Past Events

Business Cafe AGM (open To Non Members)

Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:00

Our annual AGM.

Following the formalities of our (brief) AGM, Anna Trudgian, the Service User Director of Open Road will be joining us this week to tell us what they do as a charity. Open Road's mission is to empower individuals, families and communities in their journey of recovery from the harmful effects of drugs, alcohol and other addictions. Open Road is a leading provider of drug and alcohol services in the East of England, celebrating over 25 years of delivering high quality services to enable individuals and families to recover from the harmful impact of drugs and alcohol.

Through their treatment systems, they have ventured into exciting new business areas with criminal justice work, Young People and Appropriate Adult services, developed through accredited training programmes and forging strong strategic partnerships.

The needs of the people who use their services are becoming more complex for a multitude of reasons. Therefore, Open Roads services must meet these increasing demands while ensuring that they maximise their resources through innovation and capability.

 

Veteran Members Session

Thursday, 09 March 2017 00:00

We have a number of members who have been stalwarts at the Business Cafe for many years. Our newer members get a opportunity to tell us about their businesses not long after they join but we also return to our existing members from time to time to either discover their stories for the first time (for the newer members), or revisit their stories if you were around when they initially joined the Business Cafe.

This week we will be giving two of these grizzled veterans, namely Neil Beech from Building Link Ltd and Steve Sleigh from Mail Boxes Etc., the chance to give us a greater insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.

Come along next Thursday and hear a couple of 'How I got to where I am now' stories. You never know what you might learn!

 

Insights from The Bank of England

Thursday, 23 February 2017 00:00

A welcome annual 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 frighteningly accurate and up-to-date reports on recent activity and trends.

With so many game changing events happening in 2016, this will be a real insight into the knock-on effects that are being forecast for the coming year.

This is always a popular presentation so make sure you've got it noted in your 2017 diary.

 

 

'Show & Tell'

Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00

This week we will be holding one of our 'Show & Tell' sessions, where we have an interactive session with the attendees of the breakfast meeting.
During previous 'Show and Tell' sessions we have always come away with fresh ideas and exposure to different topics of interest to those present.

In this session we ask our members and visitors to bring along details of anything that they think may be of interest to the other attendees. This might be a tool or gadget that they've found very useful, a website or blog that they find themselves regularly returning to, or maybe a piece of software or an app that they've found indispensable.

So put your thinking caps on and come armed with details of one or two items that will inform, surprise or delight us!

 

New Members Session

Thursday, 26 January 2017 00:00

At this week's meeting our new member, Martin Tapper from Tapper Financial Services will be giving us an insight into his business and a bit of background about himself.

 

Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 12 January 2017 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 the Barn (MEMBERS ONLY)

Thursday, 22 December 2016 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.

 

Electric Vehicles - The Nissan LEAF

Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:00

The Nissan LEAF is the UK’s number 1 selling 100% electric vehicle with over 15,000 UK sales. With the Electric Revolution picking up speed, a large number of businesses and their owners are still unaware of the benefits of switching to the electric side of driving.

Darren Smith, Business Development Manager and EV Specialist at Glyn Hopkin will share with you these benefits with his LEAF – Electric Vehicles in the Real World presentation and be able to answer any questions you may have related to electric vehicles. There will also be an opportunity to experience the LEAF with short test drives after the presentation.

Darren has been involved with EV for the past 2 years and during that time he has helped private individuals, small businesses, large companies and even his dad switch to the electric side of driving.

DarrenSmithLEAF

 

The Woodland Trust

Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:00

At our meeting this week we will be finding out about the Woodland Trust.  The speaker is Jim Rice, the Regional Development Officer for the Woodland Trust, covering the South East region from his base in Colchester.

The Woodland Trust is the country’s largest woodland conservation charity with over 500,000 members and supporters, and more than 1,100 woods, including local sites at Fordham Heath and Elmstead Market. They protect and campaign on behalf of the country’s woods, plant more trees, and restore ancient woodland, for the benefit of wildlife and people.

 

Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 03 November 2016 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.

 

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