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EM3 Growth Hub – January Newsletter

    January Newsletter

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019.

February 2019 sees the start of the Brexit Clinics across 14 councils in Surrey and Hampshire with the first being on the 8th February in Guildford and in Test Valley on the 26th February. We will have speakers and opportunities for 1 to 1 sessions around risk assessment, scenario setting, EU citizens, importing/exporting/transporting, haulage permits and ports in the area, customs/tax changes to the way your business operates in the EU, regulation and standards.

To book please check our events page A great variety of information can also be found on our Brexit toolkit detailed below.

Further details for the first 2019 Silicon Drinkabout, Global Gaming Jam and how you can access Capital Growth Funding from EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership can also be found below.

To find out more about how we are supporting businesses please call or email me on roya.croudace@enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk.

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Young Womens Trust

Do you work with young women aged 16-30? Young Women’s Trust are an organisation who offer tailored support to women in this age group regardless of whether or not they are in work. Their ‘Work it Out’ service focuses on confidence and employability through coaching and mentoring. This can be accessed by phone or online and is free to use. The support can be personal – mental health/wellbeing etc, or practical help – looking at CV’s, preparing for an interview.

Louise’s story – “I met YWT at the job centre, I was signing on and doing work experience there too. I had an interview – an assessment day with PWC and was really nervous, so the coaching seemed like a good idea. I worked on talking about my skills and abilities, and how to demonstrate them, and got the job. After the interview I was able to utilise the techniques my coach taught me – it was all transferable. It’s helped me be able to talk to my colleagues and peers in the new job. I was self-conscious because they all went to Oxford or Cambridge and I felt I didn’t have as much to offer, but I can talk about my own experiences and skills more clearly and with confidence now.”

Kempton Park Winter Series coming soon!

The Winter Series

Winter is coming- time to go racing!

From October to December Kempton Park offers you the Winter Series- an opportunity to grab your family and friends and enjoy some competitive on track racing action. Admission starts at just £9.60pp when booked in advance, kinds go free. Hospitality options available.

 

*Winter series Pizza Offer- Get your admission and a pizza for just £12 when booked in advance!

 

 

Book your sand at the Spelthorne Business Exhibition

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 9.30am-4pm at Spelthorne Leisure Centre, TW18 1AJ

This exhibition is a chance for local businesses to meet, connect and network with other small and large businesses in Staines.

There will be a schedule of presentations by Informed specialist speakers who will be offering practical hints and ideas to improve your business.

We are passionate about supporting local business growth and development, and as such, attendance to the event is free for visitors.

If you wish to book a stand or to attend, or for further information, contact the Everyone Active Corporate Team – corporateteam@everyoneactive.com Or BOOK A STAND HERE

 

Purple Tuesday – the UK’s first accessible shopping day

Purple Tuesday – the UK’s first accessible shopping dayImage result for purple tuesday

Along with the Elmsleigh and Two Rivers shopping centres and Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District (BID), Spelthorne Council is supporting Purple Tuesday on 13 November.

Purple Tuesday is the UK’s first accessible shopping day which aims to encourage retailers to introduce a range of measures to improve the shopping experience for disabled visitors. As part of this initiative, the BID will be rolling out a programme of training and awareness raising over the next 12 months.

Confidence can kill!

To be more accurate, overconfidence can kill – partly because the overconfident are usually ignorant of the dangers they may face.

But, so can low esteem. Issues with confidence can lead to eating disorders, which in turn may lead to relationship break downs and isolation, lack of activity and loneliness, depression and worse …. Our sense of self, psychological and physical wellbeing are interconnected. When our self-esteem drops, we may see ourselves and our lives in a more negative and critical light. Not only do we find it harder to deal with problems, but our health suffers.

“In the short term, avoiding challenging and difficult situations makes you feel a lot safer,” says Chris Williams, Professor of Psychosocial Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. “In the longer term, this can backfire because it reinforces your underlying doubts and fears. It teaches you the unhelpful rule that the only way to cope is by avoiding things.”

Traditionally associated with women, a new, and harrowing, storyline about male rape in a popular soap reminds us that no one gender is immune to low self-worth, depression or sexual abuse. While an increasing awareness of male suicides and the growing MeToo movement are turning the spotlight on men – and what it is it to be a man in the 21st Century.

Growing up in the 60s, and as a young business woman in the 80s, I was frequently disparaged for being ‘pushy’, ‘bossy’, ‘autocratic’ ‘intimidating’ and … even worse … ‘a feminist!’ (I thought I was assertive!!) The MD of one agency I worked in even suggested, several times, the way to win new business was to, let me put it euphemistically: ‘lie down’!!

I just saw him as ignorant and arrogant. In fact, that simply encouraged me to win more business and take it to another agency!! Those personal affronts were commonplace in, what was then, a male dominated world. I must have questioned my sense of self, my confidence must have taken a bashing, but when you are young and ambitious these things often wash over you.

Today, online and social media means a more closely connected world; the news is at our fingertips 24/7. This creates transparency and unity, which is wonderful. But it also encourages an aggressive, bullying tendency – from cruel comments about physical attributes and fashion sense to libel … to lumping all men under one category.

No wonder young men question their position in society. Not a bad thing, you might say. But we all know wonderful, caring and supportive men; we have brothers, cousins, friends, boyfriends, sons, fathers, uncles, grandfathers – they are not all abusive, sexist, arrogant, selfish, uncaring.

So how do we support them? Or anyone else whose confidence needs boosting?

Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick and a wellbeing expert, says: “Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too. Of course, good mental wellbeing does not mean that you never experience feelings or situations that you find difficult,” says Professor Stewart-Brown. “But it does mean that you feel you have the resilience to cope when times are tougher than usual.”

