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Bird Table Coaching for Women in Business – SBF Offer

30th November 2017

What is the Bird Table?

The Bird Table offers Business Development coaching for women in small, confidential groups to challenge you to think better, set tighter goals and grow your business.

It’s important to stress that this is not networking, or selling.  It is a place to focus on your own business.

Why join a Bird Table group?

Work with like-minded, professional women to:
##Benefit from the power of thinking in a small group
##Be challenged as a small / medium sized business owner in an environment of mutual support
##Share knowledge, experience, successes and energy
##Hold each other accountable – did we do what we said we’d do?
##Take time to think and plan, with structure and direction

Who is the Bird Table for?

Maximum of 6 female business owners.

The next group starts in February in Leatherhead / Esher area

How much does it cost?

SBF Member’s  price £125 (usually £150) for the 3-month programme (3 x 2 hour sessions + online support).  Fees are payable in advance to reflect the ongoing commitment to a programme of progress and thinking.

How do I book?

Contact to find out more, or visit

Free Training For Your Business

22nd November 2017

The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has awarded some European Social Fund contracts to Brooklands College to directly influence skills and growth support to businesses and individuals operating within the Enterprise M3 LEP area.  This area includes Spelthorne area and is available to Spelthorne Business Partnership members.

Companies with less than 250 employees may be eligible for free advice & training. For a limited time only Brooklands College can offer you classroom-based, online or bespoke courses.

Examples of these courses include:

  •  Health & Safety
  • Microsoft Excel 2013 or 2016
  • Customer Service
  • HR Diploma
  • Digital Marketing

and many more……

Places are limited, so BOOK NOW by contacting Maryam (

In addition to the short courses, Brooklands College also offers a range of apprenticeship programmes and can assist with the recruitment of apprentices.   For help with this please contact or her direct number is 01932 797 742.




Do you have a domestic abuse policy?

17th November 2017

As the Government considers a possible domestic abuse bill in the Spring it is important for businesses to consider their own policies on this to support their staff should they be suffering at home.

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse is an organisation which is happy to work with businesses to help write this and to educate them to know what signs to look out for.

For more information please contact North Surrey Outreach and they will be happy to help.


Collaborating with the University of Surrey

16th November 2017

The University of Surrey, a major driver of innovation, is actively seeking businesses to partner with. Collaborating with the University offers businesses the opportunity to develop new technologies and processes, or to gain critical insights into business challenges. We are proud of our strong partnerships with companies of all sizes; from spin-outs and start-ups; growing SMEs; charities and public sector organisations; to well-known global brands. We are experienced in engaging with businesses in numerous ways including Innovate UK funding, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Consultancy, student projects and placements, to name a few.

If you are interested in exploring potential opportunities to work with the University of Surrey, contact our Business Development Team who will be happy to discuss your specific business needs and, drawing on the expertise of our world-class academics and research facilities, help create novel solutions.



Starting an Online Business

15th November 2017

Consumer habits have changed dramatically. By 2020, some experts predict that 90% of transactions will take place online or be internet-influenced

Many businesses have long used their websites to generate additional revenue, yet in recent years there has also been significant growth in businesses that start up exclusively online, which can involve less risk, cost and effort.

Creating an online business

As with any small business, the first steps to starting to trade online involves conducting market research to identify your target market, assess demand, competition and reaction to your prices from potential customers. You also need to produce a business plan.

If sales are likely to exceed the annual threshold (£85,000 in 2017/18), you must become VAT-registered. You’ll also need to pay tax, in accordance with your status as a sole trader, limited company, etc. Online traders must also observe data protection legislation, of course, when storing important information about customers.

Marketing will largely determine your business website’s success and search engine optimisation (SEO) is crucial to this. Basically, it means using words on your website that ensure high placing in lists on search engine (eg Google) results pages. You could also use paid-for advertising services such as Google Adwords, for which you’re charged on a pay-per-click basis.

Getting your site up and running

You must decide whether to create your own business website or get someone else to do it for you. Doing it yourself can save money, but the results might not be great. Another option is to use one of the many online marketplaces to sell your goods such as Amazon, ebay, notonthehighstreet and etsy. These online platforms can allow you to bring your goods to, and test, the market for your goods before committing to a fully-fledged ecommerce site.

