Past Events

Christmas Bash at Le Talbooth (MEMBERS ONLY)

Friday, 19 December 2014 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.


New Members Session

Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest member, Kevin Nolan from Bespoke Garden Creations will be giving us an insight into his business and a bit of background about themselves.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 06 November 2014 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.


Going Deeper... Our Ideal Clients

Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00

Following hot on the heels of our 'New Members Session' at the last meeting, this time we are going to spend a bit more time going deeper into some of our existing members' businesses and finding out the profile of their ideal clients and in doing so learning more about their businesses.

We started this process earlier in the year and several of our members had the opportunity to tell us about the types of contacts/introductions that they would like to receive to help move their businesses forwards.  It is going to be the chance for a few more people present at the meeting to do the same.

Please put your thinking hats on so we can find out what each of you require – it can be as specific (focussing on the short term) or general as you wish.  Think about the characteristics of your ideal client and share these with us, although don’t just resort to ‘someone who is happy to spend lots of money with you’!


The Army Reserve

Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00

This week we will hear from Tex Bennett who has had a long term involvement in the Army Reserve (formerly known as the Territorial Army or 'TA'). The Army is committed to growing and integrating the Reserve Forces into its order of battle.

This talk will describe the changes, what is happening and why employing a reservist is a good thing for your business. Learn how you can contribute to the defence of the Nation.


Neuroplasticity – what are your clients thinking about?

Thursday, 09 October 2014 00:00

When your clients are making decisions to buy your products or services, what are they thinking about?  When you are pitching, selling or presenting, what are you thinking about? 

Discovering useful insights into how to practice brain aerobics and strategies to ensure you are in control of your mindset are essential for anyone involved in customer relationships. 

During this fun and vibrant presentation by Damian Culhane from Perceptions Coaching you will witness neuroplasticity in action – with a lively demonstration. Be prepared to join in…!!


Steve Clarke - Sales Mentor, Author And Inspirational Business Speaker

Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00

Join us this week when Steve Clarke from Eureka Sales Solutions will be delivering what is guaranteed to be an inspirational session.  Steve is one of the country's leading experts on grassroots sales and marketing strategies. Not a theorist or a guru, but a doer.

Steve has taken his own businesses from start up to stock market flotation. He grew his last business to £30m in annual sales in just 8 years, sold out and retired at 45. He walks his talk. Everything he shares is from practical first hand experience – not hollow theory.

He has been privileged to speak to audiences all across Europe, the USA, the Middle East, South Africa, India and Australia – one common question crosses every geographical and cultural boundary... “How can we generate more leads, increase sales and profits…?”

That’s precisely where he can help you. It’s what makes his subject matter relevant, Steve makes it interesting, memorable and actionable.

He shares performance enhancing ideas, helping people around the world put their sales performance on legal steroids and often (this part proves very popular) with less blood sweat and tears.


More info about Steve and what he does can be found at


What Is “intellectual Property” And Why Is It Important?

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

During this Business Cafe meeting Matthew Atkins, a partner at Birketts LLP, is going to provide a general introduction to intellectual property and specifically talk about brand protection.

This session has been requested by Business Cafe members as it is felt that intellectual property (or "IP") is an increasingly important area for business owners to understand and yet very little is generally known by us about the topic.  We also suspect that what we do know may actually fall into the category of 'a little knowledge can be dangerous' if misapplied to our businesses.


Is Your Brand Dead?

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

Business Leaders, Giuseppe D’Anna, Damian Culhane and Hayley Roy provide a thought-provoking insight into the importance of Branding and what it really means to your business.

They examine the issues from three key perspectives:

  1. Why do you need a brand, anyway?
  2. How do your Staff, Customers and opinion formers actually relate to it?
  3. How can your brand enhance the customer experience on your premises or online?

This is an essential session to attend for any business leader.


"Blossom & Berry; from Colchester cottage industry to charity work in Africa, and beyond!”

Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00

This week we are delighted to welcome International Lecturer & Expert on Baby Massage & Yoga, Gayle Berry, who will be talking about her unusual transition from solicitor to baby massage instructor and how over the last ten years this has taken her on a journey from local practitioner to teaching massage and baby massage to mothers around the globe.

Gayle has worked with a number of organisations such as Pampers, Nurofen for Children, Colief and New World Music to create resources and provide information on baby massage and yoga.  Her expert knowledge led to her publishing her book “Baby Massage-Expert Know-how at your fingertips” which has sold copies across the world.


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