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Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair 2018

6th December 2017

Welcoming whole year groups from Years 11–13, the Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair is an exciting opportunity to show students the variety of careers available and the qualifications and skills they need to succeed at Heathrow.

Last year the event inspired over 5,500 visitors from the local communities of Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne.

Meet top employers all under one roof in one day.In 2017 top name employers included:

Alpha LSG, Balfour Beatty, BaxterStorey, Boots The Chemist, British Airways PLC, Burberry, Caffè Nero, Casual Dining Group, Delaware North, DHL Express UK, Dixons Travel, DO & CO Event and Airline Catering Ltd, Dyer & Butler Ltd, Gate Gourmet, Heathrow Aviation Engineering UTC, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure, Sodexo, Ted Baker, Trinity Fire and Security Systems Ltd
and many more.

“A vast array of inspiration, enthusiasm and expertise all under one roof.” Herschel Grammar.

“Heathrow is the biggest employer in our area. This event is very beneficial.” Featherstone High School.

Discover more by downloading the Heathrow Jobs & Careers Visitors Brochure.

Book today
Call 01823 362800 to book your places and avoid missing out.

Visit The Heathrow Jobs & Careers Fair Website

Supply to Surrey

6th December 2017

For businesses interested in supplying to Surrey County Council services the Supply to Surrey website is the way to find out about the latest opportunities.

Search for available contracts or sign up to receive alerts about the business sectors appropriate to you.



Staines Shopmobility – can your business help?

5th December 2017

What is Staines Shopmobility?

Based in the Two Rivers complex Staines Shopmobility is available to anyone with limited mobility, whether temporary or permanent. You do not need to be registered as a disabled person, be a regular wheelchair user or a Blue Badge holder. You may be recovering from an operation, illness or an injury such as a broken leg. The scheme aims to ensure all visitors can fully access the facilities and services available in Staines town centre.

How is it funded?

Since its inception in 1998, Staines Shopmobility has set its service charges at an affordable level for users of the service. The charge to hire mobility equipment is the only guaranteed income received and the charity currently loses money on this activity. It would require a charge of £12.60 per use to fully recoup the annual running costs, which would make the service unaffordable to most of the current users of the service. As a result of this, annual income falls a long way short of the cost of providing the service each year. Staines Shopmobility is therefore reliant on a mixture of Local Authority funding, grants, donations and fundraising to bridge the deficit between its income and expenditure. Fundraising is crucial to the continuance of Staines Shopmobility and the charity would be forced to close without the generosity of others. You can find many ways to help Staines Shopmobility raise funds on their website and any assistance received is greatly appreciated.

Current Activities:

  1. Selling Calendars produced by Elmsleigh Centre featuring pictures from Staines and the local area, £5 each with all proceeds to Shopmobility. Available from Shopmobility, Calendar Club in Elmsleigh and Staines Library.
  2. Selling Xmas raffle tickets £1 per strip of 5. 1st Prize – Hamper, 2nd Prize – Limeyard voucher, 3rd Prize – Nandos voucher plus lots of additional prizes. Available from Shopmobility.
  3. Running the  Xmas wrapping service in the Elmsleigh Centre between 9am-6pm on Monday 18th December and Saturday 23rd December, proceeds to Shopmobility.
  4. Collecting with the Rotary Club of Staines Santa Float around Laleham Road, Richmond Road area of Staines between 6pm-8.30pm on Tuesday 19th December.

How could your business help?

The service’s main need is to raise funds, particularly revenue funding to continue providing the service in Staines, and to secure volunteers towards this end. They hold fundraising events throughout the year but find it difficult to secure enough bodies to get the best out of these events. Ideally they would like an active list of people willing to volunteer at these.

