Creating economic growth in Spelthorne, together!


Car clubs: improving air quality in London

Carplus Bikeplus has been collating data on car club membership for 10 years. We have documented
the growth in car club membership and the number of cars removed from the roads as a direct result.
This ten year growth in car club use coincides with a 25% fall in Londoners’ overall usage of cars.

Toolkit: Helping SME’s hire more apprentices

On behalf of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships we are delighted to publish this toolkit to help more SMEs recruit apprentices.

Of the 5.5 million businesses in the UK, over 99% are small and medium-sized businesses. SMEs are on the frontline of the UK skills market. If the government is going to meet its flagship target of three million new apprenticeship starts by 2020, more needs to be done to encourage businesses of all sizes to take on new apprentices. However, the APPG often hears evidence that SMEs struggle to engage with the system. The resources available to SMEs are often functional but not inspirational.

This toolkit provides practical advice and support to help SMEs hire more apprentices. We also make recommendations to government, LEPs, local councils and larger businesses to better promote apprenticeships to SMEs.

We hope you find this toolkit useful.

Download Here: SME Toolkit


Spelthorne Care Connections Notice Board

This NOTICE BOARD is for Health and Wellbeing matters with vulnerable people of all ages and the elderly in mind.

The monthly editions are produced by Nigel Drury, Community Connector for Spelthorne Borough Council. Do be free to share this more widely with your groups, team or colleagues.

The Spelthorne Council website now has this Notice Board through the following link: July 2018


Spelthorne Business Plan Competition – winners announced

The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition final was held on 24 May at BP’s headquarters in Sunbury-on-Thames.

Six finalists pitched in a Dragons’ Den style final for a chance to win £3,500 and a year’s package of business support to help them get their business started.

First place went to Louise and Levi Yearwood for their idea to create ‘The Rustic Bar Company,’ recycling wood to make unique and attractive home bars and furniture.

Second place and a prize of £1,500 went to Rachel Hewett who presented ‘Love Home Décor’, another original idea for upcycling furniture and vintage homeware.

Third place and a prize of £500 was awarded to students from Brooklands College. Ariphon Farrell, Jordan Bhadye and Somersby Lock pitched their idea for A&E Time Tracker, a unique interactive patient scheduling system.

The winners’ prizes were presented by Kwasi Kwarteng MP.

Cllr Colin Barnard, Spelthorne’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: Congratulations to everyone who took part. We were really impressed with the standard of entry and the professionalism of the presentations given by all the finalists. We are lucky to have so many people with great business ideas here in Spelthorne.”

For details on how to enter next year’s competition, please email

Calling all local businesses to support the Spelthorne in the Zone campaign!

This campaign is supported by Spelthorne Borough Council, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Royal Holloway University and local businesses.

Spelthorne Borough Council are commissioning research with Royal Holloway University in conjunction with SBF and other key stakeholders to establish the business case for this. Benefits will be the business community, economy and environment for anyone commuting either way by rail between Spelthorne and London.
This research will be used to lobby the rail company and central government to consider our request.

As part of the lobbying we would like to ask you to give your support to this campaign.
Please send a letter of support for the Spelthorne ‘In The Zone’ campaign to the Transport Minister at the following address;
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road , London, SW1P 4DR
Or email :

Please could you also send a copy of this to:
Kwasi Kwarteng MP –
Cllr Ian Harvey (Leader Spelthorne Borough Council) –

There is a template letter available upon request by emailing

The support of the local business community is really important to this campaign!


Spelthorne Indie Card has arrived!


We took delivery of our first Spelthorne Indie Cards this week.

These cards can be purchased for £10 and then card holders receive 10% discount from any of over 70 participating local independent businesses.

Watch out for our official launch, but in the meantime you can get a flavour of the businesses involved here

and to either join the scheme as a business or get hold of some cards for you and your team please contact Colin Taylor at Go Try on


FREE Start Your Own Business Book to all Business Plan Competition Entries.

Enter the Spelthorne  Business Plan Competition for a chance to win £3,500     and receive a FREE copy of the

Spelthorne  Start Your Own Business Book.


The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition 2018 is open for entries until the 15th April. Kwasi Kwarteng MP has launched the 2018 competition with the chance for one lucky winner will receive a prize of £3,500 plus a year’s business support to help bring their idea to life.  This year we will be giving every person who enters a free “Start your own business” book packed full of useful advice and contacts to help all budding entrepreneurs to start their own business. We have also put together a package of mentoring and support with a team of local business advisors and the LEP to help the winner get their business idea off the ground.

To enter please go to the website

Good Luck!



Small business number hits a record high


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.