Thursday 1st December 2016 - The Christmas Party

Our 6th Networking Breakfast & Business Exhibition 

7 October 2016

Thank you to everyone who supported this event - we are proud to announce that the raffle raised £320 and that ALBA will supplement this so that we can donate £1000 to Alzheimer's Society

Thursday 1st September 2016

Thanks to Chrissie Webber for her very interesting yet sometimes shocking insight into 'The Sugar Conspiracy' and good luck to Chrissie for her new business LOVE IT TO LOSE IT

You can find out all about it here:

Thursday 7th July 2016

We found out a lot more about the Cash Health Plans that Plutus Health offer.  Many thanks Kay, it was really useful and interesting.

And, thanks to Viv from KN Office Supplies  - via their confidential paper shredding service, we were able to present £100 to Natalie from Ty Hafan - the hospice for children in Wales.

Thursday 2nd June 2016

Thanks to the two best ex-bankers in Wales - Bob Shepherd and Mark Tomlinson for entertaining us with tales of their previous working lives in the banking industry.

Thursday 7th April 2016

Who would have thought it!  Many thanks to Paul from Python IT who enlightened us about the Price of Plastic Men!

Check out your attic everyone, you never know...

Paul can be contacted at

And a big welcome to our new members: Claire Thomas from Thomas Safety Services Ltd and Francesca from Seven Hills Hideaway

Thursday 3 March 2016 

A big thanks to Michelle Dalley of Creating Media for her 'Fishy Talk', fascinating life lessons learnt in business that work in every day life.

And it was great to welcome 3 visitors to our group - hope we will see you again very soon!

Thursday 4th February 2016

It was great to have Ali Miners, The Frazzled2Fabulous Coach, talk to us about not trying to be perfect and passing on some useful tips to help with work/life balance.  Thank you Ali - we could all relate to it!

 Thursday 7th January 2016 - Annual General Meeting

 We are proud that we donated 


 to Alzheimer's Society and other local charities during 2015.

 Thursday 3rd December 2015 - Our 3rd Legendary Christmas Networking Party 


 Thursday 5th November 2015

Thank you Marie for talking to us about personal development… doggy style! 

Marie Yates, is one of the Directors of Canine Perspective CIC is also an author and speaker and she certainly kept us entertained.

Friday 2nd October 2015 - Our 5th Business Networking Breakfast & Business Exhibition

The Angel Hotel

We are pleased to say that the raffle raised £238 and this amount will be match funded by Barclays Bank, Abergavenny - thanks to Emma for securing this.  We will be presenting a cheque for £500.00 to Alzheimer's Society in the near future.

Thursday 3rd September 2015

You will BLOG!

Thanks to Chrissie Webber for her inspiring talk about Blogging - we all left the meeting with good intentions....

Check out Chrissie's upcoming Social Media and Blogging short courses here  

Thursday 6th August 2015 

Many thanks to our member Maria Stella from Sorai for telling us about her life, her business and giving us the opportunity to taste her delicious sauces.

For more information please visit Maria's web site at

Please also follow Maria on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube

Thursday 2nd July 2015

Our member Clare from Complexion Medispa spoke to us about the challenges she faced setting up and developing her business(es).

What a dark horse she is and a budding entrepreneur at the age of 12!  

Thank you very much to Clare and congratulations on your recent award as Winner of Cosmetic Clinic of the Year 2015 at The Welsh Hair and Beauty awards.  

Her she is receiving the trophy.

Visit Complexion at

Thursday 6th June 2015

Big thank you to Steve Adams from Steve Adams Presents for giving us loads of very useful presentation tips.  Take a look at his web site - he offers full day presentation workshops as well as some FREE 2 hour courses.

Don't put your hands in your pockets!

Thursday 7th May 2015

Many of us are now very proud to have become a Dementia Friend.

Dementia Friends logo
The session was delivered by Chella Borde who is the Alzheimer's Society's Regional Volunteer Support Officer - Dementia Friends Wales.  Chella's talk was outstanding.

For more information please visit

If you are thinking of organising a session within your organisation then you can contact Chella at:

We have written to Chella to thank her and promise our on-going support for Alzheimer's Society and the Dementia Friends Initiative. 

Thursday 2nd April 2015  

Thanks to Mark for his presentation - Website Best Practice and Tips to Improve Lead Generation for Business Owners, a copy of which can be found here.

Mark's contact details are as follows:

Mark Bellew 
WSI Certified Internet Marketing Consultant

Office: 01633 431 138
Mobile: 07590 029 321


We presented a cheque to Emma Jones, Gabb and Co Solicitors, to add to the fantastic amount they have already raised for the Children’s Ward at Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital. 

Thursday 5th March 2015 

Thank you to Ruth Steggles, The Fresh Air Coach for her talk at this meeting.

Visit her web site here

Click here for information about Fresh Air Fridays!

