23 Nov

East Cambridgeshire Business Boost 2018

Activate your sales, energise your team, move up the Google rankings, perform your best!


East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce are pleased to announce the second East Cambs Business Boost event will be taking place on Friday November 23rd at The Hive, Ely from 9:15am to 2pm.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s event, East Cambs Business Boost 2018 will bring together over 200 local SMEs through networking, business exhibition and keynote speaker sessions.

This year’s theme, ACTIVATE, is inspired by the modern fitness facilities at the brand new The Hive leisure centre, part of the Ely Leisure Village development. The event will help accelerate business growth for the East Cambs area with sessions that will help activate your sales, energise your team, move your business up the Google rankings and ensure your business is performing at its very best for future growth.

We are delighted that Sally Gunnell OBE DL will be the headline speaker at East Cambs Business Boost 2018.


Sally remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. Following her retirement Sally now mixes motivational speaking with running corporate wellbeing programmes.

With a fantastic line up of speakers, East Cambs Business Boost will also deliver engaging and insightful masterclasses from social media giants, Buffer; corporate wellbeing experts Westfield Health; and Sandler Training’s popular sales workshop.

The Sponsors - visit their websites below


Huge thanks to our Sponsors - Ellgia Recycling, PEM, Lancaster Way Business Park and Busy Bee Recruitment. 

How to book

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Who should attend?

East Cambs Business Boost 2018 is for SMEs who want to activate their business growth through focused mindset and attitude; a healthy, happy workforce; utilising digital marketing and content effectively to beat competitors in the Google rankings and using enhancing sales skills to increase revenue.

This ticket-only event is FREE to attend and open to small and medium-sized businesses across East Cambridgeshire and the surrounding area who want to take their business to the next level.


The event is from 9:15 am until 2pm (Registration from 8:45am) and includes a speed networking event hosted by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce.


Exhibitors representing small and medium-sized businesses from across the East Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas will be on hand in the Main Hall of The Hive for networking opportunities.  These include:

Anglia Business Growth Consultants - Artificial Turf Care - Business Energy Efficiency Programme - Busy Bee Recruitment - Cambridge Software - Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce - Dynamic Creative - East Cambs District Council - Ellgia - Ely Cathedral Business Group - Exemplas - Fenland Spirit Services - Fraser Dawbarns LLP - FSB - Grovemere Property Ltd - Kershaw Group - Labour-Tech Recruitment Ltd - Lovewell Blake - Meet Cambridge - Metro Rod Cambridge - Natwest Business Banking - Neaves & Neat - Network Design - PAB Languages - PEM - Prestige Fire Safety Ltd - Price Bailey - REACTOR - Red Shoes Accountancy - Tucker Gardner Estate Agents - Whiting and Partners - xpert resourcing

The Speakers

Sally Gunnell OBE DL, Sally Gunnell Health and Wellbeing


Sally Gunnell OBE DL remains the only woman ever to hold four major track titles concurrently – Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth.

Sally’s rise to the pinnacle of her sport was hard won. She blew the chance to be World Champion in 1991, stormed back to win Olympic Gold in 1992 and defied incredible odds to become World Champion in 1993, setting a new World Record in the process. She contended with injuries, athletes that she saw as more naturally gifted and a relatively modest support infrastructure compared to her peers.

Her success, by her own admission, was down to a firm grip over her own mind and a lot of very hard graft…

Following her retirement from international athletics, Sally developed a new career as a television presenter and now mixes motivational speaking with running corporate well being programmes. Sally is also a high-profile supporter of healthy and active family initiatives in the UK.

In this Keynote session,  Sally will cover her journey from top sporting achievements, what she’s taken from that to achieve in business and life today:

•  How important wellbeing is for success at home and in the workplace

•  How to build resilience, enabling you to handle day to day life

•  How important it is to find balance in your life

•  How small changes make a big difference and why you should have goals, both short term and long term 

•  Looking at the importance of general health & wellbeing

•  Practical advice, including tips & tricks to improve your wellbeing (health, fitness, diet & sleep)

•  What Sally has learnt from hurdles she faced in her sporting career and how she uses what she has learnt in both her personal life and her career today

•  Encouraging audience to look at their lives and identify what changes they need to make to increase their own wellbeing


Ash Read, Editorial Director, Buffer


Buffer is an intuitive social media management platform trusted by over a million brands, businesses, agencies, and individuals across the world to help drive social media results.

Buffer’s blog attracts more than 1.5 million visits and generates thousands of signups each month.

In this session Ash will take a deep dive into the real-world data behind Buffer’s content marketing strategy and will leave you with actionable tactics you can use to improve your appearance in Google’s search rankings and grow your website traffic right away.


Mark Pinches, Head of Coaching, Westfield Health


Formed in 1919, Westfield Health is a UK-based not for profit organisation, which provides health and wellbeing services and healthcare plans to individuals, private and public sector organisations and blue-chip companies.

Workplace health and wellbeing is moving up the corporate agenda. Businesses now recognise there are tangible benefits in looking after your most important asset – your staff. Westfield’s health and wellbeing services help businesses lower absence rates, increase productivity and improve employee engagement.

Mark Pinches is a Performance and Executive Coach and Mentor specialising in Wellbeing, Change Management and Leadership Development. Mark has worked with a wide range of business clients up to Director and CEO level in a wide range of commercial and Government areas and with many professional sports teams and athletes up to GB team and National Team Captaincy level including the Formula One Benetton Team.  This session will cover Optimal Workplace Wellbeing.


Caroline Robinson, Director, Sandler Training


Caroline is a sought after keynote speaker at industry trade associations, conferences and meetings. She consistently rates as a top speaker among attendees on subjects concerning, leadership, management, sales and business development and customer service.

Caroline’s strategy consultancy, recruitment, training and people development career began with 11 years of advising blue chip pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer, GSK, Johnson and Johnson and AstraZeneca.  Caroline now runs Sandler Training, a world leading sales training and consulting company, based in Cambridge.  She has worked extensively with leadership teams, their sales managers and people for a broad range of local, national and international companies across diverse industries including tech, professional services, engineering and marketing.

Over four decades, Sandler has worked with tens of thousands of companies and we’ve learned a lot about business leaders. Most of them are passionate about their business, but find that getting others to share that passion is sometimes a challenge. Most of them really do want to move their company into the top rank, but they have learned firsthand that wanting it is not enough. Most of them work very, very hard—but after a while, they realise that, no matter how hard they work, something important seems to be missing. And they’re not quite sure what that something is.

Understanding your business blind spots is the first step to moving your company forwards in a sustainable way. In this session we will examine 5 common blind spots that limit the success of many companies.

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Running Order

8:45am Registration of visitors

9:15am Event begins

8:45am Registration of visitors

9:15am Exhibition opens

9:30 - 10.00am Ash Read, Editorial Director, Buffer

10:20 - 10.50am Mark Pinches, Head of Coaching, Westfield Health

11:00 - 11:45am Speed Networking (upstairs room) with Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce

12:00  - 12:30pm Caroline Robinson, Director, Sandler Training

12:45am - 1:30pm Sally Gunnell OBE DL, Sally Gunnell Health & Wellbeing

1:40 - 2:00pm Buffet lunch

2.00pm Close

When and where is the East Cambs Business Boost 2018

The event is Friday 23rd November 2018 from 9:15am to 2pm at The Hive Leisure Centre, 15 Downham Rd, Ely CB6 2SH.  The HIve, East Cambridgeshire's new Leisure Centre, was funded by East Cambridgeshire District Council with the help of a £1.5m Lottery grant from Sport England.  It is operated by GLL on behalf of the council.