Tracey Willmott – Monkeys to Manage – Professional Coach FCIPD abd ACC

Name: Tracey Willmott
Business Name: Monkeys to Manage
Profession: Leadership development and professional coach
Town/City of business: Lichfield Staffordshire – with national coverage
Telephone: 01543 268600 / 07775 858612
Linkedin: uk.linkedin/in/traceywillmott

Products & Services Offered:

  • Leadership development
  • Business and personal coaching – accredited by the International Coaching Federation
  • Ilm accredited programmes
  • Team building
  • Organisational development and consultancy
  • Behavioural development
  • Business 1st donation to We Love Lichfield Fund

    Business 1st raises money for good causes every year, and members of Business 1st were delighted to hand over a cheque for £500 to the We Love Lichfield Fund recently, which is a charity that benefits many local community and voluntary groups across the District. The We Love Lichfield Fund is Business 1st’s chosen charity for 2017, and the cheque was handed to Simon Price, CEO of cutlery company Arthur Price and Patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund at the group’s recent visitor day.



    Successful Visitor Day

    Thank you to all our members and visitors for making our Visitor Day last week such a success. The room was full and everyone enjoyed networking with like-minded business people. It was lovely to hear from our guest speaker, Simon Price, CEO of cutlery company Arthur Price and Patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund, which is Business 1st’s chosen charity for 2017.

    Don’t worry if you missed the Visitor Day. Visitors are welcome to attend a meeting on any date as long as their particular business sector isn’t already represented. Just fill in the form on the home page to let us know you’d like to attend…

    Bernadette Ratcliffe – Ratcliffe Education

    Name: Bernadette Ratcliffe
    Business Name: Ratcliffe Education
    Profession: Coming Soon
    Town/City of business: Staffordshire
    Telephone: Coming Soon
    Facebook: Coming Soon
    Twitter: Coming Soon
    Linkedin: Coming Soon


    Products & Services Offered:

    Coming Soon!

    Cheryl Turner – TAO Solutions – Social Media Guru

    Screen Shot 2017-05-04 at 09.31.14Name: Cheryl Turner
    Business Name: Tao Business Solutions
    Profession: Social Media Management / Training
    Town/City of business: Staffordshire: Cannock to Tamworth
    Telephone: 07891 711363

    Cheryl Turner of Tao Business Solutions is our very own social media superhero!  She eats, drinks, sleeps and breathes social media. If you’re in a tiz over Twitter, Facebook phobic or lost on LinkedIn just leave it to Cheryl – she’ll happily manage your social media for you, whilst you get on with running your business.  Cheryl also offers 1-2-1 social media coaching, tailored to your needs and small interactive social media workshops.  During a typical training session, Cheryl will show you how to save time using social media scheduling tools and where to find great content for your social media posts.   Also on offer are content writing packages, social media audits and social media advisory consultations.

    Products & Services Offered:

    Social Media management, 121 coaching, workshops, audits, content writing, consultancy and strategy.


    Business 1st is holding a Visitors Day on Thursday 11th May 2017 for local businesses to come along and find out more about how networking over breakfast can increase business enquiries.

    Please note we have a one seat policy so please ensure that you check the Members Page on our website before booking onto the event to make sure that no-one else offers your services. If in doubt please call 01543 406131 to check.

    Please click here to complete the booking form to secure your place at this FREE event.  We look forward to meeting you!

    Adam Milligan – Electrician – NLT Solutions LTD

    Name: Nathan Tromans / Adam Milligan
    Business Name: NLT Solutions LTD
    Profession: Electrical Engineers
    Town/City of business: We cover the whole of the midlands but we’re based in tamworth
    Telephone:01827 767 100
    Facebook Domestic::
    Facebook Commerical:

    Products and Services offered:

    Products and services that you offer: Electrical installation, certification and fault finding in domestic, commercial and industrial premises, security and fire alarm systems, cctv systems, data cabling and much more


    Ann Schwarzenbach – Advantage House – Serviced Offices

    Name: Ann Schwarzenbach
    Business Name: Advantage House
    Profession: Serviced offices and meeting space
    Strapline: Modern office and meeting space in central Lichfield
    Town/City of business: Lichfield
    Telephone:01543 250469

    Products and Services offered:

    Serviced offices ranging in size from a single desk in a co-working space to a four-person office. Our tenants pay a simple monthly charge which covers broadband, electricity, water, business rates, a reasonable amount of printing, use of the meeting room for short meetings and tea/coffee from the kitchen. The offices are let on a rolling monthly licence, meaning there is no long-term commitment or expensive legal fees. Our flexible meeting room can be set out in a board room style, an open U shape for training courses or in theatre style for larger groups. It is fully equipped with an LCD TV, which can be used with a laptop to deliver presentations, flipcharts and whiteboards. Tea, coffee and water are provided in the meeting room as required at no extra charge. Biscuits, buffets and other refreshments can be arranged as required. The meeting room can be hired on an hourly, half day or daily basis and is available at evenings and weekends. It has been used for all kinds of events from team meetings to networking, from First Aid training to charity talks.

    Gary Williams – Seventeen43 – Event Management

    Seventeen43Name: Gary Williams
    Business Name: Seventeen43
    Profession: Event Management
    Strapline: Delivering your ideas to create that perfect event
    Town/City of business: Based just outside of Lichfield, Staffordshire.
    Telephone: 07721 678704

    Products and Services offered: Event Management and Consultancy Company. Bespoke, tailor made services covering a wide range of events, incentives and group travel bookings. All delivered with passion.

    Neil Sargeant – PHD Design – Graphic Design

    Name: Neil Sargeant
    Business Name: PHd design
    Profession: Graphic Design
    Strapline: Great design is great business, bad design… isn’t.
    Town/City of business: Based outside Lichfield, concentrating on greater midlands area but servicing the whole nation.
    Telephone: 01543 473 191

    Products and Services offered:

    PHd are a family of talented individuals coming together to bring ideas to life in the spirit of equality, creativity & independence. Our mission is to raise the level of design communications across our client base in the UK. We achieve this through the creation of intelligent, thought-provoking design solutions that make a positive difference to our clients and their customers.

    PHd love what we do, that’s why we’re so good at what we do, and it’s why our customers love what we do. We excel at using graphic design, experience, and reasoning to solve complicated business challenges.

    We’re one of the most experienced graphic design companies in the midlands, now in our 25th year, we can confidently state that we really know what works. Our award winning graphic design solutions are based on real knowledge of how to turn your investment in our services into real world tangible business.

    We don’t use templates, we don’t copy others, we don’t guess, we tailor all solutions to your exact requirements. Our approach involves you at every stage to make sure the solution we give you fits your needs exactly.

    Variety is the spice of life and that’s why we’re so very happy that each and every one of our clients is different. PHd caters to a huge range of industry types using an ever expanding range of media solutions, it keeps us on our toes, and every day offers something new and exciting.

    Based in a lovely Barn near the historic City of Lichfield, we work Nationally, but focus on the Midlands area, including regions in and around Birmingham, Cannock, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Burton, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Nottingham, Tamworth and Stafford.

    Things we design very well

    How should you get your message out there? We’ll help guide you through the options, assessing your company, your target clients and your budget to get the perfect set of design solutions for you, we’re nice like that!

    • LOGOS
    • ICONS
    • ICONS
    • MENU’S
    • FLYERS
    • WALL ART

    Industries we’ve worked for

    You need to get noticed by your customers, but all the competitors in your industry are fighting for the same customers. It’s tricky, so give yourself an ‘edge’ and use a design company with the experience to make a difference.

    • LAW
    • FOOD
    • RETAIL
    • SPORTS
    • ENERGY
    • MARINE

    Farewell Paul Brown and good luck for the future

    It was a sad day for Business 1st members as long standing member, Paul Brown, attended his last meeting before retirement. To make his last Business 1st meeting special, Sue Green (current Chair of the Group) had asked every member to use their 60 second slot to tell a personal story or experience of working with Paul, before presenting him with a special gift to commemorate the occasion.

    As one of the founding members of Business 1st, Paul has attended the Thursday morning meetings regularly for the last 12 years, so, as well as current members, some previous attendees made a special visit to Business 1st in order to personally wish him well in the future.

    Good luck in your retirement Paul – we’ll all really miss you!

