Boost your Business

More than 60 local businesses have now been to a Balsall Business Club networking meeting.

Members range from sole traders working from home in the village to representatives of larger firms based in the area.

The next meeting will be on Friday 20 November at 7.30am. The guest speaker will be Jill Bowman of On Target Training. Ahead of December’s speed networking session, Jill will help us to create a perfect elevator pitch, ideal for explaining our businesses in one minute or less. Please, please sign up via this link so we can order enough breakfast.

The group usually meets on the third Friday of each month for breakfast at the British Legion. Each attendee gets to introduce themselves to the group and there is a guest speaker. Members offer discounts to other members and have really helped each other’s businesses grow and develop by providing advice, information, support, and referrals.

December’s meeting will follow a slightly different format. It will be an evening meeting, again at the British Legion, with speed networking and mince pies and mulled wine. It will be a great opportunity to meet other local business people.

Please arrive around 6.45pm. The speed networking session will start at 7.15pm, once it’s is underway latecomers won’t be able to join in, although you can still have your mince pie and mulled wine! The cost is £5 payable on the night, again please sign up if you’d like to come along.

If you’d like to know more about attending or joining please contact Claire Turner on 07999 696131 or email


Join the Balsall Business Club

The Balsall Business Club is growing month by month.  There are new recruits at each meeting, and business is starting to flow between members.


If your business covers Balsall Common why not join them?  They meet on the third Friday of every month, and for £5 you get the chance to network with other local businesses and some breakfast.  The next meeting is on Friday 20 February, to reserve your place, please book via Eventbrite. All you need to bring are some business cards.
Balsall Business Club
Balsall Business Club



Everyone gets one minute to speak about their business, and each month there is a guest speaker who gets a longer slot. Caroline Spelman is booked in as a future speaker.


Thanks to Richard Julian of Future Colour, the group now has a professional looking logo and leaflets.


The club also has a LinkedIn group. Join at:


To find out more email or call Claire Turner from Wow! Signal Communications on 07999 696131.

Balsall Common mortgage adviser is one of the best in the business

Sandy Ameer-Beg of Balsall Common based Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy has been named as Best Sole Trader at the Equity Release Awards for the second year in a row. This is a national award with winners selected via an industry-based nominations process.
Sandy Ameer-Beg - Winner - Equity Release Awards 2014
Sandy Ameer-Beg – Winner – Equity Release Awards 2014
The award follows hot on the heels of Sandy being recognised in the Times newspaper thanks to positive reviews from clients on


Sandy explained “My priority is meeting the individual needs of my customers, and it is great to be recognised for this. Making the right financial decisions can have life-long benefits. Getting it wrong can have serious consequences. It is difficult to know who to trust with your money and that is why independent reviews are so important.”


Reviews like this one from Jayne:
“Sandy has provided me with mortgage advice on several occasions and has always been professional, transparent and efficient. Her advice has been invaluable especially in relation to mortgage protection. After being diagnosed with cancer I was given support at a difficult time and Sandy’s advice paid off and enabled me to have a secure financial future when I needed it.”


Sandy achieved Top Rated status as a result of having over 15 positive client reviews on, the independent website which helps people to find a trusted Mortgage Adviser, Independent Financial Adviser or Solicitor. is free and easy to use. Visitors search for advisers based on location and services provided. Advisers are then listed based on client reviews giving those seeking advice confidence the adviser can be trusted.


Sandy and Acclaimed Mortgage Consultancy are keen supporters of events in the village including the school summer fair. She helped with a pancake charity event in February with funds going to a local charity, raises funds for the Brain Tumour charity and is official sponsor of Solihull Indoor Bowls Club.

Balsall Business Club

Are you in business in Balsall Common? Does your business serve Balsall Common? Do you want to meet other local businesses to share ideas, make contacts, and find out more about opportunities in the area?

If you do, please join a group of local people for monthly informal networking meetings at the British Legion Club, on Station Road, Balsall Common. No need to bring anything other than your business cards

Our next meeting is Friday 21 November 7.30am – 9am.  The cost is £5.00. Please book in advance, so we know how much breakfast to order, on Eventbrite, then pay on the day.  If you can’t make the meeting but want to keep up to date please join our LinkedIn group

December’s meet up will be a Christmas lunch.

For more information contact Claire Turner 07999 696131 or Jill Bowman
or 07931 959533

Holly Tree Transport and Storage Ltd – Holly Tree Transport Berkswell

Meet Holly Tree Transport Berkswell, one of the UK’s leading same day commercial courier specialists!


We provide same day commercial courier and transport services UK-wide, specialising in urgent and premium-standard services for many industries, including transportation logisitics for the exhibitions industry, freight-forwarding and print industries. Our premium work includes deliveries to prestige and high-security venues such as Buckingham Palace.



  • Urgent deliveries
  • Collect hold and deliver (including secure storage)
  • Everything from one-off deliveries to long-term contracts
  • Deliveries to prestigious and high-security sites



What you get:

  • Industry-beating service and standards
  • 24 hour tracking
  • Uniformed assessed drivers
  • Fully vetted security clearance
  • Unrivalled reputation
  • No call centres plus your own account manager
  • UK-wide coverage including collect and deliver anywhere London



When are we available?

  • 24 hours-a-day 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year



Lavender Hall Farm
Lavender Hall Lane


Tel: 02476 950 213
Mob: 07855 036 275






Holly Tree’s Managing Director – Paul Farrugia

Managing Director Paul Farrugia


Former Heart of England School pupil Paul Farrugia launched Holly Tree Transport with other ex-pupils in 2010 and the business has gone from strength to strength, year on year. Pauls’ team aims to provide world-beating service, with personal service and no call centres.


Paul and the team at Holly Tree Transport are always happy to discuss your transporation and logisitcs requirements.





Holly Tree Transport Berkswell – Community credentials:


Holly Tree Transport supported the 2014 Balsall Common Festival with services and also sponsors Balsall Hornets FC Under 11s, Cup Finalists 2014/15 season.


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Holly Tree Transport Berkswell





Holly Tree Transport & Storage Ltd