As we come to the end of 2018 and look forward to an exciting new year, I thought that I would do what all our TAB members did at their December boards and reflect on the highs and lows of the year.
The year started badly on a personal level with the loss of my father and moving my elderly mother out of their Sheffield flat into a care home near Harrogate. Later in the year we were faced with the tragic loss of Paul Dickinson, a great TAB colleague and bloody good bloke. Boy, life can be really unfair at times.
I reached a crossroads this year with a life changing decision to make. I have no idea where the time went, but I am 9 years into a 10-year TAB franchise. At the tender age of 56, I had to decide whether to slow down and play more golf or kick on and push the business forwards. I concluded that I thoroughly enjoy making a real difference and helping a wide range people and businesses and so have extended my North Leeds business for a further 10 years and bought the Leeds Centre territory.
I have been working closely with Lisa Florit for the last 3 years as a fellow facilitator and we hosted a Leeds Centre launch party at the Lost & Found (old Leeds Club) in September which seemed to be enjoyed by all judging by the bar bill and subsequent discussions. I was a student at Leeds University back in the 80s and it is an absolute joy to come full circle and engage with a wide range of business leaders in a city that I love.
Since the launch, Andy Hartley, one of my colleagues, has joined our TAB Leeds North & Centre business as a facilitator and I am absolutely delighted to be working with such a professional, caring and talented team.
This takes us up to 6 ‘alternative’ boards and we are working with well over 30 business leaders in the greater Leeds area. Our members employ nearly 1500 people and so the impact of their continued business success certainly affects a lot of people and their families.
At the start of the year, our members select a significant goal that they want to achieve that will make a real impact either to their business or personally. We call these ‘Champagne Moments’, and if the goal is achieved, we present champagne to the member, and take a picture for the web site.
It has been a record year with 11 Champagne Moments achieved and several near misses (Prosecco Moments?). Here is a list of our 2018 Hall of Fame;
Champagne Moments 2018 Hall of Fame
April 2018 – Richard Kempner (Kempner and Partners) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for winning a significant new client.
August 2018 – James Sykes (Cimlogic) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving his annual profit budget after only 7 months.
October 2018 – Mike Hodge (Cimlogic) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving his annual profit budget.
November 2018 – Matt Thornfield (Virtual Pair Programmers) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving winning a major new customer contract.
December 2018 – John Story (Stephenson Group) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving his sales target.
December 2018 – Sonya Whitworth (BTL) celebrating her 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving all of her critical targets for the year.
December 2018 – Bridget Petty (JPS Print Management) celebrating her 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for winning a significant number of new customers.
December 2018 – Karen Tinkler (Partners Group) celebrating her 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving her new client target.
December 2018 – Mark Swindells (Geo2 Remediation) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for successfully moving office.
December 2018 – Oliver Bell-Syer (Santander Corporate Banking) celebrating his 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving his new client target.
December 2018 – Julie Tumilty (Feature Media) celebrating her 2018 ‘Champagne Moment’ for achieving her sales target.
Many congratulations to all our members for their achievements in 2018 and here’s looking forward to 2019 with hope for a happy, healthy and rewarding year.
Dave McCartney – Leeds North and Centre