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Free online business support

17th October 2017

As a Spelthorne resident or business did you know that you’re able to access free online business advice via live chat following SBC’s partnership with business support website, My Incubator Ventures?

Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or an existing business looking for a helping hand, this service allows you to speak to a professional business advisor via a live chat service, saving you the time and money of having to travel anywhere.

This live chat service is available Monday – Friday between 9am and 7pm (excluding public bank holidays).

As well as being able to chat to business advisors, you can also access the My Incubator Ventures business information library which is full of useful, downloadable factsheets and documents, including business plan documents.

Find out more on the SBC website here

How diverse is your workforce?

9th October 2017

Through joining the committee to organise the recent Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair we recently got to know Rebecca Denyer. Rebecca is the new Small Employer Adviser (SEA) for Staines.

The SEA role has recently been introduced to give Jobcentre Plus (JCP) the extra opportunity to connect with small local employers – in particular to raise awareness of the range of support available to them when employing a person with a long term health condition or disability.

As you might be aware,  there are approximately 7 million people (18% of the UK population) who are disabled or have a health condition. Increasing the employment rate for this demographic is important for productivity as well as equity. It’s estimated that the UK economy could grow by £13 billion if disabled people were included. Additionally, £1.8 billion is lost by businesses every month because people with disabilities leave because that business is not accessible in some way?

There are real benefits be made for small businesses from having a diverse workforce that reflects the community they do business in. Part of Rebecca’s role is to challenge the presumption that this demographic cannot or do not want to work and that the process of supporting people into work is costly and complex. However, she does recognise that small businesses face particular pressures and do not have HR departments that can support making recruitment and the workplace more accessible. As a result JCP needs to provide additional support to small businesses for them to benefit.

Rebecca would really like to discuss this further with SBF businesses. Please do get in touch with her directly if you would like to know more:

Rebecca Denyer – Small Employer Adviser – Surrey
Department for Work and Pensions  | Work Services Directorate
Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex  | Staines Jobcentre Plus
Ground Floor | 62 London Road | Staines | TW18 4HB
Phone 01784 231637 or 07769 913696 | @JCPinSurrey on Twitter  | www.gov.uk |

What happens to your coffee cup waste?

9th October 2017

On Tuesday 10th October there will be a discussion in Parliament by the Environmental Audit Committee the issues with recycling coffee cup waste.

The session begins with a panel discussion of the challenges around recycling coffee cups, such as limited recycling infrastructure and consumer confusion, and the potential solutions being piloted on a local scale.

The following panel will be an opportunity to hear the perspective of those working in the coffee industry, in particular their views on a range of solutions to coffee cup waste.

If you are concerned about this in Spelthorne we have a local business which facilitates just this type of recycling  http://www.simplycups.co.uk.

They have a plant based in Stanwell Moor: http://www.simplywastesolutions.co.uk/waste-management-company-moved-stanwell-depot where they have a mini-multi recycling facility for paper cups. They have a number of options for setting up a paper cup collection and it looks fairly straight forward to do.

This article describes an example of how it works: City of London launches challenge to boost coffee cup recycling.

Let’s see what we can do to spread awareness of this within our own business community!

 

 

Construction Seminar at Heathrow Academy

9th October 2017

Do you know anyone in construction and looking for employment at Heathrow? If so they need to come along to the next Construction Information Session will be held at the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy on the 2nd November, 2017 .

The following outline  will be covered in the session

•         Overall presentation about  Heathrow Airport
•         Brief overview of the 3 arms of the Academy:  Recruitment , Apprenticeships, Development.
•         Overview of upcoming vacancies.
•         Overview of the live vacancies, apprenticeships and direct employment
•         Overview of the Pre-employment training dates. (  booking & registration, CSCS card will be included , 2 week course, guaranteed interview.)
•         Completion of the enrolment form
•         One to one with the  construction  recruitment team
•         Questions & Answer session

More information available here November Group Session.

