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Issue 7 Spring 2014 FREE

A new year for

growing business

in Tendring

The business networking magazine for the Tendring Peninsula

In this issue How to Embrace Your Creativity Jamesons - Planning for Success Kingscliff - From Strength to Strength Focus on - Naglotech Good News for Employers Business Grants

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Welcome I would like to thank everyone involved in producing the magazine for their hard work and dedication, which has resulted in the compilation of this, our seventh issue. On behalf of myself and the team, I would like to say a resounding “Thank You” to all advertisers, sponsors and supporters for their outstanding loyalty, without which we would not be able to support the businesses, charities and community organisations of Tendring through this publication. We have made some changes to the design and appearance of the magazine and hope you like the outcome. There are some exciting developments within the Tendring region and we are delighted to report some of the local improvements and successes. Our next networking event will be a welcome return visit to The Colne Yacht Club in Brightlingsea (see outer back cover for details). TBCM are always looking for “good news” stories about local organisations and welcome submissions by any based in the Tendring region. The ethos of TBCM is to give organisations the opportunity to share their success stories and create an uplifting feeling, to inspire others to share their stories, promote local trade and support our regions local economy. When the small business tax relief was revealed in August 2011 it was discovered that Tendring had the highest concentration of small businesses with six out of ten

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.

local businesses qualifying for this reprieve and thus demonstrating just how successful and innovative this region is. Congratulations to all in this region who were willing to take that risk and inspire this inventive and creative region. Myself and the team look forward to meeting many more businesses in the coming months. We are already working on the “Summer” edition which will be issue number eight so if you have any good news stories or would like to get involved in promoting your organisation and our region then please contact me at any time. E-mail: telephone: 01255 740 021 I wish you every success in the future. Kevin Barnes Managing Director. TBCM Ltd

In this issue How to Embrace Your Creativity


Planning for Success


The Kingscliff - From Strength to Strength


Primary Care - Search for Big Hearts


Focus On - Naglotech


Good News for Employers


Local Sailing duo look forward to 2014


Business Grants


Good News for Harwich


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How to Embrace Your Creativity


o start embracing creativity more in our work or personal lives, we first need to examine some of our beliefs about it. Here are three important elements of creativity that are worth reflecting on.

Contemplation – Being contemplative is not the same as ‘being lazy’. It’s not a “waste of time” to be thoughtful. To assume so would mean we are saying that when we spend time thinking, we are not doing anything, and that is hardly the case. For example, you wouldn’t be reading this article if no one had ever thought about how to design a computer or a printing machine, if it were not for the team who first imagined this magazine, and if it were not for me sitting down to write. Remember, everything starts as an idea. Making mistakes is not wrong – A major factor which stops people following their creativity is the fear of failure. Yet, making mistakes along the way is inevitable. It’s how we learn: we find out what works, and what doesn’t, and we adjust accordingly. No one is immune from making mistakes or changing their minds. Knowing that we all get things wrong sometimes can help us remember there is no need to be ‘perfect’.

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Playing = Learning – Unfortunately, the concepts of ‘playing’ and ‘learning’ have become separated. They are often seen as different things. But they aren’t. Children learn about the world and about themselves through play. Even baby animals play. Would nature have evolved in such a way as to make animals do something which is a waste of time? Try replacing the word ‘play’ with ‘explore’. They are essentially the same thing. Just imagine where humanity would be if we had never started exploring the world around us and our own minds. By looking at some of your ideas about creativity, you can start to clear away the blocks you’ve placed in its way. You may start to notice the presence of your imagination more and more, and your acceptance of its presence will naturally help you start to incorporate more creativity in your life in general and in business too. J.C. Piech is an author and freelance writer based in Thorpe-le-Soken. Her debut novel ‘Don’t Be Afraid’ has been likened to works by Richard Bach and Paulo Coelho. She is available for workshops and talks on creativity and well-being, and can be contacted at

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Planning for Success


1st March sees many businesses close their financial year. This presents an opportunity for the owners and their management teams to take a step back by looking at the business and consider how the market will develop over the next 12 months whilst creating plans to grow the firm and take advantage of changes in the business environment.

Make an effort to improve a few things to achieve steady growth. You are trying to build a sustainable business model, not something that grows too quickly and falls over in 18 months time.

