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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

They have a plant based in Stanwell Moor: 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!



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British Chambers of Commerce International Trade Summit

9th October 2017

This year’s International Trade Summit will take place at the VOX Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham on 12th October.

The event will give delegates practical advice, invaluable resources and the contacts needed to grow their business, and begin the next step of their export journey.
Whatever stage of the export journey you are at, the BCC’s International Trade Summit is the event that will help you take your business to the next level.

There will be a choice of informative workshops, lively panel discussions with businesses with export experience from a range of sectors, stimulating speeches from successful exporters and household names. And, of course, plenty of time for networking.

Join them on the 12th October to:
• LEARN – from peer-to-peer inspiration and gain advice from successful exporting businesses
• EXPORT – by looking at the changing face of export compliance especially in light of BREXIT including customs, VAT and standards finance.
• GROW – learn which markets to target and what help is available to help grow your export sales in Europe and beyond.For more information on speakers and the programme and to book, please visit 


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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.

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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.

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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
Surrey TW18 1XB
T: +44 (0)1483 735544

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Heathrow Business Summit

3rd October 2017
You’re invited to attend the flagship Heathrow Business Summit Wednesday 8 November 2017 

The Heathrow Business Summit is a unique opportunity for you to connect and trade face to face with Heathrow’s supply chain and connect to growth opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
Get Involved 

Discover the procurement opportunities available in Heathrow’s supply chain including airside services, construction, electrical services, engineering, facilities management, fit-out and finish, food and beverage, IT, marketing, print and packaging, mechanical services, staff, transport and more at

Register online to promote your services and enter the supplier matching process for face to face 15min appointments with Heathrow’s supply chain.

Attend up to 6 pre-booked appointments and take advantage of extra appointments on the day.

Meet Heathrow’s Procurement team.

Connect with local Chambers of Commerce. Engage with Department for International Trade.

Network and form new partnerships with other SMEs.

Get your foot in the door and capitalise on the business opportunities available at Heathrow.                                                                                                                                                                       Register Today                                                                                             Places are limited, so early booking is essential to guarantee your place. Registration fees to attend the Heathrow Business Summit will apply. For full details and to register visit BOOK YOUR PLACE

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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.


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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 –




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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)

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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

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