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Big Duck Race 30th June


As many of you know MidasPlus raises money to help local needy people in Staines-upon-Thames and surrounding areas.
On 30th June at Staines-upon-Thames Day we are holding our flagship fundraising event, the Big Duck Race. The Ducks cost just £50, are 32cms long and the aim is to create a spectacle with around 200 decorated ducks floating down the river all raising money for our local needy causes.
Please support us by buying one or more ducks. Please see the video and go to our web page for more information and to purchase.
There is a prize of £100 for the best decorated duck judged by the Mayor on the day. Send us a photo of your decorated duck and we will publicise it on Facebook with a link to your page or website.
The winner of the race receives dinner, overnight stay and breakfast for 2 people at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel + £500 for the charity of their choice.
Please help us to support local needy people by buying & entering a Big Duck. Contact Mike or 07803 706440. Thank you for your support.
If you have already bought a duck or are re-entering your duck – THANK YOU.


Bumblebee and Optimus Prime set to steal the show at Two Rivers Shopping Centre

The robots in disguise, Bumblee and Optimus Prime are coming to meet Two River’s ‘Freedom Fighters’ on Sunday 16thJune.

Keen fans of Transformers are set to prepare their cameras for more than meets the eye, with both Bumblebee and Optimus Prime meeting and greeting fans at Two Rivers.

The free event will see visitors at Two Rivers get the chance to pose for pictures next to the impressive 3 metre Optimus Prime and the 2.6 metre Bumblebee. Both characters will be making appearances at intervals between 11am and 4pm on the Sunday.

Joanna Hall, Centre Manager of Two Rivers Shopping Centre said: “We are very excited to be welcoming Bumblebee and Optimus Prime to Two Rivers this June. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of families and Transformer fans at the centre and it’s set to be a great day out for everyone.”

Staines-Upon-Thames set to welcome a modern-day treasure hunt this May half-term

Remember Pokemon Go? Now everyone’s talking about Spy Quest!

Spy Quest – a wholly immersive and exciting family entertainment experience will be coming to Staines-Upon-Thames this May half-term.

Visit Staines, The Business Improvement District is working in conjunction with Elmsleigh Shopping Centre and Two Rivers Shopping Centre to welcome the free event to Staines-Upon-Thames.

Taking place on Saturday 25th May, Spy Quest’s ‘Operation Cursed Diamond’ offers a modern-day treasure hunt, utilising cutting edge technology such as A.R and integrates it with smart phones and tablets, to provide a unique mixed reality experience.

Operation Cursed Diamond invites players top act like secret agents, using their smartphones to track down clues and crack the codes to help track down international jewel thief Franco Rodriguez through Spy Quest’s interactive app.

Secret agents of all ages are invited to meet at Elmsleigh’s main Square, outside 02 store with the live game taking place between 1pm and 2:30pm. Players will also be able to utilise the free Wi-Fi within Elmsleigh Shopping Centre to help track down Franco Rodriguez.

To sign up as an agent players can download the free Spy Quest app from iTunes or the Play Store, which also includes a live league table allowing players to check how they stand against other agents.

The Story

The Cursed Diamond is a best-selling book published in 2016, which tells the tale of Franco Rodriguez, who despite being Interpol’s most wanted criminal has evaded arrest for years.

He has his sights set on stealing the famous Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and the novel tells the tale of how the Spy Quest Agents Sam, Rebecca, Casey and Holly attempted to stop him from pulling off the heist of the century.

Intelligence suggests the thief Franco Rodriguez will be meeting known associates at Elmsleigh Shopping Centre to exchange the stolen $320m Hope Diamond and new agents are needed to help bring him to justice.

All clues will be located within the centre, with seven individual missions to complete. Players are tasked to complete the quest and race against the clock and other secret agents!

Books will be available to buy on the day from Waterstones, with David Goutcher on hand to sign books within the store from11am -3pm. Anyone buying a novel will also receive a free AGENT t-shirt.

Spy Quest will be back in Staines-Upon-Thames in August at Two Rivers Shopping Centre and October in the High Street.

David Goutcher, author and creator of Spy Quest commented: “I’m sure everyone will love the ground breaking augmented reality technology that adds to the immersive experience. I am passionate about reaching as many children as possible and using the educational aspects of the game and books, as a hook for improving literacy levels. I have been touring the UK and attending launches of the game at shopping centre’s from London to Aberdeen and I’m delighted to now have the game launch in Staines-Upon-Thames and look forward to visiting for the launch game.”

Michelle Baker, BID Manager for Visit Staines added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Spy Quest to Elmsleigh Shopping Centre this May half-term, with a further two more missions taking place at Two Rivers Shopping Centre and the high-street later this year. We’re also thrilled to announce Spy Quest’s author David Goutcher will also be coming to Staines-Upon-Thames, meeting his biggest fans and signing books.”

Kam Purewal, Marketing Manager at Elmsleigh Shopping Centre, said: “Spy Quest is a modern-day treasure hunt, combining reading, problem-solving and augmented reality with retailers across Elmsleigh Shopping Centre. We’re looking forward to welcoming Spy Quest to the centre and it’s set to be a real adventure.”


Announcing the launch of the Best is Local Discount Card in partnership with the SBF


Spelthorne Business Forum have joined forces with Best is Local to launch a new card for local consumers as an opportunity to keep the money you spend within your community, boosting your local economy whilst supporting Spelthorne entrepreneurs.

