Know Your Neighbour December 2013

Guest Speaker: Kris Williams, James Rennie School.

What an amazing end to 2013, the meeting room was packed for our December meeting.

Kris Williams as Head of James Rennie School based in Carlisle came to discuss the work they do as a specialist communication and interaction college. It has great value in our community and Kris explained the complexities of working with children with learning difficulties, while giving them the most normal school experience possible.

Changing technology has impacted learning vastly in recent years and I think everyone had fun using the learning ipad. This was an interesting and inspiring talk, giving us all a view of school life from a completely different perspective.kyn1









In a slight change to our normal formula(as it is Christmas)we will be asked the businesses attending to bring along a small gift or voucher, these can be used by the school in raffles they may hold in the future to raise school funds.

Guests enjoyed a fantastic buffet provided by Premier Inn, and judging by peoples reluctance to leave, networking was working well to make new connections for all businesses attending.

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  • Kris Williams – James Rennie School
  • Lucy Paterson – Utility Warehouse
  • Stephen Harrison – Eden Golf Club
  • Hannah Turner – Eden Golf Club
  • Gary Watson – Border Motor Group
  • Graham Jackson – Solway Communication
  • Joanna Seminara – David Allan Recovery Solutions
  • David McDermott – David Allen Recovery Solutions
  • David Martin – Lloyd Motor
  • Laura Waters – Total Power
  • Simon Hughes – Provident
  • Brian Lightowler – Quality Guild
  • Hazel Lanchberry – North and Beyond First Aid training
  • Ingrid Fox – Dialogue Counselling
  • Jamie Hamilton – J H Book keeping
  • Ray Cassidy –  SEO training
  • Greg Kelly – Ultimate Security and Investigations
  • Mike Morris – Chamber of Commerce
  • Helen McKenzie – Candy Print
  • Chloe Turner – Cumberland Building Society
  • Gary R – Cumberland Building Society
  • Amanda Ryan – Social Elf
  • Sam Grieve – Premier Inn
  • Hannah Rocke – Premier Inn
  • Ian Sneddon – David Allen
  • Lindsay McWilliams – Country House Outdoor

Know Your Neighbours November 2013

Guest Speaker: Sue Frith from Sueperior Doors,  she showcased her range of products and the new technology available which can ultimately save her clients money, and gave a demonstration of her latest product.





kynnov8To prove how easy her new Clicbox DIY carcass system is to put together, David Martin was called up to give it a go, and actually managed to put it together in less than 5 minutes.




kynnov9The representatives attending enjoyed a wonderful buffet provided by Premier Inn and networked with others in the relaxing meeting room.

Businesses in attendance this week:

  • Sue Simmons – Hobbycraft
  • Charlie Reynolds – Hobbycraft
  • Simon Richardson – Keyishoes
  • David Martin  – Lloyd Volvo
  • Amanda Ryan – Social Elf
  • Greg Kelly – Ultimate Security and Investigation
  • Jeni Banks – Mayfifteen Networking Group
  • Sarah Clive – Superhero Academy
  • Hazel Lanchberry  – North & Beyond First Aid Training
  • Sue Firth – Sueperior Doors
  • Brian Lightowler – QG Management standards
  • Helen MacKenzie – Candy Print
  • Kirsty Martindale – Liberty Clothing Carlisle
  • Chloe Turner – Cumberland Building Society
  • Mark Taylor – Bluefin
  • Michelle Masters – Michelle Masters Consulting
  • Maggie Creighton – Outsourced HR
  • Nicola Latimer – Jardine Finance Ltd

Know Your Neighbours October 2013

Guest Speaker: Sue Simmons from Hobbycraft discussed the Outreach program that Hobbycraft runs, and the different area which that covers. From working with school, Scout and Guide groups, birthday parties and charities the Outreach program covers the fun of using all crafts.

She all so discussed the new Corporate program where colleagues can team build and relax, while developing key skills and creating a wonderful end product.

knowyourneighbouroct 015Shelley Luck from Hobbycraft then gave a demonstration of Decopatch, the way of decoration papermache shapes using thin colourful pieces of paper. The attendees couldn’t wait to have a go at what turned out to be a very calming process with a quick and pleasing result.

