Past Events

Veteran Members Session

Thursday, 19 November 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 Chris Crace from Business Life Ltd and Quentin Colborn from QC People Management, the chance to give us an insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.



Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

Ginger Nut Media are an employer that has increased from a standing start to 30 staff in 4 years through hiring apprentices. Turning over £1.5 Million they put a large amount of their success down to the recruitment of apprentices and have been nationally recognised at the National Apprentice awards as best new SME nationwide 2014 – 2015. This success has meant that they have launched a training provider company that trains apprentices.

They intend to talk openly and transparently about the benefits and disadvantages about hiring apprentices and how this can, in some circumstances help grow business.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 22 October 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.


The Importance of Mobile Friendly Websites

Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

With over 70% of internet searches now made on a mobile devise it’s really important that your website is mobile ready and re-sizes to fit the screen its being viewed on. Google also now favours mobile ready sites when people search on smaller screens so being responsive will help with your on-line visibility as well as giving a better user experience.

Oliver Brock from it’seeze Web Consultants will be demonstrating the benefits of responsive website design in more detail and showing how important it is for your business moving forward.


Leadership (Business Cafe Book Club)

Thursday, 24 September 2015 00:00

This meeting will be focussing on the theme of 'Leadership' and is the first of the Business Cafe book club sessions.

Dan Woodruff has volunteered to lead the session and his selected book is "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John C Maxwell. The book is available from sites like Amazon. Dan says "This is an easily accessible book on the principles of leadership. These maxims apply to all of us regardless of whether we lead a team or merely seek to influence others. Hopefully, this should stimulate an interesting discussion and learning for us all."

The goal is for these sessions to be inclusive so that even if someone has not read the selected book they can participate in the broader discussion about the theme of the book. So, if you are planning to visit the Business Cafe this week and the topic intrigues you then grab a copy of the book otherwise feel free to come along anyway and share your thoughts on the topic.


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)


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