Enhancing our clients digital footprint

Irwin Edgehill Training approached Ferndown Business Network member e-nexus LTD to help them develop their marketing. They wanted to work with an agency that could help them enhance their profile and reach new customers. 

Irwin Edgehill Training has been supporting individuals and teams for over a decade.  Founded by Irwin Edgehill, a Bournemouth based trainer and personal development coach, they have helped hundreds of people build their confidence and resilience empowering them to transform their personal & professional lives.

Building on their existing marketing efforts, our initial phase of activity was focused on enhancing their digital footprint to make it easier for potential clients to find them and ensure there is a consistent narrative.  To date we have:

  • Built a new company website (irwinedgehilltraining.com) focusing on content, design and SEO
  • Set up new social media channels and refreshed existing ones
  • Written & posted content for the company’s new Blog and social media channels based on our Social Media Management programme
  • Updated and supplied content to business referral sites
  • Grown social media followers, blog followers and engagement with followers
  • Identified, joined & engaged with other social media communities

Irwin Edgehill Training’s feedback on what we at e-nexus have delivered to date has been: “The best things come to those who wait. Having finally attracted the right company to market my business, I am infinitely pleased that Richard is now helping me move my business to the next level. A straight up guy who professionally delivers on everything he creates, the feedback I have and continue to receive from others on the work e-nexus has produced is fantastic. A very good professional and a nice man, highly recommended.”

Interested in discussing with e-nexus how we can support your marketing needs then email: info@e-nexus.co.uk or call Richard Milton on 07535 612652

AFCB kicks off group for local men living with cancer with Wessex Cancer Trust

AFC Bournemouth, in partnership with Ferndown Business Network member Wessex Cancer Trust, will be holding a monthly MENTalk group at the football club to support local men living with cancer. 

The initiative launched at Vitality Stadium on Thursday 7th November. Men of any age, who either have cancer themselves or are supporting someone through it, can visit the club, enjoy a stadium tour and find out more. The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month between 7 and 8.30pm starting on 5th December. 

MENTalk enables men to come together to share knowledge and experiences whilst supporting each other. They will also be able to learn skills to help them deal with stress and adjust to their changing situation. Additionally, it will provide a safe place to talk openly about feelings and fears. It will be led by a trained facilitator and attended by cancer specialists. Wessex Cancer Trust already runs well-attended MENTalk groups at its Support Centres in Cosham and Waterside, Hythe.  

Steve Cuss, the Head of AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust, said:

 We are delighted to be working in partnership with Wessex Cancer Trust. We are fully aware through community engagement and our fanbase how cancer affects so many people. The opportunity to support through the MENTalk group is one that we are looking forward to, and welcoming to Vitality Stadium. 

Colette Cowan, Wessex Cancer Trust’s Head of Service Delivery, said the launch of the new MENTalk group will address a specific need in Bournemouth:

 Wessex Cancer Trust is a charity set up specifically to provide emotional and practical support to anyone living with cancer in the Wessex region, but men make up just 22% of clients accessing our support services. This is despite them being 16% more likely to receive a cancer diagnosis and 40% more likely to die from the disease. 

This year, in partnership with the Wessex Public Health Community Fellowship, we commissioned an assessment into why men living with cancer might not be seeking support as readily. We found that men diagnosed with cancer were mainly concerned with their own prognosis and how their family would cope. The main barriers to them seeking support were a lack of awareness of the support services available, a lack of time and the perception that they did not need help or that seeking support would be uncomfortable for them. Cancer will affect half of us in our lifetime and we’re delighted that AFC Bournemouth will be encouraging men to access support as part of its healthcare education in the local community. We’re sure it will make a big difference to any man living with a cancer diagnosis. 

Anyone who would like to find out more about MENTalk can contact Wessex Cancer Trust’s Bournemouth Cancer Support Centre on 01202 315824, or email bournemouth.centre@wessexcancer.org.uk.  

