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Can You Capture Spelthorne?

Spelthorne Council is looking for the best photographs of the borough.

This is a chance for you to get outside, explore our beautiful borough and show off your photography skills. You don’t need an expensive camera to take part, any camera or smart phone will do, as long as the photograph was taken in Spelthorne after 1 January 2018.


Living in Spelthorne – What does Spelthorne mean to you? Send us photographs of local life including events, social activities – in fact anything that you feel captures the spirit of this vibrant community.

Urban landscape – Spelthorne is home to many interesting buildings from the historic to the modern. Which buildings capture your imagination or reflect where you live?

Hidden gems – This is an opportunity for you to capture those hidden gems or secret corners that you want to share with us. Be as creative as you like.

Water scenes – Did you know that one third of Spelthorne is covered by water? From the River Thames to the many reservoirs and lakes, we would love to see your waterside snaps. You could include wildlife, boating or simply lovely waterscapes.

Under 16s – We can accept entries for any of the above categories.


The winner of each category will receive a prize and the overall competition winner will receive a £50 voucher and their photograph will be published on the cover of the summer edition of the Bulletin magazine. Additionally the best 25 pictures will be displayed at an exhibition in the borough.

How to enter

Up to five photos can be submitted per entrant, either as digital images or hard copy prints (unfortunately we will be unable to return prints). Please include a short caption that best describes the image, your chosen category and provide your contact details (name, telephone number and postal or email address, plus your age if under 16yrs).

Email your entries to or post your entries to: Capture Spelthorne photography competition 2018, Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB.

The closing date for entries is 31 May. Winning entries will be notified by Friday 15 June.

Follow the action on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #captureSpelthorne

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10GB home broadband tested in the UK

Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) have been tested in a home in the former Olympic village in east London.

Broadband operator Hyperoptic conducted the test, claiming it is the first time such speeds have been brought to a UK home using an existing ISP network rather than a dedicated line.

Firms are now looking to roll out full-fibre technology in the UK.

Ofcom boss Sharon White said higher speeds were becoming more necessary.

“The amount of internet data used by people in the UK is growing by around half every year. So we’ll increasingly need full-fibre broadband services like this to provide faster, more reliable connections and capacity to our homes and offices.

“We’re seeing real momentum behind full-fibre, with bigger and bolder commitments from companies of all sizes to build broadband that can support the UK’s digital future.”

Read full article here.

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Spelthorne Care Connections Notice

Spelthorne Care Connections NOTICE BOARD
March 2018 edition

Your notices please! – by Friday 23rd February 

• Concerns health and wellbeing matters relating to vulnerable people of all ages, the elderly and their familial carers.
• Reaches leaders and coordinators of local organisations and projects, charities, faith groups as well as professionals working with the vulnerable.
• Is to widely circulate information on activities, events, training opportunities, updates in service provision or legislation.
• Is completely free of charge
• IS NOT for advertising jobs or calls for volunteers.

Entries will be accepted if brief and impactful (normally not more than 150 words) with clear contact details or links for further information where necessary.
Please Note:  send me your entry in Word Document form or one that allows for cutting and pasting of text.
Do include your organisational logo if possible as this helps bring interest to the notice.
Sections of the NOTICE BOARD are as follows:
News and Information
Calendar for the month ahead  (and beyond)
Extending our Learning
Regular and Recurring Events
Other Notices

With very best regards,


Nigel Drury
Community Connector
Communities Engagement Team, Diocese of Guildford

and serving
Spelthorne Borough Council
Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 1XB
Office: 01784 448587
Mobile: 07979 887467

NB My normal working days at Spelthorne are Monday, Tuesday and Friday

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Metro Bank to create 900 jobs in 2018

Metro Bank to create 900 jobs in 2018

The challenger bank has announced plans to recruit almost a thousand new members of staff this year, taking its total headcount to almost 4,000.

Metro Bank has revealed plans to create 900 new jobs in 2018, increasing its colleague base to almost 4,000, after smashing its target of recruiting an additional 500 new colleagues last year.

A key area of investment is its apprenticeship scheme, with the bank last year becoming a certified employer provider, meaning that as well as hiring apprentices, it is also able to deliver apprenticeship training through its dedicated in-house facility, Metro Bank University.

