The speaker wanted less choice, particularly in supermarkets. With an array of different brands for the same type of product she found it confusing rather than helping her to make the best choice. In restaurants also, she preferred a simpler menu rather than one with a long list of different dishes. She applauded the Bath Farmers' Market.
There was a lively discussion but on a vote the majority favoured plenty of choice.
Robert Gillan, Consultant & Vanessa Williams, Western Training Providers, on 31 May 2002
Mr Gillan's present work involves the professional training of managers in the UK and Europe. His varied career began in the Army, including being a cadet at Sandhurst, followed by working in the world of the Arts.
Lara Marsh, World Development Movement, on 28 March 2002
A draft agreement has been prepared by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and is supported by many multi-national corporations. The UK, through the EU, is a signatory. The first regulation may come into force for some areas by the end of 2002.
The World Development Movement are opposed to the whole concept in its present form and consider it should be significantly re-drafted.
People are frequently surprised at the magnitude of the sums awarded for damages in court cases. These are most often very large where compensation is being claimed for defamation or personal injury. Mr Isherwood set out to explain how they came to be assessed. He is particularly involved with personal injury cases.
Lawrence Warner, The Personality Assessment Consultancy, on 31 January 2002
Success for individuals and organisations depends upon different traits, one being personality. How can this be assessed during interviews for employment and utilised when team building and managing people.
In his professional work Lawrence Warner uses the analysis of handwriting as one important tool.
Richard Smith, Head of Public Relations, South & West Regions, The Post Office, on 31 May 2001
The speaker summarised the many changes made in his organisation this year:
1. The Post Office is now legally CONSIGNIA plc, with one shareholder the Government.
2. The organisation now works under licence from the Regulator, Mr Graham Corbett, (Postcomm), who has a brief to report on how far the service should be liberalised. He will, in time, be able to issue a licence to others, working outside the monopoly area.
Professor Andrew Tettenborn, Law Dept., University of Exeter, on 22 February 2001
With a General Election expected within a few weeks, the speaker, who is a prospective parliamentary candidate for the UK Independence Party in Bath, noted that the subject of support for `the family' had been the theme of numerous speeches and press articles. How tax changes could help parents and children was at the centre of political argument, linked with the changes that had occurred in attitudes towards conventional marriage over the course of a generation.
Sue Whitbread, Stockbroker, Chartwell Asset Management Ltd, Bath, on 22 March 2001
The Budget had been presented on 7 March and, as on so many occasions, opinions on it had changed somewhat after a period of reflection; a newspaper headline : `City grows less convinced by Brown's cry of prudence' providing a typical reaction.
Although only two weeks had elapsed, other major events, such as the foot-and-mouth epidemic in England and the rapid market decline in the USA, were now of more concern to investors.
John Baker, Commercial Manager, Bath Race Course, on 29 November 2001.
John Baker's hobby has been racing ever since he won a bet on Red Rum at the age of five. After University, he worked for Wetherby's and Raceform before working on various race courses and coming to Bath when it was taken over last October by Northern Racing Ltd.
Gail Coleshill, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Wansdyke, on 29 October 2000
The speaker was a former Chairman of South Somerset District Council and had worked actively with Paddy Ashdown in his Yeovil constituency.
Two days before the meeting the `Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill' had been introduced into the House of Lords. Under this bill overseas donations to political parties would be banned.
Ian White, former MEP for Bristol, on 24 February 2000
Mr White reflected on his experience within the EU on the Schenigen Agreement, allowing free movement across internal borders, except for Ireland and the UK. He supported the principle but had found that it was subject to Government agreements rather than European law.
The speaker runs courses and gives guidance to individuals and commercial firms on intuition. Her role is "to give clients the opportunity to get in touch with and trust their intuition and to use it practically in their personal lives."
Lucy Marcus, Managing Director, Marcus Venture Consulting Ltd, on 27 April 2000
This company, founded by Lucy Marcus, brings together entrepreneurs and those with finance, to establish enterprises, mostly in the information technology (IT) and computer fields. She works in the UK, the USA, many European countries, Israel and Brazil. In opening her talk she discussed the different styles adopted in the various countries regarding risk taking and the drive to establish a new business. She saw the attitude of nationals of the different countries getting closer to that of the USA.
If an inventor wishes to benefit from his invention, he should apply for a patent at the UK Patent Office and, probably, also at the European Patent Office. It may also be necessary to apply in individual countries, especially the USA, depending on where his invention is likely to be sold or used. A UK patent does not protect his invention from being copied in another country.
It is essential that no information about the invention is disclosed to a third party before the
Ashley Fox, Solicitor, and Brain Jones, Mediator with Out of Court Ltd, Bath, on 28 September 2000
The background to this discussion was the 1999 Access to Justice Act, a recent MORI poll that found 49% dissatisfied with the courts, and a consultation exercise being conducted by the Lord Chancellor on financial conditions for funding by the Legal Services Commission
The speaker had been a candidate for the party at the last General Election. Central to the philosophy and scientific views of party members is the practice of Transcendental Meditation. This stems from the science of Veda, written about in Sanskrit and adopted by the Greeks. Interest in it has been sustained from the 1960s onwards by Maharishi Mahese Yogi.
Introduced by Karl Jaeger, member, on 25 March 1999
The speaker is Chairman of the Bath Arts Association, which had a `drop in' centre for about
three years, some time ago. He wished to revive this concept.
He hopes to find premises that can be adapted to provide two film / conference facilities, one larger than the other, with raked seating. There would also be a cafe / restaurant / bar; rehearsal rooms and gallery space. A shop selling related objects would provide income. He hopes that such a facility would be used by BRLSI.
Introduced by Stacey Stump, Waitrose plc, Bath, on 22 July 1999
There is always interest in the way this prosperous business is run, as the owners are all those working for the Partnership.
The speaker began by outlining the origins of the business. It originated as a family firm, but eventually, John Spedan Lewis, the son of the founder, handed over his shares in two Trust settlements: the first in 1929, the second in 1950. The aim of the Trusts is to achieve `the happiness of employees'.
Introduced by Mike Devereux, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, Bristol, on 28 October 1999
As well as lecturing on the subject, the speaker takes part in planning appeals as an adviser. Currently, he is working with Caroline Jackson MEP on a six-country international structure plan covering matters like international airports, road links and regional priorities.
Introduced by Simon Hooton, Head of Policy, on 25 November 1999
On 1 April 1999, England was divided into nine Regions, each with a Development Agency. Each Agency is run by an appointed Chairman who heads an appointed Board of 13 people. They made their first report to John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, who set up the regions, in October, as required.