So, confidence is linked to wellbeing – and if you want to improve your health, whether mental or physical, here are some changes you can make:

  1. Build your relationships – connect with others whether socially or in business
  2. Sleep well – 7 to 8 hours is recommended for good health
  3. Nutrition – I am not endorsing dieting, just good, healthy eating
  4. Exercise – we are not all marathon runners but adding exercise to our lives increases endorphin levels which in turn make us feel happy and well: take the stairs; walk an extra stop in each direction on that commute home; leave the car behind; and use the bus or a bike!
  5. Looking good makes us feel good! Our levels of confidence have a strong influence on how well we feel – we only need to think about this for a few minutes to understand how obvious this sentence is; how confidence, styling and wellbeing are interlinked and form part of our personal brand.

Sandi Goddard is MD of Goddard Delaney, a strategic brand consultancy that works with business owners to raise the profile of key assets whether people, products or service. We can show proven success whether taking a £1m turnover business to £60m growth or a startup from £0 to £100K+ in less than three months.

The Room Upstairs events, now launched in Surrey, began over 15 years ago as a means of introducing Sandi’s contacts to each. Numbers are limited to allow everyone a chance to get to know each other over lunch/dinner. There is no membership or category exclusivity, guests simply pay for the event.

SBF Annual Riverboat Cruise

Spelthorne Business Forum Annual Riverboat Cruise

 

Spelthorne Business Forum’s annual riverboat trip was held on Thursday 27 September.

 

Kindly sponsored by French Brothers and Heathrow Airport, the event saw over 70 local business people come together for a morning of networking against a backdrop of stunning Spelthorne scenery and the River Thames.

 

The attendees were welcomed by Mike Ramlakhan and Tracey Carter of the Spelthorne Business Forum and then heard from a variety of speakers including Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Council and Terry Collier, Deputy Chief Executive at Spelthorne Council. Cllr Vivienne Leighton discussed plans to promote the River Thames and Cllr John Furey explained how the Enterprise M3 is supporting the Borough.

 

Louise Yearwood from the Rustic Bar Company talked about winning this year’s Business Plan Competition and how her business is developing. This annual competition was instigated by Kwasi Kwarteng MP with support from the Spelthorne Business Forum.

 

Keith McGroary, Spelthorne Council’s Economic Development Manager, revealed the shortlist for the Spelthorne Means Business Awards. The winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner on 11 October at Shepperton Studios.

 

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said: “Supporting this annual event is a great way for Spelthorne Borough Council to put our strapline of ‘Spelthorne Means Business’ into action and to get face-to-face feedback from our local businesses on the issues which affect them.”

 

 

Advertise with Everyone Active

 

 

 

 

 

Hello and welcome to Everyone Active we are the longest-established leisure contractor in the UK, having been founded in 1987.

We manage 173 leisure and cultural centres across the UK in partnership with over 53 different local authorities.

Our centers advertisement opportunities  can create a significant sales opportunity  for your business.

There are a number opportunities that you can advertise within our centers, Digital 6 sheet, Sport hall and swim pool banners , leaflets etc ……

 

Our Ad-boards will incorporate from 12 adverts, and can be made in different sizes to fit into the spaces that we have available.

 

Prices will vary depending on size of advent and footfall of chosen site , and will be for a 12 month permanent advert. Please see below a list of what sites are available  and what your advert will look like.

To book your slot and to find out more contact – corporateteam@everyoneactive.com – 10% off for everyone that takes out an advert in September

 

Best Business Women Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Best Business Women Awards 2018 Finalists announced.

The Best Business Women Awards have announced their finalists today for 2018. The business world is full of talented and dedicated female entrepreneurs who not only run successful businesses but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families. The Best Business Women Awards are designed to recognise the achievement of those women across a wide range of business categories and is open to any female business owner UK wide.
Local businesswoman Laura Dodsworth from Pink Spaghetti Staines, Woking & Surrounds has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Business Service.  Pink Spaghetti.  The business offers small business owners valuable support in areas where they don’t know how to do the task, don’t want to or simply don’t have time.  Pink Spaghetti take on anything from the bizarre to the mundane – sourcing reindeer for a Christmas event and attending a customer’s wedding as a paid witness have featured alongside travel booking, running events, creating marketing plans and managing email newsletters.  It’s the perfect solution for so many small businesses that don’t want to or can’t afford to commit to a member of staff, part time or full time.

Debbie Gilbert, organiser of The Best Business Women Awards said ‘Now in our 4th year we have seen the number of entries triple since we launched. The standard of our finalists is exceptionally high. We are delighted to receive entries from female entrepreneurs from throughout the UK, from women who are real trailblazers in their industry. This is a tough competition judged by business experts. To be a finalist is a major achievement. Finalists have been selected for their business acumen, determination, creativity and tenacity. Almost 90% of start-ups fail in the first 3 years and all our finalists are all shining examples of being successful entrepreneurs who have proved their success to our judges.’

Laura said “I’m super excited and proud to hear I’ve I made it through as a finalist in the ‘Business Service’ category.  The competition I’m up against looks incredible and I’m excited to meet some of these amazing business women on the night of the final.  It’s set to be a really special evening.”

The gala final of The Best Business Women Awards will be held on 11th October 2018 at Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, the winners will be announced at the final.

Owner of Pink Spaghetti Staines, Woking & Surrounds is Laura Dodsworth and is available on 07719 536565 or laura.dodsworth@pink-spaghetti.co.uk.  Website is www.pink-spaghetti.co.uk