Past Events

Stephen Hayden - My Business

Thursday, 21 May 2015 00:00

Stephen Hayden from Hayden’s Arboricultural Consultants is going to tell us the story behind his business and how he got it to this stage in its development, plus his plans for moving it forwards in the coming months and years.

 

Crowdfunding

Thursday, 07 May 2015 00:00

The topic for this week's meeting is 'Crowdfunding', the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet.  A talk and discussion on the rise and rise of the innovative world of crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending and its impact on the business and finance world of tomorrow.  James Davison from Birketts is going to give us his perspective on this fast growing source of finance. 

James trained with Birketts and qualified into the Corporate team in 2010. He deals primarily with corporate finance transactions and mergers & acquisitions.

 

Our Ideal Customer

Thursday, 23 April 2015 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'!

 

Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 09 April 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.

 

Business Cafe AGM (open to non members)

Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

Our annual AGM.

 

 

Marketing - What Works for Me

Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

At the Business Cafe our members have very different backgrounds and experience across a diverse range of business sectors.  This week we are going to share our experiences with regards to the various forms of marketing which are currently working for each of us.

It may be case that you find the most effective form of marketing for your specific business to be a traditional approach.  Perhaps networking delivers all the business you can cope with, perhaps not.  You might be experimenting with different approaches and seeing different results.  Come along this week and let us know about the good, the bad, and the absolutely awful things that you may have tried.  All your experiences will have value when shared with others, including things which have not worked out well.

Ask a few questions and share your stories - hopefully the other attendees will get some ideas that they can try in their business.

 

Show & Tell - The Best Business Book You Have Read

Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Have you ever read a business related book that has influenced you in a major way or that has helped develop your thinking about the business world in general?  People often tell us that certain books have had a major influence on how they run their businesses or else had motivated them to drive their businesses forward.

Join us for an interactive session where we ask the attendees to ‘Show & Tell’.  Bring along a couple of books (or at least note their titles and authors) which you would like to mention along with a few words about the content and why you feel it is worth sharing with the group.  Alternatively some other non-fiction book may have been a significant influence – feel free to choose that instead.  

We shall see where the discussion leads and, with luck, everyone will leave with plenty of fresh ideas to explore afterwards.

 

Insights from The Bank of England

Thursday, 12 February 2015 00:00

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

Always a popular presentation so make sure you've got it noted in your 2015 diary.

 

New Members Session

Thursday, 29 January 2015 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest members, Paul Hughes from Auditel and Kevin Nolan from Bespoke Garden Creations will be giving us an insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.

 

Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 15 January 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.

 

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