Past Events

New Members Session

Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest members, Mark Lister from Ribbon & Label Supplies Ltd and Phil Sadler from Build Together Property Partners Ltd will be giving us an insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.

So come along on Thursday and not only hear a couple of interesting life stories but also find out what led them to become a member of Business Café.


Cyber Security

Thursday, 02 November 2017 00:00

‘Cyber Security’ sounds like a clandestine section of the CIA but it is in fact a topic that affects every one of us that holds data on our customers, employees and other stakeholders.

Not only do we need to protect our data from a purely commercial point of view but also to stay within the data protection laws, particularly with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations that will come into force in May next year.

It is therefore quite timely that we will be hearing from Alasdair Hodgkins and Phil Britten from Sarala Computers on the things that we can and need to do to protect our systems and the data they contain.

In particular they will be sharing with us:

  • A high level overview of the General Data Protection Regulations and the possible implications
  • The benefits that Cyber Essentials can offer businesses, to ensure that their IT infrastructure is secure.

So come along and discover the guidelines that you need to follow that will help you to ensure that you are doing everything needed to keep your information safe.




Veteran Members Session

Thursday, 19 October 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 Bob Holmes from SPS will be giving us an insight into his business career. He will be looking back on a full and varied career, the changes in direction he made along the way and relate some of the experiences he's had. He’ll also be reflecting on lessons he's drawn from his many and varied experiences, which will be of interest to old and new members and visitors alike





General Data Protection Regulations - Are You Prepared?

Thursday, 05 October 2017 00:00

New EU regulations representing the biggest change to data protection law for 20 years come in to force on 25 May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulations place new and significant obligations on those who handle personal data. Despite Brexit, the regulations will still affect UK based organisations.

With increased penalties of up to €20m or 4% of worldwide turnover for breach of the regulations, organisations must act now to ensure that their policies and procedures are compliant with the new regulations.

Time to panic?  Maybe.  Jolyon Berry from Birketts LLP will confirm one way or the other.




Update from The Bank of England

Thursday, 21 September 2017 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 earlier in the year year, and the future outlook.  The session will be followed by the regular Business Cafe panel of members who provide feedback to Alex on business activity in this region.

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.




Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:00

There will be no regular meeting this week as many people will still be on holiday.



Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

There will be no regular meeting this week as many people will still be on holiday.


New Members Session

Thursday, 27 July 2017 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest member, Julian Wood from JW Car Contracts will be giving us an insight into his business and a bit of background about himself.


Our Ideal Customer

Thursday, 13 July 2017 00:00

At this meeting we will return to a slightly different format where each person present stands up and tells us the about types of contacts/introductions that they would like to receive to help move their businesses forwards.  We are gradually working through the membership so this time it may be your turn to step forward and let us know what is on your mind.

Please put your thinking hats on so we can find out what each of you require – it can be as specific (focussing on the short term) or general as you wish. Think about the characteristics of your ideal client, although don't just resort to 'someone you has just won the lottery and is happy to spend lots of money with you'!


Looking at Sales and Marketing from a different perspective

Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

There is very little which is new in conducting business, but Chris Crace from Business Life Ltd will be presenting a couple of techniques which will give you a different way of looking at your sales and marketing, and help you to set your strategy for the year ahead.


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