The last seven days have passed so quickly that it has been a complete blur! From networking events, to client meetings to even spending my time PAT testing. Only last week a few of the PTN Network members had been commenting that they had been very quiet …
PAT Testing Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
Me? If only! Although it is coming to the end of the financial year for some companies, we seem to be increasing in the number of enquiries for pat testing, fire extinguisher maintenance and even risk assessments.
“I love those panic requests I get. Of course we can help you, but don’t leave it so late next time!”
It all started on Monday. An early morning call from a client asking if I can come a bit later in the morning, instead of first thing, luckily, we were able to rearrange and respect the clients requirements, but that gave me the added problem of wondering if I could get the job complete before my scheduled networking event later in the day? Well, from finishing the testing and driving home, a quick wash and change then back on the road to get to the networking event, well, it was nothing short of a blur!
Tuesday morning was spent visiting potential new clients and in the afternoon I had to see a business advisor. The journey is normally about 25 minutes, but of course, the A5 south of Milton Keynes was at a standstill. Why? Because there was reduced width traffic lanes so that the workmen (not that I could see even one vehicle or person!) could carry out their duties in safety.
I guess they were having tea – again. Luckily, for some unknown reason, I had left twice the amount of time for the journey. Was I psychic or something? I arrived at the meeting with about 30 seconds to spare! Talk about cutting it fine. To me, that meant that I was very late.
Wednesday gave me an early and very foggy start. I was off to West Wycombe and, on completion of the testing, had a leisurely drive back to the office. I spent a few minutes watching the Red Kites flying overhead as the client was in a rural location. They are magnificent birds!
Back in the office and time to complete the reports for the client. I wouldn’t normally do this, but as they had an inspection the following day and they were prepared to book the next 3 visits over 9 months there and then, including Fire Extinguisher maintenance, I was prepared to be a little flexible. Come on; they’d even made me a couple of cups of tea!
On Thursday I went for a nosey at the new Milton Keynes Chamber of commerce. I didn’t even know they had been resurrected, but then they are being run by the Northampton Chamber. It was a time to find out what the Chamber of Commerce could do for FTS Safety Solutions, especially as we will soon be re-launching the services we offer which includes a complete new set of marketing materials.
That afternoon, I went to see a potential new client for a site inspection. Now site inspections normally take 30 minutes, but this one was going to be different – I could feel it in my bones! Or was I just cold? Well, on arrival, I met with my contact who explained her requirements, so we decided to walk around the site to get “a feel” of what would be needed.
On entering one of the classrooms, the teacher in charge turned out to be one of my old colleagues from when I was in Roundtable! Before I had chance to move on, he had come over to me and said that his class finished at 2.35pm so I was to wait to see him. When he was free, it was off to his office for a catchup. It made change for me to be in the head’s office for something other than being told off! I explained what I could do for him and hopefully we should be guaranteed the work.
Friday and I had to go to Oxford to see the Orthopedic Surgeon, as I was recently mowed down by an old lady driver! Little did I know she had badly damaged my ankle which now needs surgery later this year. Can I be off for 3 months? Can I heck as like! Anyway, on arrival, I was informed that the clinic was 45 minutes behind schedule which would make it tight to get to my afternoon appointment.
“I was glad to get home on Friday night but was told by she who must be obeyed that we were going shopping! Argh!”
I did get to relax late Friday night – I think! The weekend was busy, but the highlight was the ‘Dogs Day Out’ in aid of medical detection dogs, a local event where there were dogs having a day out, with a country fayre to boot. I mean where else are you likely to have a competition for the waggiest tail?
Until next time …Until next time remember its only 9 months to Christmas and if you need any electrical safety or fire extinguisher testing, then call me on 0330 6600264 and I’ll find a slot for you in my diary!