Discuss and Do

A comprehensive and unique programme of business discussions and workshops exploring and sharing information, skills and tools. These free events are aimed at helping local enterprises to develop, prosper and support each other. They are from lived examples by real businesses in town, and the forum encourages discussion and engagement on all levels. This is a chance for us to collaborate, share our experiences and work together to build stronger, healthier organisations and a vibrant business community.

Organised by Frome and District Chamber of Commerce, Frome Town Council and supported by Enterprise Mendip, Discuss & Do is a free and unique programme of events in business administration to support local enterprises.

Discuss & Do will be organised at different venues around town, running from 6pm to 7.30pm on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

27th June, 6pm – The Power of Communication

Sam’s Kitchen

Marketing and communications is key to building your brand and your business. It is your expression of who you are and what you represent, so it’s vital that it is a clear and consistent message in all the right channels.

This workshop will explore how this applies to your business, why communication is important and what simple, practical tools you can apply.

Discuss & Do is a free event but registration is essential via the following link, Get Tickets.

Meet the Speakers

Cathy Hackett

Cathy brings a wealth of wisdom and experience from the corporate world in the People, Organisation and Culture space, particularly in building and sustaining strong employer brands.

Her expertise have been developed in her role as HR Director across a range of sectors including Energy at BP, Professional Services at PwC, as well as developing new brands at SMEs Penna Consulting and Voca.

More recently she has been Head of People at fintech start-up, TransferWise and is currently working with two tech start-ups in building out company values through engagement and involvement strategies to bring the brand to life internally so that employees are aligned and the customer experience is authentic and congruent.

Alan Morden 

Alan has spent his career helping define major brands at leading advertising agencies over many years.

His extensive experience includes ten years on British Airways; Singapore Airways and Qantas; Apple and IBM; Bells and Remy Martin; Alfa Romeo and Audi; New Zealand: The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong – the list goes on and on.

His work has been described as having an elegant simplicity, providing communication without bombast.

Hannah Morden

Hannah has owned and led global projects on brands such as Unilever and SC Johnson, dealing with up to 18 individual markets at any given time.

Hannah has also had her fair share of events for brands such as Emirates Airlines, Alain De Botton and L’Oréal.

Contact Charlie Orr at orrc@frometowncouncil.gov.uk for more information.


Upcoming Events

25th July, 6pm – Getting the right advice for your new premises

Following on from the Frome Town Council’s research last year, this presentation will look at how to find new premises, as well as alternative working hubs. There will be practical tips on what to look for, what to expect in the terms of the tenancy, and negotiating.

Moving premises can be a major headache.  Find out where you can get the help and expertise from professionals in the field and businesspeople who have done it!


26th September, 6pm – Digital Marketing: Tips on using Social Media and SEO

How do you market your business in today’s digital environment? What are the practical tips and tricks to improving your visibility using social media, or increasing your website traffic with Search Engine Optimization?

The evening will take the form of an informal workshop with local business owners, focusing on how they have integrated their digital marketing into a specific approach to their marketplace.


24th October, 6pm – What do my numbers mean?

Numbers mean money and so much more. This will be an interactive workshop giving you an opportunity to explore what your numbers actually mean: How to read your accounts; what information you need to run a successful business; how to choose the right accounting system.

It will be a practical evening, with opportunities to discuss different taxes, cloud accounting, raising money and more, with local experts.


28th November, 6pm – It’s all about people

Getting the best from staff, customers, suppliers and other key relationships comes down, in the end, to your skill in managing people. We will cover three key aspects of ‘people skills’: clarity, empathy and managing emotions.

You will explore and practice how to communicate clearly, develop listening skills and manage emotions, yours and theirs.