FOREVER HAND SANITIZER with Aloe & Honey

A handy disinfectant that can kill 99.99% of all germs, bacteria & viruses

Enriched with soothing Aloe and nourishing Honey, one squirt of this handy disinfectant can kill 99.99% of all germs, bacteria & viruses – reassuring to know if you’re networking and/or shaking hands & meeting with lots of people every day.

Forever Hand Sanitizer

Unlike other ‘Hand gels’ on the market which dry your skin

Forever Hand Sanitizer softens and moisturises hands as it cleans.  With a refreshing scent of lemon and lavender.  A must-have for your pocket and bag.  (Code 318  Price £3.63)

Available on-line

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

Don’s story

Don Hedges, a grandfather from Hampshire, was diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) during Christmas 2008. 

“I first realised something was wrong some 12 months before, I felt unwell and noticed I was putting on weight and feeling breathless. My GP suggested it was irritable bowel syndrome but feeling frustrated with the diagnosis I sought a second opinion. A second GP sent me for an ultrasound at my local hospital, which revealed a large mass in my abdomen.

Upon referral, to Southampton, it was confirmed as a gastrointestinal stromal tumour(also known as a sarcoma) and revealed that it would be difficult to remove through surgery alone. The site of my GIST meant that an operation to remove the tumour would result in the loss of my stomach, left kidney, spleen, pancreas and a large part of my transverse colon. 

The surgeon explained that if the tumour could be shrunk using a drug therapy then he may be able to remove the tumour whilst preserving more of my organs. 

The oncologist agreed that treating the tumour with imatinib (a type of cancer medication) would be the best option. I started on imatinib on 10 February 2009. 

On 31 July 2009, I underwent eight hours of surgery to remove the GIST –  my treatment with imatinib had reduced the tumour by 50%. Although the surgery had to remove part of my stomach, a part of my pancreas and all of my spleen, it had removed the tumour with good clearance.

Having spent 4 years on imatinib as an adjuvant treatment and now 10 years on, my oncology team have now given me the tick in the ‘cancer-free’ box. At the moment I’m feeling good, I’ve now retired and spend time with my family and in particular my grandsons. I’m able to manage the long term effects of the cancer and its treatment effects, but more importantly, I am determined to keep active and maintain a positive attitude.

A key player in my journey was Wessex Cancer Trust.  Having been diagnosed with cancer your friends and family can find it difficult to deal with and don’t really know how to interact with you.  They find it difficult to talk to you about it.

Wessex Cancer Trust gave me a place where I could talk about things that bothered me and share my anger about the situation.

The befrienders at the charity listened, they didn’t judge me or tell me I should do this or that, but gave me the chance to get things off my chest or just drop in for a cuppa. 

That support was, and still is, key to the maintenance of the emotional strength needed to deal with what can be a long, dark journey. That support allows people to share the journey with others without burdening their family, who are also going through a dark time thinking that they might lose you.

So while the clinicians do their bit to make you physically well, the journey is so much easier with the emotional support given by the Ferndown Business Network member Wessex Cancer Trust. Without them, I would not have sustained the positivity needed to survive the journey.”

A treat for your lips

Here’s one product we wanted to matchmake specifically with you – yes, YOU – because we think it’s bound to be love at first sight.  We’re talking, of course, about Aloe Lips – our rich and nourishing lip balm, great for protecting lips all-year round.  Why do we think it’s such be a good match, you ask?  Just take a look at its ingredients…  

Aloe Vera 

As with most of our products, the key ingredient in Aloe Lips is our own-grown Aloe Barbadensis Miller leaf extract.  Aloe has many properties which make it ideally placed in a lip balm.  As well as having a high water content, which makes it nice and moisturising to help soothe and soften lips, Aloe Vera is also naturally cooling, which can help to relieve painful chapped lips.  

Jojoba 

During the winter months, the cold can make our lips dry, cracked, sore and in desperate need of moisture.  In the summer, unprotected lips are at risk of sunburn, which dries out the skin and lips and can leave them peeling and flaky.  

The hydrating properties of jojoba can help to prevent skin flaking and help to deliver moisture, making Aloe Lips a treat come rain or shine.  

Wax 

Wax is often used in skin-softening treatments due to the way it helps to smooth.  It also works as a barrier between the skin and other contaminants.  Aloe Lips contains several different kinds of wax to provide maximum luxury, including beeswax – a natural skin protectant which soothes and hydrates without clogging pores.  

