How to avoid costly employee litigation

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Special Guest Speaker
Jolyon Berry (Partner at Birketts LLP)

Date: Thursday 18 May 2017

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Jolyon Berry has specialised in the field of employment law for just under two decades. He is a Partner at Birketts LLP and a trustee of a charitable fund. One might conclude that Jolyon’s previous experience as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment has also aided him over the years. If you’re a business Read more..



Progress in the Hythe and how it could benefit your business

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Special Guest Speaker
Alistair Heron (founder and Director of Hythe Forward)

Date: Thursday 20 April 2017

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Alistair Heron (founder and Director of Hythe Forward) will give us a comprehensive update about progress that is happening in the Hythe. Regeneration brings about many positive financial, social and environmental benefits and as its pace is quickening in the Hythe area, it is important for us to keep you informed so that you can Read more..


What the 2017 Budget could mean for SMEs | How local radio can benefit your business

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Special Guest Speaker
Graham Doubtfire (Scrutton Bland) | David Purdey (Colne Radio)

Date: Thursday 16 March 2017

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Changes in the UK Budget affect us all but often they can be tricky to understand.  Businesses have to be able to forecast and plan for the future. Often the benefits of any Budget changes can be difficult to identify and visualise. Graham Doubtfire, Tax Director of Scrutton Bland will indicate how the Budget is Read more..


Securing Funding and Identifying Business Finance Opportunities

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Special Guest Speaker
Steve Loader

Date: Thursday 16 February 2017

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Securing funding and understanding ways to leverage finance can sometimes prove a bit of a minefield. Discover how your business value can be maximised, what funding solutions are available, how you can improve your profit and grow your revenue. For the past several years, Steve Loader, a senior Barclays Business Manager has helped a number Read more..


Getting to grips with Va Va Voom!

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Special Guest Speaker
Karen Ainley

Date: Thursday 19 January 2017

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on skills based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (bar remains open if you wish to stay)

Event Information

Securing publicity for your organisation requires ideas, planning and a big dollop of creativity. Learn from one of Colchester’s leading PR professionals how to inject some va-va-voom into your news stories, obtaining acres of coverage in both traditional and social media in the process. Our fun evening will begin with a media knowledge quiz before Read more..


Supporting your business – the new Hythe ward Councillors’ vision

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Special Guest Speaker
Cllrs Mike Lilley, Adam Fox and Lee Scordis

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

The Hythe has an exciting new waterside community swiftly emerging with the transformation already underway for its regeneration.  It was recognised in May 2016 as a ward of Colchester with its new Councillors Lee Scordis, Mike Lilley and Adam Fox, engaging with businesses, residents, and groups in the Hythe to work towards making the Hythe Read more..


Kevin Bentley – Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader – The Future of East Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
Kevin Bentley - Essex County Council’s Deputy Leader

Date: Thursday 20 October 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

The Hythe is continuing on an upward trajectory in regards to growth, inward investment, and opportunities. Businesses and residents alike stand to benefit from much of the planned improvements. Your business has the opportunity to strategically position itself to benefit from the planned improvements whilst also being a part of the overall solution. Councillor Kevin Read more..


Julie Young – Mayor of Colchester – Encouraging growth in East Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
Julie Young - Mayor of Colchester

Date: Thursday 15 September 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Julie Young has served our community as a councillor since 1998 and was appointed the role of Mayor of Colchester earlier this year. Julie Young is also involved in an exciting project in the Hythe that could benefit us all. She will elaborate on this in more detail on the night. The Mayor sits as Read more..


Adrian Pritchard’s (CBC’s CEO) Vision for East Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
Adrian Pritchard CEO of Colchester Borough Council

Date: Thursday 21 July 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 17:00 - Mastermind session
18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Adrian Pritchard has been the Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Council since October 2004. He is a member of the District Chief Executive Network (DCEN).and has played a prominent role in its development and on-going implementation. He is also a member of the Haven Gateway Sub-Regional Partnership and the Essex Chief Executives’ Association. During that Read more..