With around 100 places available, it will roll out sector-specific programmes across IT, HR and cashiering. With the schemes accredited by either City and Guilds or The Chartered Banker Institute, apprentices will receive a recognised qualification at the end of the 12-36 month programme.

Full article here

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Primark Comes to Staines

You may have noticed that Staines gained a new business this Tuesday in the form of Primark. Over 800 people attended the opening and more details can be found on the Elmsleigh Centre’s Facebook page here.

Hopefully we will see them at an SBF event soon!

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Women in Digital Enterprise Programme


Give us six days (1.6%) of the time you’ll spend working on your business this year and we’ll give you the tools, the resource, the skills and the mindset to achieve double-digit (digital) growth in less than a year.

Our Women in Digital Enterprise Programme
Day 1 – Going 4 Growth: Set a bold strategy to achieve three digital growth goals that deliver on the opportunities that have opened up in your market
Day 2 – Transform: Structure your digital transformation and the new business capabilities & commercial model that reduces operational and financial risk
Day 3 – Bigger Sandbox:  Gamestorm your digital breakthrough journey & identify the resource and the skills you’ll need to meet market   demand
Day 4 – Making Connections: Activate a digital ecosystem of talent and like-minded partners to help you achieve your growth ambitions
Day 5 – Scaling Up: Reshape products or services & the marketing channels needed to rapidly deliver to scale
Day 6 – Reinvent: Adapt your vision & reengineer your processes to ‘pitch’ to the international collaborators, funders and profit pools you identified on Day 1

Attendance is free and there is allocated parking. Please report to Reception

Each workshop offers you opportunities to network with
Jeannie Satchell, Enterprise M3 Growth Hub Champion & Pam Iannotti, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Winchester

Venue: The Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey Research Park, 40, Occam Road, Guildford GU2 7YG
Dates: 23 Feb, 9 Mar, 23 Mar, 6 Apr, 13 Apr, 5 May
Time: 0900-1530

Book your place here.

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Surrey Economic Prospects Report – January 2018


  • A £150 million scheme to redevelop the area around Guildford station has been approved
  • Woking and Guildford Borough Councils have received nearly £20 million (£9.3 and £10 million
    respectively) funding to unlock housing
  • The University of Surrey is set to open a new £4.2million nano-manufacturing facility

Data and analysis – labour market

Unemployment, measured by the number of Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimants, increased in
December by 35 claimants (up to 4,845 (0.7%)) relative to the previous month and has increased by 400
claimants over the last year (from December 2016).

Unemployment has increased from a recent low of 0.5% (3,925 claimants) in December 2015.
Surrey has a low rate of unemployment relative to comparable economic areas including the South East
(1.2%), Cambridgeshire (0.7%), Hampshire (0.9%), Oxfordshire (0.7%), East Sussex (1.8%) and West Sussex (1.0%).

Results for both GCSE and A levels in 2016/17 were published on Thursday 25 January. The South East is
the second highest performing area by attainment below London. In Surrey the average attainment per
pupil is above the national average (for more information see here).

Further information on the Surrey economy is available on the Surrey i website (see here). This includes
datasets and data collections, as well local area profiles, visualisation tools and infographics.

Business intelligence

A £150 million regeneration scheme to redevelop the area around Guildford Station has been approved
by the Planning Inspectorate. The scheme involves transforming Guildford’s station car park into a new
‘Station Quarter’ delivering a new station building, 438 new homes, office space and an enhanced station

Two schemes in Surrey have been awarded a proportion of £866 million in government funding to unlock
housing. £9.3 million was awarded for Sheerwater Regeneration in Woking, expected to unlock 984
houses. In Guildford Borough £10 million was awarded to unlock housing near Ash. The funding will go
towards a new bridge over the rail line south east of Ash station.

The University of Surrey is set to open a new nano-manufacturing hub. The Engineering and Physical
Sciences Research Council has awarded £1.6 million to the Advanced Technology Institute and the 5G
Innovation Centre to establish a hub that will make the manufacturing of smart materials and selfpowered
electronics a reality in the UK. The £4.2 million project, supported by 32 partner organisations,
was co-developed with QinetiQ and the National Physical Laboratory.

TechNation has launched its 2018 survey on the UK’s digital ecosystem and has an ambitious target to
reach over 11,000 responses. To ensure Surrey’s tech sector is well represented please complete the
survey available at

Platform 0 in Redhill has opened. After being announced in April 2016 the long awaited platform was
opened to passengers on 2 January. Accommodating Southern, Thameslink and Great Western Services,
the £50 million platform is expected to increase station capacity and ease commuter congestion.

