Past Events

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.



Marketing in Print

Thursday, 24 January 2019 00:00

Steve Sleigh from Mail Boxes Etc. said:

"I was told in the mid 80's that print is dying and will be dead in 10 years, I was also told that offices will be paperless, I was also told that if I buy a lottery ticket I will be rich.....none has come to pass".

"Print can be a very important part of your "marketing mix"... now that is true ... (I would say that, I am a printer), but used in a targeted way it can bring results in an economic way, printing has changed over the last 30 years or more and this can be reflected in how you can use it."

Tied in with the recent presentation from Esther from eyespeak about branding, ... use your brand in print (as well as electronic methods), Steve, who has been in the printing industry since 1973, can explain some do's and don'ts of marketing in print.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 10 January 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.


Christmas Bash at Le Talbooth (MEMBERS ONLY)

Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

It's party time again!

Members will be letting their hair down (where possible!) and celebrating a year of successful networking and profitable relationships.


Cyber Security

Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

'Cyber Security' sounds like a clandestine section of the CIA but it is in fact a topic that affects every one of us that holds data on our customers, employees and other stakeholders.

Not only do we need to protect our data from a purely commercial point of view but also to stay within the data protection laws, particularly with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations that came into force in May.

It is therefore quite timely that we will be hearing from Alasdair Hodgkins from Sarala Computers on the things that we can and need to do to protect our systems and the data they contain.

So come along and discover the guidelines that you need to follow that will help you to ensure that you are doing everything needed to keep your information safe.


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