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Small business number hits a record high

4th December 2017

 

Number of small businesses hits a record high

New figures released ahead of Small Business Saturday show there is now more small businesses in the UK than ever before.

The number of small businesses in the UK has reached a record high of 5.7 million, according to new Government figures.

Combined, these businesses have contributed a whopping £1.9tn to the economy this year alone.

The figures were released ahead of Small Business Saturday, a campaign set up to support independent businesses.

The campaign, now in its fifth year, shines a light on the diverse range of small firms across the country.

Read full article here.

Surrey Economic Prospects – October 2017

6th November 2017

Surrey Economic Prospects – October 2017

Headlines

 A joint venture has secured support from NatWest for the redevelopment of Woking One

 Prospero in Redhill, is to become the new headquarters of insurance broker The Plan Group

 BAE Systems to cut almost 2,000 jobs nationally, including roles in Guildford

 EZ3 – The London & South Innovation Valley – has launched a new promotional film.

 

Surrey Economic Prospects – October 2017

 

COME ALONG TO THIS CHARITY WINE TASTING EVENING WITH BUFFET

6th November 2017

COME ALONG TO THIS CHARITY WINE TASTING EVENING WITH BUFFET Organised by Shepperton Orbit Club with the proceeds going to MidasPlus

7.30-10pm on Friday 24th November

Shepperton Village Hall, 58A High Street Shepperton TW17 9AU

PLEASE JOIN US It will be a fun evening with a blind wine tasting of comparable white, red & sparkling wines, an expert guest speaker and a cold buffet The cost is just £20

To book please contact Christine at Orbit on 01932 780971 Mike at MidasPlus on 07803 706440 or 01784 440300 or book online at Eventbrite

FREE LIVE WEBINAR – ‘How to complete your online tax return’

6th November 2017

 

FREE LIVE WEBINAR ‘How to complete your online tax return’

7th December 2017 12  – 1 pm As well as offering our live chat business advice service, we’re excited to bring to you this FREE informative live webinar titled ‘How to complete your online tax return’ on the 7th December, 12-1 pm. This webinar will be brought to you by HM Revenue and Customs.

This webinar is ideal if you are self-employed and started to trade during the 16/17 tax year or before and have not completed an online tax return before

The webinar will show you:

  • How to register for Self Assessment Online – personalising your tax return so you only see the screens you need to
  • How to complete the self-employed pages on the return – sending your completed tax return online This webinar is not suitable for Directors of Limited Companies
  •    You will also have the chance to ask questions.
  • Register now by Clicking Here

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

Do you know someone who would like to be their own boss?

10th October 2017

The SBF and Spelthorne Borough Council are working together with Inspiring Enterprise to offer their “Is it for me?” workshop at the Spelthorne Council Offices in Knowle Green on Thursday 19th October 10am-1pm.

This workshop is designed for people who are unemployed and would like to start their own business, but are concerned that they don’t really know what would be involved.

To register your interest or find out more click on this link- A4 Poster Inspiring Enterprise.

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.

Do you understand how GDPR applies to your business?

6th October 2017

The new General Data Protection Regulations will come into effect in May 2018 and remain in effect even once the UK leaves the EU. It is important that you understand how these changes in data protection will affect your business, how you store information and handle your customers’ data.

To help simplify this one of our members, Goddards Accountants, have provided this handy guide for businesses:

NB A5 Overview of the GDPR v2 (002)

If you have any questions you can find their contact details in the Directory.

SBF Riverboat Cruise biggest ever attendance!

26th September 2017

The SBF annual riverboat cruise on the 14th September saw its biggest ever attendance with over 90 people enjoying a lovely sunny morning on the River Thames.

Courtesy of French Brothers hospitality and sponsorship from Heathrow airport everyone enjoyed a relaxing cruise along the river Thames with breakfast and great networking.

Speakers included Kwasi Kwarteng, Heathrow Airport and Spelthorne new Chief Executive Daniel Mouawad.

Phil Stoneman of Rushmore Borough Council wrote:Thank you for allowing me to attend the SBF Riverboat Cruise that was clearly a really well organised and well run event. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with a wide range of attendees from quite a diverse mix of businesses and they spoke highly of the support they receive. It was also good to hear from the speakers who were evidently passionate about supporting businesses and promoting Spelthorne as a great place to do business.

Take a look at our events page for more great FREE local events.