    Local Insurance Broker Enters National Industry Awards Following Phenomenal Business Growth

    After achieving a 38% growth in commercial customers in the 12 months ending 5th May 2016 independent insurance broker Prizm Solutions Limited, based in Tamworth, has entered the national Insurance Age UK Broker Awards in the Commercial Lines Broker of the Year category.

    Peter RobinsonThe firm currently employs 9 local people and set a strategic goal to achieve 20% growth in commercial customers in 12 months from the Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield area and resoundingly exceeded this target achieving 38% growth from an already healthy commercial customer base. Annual turnover and income targets were also exceeded and in April alone they gained 32 new commercial customers.

    Well known in the insurance industry for being innovators, in the last 12 months Prizm has worked with leading insurers to help them develop and launch Cyber Insurance policies for small businesses owing to the unique skills and experience of their directors IT expert, Tracy Pound and insurance veteran, Peter Robinson.

    Prizm was founded in 2006 by Peter Robinson and Tracy Pound who saw a gap in the market for an ethical insurance broker with the ability to provide professional advice and high value at low cost. The business has grown every year and they operate from offices in Albert Road, Tamworth which they have recently renovated to accommodate their growing team.

    “What sets up apart,” says Peter Robinson “is our approach. We’re ethical, we treat all our customers as human beings and we believe we are there to ‘save the day’ when things go wrong and our customers need to make an insurance claim. We work very hard to get to know our customers and make sure they get the right insurance cover in the first place. Then if they do need to claim we help them every step of the way to make sure they get the settlement they are entitled to.”

    Prizm often prefer not to take commission from insurance companies instead charging a fee for their services, which is much more transparent.  Customers can be sure that the advice they get is impartial and honest and the best option for them.  Prizm donate £1 for every insurance policy to a local charity, this year’s charity is the County Air Ambulance.

    Prizm Solutions Limited has won several awards including the Variety Club Small Business of the Year in 2008, Best Loved Insurance Broker in the UK in 2010. They won the Professional Business of the Year 2015 and were Highly Commended runners up for the Professional Business of the Year 2016 at the Tamworth, Lichfield and Sutton Coldfield Business Networking Awards.

    For more information contact:

    Peter Robinson
    Managing Director
    Prizm Solutions Limited
    21a Albert Road
    B79 7JS
    01827 313 931

    Thursday 21st April – VISITOR DAY

    Business 1st is holding its first visitor day of 2016 on Thursday 21st April.  If you’d like to come and find out more about how networking over breakfast can increase business enquiries, and learn more about how Business 1st has passed over £1.5 million pounds worth of business between its members every year for the past 2 years, then we’d be delighted to see you.

    Please visit this link to book your ticket –

    Business referrals total over £1.5 million in 2015

    It’s official! In 2015, for the second year running, Business 1st has passed over £1.5 million pounds of business between its members! success.

    David Turner, Gemport Jewellery – Jewellers

    David-Turner-Gemport-JewelleryName: David Turner
    Business Name: GemPort Jewellery
    Profession: Jewellery Services
    Strapline: Bespoke Quality Jeweller Like No Other
    Town/City of business: Jewellery Quarter – Birmingham
    Telephone: 0121 448 5545 / 07999 592424
    Twitter: @gemportjeweller

    Products and Services offered: Engagement, Wedding and Eternity Rings, cast to order (not pre-worn or from stock) Platinum, Gold & Silver. Bridal and Bridal Party Accessories, Diamonds and Diamond Replacement Service, Precious Gem Stones. Re-sizing/modifications/alterations & commissions undertaken. Luxury new and pre-owned watches including Rolex, Breitling, Omega, Cartier, Oris –  plus watch servicing and refurbishments. Computer Aided Design Technology, Silver Jewellery, Christening Gifts, Valuation Service. Engraving. Full Repair Service. Private Consultations By Appointment and gold and silver part exchange considered.

    Ideal clients; People getting engaged, couples getting married, persons celebrating birthdays/anniversaries or persons seeking that ideal gift. Watch lovers! Individuals with jewellery they no longer wear or have been left jewellery from a loved one and wanting it remodelled into something special, people wanting a private bespoke service, persons wanting Christening ideas.