Hobbycraft gave away a child’s party and a crafting kit as prise draw gift.

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knowyourneighbouroct 012The meeting was attended by representatives from  20 business, who enjoyed a great buffet provided by Premier Inn and socialising with other business people.

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This month saw a slight change in our entry system as we now charge a small fee  of £3 for attendees, but if it’s your first time or you bring a guest that’s new; attendance for both of you is free.

So don’t forget to bring a neighbour!

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Businesses in attendance this week:

  • Sue Simmons – Hobbycraft
  • Shelley Luck – Hobbycraft
  • Simon Richardson – Keyishoes
  • David Martin  – Lloyd Volvo
  • Shona Lee – Style-tips
  • Amanda Ryan – Social Elf
  • Linda Hope – Devonshire Academy
  • Greg Kelly – Ultimate Security and Investigation
  • Jeni Banks – Mayfifteen Networking Group
  • Hazel Lanchberry  – North & Beyond First Aid Training
  • Sue Firth – Sueperior Doors
  • Brian Lightowler – QG Management standards
  • Helen MacKenzie – Candy Print
  • Mike Morris – Chamber of Commerce
  • Kirsty Martindale – Liberty Clothing Carlisle
  • Chloe Turner – Cumberland Building Society
  • Simon Hughes – Provident
  • Mark Taylor – Bluefin
  • Andrew Newell – Premier Inn Junction 44

Business Profile – David Martin

David Martin, Business Sales Manager, Lloyd Volvo.
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David did business studies and economics at college and put these to great use – training as a baker for 7 months!  Deciding that stupidly early starts were not for him he joined the NHS and worked as an internal auditor doing systems and quality audits.  He then followed his passion and became fleet manager, purchasing and looking after a fleet of around 250 cars for the NHS in Dumfries.

From there he became the classic gamekeeper turned poacher and joined Lloyd Motors to do business sales.  He has worked across multiple franchises within Lloyd Group and is currently back to what he describes as his spiritual home at Volvo.

Married with 2 gorgeous daughters aged 7 and 6 David doesn’t get much time!  When he has a moment he can be found in his garden or greenhouse where he loves growing vegetables, in the kitchen cooking them or at Palmerston Park cheering on Queen of the South.

So David what made you choose this business?   You do not choose the motor-trade, it chooses you!

What training did you have to do for your business? None was formally required but I have done loads of specialist funding and taxation courses, we get frequently updated by manufacturers and the large amount of FCA stuff is required now

What motivates you?  I enjoy genuinely saving businesses money by providing efficient vehicles for their fleet.  That and the clients happy faces when they collect their new car.

How important is the support of your family? Very important, they are a sounding board for all my stress and grief

What is your proudest achievement?  Winning sales person of the year for The Lloyd Group.

What part of your business do you enjoy most?Meeting new people.

How do you keep inspired in your business?  There is always something new to talk about, business is all about innovation.

Who has had the most impact on you as a business person? Gary Horn, dealer principal at Lloyd Volvo.  Gave me my start and instilled always doing the right thing.

What has been the biggest challenge facing your business? Oh the usual, recession, changing buying patterns, the internet.

How do you encourage creative thinking in your organisation? We have daily meetings where we discuss what we are on with, its an open forum to give people a chance to chip in with any fresh ideas

What impact has social media had on your business? A great impact.  I tweet personally which has led me to be in contact with lots of people I would never have done so.  Our Facebook page allows us to communicate on another level.

What Impact has networking had on your business? This has been the greatest thing for me. I enjoy it and its fantastic to meet local businesses in a less formal setting!

Are you rolling out any new products or services in the future?  The manufacturers are always bringing out more efficient vehicle – in 10 years time electric vehicles will be the norm.  On a personal level I have some ideas up my sleeve – I’ll come back to you on that!

What advise would you give to a new small business owner? Get established then come and see me for a great deal on a new car!!

Contact David via:

T: 01228 515000

Mob: 07711381944




T: @daviemartin