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Save up to 25% on export documentation charges

27th October 2017

 

If you need international trade support and documentation it is now available on our doorstep at the Spelthorne Borough Council Offices in Knowle Green, Staines upon Thames, TW18 1XB.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce have recently opened a new office based in Staines upon Thames which can support your business with a wide range of international trade services and advice.

They are currently offering any Spelthorne business up to 25% off standard export documentation costs.

More information why not give them a call on 01483 735544 or email export@surrey-chambers.co.uk

Community News?

23rd October 2017

Spelthorne Care Connections NOTICE BOARD – November 2017 edition

Your notices please! – by noon on Monday 30th October

The NOTICE BOARD ..

  • Concerns health and wellbeing matters relating to vulnerable people of all ages, the elderly and their familial carers.
  • Reaches leaders and coordinators of local organisations and projects, charities, faith groups as well as professionals working with the vulnerable.
  • Is to widely circulate information on activities, events, training opportunities, updates in service provision or legislation.
  • Is completely free of charge
  • IS NOT for advertising jobs or calls for volunteers.

 

Entries will be accepted if brief and impactful (normally not more than 150 words) with clear contact details or links for further information where necessary.

Please Note:  send me your entry in Word Document form or one that allows for cutting and pasting of text.

Do include your organisational logo if possible as this helps bring interest to the notice.

Sections of the NOTICE BOARD are as follows:

News and Information

Calendar for the month ahead  (and beyond)

Extending our Learning

Regular and Recurring Events

Other Notices

 

With very best regards,

 

Nigel

Nigel Drury

Community Connector

Communities Engagement Team, Diocese of Guildford

nigel.drury@cofeguildford.org.uk

and serving

Spelthorne Borough Council

Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB

Office: 01784 448587

Mobile: 07979 887467

Email n.drury@spelthorne.gov.uk

Free online business support

17th October 2017

As a Spelthorne resident or business did you know that you’re able to access free online business advice via live chat following SBC’s partnership with business support website, My Incubator Ventures?

Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or an existing business looking for a helping hand, this service allows you to speak to a professional business advisor via a live chat service, saving you the time and money of having to travel anywhere.

This live chat service is available Monday – Friday between 9am and 7pm (excluding public bank holidays).

As well as being able to chat to business advisors, you can also access the My Incubator Ventures business information library which is full of useful, downloadable factsheets and documents, including business plan documents.

Find out more on the SBC website here

New Heathrow Export Office

6th October 2017

New Heathrow Export Office for Surrey Chambers

From the beginning of October Surrey Chambers of Commerce are offering a full International Trade service from their Heathrow office based in Staines-Upon-Thames. Based at Spelthorne Borough Council, the new offering includes export documentation services as well as expert advice and support on international trade matters. Situated in the town nearest to Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Office will allow local and airport based businesses to drop-in and get their documents processed the same day without losing any time travelling.

Louise Punter, CEO of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, said “Our International Trade team currently support 400 exporters with over 3500 documents a year and the easier we can make it for them the better. Our documentation ensures a safe passage for their goods being delivered all around the world and we very often have to deal with time sensitive situations. By bringing our services close to the users we believe we are helping them”

Gary Hayes, Surrey Chambers International Trade Manager, commented “We are delighted to be reinforcing the support we already offer businesses in North Surrey and surrounding Heathrow by being able to offer export documentation services and friendly expert advice and guidance right on their doorstep.”

Ian Harvey, leader of Spelthorne BC, commented “We are delighted to support Surrey Chambers in this service as we want to make it as easy as possible for our businesses to export. The advice and services they provide are excellent and we are looking forward to seeing a busy vibrant office.”

Heathrow’s Head of Economic Development, Sundeep Sangha, said: “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow wants to do all it can to help local businesses spread their products around the globe and grow international trade. We are looking forward to working even closer with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce to boost British trading links and make Britain the best connected country in the world.”

Surrey Chambers of Commerce
(Heathrow Office)
Council Office, Knowle Green
Staines-Upon-Thames
Surrey TW18 1XB
T: +44 (0)1483 735544
E: export@surrey-chambers.co.uk

Spelthorne Borough Council: Budget Presentation

10th February 2017

On Thursday 9th February Terry Collier, Deputy Chief Executive (Chief Finance Officer) of Spelthorne Borough Council presented the council’s budget for the next financial year.

One of the SBF’s flagship events, Terry’s Budget presentation shed’s light on the increasing pressures on the council due to the reduction in central government funding and the strategy that they have implemented to put it on a sound financial footing in the years ahead.

Once again the event was kindly sponsored by BP providing breakfast for attendee’s at their Sunbury office campus.

The Spelthorne Business Forum have kindly been given access to the presentation slides if you missed the event.

Spelthorne Borough Council Budget Presentation

 

Spelthorne Economic and Development Trends – November 2016

15th December 2016

This monthly fact sheet provides information on employment and development trends.

Unemployment(1)
The latest unemployment figures for October 2016 were published on 16 November 2016. Table 1 shows unemployment as a percentage of the ‘resident based’ population.

