Past Events

Business Cafe's Annual Event At The Colchester Cricket Festival

Thursday, 04 August 2016 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)


Firebreak Programme

Thursday, 28 July 2016 00:00

David Bond from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service will be telling us about the Firebreak Programme.  Firebreak is a 5 day direct intervention inclusion programme, designed and delivered by Essex County Fire & Rescue Service (ECFRS) for groups aged 10-12, 13-17 and 18+. The programme promotes a culture of safety and citizenship by providing a range of vital life skills whilst undertaking the various disciplines of the Fire Service.  

The Firebreak courses are delivered in partnership with funding organisations and student providers to:

  •  Instil a sense of self-discipline, self-worth, independence and responsibility.
  •  Promote teamwork amongst the attendees.
  •  Encourage trainees to respect the differences between people.
  •  Confirm the benefits of worthwhile and fulfilling relationships.
  •  Urge students to play an active and worthwhile role as a member of their community.
  •  Ensure that the trainees make the most of their own and others potential.

The course objectives are achieved through a combination of practical and classroom based training as well as diversionary activities on the drill ground and mentoring.

Activities include: parade in uniform, high pressure hose drills, casualty search and rescue while wearing breathing apparatus, first aid education, and confidence building exercises in the form of problem solving. Firebreak aims to reduce the potential for, and impact of, a risky lifestyle for participants, their families and local communities. Firebreak can also work to enhance the confidence or ability to work as part of a team for participants who are considered gifted and talented.

ECFRS rely on funding from partner agencies to be able to deliver these courses to our communities across Essex. There is also large PR and marketing opportunities available to companies who partner with ECFRS to help fund these positive engagement programmes.


'The One Number Approach to Business Profitability'

Thursday, 14 July 2016 00:00

For this session we’ll be joined by James Davey from the Sales Masters Guild who will be talking to us about a new approach to measuring profitability which connects finance, operations and sales in a single coherent model.

The approach has been successful wherever it has been applied. It has the effect of improving bottom line profitability at the same time as relaxing operations as the business focuses on the customer and product combinations that deliver maximum value added per unit of operational resource.


The very long run. How to start and finish anything.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 00:00

Tom Boother spoke to us a couple of years ago.

He is just back from his longest run yet having spent 15 days and 18 hours running 862 miles from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

He will be filling us in on some of the details of the run and how we can apply the principle to our businesses


Top 8 Reasons to Embrace Cloud Accounting

Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:00

If you have recently travelled into London you could not fail to see the advertising by Xero on both the underground stations and on the trains themselves. If you watch Sky on TV you will probably have noticed adverts by QuickBooks. What are they all about and why are they potentially so important to you?

Peter Disney and his colleague David Rudd from Wood & Disney Chartered Accountants will be explaining what both Xero and QuickBooks are doing to revolutionise book keeping for the small business community and the advantages to you of adopting this new technology sooner rather than later. You will also be able to see a demonstration of a mobile phone App linked to one of these systems.

All of Wood & Disney’s accounts staff are both Certified Xero Advisors and QuickBooks Online Certified Pro Advisors. David Rudd has also achieved the QuickBooks Online Advanced Certification.


Alasdair Hodgkins - IT 'Hotseat'

Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:00

Don't know your ROM from your RAM?  Not sure what you should be backing up and when? Downloaded Windows 10 and wished you hadn't? Then put Thursday 2nd June in your diary (or on to Outlook if only you knew how!) and come along to Business Café and have all your questions answered.

We're putting Alasdair Hodgkins from Sarala Computers in the 'hot seat' and opening up the floor to our members and visitors to fire their burning IT issues at him.  Alasdair is one of our long standing members and has saved the day for many of us when faced with a locked screen or an inadvertantly downloaded virus.

So have your IT questions at the ready and come along on Thursday to have your technology problems solved.


New Members Session

Thursday, 19 May 2016 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest members, Robert Deal from Deal of Kelvedon, Sue Eccles from Suppliescope and Simon Huggett from Progress FM will be giving us an insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.


University Of Essex, Essex Business School – Professor Nigel Pye

Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:00

The days of academics living in metaphorical ivory towers are long gone (well mostly!). Universities need to remain relevant, current and useful to society and are always on the look out for opportunities to get involved with the local (and wider) community. Universities, broadly speaking, have two principle functions, to generate and to disseminate knowledge. So what does this mean for the University of Essex and the businesses in Essex and South Suffolk? For a start, the University contributes nearly half a billion pounds to the local economy. But what can the University of Essex do for you? Well, apart from providing you with excellent graduate and postgraduate students, how about getting you ahead of the competition by conducting leading edge research on your behalf. How about getting you a new, highly trained employee and pay 60% of their salary for a year? Or how about developing you and your team through executive education?

Essex University is consistently in the UK top 20 for research excellence and is seeking to help local business benefit from all that generated knowledge. Our speaker this week, Professor Nigel Pye, Professor of Business and Management & MBA Director of Essex Business School, will give you an overview of what the University of Essex can do for you.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 21 April 2016 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.


What makes a great LinkedIn profile and how to optimise your profile for search

Thursday, 07 April 2016 00:00

When it comes to business there is one social media platform that stands head and shoulders above the rest and that's LinkedIn.  Only last month LinkedIn, which is the world's largest online professional network with over 277 million members worldwide, announced that it had passed 15 million members in the UK, a 50 percent increase from 10 million members in September 2012.

So how do you make sure you can stand out from the crowd to maximise your opportunities of connecting with the people you want to, whether that is seeking potential customers, suppliers, business partners or employees?  Or maybe you are just looking for a fresh start?

The answer is your LinkedIn profile.  It is here that you present your face to the world and it is here that your journey starts to achieve your connection goals.  But what makes a good profile and how do you optimise it?

To answer these questions and more, we are delighted to welcome Mick Holloway, from 24-7 Business Networking Ltd to our next breakfast meeting on 7th April, when he will run through the 'do's' and 'don'ts' of creating a great profile.  Mick is a true social media 'guru', with a wealth of experience in helping businesses and individuals achieve their social media goals.

So what ever stage you're at with LinkedIn, whether it's novice, getting by, or seasoned professional, come along on Thursday and pick up some great tips.


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