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Inside this issue Clacton Women in Business Why it Pays to Get Real Focus on: Jamesons Clacton Aero Club Tendring Enterprise

The launch of a new business networking magazine for the Tendring Peninsular

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Welcome A welcome message from Kevin Barnes, Managing Director TBCM Hello and welcome to the very first issue of the Tendring Business Community Magazine. Firstly, I must thank all the advertisers and participants who are shown in this our very first issue. Without them it would never have happened.

Our next issue is due out in the first week of December and deadlines for advertisers, blogs, and of course payment, will be on or before Friday 23rd November.

The reasoning behind TBCM is one of a “feel good” factor about the businesses that are based within the Tendring Peninsular.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any exciting news about your company or would like more details about the magazine.

As myself and my team have been contacting companies we have all been overwhelmed by the response and interest shown. The December issue is already taking shape with repeat and new advertisers already booking so please book early to avoid disappointment. On our travels we never envisaged the sheer diversity and expertise that is available to us in the Tendring area. That’s why I want you to shout about your success and join us on our quarterly mission to share all the great opportunities that are in Tendring. I must apologise if I, or my team, haven’t managed to contact all companies within the area as there are 4,000 plus registered businesses in Tendring.

Kevin Barnes Managing Director Tendring Business Community Magazine email:

In this issue Clacton Women in Business


Why it Pays to Get Real


Focus on: Jamesons


However the majority will have had this, our first issue and hopefully enjoy reading a magazine that has only good news and no political content whatsoever in it.

Clacton Aero Club


Tendring Enterprise Studio School


We will be expanding the content and look forward to hearing from anyone who would like to submit an article/blog for consideration in the December issue.

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It has been my goal to bring this publication out for quite some time now, and with the team I have helping me, have made it a reality. By keeping the advertisement rates as low as possible (starting at £75.00 with no tie in’s) and giving a free of charge quarterly networking event to all advertisers I hope it will appeal to the majority of businesses, from a sole trader to the larger corporate companies within Tendring. I was asked by some companies what the benefit to them would to advertise in the TBCM as they do not trade with local companies and in some instances export only. The answer was simple, this is a chance to show how good their companies are, and to share and celebrate their success and inspire other companies to go forward and achieve their goals. I truly hope you like the magazine and welcome your feedback.

Editor: Steve Huckle email: Managing Director: Kevin Barnes email: Design: Gyles Harden - Silverloop email: Photography: David Gynn Printed by: Colt Press Tel: 01376 516260 Your Tendring regional representative for Colt Press is Steve Huckle who can be contacted on 07956 399321 or at anytime.

The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Editor or the Publishers. The Publishers cannot accept responsibility for the errors or omissions, although the utmost care is taken to ensure that the information contained is accurate and up to date. All rights reserved. © Copyright Tendring Business Community Magazine.

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Clacton Women in Business


lacton Women in Business was established in 2011 and is a monthly networking group for women in and around the Clacton area. Members are from a wide range of businesses including banking, hospitality, retail and legal.

The group was set up to with a view to bringing together a group of like minded businesses women to share knowledge and experience, and also to raise the profile of the local area. Founder member, Christine Brown of Jamesons, says “We are rightly proud of the businesses we represent and the area in which we live and work. In addition to generating new business, our aim is to make a positive contribution to our area”. In addition to networking meetings, the group now undertakes quarterly events to raise funds in support of local charities. Their first event was in March when a team consisting of Anthea Gilgrass (Trust Financial), Karen Healy(Thompson Smith & Puxon Solicitors), Julie Searles (David Charles Financial Services), and Mel Spencer (SPS Swimming Pools and Spas) took part in the Pier-to-Pier Walk in aid of St Helena Hospice, and raised over £650 for this worthy cause. Three of the ladies walked from Clacton to Walton Pier, but Julie was the CWIB star and managed

to walk back again too, completing the 14 mile round trip. In June this year the group ran a Children’s Charity Tea Party in support of the Diamond Jubilee hosted by member Lisa Alligan of Charnalies Restaurant. This event was a great success and very much enjoyed by all the children who attended. On this occasion a donation of £250 was made to Open Road (above photo). The next event will be to host a coffee morning in support of the Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning. This will be taking place on Friday 28 September at Clacton Coastal Academy where, amongst other things, there will be a Pampered Chef Demonstration, cake and bag stalls. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet us there – for further details contact Christine Brown ( or follow us on Facebook (Clacton Women in Business) or Twitter (CWIB1).

