First of all I would like to wish all of our members a very happy new year, hopefully it will be a healthy and prosperous one for us all! With a general election ahead of us, I am sure that it will be both exciting yet filled with trepidation at times. Until we fully understand the policies that are being proposed by the parties, and of course the outcome, then I am convinced that caution is the key in the early months of this year. I for one will be watching our country's economic position very closely in the lead up to the election, in order to gain some knowledge of where any cuts and tax changes may affect our business.
At least last year finished on a high for most of us, especially with the early present of the changes in stamp duty rates and a very pleasant Executive Association Christmas Lunch. Adger Brown I thought entertained us all well, and the quizzes were in the main well received, with full marks going to the representatives from Google. Once again the team at the Chewton Glen kept our glasses charged and stomachs full, I hope that it was the perfect start to Christmas for everyone who attended and extend my sympathy to those who unhappily couldn't make it.
Unfortunately I haven't got the profile of this month's speaker as yet as Kate Anderson may not be able to attend herself. We will though, be having an outreach speaker from the Houses of Parliament who will inform us in a non-political manner how the processes of Parliament work. It is an interesting subject that I'm sure will be most informative, especially in the current climate. Whilst I know that this meeting is early into the New Year I do hope that you will make the effort to attend and bring along your guests.
DRESS CODE POLICY
In order not to risk the embarrassment of visiting guests, I have been asked by several of our established members to make mention of the Association's general dress code. We meet in one of the world's top hotels, and it is our policy to dress smartly or formally as if attending a business meeting. We do expect our guests to be properly attired with the gentlemen wearing a business suit or jacket and tie and the ladies dressed correspondingly.
Whilst we appreciate that some people may not wear ties, we at the very least expect smart trousers, shirt and jacket. If a member's guest does not wish to conform to these minimum requirements, then we would respectfully ask the member to save their company, for another occasion or a more casual networking Association. Your aid in maintaining the standards of our Association at the highest level are of great importance to us all.