About Us

Meet Connect Refer pretty much says it all but here are a few other things you might like to know about us.

Our purpose is to establish a quality network of contacts who we’re happy to refer work to for mutual benefit.  Most of us have known each other for some some time and  we welcome new attendees who share similar ethics.

We meet every other Friday morning from 8.30 to around 10.30 in a pub where unlimited drinks (not alcoholic!) and a great breakfast are available if that’s your thing.  This also says a lot about the group – this is on the informal side of networking so the ambiance is important.  However, we do have some rules and expectations:


Whilst we don’t insist on a referral being given, that is ultimately what we’re there for, so you need to be prepared to contribute.  We do record referrals and the revenue they generate, not to keep tabs on people, but to prove that it generates business!

Our members are a diverse lot, but we do insist on only having beneficial competition amongst members.  So, two solicitors is fine if they do different things and they and the group can manage any overlap to mutual benefit.

We expect commitment, otherwise, these things just don’t work, so we request that 5 out of 6 meetings are attended, or a colleague/substitute sent. We also expect that an effort is made outside the meetings to get to know the other members better.  Many current members stay on after the meeting to do this and some are still there at normal opening time…

There is a small membership fee, and a fee payable directly to the pub of £10, which includes the breakfast.

You’ll get, depending on numbers, anywhere between 1 & 2 minutes to introduce yourself.  We’ll often have a longer slot of up to 10 minutes from one of the regulars.

Meet the businesses and people behind them that are members of Meet Connect Refer. 

Clive Taylor
Witney Letterbox

West Oxfordshire letterbox magazine is a community magazine that provides effective marketing  solutions for all sized business .

As well as print marketing, we give multi channel marketing via social media channels such as

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

As a community based magazine we actively promote partnerships between advertisers and use our customers products and services at all times.

Our experienced team can advise on and create an exciting advert for you in the advertising price we quote.

We deliver to the following areas

  • Witney
  • Burford
  • Shilton park
  • Carterton
  • Charlbury
  • Chipping Norton
  • Eynsham
  • Woodstock

Free space is provided to charities and sports clubs .

Give us a call for a no obligation chat  to discuss the effective promotion of your business.


Or call 07492 933330 or 01993 770770

When not running a magazine, Clive can be found kayaking down a white water river, drinking Malbec or supporting West Ham United.

Cheryl Warner
Mortgage and Equity Release Adviser

I help you discuss your financial goals, eg private school fees planning and help people release money from their property. 

I also help with

  • Residential Mortgages
  • Buy to Let Mortgages
  • Lifetime Mortgages/Equity Release
  • Family protection/life cover

Since 2010 I have enjoyed helping clients fulfil their financial goals.

Outside of work, I enjoy riding my horse called Marble and learning to fly a Paramotor

Ann O'Reilly
Business Growth Coach at Results360 Ltd

We help service-based businesses make more money, have more time, be more productive, grow their teams and scale their businesses.

Our Business Growth Programmes:

  • Booster: for early stage & sluggish businesses that need more business
  • Fast-Track: for ambitious and fast-growing businesses that want to make more money and have more free time.
  • High Growth: – for established businesses that are looking to expand, franchise or sell.

We are a business coaching & training company with a strong financial, operational, team, sales & marketing background. Headed up by Anne and supported by a team of expert Associates.

Favourite Places: anywhere by the sea.

Preferences: heels not flats/bubbles not beer/books not box sets/swim not jog/R&B not Rap!

Rich Wickson
Managing Director, Print Ready

We get your brand seen and can help with

  • Design
  • Print
  • Signs
  • Exhibition Graphics
  • Branded Workwear
  • Vehicle Wraps
  • Building Signage

We take your brand and get it out there.

From logo’d workwear and vehicles, through sign manufacture and install, to premium business cards and brochures -  we make your brand work harder!

 And all from one of the greenest, most eco-friendly companies around.

Outside work I love classic cars, retro watches and watching football. And my two boys of course.

Tom Smith
Financial Advisor

I am a Pension and Investment Specialist, providing

  • New pensions & Investments
  • Existing Pension & Investment reviews
  • Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Corporate Financial Advice
  • Life Assurance
  • Income Protection

We build long term plans to assist clients with longer term financial goals such as an enjoyable retirement or investment planning to help larger financial commitments or to pass funds on to the next generation in a tax efficient manner, we then meet 6 monthly to review these plans.