If you decide that setting up your own online shop is the way forward, there are many ready-made online solutions that allow people with little experience to create their own website.


More here

Heathrow Careers Opportunities

15th November 2017

Careers for our community

Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy has many perfect roles available for local jobseekers.  Careers at Heathrow Airport are exciting, with opportunities across retail, hospitality, construction, customer service and aviation & logistics.

Latest vacancies:

Aviation & Logistics
• Warehouse Apprentice
• Ambassador
• Baggage Screening
• Plane Guarding
• PCO Drivers/Chauffeurs
• Zone Owner
• Taxi Rank Agents
Customer Service
• Engineering Help Centre Advisor
• Part Time Interviewer (Market research)

• Electricians
• Carpenter
• Shift Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Groundworkers

• Helper
• Demonstrator
• Full and Part Time Sales Consultant
• Full Time and Part Time Sales Colleagues
• Supervisor

• Waiting Staff
• Host
• Kitchen Porter
• Commis Chef
• Bartender
• Full and Part Time Baristas
• Runners
• Shift Leader
• Catering Consultant
• Full and Part Time General Assistants

Luxury retail opportunities
Heathrow Airport is the home of luxury brands seeking to recruit experienced and professional team members. Luxury retail brands seeking this unique talent pool include Tiffany & Co., Thomas Pink, Kurt Geiger and Watches of Switzerland among other notable retailers.

All vacancies are available strictly via the Academy. Please do not contact employers directly.

Do you know the ideal candidate?
Get in touch or send CVs to

Please note that all individuals must meet the following:
• Valid passport or work permit
• Can provide a five-year checkable history (including all periods of employment, unemployment, education or travel)
• Can work fully flexible shifts with varying start and finish times
• Can travel to Heathrow by public transport. (Free public transport – buses only – from Hatton Cross to all terminals.)
All employers welcome Apprentices and applicants with limited experience. Positive attitude and willingness to learn are imperative for all roles.

Pre-Employment Training: bringing careers closer

Our range of Pre-Employment Training (PET) programmes have helped thousands of local residents. Offering courses in retail, hospitality, construction and work skills, each programme is tailored to our vacancies to help candidates start their career.

PET date for your diary: Workskills Job Centre Plus 23 – 30 November

An exciting place to work
Not only are Heathrow careers challenging and fulfilling, there are many services and benefits that colleagues can enjoy:
• Public transport discounts
• Discounted shopping opportunities
• Heathrow Rewards loyalty scheme



T:   020 8759 5978




Fancy opening your own coffee shop?

23rd October 2017

The number of coffee shops is set to overtake pubs by 2030 as Brits continue to swap lager for lattes. With 2.3 billion cups of coffee being drunk per year in UK coffee shops, up 4% on 2016 (according to the UK Coffee Report), there are big opportunities to successfully open a coffee shop of your own.

This guide to opening a coffee shop takes you through everything you need to get your coffee shop business started, from the all-important coffee shop research to how to manage a coffee shop team. Inside, you’ll find out:

 the ideal coffee shop entrepreneur
  • coffee shop startup costs
  • coffee shop ideas: how to be different and be better
  • coffee shop regulations
  • sourcing coffee shop suppliers and equipment
  • sourcing equipment
  • coffee shop design and marketing

Mine’s an espresso…..

Construction Seminar at Heathrow Academy

9th October 2017

Do you know anyone in construction and looking for employment at Heathrow? If so they need to come along to the next Construction Information Session will be held at the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy on the 2nd November, 2017 .

The following outline  will be covered in the session

•         Overall presentation about  Heathrow Airport
•         Brief overview of the 3 arms of the Academy:  Recruitment , Apprenticeships, Development.
•         Overview of upcoming vacancies.
•         Overview of the live vacancies, apprenticeships and direct employment
•         Overview of the Pre-employment training dates. (  booking & registration, CSCS card will be included , 2 week course, guaranteed interview.)
•         Completion of the enrolment form
•         One to one with the  construction  recruitment team
•         Questions & Answer session

More information available here November Group Session.