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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General meeting of the above named company will be held at 5.15 pm on the 9th July 2018
Guildford Pavilion, Guildford Cricket Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, GU14RP
1. To approve the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 27th September 2017
2. To receive the Report of the President for the year ended June 2018
3. To receive the statement of Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2017
4. To elect Council members for the ensuing year
5. To approve Directors for the ensuing year.
The formal meeting will be followed by a Members’ Networking Evening kindly sponsored by Guildford Cricket Club
Ashford Wide is the new community group bringing together Business, Community and Events in Ashford, all working together for a better Ashford.
Over the past few years, there have been several local groups working independently,all with different objectives but all with the same goal and that has been to bring something positive to Ashford whether that be in business or through community groups or local events.
The main groups met recently and unanimously decided that working together as one group with one vision would be a great way forward.
Ashford Chamber of Commerce, Ashford Pride, and Ashford Events have merged with the current Ashford Wide group to form this new and expanded group and are very much looking forward to bringing new and exciting projects to Ashford in 2018 and beyond.
Individually the groups have achieved a lot over the past few years but
are very motivated by what can be achieved by working together.
Some of the ideas include a Community Mural Project an Open Air Cinema evening in the late Summer, plans for a ‘Vision of Ashford’ competition and also a Christmas Event in our town this year.
Ashford Pride has always done a great job with the flags in the town, commemorating and celebrating special and significant days throughout the year, and this is something that will continue.
For the past number of years, it has been Ashford Chamber of Commerce, along with the support of our local businesses that have been responsible for the Christmas lights in our town, this year Ashford Wide will take on the task of lightning up Ashford!
Only half of businesses believe the UK’s phone network is more reliable than five years ago, according to new research by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) released today (Friday).
A survey by the BCC of over 1,100 businesses, found that while 53% of firms believe the reliability of the UK’s mobile phone network has improved compared to five years ago, 30% believe there has been no change and 16% say that it is less reliable.
Despite welcome investment and progress in the rollout of mobile coverage, businesses across the country still report problems with accessing reliable mobile coverage. In response to the frustration of business communities, last month the BCC launched its No More Not Spots campaign to end not spots for voice coverage where UK phone users live, work, travel and play.
As part of the campaign, business communities have been identifying gaps in UK mobile coverage by logging them online. In one month, over 500 not spots have been identified across the country.
Not spots, and areas of partial not spots, undermine the connectivity and productivity of UK businesses. The recent survey also found that 21% of businesses don’t believe the UK’s mobile phone network meets their needs in accessing new and existing customers, suppliers and employees.
Surrey Chambers of Commerce are seeking a new Events and Member Services Coordinator, based in Woking. If you know someone who might fit the bill then please do send them this link which has more details about the role.
Commenting on the Apprenticeship Levy statistics, published today by the Department for Education, Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“With our research showing three quarters of businesses facing skills shortages, it is vital that employers can recruit young people into the business and upskill workers at every level of the workforce.
“Apprenticeships are very much part of the solution, but the restrictions and complexity around the use of the Apprenticeship Levy have made it more difficult for firms to use them to train staff and plug skills shortages. Since the Levy was introduced nearly a year ago, we have seen a worrying fall in the number of new apprenticeships started. This is limiting opportunities for people and could impact on business competitiveness. Something must be done urgently to reverse this trend.
“The Government urgently needs to work with businesses to find ways to make the Apprenticeship Levy work better for everyone, and ensure that the UK economy has the skilled staff it needs. Some quick fixes include giving firms more time to source apprenticeship training, introducing more flexible payment schedules and doing more to help SMEs access apprenticeship funding.”
Smaller and growing businesses are struggling to hire the right talent, according to the most recent survey from Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, tax and investment management group.
66% of businesses are seeking new hires, according to the Enterprise Index survey, a quarterly barometer which tests the views of over 200 business leaders and entrepreneurs. However, only 38% believe that the workforce is sufficiently trained or educated to help them achieve their growth plans.
“Having the right people available to support our smaller and growing businesses is crucial to their success. They need to hire to grow, but the talent is scarce,” said Jeff Selden, partner and specialist in business services at Smith & Williamson in Guildford.
BCC open letter to PM: Businesses need clarity on Brexit
7th February 2018
As Cabinet ministers gather today to discuss the government’s negotiating stance ahead of critical talks on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Adam Marshall, the BCC’s Director General, write an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the government’s objectives.
In the letter, the BCC’s leaders urge the government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent – so that businesses of all sizes and sectors can make decisions for the future.