promised. That’s precisely why business networking works so well.

The level of sincerity might of made the breakfast a touch difficult to digest in other circumstances, but thanks to the warm and welcoming platform provided at Chiltern Business Connections we felt comfortable sharing our story and excited to discover that the audience were happy to listen and interested in hearing more. Networking over breakfast……yes, for any business looking to grow, definitely the way to go!

Eight great reasons NOT to make a will

People will often put off making a will. With just a hint of irony here are 8 reasons for them to continue not to do anything

  1. You like the idea of intestacy

You’re perfectly happy to leave someone else to decide who will benefit on your death. You like the inflexibility of the intestacy rules. If you’re unmarried your partner can’t benefit under these rules, but you’re sure they’ll be fine. Hopefully the cousin or other distant relative who ends up benefitting will help them out


  1. You don’t want to appoint executors

You don’t need to appoint people you trust to make sure that your estate is properly distributed after you’ve gone. You’re happy to leave it to someone else to step up and apply – no matter their suitability for the role.


  1. You don’t mind who will care for your children

You’re reasonably confident that someone will take care of your  minor children after you’re gone. Failing that you’re certain that if the courts need to appoint someone it’ll be exactly the person you’d have chosen. They may not be raised the way you want….but never mind.


  1. There’s no need to provide for anyone in particular

It doesn’t matter who gets your great-great-grandmother’s wedding ring which has been passed down through the family for generations. You’re sure that someone will look after this.

You’re hopeful that someone will make sure your other half is looked after. If you’re not married you’re sure that your partner won’t mind the stress and cost of going to court to claim for any provision from your estate.


  1. You’re not bothered about your nearest and dearest paying more tax than might be necessary

The intestacy rules might not be the most tax efficient way of passing on your estate but you don’t mind that there’s a larger tax bill to pay – after all – the politicians will spend it wisely enough


  1. Trust? Trust who?

You can’t see any point in using trusts in your will to protect any of your assets after you’ve gone. You’re happy just to leave your estate to whosoever the intestacy rules say is entitled and so be it if they’re bankrupt – or divorcing – or just intend to gamble it away. With any luck the people you care for the most will get looked after by someone……won’t they?


  1. You’ve supported charities enough

If you’ve been a regular supporter of any charity – who cares that they’ll receive nothing from your estate after you’ve gone?


  1. You don’t mind how your funeral is handled.

You can let someone work out what you would have wanted and if there’s any disagreement amongst the family let them argue it out. Why should you bother to set out some clear guidance for them to make their lives that bit easier?


I’m a professional estate planner and will writer and  spend a good part of my time encouraging people to make the effort and to put wills into place. It’s a way of making life that little bit easier for the people you care for the most in the worst of circumstances.

I act in accordance with the strict codes of practice of the societies of which I’m a member (SWW and STEP) and am approved by Trading Standards

Paul Beck

CBC member

Tel: 01628 634294  Mobile 0795 7263990

Email paul.beck@appliedls.co.uk

Local Business Networking Group brings charities together

Keep our kids safe

Ok Our Kids and Wycombe Youth Action combine forces in schools

Don’t ever say the benefits of networking are just about getting referrals on bits of paper, or invoices for money in the bank business! Yes, of course those things are important and a staple part of a good networking group. However, there’s a lot more to it than that, and really good networking groups work to bring people and businesses together in ways that will help them flourish and grow through collaboration and sharing of skills.

This is just what has happened with OK Our Kinds and Wycombe Youth Action who today have spent time together at a local primary school helping the young people to understand how to be safe in today’s world, so that they can enjoy their childhood and build positive memories.

What a great way to end the week, well done to all involved; if you’d like to be a part of a powerfully engaged business networking group in High Wycombe, then get in touch, because it is indeed: Time to make a difference!

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