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A typical approach to planning suggests multiplying last year’s financial results by an acceptable growth factor. Industry standards vary, often from 5% to 25%. Add to that number any enhancements to your product or service lines plus solutions to key problems you’ve been meaning to address, and that will essentially give you an outline of a business plan. What other matters should you consider?

Can you learn from last year’s performance? What did you do right - what worked - what should you do more of? What did you do wrong - what didn’t work - what should be stopped immediately? Business owners and managers should also ask themselves what is missing from the business. What could be added which will make a big difference in the overall business. For example, does the firm need to review pricing, do some market research or develop a new training plan for staff.

Focus on objectives and set targets Targets for sales, financials, etc should be aspirational and dynamic. They should inspire everyone responsible for making them happen to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The objectives should be SMART - specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely. E.g. a true objective is not simply to “increase sales”. Instead it would be “increase sales by winning 3 new contracts in the construction sector by August 2014 by leveraging our existing contacts at companies A, B & C”.

Map out your plan for achieving these goals. Your implementation plan should consider who is responsible for what. You should map out specific milestones and assign a manager or other responsible person to each task. They should then be fully briefed and it should be made clear that they are expected to deliver their specific part of the overall plan. These key people can now work with the management team to develop the strategies necessary to deliver the objectives. They can estimate costs too so that finance can assign a relevant budget.

“Your implementation plan should consider who is responsible for what. You should map out specific milestones and assign a manager or other responsible person to each task.”

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Kingscliff Hotel goes from strength to strength


ollowing the £1million pound investment by Surya Hotels ltd, an extensive refurbishment and the appointment of Legacy Hotels, The Legacy Kingscliff Hotel has been going from strength to strength. On the 11th December 2013 the hotel opened its doors to local businesses & associations, council members and local residents to raise a glass to the re-launch of this iconic seaside hotel. The event was very well attended and feedback showed that all guests thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, live music, drinks and delicious canapés. All guests were enormously impressed with the fabulous new facilities and the professionalism and passion of the new team of staff. A joyful and highly successful festive period peaked on New Year’s Eve with a sparkling party to mark the end of a very eventful year for The Kingscliff. In January of this year Preston’s Restaurant, the sea view restaurant at The Kingscliff Hotel, launched its new menu. The menu, featuring delicious new dishes,

professionally cooked with locally sourced ingredients is already proven to be very popular amongst resident guests and local customers alike. The latest addition, The Kings Suite, with its oversized windows, sea view and contemporary décor, is in regular use for private celebrations as well as corporate events. The hotel is currently offering all members of The Tendring Business Magazine a 20% discount on meeting room hire prices as well as Day Delegate or 24 hour rates. The professional management and event team is on hand to help successfully organise and run any corporate or private event. The luxurious refurbished bedrooms provide a fabulous base for companies doing business in the area and offer a real “home away from home” experience for those staying at the seaside hotel. The Kingscliff Hotel has been a real definition in the Tendring area since the 1930’s and it is great so see this previously highly rated establishment once again become the place to gather, stay and eat. Preston’s Restaurant is also once again holding regular events. March 2014 events include; a Michael Bublé Tribute night with three course dinner on Friday the 28th March and Mothering Sunday lunch with a free family portrait on Sunday the 30th March. Please call the hotel on 01255 812 343 for more information or to make your bookings.

Primary Care’s search is on for more big hearts


he Primary Care Team, who support and care for vulnerable people in their own homes and our community, were concerned for those who didn’t have access to support or family and friends. Primary Care decided to launch their first annual award: The Big Heart 2013 to recognise and celebrate those people whose second nature is to make time for others or go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. After the success of last year’s award it’s back for 2014.

Speaking about the award, Natalie Emmerson, Director at Primary Care, said: “We know that more than five million older people say that the television is their main company, 17% are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and that half of those over the age of 75 live alone, while one in ten suffers ‘intense’ loneliness. We can’t stand by and let this continue and our goal is to encourage friends, families and neighbour’s to do a little more.”


