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
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.