‘Dr Peter’ recommends …. “Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!”

This time of year is hard on your skin, but help is at hand from Ferndown Business Network member ‘Dr Peter’!

Have you noticed that in autumn, almost as soon as you’ve switched on your central heating, your skin becomes unhappy and thirsty, to say the least?

If you, or anyone else in your household has problematically dry skin, you should review your everyday ‘bathroom products’ as these can actually be contributing to the problem. ‘Dr Peter’ recommends the following action:

1. Don’t use biological washing detergent or fabric conditioner. These usually irritate sensitive skin. Try Aloe MPD (Code 307), an environmentally friendly, biodegradable, all-purpose detergent that effectively lifts grime and cuts through grease to remove stains. Its versatile cleaning power can tackle your laundry, floors, bathrooms, tiles, carpets, windows and dishes! This highly concentrated formula only takes a few drops to get many jobs done, so you don’t need a cupboard full of other cleaning products. Incredible value for money long-term.

2. Here are 3 of ‘Dr Peter’s’ moisturising recommendations:

Aloe Lotion (Code 062) This finely-textured moisturiser helps to condition your face & body and contains nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, collagen & elastin to keep the skin smooth and supple. This softening lotion also includes apricot kernel oil which locks in moisture and creates a lightweight barrier on the skin. Contains lanolin.

Aloe Moisturising Lotion (Code 063) A thick, velvety moisturising cream containing nourishing aloe, jojoba oil, collagen & elastin to leave skin feeling soft & supple. This lotion moisturises your face, hands and body whilst maintaining the skin’s natural pH balance. Its easy-to-absorb formula also makes it a great base for makeup application. Does not contain lanolin.

Aloe Propolis Creme (Code 051) A rich, creamy blend of aloe vera, bee propolis and camomile that helps maintain healthy, beautiful skin tone and texture. Its moisturising and conditioning properties make for an excellent everyday moisturiser and helps to soothe irritation. Particular suitable for those with eczema, psoriasis & dermatitis. Contains lanolin.

Don’t forget that these products are available via ’Dr Peter’s’ online shop (www.wessex-aloe.com) or by calling him on 07947 685785.

Let me introduce myself

I’m a new member to Ferndown Business Network so it was great  this week to have had the opportunity to present to the group telling them more about my personal and career life as well as my company,  e-nexus that I founded 18 months ago.  

So I’m Richard Milton, founder of e-nexus. We are a Bournemouth based marketing consultancy focused on Strategic Marketing Planning & Performance Measurement.  As well as being a career long marketeer, I’m a keen runner and a family man. I love networking, live music and I’m also a huge AFC Bournemouth fan.

My career to date has all been about helping businesses flourish & thrive through effective marketing.  Our approach being to help clients review their marketing efforts and utilise data to understand its impact on their business success.  

All members of Ferndown Business Network get regular chances to update the group on what they have been up to whether that is through our weekly ‘one minute updates’ or our presentation slots.  It helps us all support each other as well as refer each other to others outside the group if they are looking for support, services or goods that members provide.

Thanks to Ferndown Business Network for giving me the opportunity to present.  I’m loving being a member of this really friendly and welcoming group. 

 If you are interesting in finding out more about FBN and joining us at a forthcoming networking session then please get in contact.

Utility Warehouse

Success for Utility Warehouse

Not one, not two, but four Moneywise Home Finance Awards 2019. This makes it the second year running that Utility Warehouse has swept the boards at the Moneywise Home Finance Awards. 

In 2019 the awards they defended and earned again were: 

  • Best Value for Money 
  • Best Customer Service 
  • Best for Clarity of Bills 
  • Best Money-Saving Tips and Gadgets 

Utility Warehouse is a discount club dedicated to saving you money on essential services and household purchases. They offer great value and superb customer service on services such as Telephone, Broadband, Gas, Electricity and Mobile phone.   ‘Gold’ customers also receive free LED lightbulbs and gourmet society membership giving up to 50% discount on selected restaurants and cinema tickets.   

