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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.”

 

News from Surrey Chambers of Commerce

 

Are you searching for that opportunity to grow your network?

Are you in need of some in-depth advice on topics like CyberCrime Awareness, Property & Construction, or Health and Wellbeing?

Are you simply after some no-nonsense, nothing-but-networking?

Or perhaps you just want to catch up with a client or fellow business professional?

We can help you achieve all of this!

We want to know what it is that you want out of your membership, so that we can ensure what we’re providing offers something to suit everyone.

We’ve got plenty in store for May, as you’ll see below, but why not get in touch today and see how we can help your business!

 

Exclusive Offer for Surrey Chambers Members!
We have worked for several years with YouBecome, a specialist in Culture and Employee Engagement. YouBecome have supported us over those years to develop and improve our Culture and Engagement and so we speak from positive experience.

As part of YouBecome’s offering, they have developed a unique way of measuring the strength of your culture. This tool would normally cost £49 but YouBecome have kindly agreed to offer it to Surrey Chambers members for free. An extremely generous offer.

You can access the survey HERE, and you will need coupon code: free49 to redeem the offer.

It’s not one to pass up!

Keep up to date with Surrey Chambers of Commerce events, news, advice, support and offers by visiting www.surrey-chambers.co.uk or follow us on social media.
Telephone: 01483 735540
Woking Office: Unit 14a, Monument Way East, Woking, GU21 5LY, UK
Whether you are interested in becoming a member of the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, or an existing member, we would love to hear from you.

SBF Exclusive Member offer – Free Managed Cyber Security Solution

Members only:

Free Managed Cyber Security Solution

Timeless IMS is pleased to offer all members a FREE WatchGuard T-Series Firewall appliance for their businesses’ cyber security and network protection. Perfect for start-up’s, small businesses and distributed enterprises with fast deployment capabilities all centrally managed. We will provide you with the firewall appliance on a fully managed and supported service contract with the complete WatchGuard Total Security Protection Suite*.

Contact Timeless IMS now

and let us help your business with its Cyber Security strategy.

Talk to Timeless IMS today:

Visit: www.timelessims.co.uk 

Call: 0800 328 2852  Email: sales@timelessims.co.uk

*Terms and conditions apply, talk to us today to find out more.

Calling Volunteers across Surrey!

 

Healthwatch Surrey is currently looking for volunteers across Surrey to help ensure local people have a say in how health and social care services are run.

Current volunteering opportunities include:

·        · Community Listeners

·        · Community Promoters

·        · Community Influencers

They are looking for people who are:

·        · Interested in health and social care;

·        · Keen to ensure people in their community can have a say in how health and social care services are run;

·        · Outgoing, good listeners and enjoy talking to people.

You don’t need experience in health or social care, as long as you have an interest and meet the criteria above you can find out more and apply online

 

Shout about Surrey Day!

Surrey Day is almost here! Visit Surrey has been working hard in partnership with BBC Surrey and Surrey Life to raise the profile of our beautiful county with our first ever Surrey Day on Saturday, May 4th.

So many locations are hosting special events to celebrate, from `behind-the-scene’ tours to street parties.  There’s still time to get involved. Here’s how

Visit Surrey members and subscribers have their events highlighted on our special Surrey Day page and all tourist locations can list their event for free on our website.

We wish you a memorable Surrey Day and don’t forget to share your special events with us.

Shout about Surrey Day!

Hosting a special event for Surrey Day, May 4th? Then shout about it via social media. Here’s what to do:
Step one: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your news and find out what others are doing to celebrate. Make sure to share your Surrey Day images with us too!
Step two: Use #SurreyDay in all your social media posts leading up to and during the event and tag in @VisitSurrey 

Tune in to Surrey Day

Visit Surrey joined BBC Surrey on the Breakfast Show today, April 24, to announce the Seven Wonders of Surrey.
Tune in again between 9am and 11am from Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3, when Surrey Day will be the talking point, leading up to a whole day’s broadcasting on Saturday, May 4th.

 

We’re on the cover! 

Hold the front page – and many of the pages inside the May edition of Surrey Life – as Surrey Day is the main theme of the county’s glossy magazine. Events hosted by Visit Surrey members are featured inside and the magazine goes behind the scenes of various locations to find out about the people who help to make these places

 

News from Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Welcome back!
We hope you had a wonderful Easter break and made the most of some absolutely splendid bank holiday sunshine!

