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The BBC Big Bus is coming to Staines upon Thames

The BBC are coming to town!

BBC Surrey & Sussex are planning a series of live broadcasts from several towns and want to come along to Staines on Thursday 31 May to the pedestrianised area of the High Street.

They will be broadcasting on BBC Surrey radio from 9am to 4pm, so why not wander down and chat to the presenter. You might get your business a mention on the radio!

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Heathrow archive goes on display in West London


Heathrow archive goes on display in West London

‘Heathrow: The Journey’ focussing on the long history of the UK’ s busiest airport, opens today at UWL’s campus in St Mary’s Road, Ealing. The first ever Heathrow exhibition will feature a wealth of never-before-seen items, specially selected from the airport’s archive, which have been permanently donated for the public to view for free.

Artefacts dating back to the 1940s tell the story of Heathrow via an exciting mix of media including motion-detection audio, memorable photos of Beatlemania, Princess Diana and other famous passengers including movie star and glamour queen Sophia Loren. Enticing travel brochures from the golden age of air travel, a selection of airline pennants and postcards, historic images and videos of the first concord, maps and technical drawings all feature.

Last night a launch event to mark the occasion was hosted by Professor Peter John, Vice-Chancellor of UWL and attended by John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Office of Heathrow Airport and a number of local business and community figures.

Heathrow’s Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said:

“Heathrow has witnessed major historical events, and hosted many remarkable people throughout its long history. We are proud to be Britain’s front door and hope the students, aviation enthusiasts and local people that see this exhibition can feel the same. We were especially pleased to partner with the University of West London to ensure this exhibition resides permanently on their campus, so that generations to come can be inspired to seek a career at Heathrow and form part of our history.”

University of West London Vice Chancellor Professor Peter John said:

‘People can discover and appreciate an extremely rich heritage at Heathrow: The Journey and we are delighted to host this exhibition which charts its development into one of the world’s leading airports. Heathrow is located inside the University’s catchment area and we enjoy a close business partnership which delivers excellent opportunities for our students – the next generation of talent. Thanks to this relationship, many of our graduates go on to enjoy successful careers connected to Heathrow Airport and we look forward to this continuing long into the future.’

‘Heathrow: The Journey’ has been made possible by donations from Heathrow and the Heritage Lottery Fund donating £100,000 and £79,400 respectively. These donations enable the archive to be preserved for generations to come at UWL, as well as funding this exhibition which charts an important part of Great Britain’s aviation history. Housed at the heart of the university, it will be open daily to the public and free-to-enter.




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Are House Prices Affecting Your Business?

Are House Prices Affecting Your Business?

We all know that the cost of buying or renting a house in the South East is high, only London costs more than some parts of our area. High housing costs can affect businesses, making it more difficult to recruit and retain staff.

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and Radian Housing Group have commissioned the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) to find out more about the impact of housing costs on our local economy. SPC is a Southampton based think-tank with a growing reputation for finding solutions to some of the difficult challenges faced by businesses and communities across the Central South.

As part of this research, SPC are seeking the views of local businesses and their employees. We are circulating this short questionnaire and asking you to complete it, and to ask some of your staff to answer a few questions about their experiences.

This study is intended to help shape local and national policy on housing, and to find ways in which we can tackle the problem of high housing costs. Your views and ideas are vital to its success, the more responses SPC get the more likely their research will have an impact. So please try to find a few minutes to respond. The results will all be anonymous, no companies or individuals will be named.

The survey can be completed and submitted on-line, please follow this link:

Details of how to complete and submit the questionnaire will be found there, as is a request for you to identify some of your staff who could also assist by completing a separate short questionnaire. Neither of them should take more than fifteen minutes to complete. Our apologies if you receive this through another route, Chambers of Commerce and the FSB are also assisting this project and contacting their members. You need only complete this once.

This survey is being hosted by We Work With Data, members of the Market Research Society (MRS). We Work With Data abide by the MRS code of conduct, and are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

We will publish a summary of the results and conclusions from this study in a newsletter later this year.

Please feel free to forward this questionnaire to other businesses and organisations that you think may be interested.

Thank you in anticipation for your co-operation.

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

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Do you Vlog for your business?

Do you Vlog for your Business? Here’s How to Get Started! A guide from Pink Spaghetti

As the popularity of Vlogs (Video blogs) increases, and the statistics show they are great for engagement, we asked Magic Pony Films to come up with some tips to help you dip your toe in the water!

Video blogs help you to build connections with potential customers; they show your human side and once you get over your nerves for filming then it can be easier than written content and definitely a quicker way to spread your message to the world.

Find out how here

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Crowd funding for new Women’s Loan Fund from Frederick’s Foundation



Please support the Frederick’s Fund  Crowd funder appeal from early May 2018.

Our aim is to build a Women’s Loan Fund to enable us to provide loans and support women with a viable business idea who cannot access funds from banks and other conventional lenders. We believe in a hand up, not a hand out.

Watch our campaign trailer here:

The Women’s Loan Fund will lend small amounts of money to women, who then repay it in order that others can then receive help from the fund. We see this as a sustainable solution to the lack of affordable start up finance available, specifically to women.

“I honestly don’t know what I’d have done without Freddies. They believed in me when everyone else thought I was worthless.” Pia

Why focus on women?
• Women are at least 14 times more likely to live in poverty and less likely to qualify for full time paid employment.
• Social impact of lending to women is far greater.
Whilst open to all women with a business idea we will focus on:
• Single parent families.
 35% of children in poverty live in a lone-parent family and
 92% of lone-parent families in the UK are headed by women.
• Migrant communities and ethnic minorities.
 14% of the UK are non UK born citizens.
• Women with disabilities.
 39% of people in poverty live in a family where at least one person is disabled
• NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training)
 14% of UK population.