Want to find out more. Give Ferndown Business Network member Gail Bannister a call and she’ll show you how the club could work for you. 

Giving Others Strength Through Our Roles at Wessex Cancer Trust

When you are facing challenges in life, no matter how big or small, support means everything. Without a shoulder to cry on or someone to share the happy moments with, your journey can feel lonely and isolated.  

Having a safe space – somewhere where people can feel supported and welcomed – can turn a situation around. Compassion is a big factor in support, by simply having somewhere to feel loved and looked after. This can be from anyone, but especially those who are caring for you.  

Emma Ormrod, Wessex Cancer Trust Support Centre Manager in Bournemouth shares the importance of having a place to find strength, courage and just be yourself.

More Than Just A Service 

“There’s a difference between fixing someone medically and taking care of them. You can’t give someone treatment and send them away, they still have a long way to go,” explains Emma. 

As Emma sees it, once you have experienced something like cancer, you come out the other side as a different person. In order to help heal people fully, we help them find their new normal. In a holistic way, healing is much deeper than just having a clear medical record. Steering away from a clinical approach with white walls and disinfectant can provide that healing environment that people need. 

“We pick people up from where their physical treatment ends. They don’t have any other aftercare. What we offer is a home from home, a community family which is big on connections.”

Knowing You’ve Made A Difference

“Actually coming to us is a big deal in itself. It is easy to put a face on and act like things are okay. You don’t need that mask here – you can offload, cry, anything you need.

“You can be you.”

It might sound small to some, but being yourself can be a big sigh of relief. Once you have let your guard down and spoken to someone who understand your situation, such as our volunteers, a weight is taken off of your shoulders. 

At Wessex Cancer Trust, represented by Maria Tidy at Ferndown Business Network (FBN), a lot of the team has experienced cancer in some form in their lives. They won’t say anything clichéd or shy away from hard topics, so there’s no barrier to what you can and cannot say. You form a relationship with everyone and become personally invested in them getting better, just one reason why people turn to us. It is a form of care you can’t get elsewhere. You walk away uplifted, helping your mental wellbeing along with the physical. 

“Cancer is a reality. People look at you differently, you can’t always work, and you might lose your hair. It comes with all these challenges, and we’re here to help you through them all.

“We act as a hug. We hold your hand, give you a shoulder to cry on and be your emotional rock throughout.”

Making Sure The Service Is Helping

The journey towards finding yourself again can be a long and painful one, but there will be a point in which you’ve found yourself again. 

“As I’m in charge of that space, I feel like the mother of the ship,” Emma clarifies. “I just wanted to make more of what was already existing. There’s so many services, but so many gaps in care too.”

Wessex Cancer Trust prioritises care for each individual, it’s not a one size fits all policy. If we think another service is more tailored towards you, we’ll recommend them. It works the other way round too, so people recommend us.”

Not only does this help the people looking for an extra bit of support, but it helps us providers too. Less pressure is put on the NHS and other bigger charities to increase services and decrease waiting times. The more options available to patients, the better.

Being Yourself 

“When people are having to go to the hospital day in day out, it’s wearing. Some people can’t even drive past the hospital any more, as it’s too much for them. That routine is what we’re breaking. Having a separate supportive space is key.”

The moment you come through our door, everything is on your terms. You can say as much or as little about your experience to our staff, knowing that Wessex Cancer Trust is here for you regardless.

Emma gets to know everyone in the Centre, and they know her equally as well. Things like our coffee mornings and art groups bring people together in a way the hospitals aren’t able to, building that community. The groups become friends, and those friends see each other in their own time. It takes the pressure off of our workers, and gives the building blocks to people finding themselves again. 

“We can look at people and figure out what they need, even if they don’t know what that is yet. 

“It’s all about supporting yourself and others, that’s how you find your strength.”

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