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Big Duck Race 30th June


As many of you know MidasPlus raises money to help local needy people in Staines-upon-Thames and surrounding areas.
On 30th June at Staines-upon-Thames Day we are holding our flagship fundraising event, the Big Duck Race. The Ducks cost just £50, are 32cms long and the aim is to create a spectacle with around 200 decorated ducks floating down the river all raising money for our local needy causes.
Please support us by buying one or more ducks. Please see the video and go to our web page for more information and to purchase.
There is a prize of £100 for the best decorated duck judged by the Mayor on the day. Send us a photo of your decorated duck and we will publicise it on Facebook with a link to your page or website.
The winner of the race receives dinner, overnight stay and breakfast for 2 people at the Runnymede on Thames Hotel + £500 for the charity of their choice.
Please help us to support local needy people by buying & entering a Big Duck. Contact Mike or 07803 706440. Thank you for your support.
If you have already bought a duck or are re-entering your duck – THANK YOU.


Staines-Upon-Thames set to welcome a modern-day treasure hunt this May half-term

Remember Pokemon Go? Now everyone’s talking about Spy Quest!

Spy Quest – a wholly immersive and exciting family entertainment experience will be coming to Staines-Upon-Thames this May half-term.

Visit Staines, The Business Improvement District is working in conjunction with Elmsleigh Shopping Centre and Two Rivers Shopping Centre to welcome the free event to Staines-Upon-Thames.

Taking place on Saturday 25th May, Spy Quest’s ‘Operation Cursed Diamond’ offers a modern-day treasure hunt, utilising cutting edge technology such as A.R and integrates it with smart phones and tablets, to provide a unique mixed reality experience.

Operation Cursed Diamond invites players top act like secret agents, using their smartphones to track down clues and crack the codes to help track down international jewel thief Franco Rodriguez through Spy Quest’s interactive app.

Secret agents of all ages are invited to meet at Elmsleigh’s main Square, outside 02 store with the live game taking place between 1pm and 2:30pm. Players will also be able to utilise the free Wi-Fi within Elmsleigh Shopping Centre to help track down Franco Rodriguez.

To sign up as an agent players can download the free Spy Quest app from iTunes or the Play Store, which also includes a live league table allowing players to check how they stand against other agents.

The Story

The Cursed Diamond is a best-selling book published in 2016, which tells the tale of Franco Rodriguez, who despite being Interpol’s most wanted criminal has evaded arrest for years.

He has his sights set on stealing the famous Hope Diamond from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC and the novel tells the tale of how the Spy Quest Agents Sam, Rebecca, Casey and Holly attempted to stop him from pulling off the heist of the century.

Intelligence suggests the thief Franco Rodriguez will be meeting known associates at Elmsleigh Shopping Centre to exchange the stolen $320m Hope Diamond and new agents are needed to help bring him to justice.

All clues will be located within the centre, with seven individual missions to complete. Players are tasked to complete the quest and race against the clock and other secret agents!

Books will be available to buy on the day from Waterstones, with David Goutcher on hand to sign books within the store from11am -3pm. Anyone buying a novel will also receive a free AGENT t-shirt.

Spy Quest will be back in Staines-Upon-Thames in August at Two Rivers Shopping Centre and October in the High Street.

David Goutcher, author and creator of Spy Quest commented: “I’m sure everyone will love the ground breaking augmented reality technology that adds to the immersive experience. I am passionate about reaching as many children as possible and using the educational aspects of the game and books, as a hook for improving literacy levels. I have been touring the UK and attending launches of the game at shopping centre’s from London to Aberdeen and I’m delighted to now have the game launch in Staines-Upon-Thames and look forward to visiting for the launch game.”

Michelle Baker, BID Manager for Visit Staines added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Spy Quest to Elmsleigh Shopping Centre this May half-term, with a further two more missions taking place at Two Rivers Shopping Centre and the high-street later this year. We’re also thrilled to announce Spy Quest’s author David Goutcher will also be coming to Staines-Upon-Thames, meeting his biggest fans and signing books.”

Kam Purewal, Marketing Manager at Elmsleigh Shopping Centre, said: “Spy Quest is a modern-day treasure hunt, combining reading, problem-solving and augmented reality with retailers across Elmsleigh Shopping Centre. We’re looking forward to welcoming Spy Quest to the centre and it’s set to be a real adventure.”


TUI relocates store to accommodate Lidl at Two Rivers Shopping Centre

On Friday 5th April, The Mayoress of Staines-Upon-Thames, Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE officially opened the new TUI store at Two Rivers Shopping Centre. The new store, which is located next to Laura Ashley moved in order to accommodate the new Lidl planned for the centre. (see image left)

The new store offers the same great service as before and even has a children chill out area, so you can book your holiday in peace!

Lidl will be opening in Staines-upon-Thames as part of its ongoing expansion, the new store will include a 1,459m² sales area and amenities such as an instore bakery and longer-style tills.

Centre Manager, Joanna Hall commented: “We were delighted to welcome Staines-Upon-Thames’s Mayoress, Cllr Jean Pinkerton OBE who officially opened TUI’s new store with the cutting of the red ribbon! We’re pleased to see the TUI team are are already settling in well, with the relocation of the store forming part of our ongoing works needed to accommodate Lidl to the centre.”

For more information about Two Rivers, visit or find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


Be part of the greatest event in Spelthorne.

Staines Upon Thames Day Sponsorship Opportunities

Be part of the greatest event in Spelthorne celebrating the borough’s local, natural, cultural and historical heritage. Attracting over 10,000 visitors the event takes place throughout the town, in the High Street, Memorial Gardens, Market Square and on the Thames.

This is a fantastic platform to showcase your business to the Borough and beyond!

Details Here: Staines-upon-Thames Day Sponsorship 2019 final

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 – Or BOOK A STAND HERE


Purple Tuesday – the UK’s first accessible shopping day

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Along with the Elmsleigh and Two Rivers shopping centres and Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District (BID), Spelthorne Council is supporting Purple Tuesday on 13 November.

Purple Tuesday is the UK’s first accessible shopping day which aims to encourage retailers to introduce a range of measures to improve the shopping experience for disabled visitors. As part of this initiative, the BID will be rolling out a programme of training and awareness raising over the next 12 months.

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  Website is


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

And they will make sure to stop by your workplace.