Having a big heart is all about thinking of others, making a difference by helping with the shopping, doing a little gardening or just having a conversation; it’s about forming relationships. Making time for others in our busy lives isn’t always an easy thing to do, says Primary Care, but you just need to take the first step. And that first step could be as simple as smiling at someone you don’t usually acknowledge. The award is open to everyone of all ages. Please look out for the nomination forms, call us on 01255 224680 or email to submit your nomination. Nomination forms are available to download from All nominations are to be submitted no later than the 11th April 2014. Nomination forms are also available to download from the Tendring Business Community Magazine website.

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A helping hand from the taxman! It is a little known fact that Company Directors are able to provide financial protection for their families at a greatly reduced cost, thanks to a helping hand from HM Revenue & Customs. Most Company Directors with a family are acutely aware of the need to provide financial protection for their loved ones in case of premature death, and most will do so by arranging a life insurance policy with premiums paid personally. The problem with this approach is that the premiums are paid from income which has already suffered Income Tax and National Insurance.

Relevant Life As an alternative, however, a Company Director can arrange for his or her company to take out what is known as a ‘Relevant Life’ policy. Employers with many staff often provide life cover for them via a Group ‘Death in Service’ policy, and a Relevant Life policy is simply an individual version of the same type of cover, aimed at smaller employers.

The tax benefits are: • Payments are made by the company with no benefit-in-kind charge back to you • No National Insurance implications, either for the company or for the employee • Possible tax relief as a business expense depending on your individual circumstances • Tax-free benefits to your dependants

Example of Savings The overall savings can be significant, as the following example demonstrates. Let’s assume that you have a life insurance policy with a premium of £500 per annum. Assuming you are a higher rate taxpayer, then in order to pay this premium from your own pocket, you would need additional pay from the company of £862.07 gross. If the company pays Corporation Tax at 20%, it would be able to gain tax relief of £196.21, but this still means the net cost to the company of getting £500 into your hands is £784.83 (including the employer’s National Insurance). If, on the other hand, the company arranges this life cover as a Relevant Life policy, the £500 premium would also attract Corporation Tax relief – this would be worth £100, and thus the net cost to the company would be £400, giving a net saving of 49%. As you might expect, Relevant Life cover is not featured on comparison websites, but a good Independent Financial Adviser would be happy to help you establish what savings might be available to you.

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Supporting local enterprise


ounded in 2004, St Osyth based Information & Technology Company Naglotech are this year celebrating 10 years of trading.

The brainchild of Managing Director Andy Booth, Naglotech was originally formed as a bespoke software development house alongside former colleague John Rice, and was built upon the foundations of nearly 40 years shared experience within the industry.

“Having struggled to find a reliable platform for the development work that we were offering our customers, I decided to invest heavily in an infrastructure that would enable Naglotech to provide its own robust hosting solution” says Andy. This was the beginning of an evolution for Naglotech…….. From the humble beginnings in Andy’s spare room, to the somewhat more spacious surroundings of their Grade II listed offices on Clacton Road, St Osyth, Naglotech has grown steadily over the last decade, based upon good customer relations, and an excellent understanding of how to realise its customer’s ideas.

Today Naglotech are able to offer its customers a wide range of services Managing Director Andy Booth ranging from Business ADSL to Web Design, and the creation of vibrant and modern Smartphone applications that enable businesses to place their products in the palm of the customer’s hand.

Development With a team of vastly experienced developers and project managers working at Naglotech they are able to undertake projects both large and small. “Microsoft based development languages are used for the vast majority of our development work here at Naglotech, with our particular area of expertise being SQL database driven systems” says Senior Developer Rob Worrillow As well as new development, Naglotech also has a proven track record of completing transistions between new and legacy systems

“We work hard to make this sometimes difficult process run smoothly” says Rob


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Datacentre Naglotech are an authorised Dell supplier, enabling them to provide their customers with dedicated servers that are powered by cutting edge technology. A range of managed server packages are available which include proactive monitoring and maintenance of your server and all of its services.

“A managed server allows you to concentrate on your business, whilst we keep things running smoothly in the background” With their core network situated in a state of the art datacentre in the City of London, Naglotech is able to provide its customers with ADSL, leased lines and Bonded ADSL solutions to suit any requirements that your business may have.

