We have been back two weeks now and sitting on that terrace in 30C seems like a very distant memory:
Remarkable that one week we are having to use a buggy to play golf because it’s so hot, and the next week I’m looking for the hand warmers and waterproofs because Britain in August is experiencing Arctic conditions. Should curb the rioters a little though, and the rain ought to put out a few of those fires…
Just back from holiday. We had a fabulous time in Spain. Mucho golf, rosado and sunshine. Really didn’t want to get on that plane home, in fact I’m wondering whether or not we need to move PMB HQ to sunnier climes! Viva Espana.
The blog is back with a vengeance now. Lots of news and changes afoot. Watch this space.
Trip to UGANDA, the Pearl of Africa, was very good. The Grey Crowned Crane at the centre of its flag was chosen for its gentle nature, a perfect choice reflecting the kind and welcoming people everywhere we went. It was great to see all old friends and business associates. Business seems as solid there as ever, with a steady growth predicted..
We say hello to our new customer in Zambia and hope to visit them soon. Their flag features an eagle, representing the people’s ability to rise above the nation’s problems.
I’m thinking what bird might be suitable for the flag of Eli?
No, not a Great Tit….!
The trip to Jakarta was a amzing, the factory visit was superb. Seeing the only complete smart card manufacturer operating like a European outfit in Indonesia..very slick, and wonderful hospitality as ever from our suppliers there.
New opportunities have arisen with various mobile operators and we are hopeful to get in to a couple of big groups this year…watch this space and keep your eyes peeled for important news.
So far this year we have placed over 15 million sim cards and are in line to double our last year sales..lekker!!
I used to go to the Circus to see the fat tattooed lady, now they’re everywhere…
Just back from Indonesia, things are going really well there. Missed my flight on the way home, the traffic is TERRIBLE, but below is the man who can sort it, next time, I’ll mention it!
This is a picture of yours truly with my favourite supliers and The Minister of Environment: Gusti Muhammad Hatta:
BARCELONA was brilliant – and I’ve got the blisters to prove it.
The Mobile World Congress was host to 1300 companies – I tried very hard to get round to all of them, to spread the PMB Word, but probably only managed a fraction of that!
The mobile ecosystem is in the midst of an unprecedented wave of transformation. As business models adapt, new verticals and players emerge. Technology evolves, perceptions shift, and lives are improved. We are constantly looking at opportunities to expand and strengthen our business, and we certainly weren’t disappointed this year.
A big hello and welcome to our new partners in Pakistan and South Africa. We’re hoping to be out there visiting you in the next couple of months.
A big thank you to Kate Hamilton from Myriad, for her fabulous organisation…
Off to Uganda this week:
I’ll be spending time with one of our favourite clients – he even named his son after me, and you can’t say fairer than that!
Everybody should pay their taxes with a smile, said Eli. “I tried it but they wanted cash”.
Life at PMB has been very hectic these last few weeks. It’s hard work, we are constantly on the go, but there’s a real buzz about the place. Yesterday, if you believe the papers in this country, was supposed to be the happiest day of the year! First pay cheque, and the day most people book their summer holiday! I don’t have time for holidays – not sure the Marketing Director would agree with that, she thinks my life is just one long holiday…
I have just returned from Indonesia. Another extremely fruitful visit for PMB. It was a bit of a whirlwind, I’m still recovering, but well worth it. We secured the sim supply to one of Indonesia’s biggest operators. Fantastic start for us.
The social networking solution from Myriad: Xumii, is being sold into Indonesia. We are just waiting for contracts to be signed. Let’s hope this is the start of a great partnership. The highlight of the trip must have been the police escort to the airport en route to Bali! I’ve never experienced anything like it, we were stuck in traffic, and the powers that be organised some motorbike outriders!
I felt like I was in the movies – no, not those sort of movies!
Off to MWC in Barcelona in a couple of weeks, hoping to land another big one then. Following Spain it’s Kenya and Uganda late February. Keep on keeping on!
Just thought I would say hello to all our clients and friends in Egypt. Can’t imagine how difficult life must be for you at the moment.