Category Archives: Testimonials

Testimonial for Brigitte Halliday >> Indelible Creative

I needed some business cards redesigned with the new company address and a slight change of my job title. So I immediately thought of Brigitte as she is in my chapter and she often shows us examples of her work which are always very impressive.

She didn’t just jump in and say that she could do it, but took her time to discuss with me what changes I required and subtly suggested that I might be looking to update the style of the logo and font.

Basically, she was reading my mind! That is exactly what I wanted but felt uneasy at first in suggesting it as I had forked out a lot for the initial design concept and my budget was tight at this time.

Brigitte said that she would do a few different style and ideas, and that she would send them to me for review. She provided about six or seven ideas, even an idea of a font and style not to use as an example of bad graphic design.

Brigitte also discussed with me what she though the benefits were of each proof. She even took the trouble to make actual paper examples of the business cards so that I could really see what they would look like when sent to the printers, although it was just on paper and not card.

We talked at length about the designs and finally settled on this:

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I think the grey on the back helps the text to stick out. Also the updated design of the logo gives a more contemporary feel and professional touch to the previous design below:

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Brigitte was aware of budget constraints and I was pleasantly surprised when receiving the final bill.

Brigitte is conscientious, diligent in her work and if she finds the opportunity to cut design costs without affecting the quality of the work she is willing to pass the saving on.

I would whole-heartedly recommend Brigitte and her team and will hopefully work with her in the future on marketing material and branding.

Keep up the good work Brigitte – as I’m sure you will.

Testimonial for Beverley Corson >> Engineering Business Growth

My first meeting with Beverley was when she came as a visitor to our chapter from the Wimbledon Chapter.

I explained that I need some business guidance to develop branding, products, direction etc, but was strapped for cash and didn’t really know where to begin.

Beverley informed me that a potential grant is available from Merton Business Support Service but that the fund was finishing soon. She immediately contacted the fund manager. He agreed to see me but that I was the last.

The following week, all three of us met. Bev and I discussed beforehand what to say and what he would be expecting to hear from me.

The week after I was awarded a grant which covered half her costs!

She is not just a business coach, but looks at her clients as whole people and challenges them to examine what they want from life, family, relationships, friends etc as well as business goals.

This can be quite an emotional roller-coaster, but she is supportive, understanding and non-judgmental throughout.

Her coaching has so far inspired me and focused my direction in business and in personal life. She is a mine of knowledge and inspiration.

Beverley types up the session notes accurately and highlights where I have to go into more detail, clarify or do more research – this is my homework!! – This allows her to cover much more in a shorter period.

She has become a trusted friend and I believe her when she says all her clients are her friends. She has also introduced me to a wider networking circle outside the BNI and I have made business links through this as well.

Beverley is a conscientious, dedicated and meticulous individual providing an invaluable and often intangible service – I would recommend her to anyone wishing to develop their business and increase profit and client satisfaction. Bravo Beverley!

Oasis laptopI recently came to the decision that it was time to upgrade my 10 year old laptop that was running Windows Vista, weighed a ton and kept breaking down.  I did some research myself on new laptops largely based on weight and sent the models to Mo who advised which would be fit for my purposes (and also recommended buying through the Utility Warehouse cash back programme which I hadn’t even thought of).

My laptop arrived.  Usually I am pretty good at installing and setting up programmes etc but despite multiple attempts I could not get my wandsworth oasis email client to work.  My hosting service was unable to help me for several days as it was a Bank Holiday.  I was also based in Stratford upon Avon where we have no mobile signal and no wifi in the office.  There is nothing worse for a small business to be unconnected to email particularly when you are away.  I called Mo and he immediately agreed to assist.  He remotely guided me through setting up the wifi booster using Team Viewer and then started on the email set up.  The process was far from simple because, as it turned out, there were bugs in the software – Office 2016 – that I had just purchased which had to be uncovered, but Mo fixed it.  He was patient, tenacious and explored every angle until he found a solution.

This was a small job for Mo, but his customer focussed approach and attention to detail with humour and care is testimony to how he would deal with a larger project.  I would recommend Wimbledon IT to anyone with an IT/Phone issue.

Thank you Mo.

Testimonial for Frances Chisholm – Argentex

After recently selling a property in Australia I needed to move some Aussie dollars to the UK. Through Karl Greenhill, I learnt of Argentex, a company specialising in foreign currency exchange.