Outside work I am a keen cook and sports person, playing football and cricket for local teams as well as running several half marathons


Stephen Ludbrook
Bowen Wellness Therapist

I currently offer Bowen Therapy in clinics in   Witney and  Charlbury, as well as offering  home visits where applicable

For Past 14 years have been offering Bowen Therapy to clients to address long term conditions by reducing pain and increase mobility.

I offer a gentle ‘hands-on’  pain and stress reducing technique that encourages the bodies own healing ability.

No forceful moves are made and being so gentle the technique is suitable for people of all ages.

My website (below) lists conditions that Bowen Therapy has been used to address.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing guitar, growing organic vegetables on allotment, playing badminton and walking

Iain Boyce
Eynsham Cellars

We search the globe for the very best wines, beers and spirits, then bring it all to one lovely little shop in Eynsham, helping to find you the perfect wine every time.

 We are a High Street shop with over 400 wines of the shelf (and hundreds of spirits and local ales too).

  • Knowledgeable staff to assist you
  • Drinks provision for pubs, hotels, and other venues
  • We can help create your wine list
  • Delivery service
  • Free glass hire and sale or return for events

I have a background working in 5-star hotels while a student in Sydney, and then wine merchants in both the corporate and retail sectors. In 2010 I opened an Independent High Street Wine Shop and haven’t looked back. When you do something you love it doesn’t feel like ‘a job’.

Outside work I enjoy travel, swimming, cooking, wine, entertaining, DIY-ing, watching rugby, walking the dog… and raising my kids.


Adam Carter
Private Hire Chaffeur

I provide a reliable, door-to-door, personalised range of chauffeur services in Oxfordshire, the Cotswolds and the South East and can help with

  • Chauffeur Services
  • Airport Transfers
  • Corporate Travel
  • Executive Travel
  • Business Travel
  • Private Tours
  • Event Travel
  • Cotswold Tours

I run my own company, undertaking airport & seaport transfers, Cotswold tours and personalised chauffeur services and previously spent 35 years in the cooperate world. Senior EMEA Learning Partner Channel Manager & Consultant in the Education, Training, IT and healthcare sectors, skilled in sourcing and developing learning partners globally.

Outside of work, I play golf and use the gym at Witney Lakes, follow tennis and football and enjoy live music, travel, cooking, theatre & cinema.

For all enquiries:

Call: 07920 135157

Email: info@adamcarterchauffeurservices.co.uk

Visit: www.adamcarterchauffeurservices.co.uk

Debbie Marshall-Thomas
Account Manager for Ads Creative Solutions

We are a creative advertising, design and marketing agency with over thirty years’ experience of helping clients tell their story and shine brightly.

We can help you with

  • Graphic design
  • Web design
  • Digital marketing
  • Video & photography
  • Marketing campaigns
  • Events

I work on the day to day running of client accounts, assisting with marketing strategy and the implementation of online and offline campaigns.

I will immerse myself into my client’s business to fully understand the requirements.

Outside of work, I enjoy running and staying active. In the past, I have run in the London Marathon and only recently partaken in an Ultra Marathon.

James Jones
Insurance Broker

A-Plan Insurance is an independent high-street broker providing a complete range of competitive insurance products to consumers and small businesses. A-Plan prides itself on the highly personal service and advice it offers its clients, which is the foundation upon which A-Plan’s success has been built.

We provide commercial, public liability and fleet insurance.

Neil Sleight
Director and AT trainer

I provide training and support in the use of voice recognition software, helping people who

  • find writing difficult, perhaps due to dyslexia
  • find writing painful, perhaps due to arthritis or RSI
  • find writing takes too long, so I help them write three times faster

Using this software it is perfectly possible to write 1000 words in 10 minutes and my training will get you quickly and confidently getting the most from this amazing software.

Outside work I enjoy listening to music and playing the guitar. I'm constantly adding to my music collection and often use an example at business networking events to illustrate what I do. I also enjoy cooking, a bit of very slow running and working on our allotment.

As well as training in person, I also have an online course and book available! The book is, as far as I know, the only Dragon training textbook written to the style guidelines suggested by the British Dyslexia Association in 2018.
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Chris Morris
Director, NGI Finance

We are a whole of market business finance brokerage. Established for 13 years. The directors of the business have 50 years + combined experience.

We are a whole of market business finance brokerage. Established for 13 years. The directors of the business have 50 years + combined experience.