Blue Abyss – The worlds deepest pool will be coming to East Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
John Vickers

Date: Thursday 16 June 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 17:00 - Mastermind session
18:00 - Main event begins - Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Imagine having the opportunity to help create the world’s first commercial ‘Space Environment’ simulation facility for aerospace research and development including potential to train humans for spaceflight. Due to its size and construction it also caters for divers, human physiology researchers – to better understand the effects of the marine and space environments on the Read more..


Hythe Business Network – Knowledge Gateway unlocking East Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
Dr Rob Singh (Deputy Director of Enterprise at the University of Essex)

Date: Thursday 19 May 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 17:00 - Mastermind session
18:00 - Main event: Casual networking and drinks
18:30 - Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 - Meal
20:00 - Casual networking and drinks
20:30 - Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Dr Rob Singh Dr Rob Singh is the Deputy Director of Enterprise at the University of Essex, responsible for a team that forms the point of contact for businesses to access university knowledge. He has worked as the bridge between university and business for almost 10 years and has been involved in attracting significant grant Read more..


Hythe Hustings – Which political candidate will you choose?

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Special Guest Speaker
Political Candidates for the Hythe

Date: Thursday 21 April 2016

Location: University of Essex, Essex Business School, Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ

Itinerary: 6:00pm - Networking
6:30pm - Introduction of the Hythe Business Network
6:35pm - Candidates to introduce themselves
6:40pm - Three questions posed by chair person
7:30pm - Questions from the audience
8:00pm - Nibbles and networking

Event Information

This May, the Hythe (for the first time) becomes wholly part of one ward with elected councillors to represent it. Up until now, the Hythe has been split amongst four wards which has resulted in stunted growth and a lack of political significance. What does this mean for you and your business? • You will Read more..


Haven Gateway – Attracting Investment into East Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
George Kieffer, Chairman of the Haven Gateway

Date: Thursday 17 March 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation on Hythe based topic
19:30 – Meal
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

As well as chairing the Haven Gateway Partnership, George Kieffer also chairs Visit Essex, Southend & Thurrock and Estuary Housing Association, and the Enterprise and Industrial Advisory Boards of the University of Essex. George was instrumental in setting up The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, serving as vice chair, which represents businesses in Greater Essex. Read more..


Will Quince (MP for Colchester) – Hythe is a valued economic hub in Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
Will Quince - MP for Colchester and member of the Government’s Transport Select Committee

Date: Thursday 18 February 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Introductions and business updates
18:45 - Presentation
19:30 – Meal
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Will Quince was elected at the 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament for Colchester. Will holds a dual mandate as Member of Parliament for Colchester and Borough Councillor for the Prettygate ward and in July 2015 he was appointed as a member of the Government’s Transport Select Committee. Will served as leader of Read more..


Councillor Bill Frame – Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Planning in Colchester

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Special Guest Speaker
Councillor Bill Frame

Date: Thursday 21 January 2016

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Meal
19:30 – Presentation on Hythe based topic
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Bill Frame is the current portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Planning in Colchester. He has been a Colchester Borough Councillor since 1995 and is also involved in a number of high level committees in Colchester. On the night, Bill will speak to us about his views on how Hythe Businesses and Colchester Borough Council Read more..


Invest Essex – Helping Your Business to Secure Funding

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Special Guest Speaker
Richard Bailey

Date: Thursday 19 November 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Meal
19:30 – Presentation on Hythe based topic
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Richard Bailey is a Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience in commercial property across the south east of the UK. Richard has spent the last 12 years in Essex specialising in inward investment and regeneration projects, developing and managing Essex County Council’s Enterprise Centres for small businesses. Richard is a senior manager at Invest Read more..


Influencing Economic Growth and Future Spend in the Hythe

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Special Guest Speaker
Interactive Session

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Meal
19:30 – Presentation on Hythe based topic
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

The HBN Committee are currently in talks with key stakeholders in the Hythe in regards to how we can help shape the Hythe’s future. The Hythe is rapidly growing and gaining increasing importance in Colchester. The Hythe is fast becoming an economic hub for entrepreneurial activity and is starting to attract investment from others who Read more..