But you don’t need to take our word for it!  Good Housekeeping recently reviewed our Aloe Lips and it seems they share our love for this pocket-sized wonder!  Their expert testers loved the flavour and the fact that the condition of their lips “improved within two to three days”. 

Whether you’re off out, staying in and cuddling, or celebrating with your friends rather than a romantic partner, your lips could always use a little more love, so don’t forget to keep your Aloe Lips close by. (Code 022  Price £3.07) 

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

Why use Multiple Sibling Trusts within a Will?

Leaving assets to a single Trust is a better solution than leaving assets absolutely, but is it the best solution when there are multiple beneficiaries? Multiple Trusts provides both you and your beneficiaries with even more flexibility.

For example if all of your Trustees (who may also be beneficiaries) of a Trust cannot agree on a course of action, it may be that the funds cannot be utilised for the benefit of beneficiaries as a result, meaning the Trust can’t operate effectively.

Separate Trusts are also useful in solving those tricky ‘who gets what’ issues that can arise. Allowing different Trustees to act across a number of Trusts means that each Trust can be managed independently of others. Establishing separate Trusts for each beneficiary also means that individuals needs can be accounted for, as you are able to choose who, what and how you wish your beneficiaries to benefit.

Where the Trustees of a Trust are concerned with one family or member of the family as opposed to numerous individuals with different needs, the management of the Trust can also be simpler.  A group of simple Trusts is much simpler to manage than a single Trust with many purposes, mixed assets, multiple beneficiaries and more potential for conflict amongst them.

For help and advice on creating Multiple Sibling Trusts within a Will please contact Ferndown Business Network member David Booth at DB Consultancy on 07949 021118 or email david@dmsuk.info or let’s speak via FaceTime or Skype: theoxfordwillco_1

Marketing is so much more than promotion

No matter the size of your business every penny you spend & every hour you commit to your marketing has to count towards you achieving your business goals.

Promotion is an important part in your marketing efforts but ‘effective marketing’, the entire marketing that satisfies the needs of your customers is so much more. You can have a great promotional campaign but if your product or service isn’t wanted or you are charging prices that are above what your target customers will pay then it will struggle to deliver.

To have ‘effective marketing’ you need to consider a wider range of factors than just promotion. Much of it isn’t difficult with the result being that it can transform the impact of your marketing. Here are just a few ideas:

• Start with product. Give customers what they need not what you think they need. Think wider than the actual product – consider the other features that surround your product – delivery methods and times, guarantees, installations, refunds, exchange policies – all of which can make your product or service more attractive.

• Speak to your customers. Ask them what they need and want from you. Find out what they think of your product or service and how it can be improved.

• Ask your customers for reviews. If they are liking what you do then encourage them to share with others what they think of your product and to post reviews on-line.

• Regularly monitor your sector and competitors. Consider how tastes are changing or new products are being launched and adapt where necessary.

• Make it easy for people to acquire your product. That maybe how they can find you or buy your product on-line. Make sure your website is mobile responsive and is search engine optimised.

• Develop your team. Ensure that everyone who works for you has great knowledge about your business and offer. Ensure they also have the right attitude & provide the level of service your customers would expect.

• Be responsive to your customers. Ensure you follow up on enquiries quickly – not many buy products or services from a company they have had to chase or have had to wait a long time to respond.

• Deal with customer complaints well. No doubts you have all had customers who haven’t been completely satisfied but how you deal and resolve their compliant will make all the difference to whether they buy from you again or recommend you to others.

• Measure, measure, measure. If you don’t measure your marketing you can’t understand, control or improve it. Use tools such as Google Analytics to see how well your website is working, monitor your email performance or conduct market research to understand what your target audience think about you and your product or service.

Measure4success blog

Measure4success is the blog for e-nexus Ltd.  We are a member of Ferndown Business Network and a Bournemouth based Marketing consultancy specialising in Strategic Marketing Planning and Performance Measurement.  Learn more about what we do and how we can support your business by emailing info@e-nexus.co.uk or by visiting our website at www-e-nexus.co.uk

How well are your assets protected?

Do you have a plan in place to ensure that your wealth passes to the right people at the appropriate time in a manner that provides protection and is efficient for tax purposes? 

Ferndown Business Network member DB Consultancy use Asset Protection Strategies for those who wish to protect themselves and their family’s future inheritance.  They use a tried and tested combination of Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney to cover the most common threats to wealth made up from homes, savings, investments, life assurances, pension plans & death-in-service benefits.