    Mark Zaccaria. Mark Zaccaria Photography – photographer

    MarkName: Mark Zaccaria
    Business Name: Mark Zaccaria Photography
    Profession: Photographer / Aerial Photography
    Strapline: I provide a professional service and deliver complete packages with no hidden extras.
    Town/City of business: Based in Lichfield
    Telephone: 07866 522549
    Facebook: Mark Zaccaria Wedding and Portrait Photography

    Products and services offered: I’ve always been a photographer! Ever since I bought my first camera I just fell in love with photography.

    I have many years experience and photographed many subjects all over the country. From Business Portraits, to Products shots, Agricultural shows,and recycling centres just to name a few.

    I also am CAA qualified to carry out Aerial Photography with Drones. This offers another viewpoint which is now much more affordable.

    Business First hits £1,000,000 again!

    Over a million pounds of business has been passed between members of Business First already this year.  This morning’s meeting saw the total value of business passed at the group in 2015 reach the dizzy heights of £1,079, 963.08.  Well done everyone!

    Member has show at Birmingham Comedy Festival

    Sheila McMahon performing

    Business First counsellor and comedienne, Sheila McMahon is performing her M.H.S. Mental Health Show at this year’s Birmingham Comedy Festival, at 8pm on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at The Mockingbird Theatre & Bar, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA. Tickets are £12 each from on 0121 224 7456.

    ‘Clean’ shot for photographer

    Mark Zaccaria

    Business First’s resident photographer, Mark Zaccaria doesn’t always dress like this – but one of his recent project’s involved photographing a clean room, hence the outfit!

    Business 1st member performing at Lichfield Garrick in September

    Sheila McMahon

    If you’ve been entertained by Sheila’s sixty seconds at Business 1st, then you’ll definitely want to book a ticket for her upcoming show at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 11th September 2015.

    Tickets for ‘Sheila’s M.H.S – Mental Health Show are selling fast, after her sell-out show earlier this year. For tickets and more information, contact the Lichfield Garrick on 01543 412121.

    Paul Deaville, Associated Technology Solutions – IT Consultant

    PaulName:    Paul Deaville
    Business Name:   Associated Technology Solutions
    Profession:    IT consultants
    Strapline:    ‘bringing the best of our world, into yours’
    Town/City of business:  Aldridge/Lichfield/Tamworth
    Telephone:    0121 667 4147
    Linked In:    Paul Deaville LinkedIn
    Facebook:    Associated Technology Facebook
    Twitter:         Associated Technology Twitter
    Products and services offered: Professional, independent IT consultants based in Aldridge, Lichfield and Tamworth. Born out of a group of likeminded companies with differing skill sets, we have merged to produce one company capable of meeting the higher demands and needs of a growing client base. Associated Technology Solutions not only provide a core base support service but also provide speciality services within the IT industry such as communication and bespoke private backup solutions, to cater for a wider range of sectors and have the expertise to thrive in an ever expanding and demanding industry. We pride ourselves on providing what our clients require to be successful, not what meets a price point or beats a timescale. Quality products, with quality service for a quality overall solution, that is second to none. We have a passion for what we do and understand that every company differentiates itself from its competitors by the way in which it delivers customer service.
    Ideal Clients: All SME companies in any industry sector who need day to day technical support or an appropriate business backup solution.

    Martin Ward – Dip PFS – Four Oaks Independent Financial Advisors Limited

    Name: Martin Ward – Dip PFS
    Business Name: Four Oaks Independent Financial Advisors Limited
    Profession: Financial Advisor
    Strapline: Providing Positive Solutions
    Town/City of business: Lichfield/Tamworth/Sutton Coldfield
    Telephone: 0121 323 2070

    Products and Services offered:

    Products and services offered: Martin has been a financial advisor since 1989 and is the Managing Director of a well established and well respected business. As a fully qualified independent financial advisor Martin will always provide the very best financial advice tailored to your specific circumstances and he is able to give advice on products from the whole of the UK financial services market, often with access to financial products that are not available on the high street. Martin has worked at senior management level with national financial companies and has provided a wide range of advice to clients with different needs over many years. For advice on pensions, investments and savings, financial protection, mortgages, estate planning and long term care contact Martin Ward. Your first meeting is funded by Four Oaks Independent Financial Advisors and is without obligation.

    The value of pensions and investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.

    Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on the mortgage.

    Equity Release will reduce the value of your estate and can affect your eligibility for means tested benefits.

