Creating economic growth in Spelthorne, together!


Would two days free coaching help your business?







If you are planning to grow your limited company but could do with some external support to help achieve your goals then The Growth Hub may be for you. Funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP Spelthorne businesses may qualify for two days expert coaching which can also lead to tapping into other areas of government funded support.


If you would like to find out more then email Ruth on for more details.

Have you thought about getting an apprentice?

Have you thought about getting an apprentice but don’t know where to start?

Heathrow is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Apprenticeships and recently shared with us a new SME Toolkit put together by  The APPG  to help more small and medium-sized businesses recruit apprentices.

The toolkit provides practical advice and support to help SMEs hire more apprentices, as well as making recommendations to government, local councils and businesses to better promote apprenticeships to SMEs.

 You can read the toolkit here

SME Toolkit



For more information on the APPG on Apprenticeships, please go here:



Are you recruiting?

Sign up now for your free stand at Kempton Park

The SBF are involved in organising the annual Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair on 19th September at Kempton Park.

Do you want to raise you profile with local job seekers?

Would you like to encourage local students to aspire to work for you?

Would you like to network with over 60 local businesses and skills providers?

If the answer to these questions is yes then reserve your complimentary stand today.

More details here.

Thamesmead School Needs You!

Could your team help Thamesmead School?

Careers Fair 27th June

Thamesmead are looking for businesses to be part of their Careers Fair on 27th June. Could your business get involved and inspire future employees?

School Governors

Thamesmead are looking for Governors who can help set Thamesmead School’s strategic direction. The governing body is a group of decision making volunteers who have a crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

The governors meet at least once a term. In addition to these meetings, committees look at more detailed aspects of the school work such as finance, student performance, well-being and safeguarding.

Governors need to be over 18 years old but there is no requirement for formal qualifications. Everyone has experience and skills to offer, so an effective governing body has people from different backgrounds with a mix of skills.

For more information go to:

If you are interested  please email Sheelagh McCarthy on


International Women’s Day Event at Heathrow



You’re invited… Heathrow’s International Women in Engineering Event

Heathrow are inviting young females aged 12 years+ to join them for an exciting careers day at Heathrow.

There will be opportunities to meet highly successful women doing amazing jobs at the airport.


Heathrow’s International Women in Engineering Event takes place on Friday  22 June 2018, 9.30am-3.30pm.

Their exciting day includes:

–   Chance to meet successful women working in engineering/construction

–   Unique opportunity to go airside and see a live construction project

–    Lunch

–    Q&A with Heathrow apprentices/graduates

–    CV workshop/training


Want to take part?

If this sounds like your school, drop them an email now to: and register your interest. They’ll be in touch to let you know if your school has been selected as one of the lucky ones to take part.

This is a fun and exciting way for students to learn about Heathrow and be inspired by careers in science and technology.


Do you need an intern?

Could your business use an intern?

We have been contacted by a local university student studying business and finance. He is finishing his second year and needs to find an internship role for around 12 months from September 2018. This role would need to be paid, but if you are looking for someone to help with data crunching, financials, research or a new project he could be your man! Please email Ruth on and she will put you in touch with him.


Better by degree


Degree apprenticeships are changing the way businesses view apprentices, as Bryce Wilcock finds out from chatting to Marc McPake of Newcastle College.

Apprenticeships have long been seen by many as a simple way of introducing the next generation of staff into a business. However, apprenticeships, like the business world around us, are changing at a rapid pace.

Whilst apprentices remain a vital way for businesses to recruit the next generation of staff, the introduction of degree apprenticeships are changing the way we go about recruiting and upskilling staff.

Combining a paid job with training towards a qualification is the best way to meet the needs of both employers and employees and businesses are starting to wake up to the idea that this method of learning isn’t just for fresh-faced school leavers.

Read more here.

Looking for Staff?

The Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair is taking place again this year at Kempton Park Racecourse on 19th September noon to 7pm.

As a local business or skills’ provider you can take advantage of a free stand at this event. With over 60 exhibitors last year this fair attracts a wide range of attendees from local schools and colleges, plus adults actively seeking work or considering a change.

Click here to get a feel for last year’s event. Sign up for your free stand here and not only meet potential staff, but also raise your profile in the local community.

To book your free ticket to attend as a job seeker click here.

For more details please contact


Brand your business to attract staff

On Wednesday 25th April we hosted an event in conjunction with the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub at Limeyard Restaurant in Staines. Neville Merritt was our key speaker , an Associate Growth Champion with the Growth Hub, who has 40 years’ business experience and now divides his time as a specialist in marketing, sales and recruitment strategy support with the Growth Hub and his own business Pure Potential .

Neville spoke to us about branding your business to attract staff as well as customers. How many of us use the same old job adverts that tell candidates so little about who we really are as a business? How often do we complain that our staff turnover is high, but never review how we approach welcoming new staff members to the team or how deeply our exit interviews delve?

Neville addressed all these issues and more leaving us with his top 10 tips for creating an employer brand:

1/ Profile your target candidates and create personas. Give them names and ask yourselves would they respond to your approach to recruiting?

2/ Identify ( and check) what attracts them to an employer: benefits, working environment, culture, career and training.

3/ Create your own list of employment “benefits” and USPs to attract candidates.

4/ Maybe you need to expand your activities:careers, training, social, environmental,community.

5/ Review your website: add people, employment page, activities, social value. Lots of people images. Employee testimonials. Video is a great asset.

6/ Have linked In, Glassdoor and Facebook company profiles. Check Glassdoor reviews. Make sure all your hiring managers are on Linked In.

7/ Write your recruitment adverts, job descriptions and career pages to “sell” your company as well as selecting by skill.

8/ Communicate your employer brand! Do some PR to promote your company as a great place to work. Use local and social media.

9/ Star the on-boarding process as soon as you have made a job offer.

  • Send weekly updates
  • Meet the team social
  • Choose phone/laptop/login name
  • Welcome from their new manager
  • Include in company news’ updates

10/ Don’t disappoint!

  • Welcome pack
  • Vision and Values
  • Onboarding process
  • Social
  • Onboarding buddy
  • Training
  • Communication
  • Reviews and Feedback.

We’d like to thank Neville for an enjoyable and interactive talk. If you would like to know more please do contact him directly on 01428 713399,

A huge thanks also to Kristina and her team at Limeyard for a delicious breakfast and great hospitality. Do try them out if you haven’t been yet.

Thanks to Ingrid at the Staines upon Thames BID for working with us on the event and to the Growth Hub for helping to set this up for SBF members.

We really hope to see you at our next event on 9th May at Kempton Park – Cyber-Man meets GDPR with Resilience. Find out more about it and secure your place here.