Past Events

The Woodland Trust

Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:00

At our meeting this week we will be finding out about the Woodland Trust.  The speaker is Jim Rice, the Regional Development Officer for the Woodland Trust, covering the South East region from his base in Colchester.

The Woodland Trust is the country’s largest woodland conservation charity with over 500,000 members and supporters, and more than 1,100 woods, including local sites at Fordham Heath and Elmstead Market. They protect and campaign on behalf of the country’s woods, plant more trees, and restore ancient woodland, for the benefit of wildlife and people.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 03 November 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.


Essex County Cricket Club

Thursday, 20 October 2016 00:00

At this week's meeting our speaker is Darrell Fox, the Business Development Manager at Essex County Cricket Club.

Essex County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Essex.  Its limited overs team is called the Essex Eagles, whose team colours are all-blue.    In 2016 Essex Cricket gained promotion to the 1st Division!


Discussion - Impact of Brexit

Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

Several months have now passed since the EU Referendum took place and the result was announced. 

At this week's meeting Alex Golledge from the Bank of England will be giving us a brief update on the economy following the referendum.  We will then be having an open discussion around the effect of Brexit so far on our businesses (and those of our clients), and what we see as the opportunities and risks in the coming months and/or years. 

Join us at this session and share your thoughts and observations at this stage in the Brexit process.


New Members Session

Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest members, Jan King from King Bisset Transitions, Simon Huggett from Progress FM will be giving us an insight into their businesses and a bit of background about themselves.


Dan Woodruff - 'The 7 Figures Plan'

Thursday, 08 September 2016 00:00

Planning a secure financial future is easy if you focus only on what is important. At this meeting we'll hear from Dan Woodruff of Woodruff Financial Services about his new book 'The Seven Figure Plan'. In it he explains why time is your most precious commodity but this is running out. If you want to improve your finances and secure your future, but are overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of dealing with your money or if you have ever put off planning for the future, this book is for you.

Discover a straightforward way to eliminate the clutter in your financial life to gain clarity on what is actually important with your money. Take a strategic view of your finances to identify and overcome unexpected weaknesses and areas ripe for growth so you can jumpstart your efforts for the most positive impact.

So come along on Thursday and find out how 'The 7 Figures Plan' gives you a simple yet powerful method to gain clarity in your finances and achieve the future you want faster than you ever dreamed possible.



Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:00

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



Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:00

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


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.


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