Naglotech support staff are just a phone call away

Support Through a bespoke support package Naglotech can offer businesses the option to supplement their existing IT support requirements, or even outsource them completely. Naglotech can offer companies the resources to ensure their infrastructure maintains maximum uptime. Datacentre Rackspace in one of Naglotech’s City of London facilities

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Dedicated Servers Day to day assistance in the running of your IT systems Off site hosting of all on-line systems Hardware and software support via helpdesk Fully managed backup procedures Disaster recovery implementation 24/7 proactive monitoring of core systems Development resources On site health checks Service pack, patches and security update installations Preferential prices on hardware and software licensing

Whether it’s Hardware or software support you are looking for, or maybe just an on-site health check to assess the condition of your IT framework. Naglotech are able to tailor their service to suit your requirements whatever they may be. Why not pop in and see us at our offices in St Osyth and let us show you what we can do for your business. Call us on 01255 745 745 or visit our website

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An idyllic and versatile venue offering stunning harbour views • Fully-serviced restaurant and bar • Experienced professional staff • Multi-purpose hall for all seating formats • Accommodates up to 85 • Bespoke menus from tea and cakes to buffets to sit-down dining.

Following on from last year’s successful Go Purple, it is back this March

Corporate or celebratory, we have the location, the facilities and the know-how to make your event a complete success

We are asking you to hold a Go Purple fundraiser during March, to coincide with World Kidney Day on Thursday March 13th. Your purple themed event can be big or small and take place in your workplace, school, college, with your community group or with friends and family.

Business meetings | Conferences | Weddings Private parties | Wakes | Civic receptions…and more

All the money raised from Go Purple will help to fund even more lifesaving research into the causes, prevention and treatment of kidney disease.

For more information about holding your event at Colne Yacht Club, please contact our Hospitality Manager, Tony McManus on 01206 302594 or email him at events@colne

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Good News for Employers


ichard Porter, Solicitor and Head of Employment Law at Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP), discusses the effect of employment tribunal fees which were introduced in July 2013. Clients are always worried that no matter how fairly they treat a departing employee, the employee will meet a barrack room lawyer and be persuaded to “have a go” in an employment tribunal. Until the end of July 2013 this was easy. Proceedings could be issued by an employee without any fee, immediately creating a costly and time consuming headache for the employer. Claims would often have to be settled on a “nuisance” value, simply to make them go away. There is now light at the end of the tunnel. The first set of official statistics since the introduction of employment tribunal fees were released at the end of 2013. Unfair dismissal and failure to inform or consult on redundancy claims have fallen by around 40%. The number of “receipts” overall is 17% down on the same period in 2012 and although there has been an increase in equal pay and sex discrimination claims, it looks like the risk of a speculative claim is reduced.


This highlights the need to deal with matters properly. If good procedures are followed correctly the risk of a claim is reduced. Fees have made former employees think twice before issuing a claim, and the statistics suggest that proceedings will now only be issued where there is a realistic chance of success.

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Employers must ensure that they review their contracts, policies and procedures regularly. Richard’s full article, as well as a number of legal updates covering all aspects of employment law can be viewed or downloaded from www. The TSP Employment team work closely with businesses of all sizes to ensure that they are operating in accordance with current legal requirements. The team can help with practical advice on a wide range of policies and procedures, from employer’s documentation such as contracts of employment to advising on employee disputes. The team also run regular employment workshops. For more information please visit

Dates for your diary Employment Workshop: Managing Exit under Settlement Agreements Thursday 12 June 2014 Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm Employment Workshop: Using Contracts and Policies as a Business Tool Thursday 11 September 2014 Time: 4.00pm to 6.00pm Richard Porter can be contacted on 01206 574431 or email


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Local sailing duo looks forward to 2014


rightlingsea sailors Nikki Boniface and Rupert White are relishing the challenges that 2014 holds as they continue on their quest to compete in the Rio Olympics. Rupert, grandson of 1976 Olympic Tornado gold medallist Reg White, and Nikki competed together at youth level, winning ISAF Youth Worlds bronze and silver at the SL16 World Championships in 2011. Reunited for their Olympic campaign as Team WhiteBoniface, the duo is aiming to medal in 2016 in the new mixed multihull class on the Nacra 17. Nikki and Rupert trained last year with the Nacra 17 Podium Squad in Portugal where both gained in-depth knowledge from working closely with its highly-skilled and experienced members. TWB also competed in several ISAF and Eurosaf World Cup events in the spring, running up to the Nacra 17 World and European Championships in the summer. Reflecting on the year Nikki commented, “2013 was our

first year of Olympic sailing so we got ourselves out there and did as many events as possible to build our racing knowledge. It’s a big jump from youth sailing but we learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves immensely. We are really looking forward to the first events of this season.”

