Past Events

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.


Business Cafe's Annual Event At The Colchester Cricket Festival

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:00

In recent years we have held an annual event at the Colchester Cricket Festival which is when Essex County Cricket Club play in Colchester. The objective is to have a pleasant environment where members can bring along guests, or just come on their own, to watch cricket, network and generally have a pleasant day out.

(Please note that this is open to members and invited guests only)


Auto Enrolment - What Does This Latest Buzzword Mean To Us?

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Auto enrolment is the new legislation which mean all employers must set up and pay into a pension scheme for your employees.

Dan Woodruff from Woodruff Financial Planning is going to lead this session so we can learn how this affects each of us as business owners, and what we need to do to get this problem off our desks.


Making the most of your income and wealth – mitigating the tax charges arising

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Join us at the Business Cafe this week where Graham Doubtfire from Scrutton Bland will take you through some of the changes you can make to your business structure and give you simple, practical steps you can take to mitigate the tax charges arising on your families wealth and income in order to be able to maximise the return from your business and enjoy what matters most to you.


New Members Session

Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest member, Jacqui Robinson from Jacqui Robinson Education will be giving us an insight into her business and a bit of background about herself.


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