Get in touch:

For more information please contact David Bisiker

01784 459416



Heathrow Expansion – Back Heathrow’s latest response

5th December 2017

In a year of important moments, arguably the most significant for Back Heathrow was the launch of the Government’s consultation on its National Policy Statement (NPS) on Heathrow expansion.
This was an enormous exercise, undertaken by the Government to ensure that local residents, as well as other groups and people from across the country, had the opportunity to have their say about Heathrow expansion.
The consultation received a total of 72,239 individual responses and 58,277 of those were identified as supportive of a new runway at Heathrow. More than 80% of those (51,343) came from Back Heathrow supporters. This is a fantastic result and we couldn’t have done it without your dedication and support so thank you for all your help.
Although the consultation closed in the summer, this year’s general election meant that the Government has had to announce a short extension to the consultation, focusing on air quality and capacity, which will close on the 19th December. This is a short extension of the existing consultation in order to comply with certain legal obligations due to the snap general election, but it is very important that Back Heathrow and our supporters respond.
We need to make one last push on this consultation to show the Government just how much support there is for Heathrow expansion in the local communities near the airport. More submissions will help us reinforce our message that most local people support Heathrow expansion.
That is why we’re writing to all our supporters – whether you’ve already made a submission in the summer or if you didn’t – asking you to have your say, either again or for the first time.
If you made a submission to the consultation in the summer, then thank you but please do it again one more time.
If you didn’t make a submission in the summer, then you now have one last chance to let the Government know why you back Heathrow expansion.
We will be sending you a letter in the post later this week so please keep an eye out for it. If you haven’t received a mailing from us by the end of this week, then please drop us an email at and we will pop one in the post for you.
The results of this consultation will have a huge influence on the Government’s approach to the key issue of Heathrow expansion ahead of the Parliamentary vote in around six months’ time. It is vital that we send a clear message to the Government so that it can hear us loud and clear: “we back Heathrow expansion!”
Best wishes
Paul Cowling

Are you prepared for the Christmas rush?

5th December 2017

12 Days of Bizmas: Have you prepared your business for the Christmas rush?

Keith Softly, head of asset and invoice finance product, global transaction banking at Lloyds Banking Group, looks at how businesses can get their books ready for the festive period.

For many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for businesses, Christmas can put enormous pressures on a firm’s cash flow.

The surge in demand for products and services during the festive period can make it increasingly difficult for firms to fund the extra stock, raw materials and staff needed to get through the holiday season.

Meanwhile, with payments often even slower during the festive period, businesses can find their cash flow squeezed at both ends.

On top of this, Black Friday and Cyber Monday mean consumers are now planning their Christmas spending well ahead of December, meaning retailers have to get any inventory ready earlier and have longer cash cycles for a longer period of time.

This makes keeping on top of cash flow increasingly difficult, particularly when the festivities and New Year’s sales rush dies down.

For small to medium-sized enterprises, particularly those in the retail or hospitality sectors, it’s vital that they have the working capital – the amount of money needed to cover day-to-day costs – to make it through the prolonged run-up to Christmas.

Read more

Small business number hits a record high

4th December 2017


Number of small businesses hits a record high

New figures released ahead of Small Business Saturday show there is now more small businesses in the UK than ever before.

The number of small businesses in the UK has reached a record high of 5.7 million, according to new Government figures.

Combined, these businesses have contributed a whopping £1.9tn to the economy this year alone.

The figures were released ahead of Small Business Saturday, a campaign set up to support independent businesses.

The campaign, now in its fifth year, shines a light on the diverse range of small firms across the country.

Read full article here.

Improving connectivity is key to productivity

1st December 2017

Improved connectivity will drive productivity growth across much of the UK and help close the gap between regions, according to a new study published today by HS2 Ltd.

Drawing on the knowledge of over 100 employers, local authorities and universities, ‘HS2: Getting the best out of Britain’ highlights the regional strengths across the UK, but warns that more needs to be done to draw them together and realise their full potential in the modern economy.

David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd said: “This report is the evidence that HS2 will boost productivity in the north and Midlands.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to join up and amplify the many centres of excellence around the country, as we prepare to exit the European Union.

“By improving the connectivity between our major population centres HS2 will give businesses access to the skills, labour and services they need to change the economic geography of the country.”

The report shows that world-leading skills and research in the Midlands and the North can match that of London and the South East.

Full article here.