Now, we don’t doubt that you’ll spend today catching up on emails and getting back into the swing of things, so we’ll keep this brief.

Whether you’re after some general networking to enhance your contact network, looking for tips on best practice on how to recruit or retain women in tech and engineering, or perhaps you need to give your social media a little boost but aren’t too sure where to begin…then keep on scrolling because my word have we got a jam-packed calendar, fitted with something to suit everyone.

Spring has sprung and the sun is out – so let’s bring the positivity into a new financial year! At Surrey Chambers, we have everything you’ll need to get started and grow your business, so we look forward to seeing you soon!

Events Here: https://www.surrey-chambers.co.uk/event-listing/

Spelthorne Skills & Careers Fair 2019 – Book your stand.

The Spelthorne Skills & Careers Fair 2019 

 

 

If you are a local company that is recruiting then book your stand today for the Spelthorne Skills & Careers Fair today!

This is North Surreys largest Skills & Careers event aimed at employers and skills providers.

Book your stand today HERE:

Take a look at last years event video HERE

 

 

 

Heathrow Sustainability Innovation Prize 2019

HeathrowHeathrow is running a sustainability competition for UK organisations of any size, to win £30,000.

Organisations are encouraged to send their ideas for innovative solutions to issues facing the airport. In particular, we are looking for product or service innovations that are ready (or nearly ready) for market or looking for somewhere to be trialled. We have three categories:

  • Travelling to the airport sustainably – how to encourage and facilitate more sustainable and carbon-free alternatives
  • Getting ready for sustainable propulsion – how to help prepare the airport for fossil-free flight
  • Negative emissions at or near the airport – how to begin capturing and using carbon in and around the airport operation (carbon capture and use)

UK-based organisations have until 22nd May 2019 to submit their ideas and solutions HERE:

 

Free Workshop – Making your Business Stand out from the Crowd. Extra date added

FREE WORKSHOP IN KINGSTON

MAKING YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

Why not kick start your business by signing up for The Business Kitchen South West London’s FREE workshop in Kingston?

Why do your customers buy from you rather than your competitors? What makes your company stand out from the crowd?

The better you understand what’s special about you and your business, the easier it is to attract customers, grow sales, and boost your profits. But it’s not always easy to make your business special

We can help

The Business Kitchen is delighted to be bringing you this FREE workshop, to help you become more profitable and more successful.

Join us on Thursday 25th April at Canbury Works, Elm Crescent, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6HJ. We start at 09:30 am with the opportunity for networking followed by the workshop from 10:00 to 12:30 pm, where you discover how to:

  • How to identify what makes your business different
  • Why your ‘Why’ is so important
  • The benefits to you of making your business different
  • The 3 reasons that people buy
  • How to develop your value proposition to attract your ideal customer

What’s more…

You’ll get a taste of what makes the Business Kitchen experience special!

Whatever market you’re in, this session gives you the chance to take away simple yet powerful techniques you can apply to your business right away. Once you understand the unique ways your products and services solve your customers’ needs you can make your marketing more effective.

Learn fast, apply immediately

Our workshops give you the chance to test drive the Business Kitchen’s popular workshop format. As well as learning practical skills you’ll experience the power of working as a group – sharing experiences and ideas,

“I loved brainstorming, meeting new people – felt inspired!”
Previous workshop delegate. Sept 2018

Take the first step to gaining new skills and increasing your profits! BOOK HERE

With best wishes

Rob Hancock
The Business Kitchen SW London
www.thebusinesskitchenswlondon.co.uk

Richmond Rugby v London Irish on Good Friday

Come down to the Richmond Athletic Ground on Good Friday (April 19th) to watch exciting Championship rugby as Richmond Rugby take on league leaders London Irish in a match with huge significance for both clubs as Richmond look to stave off relegation and Irish try to secure promotion to the Gallagher Premiership.

Kick-off is at 3pm – it promises to be a fun day for all the family, Under 16s can watch the game for FREE, the bars will be open all day, so there is no better way to start your Easter weekend!

Tickets are £10 for adult club members or £15 for adult non-members if booked in advance through the Eventbrite link (£18 on the gate) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/richmond-rugby-v-london-irish-tickets-47843672713?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete.

Here are a few recommended places if you want to pop into Richmond before the rugby – La Buvette French Bistro and Sebastian’s Italian.

Have a great Easter!

Con

https://berichmond.london/getonboard2019/