Wills ensure the most effective legal ownership of your home whilst setting up Trusts means that your assets are protected from the threat of:

  • The financial burden of long-term care
  • Future insolvency problems
  • Children getting divorced
  • Surviving spouse entering a new relationship
  • Inheritance and other taxes
  • Avoiding the delays associated with probate
  • Legislation changes

David Booth, Director of DB Consultancy said: “We work closely with our clients to create a plan that suits their specific requirements. We put them in control of their financial affairs and provide them with peace of mind. Our approach also ensures that the people you choose can manage your financial and welfare affairs should you become unable to do so due to mental or physical incapacity. This important aspect of planning gives the ones you trust control of important decisions, rather than a government agency.”

DB Consultancy provide a full range of services and bespoke advice in all areas of Estate Planning including Wills, protecting wealth using Trusts, Inheritance Tax Planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney.  Based in Ringwood, Hampshire we benefit from 30 years of experience in Wills and Estate Planning.  We also work in association with The Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation Ltd.

For help and advice on how best to protect your assets please contact Ferndown Business Network David Booth at DB Consultancy on 07949 021118. Email david@dmsuk.info or let’s speak via FaceTime or Skype: theoxfordwillco_1

Have you calculated your staffs’ holiday entitlement properly?

The first month of 2020 has almost been and gone ….are you all sorted with your staffs’ holiday entitlements for the year?

Here’s some advice and guidance from Ferndown Business Network member, Just Ask Juli

When staff primarily worked Monday – Friday 9am-5pm it was all very straight forward; now however with more and more people working over the weekends, on part time contracts or working compressed working weeks things have gotten a bit more complicated.

It’s our legal requirement as employers to make sure that all our staff receive their statuary minimum holiday entitlement and to make sure that bank holidays are calculated in a fair and consistent manner. Be very careful if your team are primarily part time and you just give them the day off when a bank holiday occurs; you may well be giving more holiday than they are entitled to (which makes you a great boss) or more importantly you may not be giving enough (which makes you an illegal boss)!

So some tips if your work force works differing hours:-

• when calculating holiday entitlement switch from “days” to “ hours”

• make sure its very clear in their contracts as to whether their holiday entitlement includes or excludes bank holidays (note there is a legal minimum that must be observed)

• show clearly on their holiday forms how you’ve calculated their entitlement. Its often useful to show the bank holiday entitlement as a separate figure

• and finally .. remember this year a standard Monday bank holiday has been moved to a Friday so a different calculation may be necessary for some of your team

The HMRC website gives lots of help and useful tools https://www.gov.uk/holiday-entitlement-rights

Need some help? Just Ask Juli!

Supporting Wessex Cancer Trust

Ferndown Business Network is delighted to announce that it has supported FBN Member Wessex Cancer Trust by making a donation of £1000 as part of the Wessex Cancer Trust crisis appeal. 

Wessex Cancer Trust believes that there should be help and support available to everyone living with cancer, when and where they need it.  Every year around 23,000 people are diagnosed with cancer within the Wessex region. A diagnosis can be a shock and have a huge impact on an entire family. Wessex Cancer Trust helps and supports anyone affected by cancer regardless of age, gender or type of cancer.  

Maria Tidy from Wessex Cancer said: “ I’d like to say a massive thank you to Ferndown Business Network for their donation to Wessex Cancer Trust Crisis Appeal. We really are truly grateful for your help and support.”

Richard Morris, Ferndown Business Network Chairman and owner of Signs Express Bournemouth said: “We are delighted to continually support Wessex Cancer Trust.  Wessex Cancer Trust and specifically Maria Tidy from the charity is a major reason FBN is so successful.   As such we are always looking for new ways to support the charity and its fundraising initiatives including our recently announced new donation of £1 per member per month.”

The next time FBN will be supporting Wessex Cancer Trust is at their big fundraising event at Castlepoint on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January.  Wessex Cancer Trust needs to raise £600,000 by the end of January 2020 or they risk losing their support centres. So they are asking you to save your £1 coins over the next couple of weeks and bring them to Castlepoint Shopping Park on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th January to add to their  “Line of Gold”.  If they can fill the line from Asda to Sainsburys in one day they could raise £22,500 and they are going to try to do it twice.

For more information about Wessex Cancer Trust please contact Maria Tidy on 07471 217693 or visit www.wessexcancer.org.uk

Ways to take more care of your eyes

When you consider the fact that you only have one pair of eyes your entire life and that poor vision can make it harder to read, drive and many other things we take for granted on a day-to-day basis, it becomes apparent just how important it is to take care of your eye health.  