Karl put me in touch with Frances who was exceptionally helpful (and thankfully, persistent!) in explaining how Argentex trades, how to set up an account and how the deal would take place. Once we agreed on a trade figure, the whole process was really straight forward. Frances arranged the deal with a broker and before I knew it, the trade had taken place and my money had landed in the UK.

Frances was available to handle my queries every step of the way and in the end, I was very pleased with the service provided. I definitely wouldn’t hesitate to trade currencies with Argentex again and would happily recommend their services to others.

Many Thanks, Tanya Nicholas, London SW11

The Perfect Assistant – Just when she’s needed

Testimonial  for Lucy Holman

It was about a month before Christmas and I was feeling totally overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do before the end of the year.  I had a meeting with Lucy and I was instantly impressed with her abilities, organisational skills and flexible approach administrative work.

I engaged Lucy to help with a variety of tasks, which included data entry, producing letters, reports and creating a new client filing system. Lucy was super efficient, never complained that a job was too small, too dull or too boring and was an absolute pleasure to deal with. She was completely up front with how long each task was taking, so I know how much time she had spent, she was also able to make suggestions on how to improve a process which was extremely helpful.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Lucy to anyone who needs a bit of organisation in their life and help with the admin.

Lucy enabled me to meet all my deadlines before Christmas making the festive season a little less stressful.

Thanks

Claire Powell, HR Specialist. January 2016

GREAT MOVERS, NOT SHAKERS

We live in a Victorian maisonette with narrow steep stairs and have just installed an extra room in the roof with access via an even narrower steeper staircase. Belmonde Removals helped me to get the place feeling like a home again rather than a place to camp after the building work was completed.

Cicero and his team collected everything from Big Yellow, all carefully wrapped and covered and worked tirelessly to get everything in place within a couple of hours, also helping me to get some large, heavy and very unwieldy items up into loft storage – not an easy or pleasant task.

All cheerfully and expertly completed and not a mark on the new carpets either!

I highly recommend Belmond removals to anyone who is moving home or possessions.

Julie Peel

Keep your children safe from electric shocks

Testimonial for Martin Haughey Electrics from Ben Colenutt

I recently engaged Martin Haughey of Martin Haughey Electrical to provide a report on the condition of my household electrics.

My property is around 100 years old and the fuse board isn’t much newer.

Martin arrived first thing and worked tirelessly until mid-afternoon checking every circuit in my property, and most of the points/sockets/lights/switches individually.

Highlighting several issues with the lighting circuits, including a switch which tended to give the user an electric shock (which Martin replaced free of charge there and then) I was provided with a comprehensive 6 page report on the condition of the electrical systems.

Martin took the time to explain in detail his findings and the contents of his report, and explained what steps I needed to take to make the system safe as well as what further steps would be advisable

I found Martin approachable throughout the process and was amazed at the time and effort he put into the testing.

When reporting his findings Martin was thorough but did not try and swamp me in technical data but made the results easy to digest and understand.

I would recommend Martin’s testing service to anyone and everyone that owns their home, especially those with children as it is so important to make sure the necessary safeguards are in place.

Ben Colenutt, Solicitor

TESTIMONIAL FOR IDEAL CARPETS AND FLOORING

After finishing our loft conversion we needed the whole flat recarpeting.

Ali and his brother Ahmed were very helpful and we chose a lovely wool carpet from their stock to be laid throughout the flat.  They came to measure up very promptly and gave us an excellent quote for the carpet and top quality Tredaire underlay.

Ali and his team turned up promptly on the designated day and worked their socks off to get it all done in the day, moving furniture and working the carpet around the tricky base of our new staircase.

I can thoroughly recommend Ideal Carpets for service, quality and price.

Julie Peel

Testimonial for Ashley Green

I would like to recommend Ashley Green for his fantastic Zumba classes that he offers three times per week at the Bedford in Balham.

The classes are well organised and very well attended and the booking process was simple and straightforward.

Ashley leads the group by example and his enthusiasm is infectious. He generates a brilliant atmosphere in the venue and exuberant dancing takes place.

He teaches the steps clearly and the class were able to follow easily.Not only is it great exercise – I felt brilliant after the class – but it’s also great fun. I can thoroughly recommend Ashley Green’s Zumba classes and would urge others to attend.

David Thompson