Best is Local / SBF Discount Card
With this card you can shop and dine at a wide selection of local independent stores and receive up to 80% discounts with the new Best is Local / SBF Discount Card.

To take advantage of the FREE trial offer you can Pre-register with Best is Local, get your Discount Card,download the BIL app, receive £25 worth of FREE points
and start saving immediately just for buying products or services from independent businesses near you.

When you reach the end of your FREE, 3-month trial, you can check on your app to see just how much you have saved, plus
how many points you have received/redeemed. If you then would like to keep receiving all the savings and benefits,
you can sign up for full membership, for a nominal £5 per month.

To apply for a card or to register to include your own local independent business please email

News from Surrey Chambers of Commerce


Are you searching for that opportunity to grow your network?

Are you in need of some in-depth advice on topics like CyberCrime Awareness, Property & Construction, or Health and Wellbeing?

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Or perhaps you just want to catch up with a client or fellow business professional?

We can help you achieve all of this!

We want to know what it is that you want out of your membership, so that we can ensure what we’re providing offers something to suit everyone.

We’ve got plenty in store for May, as you’ll see below, but why not get in touch today and see how we can help your business!


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Whether you are interested in becoming a member of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, or an existing member, we would love to hear from you.

People Matter Newsletter – Minimum Wage Rates


Do you know business owners who ……….…

let people matters keep them awake at night, but want someone to take away the hassle?

want to know their businesses have up to date and legally compliant employment policies?

require professional HR support delivered locally that they can trust?

need a tailored HR service that large companies enjoy, but at a fraction of that cost?

If so, making the HR Dept Staines their HR department will help them prevent people problems in their business. Contact


Minimum wage rates

The minimum wage rates changed at the beginning of April. Find what you need to know below:

• Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP), Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP) will increase from £145.18 per week to £148.68 per week.
• The Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rate will also increase from £92.05 per week to £94.25 per week.
• The qualifying weekly lower earnings limit threshold for SMP, SPP, SAP, SSPP and SSP will rise from £116 per week to £118 per week.
• The National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) From 1 April the new pay rates will be as follows:
• The NLW for workers aged 25 or older will increase from £7.83 to £8.21 per hour.
• The rate for workers aged 21 to 24 will increase from £7.38 to £7.70 per hour.
• The development rate for workers aged 18 to 20 will increase from £5.90 to £6.15 per hour.
• The young workers rate (non-apprentices aged under 18) will increase from £4.20 to £4.35 per hour.
• The apprenticeship rate will increase from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour.
• The amount of a week’s pay for various statutory calculations, including statutory redundancy payments, will increase from £508 to £525.
• The statutory cap for unfair dismissal compensation will increase from £83,682 to £86,444


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Get your ducks for the Midas Plus Duck Race and support local charities.


On 30th June at Staines-upon-Thames Day MidasPlus are holding our flagship event, the Big Duck Race. The day usually attracts 7000-10,000 people.

I wondered whether you might support us by buying one or more ducks. Please see the video. The idea is to create a spectacle with around 200 decorated ducks floating down the river. They can be decorated anyway you want (provided you use acrylic/waterproof paint); it could be your company colours and logo, your favourite team or just a great design. See some examples; You could have competition amongst your staff or let your children have fun painting a duck!

 There is a prize of £100 for the best decorated duck judged by the Mayor on the day. Send us a photo of your decorated duck and we will publicise it on Facebook with a link to your page or website.

 The winner of the race receives dinner, overnight stay and breakfast for 2 people at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel + £500 for the charity of their choice.

 The ducks which are 32cms cost just £50 each. We can provide an invoice – they are tax deducktable and you get to keep the duck. It can be quite a talking point at the Reception or in the Board Room! Also you can re-enter next year at £25. Once paid we will deliver the duck to you, provided you’re not too far from Staines-upon-Thames.

 All of the funds we raise go directly to supporting local needy people. We are often their last resort!

Please help us by buying a big duck. Contact Mike Wylie, or 07803 706440.

 Thank you for your support.


Best regards                                                                      


Mike Wylie

Trustee MidasPlus Fundraising

Registered Charity No: 1110699                                                     

Tel 01784 440300 | Mob 0780 370 6440 


Enterprise M3 April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Welcome to our April newsletter.

We kicked off April with another successful Brexit event in the H.G. Wells Centre in Woking, and a well-attended Silicon Drinkabout event at Tudor Antiques in Guildford. Below we’ve got details of some very exciting new events across the region, such as the Guildford.Games festival in June.

This month’s newsletter has details of Heathrow’s new sustainability competition, a new Innovate UK call, and details of a new Energy Strategy for the South East amongst others. You can also find out more about business clinics we’re running across the area.

To find out more about how we are supporting businesses please call or email me on

Roya Croudace
Growth Hub Director
Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

Inaugural UK games festival will position Guildford as the “Hollywood of Games” READ MORE

Balance and diversity, how we can achieve it – Thought piece from Enterprise M3 board member Linda Cheung  READ MORE

Brexit Toolikt READ MORE

Guildford Business Growth Clinic – 29th May READ MORE

Baroness Karren Brady and Lady Michelle Mone to headline Women in Business EXPO 2019 READ MORE

Energy Strategy will place the South East on a global platform for clean growth and climate change READ MORE

Why Quality Management is Critical for Start-ups and Growing SMEs  READ MORE

Silicon Drinkabout – 2nd May   READ MORE

Innovate UK Call: Evaluating Innovative Medical Technologies  READ MORE

Heathrow £30,000 Sustainability Competition  READ MORE