Whether you’re blessed with perfect vision or already wear glasses or contact lenses on a daily basis, why not put a few things into practice to minimise the pressure you’re putting on your eyes? Ferndown Business Network member ‘Dr Peter’ of Wessex Aloe would recommend: 

Visit an eye care specialist regularly 

It’s important to ensure you get your eyes checked regularly by an optometrist to test for visual impairment and ensure you have good overall eye health. Your vision can deteriorate over time. Therefore, even if you had perfect vision at an appointment ten years ago, you shouldn’t assume that you still do; regular eye tests are recommended. Having no prescription when you need one, or the wrong prescription (for example, continuing to use a pair of glasses you were prescribed three years ago that are no longer right for you) can really damage your eyes.  

Furthermore, if your optician finds that you need a prescriptive lens, you should ensure that you’re wearing your glasses or contact lenses whenever you need them to prevent eye strain and further damage. Finally, it’s important to remember to take your contact lenses out every night and to follow the appropriate cleaning instructions, in order to reduce the risk of drying your eyes out or getting an infection.  

Remove your make-up every day 

We’re often told that removing make-up is important to let our skin and pores breathe, but it’s equally important to get rid of eye make-up, such as eye liner and mascara, to prevent irritation, eye infections or styes. You can use a product like our Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser (Code 605) to gently melt away make-up in a way that doesn’t tug or pull on the delicate skin around your eyes.  

While we’re on the topic of make-up, never share your eye make-up with others! Doing so puts you at risk of sharing bacteria and infections.  

Wear UV protection sunglasses 

We all know how important it is to protect our skin by ensuring our sunscreen has both UVA and UVB protection, e.g. Aloe Sunscreen (Code 617), but have you ever considered the UV protection in your sunglasses? A cheap pair may seem like a bargain, but they often don’t do the trick when it comes to eye protection. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the sunshine, it’s especially important to make sure your glasses are blocking 99 to 100% of all harmful UV rays from reaching your eyes.  

Get plenty of sleep 

Ah, there’s nothing quite like a good sleep to help your body rest and repair itself. There are some things that your morning cup of coffee just won’t fix and they are the health issues that can often come hand-in-hand with a consistent lack of sleep. This is true for keeping your eyes healthy, too. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you may find that you struggle with dry, irritated and itchy eyes, and you’ll be tempted to rub at them. This in turn usually contributes to more bacteria entering the eyes and puts you at a higher risk of infection. It’s important to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night for optimum all-round health and to avoid those side-effects.  

Limit your screen time 

Grandma’s warnings about getting square eyes from sitting in front of the TV all day may not be literal, but she certainly had a point; staring at a screen all day can be really bad for your eye health, and in this digital day and age we’re often staring at them for upwards of ten hours a day!  

While it’s advisable to limit your screen time, we know that work obligations as well as the draw of smart phones and TV streaming services can sometimes make it difficult, so it’s important to put a few protective barriers in place. For example, you could implement the 20/20/20 rule at your computer while you’re working. Every twenty minutes, look away from your computer and focus on something at least twenty feet away for a minimum of twenty seconds to help refocus your eyes.  

You can also minimise harmful blue light by changing your desktop or mobile phone screens to take on a more sepia tone, or by purchasing a pair of blue light minimising glasses. It may also be worth making it an aim to limit your television viewing time to give your eyes a rest in the evening or to put your phone away several hours before bedtime – something that will help with your sleep quality, too.  

Taking the right vitamins 

We all know the benefits of eating a well-balanced diet with regards to our fitness and weight, but did you know that there are also lots of foods that contain eye-supporting nutrients?  

Some of the nutrients that are really key to eye health include vitamin A, zinc and copper. Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids which are pigments found in plants and in your retina. They’re often found in greater amounts in leafy green vegetables, such as cabbage, kale and spinach, which is where you’ll also find high quantities of copper. Zinc helps to protect cells from oxidative stress and is often found in eggs, dairy products and meat, but for the vegans among us, legumes and seeds can be a good source too.  

You can also supplement a well-balanced diet with our new Forever iVision (Code 624)which contains the antioxidant vitamins C and E to protect cells from oxidative stress, as well as beta carotene from vitamin A and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal vision. 

Happy gazing! 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. 

Christmas Party 2019 🍾

Thanks to Bournemouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce for organising last week’s brilliant Christmas Party at The Cumberland Hotel. A fantastic night was had by all the Ferndown Business Network members. We are already looking forward to next year’s celebrations.

Not only was it a great party but the event also raised £1,158 for Ferndown Business Network member Wessex Cancer Trust. ❤️

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