The team have not had the winter they planned, with Nikki forced to take time out to recover from a wrist ligament injury sustained last summer. Rupert had to continue training with the squad in Portugal with a different crew whilst Nikki underwent a wrist operation. 20-year-old Nikki has recently been given the all-clear to return to sailing though, and the team are getting in as many hours on the water together as possible before the racing season starts at the end of March. Their first two 2014 events are the Princesa Sofia in Mallorca at the end of March and Hyeres, France in April. Following these Team WhiteBoniface will continue on the World Cup circuit leading up to the European Championships in July and, their main event of the year, the ISAF World Championships in Santander, Spain in September. Team WhiteBoniface is sponsored by CTruk, a Brightlingseabased designer and builder of high-speed marine craft.

For further info contact Amanda Çetin,, +44 (0)1206 302088,

Business grants available


re you looking to grow your business? Do you need extra staff? Do you want to upskill your existing staff? If so, we have access to funding that could help you. Some of these programmes will require you to match the grant with some of your own money, but others, specifically some of the training and recruitment grants, are fully funded. Capital grants of up to 28% are available for business growth and development or researching new products. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help you train your staff with skills specific to your business, or general management or operational courses.

There are sector specific schemes, and specific criteria that apply to each programme, so please speak to us if you are interested in finding out what support you can access. If we can’t help you, we know a man who can! We have a wealth of contacts with professional business support organisations and we will do our best to find someone to help you, whatever your query. Michelle Gordon, 01255 686376, Donna Lehain, 01255 686377, Rachel Fryer, 01255 686149,

There are numerous schemes that offer funding for recruitment initiatives, including work experience, work trials, traineeships, interns, apprenticeships and grants of £2,275 if you take on someone who has been long term unemployed.

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Our Voluntary Community What’s going on at Walton Community Centre? • Walton Pre School • Food Bank • Work Club • Free Family Law Drop In Service • Rooms available to rent • New Youth Club commencing after Easter Standley Road, Walton on the Naze, Essex C014 8PT

Tel: 01255 672189

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• Two course lunch provided • Qualified staff in comfortable surroundings • Activities daily (crafts, quizzes, karaoke, reminiscence work) • Transport can be arranged Fees Each session £20.00 for 4 hours or all day 7 hours for £35.00 Two course hot lunch £4.00 Return Transport £3.00 (for local pick-ups) Call:

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We run a Forces Families Advice Bureau, based in the centre of Colchester it is a relaxed, friendly environment where family membe rs can come along and find out what services are available to them. It is run by non military personnel, who although they have not served in the military themselves, they have been in a military family, so have an understanding of some of the issues family members may wish to chat over, or seek guidance for. 
 We are continuing to strengthen our links with local councils, health authorities, housing agencies, and business communities, network ing regularly to help them understand the often very complex needs of wounde d service personnel and their families. It is through this continued network ing process that we are slowly raising the public awareness of the need to change some of our perceived ideas of how we care for our wounded and their families.

 Our drop in service relies totally upon public donatio ns and volunteers, and the generosity of some local businesses who provide their services at a nominal charge to The Invicta Foundation.

We have recently open our first charity shop in the Lion Walk shopping Centre which helps with the running costs of the charity, but as always we need the support of volunteers to help.

If you would like to support Our Armed forces Perso nnel and the families of the Lost, Wounded, Sick.

As They Support Us. Contact us at or tel: 01206 6170 01

Good News for Harwich


he Captain Fryatt Freehouse with Guest rooms and new Indian Street Cafe dining concept has arrived in Parkeston, Harwich.