Nominations are now open for the Toast of Surrey business awards. Entries must be received by 30
March. For more information and to enter see

A mid-market private equity firm has sold Manchester-based Concept Life Sciences, to Egham-based
Spectris, an instrumentation and controls company, for £163 million.

Curchod & Co in Woking and Weybridge, the commercial property, building surveying and management
business, has merged with the Farnham and Camberley offices of rival firm, Wadham & Isherwood.
Surrey County Council is raising awareness of the Your Next Move website, a place for young people to
explore different career options. These options range from further education, apprenticeships and
training to supported internships for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

The Chief Executive of Reigate-headquartered insurance business esure Group has stepped down. Stuart
Vann joined esure in 2000. In this time esure has grown to 2.4 million in-force policies and more than
£800 million in gross written premiums.

McLaren Automotive, the luxury sportscar manufacturer, has reported a record year of growth, selling a
total of 3,340 cars in 2017. The results follow the 2017 introduction of new models in each of the
established three product families; the 570S Spider was added to the Sports Series, the 720S replaced the
650S in the Super Series while the track-concentrated McLaren Senna joined the Ultimate Series. To
support an increase in customer demand and new model launches, a second shift was introduced in 2016
at the McLaren Production Centre in Woking, where each car is hand-assembled.

Spelthorne Borough Council is set to buy 12 Hammersmith Grove from Aberdeen Asset Management for
£170 million. The 167,000 sq. ft. office is now almost fully let with notable tenants including WeWork
(occupying just over 50,000 sq. ft.), Creative Artists Agency, Perform Media Services and Medidata.
Spelthorne Borough Council’s previous acquisitions include the BP campus in Sunbury-on-Thames for
circa £340 million and 3 Roundwood Avenue at Stockley Park near Heathrow.

East Surrey College (ESC) in Redhill has topped the 2017 league tables and announced a new university
partnership. This year’s NICDEX gave 202 colleges a score of up to 40, with 10 marks available in four
categories: learner satisfaction, employer satisfaction, 16-to-18 positive progression and adults into
employment. Overall East Surrey College ranked 9th putting it in the top 5% of colleges across the UK.
Notably ESC ranked 3rd for employer satisfaction (top 2%) and 9th for adults into employment (top 5%).
East Surrey College has also announced a new Creative Business Partnership Agreement with the
University for the Creative Arts (UCA). The close working relationship between the organisations will
support the development of students in to creative careers, allowing them to show both their creativity
and innovation.

The two remaining floors of Prospero House in Redhill are under offer with The Shawbrook Bank.
Relocating from Dorking the bank and financial services provider would occupy circa 26,000 sq. ft.
Plans for a residential development of up to 50 homes on land in Tongham have been recommended for
approval. Gleeson Developments is seeking permission to develop a site off Grange Road on land within
the countryside beyond the green belt. 18 of the 50 homes would be affordable.

Regus who occupy and manage 3 floors of the flagship Kingsgate office in Redhill have recently
remodelled the upper floors to accommodate more businesses in their premium office space and offer
co-working and meeting rooms. The Kingsgate Launch Event will star the 2017 Apprentice Winner James
White. In the evening guests will also be able to enjoy magic, jazz, competitions, canapes and
champagne, whilst networking with local businesses. For more information see here.

Following the launch of a report by the Centre for London and the Southern Policy Centre about the
capital and the South East working more closely together to address the challenges of economic and
population growth, Surrey County Council deputy leader John Furey said the move could offer “huge
opportunities”. The report, entitled Next-door Neighbours – Collaborative Working Across The London
Boundary – sets out a number of ways in which London and the wider South East depend on each other.
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and Viasat, a global satellite communications company, have marked the start of operations of the new Viasat antenna system installed at SSTL’s Guildford headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new antenna system forms part of the Viasat Real-Time Earth (RTE) network, a hybrid ground and space network, which has been designed to provide low-latency satellite data to users on-demand without the need to invest in a dedicated antenna system. The Guildford site joins other sites in the United States, Argentina, Australia and Sweden as part of Viasat’s roll out of the RTE network.

