Monday 22 January
Guest speaker: Tracey Harding of the Ely Tourist Information Office and Visit Ely
Spotlight on Visit Ely - Keeping Ahead of the Game
Tracey Harding is the Tourism, Town Centres and Events Manager for Visit Ely. Responsible for promoting Ely and the surrounding area, managing the Tourist Information Centre and Oliver Cromwell’s House, supporting local businesses and putting on major events - the remit is wide. Having spent nearly 20 years working for the local authority she has seen many changes. As a result of budget reductions and the dawn of the digital age the service has had to adapt and operate more commercially. This is your opportunity to understand the important role that Visit Ely plays and how it intends to operate in the future to ensure Ely remains the wonderful place that we all know and love.
Monday 27 November
Talk by Sarah Simonds, Artichoke Ely
Where Angels Fear to Tread, Retail in the 21st Century
Sarah Simonds of Artichoke is an accidental retailer. Retiring from a career in shipping to have her children in the late nineties, Sarah thought that she would become a lady who lunched. Life, however, as it so often does, “bit her on the bum” and she needed to earn cash whilst her children were very small. Living in rural West Norfolk, this proved to be quite difficult. So at a girlfriends suggestion, Sarah set up a mobile clothes shop. Fast forward fifteen years and you will note that Sarah has two bricks and mortar shops, one in Ely and the other in Swaffham, an established pop up and a small web business. Sarah will be discussing the challenges facing independent retailers in today’ s economic environment.
Monday 23 October
Talk by Mike Connelly, Publican of two pubs in Ely
'The business of your local pub'
Mike Connelly is the publican of two pubs in Ely, the Prince Albert in Silver Street and the Royal Standard in Fore Hill. Based on his considerable local experience, Mike takes particular interest in the success of independent businesses in Ely. He will illustrate the importance of such businesses, from the perspective of a pub operator, to the local economy. He will in the course of his talk explain the relationship between breweries and pub operators and the pressures that face pub tenants at the local level
Monday 25 September
Tracy Grazioli CertBB&C & M.I.Ex Director, International Anglia Santander plc
International Expansion Plans
Tracy will run through significant information, aiming to provide practical advice & invaluable insight about International Trade to companies looking to export for the first time or looking to develop their existing International business via business leads & exporting insights available on Santander’s unique Trade Portal.
UK businesses can get a significant amount of information from the Portal, a free online resource to help exporters both identify the best export opportunities & find the information & key contacts needed to achieve success on a Global basis. There are over 190,000 importers in key countries listed, circa 30,000 suppliers, more than 40,000 trade shows, over 1 million public & private tenders worldwide along with a directory of potential customers, suppliers & possible competitors.
Tracy has developed a wealth of International Trade Finance experience working in the banking sector for more than three decades’, including 5 years working for Santander, almost 20 years at Bank of Ireland & specialist Trade Finance houses like Delta Trade Finance & China Export Finance. Her understanding of the international markets enables her to offer best practice insight to firms.
Monday 26 June
Brexit, 12 months on
This week's discussion, "Brexit, 12 months on" attracted a good audience at the Royal Standard Pub in Ely. A lively discussion took place - far from a bunch of business people reciting the same script! Many differing views were expressed: about whether the Government was approaching things sensibly; about things that have already changed for worse; about the opportunities and pitfalls for businesses as they seek to forge new international partnerships; and about what can be done to ensure that everyone is listened to, covering all shades of business society, but also the ordinary people whose lives may be affected by the outcome of Brexit negotiations. Above all, though, the main message, even for the leave contingent, was that a strong feeling of anxiety and uncertainty continues to pervade East Anglia - a feeling that is unlikely to go away for some time. Meanwhile businesses, small and large, must determine their own path if they are to survive, yet they still lack clear visibility of the likely outcome of negotiations with Europe over free trade agreements, immigration rules, legal jurisdiction and other key concerns, such as the possible effects on the research and innovation communities. With all the above in mind, Ely Cathedral Business Group is considering how best to theme its Autumn Debate on 11 October, 2017. Progress with Brexit is an obvious candidate, but we would be very glad to hear any views on that or alternative subjects affecting how we do business in Cambridgeshire. Do let us know if you have a suggestion, but, above all, do put the date in your diary!
Monday 22 May
Jo Evans Emerald Frog
Business and the community: Offering work experience
Jo Evans has nearly 20 years' experience in Marketing, working as Direct Marketing Manager for a market leading international company prior to establishing Emerald Frog Marketing. With extensive hands-on experience, Jo has managed successful and targeted marketing campaigns to both the public and private sectors.
Jo is accredited by the Institute of Direct Marketing with the industry recognised IDM Diploma in Direct and Interactive Marketing. She also has extensive experience with marketing strategy and writing copy for direct mail, e-campaigns, promotional material, press releases, websites and SEO.
Monday 24 April
Canon Stephen Bourne, MA, FCA Administrator of Ely Cathedral
"Survival in the Cathedrals Business"
For the past 20 years, Stephen has specialised in the management of not-for-profit organisations, including Cambridge University Press, the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, Britten Sinfonia and The Wine Society. In his retirement, he manages ‘the business side’ of Ely Cathedral and is Vice-President of Clare Hall, Cambridge.
At a time when there is much disquiet about the finances of several of England’s cathedrals, Stephen will offer us an insight into how various ancient businesses have survived for centuries and how cathedrals are still in a position to outlive most commercial businesses in the modern age.
Monday 27 March
Austen Dack ADprom Ltd
“From Potato to Panto - via The Tractor Boys"
Austen has been in Ely since 2006, coming to the city through his love of Subbuteo. Now entering his 50th year he has considerable marketing experience across many business models. His approach to marketing is through the use of partnerships. Teaming up the likes of Cheffins with a 11,000 audience professional pantomime, and launching the worlds only Potato street race are just two of his latest project.
With over 15 years marketing and brand management across Archant newspapers and websites, plus an editorship of Chippy Chat - the online and inprint platform for the fish and chip industry Austen's passion for marketing is catching.
Monday 27 February
My Shop is Local
Ivar has lived in Ely for 11 years now, before Ely he lived and worked in Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania, Oslo - Norway and London. He went to university in the US and has a degree in Accountancy. After many years working as a Financial Director, he has spent the last 12 years providing and implementing business software for small and medium sized companies in the UK, before setting up a new business venture in 2016 - My Shop is Local.
His presentation will argue that Cloud based software is a fantastic opportunity for SME’s compared to the traditional business software model i.e. locally installed on server. He will also cover how his current business only use Cloud based software and how it all works together.