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New Amazon Development Centre

17th November 2017

Amazon has reiterated its commitment to the UK by opening a new so-called Development Centre in the heart of Cambridge – three storeys of premium office space housing 400 employees dedicated to research for products from Amazon’s AI-assistant Alexa to the brave new field of Prime Air drone deliveries.

The new development joins Amazon’s original Castle Park building in Cambridge to house an interdisciplinary team of engineers, scientists and researchers – dubbed Amazon Research Cambridge – dedicated to “pure innovation”, according to Amazon’s UK boss, Doug Gurr.

Full article here.

Jobs From Gumtree

17th November 2017


The UK’s largest online classifieds platform has launched its new jobs portal in a bid to provide a more sophisticated service and better suit applicants with employers.

While Gumtree’s existing jobs platform has been a popular resource, feedback from recruiters has shown that many are overwhelmed by large amounts of unsuitable candidates.

Another flaw for potential employers was Gumtree’s time-based listings model which meant that job-seekers were not always seeing the true breadth of opportunities available as more prominent roles could be bumped up the list.

Find our more about the new app here 

Do you have a domestic abuse policy?

17th November 2017

As the Government considers a possible domestic abuse bill in the Spring it is important for businesses to consider their own policies on this to support their staff should they be suffering at home.

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse is an organisation which is happy to work with businesses to help write this and to educate them to know what signs to look out for.

For more information please contact North Surrey Outreach and they will be happy to help.


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

Staines-upon-Thames Day 2017

20th March 2017

Be a part of this year’s Staines-upon-Thames Day and benefit from the fabulous variety of event and activities attracting over 7,000 visitors throughout the day.