Yesterday was the long awaited Kirklees Business Conference. We were proud sponsors of the event and the day was a great success for all involved for generating new contacts and generating potential business leads.
On the day we were exhibiting on stands 24 & 25 and joined forces with Code Blue communications to combine our resources and offer a wider range of products and services for our clients. We also exhibited as SMileS SMS – our online SMS platform. We had a great reception from many delegates at the conference with many wanting to learn more about SMS marketing and many had heard of SMileS before.
As a sponsor of the event we sent out a reminder text to all members who had registered their mobile number for the event, which was a great start of for introducing what we do when people visited our stand. The conference had a brilliant friendly atmosphere, not only did we see many familiar faces but met lots of potential new contacts. We also got a chance to visit some of the great seminars that were running throughout the day including ‘Nicky Pattinson – Show Business Selling’ and ‘Dean Hoyle – A frank Q&A with Kirklees highest profile entrepreneur ‘. In Dean Hoyle’s seminar he answered questions from the audience. Prior to the seminar Danny Mathuru had asked each person attending the seminar to think of a question they wanted to ask; and from this eleven were selected. Within those questions selected was from Mark Evans, the owner of SMileS & MEC. The question he asked Dean was ‘No matter how nicely you try to treat people around you, some people can shock you at how they behave in return. Did this ever worry you, but more importantly, how did you respond?’ Dean’s answer would make your jaw drop, his biggest rival had spoken to all its suppliers and forced them to stop supplying Dean, meaning he lost 70% of his supplies overnight. Rather than let this get him down, Dean turned the card industry upside down, he employed a team of designers, printers etc all in house meaning he no longer relied on those previous suppliers. This made Dean’s business very agile and stripped the inflated costs out too. Dean came back stronger, cheaper and more profitable. And the rest is history, well done Dean.
As you may have read on previous posts or guessed from our tweets about the Kirklees Business Conference – SMileS (part of ME Consultancy Ltd) are proud sponsors and exhibitors of the conference.
Many people and fellow businesses know that every Friday we have #Cake Friday and is a long running tradition in our office. It is where Sara makes home made cakes for the office from our own eggs on site. Not only does our team look forward to #Cake Friday (we couldn’t think of a better way to finish a busy working week) but it has also proved very popular with our customers. Whenever we have meetings we always find people are asking to come in on a Friday as they’ve heard all about Cake Friday. It has also been a big seller when meeting with potential new customers as it makes them feel more welcome all of which helps establish a good working relationship.
We also take our #Cake Friday theme along to many events we attend as its a great way for people to recognise us as we tweet about it on the run up to the event and it encourages more people to visit our stand.
The Forget Me Not Children’s hospice have launched the ‘Much More than a Football Match appeal’. This is great chance for fans to help the hospice raise money through purchasing discounted tickets; which seems like a win win situation for both parties.
Huddersfield Town has given the hospice 2,000 discounted tickets for the game against Stevenage on the 8th October. And as you may have seen in the Examiner last week Town legend Andy Booth has been lending a hand to help encourage thousands of fans to raise funds for the hospice. Not only are town helping the hospice raise money but during half time at this match the keys for the hospice’s new building at Brackenhall will be handed over.
Hospice chief executive Peter Branson added: “We are extremely grateful to Town for their generosity. October 8 will truly be a forget me not moment for the whole community.”
We recently spoke with Kate Golding Partnership Development Manager at Forget Me Not about the appeal, here is what she said ”We have 2000 tickets to sell in total with proceeds going towards the Hospice fundraising efforts moving forward, so every ticket sale matters. The football match is a great opportunity for us as an organisation to prove our credentials as a long term charity partner, so your support in encouraging ticket sales is much appreciated.”
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s and are available from the hospice’s office at Pennine Business Park in Bradley and the seven hospice shops. For more details about this appeal and purchasing tickets please take a look at the links below….
As a company (ME Consultancy Ltd) we’ve been actively involved in the development of the new hospice as we’ve installed the hospice’s new phone lines which has helped them save a great deal of money in the process. Peter Branson’s Twitter comment “Brilliant service from ME Consultancy – BT wanted to charge us £17k for phone connections, ME Consultancy reduced it to just over £1k. Thanks guys!” We’re happy to have helped the hospice save money which can then be put to better use within the hospice to help them continue the great work they do and their fundraising efforts. We’ll be there on the day they receive their keys for the new hospice building and can’t wait to see the building. Below are some photos taken from the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Facebook Page showing the development of the new hospice building; to see more photos from this album, visit their Facebook page.
Latest MEC Testimonial’s – ‘Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’ & ‘The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’
“As Office Manager for the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust ME Consultancy have generously supported the charity for several years, so when we decided to look for a new telephone service provider it made sense to approach them first to see if they could help us.
Paul Robertshaw visited our office and went through the savings we could make by changing provider as well as the stages involved and the timescale – all of which were spot on!
Paul organised everything, he kept us informed every step of the way and was on the other end of the phone if needed which was very reassuring. He found the best deal that suited our needs as a charity and spoke confidently about the services available.
I would definitely recommend ME Consultacy. Their professional and friendly service is very refreshing and we are delighted with our new provider and especially the savings we are making!”
Sarah-Jane Ainley, The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust
“Nice to have some good news on a Tuesday: @smilessms have saved us £15k on our phone lines for our hospice, thanks guys!”
@peterbransonfmn Peter Branson, Forget Me Not Trust
“We approached ME Consultancy to set up new Telco and Datacoms for our move from serviced offices into leased space. I don’t feel that at any time we were ever sold anything but rather that we were appropriately advised and guided as to what would work best for us.
As a one-off event the project management of the installation was refreshingly good. However the approach to us as a customer is ongoing and dynamic. Like any small growing business, our needs change regularly and these guys continue to respond to us within minutes. Great customer service. Nice people too.”
Geoff Shepherd, Director at Demanding People and Co-founder of The Yorkshire Mafia
Head over to our official ME Consultancy page to see more of our testimonials
At the Ready Steady Marketing event SMileS auctioned off a bulk package which included; a 12 month keyword (value £300), 1000 text messages (value £60), 2 hours management time (value £40). The winning bid was won by Steve Bradley and went for £100 but he pledge a bid of £150 and overall by the end of the evening £1,680 was raised in total with only a 1/3 of the prizes being auctioned off. The rest of the auction prizes have been auctioned off through the Yorkshire Mafia website so even the overall figure should be even bigger.
Here, at ME Consultancy we are heavily involved with the Yorkshire Mafia; we attend a lot of their networking events and are even a partner of our own networking club called ‘MyNetwork’ – MY stands for Mid Yorkshire. The Yorkshire mafia is a great asset to the local business as it helps us all get together to network at a variety of different events; it is very beneficial as it has created a network of contacts and also helps you meet new contacts through recommendations from other members. This Yorkshire mafia event was very different from the usual networking events that they host .From the success of this event it looks like there going to be many more with talks of follow up event in 6-9 months time to see how the strategies from the marketing plan have been implemented and what the money raised contributed too.