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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.

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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



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

30th November 2017

Today WRAP published new labelling guidance, to give shoppers more consistent storage and date label advice.

The guidance has been produced in association with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It will be used by food manufacturers, retailers and brands as the industry standard and brings together recommendations that ensure food is safe and adheres to legal requirements, with best practice information to ensure it is stored and used within time.

The move is to help tackle the two million tonnes of food wasted each year in UK homes purely from it not being used in time. A third of this food waste is triggered because of how shoppers interpret existing date labels.

Full article here

Win Theatre Tokens with the Elmsleigh Centre’s Christmas Challenge

28th November 2017

Win Theatre Tokens with the Elmsleigh Centre’s  Christmas Challenge!

Christmas…a time to celebrate and relax once the plans are in place and the presents purchased…but what will be your ‘one to watch’ this season?

Why not take their Christmas challenge and tell them, in 25 words or less, about your favourite family panto.

Their panel of judges will select one lucky winner to receive £100 in theatre tokens so you can plan your theatre trip whether it’s the local panto or a blockbuster.

For your chance of winning, all you need to do is to enter your text and details on the online form at via their Facebook page. Terms and conditions apply.

The competition ends on Monday 18th December. Good luck!




Members’ Offer- Storage

22nd November 2017


Access Self Storage are pleased to announce an offer available to Spelthorne Business Forum members.
If any members rent a storage unit at any Access Self Storage Stores they will be entitled to a 50% Discount for the first Four Months (subject to availability.)

Call  07585 301685 to arrange a viewing with Eddie Lawrence, Sales & Business Development Manager