    Estate Planning is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

    Ideal clients;

    Private individuals and business owners who are looking for unbiased financial advice.

    Julie Pound, Prizm Solutions Ltd – Insurance

    traceyName:  Julie Pound
    Business:  Prizm Solutions Ltd
    Profession: Insurance Broker
    Strapline:  Here to hold your hand, even on the bad days.
    Town/City of business:  Based in Tamworth
    Telephone:   01827 313931

    Products and services offered:
    All types of insurance, including:
    • Commercial Liability Insurance
    • Commercial Property Insurance
    • Commercial Motor Insurance
    • Personal Insurance

    Description:  Insurance specialists offering a friendly and personal service. The team at Prizm Solutions work hard to create bespoke insurance solutions that perfectly match requirements, and save people and businesses time and money.

    Ideal Clients:  SME businesses in Lichfield & Tamworth, with a turnover of up to £1 million, and up to around 10 employees.


    Business group delights local charity with donation

    St Giles cheque c1

    Business networking group, Business 1st has continued its fundraising efforts by handing over a cheque to St Giles Hospice.

    As one of the longest established independent business networking groups in Lichfield, Business 1st raises money for local charities each year at its annual networking awards evening.   So far this year, the networking group has donated over £500 to worthwhile charities, including £250 to St Giles and £250 to Guide Dogs for the Blind.

    To collect the £250 cheque on behalf of St Giles, Community Fundraiser Aaron Coleman attended a recent Business 1st meeting, and took time to brief the group about the vital services offered by the charity, and how local businesses can help in important fundraising efforts.

    Aaron says: “We very grateful to Business 1st for including St Giles Hospice in its charity collections. St Giles needs donations and fundraising to enable the charity to continue to provide the free medical and nursing care that patients and their families need.”

    Current Chair of Business 1st, Peter Robinson says: “We’re delighted to be able to help raise money for good causes, and will be keeping in touch with Aaron with regard to other ways we might be able to help.”


    Alison Taylor, Forever Living – Network Marketing Professional

    AlisonName:    Alison Taylor
    Business Name:  Forever Living
    Profession:  Network Marketing Professional
    Strapline:    ‘looking after your health and wealth’
    Town/City of business:  Lichfield
    Telephone:    01543 256036
    Linked In:    Alison Taylor
    Facebook:    Alison Taylor
    Products and services offered: independent income and natural health products
    Ideal Clients: those looking for work/life balance and a professional income.  Products suit anyone from the nursery to the nursing home.


    Allan Rotchell, Fire Safety Net Ltd – Fire Safety & Security Consultant

    AlanName: Allan Rotchell
    Business Name: Fire Safety Net Ltd
    Profession: Fire Safety & Security Consultants
    Strapline: “We do all things fire – except light them!”
    Town/City of business: Cannock
    Telephone: 01543 570172 / 07530 863959
    Linked In: Allan Rotchell
    Facebook: Fire Safety Net
    Products and services offered:
    •Fire Risk Assessment – for all types of premises and businesses – comprehensive assessments written in plain English designed to be easily understood by the client and to meet the standards required by the Fire Service and Insurance Companies.
    •Fire Alarms and Smoke/Heat Detection – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
    •Emergency Lighting – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
    •Fire Safety Training – Fire Marshal/Warden courses & Fire Awareness Training for industry, commerce, hospitality, caring and teaching professions.
    •Fire Extinguishers – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
    •Intruder Alarms- Domestic and Commercial – specified, installed, tested and maintained.
    •CCTV- Domestic and Commercial – specified, installed, tested and maintained.

    Ideal Clients: Commercial Insurance Brokers, Commercial Estate Agents, Commercial Solicitors, Property Developers,
    Facilities Management Companies/Managers, Health & Safety Consultants, Academy Schools and Colleges, Any company or establishment with 5 or more people working in their building, Companies who have received a Notice from the Fire Service, Companies considering up or down sizing into new premises – we advise on the fire safety suitability of the proposed building before you commit to buying or leasing, Companies making significant alterations to their existing building – we advise on the fire safety of the alterations before you do them!