Thursday 5th February 2015

Great to present a £750.00 cheque to Carolyn Holt from Alzheimer's Society


And great to welcome Steve White from Thornbury Collection Services who gave us top tips for credit control.  Thanks Steve!

Thursday 4th December 2014 - Christmas Networking

Gorgeous food, some drink (!), pass-the-parcel, laughter, games, music, more games, funny faces, laughter, laughter, laughter.....






6th November 2014

ALBA Members entertained us this time....

Big thanks go to Viv White for her 'In The Limelight' spot - fascinating life story - wished we had time for more!

Also to Hazel Hannant for her stories about life as a photographer on a cruise ship - very entertaining.....

Our 4th Annual Networking Breakfast & Business Exhibition

Friday 3rd October, 2014 

The event raised £240.00 for Alzheimer's Society

This will be match funded by Barclays Bank - huge thanks to our member Emma King (seen here middle) who worked hard to secure this for ALBA 


David is thrilled to win a wash, cut & blow dry.  We look forward to seeing the before and after pics! 

7th August 2014

We all enjoyed a tea-tasting session given by Elizabeth & Barry Chantler of Chantler Teas.

For more information visit


3rd July 2014

Peter McGowan (Cordel Gowan Ltd) gave us a presentation about Self Defence for Softies.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Peter's great advice and we now all feel more prepared for any threatening situation we might find ourselves in.  Peter's 10 Essential Self Defence Rules can be found here.

Contact Peter at
3rd May 2014 

Another great meeting with our fabulous speaker Paul Andrews.

Paul is a Freelance E-Learning Consultant and he spoke to us about Google Apps for Business.  His knowledge is impressive and we are hoping he will come back very soon!  Visit his web site for more information.

We were pleased that Aimee Hopkins from The Alzheimer's Society joined us and she thanked us for our continuing support and talked about the amazing work that the Society do.  We are planning some fund raising events for the near future so watch this space! Also look out for lots of local events happening during Dementia Awareness Week 2014: 18 - 24 May 2014
3rd April 2014 

Thanks to Cerys Watts - The Office Philosopher for her great In The Limelight spot. 

Think how much more you would achieve if you could reduce the demand on your time from administration and were able to concentrate fully on running and developing your business - Contact Cerys on

We were pleased to welcome Sarah Langton from The Abergavenny Food Bank and she answered all our questions about how the Food Bank works and who benefits from it.  She thanked us for our donation of £100 worth of food items, as seen here!

More information can be found at

6th March 2014 

From Bowls to Balls - Mark's Sporting Journey!


Mark didn't focus on his business during his talk, so here are his details:

Mark Tomlinson
, Appointed Representative & Account Manager, WPA
Not For Profit Provider of Health Insurance and Low Cost Staff Healthcare Benefi

WPA is one of the UK´s most respected health insurers offering excellent value and quality of service that's second to none. They provide their customers the freedom to choose who treats them as they believe this is a clinical decision and not a commercial one. 7 out of 10 doctors recommend WPA.

Mob:     07771 886189

Mark also looks after five 4Networking groups from Abergavenny to Hereford (via Chepstow, Monmouth and Ross) and anybody would be very welcome to go along to any of the meets as a Visitor (just let him know and he’ll send you some details).

Thanks to Katie O'Connell from Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice for her great In The Limelight spot. 


A happy, smiley, fun day!




Big thank you to everyone who  has donated their time, raffle prizes and donations.

November 2013 Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Matt Trevett, TMPR Marketing

Tel: 02920 213146 

Download Matt's documents:

Matt's Presentation - Practical Marketing for SMEs

Testimonial Advice

Marketing Advice


held at

The Angel Hotel


 27th September 2013 

September 2013 meeting

Per Andersson tells us some fascinating stories about his time as Cabin Crew and made us laugh so much!

Per is an amazing photographer specialising in weddings and portraits.  See


(sorry about the quality of this photograph Per...)

August 2013 Meeting

ALBA's Chair, Penny, surprises Priscilla with a bouquet for her 70th birthday later in August. 

Priscilla has been a fantastic ALBA member for several years. 

Many happy returns from us all.

(The table shows the remains of the chocolate making demonstration from Pam of Chocs Away Party Workshops!)

Pam Killlick, Chocs Away

'Take what you make chocolate workshops'

Tel: 01495 790790

Mob: 07941 499857
July 4th 2013 Guest Speaker

Anna Roberts, Get Sorted
Organising, Decluttering and Property Staging

Enjoying working for our charity, The Alzheimer's Society, at Abergavenny Steam Rally, May 2013 

Total funds raised £241.00, just selling books and the tombola!

April 4th 2013 Guest Speaker:

Jonathan Parfitt, Jonathan Parfitt Financial Planning

A highly professional and experienced Wealth Manager, who offers financial advice in many areas.  Contact Jon on:

March 7th 2013 Guest Speaker

Deborah Holland, SmithHolland Creative

SmithHolland Creative is a branding and graphic design agency based in Cardiff - helping their clients connect with their customers through their brand identities, printed marketing materials, and websites.