6th November 2013

It was wet and windy outside but warm and welcoming at our November Laptops meeting according to the feedback from our guests Anna Lambe of Zia Executive, Rachel Montague of People Consultancy and Saffron Saunders of Croydon Chamber of Commerce.  It’s great to get positive feedback about the group and we hope to welcome all three ladies back next month.
Eloise Owen from Utilities Warehouse gave us some useful information in the light of the recent media coverage about energy prices.  Those of us who are already converts were full of praise for UW and the rest of us were very interested to hear that Eloise offers a free full review and will tell you whether she can bring down the cost of your bills before you switch.
The information topic this month was expertly delivered by Josie Foster of Furnishings Studio who impressed us all with her depth of knowledge on curtaining and put to shame those of us who have ever just picked curtains for their colour (guilty as charged!).  She explained some of the factors that she takes into account as a professional including how they will actually work, which means appropriate track, poles and fittings and also that they are fit for purpose – which involves using the right fabrics and linings.  Josie brought along a fabulous selection of fabric samples and also introduced us to finials and shutter boxes.  I’m sure that her presentation gave many of us food for thought when we drew our own curtains tonight!
Quote of the Month?

“IOS7 has ruined my iphone/ipad/itunes/life (delete as appropriate) lots of us

Back by popular demand, and with a delicious two course supper once again provided by Connexions Cuisine this fun filled evening is in aid of our nominated charity Harris HospisCare.
Friday 22nd Nov 2013
St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham,
London SE26 6DZ
Join us for an evening of fantastic food, convivial company and quick fire questions. 
It’s not just a quiz 
- it’s the Laptops and Lipstick Supper Quiz!
£15 per head       
Teams of 6           
Bring your own drinks

Denise Sanderson Estcourt of Damson Belle thanked four members for attending her Autumn style workshops
Christine Davies from Harris HospisCare has a great selection of Christmas Cards available online
Adjoa Djan Krofa of Pishon Gold is taking part in Will Aid and can prepare a single basic will for a suggested donation of £90, with the fee going towards nine major charities including Age UK, Save the Children and British Red Cross.
Emma Pyott of Semaphore can help business owners produce an end of year communication to customers or staff.