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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-

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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.


Are you ready for GDPR?

Cyber-man meets GDPR with Resilience!

08:00 – 12:00 Wednesday 9th May 2018  Kempton Park Racecourse

Are you ready for GDPR? Don’t miss your last chance to book this free event before GDPR goes live on 25th May.

Three short, sharp, snappy presentations on subjects that all businesses need to know.

• General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) becomes law on 25th May.

• Cyber-security is a threat that is likely to increase rather than decrease in attacks

• What are the characteristics of strong organisations that makes them more resilient to flooding, industrial action or cyber-attacks and more?


08:00 Breakfast

08:30 Cyber Crime – Threats to your business and personal data; how to protect yourself

09:30 General Data Protection Regulations – Come into effect on 25th May – don’t be caught out!

10:30 Tea / coffee break

10:50 Business Resilience

11:30 Q&A session with all 3 presenters

12:00 Close


Are House Prices Affecting Your Business?

Are House Prices Affecting Your Business?

We all know that the cost of buying or renting a house in the South East is high, only London costs more than some parts of our area. High housing costs can affect businesses, making it more difficult to recruit and retain staff.

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and Radian Housing Group have commissioned the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) to find out more about the impact of housing costs on our local economy. SPC is a Southampton based think-tank with a growing reputation for finding solutions to some of the difficult challenges faced by businesses and communities across the Central South.

As part of this research, SPC are seeking the views of local businesses and their employees. We are circulating this short questionnaire and asking you to complete it, and to ask some of your staff to answer a few questions about their experiences.

This study is intended to help shape local and national policy on housing, and to find ways in which we can tackle the problem of high housing costs. Your views and ideas are vital to its success, the more responses SPC get the more likely their research will have an impact. So please try to find a few minutes to respond. The results will all be anonymous, no companies or individuals will be named.

The survey can be completed and submitted on-line, please follow this link:

Details of how to complete and submit the questionnaire will be found there, as is a request for you to identify some of your staff who could also assist by completing a separate short questionnaire. Neither of them should take more than fifteen minutes to complete. Our apologies if you receive this through another route, Chambers of Commerce and the FSB are also assisting this project and contacting their members. You need only complete this once.

This survey is being hosted by We Work With Data, members of the Market Research Society (MRS). We Work With Data abide by the MRS code of conduct, and are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

We will publish a summary of the results and conclusions from this study in a newsletter later this year.

Please feel free to forward this questionnaire to other businesses and organisations that you think may be interested.

Thank you in anticipation for your co-operation.

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

New guide to starting a business in Spelthorne


This week we took delivery of our new ‘Start Your Own Business in Spelthorne’ book. This is available for free to local entrepreneurs either planning to start a new business or who have recently started up. To get hold of your copy please drop us an email at

This new book is a great beginner’s guide to all the things you need to consider when starting a business and also includes information one local support available in the borough. We produced this book in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council Economic Development Team and Kwasi Kwarteng MP. All entrants to the Spelthorne Business Plan Competition will receive a copy of this book.

Would your business benefit from more visitors to the area?

Spelthorne Borough Council has recently enhanced the Borough’s membership of Visit Surrey; the official tourism website for Surrey. This means that we now have improved pages for Spelthorne and Staines and that Ashford, Sunbury and Shepperton now have their own pages.

It is important now to keep these pages updated and looking fresh. If you have any additional content or recent photos that you would like to see added please contact Ruth on  There is also an event’s diary on the website, which is a great way to advertise local events to the wider community. If you are involved with anything that might be attractive to a visitor to the area please do upload it for free here.

We know there is loads going on locally so let’s work together to try and spread the word! More visitors to our towns can only mean more custom for our local businesses.