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Spelthorne Borough Council: Budget Presentation

10th February 2017

On Thursday 9th February Terry Collier, Deputy Chief Executive (Chief Finance Officer) of Spelthorne Borough Council presented the council’s budget for the next financial year.

One of the SBF’s flagship events, Terry’s Budget presentation shed’s light on the increasing pressures on the council due to the reduction in central government funding and the strategy that they have implemented to put it on a sound financial footing in the years ahead.

Once again the event was kindly sponsored by BP providing breakfast for attendee’s at their Sunbury office campus.

The Spelthorne Business Forum have kindly been given access to the presentation slides if you missed the event.

Spelthorne Borough Council Budget Presentation

 

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

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

Surrey Economic Prospects – September 2016

13th October 2016
  • Spelthorne Borough Council has bought the BP business centre in Sunbury for £360 million.
  •  The 43.3 acre Legal and General site in Kingswood has been put on the market for offers in excess of £70 million.
  • Unemployment, measured by the number of Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimants increased slightly in August to 4,100. The unemployment rate remained at 0.6%.
  •  Surrey County Council is preparing a new local plan for waste, to manage the waste generated by homes and businesses sustainably.

Vote YES! Back the Staines-Upon-Thames BID

14th September 2016

BID, StainesThe Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District (BID) development is going from strength to strength with the appointment of a Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Steven Harvey, Managing Director of Oasis Estate Agents in Clarence Street has been appointed as BID Chairman with Stephen Gould, founder of The Optical Shop in the Elmsleigh Centre as Vice Chairman.

Calling All Landlords! Spelthorne Borough Council launches Rent Guarantee Scheme

10th May 2016

DSC_0033Landlords from all over Spelthorne got together at an event hosted by the Spelthorne Borough Council on April 26 at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. They has an opportunity to network and listen to guest speakers on subjects such as recent legislative requirements and changes in tax law which affect landlords. the event was very well attended with excellent feedback on how useful it had been. As a result, the Council will aim to host regular Landlord Forums to encourage networking and allow us to get to know our landlords better.

Spelthorne and Slough Borough Councils Back Heathrow in letter to The Times

8th March 2016

logo-SPELspotA2The Leaders of Spelthorne and Slough Borough Council’s have written a letter to The Times to express their support for a third runway at Heathrow.

The joint letter, from Councillor Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council and Councillor Rob Anderson, Leader of Slough Borough Council, is in response to reports that some council are preparing to sure over an extra Heathrow runway, and aim to show that no all councils local to the airport oppose its expansion.

Spelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership.

Spelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership.
9th November 2015

granthelpSpelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle today announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership.

Spelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle today announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership, a pioneering new scheme, to stimulate local economic growth and employment through improved access to business finance.

As part of the scheme, the Council will lend up to £300,000 directly to businesses based in Spelthorne using Funding Circle, the UK’s leading online marketplace for small business loans.

The Council will join thousands of British people already lending their money to small and medium sized businesses across the country. The government-backed British Business Bank and 11 other councils across the country (including Newcastle County Council, Camden Council and Nottingham County Council) have also signed up to lend money to businesses through Funding Circle.