In other news, SSTL has confirmed the successful launch of CARBONITE-2, an Earth Observation
technology demonstration mission owned and operated by SSTL, and of the Telesat LEO Phase 1
communications satellite, an important milestone in Telesat’s plans to deploy a global low earth orbit
constellation that will revolutionise broadband communications services around the world.
Office properties in Cheshunt, Woking and Edinburgh have been acquired by Regional REIT with the
support of a £19 million funding facility. In Woking Regional REIT purchased eight units within the 99,613
sq. ft. Genesis Business Park.

A ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line has been unveiled by
Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway. The work, which is scheduled to take place in October 2018
and February 2019, is a key part of a £300 million government-funded programme to tackle delay
hotspots and boost the reliability of the railway in the South East.

Surrey County Council’s highways team has provided the latest in a series of regular updates on the work
taking place on Surrey’s roads. It featured news about the progress being made with schemes to reduce
congestion in Epsom and at the Runnymede roundabout.

Guildford-based the Gym Group has said it has created an “excellent platform” for growth in 2018 after
membership numbers increased by more than 35 per cent in 2017. The chain said for the year to 31
December 2017 revenues increased by 24.3 per cent compared to 2016 while total year end membership
numbers were 607,000, up from 448,000.

Palace Capital, the listed property investment company, has sold an industrial building in West Molesey
for £595,000 to a private investor. The property at 138 Molesey Avenue comprises 5,536 sq. ft. It is let
until June 2021 at a rental of £40,000 per annum exclusive.

Surrey residents can have their say on several ideas to improve travel around Guildford. The “Unlocking
Guildford” proposals include:
-Improvements to two junctions on the A331 Blackwater Valley Relief Road to ease congestion;
 -Upgrades to Guildford’s traffic management system to allow faster responses to congestion and
traffic incidents;.
 -Measures to reduce the risk of flooding in Guildford town centre, and;
 -Bus network improvements including better passenger information and measures to reduce delays.

To comment go to the Surrey County Council website for full details and dates of public exhibitions. The
closing date is 4 March 2018.

Farnham Castle Intercultural Training has announced new training – Global Mobility-The Expatriate
Lifecycle…. from Recruitment and Selection to Repatriation. The training is part of Farnham Castle’s
Intercultural Training Workshop Series 2018.

The training will be held on 22 February, 10.00-16.00 at Farnham Castle near Farnham. For more
information on this and other training see here.

National news

It has been revealed that the Business Growth Fund (BGF) invested more than £300 million in almost 50
companies last year. In total, the BGF completed 48 new investments and provided £310 million in
funding to UK smaller and mid-sized companies in 2017. In October 2017, BGF made its 200th new
company investment, and exceeded £1.3 billion of invested long-term capital.

Heathrow Airport Limited has launched a ten-week consultation on its expansion plans seeking feedback
on three shortlisted options for the new north-west runway, potential locations to expand terminal
infrastructure and the proposed repositioning of a section of the M25. The consultation will be
composed of two parts – the first relates to the physical changes to the ground needed to build a new
north-west runway and operate an expanded airport. Feedback is being sought on potential
infrastructure options including:
- Three shortlisted options for the new north-west runway with length varying from between 3,200
and 3,500 metres;
 -Potential locations to expand terminal infrastructure: east of Terminal 2, west of Terminal 5 or a
new satellite terminal by the new runway;
- Proposed alignment of the M25: repositioning it approximately 150 metres to the west, and
lowering it by 7 metres in a tunnel and raising the runway height so it passes over the M25;
- Options for changes to local roads and possible changes to two junctions leading to the M25.

The airport is also asking for the public to review its plans to manage the effects of expansion on local
communities and the environment. The second part of the consultation relates to potential principles, or
‘rules’, that could apply when designing the new airspace required for an expanded airport. Airspace
across the country is being modernised as it has changed little since the 1960s. At this early stage, future
flight path options are not being consulted on.

Inbound tourism to the UK hit a record high last year with growth set to continue in 2018, according to
forecasts by VisitBritain. Overseas visits to the UK are forecast to break through the 40 million mark for
the first time in 2018, reaching 41.7 million, up 4.4% on 2017 which is expected to see 39.9 million visits.
Spending by overseas visitors to the UK is also forecast to reach £26.9 billion in 2018, up 6.8% on 2017,
with figures expected to have reached £25.1 billion for the year.

