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Careers Fair 27th June

Thamesmead are looking for businesses to be part of their Careers Fair on 27th June. Could your business get involved and inspire future employees?

School Governors

Thamesmead are looking for Governors who can help set Thamesmead School’s strategic direction. The governing body is a group of decision making volunteers who have a crucial role in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

The governors meet at least once a term. In addition to these meetings, committees look at more detailed aspects of the school work such as finance, student performance, well-being and safeguarding.

Governors need to be over 18 years old but there is no requirement for formal qualifications. Everyone has experience and skills to offer, so an effective governing body has people from different backgrounds with a mix of skills.

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If you are interested  please email Sheelagh McCarthy on


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Golf Fundraising Day

Golf Fundraising Day

The annual Golf Day fundraiser in aid of the London Irish ARFC Under 12’s 2019 rugby tour to Dublin is a significant milestone in our players rugby journey. The U12s Dublin tour has reached its 37th year and is one of the longest standing traditions at LIARFC. The organising committee each year commit to ensuring every player accompanies this tour, they are appropriately attired from head to toe and game ready to suitably represent their club. We rely greatly on the benevolence and annual support from our club members, friends and family to make this tour possible financially and our golf day is a major contributor to the cause.
Individual Cost is £75, team of four £280 or sponsor a hole for £250 and have your name included in our list of sponsors on the day.
With your help it will be a resounding success and a significant contribution to our fundraising efforts to make the Dublin 2019 LIARFC Under 12’s tour possible. Should you wish to attend, offer sponsorship or both, please contact Michele or call 07795463867

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Heathrow and the DIT launch ‘World of Opportunity’ Grant for SMEs


For the second year running, Heathrow and the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ campaign are giving a boost to 20 Exporters looking to reach new long-haul markets, for their goods or services.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ will award 20 SMEs with grants worth £2,000 to fund vital trade missions, participation in trade shows or foreign market research. DIT will once again support each winner to help their research and missions and promote the competition. Plaza Premium will also be providing complimentary lounge passes for the winners as they leave Heathrow on their journeys.

A panel of exporting experts including Lord Deighton, Heathrow’s Chairman and Parveen Thornhill, Head of London & Devolved Administrations from DIT will select this year’s winners.

The first ’World of Opportunity Programme‘ received over 290 applications from SMEs across the country and the programme is expected to remain as competitive this year. In order to win one of the coveted 20 grants, successful applicants will be asked to demonstrate why their business is suitable to expand their export capability as well as outline why they have identified their target overseas market.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ is part of Heathrow’s plan to ensure British businesses benefit from the economic opportunities the airport provides as the UK’s only hub airport and the country’s biggest port by value. In addition to this programme, for the past 21 years Heathrow has run a successful series of Business Summits around the country. The summits give SMEs the opportunity to engage directly with members of the airport’s supply chain and find out more about the opportunities that exist at the airport and around the world. As of last year, an estimated £93.4 million of new deals had been won as a result of the partnerships formed at the Summits.

Heathrow Chairman, Lord Deighton said:

“We are delighted to open the World of Opportunity SME Grants Programme for the second year in a row, in partnership with the Department for International Trade and supporting the ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign.

“Last year, we helped a wonderful range of British exporters – from beauty products to specialist tyres and snow sport instructors to architects – from all across the nations and regions of the UK. We helped them explore new markets, progress their exporting ambitions and look forward to helping more SMEs this year. These SMEs are showing the world that the UK is open for business – and I am confident this year’s winners will be just as impressive.”

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said:

“Last year’s World of Opportunity Programme was enormously successful, helping to generate tens of thousands of pounds of business for SMEs from across the UK.

“There is significant demand for UK goods and services across the globe, and my international economic department is here to support businesses of all sizes as they look to seize the wealth of opportunities available.”

Appen Vice President of Language Resources in the UK Sarah Lowe said: 

“Heathrow’s World of Opportunity grant helped to fund trade mission trips to Geneva and Copenhagen, creating new growth opportunities for our business.

“The additional assistance from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in conjunction with the British Embassies in Switzerland and Denmark significantly helped us to establish new contacts and explore the prospects in these markets. Overseas export can be daunting for small businesses, but the World of Opportunity grant helped to connect us to those opportunities and we’d encourage SMEs across the country to take part.”


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Titan is dancing his way to Two Rivers

Titan the Robot is making his debut at Two Rivers Shopping Centre on the 17th June to celebrate all the amazing local Dad’s.

Titan the Robot has been all over the world, meeting famous faces such as Rihanna and will now be on your own doorstep at Two Rivers.

Customers will have the opportunity to meet him at intervals between 11am and 4pm.
Titan is guaranteed to have the audience eating out of the palm of his robotic hand, with jokes, dance moves, and killer lines.

Joanna Hall, Centre Manager at Two Rivers Shopping Centre, says: “Titan is such a big character and will no doubt have a lot of jokes for all the Dad’s in the audience this Father’s Day! As a global performer, this robot’s visit is something to pencil in your diary.”

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Why small business owners should move their business communications to the cloud

How a Cloud-Based Solution Could Benefit Your Business

As more and more start-ups embrace a flexible approach to working, the cloud can ensure that your team never misses a call, email or potential lead again…

In recent years, the advancement of digital technology has driven business practice through some pretty seismic shifts. And thanks to developments in smartphones, cloud tech and other portable devices and apps, it’s now possible to run an entire business empire from the palm of your hand.

With the rising prices of office space, many of the UK’s small business owners are embracing the opportunities offered by this technology – choosing the more affordable, flexible and low-risk option of running the business remotely from home, a co-work space or a local wi-fi hotspot.

This is simple enough if you’re a lone wolf, but as your business grows and you hire more remote staff, you’ll need to obtain a secure and reliable system through which to communicate and share information with them across multiple locations.

You’ll also need to think about your clients: if your team is spread across the country, how can you ensure that all customer phone calls are answered, and by the right person for each query? As a small business, you can’t afford to miss – or mess up – calls; it could potentially cost you business.

Even if your staff aren’t remote, a cloud-based communications system for smoothly directing calls to particular team members, and enabling access to send emails and collaborate on email calendars, will have huge benefits – and save you money.

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Surrey Chambers AGM


Registered in England and Wales with number 03027072


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General meeting of the above named company will be held at 5.15 pm on the 9th July 2018
Guildford Pavilion, Guildford Cricket Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, GU14RP

Ordinary Business:
1. To approve the minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 27th  September 2017
2. To receive the Report of the President for the year ended June 2018
3. To receive the statement of Accounts for the year ended 31st December 2017
4. To elect Council members for the ensuing year
5. To approve Directors for the ensuing year.

The formal meeting will be followed by a Members’ Networking Evening kindly sponsored by Guildford Cricket Club

To book on, please click here.

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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

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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!


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