New Heathrow Export Office

6th October 2017

New Heathrow Export Office for Surrey Chambers

From the beginning of October Surrey Chambers of Commerce are offering a full International Trade service from their Heathrow office based in Staines-Upon-Thames. Based at Spelthorne Borough Council, the new offering includes export documentation services as well as expert advice and support on international trade matters. Situated in the town nearest to Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Office will allow local and airport based businesses to drop-in and get their documents processed the same day without losing any time travelling.

Louise Punter, CEO of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, said “Our International Trade team currently support 400 exporters with over 3500 documents a year and the easier we can make it for them the better. Our documentation ensures a safe passage for their goods being delivered all around the world and we very often have to deal with time sensitive situations. By bringing our services close to the users we believe we are helping them”

Gary Hayes, Surrey Chambers International Trade Manager, commented “We are delighted to be reinforcing the support we already offer businesses in North Surrey and surrounding Heathrow by being able to offer export documentation services and friendly expert advice and guidance right on their doorstep.”

Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne BC, commented “We are delighted to support Surrey Chambers in this service as we want to make it as easy as possible for our businesses to export. The advice and services they provide are excellent and we are looking forward to seeing a busy vibrant office.”

Heathrow’s Head of Economic Development, Sundeep Sangha, said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow wants to do all it can to help local businesses spread their products around the globe and grow international trade. We are looking forward to working even closer with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce to boost British trading links and make Britain the best connected country in the world.”

Surrey Chambers of Commerce
(Heathrow Office)
Council Office, Knowle Green
Staines-Upon-Thames
Surrey TW18 1XB
T: +44 (0)1483 735544
E: export@surrey-chambers.co.uk

Staines-upon-Thames Day 2017

20th March 2017

Be a part of this year’s Staines-upon-Thames Day and benefit from the fabulous variety of event and activities attracting over 7,000 visitors throughout the day.

Surrey Economic Prospects – February 2017

10th March 2017

Please see the February Economic Prospects for Surrey by clicking on the link below.

The headlines this month

  • An application to build 134 homes at Guildford Cathedral has been rejected.
  • East Surrey College’s 2016 A Level performance ranks in top 10 nationally.
  • The unemployment rate in Surrey has increased from 0.6% to 0.7%. This represents the highest number of claimants in nearly two years.

Spelthorne Economic and Development Trends – November 2016

15th December 2016

This monthly fact sheet provides information on employment and development trends.

Unemployment(1)
The latest unemployment figures for October 2016 were published on 16 November 2016. Table 1 shows unemployment as a percentage of the ‘resident based’ population.

Table 1 Unemployment Count Trends by Local Authority

Spelthorne Elmbridge Runnymede Windsor & Maidenhead Slough Hounslow Hillingdon Richmond upon Thames
Date No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
15-Oct 437 0.7 354 0.4 299 0.5 610 0.7 1,227 1.3 2,658 1.5 2,628 1.4 1,266 1
15-Nov 448 0.7 348 0.4 313 0.6 572 0.6 1,164 1.2 2,542 1.4 2,570 1.3 1,196 1
15-Dec 445 0.7 344 0.4 298 0.5 580 0.6 1,146 1.2 2,444 1.4 2,405 1.3 1,146 0.9
16-Jan 495 0.8 388 0.5 345 0.6 583 0.6 1,170 1.2 2,487 1.4 2,387 1.2 1,153 0.9
16-Feb 562 0.9 410 0.5 377 0.7 568 0.6 1,196 1.3 2,299 1.3 2,441 1.3 1,198 1
16-Mar 557 0.9 391 0.5 342 0.6 540 0.6 1,155 1.2 1,980 1.1 2,396 1.2 1,173 0.9
16-Apr 516 0.8 365 0.5 297 0.5 498 0.5 1,101 1.2 1,607 0.9 2,347 1.2 1,112 0.9
16-May 456 0.7 331 0.4 268 0.5 498 0.5 1,114 1.2 1,427 0.8 2,318 1.2 1,111 0.9
16-Jun 445 0.7 310 0.4 259 0.5 474 0.5 1,062 1.1 1,241 0.7 2,296 1.2 1,079 0.9
16-Jul 439 0.7 294 0.4 255 0.5 481 0.5 977 1 1,069 0.6 2,264 1.2 1,057 0.8
16-Aug 424 0.7 286 0.4 265 0.5 464 0.5 956 1 973 0.5 2,215 1.2 982 0.8
16-Sep 421 0.7 302 0.4 255 0.5 464 0.5 955 1 899 0.5 2,178 1.1 1,013 0.8
16-Oct 403 0.7 321 0.4 242 0.4 481 0.5 918 1 812 0.4 2,094 1.1 1,016 0.8

