Past Events

Essex Chambers of Commerce

Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Essex Chambers of Commerce are the county’s leading business organisation with a membership embracing both sole traders and SMEs through to national and multinational companies.

They offer a range of support to their members and other businesses operating from five offices across the county.

Patrick Maynard their Client Relationship Manager will tell us more about the various services they offer and what they can do for businesses based in Essex.


Business Cafe AGM (open to non members) plus Pioneer Sailing Trust

Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Following the formalities of our (brief) AGM, we will be hearing from Felicity Lees, Sail Training Co-ordinator with the Pioneer Sailing Trust and finding out more about their charitable activities. Originally built in 1864, the 70ft Essex smack Pioneer fell into decay after a life spent dredging oysters in the North Sea. An audacious restoration project by the Pioneer Sailing Trust recovered the wreck in 1998 and restored her.

Felicity will be speaking about the inspiration and motivation behind Pioneer Sailing Trust and how it all started. She will briefly go through the history of the restoration of Pioneer and how that formed the charity which now works with young people. It takes them sailing on Pioneer as well as providing boat building apprenticeships. The framework of these apprenticeships centres around building rowing gigs and she will explain how this has linked into the local communities.

The Trust also run corporate days on Pioneer as a fundraiser to help young people in the area go sailing.

So make a note in your diary to come along and hear more about the Trust’s activities and their exciting plans for the future.


Reeman & Dansie - Auctioneers and Valuers

Thursday, 08 March 2018 00:00

This week we welcome Marc Winter, Associate Director with Reeman Dansie. Established in the heart of Colchester in 1881, Reeman Dansie has become one of the most highly regarded auctioneers in the UK today. They have considerable expertise and detailed knowledge of antiques, fine art, royal memorabilia, classic cars, and collectables and are able to support the whole probate process from valuations right the way through to house clearance and the sale of items. Located on the outskirts of Colchester at Severalls Business Park, they hold auctions on a fortnightly basis.

Marc will be providing us with an insight into Auctioneering, the changes that have occurred over the last 20 years and the impact that technology has had on their industry over this period.

He will also talk about some of the interesting items they’ve sold and provide an opportunity to look into the valuation process.

So come along on Thursday and learn more about the fascinating world of auctioneering.


Insights from The Bank of England

Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

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

This is always a popular presentation so make sure you've got it noted in your 2018 diary.


"60 Second Challenge!"

Thursday, 08 February 2018 00:00

You’ve probably heard the term ‘elevator pitch’. You may even have created one yourself.  But have you ever had it critiqued?  Well now’s your opportunity!  During this session we will offer you the opportunity to give your ‘elevator pitch’ (with a maximum time of 60 seconds) and then draw from the reaction and expertise in the group to give you valuable feedback – what people liked and any suggestions for what would make it even better.

In case you’re wondering, an elevator pitch is a brief, persuasive speech that you use to spark interest in what your organisation does. You can also use them to create interest in a project, idea, or product – or in yourself.  They should be interesting, memorable, and succinct. They also need to explain what makes you – or your organisation, product, or idea – unique.

If you want to create one for this session then start your pitch by describing what your organisation does. Focus on the problems that you solve and how you help people. If you can, add information or a statistic that shows the value in what you do.  Ask yourself this question as you start writing: what do you want your audience to remember most about you?

Keep in mind that your pitch should excite you first; after all, if you don't get excited about what you're saying, neither will your audience. Your pitch should bring a smile to your face and quicken your heartbeat. People may not remember everything that you say, but they will likely remember your enthusiasm!

So come along on the 8th February and even if you don’t want to take up the challenge yourself, you’ll get the opportunity to hear other people’s pitches and go away with a whole raft of new ideas to presenting yourself and your company in the future.


Clout Media - Video Creation

Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Luke Magnay will be visiting us from Clout Media, based in Witham, to share his story about why and how Clout came about as well as some great video creation ideas that you can apply to your business.

In addition to sharing some presenting to camera techniques using just a smartphone he’ll be bringing his mobile “green screen” studio and performing a live demonstration of how quickly a simple introduction video can be produced working with a member of the audience. He strives to make his presentations highly interactive and energetic so be ready for that!


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 11 January 2018 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 Le Talbooth (MEMBERS ONLY)

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 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.



Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:00

There will be no regular meeting this week as as we enter the Christmas season.


From Donor to Director - A Love Story Set in Africa

Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Gayle Berry is a former lawyer, now a global entrepreneur and the UK Director of Love Support Unite working in Malawi.

Her story will explain her journey over the last 10 years and focuses on taking a generosity mindset in business, acting on gut instinct, having a belief in individuals being able to have a transformational impact on the world and the power of commitment to a cause.

Her presentation will cover her journey from successful business women to charity donor and now the UK Director of Love Support Unite and manager of Love Specs which are connecting people around the world to change lives in Malawi.


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