If you would like to support our Crowdfunder Appeal and help more women start their own businesses and change their lives and their families lives for the better, please donate what you can and share our appeal with others.

More about Fredericks Foundation
Fredericks is a Responsible Finance Provider that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition, but cannot obtain mainstream finance. Fredericks operates across England and Wales with a support team on hand to help and guide applicants all the way through the process. The support continues even after the applicant has been successful in the form of mentoring, practical business advice, networking and links within the local community that can help support and grow new and expanding businesses.

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Spelthorne Arts Week

A new Arts Festival for Spelthorne

The programme has now been published for Spelthorne Arts Week and you can find it here-


You will spot that both Thames Side Brewery and Signmedia took advantage of the sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in similar opportunities for next year please contact Cat  Learmonth at Spelthorne Council (

Don’t forget to check out the activities as there is something for everyone!

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Heathrow Express service confirmed to 2028


 Heathrow Express (‘HEx’) rail service has been preserved to at least 2028 under a new agreement announced today.


This agreement, which confirms fast, non-stop rail connections for Heathrow passengers over the next decade, has been approved by the Department for Transport and will see Heathrow Airport retaining the commercial aspects including marketing, ticket pricing and revenue, while FirstGroup’s Great Western Railway (‘GWR’) subsidiary will run the operational aspects of the Heathrow Express service under a management contract from later this year.

As a result of this agreement, a new Heathrow Express Langley depot will no longer be needed. The depot would have been required to service trains because the HS2 building schedule requires HEx to vacate the Old Oak Common depot by the end of 2019.

Heathrow Airport will continue to own the HEx service, and will be responsible for managing rail stations at the airport.  Passengers will also benefit from new ticket readers at Heathrow and Paddington, which will allow users of Heathrow Express and TfL Rail (soon to be Elizabeth line) to use pay as you go Oyster or a contactless device.

GWR will manage the introduction of a new, dedicated fleet of trains for the Heathrow Express service, which will be specially converted by December 2019 to provide first class carriages, high speed Wi-Fi, additional luggage racks and on-board entertainment. Until that time the HEx service will continue to be provided by the existing fleet of trains.

Building an integrated transport hub and ensuring at least 50% of Heathrow’s air passengers travel by public transport by 2030 is a priority for Heathrow.
This May, the initial phase of Heathrow Crossrail services will be introduced. From December 2019, and the full opening of the Elizabeth line, rail services to Heathrow will increase from 18 trains per hour today to at least 22 trains per hour. A train will depart Central London to Heathrow on average every two-and-a-half minutes, including:

• 12 Piccadilly Line trains per hour – 6 trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 4 and 6 trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 5
• 6 Elizabeth line trains per hour – 4 trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 4 and 2 trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 5
• 4 Heathrow Express trains per hour – all trains serving Terminals 2, 3 and 5

Heathrow, the DfT, TfL and Network Rail are also conducting a joint feasibility study into increasing the frequency of the Elizabeth line service to 8 trains an hour by the mid-2020s.

As part of the arrangements, the Department for Transport will progress the development of the proposed new western and southern rail links to Heathrow. These new links would make it quicker and easier for people from the across the south and west of England, and south Wales, to get to the airport.

Rail Minister Jo Johnson said:
“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the UK rail network since Victorian times and improving the provision and frequency of rail services to Heathrow is crucial to our plans.
“New western and southern rail links to Heathrow would make getting to the airport quicker and easier for holidaymakers and business travellers across the south west, south Wales and south of England, as well as helping connect UK exporters to new international markets.”

Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said:
“This agreement secures convenient and reliable public transport journeys to Heathrow in this decade and beyond.  We have ambitious plans to transform rail journeys into the airport, and our passengers will reap the benefits of having Heathrow at the heart of an integrated, sustainable transport network.”

FirstGroup Chief Executive Tim O’Toole said:
“Today’s agreement demonstrates the transport industry working in partnership for the benefit of passengers, allowing fast and convenient connections to continue on this crucial airport link. We are an experienced rail operator with a strong track record in delivering customer improvements, and through this management contract we look forward to building on this operational expertise, as we work with Heathrow to bring in a dedicated fleet of high-specification trains that will help keep people moving and communities prospering in the future.”



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New guide to starting a business in Spelthorne


This week we took delivery of our new ‘Start Your Own Business in Spelthorne’ book. This is available for free to local entrepreneurs either planning to start a new business or who have recently started up. To get hold of your copy please drop us an email at

This new book is a great beginner’s guide to all the things you need to consider when starting a business and also includes information one local support available in the borough. We produced this book in partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council Economic Development Team and Kwasi Kwarteng MP. All entrants to the Spelthorne Business Plan Competition will receive a copy of this book.

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Would your business benefit from more visitors to the area?

Spelthorne Borough Council has recently enhanced the Borough’s membership of Visit Surrey; the official tourism website for Surrey. This means that we now have improved pages for Spelthorne and Staines and that Ashford, Sunbury and Shepperton now have their own pages.

It is important now to keep these pages updated and looking fresh. If you have any additional content or recent photos that you would like to see added please contact Ruth on  There is also an event’s diary on the website, which is a great way to advertise local events to the wider community. If you are involved with anything that might be attractive to a visitor to the area please do upload it for free here.

We know there is loads going on locally so let’s work together to try and spread the word! More visitors to our towns can only mean more custom for our local businesses.


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