Refrigerants, Web Talk and Presidential Elections
21st October 2009
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Following the intense hard work by all the committee and our Business Awards event organisers (Headstorm – marketing & event management) over the last few months, the theme for last night’s HBA quarterly seminar/dinner was reflection and relaxation.  Following the brief AGM we started with some relaxation, drinks and networking in the Willow Restaurant bar at Sketchley Grange, this was followed by yet another delicious dinner.  Thanks go once again to Richard and his team at Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa for the smooth running of the evening and the superb service and meal in the Willow Restuarant and also to excellent guitarist Nigel Beck for playing so beautifully during the meal.

After the dinner, the reflection began with an opportunity to find out more about one of our valued members, the local, national and international business - National Refrigerants.  The business is based at Sketchley Meadow industrial estate, Watling Close, Burbage and the operations director Peter Williams gave us an enlightening talk about National Refrigerant’s businesses structure, local and world wide operations, its market and the future for their refrigerant gases.  The talk was a fascinating insight to what for many of us is an everyday product that we do not give a second thought.

Peter was followed by Phil Briggs of aXess Ten, who built the HBA’s stylish and effective HBA website.  Phil gave the membership a memorable insight to the value and potential of the website, which was aimed at encouraging all our membership to make use of this powerful and effective free resource.  Great presentation Phil, excellent graphics and logical development of the key concepts of effective 'web talk'.

Finally, back to relaxation, and rather than a motivational business speaker on this occasion the HBA membership enjoyed a moment or two of laughter through the anecdotes and quips of the talented and natural comedian Billy Bean.

The dinner closed with a celebration and thanks for the work of the outgoing Chairman of the Association Keith London of Advanced Carbide Tooling.  Importantly though, Keith’s future contributions to the HBA (his original concept) will not be lost to us because the membership voted at the AGM to create and elect him to the new position of Honorary President of the Association.  In his new role Keith will be able to dedicate more time to the promotion and championing of the Association’s aims and so encourage more local businesses to join us to increase our range of membership and influence in the area

If you would like to find out more about the work and membership of the Hinckley Business Association contact us here at the bestofhinckley 01455 246 342 or visit the website

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