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Staines Shopmobility – can your business help?

5th December 2017

What is Staines Shopmobility?

Based in the Two Rivers complex Staines Shopmobility is available to anyone with limited mobility, whether temporary or permanent. You do not need to be registered as a disabled person, be a regular wheelchair user or a Blue Badge holder. You may be recovering from an operation, illness or an injury such as a broken leg. The scheme aims to ensure all visitors can fully access the facilities and services available in Staines town centre.

How is it funded?

Since its inception in 1998, Staines Shopmobility has set its service charges at an affordable level for users of the service. The charge to hire mobility equipment is the only guaranteed income received and the charity currently loses money on this activity. It would require a charge of £12.60 per use to fully recoup the annual running costs, which would make the service unaffordable to most of the current users of the service. As a result of this, annual income falls a long way short of the cost of providing the service each year. Staines Shopmobility is therefore reliant on a mixture of Local Authority funding, grants, donations and fundraising to bridge the deficit between its income and expenditure. Fundraising is crucial to the continuance of Staines Shopmobility and the charity would be forced to close without the generosity of others. You can find many ways to help Staines Shopmobility raise funds on their website and any assistance received is greatly appreciated.

Current Activities:

  1. Selling Calendars produced by Elmsleigh Centre featuring pictures from Staines and the local area, £5 each with all proceeds to Shopmobility. Available from Shopmobility, Calendar Club in Elmsleigh and Staines Library.
  2. Selling Xmas raffle tickets £1 per strip of 5. 1st Prize – Hamper, 2nd Prize – Limeyard voucher, 3rd Prize – Nandos voucher plus lots of additional prizes. Available from Shopmobility.
  3. Running the  Xmas wrapping service in the Elmsleigh Centre between 9am-6pm on Monday 18th December and Saturday 23rd December, proceeds to Shopmobility.
  4. Collecting with the Rotary Club of Staines Santa Float around Laleham Road, Richmond Road area of Staines between 6pm-8.30pm on Tuesday 19th December.

How could your business help?

The service’s main need is to raise funds, particularly revenue funding to continue providing the service in Staines, and to secure volunteers towards this end. They hold fundraising events throughout the year but find it difficult to secure enough bodies to get the best out of these events. Ideally they would like an active list of people willing to volunteer at these.

Get in touch:

For more information please contact David Bisiker

01784 459416



Positive signs for retailers

27th October 2017

Shops in the South East are continuing to perform well with retail standing out as one of the most robust sectors in the region this month, according to research by R3.

The latest research by restructuring and insolvency trade body R3, compiled using Bureau Van Dijk’s Fame database, reveals that while many of the sectors R3 monitors experienced marked rises in the number of businesses at increased risk of failure, retail saw a rise of just 3% since September, close to the average across the UK of just 2.3%.

However, although distress in retail does not appear to be worsening significantly, it remains at a fairly high level – of the nearly 26,000 active businesses in the sector in the South East, 7,330 are in the overall negative band. This represents 28.3% of shops in the region, slightly higher than the national figure of 26.5%.

Read the full article here.

How diverse is your workforce?

9th October 2017

Through joining the committee to organise the recent Spelthorne Skills and Careers Fair we recently got to know Rebecca Denyer. Rebecca is the new Small Employer Adviser (SEA) for Staines.

The SEA role has recently been introduced to give Jobcentre Plus (JCP) the extra opportunity to connect with small local employers – in particular to raise awareness of the range of support available to them when employing a person with a long term health condition or disability.

As you might be aware,  there are approximately 7 million people (18% of the UK population) who are disabled or have a health condition. Increasing the employment rate for this demographic is important for productivity as well as equity. It’s estimated that the UK economy could grow by £13 billion if disabled people were included. Additionally, £1.8 billion is lost by businesses every month because people with disabilities leave because that business is not accessible in some way?

There are real benefits be made for small businesses from having a diverse workforce that reflects the community they do business in. Part of Rebecca’s role is to challenge the presumption that this demographic cannot or do not want to work and that the process of supporting people into work is costly and complex. However, she does recognise that small businesses face particular pressures and do not have HR departments that can support making recruitment and the workplace more accessible. As a result JCP needs to provide additional support to small businesses for them to benefit.

Rebecca would really like to discuss this further with SBF businesses. Please do get in touch with her directly if you would like to know more:

Rebecca Denyer – Small Employer Adviser – Surrey
Department for Work and Pensions  | Work Services Directorate
Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex  | Staines Jobcentre Plus
Ground Floor | 62 London Road | Staines | TW18 4HB
Phone 01784 231637 or 07769 913696 | @JCPinSurrey on Twitter  | |

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
Surrey TW18 1XB
T: +44 (0)1483 735544

Staines-upon-Thames Day 2017

20th March 2017

Be a part of this year’s Staines-upon-Thames Day and benefit from the fabulous variety of event and activities attracting over 7,000 visitors throughout the day.

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

STAINES UPON THAMES – 20th hottest retail location in the UK

12th December 2016

Staines-Upon-Thames has been rated as the 20th retail location in the UK.

Staines-upon-Thames has beaten other local towns such as Richmond, Kingston, and Guildford.

This is a clear indication of the potential of Staines-upon-Thames and with last weeks Staines-upon-Thames BID there are exciting times ahead.

Please see the table below.