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For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.

Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!

I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
FSB - an update.

Last Tuesday, I got a phone call at lunch time asking me if I could attend - as a witness - a D&D (Dispute and Disciplinary) hearing of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) at Bath that afternoon. Unsurprisingly, I was giving a training course and couldn't oblige, but the D&D committee went out of their way to receive my input starting at 9 p.m. that evening, and lasting for over an hour.

Why me in particular? Well it wasn't me in particular - the hearing into allegations made by an employee of the FSB against the chair of our branch which had led to her being suspended from office for well over a year lasted for most of the week. I didn't comment earlier as it was "sub judice" (I think that's the term), but I am now happily able to report the verdict that cleared both our chair and her husband of the matters for which they were suspended for in late spring / early summer of last year.

The Committee's decision is a "narrow" one in that whilst it clears Marion and Malcolm, that's as far as the committee can go. As I understand it, it is beyond their remit to actually lift the suspension. Now you would think in the interests of common justice that such a lifting would happen immediately, with full recompense and re-instatement of Marion and Malcolm, wouldn't you. We'll have to wait and see on that one. With just the occasional exception, I've learned as I've watched this matter from the sidelines that the FSB is much more a member-led organisation in word than in deed.

If you would like to read back to my previous articles on this subject:

26th May 2008 - The old sayings are the best (FSB)

18th February 2008 - FSB, EGM, AGM.

19th January 2008 - Summer Ball at Bowood - Saturday 12th July 2008

20th December 2007 - FSB leaves its members feeling like mushrooms

13th September 2007 - FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Western Region

27th June 2007 - Is this how to run a business for businesses?

And this is what the FSB should be about in my view - a business networking event on 20th April 2007 (yes, 18 months ago) where we had an opportunity to meet 19 other local businesses for our mutual benefit.

Another view of what the FSB should be doing. The Wilshire Business of the Year awards, 13th December 2006, in Swindon where we were finalists and teh FSB sponsored one of the sections

Here's hoping that the FSB can get its eye back on the ball soon ... that we can soon benefit again from our membership as we were doing in the Spring of last year, being piloted by a committee in North and West Wilts that we have elected from amongst all of our members, without exclusions, diversions or suspensions preventing it.

Update - November 2009. This article has recently been brought to my attention as being potentially biased, incomplete or in error. I am happy to make necessary additions to complete the story or reflect other views, and to correct any error of fact. See here

(written 2008-10-07, updated 2009-11-29)

Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
Z401 - Federation of Small Businesses
  [1078] Wiltshire - multicultural community - (2007-02-13)
  [1097] Train and business balls all in the air! - (2007-03-02)
  [1133] B-2-B Networking, 20th April. Useful for YOUR business? - (2007-04-03)
  [1157] Speed Networking - a great evening and how we arranged it - (2007-04-21)
  [1246] An oddball day. Strange experiences! - (2007-06-27)
  [1249] Is this how to run a business for businesses? - (2007-06-27)
  [1278] West Wilts Show - (2007-07-26)
  [1284] An update on the West Wilts show ... - (2007-07-30)
  [1286] A wasted evening? - (2007-08-01)
  [1350] FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) Western Region - (2007-09-13)
  [1479] FSB leaves its members feeling like mushrooms - (2007-12-20)
  [1512] Summer Ball at Bowood - Saturday 12th July 2008 - (2008-01-19)
  [1515] Keeping staff up to date on hotel room status - (2008-01-22)
  [1544] FSB, EGM, AGM. - (2008-02-18)
  [1654] The old sayings are the best (FSB) - (2008-05-26)
  [1855] Volunteer v Employee - a skewed balance? (FSB) - (2008-10-25)
  [1880] Melksham Chamber of Commerce, or the FSB - (2008-11-12)
  [1937] Getting hold of the wrong end of the stick - (2008-12-12)
  [2517] Blogging accuracy - open invitation for any corrections - (2009-11-29)
  [2524] An update on legal changes from the FSB? - (2009-12-03)
  [3032] Coincidence, or Conspiracy - a wrong email address - (2010-11-06)
  [3214] Melksham Campus - any last minute inputs from Melksham businesses? - (2011-03-26)
  [3522] Networking - North and West Wilts FSB Style - (2011-11-15)

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