    Ben Harrold, Viking Vehicle Finance – New and Used Cars

    Colette Bratton, Marketing Angel – Marketing Consultant

    ColleteName: Colette Bratton Business: Marketing Angel
    Profession: Marketing Consultant
    Strapline: Guiding Your Business Towards Success
    Town/City of business: Lichfield
    Telephone: 07976 329522
    Linked In: Marketing Angel Linkedin
    Facebook: www.facebook/mktangel
    Twitter: @mktangel

    Products and services offered:

    Marketing Strategy, Copywriting & Public Relations Description: Marketing Angel takes the mystery out of marketing for Midlands businesses – providing professional, flexible marketing assistance to help small to medium size companies prosper.
    Ideal Clients:

    Owner managed Midlands based companies who are serious about growing their business to the next level via a cost-effective marketing strategy. Companies who want to use PR to shout about their product and service successes in the local, regional or national media. Companies looking for good copywriting, to help the words on their marketing literature and websites work harder to sell the benefits of the business.

    Business 1st comedienne on mental health mission

    Sheila book launch photo c

    Business 1st’s counsellor and comedienne Sheila McMahon has written a book as part of her mission to try to reduce the social stigma that surrounds mental health issues.  Using her counselling experience and sense of humour, she wants to educate people about depression so that people can understand more about the condition.

    In the book, Sheila shares some of the personal childhood experiences that have shaped who she is today.  Sheila wrote her book as a way to share her learning and experiences, in the hope of helping others suffering from similar issues. The book contains exercises designed to give readers the tools to break free from limiting thoughts and negative patterns of behaviour, to help them move forward with their life, and be the best they can be.

    Sheila says: “Statistics suggest that one in four people in the UK suffer from depression or a similar mental health issue. It’s a very dark place to be in, when negative thoughts completely overwhelm you and you struggle to cope with everyday life.“

    Sheila’s book, ‘The Power of Knowing You’ is available to purchase from Amazon, priced at £12.99.

    Erica Burt-Moore, Clarke Willmott LLP- Partner Private Capital

    Name: Erica Burt-Moore
    Business Name: Clarke Willmott LLP
    Profession: Solictors
    Town/City of business: Birmingham
    Telephone: 03452 091748

    Products and Services offered:

    Erica Burt-Moore is a Partner in Clarke Willmott’s Birmingham Private Capital team. Specialising in all Private Capital matters including Lifetime Planning, Tax Planning, Preparation of Wills, Administration of Trusts, Court of Protection Applications, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Elderly Client work, Probate/Intestacy.

    John Hicks, Ovenclean – Oven cleaner

    JohnName: John Hicks
    Business Name: Ovenclean
    Profession: Local franchise owner for Ovenclean
    Strapline: There’s clean, and there’s Ovenclean
    Town/City of business: Lichfield & Tamworth
    Telephone: 07814 394919
    Facebook: John Hicks Facebook
    Products and services offered: Oven cleaning
    Ideal Clients: Anyone with an oven!

    Louie Clegg, The Best of Lichfield – Promoting local businesses

    LouieName: Louie Clegg
    Business: The Best of Lichfield
    Profession: Promoting local businesses
    Strapline: Bringing trusted businesses and the community together
    Town/City of business: Lichfield
    Telephone: 01543 406160
    Linked In: Louie Clegg
    Facebook: thebestofLichfield
    Twitter: Louie Clegg

    Products and services offered: thebestof is a unique gathering point for the community and great local businesses, our aim is to bring local businesses and the community together through our hub for thebestof everything local where you can find the best businesses as recommended by real local people, get access to the best offers from those businesses, keep up to date with what’s happening in the area and have your say on the things that matter.

    Ideal Clients: Small to medium sized local independent businesses who are looking for a different way to get noticed.

    Malcolm Gibbs, Q&A Management Services Ltd – Quality Systems Management Consultant

    Name: Malcolm Gibbs
    Business Name: Q&A Management Services Ltd
    Profession: Management Consultant – Quality Systems
    Strapline: Quality is NOT expensive, it’s Priceless
    Town/City of business: Anywhere ……
    Telephone: 07802 374830
    Linked In:  Malcolm Gibbs
    Facebook:  Malcolm Gibbs
    Twitter:  The Quality Coach
    Products and services offered: Creation and support of management systems including, ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, 13485 and OHSAS 18001.
    ISO Helping Hand a service for those having difficulty in maintaining the necessary certification.
    Ideal Clients: SME, <25 employees Manufacturing or service companies.


