Creating economic growth in Spelthorne, together!


Do you know someone who would like to be their own boss?

10th October 2017

The SBF and Spelthorne Borough Council are working together with Inspiring Enterprise to offer their “Is it for me?” workshop at the Spelthorne Council Offices in Knowle Green on Thursday 19th October 10am-1pm.

This workshop is designed for people who are unemployed and would like to start their own business, but are concerned that they don’t really know what would be involved.

To register your interest or find out more click on this link- A4 Poster Inspiring Enterprise.

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.

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.

SBF Riverboat Cruise biggest ever attendance!

26th September 2017

The SBF annual riverboat cruise on the 14th September saw its biggest ever attendance with over 90 people enjoying a lovely sunny morning on the River Thames.

Courtesy of French Brothers hospitality and sponsorship from Heathrow airport everyone enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the river Thames with breakfast and great networking.

Speakers included Kwasi Kwarteng, Heathrow Airport and Spelthorne new Chief Executive Daniel Mouawad.

Phil Stoneman of Rushmore Borough Council wrote:Thank you for allowing me to attend the SBF Riverboat Cruise that was clearly a really well organised and well run event. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with a wide range of attendees from quite a diverse mix of businesses and they spoke highly of the support they receive. It was also good to hear from the speakers who were evidently passionate about supporting businesses and promoting Spelthorne as a great place to do business.

Take a look at our events page for more great FREE local events.


Spelthorne Skills & Careers Fair a great success!

26th September 2017

The Spelthorne Skills & Careers Fair 2017 was opened by Kwasi Kwarteng MP on Thursday 21st September at Kempton Park Racecourse.

With over 60 stands occupied by many of Spelthorne’s leading employers and skills providers the day was a fantastic opportunity to network and talk to local job seekers. With its biggest ever attendance of nearly 500 job seekers and students. The room was buzzing with many great conversations taking place.

This year’s event was a collaboration between Kenyngton Manor Children’s Centre, Spelthorne Borough Council, Job Centre Plus, Spelthorne Business Forum and A2 Dominion & Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

The event would not have been able to take place without the generous sponsorship from Dnata and Heathrow Airport Limited.

This event is another example of how business, local council and the social sector can come together in the interests of the local community to deliver a great and worthwhile event to benefit all who attended.

Jon Stanwick, Barclays Staines branch manager said: “There was a great atmosphere at the event with a good turnout and we met a lot of interesting potential recruits at the Barclays stand. The event was also an opportunity to talk to people about our Lifeskills project which helps young people become work ready, and also about the importance of being fraud aware and staying safe online.”

For details about the event please contact Tracey Carter, Spelthorne Borough Council –




Invest In Surrey Economic Prospects – July 2017

16th August 2017


Surrey Economic Prospects – July 2017


The Toast of Surrey award winners include Harvey Water Softneners and Gold-i
Three sites in the UK, including the University of Surrey in Guildford, will be linked via 5G test beds for the first time thanks to £16 million investment from the Government
The Transport Secretary and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan have given a commitment to Crossrail 2

For the full report please download here:    Surrey Economic Prospects July 2017 (003)

Staines Upon Thames Valuation Day

15th August 2017


Free valuations from a team of experts from Grand Auctions joined by TV Presenter, Paul Martin,
plus the opportunity to take your items to auction on a no sale no fee basis.

Simon Rufus FGA DGA MIRV formerly of Christies Marco Meninno FGA

Robin Newcombe formerly of Christies and Bonhams Simon Valentine BA

Jonathan Riley MA Cantab, Author, Charles Newington, MA Master Printer

16th & 17th September 2017, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Market Square, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 4QY

Self-employed support from HMRC in August

19th July 2017









HMRC is offering digital support to members in August with a selection of webinars, e-learning and YouTube videos available to help you get your tax right first time. Full details here.

Taylor Review ‘cautiously welcomed’
Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practice was cautiously welcomed by FSB when it was released this week. Also welcomed was the call for the Government to focus on encouraging self-employed people to plan for the future, reducing the potential that the taxpayer has to pick up additional costs associated with ill health or inadequate retirement saving

Making Tax Digital reforms are a lifeline for small firms
This week the Government made significant changes to the Government’s Making Tax Digital programme. The Treasury announced the current threshold for Mandatory Quarterly Tax reporting will be increased to the VAT threshold of £85,000, meaning the exemption of the smallest firms- FSB’s top priority for reform

Uxbridge BID wins ballot

19th July 2017

The Uxbridge BID will become a reality, after it wins its ballot.
The Uxbridge town centre BID achieved the required majority of businesses voting to be able to establish itself. On a turnout of just under 35%, 125 of 140 businesses voted in favour, representing £20.2m out of £21.7m by rateable value. To win, a BID must achieve a majority on both counts.

The BID aims to deliver over £2.5 million of investment to the area over a five-year period.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced yet another delay in the decision to expand Heathrow, blaming the snap General Election.
In October 2016, the government selected a new north-west runway at Heathrow as its preferred scheme for delivering new airport capacity in the south-east.
In February a consultation on a draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) was launched, which set out the reasons for this preference, along with the mitigation and compensation measures the government expects Heathrow to put in place if planning permission is to be granted.
Chris Grayling said that the work to analyse the over 70,000 responses to that consultation is progressing well, and continued: “This government is fully committed to realising the benefits that a new north-west runway at Heathrow would bring, in terms of economic growth, boosting jobs and skills, strengthening domestic links and – critically – increasing and developing our international connectivity as we prepare to leave the European Union”, reconfirming Heathrow as the clear Government choice.
However, he added some bad news, saying: “The timing of the election, in particular the need to re-start a Select Committee inquiry into the draft Airports NPS means we now expect to lay any final NPS in Parliament in the first half of 2018, for a vote in the House of Commons.” It had originally been expected in last 2017.
He promised a further update after the summer recess.
A business source commented: “Sir Howard Davies started talking about expanding Heathrow before the date for the EU Referendum was even set. Now there’s a real danger we may leave the EU before we’ve even taken a decision on where to put the runway we desperately need. What must our european friends think of us?”
There was good news on noise. He announced the publication of a Government response to the consultation held earlier this year on a new night flight regime for Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
The new rules encourage the use of quieter aircraft at all three airports by reducing the amount of noise airports are legally allowed to make, and will give local residents a 5 year guarantee about the level of noise that they will be exposed to.

original Posted on 13th July 2017 by lookwestlondon