Authentic Networking Why it Pays to Get Real


common mistake many of us make is to think we must be all things to all people. But by doing so, we lose ourselves. When we start to become more comfortable in our identity we realise that it serves us better to be our authentic selves instead. It leads to more fulfilling connections with others. Rather than trying to please everyone for fear of losing someone’s interest, we start forming meaningful relationships with people who are on the same wavelength as us. Business contacts become more rewarding, because they’re based on friendship and mutual respect. We may even discover contacts in places we didn’t expect to find any. Perhaps most importantly, it becomes easier to maintain those connections, because we’re allowing ourselves to be ourselves, which is a lot less tiring than juggling our many masks. It’s tempting to think everyone has it together; that it’s only us who feels jittery about being open and approaching

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Author: J C Piech

others. These feelings of uncertainty can keep that authentic self hidden away, leaving many exciting opportunities and relationships unexplored. Yet they don’t have to! Let’s start reflecting more on who we really are, rather than who we feel we should be. Be honest about the things we’re expert in, but also be forthcoming with the things we’re not. We may be surprised at the positive responses which can arise when we start being more authentic. Others can then truly get to know us (and like us!) and together we can move forward into creative solutions and partnerships we couldn’t have ever forged otherwise. JC Piech is an author and content writer. She runs workshops which help people identify their limiting beliefs about their creative abilities so they can move forward with more confidence. She also works with people 1-2-1. For more info please visit her blog:, or contact



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Jamesons Putting your figures into focus Welcome to TBCM’s first spotlight. Jamesons are a shining example of a company based in Tendring that is justifiably recognised for its success. TBCM visited them to find out more...


ased in Clacton on Sea the company has now been in existence for 77 years. Founded in 1935 over the years it has now grown into the largest independent accountancy firm in the Tendring area serving over 1500 clients with a team headed by 5 Directors. The services provided are truly diverse encompassing not only the traditional accountancy and taxation services you would expect but also Business Advisory Services, Tax planning, Corporate Finance, a Payroll Bureau as well as help and support with IT systems and training. However, above everything else their business is about people not just numbers. The client base is as diverse as the services they offer extending beyond the Tendring and North Essex geographic boundaries. These range from smaller owner managed businesses to large companies, some of which have been with Jamesons for generations. They say first impressions count and as you enter the reception area of their modern offices you instantly feel relaxed. On our visit we were welcomed by Christine Brown the Practice Development Manager. Once settled into the boardroom we were joined by two of the directors, Alan Brown and Simon Garner.

By doing just this as well as investing time to make sure people know who we are and what we stand for we have managed to develop and grow our business.

“… our business focuses on client care and delivery of a quality service”

TBCM: How are you approaching this? Simon Garner: We are working harder than ever to promote Jamesons by being more visible in the market place and community. We regularly attend Business events in the area, such as the Tendring Business Breakfast Club and other networking events throughout Essex. We have also hosted a number of Seminars and Business Briefings often in conjunction with other professional firms and financial institutions. Above everything else our business focuses on client care and delivery of a quality service. We aim to provide our clients with what they want rather than saying this is what you are going to have. It is this bespoke service backed by unlimited telephone support which sets us apart. Alan: The challenge has been to inform people who would otherwise not know that we could help them and their business. One of the best ways to achieve this is to give people a flavour of our services and recently, as part of further developing our Business Advisory Service, we have launched a new Webinar programme which is free to view and which covers many of the areas relevant to small businesses. Simon: By maintaining a high profile and having regular one to one meetings with existing and potential clients we also have a platform to raise their awareness of any new or existing services we offer. TBCM: Do you think that there will be an upturn in the economy within the next 6-12 months?