I have 25 years’ experience in finance for businesses; prior to NGI I was a director for Lloyds Asset Finance. We work with all types of business across all sectors.

If your bank can't help, NGI can!!

Samantha Daniels
Director, Shaw Gibbs

I look after a portfolio of owner managed businesses looking after their accountancy, taxation and general financial needs covering accountancy, audit, corporate and personal tax, VAT, payroll, insolvency and corporate finance.

I was originally a  director with the Oxford based firm, Pearson Buchholz, looking after accounting and financial needs of small owner managed businesses.  In 2019 Pearson Buchholz merged with Shaw Gibbs, a well respected Oxford firm with other offices in London.  I continue to look after both small owner managed businesses and charities.

In my spare time I enjoy a good film at the cinema or an evening socialising with friends especially over a glass of something white and suitably chilled.


Stevyn Jackson
Solicitor at Mercers

I advise and represent clients on disputes that arise over motoring, employment and property litigation matters.

These include:

  • Motoring law

  • Employment law (acting for employees and employers)

  • Dispute resolution

I am an experienced solicitor with a following of existing clients that includes other solicitors. I represent clients at Court and before the Employment Tribunal. No case is too big or too small for me whether it is a multi-million pound case in London or a dispute over the size and width of a garden hedge.

My favourite place is Crete as I can see aspects of the Minotaur in myself and like to visit the labyrinth at Knossos to follow in his large footsteps.

I am a keen cricketer and gym user, a long suffering Newcastle United fan and collect coins and other memorabilia for relaxation time.

Brendan Kay
Managing Director at Parkers

Brendan is the West Oxfordshire property expert. Specialising in understanding all aspects of the local market & lettings legislation to deliver the very best possible local advice & service.

Parkers provide:

  • residential property sales
  • residential lettings
  • property management
  • residential property advice

Outside work I organise the Witney beer festival, am a lapsed cyclist and generally herd three small, feral children!

Ryan Cowan
Ryan Cowan Photography - Photographer - Visual Creative

I am a Commercial and Personal Branding Photographer providing:

  • Corporate Event Photography
  • Business & Personal Branding Imagery
  • Business Portrait Photography
  • Aerial photography
  • Architecture Photography
  • Actor Headshots
  • Press & PR Photography.

I help businesses to create a strong first impression with professional images that entice potential clients. 

However un-photogenic you may think you are, we will work together to capture natural, authentic expressions so that your clients can begin to bond with you the moment they see your images.

Outside work I am a keen traveller and love the ocean. I enjoyed 10 years working as a Scuba Instructor diving amongst Bull Sharks, Hump-backed Whales, jellyfish, turtles, etc around the world. 

My favourite sports are Rugby, surfing and MMA.

Ian Walton
Owner - Bee Bizzi Ltd

At Bee Bizzi I provide:

  • Website Design & Development

  • Mobile Apps

  • Website hosting & Email hosting

  • Web and App Management

I’ve been building websites and doing design work for 12 years. Previously I’ve worked in the Butchery trade, High Street and fields sales. I’ve also worked on sites as a carpenter.

Outside work I spend most of my free time out on my bike cycling around the Cotswolds or the Spanish mountains.

Julie Moxon
Personal/Virtual Assistant at Pink Spaghetti

The portfolio of services available include e-mail and diary management, general administration, assistance with social media, research, improving processes, through to full event organisation and management.  Offering a highly organised, efficient and friendly service to help you free up your time to continue to focus and develop your core business.

Previously I have worked in various administration roles for over 30 years and as a PA to Managing Directors and Senior Executives for 11 years within leisure, power rental and washrooms/waste industries.

In my spare time I enjoy sewing and all things fabric, shopping and socialising with friends and family. No children but two fabulous rescue cats. There is no place I would rather be than with my husband, lager and lime in hand, in the pub garden (which is on the mouth of the harbour) of the Still & West in Portsmouth – my home town. That and anywhere in Cornwall.

Please contact me for a free, no obligation chat to see how I can help

Work Together

With a common aim to improve our businesses and help each other MCR work together to help each other to be the best we can.

By recommending, improving, and referring MCR have a great team spirit within the group if you feel you can add to this then come and join us.

Our Partners Businesses

We're helping business grow stronger every day.

Using our networking group has helped us all to improve and how we think about the way we structure our businesses.