Past Events

International Trade

Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:00

Our speaker this week is Ashley Almond. Ashley has been an international trade advisor in the East of England for nearly 15 years and has worked with many companies, from start-ups to well established firms, to bring their export plans to reality.

UK Trade and Investment is the government department charged with attracting inward investment into the UK, and with supporting UK businesses to successfully trade overseas. The department is comprised of staff based in over 100 British embassies, consulates and high commissions, and international trade advisors in the UK who work closely with businesses to help them to research, plan and prepare for export. They offer a range of services to exporters from on-going mentoring, help with market research, identifying distributors or customers overseas, and exhibition support, to help with export finance, and more.



Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

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



Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

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


Members BBQ

Sunday, 09 August 2015 00:00

An opportunity for members and their partners to mingle in the tranquility of the Essex countryside. Food provided but remember to bring a bottle (or two!) From 4pm onwards. Contact Kevin for details/directions etc.


Business Cafe's Annual Event At The Colchester Cricket Festival

Friday, 07 August 2015 20:00

In recent 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.

(Please note that this is open to members and invited guests only)


New Members Session

Thursday, 30 July 2015 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest member, Dominic Tyler-Lovett from Conclusys will be giving us an insight into his business and a bit of background about himself.


Padded Shorts & Lemon Drizzle Cake...

Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

Our very own Damian Culhane is taking part in a charity event in July - cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats, covering 1,000 miles over a ten day period. Damian will be sharing some funny stories about the training he has undertaken so far and the lessons he has already learnt, including an unfortunate incident with some lemon drizzle cake..!

There will be a chance for you to learn lots of interesting facts about the equipment, eating for energy, the route and padded shorts!!

This is a humorous look at a life changing challenge and Damian promises to entertain us - although he has already agreed NOT to wear the lycra!!


Trading for Good

Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00

'Trading for Good' is a unique digital service encouraging companies to do business in more socially responsible ways. A web portal enabling small and medium businesses to record their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and link with similar minded Small Businesses.

We are delighted that Kevin Barber, the Regional Ambassador for Trading for Good, can join us to explain about what they are trying to achieve and the benefits of joining.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 18 June 2015 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.


Veteran Members Session

Thursday, 04 June 2015 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 seldom return to our existing members 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. Over the coming months we are going to rectify this situation.

This week we will be giving two of these grizzled veterans, namely Paul Mitchell from Mitchell Associates and Peter Disney from Wood & Disney, the chance to give us an insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.


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