TBCM: How would you describe the last 12 months, and how have you managed to grow during this period? Alan Brown: We have a very healthy client base, but we operate in an increasingly competitive market. Some years ago we identified the need to offer our clients and prospective clients more in the way of ‘added value’ services in addition to the traditional services our clients expect. This developed further with the launch of our Business Advisory Service in June 2011 which offers support and advice whatever stage a business is at in its life cycle. Of course we continue to work harder to maintain and improve the level of service we provide to our clients thereby ensuring that we can exceed their expectations.


Alan: Personally, I think it will take a bit longer than that as the financial indicators are sometimes confusing and give conflicting messages. TBCM: Has there been a slowdown in seeing new business start-ups in the last year? Simon: There has been an upturn in new business start-ups during recent times, probably as a result of people being made redundant and taking the opportunity to go it alone. As part of our service we offer free consultations and advice to all business start-ups as well as our ‘New Business Kit’ which is an invaluable source of reference and advice.

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TBCM: Do you believe that banks and other financial institutions are reluctant to lend to such businesses? Alan: No, but I think that the problems in the financial sector over the past few years has brought an end to the flexibility the bank were able to offer businesses wanting finance. Therefore many applications fail because they do not meet the strict criteria or because they are poorly presented. We have a great track record of helping businesses successfully obtain finance and can assist with the preparation of forecasts and the all-important Business Plan. Simon: There are other avenues for new and existing businesses which may need financial help. We are well placed to put our clients in contact with these alternative lenders. Obviously we would be pleased to meet new and existing businesses who would like help making an application for finance. TBCM: Finally, to sum up, what do you attribute to Jameson’s continued success and what do you feel that you offer as standard that your competitors do not? Alan: I think that our success comes from really getting to know our clients and by listening to their requirements. We recognise that no two clients are the same and therefore we offer a tailored service best suited to their needs. This is borne out by the fact that 60% of our new business comes from personal recommendations by existing clients. We pride ourselves on delivery of a high quality service and strive to give added value. In short I like to think that we will always go that extra mile for our clients. Simon: This high quality service is delivered using technology and innovation to save our clients’ money wherever possible. The aim is to always exceed the expectations of our clients.

We would be delighted to hear from any business, regardless of size, to arrange a meeting with them, without obligation, to demonstrate the benefits that Jameson’s can provide and more importantly, how we can work in partnership with them to improve their business During our time with the staff and directors at Jamesons one thing stood out above all.

“60% of our new business comes from personal recommendations from existing clients.”

They have a refreshing approach to their clients and work as a dedicated team, from juniors to senior management to provide a first class, or maybe even a world class service to all their clients. If you are interested in finding out more about Jamesons or participating in one of their free webinars please visit their website at or telephone 01255 220044 for more information. They epitomise the ethic that we at TBCM are trying to convey to the Tendring Business Community. “Be proud of your achievements and, above all else, make sure that as many people as possible know about your success.”

92 Station Road Clacton on Sea Essex CO15 1SG

Telephone 01255 220044 Fax 01255 220999 Email

From left to right: Directors Rob Kerry, John Short, Simon Garner and Managing Director Alan Brown

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Clacton Aero Club


ost visitors come to Clacton for the beaches, the sea the amusements and the Pier, but tucked away between the Golf Club and the sea is Clacton Aero Club - for over 25 years home to a successful flying school.

The region’s first air passenger service, from Clacton to Romford, took place in 1931. This flight took 45 minutes and cost 25 shillings (£1.25) for the round trip. In Clacton’s heyday as a progressive holiday resort, something like 100 holidaymakers a day would go for flip around the town during the summer. Today, we still offer the same exciting experience. Ever thought you would like to fly an aircraft? Then take the opportunity to do so with a Trial Flying lesson, take the controls yourself and discover the exhilaration of piloting your own aircraft. Over the years many students have gained their Private Pilot’s Licence at Clacton and gone on to become commercial pilots for major airlines.