The Captain Fryatt was bought 3 years ago by a local business family who had the vision to bring this run down business back to life and add a new dimension to the business by converting the former function hall into a new dining concept. Having spent nearly £500,000 on the whole project the Flying Trade Group (Surya) are pleased to announce that the new dining concept is now open to the public. The Freehouse and guest rooms are also fully operational and have already accommodated some very satisfied clients. The Pub has been given a complete overhaul and the bar has been re-positioned for improved use of the space. The bedrooms have been totally refurbished providing ten light and airy rooms with a contemporary feel. There are also two private cottages which are ideal for families or longer stays. All have flatscreen TV’s, free wifi, comfortable beds with duvets and crisp white quality linen. There are rooms which are fully en-suite and some which have shared bathrooms. All of the bathrooms have walk-in power showers. Room rates are available from £29.00 for a single to £99.00 for a cottage. There is also some limited private parking available. Laila Grill is a 50 seat air conditioned restaurant offering authentic Indian cuisine in a contemporary setting. The aim is to bring the traditional dhaba experience to Harwich. Indian “dhabas” are informal canteens where people from all walks of life sit together and enjoy spicy, delicious street food. The choices will vary by day and all our dishes are cooked according to the traditional recipe with no short-cuts or stir-in sauces. Most dishes are marinated overnight or slow cooked to get maximum flavours.

There is also a take away service from the pub, just pop in to have a drink while they prepare your order or call on 01255 240770.

Opening times: Lunch – Served 12:00pm – 2:30pm 7 days a week Evening – Served 6:00pm – 10:30pm 7 days a week 65 Garland Road, Parkeston Harwich, CO12 4PA Phone : +44 (01255) 240770 “Laila a name associated with quality and excellence, is one of the UK’s leading ethnic food brands. Established in 1996, to initially import high quality Basmati Rice to the Asian community within the UK, the past seventeen years has seen the “Laila” Brand grow into a household name and become one of the best selling Basmati Rice brands. Being able to account for the provenance of our rice is essential to the Laila Brand. We are committed to providing quality Basmati Rice to our customers and we can only do that if our teams are an integral part of “the field to the plate” process. We have several other products which import and use here as well. The kitchen & restaurant will be used for product launches, cookery demonstrations by our highly experienced international chef. He will be using this site to train and develop our chefs.

Enjoy the atmosphere and theatre of the open kitchen whilst enjoying just a snack, a main meal or even a refreshing ice cold cobra beer.

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We’re going back We are delighted to announce a welcome return, one year on, to a favourite venue for our seventh, yes, seventh networking event!

There are limited spaces outside the Yacht club but there is a large Pay and Display Car park about fifty yards away in Tower Street.

It will be held at The Colne Yacht Club in Brightlingsea on Friday 25th April 2014.

Address: Colne Yacht Club, Waterside, Brightlingsea, Essex. CO7 0AX. Tel: 01206 502594

For those of you who attended the last TBCM networking event at The Colne Yacht Club you will remember what a fantastic venue it is with views over the harbour and backwaters, accompanied by fantastic food and a very relaxed ambience, it certainly is a great way to start a Friday! As usual this is a free to attend event for advertisers and sponsors. (T&C’s apply) We welcome all Tendring based businesses to attend this quality networking event in a comfortable, relaxed and no pressure to buy environment, complemented with a full English breakfast at a charge of only £15.00 per person. This charge is payable in advance or by cash on the door. Please book early to avoid disappointment as this was so well attended previously we are expecting a large turnout and numbers are limited. There is an opportunity for you to promote your organisation to the rest of the group with a five minute slot available for five organisations. This will be on a first come first served basis so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book your space please e- mail The event starts at 8:00am and finishes at 10:00am with tea, coffee and juices available on arrival, followed by a Full English Breakfast (please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements at least 48 hours prior to the event). Remember to bring any marketing or advertising collateral with you and a pocket full of business cards. Address and Sat Nav details: Take the B1027 and follow signs for Brightlingsea. At the Thorrington roundabout take the B1029 for approximately two miles.

Call: 01255 740021 Email:

For bookings and more information please contact Kevin Barnes via e mail at or call 01255 740 021 We look forward to seeing you there!


Networking Events for all advertisers

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Tendring Business Community Magazine  

Spring 2014 edition

Tendring Business Community Magazine  

Spring 2014 edition