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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.”



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  Website is


Finalists announced for the Spelthorne Means Business Awards









The sponsors of this year’s Spelthorne Means Business Awards came together on 12th September to judge the entries in each of their categories. We were very impressed by the quality of all entries into the awards and are pleased to announce that the shortlist for each award is as follows:


Exporter of the Year (sponsored by Heathrow):

  • Brown Bag Crisps
  • FT Technologies
  • Pimento Connection
  • ABA Stronalva

Creative Business of the Year (sponsored by Shepperton Studios):

  • Design Incorporated
  • Zest4.TV
  • Dream Catchers Stage School

Healthy Business Award (sponsored by Everyone Active):

  • ABS Personal Training
  • dnata
  • Hazelwood

Best New Start Up (sponsored by The TW Magazine):

  • Willow Microbakery
  • Fat Tones
  • BusyBs Cafe

Best Business in Staines (sponsored by The Staines BID):

  • Caffe Gusto
  • Encore bridal
  • Design Incorporated

Independent Business of the Year (sponsored by the SBF):

  • Charlotte’s Chickens
  • Thames Side Brewery
  • The Thames Club

Best Small Business (sponsored by A2 Dominion):

  • Samara Cuisine
  • Dyno
  • Daisy Chain Floral Designers

The winner in each category and the overall prize for Best Business in Spelthorne (sponsored by Spelthorne Borough Council) will be announced at the gala awards’ dinner at Shepperton Studios on 11th October.

Well done to all those who are shortlisted!

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.

Closing Soon – Spelthorne Means Business Awards

Have you entered yet?

The new Spelthorne Means Business Awards closes to new entries at the end of August 2018. If you haven’t entered your business yet then why not complete the online entry form now?

With 7 different categories there is something for every business and it is an ideal way to raise your visibility within the borough, to show customers how great you are and to thank your staff for all their hard work.

Don’t delay…. enter today!


Summer BBQ Cancelled

Sadly we have had to cancel the SBF Summer BBQ which was planned for the 5th July.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Shepperton Cricket Club for offering to host us and to Samara Cuisine for offering to provide the food.

We hope to see you all instead on 11th July at London Square. More details are available here.

Regards the SBF Team.

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.

SWAG set to rebrand to Burrells at Two Rivers Shopping Centre

SWAG set to rebrand to Burrells at Two Rivers Shopping Centre


This Saturday, 2nd June at Two Rivers Shopping Centre, SWAG jewellers will be rebranding to Burrells. To celebrate  this launch, Burrells will be holding a Prosecco opening and giving shoppers a fantastic 10% off purchases.

Burrells is set to be bigger and better – with luxury jewellery products and exclusive brands avaliable at the new store. The introduction of this luxury branding allows Burrells to bring some exclusive watch brands to Two Rivers, including; TUDOR, BREMONT, LONGINES, GUCCI and FREDERIQUE CONSTANT.

Alongside the stores new products, customers can also expect to see more refined, elegant surroundings in which to browse some truly unique pieces. Burrells has also updated their branding, including a new logo to mark the opening – representing the family values that they hold dear, with the addition of a tree. They will, however, continue to support their loyal customers with the same high quality of customer service they are used to and look after their existing guarantees.

Edward Ferris, Managing Director at Burrells commented: “We’re excited to be rebranding to Burrells and offering customers new luxury items and brands. We look forward to welcoming you into our magnificent store this Saturday and Sunday, and make sure to make the most of our 10% discount offer and enjoy a free glass of Prosecco!


Joanna Hall, Centre Manager at Two Rivers Shopping Centre, says: “ The new branding of Burrells and the new shop design looks fantastic. We wish Burrells the best of luck with their opening this Saturday and hope shoppers will enjoy the new luxury watch and jewellery collections available.”


Speed Networking

The Lower Sunbury Business Group are holding a Speed Networking Event on Monday 4th June 7pm at The Magpie.

Members of the Spelthorne Business Forum are invited to attend, so if you would like to expand your local contacts please drop Monica Chard  a line on to reserve your place! Places are limited so do let her know as quickly as you can if you would like to join them!

You will meet with 10 or so different people, have a chance to tell them a bit more about what you do and see if maybe you might know someone who could use their services. There is no pressure on anyone to refer business, but it may just prompt you to think of how you could help each other.


Did you miss our Cyber-man event?

Cyber-man meets GDPR with Resilience

We hosted a thought-provoking and informative event at Kempton Park Racecourse on 9th May in conjunction with the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub.

DC James Howden spoke to us about the dangers of cyber security threats to our businesses and in our personal lives. He then presented some great tips for protecting ourselves. If you’d like to have a look at his presentation the slides can be found here-

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Simon Jeffs then updated us on what to expect from the new GDPR regulations which come into effect on 25th May. We had a valuable discussion about what these mean in reality for our businesses. His slides can be found here-

EM3 DCD GDPR event presentation

Our event concluded with Nick Moon talking about how to plan for if everything goes wrong – power outages, floods and terrorist attacks are all potential threats, but need not be total disasters if we are prepared!

A huge thank you to all our presenters and to those who attended and made it such a stimulating event.