    Mandy Matkin, Go Cruise – Holiday specialist

    Mandy MatkinName: Mandy Matkin
    Business Name: Go Cruise
    Profession: Cruise Expert
    Strapline: To travel is to live
    Town/City of business: Staffordshire
    Telephone: 01543 897215
    Linkedin: Linkedin
    Twitter: @gocruisemandy

    Products and Services offered: A specialist in ocean and river cruising anywhere in the world while also offering beach and city breaks or bespoke holidays to suit you or your family.

    Mark Mason, PAST Environmental Services – Health & Safety

    Matthew Hales, Integrity Mortgage Solutions – Independent Mortgage Advisor

    MattHalesName: Matthew Hales
    Business Name: Integrity Mortgage Solutions Ltd
    Profession: Mortgage and Protection Advisor
    Strapline: We provide professional and qualified mortgage advice.
    Town/City of business: Sutton Coldfield but cover all of UK.
    Telephone: 0121 308 5409 /07581 255860
    Linked In:Matt Hales LinkedIn
    Products and services offered: All types of Residential and Commercial Mortgages.
    Ideal Clients: Anybody at all that would like Mortgage Related advice.

    Paul Dukes Thomas, Print Design Team – Printer

    Name: Paul Dukes-Thomas
    Business Name: Print Design Team
    Profession: Account Manager
    Strapline: Quality is not expensive, it’s priceless
    Town/City of business: Jewellery Quarter Birmingham
    Telephone: 0121 233 4919

    Products and services offered: commercial print
    Ideal Clients: print is required by most companies and organisations so anybody that requires the printed word

    Phil Grigg, Radmoor Training – First Aid Training

    PhilName: Phil Grigg
    Business Name: Radmoor Training
    Profession: First Aid Training
    Town / City of Business: Cannock
    Telephone: 01543 274 452

    linkedIn:  Phil Grigg
    Facebook: Radmoor Training
    Twitter: Radmoor Training

    Products and Services: First Aid at Work Training, Paediatric First Aid Training, First Aid Kits and Equipment, Manual Handling Training

    Ideal Clients: Any company with 5 or more employees!

    Phil Watson, HR Unlimited – HR Consultant

    Name: Phil Watson
    Business Name: HR Unlimited
    Profession: HR Consultant
    Strapline: Don’t take risks, take advice.
    Town/City of business: Lichfield
    Telephone: 0121 285 1020
    Linked In:Phil Watson

    Products and services offered:

    Human resources, employment law, health and safety and training.

    Ideal Clients:

    Businesses from 5 to 150 employees that want to make sure they’re ticking all the right boxes when it comes to Human Resources, Employment Law and Health & Safety and Training. Ad-hoc, retained services and part time Directorships a speciality.

    Sheila McMahon – Mental Wellbeing

    sheilaName: Sheila McMahon
    Business Name: Sheila McMahon
    Profession: Mental Health
    Strapline: ‘Life is too serious to be taken seriously’ – besides no-one gets out alive anyway!
    Town/City of business: Based in Sutton Coldfield
    Telephone: 07799 791537

    Linked In:  Sheila McMahon
    Facebook: Sheila McMahon 
    Twitter: Sheila McMahon

    Products and services offered: Products and services offered: One to one Counselling sessions, Mind
    Management workshops and Mental Health Theatre Shows.

    Ideal Clients: Event organisers

    Sue Green, MaximITy – IT consultancy

    Name: Sue Green
    Business Name: Maximity Limited
    Profession: IT Trainer, IT Project Management & Meeting Room Hire
    Strapline: Taking the SH out of IT – Making IT work for you!!!
    Town/City of business: HQ and Centre of Excellence is based in the centre of Tamworth
    Telephone: 01827  3122278 / 07974572410
    Twitter: @maximity_uk


    Products and Services offered:

    IT Training :

    Microsoft Packages: Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Visio, Sage Accounts & Payroll, Integrations with Sage and Excel.

    • Major CRM Systems
    • IT Consultancy
    • IT Project Management
    • CompTIA IT Channel Training
    • IT Equipped Conference and Meeting Room Hire

    Ideal clients;

    IT is in all our day to day business routine, in a nutshell IT should help not hinder you or your business, we help all size companies from small independent companies to large global corporations.

