Past Events

Effective Time Management for Business Owners

Thursday, 25 October 2012 08:30

We welcome back Damiane Culhane of Perceptions Coaching for the next in his series of interactive sessions.

Nearly all business owners are pressed for time at some point. It's only natural, as there are a lot of different elements that make up a successful business. This practical session will enable you to identify how to prioritise your tasks and utilise best practice to help you be more efficient. You will also know how to delegate effectively and who to delegate to!!


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 11 October 2012 08:30

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.

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.


Handelsbanken in the Hot Seat

Thursday, 27 September 2012 21:05

At our first meeting back after the August break we are having a different style of presentation. Mark Alefounder will be putting himself in the Hot Seat to take questions about Handelsbanken.

You will have an opportunity to 'ask the expert' - perhaps to set out general grievances about the way the banking system works and ask for any defence that can be offered.  Perhaps there are reasons why things are as they are and customers just need to understand better. Perhaps Handelsbanken does things differently. However the logic is explained, the aim is for this to be provocative and high-spirited.


New Members Presentation

Thursday, 13 September 2012 09:16

These presentations give our newer members an opportunity to tell us more about themselves and their business. This session sees an audience with Jonathan Davies of Ingeni Services Ltd.

Jonathan will be talking to us about how he grew his business by looking at how they attracted new clients and the whole ethos of "if you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got".


Business Cafe's Annual Event At The Colchester Cricket Festival

Thursday, 09 August 2012 18:00

For the past few 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


Deterring nuisance birds!

Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:00

Justin Rowley, Area manager for NBC Bird and Pest Solutions, will be giving us a short talk about the use of falconry to deter pest birds. As the UK’s leading provider of bird control services NBC removes the risk of damage, loss of business, disease and maintenance costs that nuisance birds bring.

Experts in pest control and pest prevention, NBC has been in operation for the last 18 years and was initially called ‘Native Bird Control’ being one of the first companies to use Birds of prey as a method of controlling nuisance birds. The company undertook extensive trials with the Central Science service to establish the effectiveness of using birds of prey. It is a highly effective method if carried out correctly.

They are also wildlife management experts and weed management specialists for invasive weeds such as knotweed and ragwort.

“We are a highly ethical company and fully support the Campaign for responsible rodenticide and ensure that our ethical approaches to the environment are taken and the care of the wildlife is put first, whilst still protecting organisations from interruption and the implications surrounding a pest infestation.

We have contracts with the large waste companies such as Biffa, Sita, Veolia etc and use the birds on landfills. We also do work for farms, warehouses, residential streets etc.”

Justin will be providing a flying demonstration outside if the site conditions are suitable.


An away trip to Firstsite

Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:00

We will be holding our breakfast meeting at First Site - Colchesters contemporary visual arts gallery. Breakfast will be in the restaurant followed by a tour around the gallery



Body Language - hints & tips for business owners

Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:59

Damiane Culhane from Perceptions Coaching is back with us for a dynamic session on body language.

Understanding non-verbal communication is essential in business & many organisations recognise the importance of this valuable skill for sales people, managers & directors. Recent findings & research suggest that body language accounts for between 60% - 80% of the impact made in business meetings, recruitment, board meetings & negotiations.

This advanced interactive & informative training workshop de-mystifies this vital management skill, explaining & demonstrating the following areas:

  • How to understand other peoples non-verbal signals
  • How to deal with handshakes & make the right first impression
  • Eye signals & the meaning of eye patterns (linked to Neuro-Linguistic Programming)
  • Useful observations to be aware of & identify common gestures
  • Know when a decision making gesture or barrier is being used

Students from Colchester Institute

Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:58

Our presentation today will be given by Stephen Beresky from the Career Academy at Colchester Institute. The Career Academy aims to bridge the gap between what school leavers offer businesses and what businesses need from school leavers. He’ll be joined by some of the students who will explain how they are benefitting from the programme.

The Business Café has previously engaged with young entrepreneurs at Essex University, and this session will provide members and their guests with a wider understanding of the role that business can play in helping the next generation make the best possible start to their careers, while adding greater value to the business world they are entering.


New Members Presentation

Thursday, 24 May 2012 09:54

These presentations give our newer members an opportunity to tell us more about themselves and their business. This session sees an audience with Keith Lidgate, Client Finance Director at FD Solutions.



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