Past Events


Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

There will be no meetings during August.


Business Cafe's Annual Event At The Colchester Cricket Festival

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 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)



Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

There will be no meetings during August.



Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

There will be no meetings during August.


Employee disputes and Employment Tribunals

Thursday, 18 July 2013 08:30

Quentin Colborn of QC People Management, is an experienced HR consultant who advises companies in handling difficult employee situations such as dismissals, disciplinaries and grievances. In this session Quentin will give us an insight into some of the cases he has been involved in and the lessons we can learn to stop issues arising in the first place. Quentin also sits as a member of the Employment Tribunals and he will give us his insight as to what goes on in Tribunals and how they operate.


Business Bank (Colchester Community Voluntary Services)

Thursday, 04 July 2013 08:30

Business Bank is part of Colchester Community Voluntary Services and seeks to link the needs of local Voluntary organisations with Businesses who have resources that can and want to help. 

At times of austerity, understandably most businesses do not have money to donate to the voluntary sector, however they can still help by providing skills or knowledge that can often be more valuable than just money by helping teach or provide knowledge from existing resources at no extra cost.

This can be in the form of giving advice and guidance relating to their area of expertise, offering services to an organisation that cannot afford to purchase them, donating equipment which is redundant or surplus to requirement, or perhaps mentoring the leaders of Voluntary organisation that may not have certain skills.

Through discussion the Business Bank will understand what your business can offer and then match this against the known needs of local voluntary groups.

It is a way of helping your community without incurring additional cost, and can also provide development opportunities for junior members of staff.

If you are interested join us at the Business Cafe on July 4th where Stephen Beresky will be telling us more about the organisation and their activities or contact:

CCVS Business Bank
Winsleys House, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1UG
Telephone 01206 505250
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What can you build without the need for planning permission?

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Did you know you can build a 2 storey extension, the full width to the rear of your house, the without the need for planning permission, you can also build a shed half the size of your garden?

However if you have recently built a conservatory more than 4.00 (13’-0”) deep beyond the original house, a deck/patio more than 300mm (1’-0”) above the existing garden or a driveway constructed from non-porous materials such as tarmac or block paviors, and you did not apply for planning permission ... come and listen to what I have to say.

Bob Tyrrell from Development Design Consultants will tell us about the latest state of play concerning the area of planning permission known as permitted development.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 06 June 2013 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.


The Art of Persuasion

Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00

Damian Culhane from Perceptions Coaching has trained and studied extensively on the softer skills of influencing and persuasion in order to achieve your goals.  He will be running a session with the objective of helping us improve these skills within our day to day business (and personal lives).


Successful Sales Techniques!

Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:24

Hayley Roy, Managing Director at is passionate about her business and also about selling and will be sharing some of the lessons she has learnt in building both her and her teams sales skills.

This will be an interactive presentation to get your mind going about how you present yourself and how to gently influence your customer to think you are the best thing since sliced bread.


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