Table 1 Unemployment Count Trends by Local Authority

Spelthorne Elmbridge Runnymede Windsor & Maidenhead Slough Hounslow Hillingdon Richmond upon Thames
Date No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
15-Oct 437 0.7 354 0.4 299 0.5 610 0.7 1,227 1.3 2,658 1.5 2,628 1.4 1,266 1
15-Nov 448 0.7 348 0.4 313 0.6 572 0.6 1,164 1.2 2,542 1.4 2,570 1.3 1,196 1
15-Dec 445 0.7 344 0.4 298 0.5 580 0.6 1,146 1.2 2,444 1.4 2,405 1.3 1,146 0.9
16-Jan 495 0.8 388 0.5 345 0.6 583 0.6 1,170 1.2 2,487 1.4 2,387 1.2 1,153 0.9
16-Feb 562 0.9 410 0.5 377 0.7 568 0.6 1,196 1.3 2,299 1.3 2,441 1.3 1,198 1
16-Mar 557 0.9 391 0.5 342 0.6 540 0.6 1,155 1.2 1,980 1.1 2,396 1.2 1,173 0.9
16-Apr 516 0.8 365 0.5 297 0.5 498 0.5 1,101 1.2 1,607 0.9 2,347 1.2 1,112 0.9
16-May 456 0.7 331 0.4 268 0.5 498 0.5 1,114 1.2 1,427 0.8 2,318 1.2 1,111 0.9
16-Jun 445 0.7 310 0.4 259 0.5 474 0.5 1,062 1.1 1,241 0.7 2,296 1.2 1,079 0.9
16-Jul 439 0.7 294 0.4 255 0.5 481 0.5 977 1 1,069 0.6 2,264 1.2 1,057 0.8
16-Aug 424 0.7 286 0.4 265 0.5 464 0.5 956 1 973 0.5 2,215 1.2 982 0.8
16-Sep 421 0.7 302 0.4 255 0.5 464 0.5 955 1 899 0.5 2,178 1.1 1,013 0.8
16-Oct 403 0.7 321 0.4 242 0.4 481 0.5 918 1 812 0.4 2,094 1.1 1,016 0.8

Source: Office for National Statistics – nomis

(1)The unemployment figure is based on those people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). This figure is normally lower than the figure for people seeking work because some unemployed people are not entitled to claim unemployment related benefits, or choose not to do so. Because of the way the data is collected unemployment trends based on claimant count figures tend to be more up to date and reliable, especially at the local level. Claimants of Universal Credit are not included in the above figures.

Table 2 shows the unemployment rate at Ward level in Spelthorne. Whilst the unemployment rate for Spelthorne overall is 0.7%, at Ward level the lowest rate is in Sunbury East at 0.2% and the highest in Stanwell North at 1.2%

Table 2 Unemployment Claimant Count Trends by Ward

Date May June July Aug-16 Sep-16
2016 2016 2016
No % No % No % No % No % No %
Staines 51 0.9 50 0.9 50 0.9 39 0.7 43 0.8 42 0.7
Staines South 34 0.7 35 0.8 35 0.8 30 0.7 27 0.6 24 0.5
Riverside & Laleham 16 0.4 11 0.3 10 0.2 14 0.3 12 0.3 15 0.4
Laleham & Shepperton Green 35 0.7 31 0.6 36 0.7 38 0.7 37 0.7 33 0.6
Shepperton Town 19 0.5 14 0.4 12 0.3 15 0.4 15 0.4 13 0.3
Halliford & Sunbury West 18 0.5 20 0.6 24 0.7 23 0.6 20 0.6 23 0.6
Sunbury East 20 0.5 18 0.4 21 0.5 20 0.5 17 0.4 7 0.2
Sunbury Common 53 1 56 1.1 57 1.1 56 1.1 57 1.1 54 1
Ashford Common 33 0.6 32 0.6 33 0.6 28 0.5 27 0.5 31 0.6
Ashford East 25 0.5 24 0.5 22 0.5 26 0.6 26 0.6 22 0.5
Ashford Town 22 0.5 24 0.5 19 0.4 22 0.5 22 0.5 22 0.5
Ashford North & Stanwell South 52 0.9 53 0.9 51 0.9 52 0.9 47 0.8 53 0.9
Stanwell North 78 1.4 77 1.4 69 1.3 61 1.1 71 1.3 64 1.2

Table 3 Vacant shops in main centres
The level of vacancy is shown as a percentage of all units, and is taken from the Council’s Annual Retail Survey which is conducted in April each year.

2014 2015 2016
Total Units Vacant % Total Units Vacant % Total Units Vacant %
Staines 266 34 12.8 267 40 14.9 269 38 14.1
Ashford 173 15 8.7 173 13 7.5 171 12 7
Shepperton 93 8 8.6 93 8 8.6 94 12 12.7
Sunbury Cross 47 5 10.6 47 8 17 47 6 12.7

The following table shows the total amount of office and industrial/warehousing floorspace being marketed in April 2016. Full details are set out in the Annual Survey of Available Premises, April 2016.Table 4 Available Commercial Premises (Office & Industrial/Warehousing)

Available Commercial premises Apr-12 Apr-13 Apr-14 Apr-15 Apr-16
Offices 30,557 m2 30,970 m2 25,313 m2 28,136 m2 20,238 m2
Industrial/Warehousing 17,242 m2 31,778 m2 32,725 m2 11,229 m2 4,434 m2
TOTAL 47,799 m2 62,748 m2 58,038 m2 39,365 m2 24,672 m2

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

Surrey Economic Prospects – September 2016

13th October 2016
  • Spelthorne Borough Council has bought the BP business centre in Sunbury for £360 million.
  •  The 43.3 acre Legal and General site in Kingswood has been put on the market for offers in excess of £70 million.
  • Unemployment, measured by the number of Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimants increased slightly in August to 4,100. The unemployment rate remained at 0.6%.
  •  Surrey County Council is preparing a new local plan for waste, to manage the waste generated by homes and businesses sustainably.