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Bird Table Coaching for Women in Business – SBF Offer

30th November 2017

What is the Bird Table?

The Bird Table offers Business Development coaching for women in small, confidential groups to challenge you to think better, set tighter goals and grow your business.

It’s important to stress that this is not networking, or selling.  It is a place to focus on your own business.

Why join a Bird Table group?

Work with like-minded, professional women to:
##Benefit from the power of thinking in a small group
##Be challenged as a small / medium sized business owner in an environment of mutual support
##Share knowledge, experience, successes and energy
##Hold each other accountable – did we do what we said we’d do?
##Take time to think and plan, with structure and direction

Who is the Bird Table for?

Maximum of 6 female business owners.

The next group starts in February in Leatherhead / Esher area

How much does it cost?

SBF Member’s  price £125 (usually £150) for the 3-month programme (3 x 2 hour sessions + online support).  Fees are payable in advance to reflect the ongoing commitment to a programme of progress and thinking.

How do I book?

Contact to find out more, or visit

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.

Do you understand how GDPR applies to your business?

6th October 2017

The new General Data Protection Regulations will come into effect in May 2018 and remain in effect even once the UK leaves the EU. It is important that you understand how these changes in data protection will affect your business, how you store information and handle your customers’ data.

To help simplify this one of our members, Goddards Accountants, have provided this handy guide for businesses:

NB A5 Overview of the GDPR v2 (002)

If you have any questions you can find their contact details in the Directory.

BID Manager Vacancy

24th January 2017
  •  Up to £45,000 per annum pro rata
  • One full time candidate or
  • two part time candidates considered for job share
  • Contract commencement: 1st April 2017
  • five-year fixed project term, renewable in year five pending successful re ballot

Sent on behalf of the Staines-upon-Thames BID Steering Group

24th October 2016

The Staines-upon-Thames BID Business Plan 2017-2022  will be hand delivered to businesses on Monday and Tuesday next week.  A second copy will accompany ballot papers on 1st November.  Businesses have 28 days to vote and return ballot papers.  Pending a successful ballot, Staines-upon-Thames achieves Business Improvement District (BID) status and secures £1.6 million of investment to deliver new initiatives under the following five themes:

  • A well known town – marketing, promotion and PR
  • An eventful town – high quality events to boost trade and footfall
  • A safer town day and night
  • An attractive town – street and parking improvements
  • A productive town – business support and a collective business voice

If you missed the launch of the Staines-upon-Thames BID on Wednesday evening you can speak to members of the BID Steering Group over the next few weeks between 10-11am in the new Nostrano Lounge at 55 High Street, Staines town centre on the following days:

  • Monday 24th October
  • Thursday 27th October
  • Tuesday 1st November
  • Friday 4th November
  • Tuesday 8th November

We would be happy to answer any questions you have on the BID, discuss the business plan or just have a coffee with you.


Michelle Baker

Staines-upon-Thames BID Development Manager