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Announcing the launch of the Best is Local Discount Card in partnership with the SBF

 

Spelthorne Business Forum have joined forces with Best is Local to launch a new card for local consumers as an opportunity to keep the money you spend within your community, boosting your local economy whilst supporting Spelthorne entrepreneurs.

Best is Local / SBF Discount Card
With this card you can shop and dine at a wide selection of local independent stores and receive up to 80% discounts with the new Best is Local / SBF Discount Card.

To take advantage of the FREE trial offer you can Pre-register with Best is Local, get your Discount Card,download the BIL app, receive £25 worth of FREE points
and start saving immediately just for buying products or services from independent businesses near you.

When you reach the end of your FREE, 3-month trial, you can check on your app to see just how much you have saved, plus
how many points you have received/redeemed. If you then would like to keep receiving all the savings and benefits,
you can sign up for full membership, for a nominal £5 per month.

To apply for a card or to register to include your own local independent business please email info@bestislocal.co.uk

Enterprise M3 April Newsletter

April Newsletter

Welcome to our April newsletter.

We kicked off April with another successful Brexit event in the H.G. Wells Centre in Woking, and a well-attended Silicon Drinkabout event at Tudor Antiques in Guildford. Below we’ve got details of some very exciting new events across the region, such as the Guildford.Games festival in June.

This month’s newsletter has details of Heathrow’s new sustainability competition, a new Innovate UK call, and details of a new Energy Strategy for the South East amongst others. You can also find out more about business clinics we’re running across the area.

To find out more about how we are supporting businesses please call or email me on roya.croudace@enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk.

Roya Croudace
Growth Hub Director
Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

Inaugural UK games festival will position Guildford as the “Hollywood of Games” READ MORE

Balance and diversity, how we can achieve it – Thought piece from Enterprise M3 board member Linda Cheung  READ MORE

Brexit Toolikt READ MORE

Guildford Business Growth Clinic – 29th May READ MORE

Baroness Karren Brady and Lady Michelle Mone to headline Women in Business EXPO 2019 READ MORE

Energy Strategy will place the South East on a global platform for clean growth and climate change READ MORE

Why Quality Management is Critical for Start-ups and Growing SMEs  READ MORE

Silicon Drinkabout – 2nd May   READ MORE

Innovate UK Call: Evaluating Innovative Medical Technologies  READ MORE
 

Heathrow £30,000 Sustainability Competition  READ MORE

 

 

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project. 

DETAILS HERE:

 

International Women’s Day: Diversity stimulates debate, dynamics and productivity

The Local Enterprise Partnership’s Chief Executive, Kathy Slack, has been actively recruiting for women board members. A successful campaign last spring saw the appointment of Stacey King, Group Regional Director for BT Group and Deborah Allen, Managing Director of Operational Governance at BAE Systems- bringing the total number of women on the board to five. The others are Kathy, Linda Cheung, Co-founder of Intrapreneur Nation and Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council

READ MORE

Happy Christmas from the Spelthorne Business Forum

Everyone at the SBF team would like to wish you a Happy Christmas!

We have had a great year in 2018 and would like to thank you for supporting us throughout the year.

We hope that you will continue to support with us and our new exciting projects in 2019!

Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous and Peaceful New Year!

 

Pride of Spelthorne Awards 2018

Pride of Spelthorne Awards 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spelthorne Borough Council hosted The Pride of Spelthorne awards on 13 December to celebrate and thank the Borough’s local volunteers.

Held at London Irish Rugby Club’s Centre in Sunbury, the Mayor of Spelthorne Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE presented 18 recipients with certificates of appreciation in recognition of the time and commitment they give to a huge variety of organisations, charities and local groups. The award ceremony was followed by a traditional Christmas dinner and entertainment.  Many congratulations to the following recipients:-

Ray Blowers

Mike Ramlakhan

Dennis Brock

Gill Sanderson

John Carey

Carol Sullivan

Tracey Carter

Diane Tew

Monica Chard

Val Turner

Noel Franklin Taylor

Mike Wiley

Maureen Hesbrook

Beryl Wilkins

Jim Mcllroy

Paul Woodham

Gill Morgan

Following the event, Spelthorne Council and the sponsors made a commitment to make The Pride of Spelthorne an annual event to celebrate the significant contribution made by the Borough’s volunteers.

Cllr Tony Harman, Deputy Leader for Spelthorne Council, said: “Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of many organisations in the Borough and give up so much of their own time to help others – we simply couldn’t do without them. Many congratulations to all this year’s recipients, they really are the Pride of Spelthorne!”

Thanks go to the event sponsors, Worldwide Energy Logistics Ltd, U Drive Cover and  Churchill Hui; London Irish Rugby Club for providing the venue and Jacqueline Stanton for helping with the organisation.

Book your sand at the Spelthorne Business Exhibition

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 9.30am-4pm at Spelthorne Leisure Centre, TW18 1AJ

This exhibition is a chance for local businesses to meet, connect and network with other small and large businesses in Staines.

There will be a schedule of presentations by Informed specialist speakers who will be offering practical hints and ideas to improve your business.

We are passionate about supporting local business growth and development, and as such, attendance to the event is free for visitors.

If you wish to book a stand or to attend, or for further information, contact the Everyone Active Corporate Team – corporateteam@everyoneactive.com Or BOOK A STAND HERE

 

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 laura.dodsworth@pink-spaghetti.co.uk.  Website is www.pink-spaghetti.co.uk

 

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!