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Staines-upon-Thames

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!

Free fruit for your business

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy and Steph  from Everyone Active will be around the area on Thursday 13th September  delivering Fruit Bags and free guest passes to local businesses

If you Would like a Fruit Bag and Guest passes delivered to your workplace please contact them today on corporateteam@everyoneactive.com

And they will make sure to stop by your workplace.

New Monthly Farmers Markets in Staines

Come and visit the New Staines-upon-Thames Farmer’s Market, Sunday 9th September on the high street from 9:30am

Each month the Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market will bring you a mouth-watering selection of the very best fresh local produce, seasonal, artisan and street foods and fine crafts. Launched in August, the response has been overwhelming and we are looking to build on this success each month. Come and see for yourself! There is lots of affordable and easily accessible car parking within Staines-upon-Thames located at both Two Rovers and the Elmsleigh Centre.

The Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market is supported by the Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District (www.visitstaines.co.uk)

Farmers Market Dates for your diary:
Sunday 9th September – Staines High Street
Sunday 14th October – Staines High Street
Sunday 11th November – Two Rivers ( a 2 minute walk from Staines High Street)
Sunday 9th December – Staines High Street
Sunday 13th January – Staines High Street

For further information and to see a list of confirmed stallholders please go to:  https://www.visitstaines.co.uk/whats-on/

 

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!

 

Could your property be a film location?

Could your property be a potential film location?

Would you like your home, office or commercial property to be considered as a film location? By listing your property on the Surrey Film Office’s locations database, it becomes visible to the film industry as a filming location. This includes filming for feature films, short films, TV series/dramas, documentaries, commercials, corporate videos, music videos, factual, reality and photoshoots.

If you’re interested in promoting your property on our database, or would like to find out more information, please contact the Surrey Film Office by email at filming@surreycc.gov.uk or by phoning 020 8213 2737.

You can also register your property by completing our Property registration form.

Enterprise Adviser Network

Could you spare some time to share your skills with local schools?

We have been contacted by Mo Forgan from Satro, who is involved in setting up an Enterprise Adviser Network in Spelthorne. She has got buy in from the majority of Spelthorne secondary schools and now needs to grow a network of local business people to support them.

What is an Enterprise Adviser?

Enterprise Advisers are the cornerstone of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s national programme. They are a nationwide network of high calibre volunteers with experience of employment or self-employment.
Main purpose of the role
Supported by an Enterprise Coordinator(EC), the Enterprise Adviser(EA) will work closely with the senior leadership team of a specific school or college to:
• Support the development of a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement
• Provide access to their local business networks
• Help schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people

Activities
The EA will work with a school or college on a one to one basis. The EA will be matched and introduced to that school or college by the EC.
The Enterprise Adviser will:
• Be committed to supporting a school or college for at least 1 academic year, committing a minimum of one day per month
• With the support of the senior leadership team, develop, shape or add value to the school or college’s careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy
• Working with the EC, conduct an initial Compass evaluation and support the school or college in identifying priority areas for support within 6 months of joining the EAN
• Ensure that the school/college they support use our careers planning tool, Tracker, within 9 months of joining the EAN
• Use their contacts to encourage a wider group of employers or the self-employed to work with the school or college to help them enhance their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategies
• With expert knowledge of their sector, commit to developing a good understanding of the wider employment base in their locality
• Engage in the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Enterprise Adviser induction programmes
• Join the LEP Enterprise Adviser network group and attend the network meetings
• Share best practice across the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) and provide support to other EAs
• Utilise the resources provided by the EC such as the toolkit
• Promote the role of EAs amongst existing contacts and networks to contribute to the recruitment of new EAs

Skills and experience
Enterprise Advisers will be:
• Drawn from the world of work (businesses and the public sector, organisations of all sizes
including the self-employed)
• Passionate about motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting
positive outcomes for young people
• Able to work effectively with employers and schools and colleges
• Well connected to employers of all sizes and the self-employed and have established
networks and contacts which they are willing to share
• Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of the local labour market and a
willingness to promote these
• Motivated to lead engagement with schools and colleges in the local area and help them
understand how effectively they are motivating young people and preparing them for the
world of work
• Have knowledge of the support available in local area and an understanding of how young
people, the school and college could benefit from this support
All Enterprise Advisers must be DBS checked.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Mo on mo@satro.org.uk .