We also offer a unique form of advertising for local businesses where you can be sure that the money you are spending is getting your product or service noticed! We can cover an entire area at the times and places most beneficial to you with an AIRBORNE BANNER with GIANT LETTERING putting your name in front of all the outdoor population. The atmosphere here at the Aero Club is relaxed and informal, so any newcomers will be immediately at ease. Whether you are looking for a pleasure flight, a trial flying lesson, obtaining a PPL, buy a gift voucher, or maybe you would just like to have a cup of tea and watch the aeroplanes - Clacton Aero Club is open to the public and the staff will make you welcome. Call us for more information on 01255 424671.

Tendring Enterprise Studio School Opening September 2012


endring Enterprise Studio School is a new model of UK school and the first of its kind in the east of England. Situated in modern buildings with a £1 million pound investment in ICT based on mobile devices it provides a future ready and highly personalised learning experience.

Tendring Enterprise Studio School Jaywick Lane, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO16 8BE Tel: 01255 424 600 Fax: 01255 424 329 Email:

All students are provided with a personal iPod touch to help with learning and a Personal Coach to assist with skills development. As a centre of academic excellence for young people aged 14 - 19 it combines traditional exam courses, employability qualifications and enterprise skills with weekly work experience. excellence...enterprise...innovation...entrepreneurship


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Would you like to advertise in TBCM? If so, shout about your success and join us on our quarterly mission to share all the great opportunities that are in Tendring. For more details on how TBCM can enhance your business please call: Kevin Barnes on 01255 740021 or email:

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In future issues of Tendring Business Community Magazine: Focus on Lifehouse Spa: How a dedicated team of professionals have turned an ailing business into a truly World Class Hotel and Spa. A.J Woods Engineering Ltd This is a must read article to see what one man is putting back into his local community. Dura Composites A company that is doing exactly what TBCM wants to shout about. SUCCESS!

Free Networking Events for all advertisers

TBCM free networking launch We are delighted to announce the venue for the first networking event. It will be held at The Kingscliff Hotel in Holland on Sea (now under new ownership and part of the Surya Hotel Group) on Friday 26th October 2012. 7.30am Arrival and registration. Teas, coffees and juices, will be available. 8.00am Breakfast is served. 8.30am – 8.45am Kevin Barnes and the team will be giving a short informal update on the magazine and forthcoming spotlights. 8.45am – 10.00am Open networking . Don’t forget to bring any advertising collateral with you. If you wish to continue networking after 10.00am please feel free to carry on. Refreshments will be available (payable to Kingscliff Hotel). Please e mail Kevin Barnes at to book or confirm your place on or before Friday 19th October 2012 if possible as space will be of a premium. All *advertisers are invited to attend the event absolutely free of charge but can bring any number of guests with them at a charge of £15.00 per head (payable in advance or on the door). *Advertisers who took out a full page are entitled to two attendees free of charge. *Advertisers who took out an ad up to half a page are entitled to one attendee free of charge.

Non advertisers and Businesses in Tendring are very welcome to attend at a cost of £20.00 per head.


Nominated Charity

Deadlines for advertising and payment for the December issue is Wednesday 21st November.

As the TBCM grows with the support of you, the business community, we will be, at some stage, nominating a charity/ charities and donating a cash sum from the proceeds of TBCM.

The December issue is already filling up and we will be featuring more blogs and spotlights as the magazine grows. Bookings are already being taken by new and repeat advertisers, so please book early to avoid disappointment. There will be a minimum of 4 half page free blogs for all advertisers.

We really value your opinion and would love to hear your views and feedback and any ideas you may have that you think may help to improve the publication. Special thanks to John Williams and all at Colt Press for their help in producing the Tendring Business Community Magazine. Tel: 01376 516260 or visit:

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