100 Residential Units and Commercial Space in the Hythe – Director of Dove Jeffery Homes

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Special Guest Speaker
Christopher Dove (Director of Dove Jeffery Homes)

Date: Thursday 17 September 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Meal
19:30 – Presentation on Hythe based topic
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

Dove Jeffery Homes is a major developer of social housing in Colchester and currently has plans to develop 100 apartments and a number of commercial premises on the Coldoc site on Hythe Quay. Chris Dove has been in the property industry for almost 23 years. He has a wealth of industry knowledge, working in the Read more..


Hythe Business Network – Special Guest: Pete McIntosh (CEO of CTruk)

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Special Guest Speaker
Pete McIntosh

Date: Thursday 16 July 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Registration, networking and drinks
18:30 – Introductions
18:40 – Presentation by Pete McIintosh
19:00 – Member updates and announcements
19:15 – Dinner
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends but bar will remain open

Event Information

Having taken time off from the boat building business, Pete McIntosh returned captivated by the allure of building and designing innovative marine craft and took on the role of CTruk’s Chairman in May 2014. Earlier this year,CTruk received funding from the Regional Growth Fund to begin transforming a long derelict site in the Hythe into Read more..


Hythe Business Network – Special Guest: Theresa Higgins (Mayor of Colchester)

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Special Guest Speaker
Theresa Higgins

Date: Thursday 18 June 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Registration, networking and drinks
18:30 – Introductions
18:40 – Presentation by Theresa Higgins
19:00 – Member updates and announcements
19:15 – Dinner
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends but bar will remain open

Event Information

Theresa Higgins has lived in the heart of New Town for 25 years and has been a CBC Councillor since 1999. She has held several positions, lately being the Chairman of Colchester’s Planning Committee. She was recently elected to the post of Mayor of Colchester. She will officially take up her position as Mayor on Read more..


Hythe Business Network – How the Knowledge Gateway might affect Hythe Businesses

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Special Guest Speaker
Steve Clarke and Dr Rob Singh

Date: Thursday 21 May 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Registration, networking and drinks
18:30 – Introductions
18:40 – Presentation by Steve Clarke (Head Consultant for the University of Essex Knowledge Gateway) & Dr Rob Singh (Director of Enterprise at the University of Essex)
19:00 – Member updates and announcements
19:15 – Dinner
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends but bar will remain open

Event Information

The aim of our informal networking events are to provide a platform for those of us who have an interest in Hythe businesses to get together in a relaxing environment to form more meaningful business relationships with each other and help boost business activity in the Hythe. Steve Clarke With over 30 years experience as Read more..


Informal Dinner and Drinks – Special Guest: Gareth Mitchell (Head of Commercial Services at CBC)

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Special Guest Speaker
Gareth Mitchell

Date: Thursday 16 April 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Registration, networking and drinks
18:30 – Introductions
18:45 – Presentation by Gareth Mitchell, Head of Commercial Services at Colchester Borough Council
19:30 – Dinner
20:00 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends but bar will remain open

Event Information

The aim of our informal networking are to provide a platform for those of us who have an interest in Hythe businesses to get together in a relaxing environment to form more meaningful business relationships with each other and help boost business activity in the Hythe. Gareth Mitchell is Colchester Borough Council’s Head of Commercial Read more..


Informal Dinner and Drinks – Special Guest: Sir Bob Russell

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Special Guest Speaker
Sir Bob Russell

Date: Thursday 19 March 2015

Location: Grand Central, Haven Road, Colchester, CO2 8HT

Itinerary: 18:00 – Casual networking and drinks
18:30 – Meal
19:30 – Sir Bob Russell's views and vision for the Hythe
19:45 - Q&A
19:55 – Casual networking and drinks
20:30 – Event ends (the bar will remain open for those who want to stay)

Event Information

The aim of our informal networking are to provide a platform for those of us who have an interest in Hythe businesses to get together in a relaxing environment to form more meaningful business relationships with each other and help boost business activity in the Hythe. Members: One complimentary ticket is included in your membership Read more..