    Our ideal clients are companies who invest in their selves and their staff, training is essential, making your workforce more effective and efficient therefore saving you time and money.

    Val Culley, Culley Lifford Hall – Accountant/Business and Tax Advisor

    valerieName: Val Culley
    Business Name: Culley Lifford Hall Ltd
    Profession: Accountant/Business and Tax Adviser
    Strapline: Providing added val-ue to owner managed businesses
    Town/City of business: Lichfield
    Telephone: 01543 421840
    Linked In:
    Products and services offered: Accounts and Tax Compliance Services and handholding, business and tax advice for owner managed businesses when they need it! Ideal Clients: Start ups and Businesses seeking growth and tax savings

    Wayne Ball, Icon Exhibitions & Display Ltd – Exhibition Contractor

    Name: Wayne Ball
    Business Name: Icon Exhibitions & Display Ltd
    Profession: Exhibition & Display Design Manufacture and Installation
    Strapline: Your Local Exhibitionists
    Town/City of business: Based in Cannock
    Telephone: 01543 361147
    Facebook: Icon Exhibitions

    Products and services offered: Exhibition & Display Design Manufacture and Installation, interiors, signage, timber spraying
    Ideal Clients: Local blue chip companies, manufacturing and service companies – advertising agencies, marketing consultants, interior and graphic designers

    How to get the most out of networking at Business 1st

    How to get the most out of networking at Business 1st

    Whether you’re new to networking or are a regular on the networking circuit, here are some top tips to help you get the most from the time and money you invest in network meetings.

    • First impressions count. Never underestimate how important it is to give the right impression when you meet people for the first time.

    • Don’t forget your business cards.  Whether you’re a regular member of a networking group, or a one-off visitor, always make sure you’ve got some business cards with you – either to hand over when you’re talking to people, or to pass round to everyone during the meeting if the group allows.

    • Know your elevator script. When networking, you’ll often get asked “what is it you do?” or “what line of business are you in?” Make sure you’ve got an effective way of telling people about your business in just a couple of sentences. You can always elaborate with more detail later.

    • Be prepared to talk about your business to the group. At Business 1st, all members and visitors get 60 seconds to talk about their business.  Other networking groups may differ on the time allowed.  Make sure you find out ahead of each meeting how long you’ve got to talk about your business, and prepare a speech that makes best use of the time available.

    • Don’t underestimate the power of props. Using a prop as part of your 60 seconds is a great way to be more memorable.  Whether your prop is a product from your business, , a physical example that accompanies your verbal message or just something wild or wacky, it will help the audience understand your business and remember what it is you offer.

    • What’s your networking goal?  Make sure you understand why you are networking?  Is it to gain more business?  Find new suppliers? Mix with like-minded business people?  Build a support team?  Create some specific goals before each meeting, such as how many new people you’d like to connect with, to make your networking even more effective.

    • Don’t forget your diary. It’s handy if you need to arrange a meeting with someone who’d like to find out more about your business.

    • Arrive early and don’t rush off.  A lot of informal networking happens before and after the official meeting, so arrive in plenty of time to have a chat over your first coffee, and make sure you leave some time for further networking after the meeting officially ends.

    Mayor switches on members new lighting showroom in Lichfield

    Having a look round the Mayor with Martin Bradshaw comp

    Business 1st member Bradshaws Discount Lighting opened their new larger lighting showroom recently, which was officially unveiled by the city’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Bob Awty and his wife Eileen.

    Bradshaws Discount Lighting on Britannia Enterprise Park has doubled in size to create one of the largest lighting showrooms in Lichfield and have more products on show for customers.

    The business is run by the Bradshaw family, who have been in business in Lichfield since 1947, selling high quality products with excellent customer service to businesses and the general public.

    The Mayor of Lichfield cut the ribbon to officially open the new showroom on Saturday.

    Mayor, Councillor Bob Awty says: “My wife and I were delighted to be invited to open the new showroom, as Bradshaws has been a part of our City life for many years. My father got our first ever television set from Bradshaws in time for us to watch the Coronation, and my wife also remembers buying from the store when she was younger.  The new showroom looks amazing, and it’s fantastic to see how the family business keeps growing and changing.”