Past Events

"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.


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.




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