Tracy J. Pound – MaximITy – IT consultancy

Name: Tracy J. Pound
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.”