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Do you understand how GDPR applies to your business?

6th October 2017

The new General Data Protection Regulations will come into effect in May 2018 and remain in effect even once the UK leaves the EU. It is important that you understand how these changes in data protection will affect your business, how you store information and handle your customers’ data.

To help simplify this one of our members, Goddards Accountants, have provided this handy guide for businesses:

NB A5 Overview of the GDPR v2 (002)

If you have any questions you can find their contact details in the Directory.

BID Manager Vacancy

24th January 2017
  •  Up to £45,000 per annum pro rata
  • One full time candidate or
  • two part time candidates considered for job share
  • Contract commencement: 1st April 2017
  • five-year fixed project term, renewable in year five pending successful re ballot

Sent on behalf of the Staines-upon-Thames BID Steering Group

24th October 2016

The Staines-upon-Thames BID Business Plan 2017-2022  will be hand delivered to businesses on Monday and Tuesday next week.  A second copy will accompany ballot papers on 1st November.  Businesses have 28 days to vote and return ballot papers.  Pending a successful ballot, Staines-upon-Thames achieves Business Improvement District (BID) status and secures £1.6 million of investment to deliver new initiatives under the following five themes:

  • A well known town – marketing, promotion and PR
  • An eventful town – high quality events to boost trade and footfall
  • A safer town day and night
  • An attractive town – street and parking improvements
  • A productive town – business support and a collective business voice

If you missed the launch of the Staines-upon-Thames BID on Wednesday evening you can speak to members of the BID Steering Group over the next few weeks between 10-11am in the new Nostrano Lounge at 55 High Street, Staines town centre on the following days:

  • Monday 24th October
  • Thursday 27th October
  • Tuesday 1st November
  • Friday 4th November
  • Tuesday 8th November

We would be happy to answer any questions you have on the BID, discuss the business plan or just have a coffee with you.


Michelle Baker

Staines-upon-Thames BID Development Manager

Announcing our new patronage: Marketing Monkey

22nd September 2016

marketing-monkeyThe Spelthorne Business Forum are delighted to announce their new patron Marketing Monkey.

Marketing Monkey help businesses reach their goals through tailored marketing solutions, including social media strategies, email campaign management copywriting for brochures and websites and much more.

Lord Digby Jones “- “The UK in a Post-Brexit World”

22nd September 2016


On Wednesday the 21st of September Shepperton Rotary Club hosted Lord Digby Jones to talk about the United Kingdoms exit from the European Union following the decision to leave by the British public on the 23rd of June. In his humorous yet informative manner Lord Digby entertained the audience for over two hours on his thoughts on a “Post-Brexit World” while also hosting a Q and A from the audience.