The Mayor of London has green-lit Croydon Partnership’s plans to revamp the Whitgift shopping centre,
which will see more than 500,000 square metres of new shops and restaurants established. The joint
venture between Westfield and Hammerson is expected to create 7,000 jobs, 1,000 new homes and
provide the community with new leisure facilities and “rejuvenated” public spaces. Plans also feature
space for future student accommodation or a hotel.

A new national housing agency – which is designed to help build an average of 300,000 homes a year by
the mid-2020s – has launched. Homes England is the successor to the Homes and Communities Agency
and is being driven by housing secretary Sajid Javid. It will help to secure new land, support smaller and
more innovative housebuilders into the market, and resource brownfield sites from across the country.

In the new 25 Year Environment Plan, the Prime Minister has pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic
waste within 25 years. This will be achieved through several initiatives, including extending the 5p carrier
bag charge to all retailers in England, working with supermarkets to encourage them to introduce plastic-free aisles and looking at how the tax system or charges could further reduce the amount of waste.

Permitted development rights rules are “detrimental” to local communities and should be scrapped, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. The LGA has conducted research suggesting that close to one in 10 new homes over the last two years was converted from an existing office, with no investment in affordable housing or infrastructure supporting these conversions. Permitted development rights have led “to the potential loss of more than 7,500 desperately-needed affordable homes”, the LGA suggests, pointing to figures showing that since 2015 there have been 30,575 housing units converted from offices to flats in England without having to go through the planning system. While this figure equates to eight per cent of new homes nationally, in some parts of the country it is responsible for around two thirds of all new housing.

Mark Pearson
Director of Business Growth
Surrey County Council
01483 685230
Twitter @investinsurrey
LinkedIn Group – Invest in Surrey

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Manchester Airport CEO slams Heathrow’s ‘preposterous’ claims over UK role

Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan has slammed ‘concerning’ and ‘preposterous’ comments made by Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye this week (February 5) before the Transport Committee.

When quizzed on the potential economic impact of the proposed third runway at Heathrow, Mr Holland-Kaye appeared to play down Manchester’s role in connecting UK businesses with crucial international markets.

Andrew Cowan said: “It is concerning that Heathrow continues to make misleading claims about its role in the UK economy.

“Contrary to Heathrow’s claim, it is far from being unique in connecting UK businesses to global markets. We’ve shown with new services to China, the US and the Middle East in the last few years, that Manchester Airport is the North’s global gateway and plays a huge role in driving the Northern Powerhouse forward.”

He added: “The truth is that airports across the UK are doing far more to support jobs and stimulate regional economic growth than Heathrow ever will.”

Speaking further, Mr Cowan said the next 10 years will be crucial for the UK economy and for rebalancing economic growth.

He continued: “That’s why we need Government and politicians to focus on what they can do now to support growth and improved connectivity across the UK – and not be misled by Heathrow’s preposterous suggestion that it somehow has a monopoly on connecting Britain to the world.”

Manchester Airport’s presence on the global stage continues to grow, with new routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Seattle, Singapore (now direct), Beijing, Hong Kong, Phuket and Muscat launched in the last three years.

Passenger numbers rose year on year by 8.5% in 2017.

Read what John Holland-Kaye said to the Transport Committee here.

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Talent shortages endangering the UK’s growth engine, according to new Smith & Williamson research

Smaller and growing businesses are struggling to hire the right talent, according to the most recent survey from Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, tax and investment management group.

66% of businesses are seeking new hires, according to the Enterprise Index survey, a quarterly barometer which tests the views of over 200 business leaders and entrepreneurs. However, only 38% believe that the workforce is sufficiently trained or educated to help them achieve their growth plans.

“Having the right people available to support our smaller and growing businesses is crucial to their success. They need to hire to grow, but the talent is scarce,” said Jeff Selden, partner and specialist in business services at Smith & Williamson in Guildford.

Read report on Surrey Chambers’ website.

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Businesses need clarity on Brexit

BCC open letter to PM: Businesses need clarity on Brexit

7th February 2018

As Cabinet ministers gather today  to discuss the government’s negotiating stance ahead of critical talks on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union, Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Adam Marshall, the BCC’s Director General, write an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, making an urgent appeal for clarity on the government’s objectives.

In the letter, the BCC’s leaders urge the government to make key choices and deliver a clear statement of intent – so that businesses of all sizes and sectors can make decisions for the future.

Read the letter here.

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