Past Events

Business Cafe's Annual Event At The Colchester Cricket Festival

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 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)


Auto Enrolment - What Does This Latest Buzzword Mean To Us?

Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Auto enrolment is the new legislation which mean all employers must set up and pay into a pension scheme for your employees.

Dan Woodruff from Woodruff Financial Planning is going to lead this session so we can learn how this affects each of us as business owners, and what we need to do to get this problem off our desks.


Making the most of your income and wealth – mitigating the tax charges arising

Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Join us at the Business Cafe this week where Graham Doubtfire from Scrutton Bland will take you through some of the changes you can make to your business structure and give you simple, practical steps you can take to mitigate the tax charges arising on your families wealth and income in order to be able to maximise the return from your business and enjoy what matters most to you.


New Members Session

Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

At this week's meeting our newest member, Jacqui Robinson from Jacqui Robinson Education will be giving us an insight into her business and a bit of background about herself.


Our Ideal Customer

Thursday, 22 May 2014 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'!



Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00

Paula Ruane from Ruane Bioenergetics is going to cover the topic of Bioenergetics.  She will also tell us a bit about her background and how she came to be interested in Bioenergetics.

Intrigued?  We certainly are...   Join us this week and find out more.


Round Table Discussion

Thursday, 24 April 2014 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.


Starting and finishing: why do some people achieve what looks to others as impossible?

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Tom Boother has, on the surface, a conventional business background. He studied law at The College of Law, London, before working in the technology sector, reaching sales director and helping secure venture capital funds into a start-up within 4 years of graduating from college. However his journey has exposed him (and continues to expose him) to some distinctly non-conventional experiences which have shaped his thinking about motivation, determination and self-belief which he will share with the Business Café today.

It was when studying at the College of Law, and with no athletic ability, Tom stumbled into the bizarre world of Ultra Running. Over the last 8 years he has tested his body (and sanity) while completing some of Europe's most challenging runs. With the initial objective to complete an alpine 100 mile event Tom has now surpassed that with his longest non-stop run being 145 miles.

Starting and finishing: why do some people achieve what looks to others as impossible? Tom will give us a fresh perspective into starting and finishing (whether in work or life), however big the challenge is, using insights from the lessons he has learnt while running extreme distances.


Business Cafe AGM (open to non members)

Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

Our annual AGM


The GrowthAccelerator Programme

Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

At the Business Café this week we have Ian Perry from Remedy for Business talking about the GrowthAccelerator programme. This service helps business owners find new connections, new routes to investment and the new ideas and strategy that they’ll need for their businesses to achieve their full potential.

As a partnership between leading private sector business growth experts and backed by Government funding, GrowthAccelerator will get your business to where you want it to be - faster. The programme aims to get to the heart of the barriers that are holding a business back and helps identify the critical steps that need to be taken to achieve the next phase of growth – rapidly and sustainably.



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