Past Events

Colchester Arts Centre

Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Come and join us this coming Thursday for networking at the Business Café. We have Anthony Roberts from The Colchester Arts Centre and columnist in The Colchester Gazette visiting to talk about his nigh on 30 years experience of running the venue and its future.

For further information on Colchester Arts Centre: https://www.colchesterartscentre.com/the-venue

This will be a fantastic opportunity to find out how live events are being promoted and encouraged in Colchester.

 

Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

Join us for round table networking at the Business Cafe. Attendees will have the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with other people around their table on some of the key challenges and issues facing their businesses in the coming months.

This is always a popular session and people generally leave with fresh ideas and thoughts as a result of the input from the diverse range of people who are there.

 

Invaluable Gadgets – Show & Tell

Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

This week we will be holding one of our 'Show & Tell' sessions, where we have an interactive session with the attendees of the breakfast meeting. During previous 'Show and Tell' sessions we have always come away with fresh ideas and exposure to different topics of interest to those present.

In this session we ask our members and visitors to bring along details of anything that they think may be of interest to the other attendees. This might be a tool or gadget that they've found very useful, a website or blog that they find themselves regularly returning to, or maybe a piece of software or an app that they've found indispensable.

So put your thinking caps on and come armed with details of one or two items that will inform, surprise or delight us!

 

Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 02 May 2019 00:00

Join us for round table networking at the Business Cafe. Attendees will have the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion with other people around their table on some of the key challenges and issues facing their businesses in the coming months.

This is always a popular session and people generally leave with fresh ideas and thoughts as a result of the input from the diverse range of people who are there.

 

Recycling in Colchester

Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

This week Martin Goss from Colchester Borough Council will be speaking to the group.

Martin is the Portfolio Holder for Waste, Sustainability and Transport and will be coming to talk about his year in the role and achievements made regarding recycling rates in Colchester, improvements made in cleanliness of the town and challenges regarding recycling certain materials and how it needs to be dealt with at a more macro level by industry and Government.

 

North Essex Garden Communities

Thursday, 04 April 2019 00:00

Richard Bayley is Group Managing Director of North Essex Garden Communities (NEGC) Ltd, the company formed by four local councils (Braintree, Colchester, Tendring and Essex County) to oversee and take forward the development of their proposed new garden settlement developments.

Richard previously worked on high profile developments across the South East including the Manydown development and Western Basingstoke Garden City projects in Hampshire. Previously Richard worked for BAA in a number of different senior management positions, latterly as Head of Strategic Planning at Heathrow Airport.

Richard will provide an introduction to NEGC Ltd, give an update on the work currently being undertaken and discuss how local businesses can take an active role in shaping the future developments.

 

Insights from The Bank of England

Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

A welcome return visit from Alex Golledge from the Bank of England talking about the many financial changes that have occurred since the presentation last year and the future outlook.

For those who have not heard Alex before, he runs through each sector of business and industry in the region giving up-to-date reports on recent activity and trends.

This is always a popular presentation so make sure you've got it noted in your 2019 diary.

 

Business Cafe AGM + St Helena Hospice (open to non members)

Thursday, 07 March 2019 00:00

Our AGM, to be followed by a presentation by Jo Tonkin, the Director of Care at St Helena Hospice.

 

The Gender Pay Gap

Thursday, 21 February 2019 00:00

Jolyon Berry is a director at Thompson Smith and Puxon solicitors, practising in their Top Tier employment law team. During the preparation and delivery of training to clients on Equal Opportunities, the Gender Pay Gap became a particular topic of interest.
 
During his presentation to The Business Café, he will explain what the Gender Pay Gap is, why it exists, why it is important, why there may always be a gap unless various barriers are broken down. The topic is relevant to all businesses and is bound to spark lively debate from the Café delegates.
 

Making Tax Digital

Thursday, 07 February 2019 00:00

From 1 April 2019, VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the £85,000 threshold will be required to submit their VAT returns to HMRC in a digital format, as part of the Making Tax Digital programme. To comply businesses may need to either upgrade or fundamentally change their existing accounting system.

Peter Disney from Wood & Disney will help attendees to understand what Making Tax Digital will mean for them not only in the short term but will consider what the future holds too.

 

 

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