I'm giving a "plug" this morning for a Summer Ball which will be held at Bowood Golf and Country Club on Saturday, 12th July 2008. The local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has organised such an event for many years, and it's always been a sell out.
The arrangements take an incredibly long time, with the booking for one year being made before the noise from the previous year's event has even subsided, but this year the outgoing committee of the local FSB branch found itself unable, for reasons outside of its own control that I have mentioned elsewhere, to take those initial steps. Yet that commitee has many, many business friends who would not want to be disappointed, and we have amongst our numbers several people who organise hospitality on a regular basis. So - independent, and not for profit, we have started the Ball rolling.
How does YOUR diary look for 12th July?
There's a whole lot about the ball here [link]
including entertainment details, menu, prices and booking information. I've prepared the page and I'm hosting it without charge, Marion Mortimer is "fronting" the early admin and booking again not-for-profit and we'll have a whale of a time.
"How to survive in adversity"
is the title of a book I once picked up to read on a transatlantic flight, and I remember some of the tidbits from it from time to time. Some people have a personal philosophy that says "take what life throws at you and grumble", others say "take what life throws and survive it the best you can" and a third approach - the one I attempt to follow - which says "take what life throws at you and use it to everyone's advantage". Yes - I try to be part of the every cloud has a silver lining
brigade. And it has stood me well - VERY well - over the years. Well House Consultants grew from an adverse situation and the thought "what can I do about this?" - from a £100.00 shell company with me as the only member of the team to where we are today.
The Summer Ball can do the same. It's independent, and it's intended as a social event for business people in Wiltshire. It's not tied to the Federation of Small businesses ... but the organisers WILL welcome the FSB's new committee on board. And the local Chambers of Commerce, Institute of Directors, and other business groups. It promises to be a very interesting evening - fun and fruitful for us all.
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