Source: Office for National Statistics – nomis

(1)The unemployment figure is based on those people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). This figure is normally lower than the figure for people seeking work because some unemployed people are not entitled to claim unemployment related benefits, or choose not to do so. Because of the way the data is collected unemployment trends based on claimant count figures tend to be more up to date and reliable, especially at the local level. Claimants of Universal Credit are not included in the above figures.

Table 2 shows the unemployment rate at Ward level in Spelthorne. Whilst the unemployment rate for Spelthorne overall is 0.7%, at Ward level the lowest rate is in Sunbury East at 0.2% and the highest in Stanwell North at 1.2%

Table 2 Unemployment Claimant Count Trends by Ward

Date May June July Aug-16 Sep-16
2016 2016 2016
No % No % No % No % No % No %
Staines 51 0.9 50 0.9 50 0.9 39 0.7 43 0.8 42 0.7
Staines South 34 0.7 35 0.8 35 0.8 30 0.7 27 0.6 24 0.5
Riverside & Laleham 16 0.4 11 0.3 10 0.2 14 0.3 12 0.3 15 0.4
Laleham & Shepperton Green 35 0.7 31 0.6 36 0.7 38 0.7 37 0.7 33 0.6
Shepperton Town 19 0.5 14 0.4 12 0.3 15 0.4 15 0.4 13 0.3
Halliford & Sunbury West 18 0.5 20 0.6 24 0.7 23 0.6 20 0.6 23 0.6
Sunbury East 20 0.5 18 0.4 21 0.5 20 0.5 17 0.4 7 0.2
Sunbury Common 53 1 56 1.1 57 1.1 56 1.1 57 1.1 54 1
Ashford Common 33 0.6 32 0.6 33 0.6 28 0.5 27 0.5 31 0.6
Ashford East 25 0.5 24 0.5 22 0.5 26 0.6 26 0.6 22 0.5
Ashford Town 22 0.5 24 0.5 19 0.4 22 0.5 22 0.5 22 0.5
Ashford North & Stanwell South 52 0.9 53 0.9 51 0.9 52 0.9 47 0.8 53 0.9
Stanwell North 78 1.4 77 1.4 69 1.3 61 1.1 71 1.3 64 1.2

Table 3 Vacant shops in main centres
The level of vacancy is shown as a percentage of all units, and is taken from the Council’s Annual Retail Survey which is conducted in April each year.

2014 2015 2016
Total Units Vacant % Total Units Vacant % Total Units Vacant %
Staines 266 34 12.8 267 40 14.9 269 38 14.1
Ashford 173 15 8.7 173 13 7.5 171 12 7
Shepperton 93 8 8.6 93 8 8.6 94 12 12.7
Sunbury Cross 47 5 10.6 47 8 17 47 6 12.7

The following table shows the total amount of office and industrial/warehousing floorspace being marketed in April 2016. Full details are set out in the Annual Survey of Available Premises, April 2016.Table 4 Available Commercial Premises (Office & Industrial/Warehousing)

Available Commercial premises Apr-12 Apr-13 Apr-14 Apr-15 Apr-16
Offices 30,557 m2 30,970 m2 25,313 m2 28,136 m2 20,238 m2
Industrial/Warehousing 17,242 m2 31,778 m2 32,725 m2 11,229 m2 4,434 m2
TOTAL 47,799 m2 62,748 m2 58,038 m2 39,365 m2 24,672 m2