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Improving connectivity is key to productivity

1st December 2017

Improved connectivity will drive productivity growth across much of the UK and help close the gap between regions, according to a new study published today by HS2 Ltd.

Drawing on the knowledge of over 100 employers, local authorities and universities, ‘HS2: Getting the best out of Britain’ highlights the regional strengths across the UK, but warns that more needs to be done to draw them together and realise their full potential in the modern economy.

David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd said: “This report is the evidence that HS2 will boost productivity in the north and Midlands.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to join up and amplify the many centres of excellence around the country, as we prepare to exit the European Union.

“By improving the connectivity between our major population centres HS2 will give businesses access to the skills, labour and services they need to change the economic geography of the country.”

The report shows that world-leading skills and research in the Midlands and the North can match that of London and the South East.

Full article here.

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Bird Table Coaching for Women in Business – SBF Offer

30th November 2017

What is the Bird Table?

The Bird Table offers Business Development coaching for women in small, confidential groups to challenge you to think better, set tighter goals and grow your business.

It’s important to stress that this is not networking, or selling.  It is a place to focus on your own business.

Why join a Bird Table group?

Work with like-minded, professional women to:
##Benefit from the power of thinking in a small group
##Be challenged as a small / medium sized business owner in an environment of mutual support
##Share knowledge, experience, successes and energy
##Hold each other accountable – did we do what we said we’d do?
##Take time to think and plan, with structure and direction

Who is the Bird Table for?

Maximum of 6 female business owners.

The next group starts in February in Leatherhead / Esher area

How much does it cost?

SBF Member’s  price £125 (usually £150) for the 3-month programme (3 x 2 hour sessions + online support).  Fees are payable in advance to reflect the ongoing commitment to a programme of progress and thinking.

How do I book?

Contact to find out more, or visit

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30th November 2017

Today WRAP published new labelling guidance, to give shoppers more consistent storage and date label advice.

The guidance has been produced in association with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It will be used by food manufacturers, retailers and brands as the industry standard and brings together recommendations that ensure food is safe and adheres to legal requirements, with best practice information to ensure it is stored and used within time.

The move is to help tackle the two million tonnes of food wasted each year in UK homes purely from it not being used in time. A third of this food waste is triggered because of how shoppers interpret existing date labels.

Full article here

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Spelthorne Care Connections

28th November 2017

Spelthorne Care Connections NOTICE BOARD – December 2017 edition

Your notices please! – by noon on Thursday 30th November


  • 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





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Win Theatre Tokens with the Elmsleigh Centre’s Christmas Challenge

28th November 2017

Win Theatre Tokens with the Elmsleigh Centre’s  Christmas Challenge!

Christmas…a time to celebrate and relax once the plans are in place and the presents purchased…but what will be your ‘one to watch’ this season?

Why not take their Christmas challenge and tell them, in 25 words or less, about your favourite family panto.

Their panel of judges will select one lucky winner to receive £100 in theatre tokens so you can plan your theatre trip whether it’s the local panto or a blockbuster.

For your chance of winning, all you need to do is to enter your text and details on the online form at via their Facebook page. Terms and conditions apply.

The competition ends on Monday 18th December. Good luck!




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Members’ Offer- Storage

22nd November 2017


Access Self Storage are pleased to announce an offer available to Spelthorne Business Forum members.
If any members rent a storage unit at any Access Self Storage Stores they will be entitled to a 50% Discount for the first Four Months (subject to availability.)

Call  07585 301685 to arrange a viewing with Eddie Lawrence, Sales & Business Development Manager


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Free Training For Your Business

22nd November 2017

The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has awarded some European Social Fund contracts to Brooklands College to directly influence skills and growth support to businesses and individuals operating within the Enterprise M3 LEP area.  This area includes Spelthorne area and is available to Spelthorne Business Partnership members.

Companies with less than 250 employees may be eligible for free advice & training. For a limited time only Brooklands College can offer you classroom-based, online or bespoke courses.

Examples of these courses include:

  •  Health & Safety
  • Microsoft Excel 2013 or 2016
  • Customer Service
  • HR Diploma
  • Digital Marketing

and many more……

Places are limited, so BOOK NOW by contacting Maryam (

In addition to the short courses, Brooklands College also offers a range of apprenticeship programmes and can assist with the recruitment of apprentices.   For help with this please contact or her direct number is 01932 797 742.




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Quarterly Economic Survey

17th November 2017


Have your say!

Below is a link to the Quarterly Economic Survey, which is run by the British Chambers of Commerce. This is the UK’s biggest and longest running private business survey, filled out by thousands of businesses across the UK. It only takes 3 minutes to complete and the findings equip the British Chambers of Commerce to lobby the Government effectively on your behalf.

To complete the survey please CLICK HERE

Please do take the time to have a look at the British Chambers of Commerce website which provides previous survey results, giving you access to definitive economic insights. CLICK HERE

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Molly at Surrey Chambers of Commerce,

Molly Edwards / Marketing & Events Executive
Surrey Chambers of Commerce
Office: 01483 735545 / Fax: 01483 756754
Unit 14a Monument Way East Woking Surrey GU21 5LY


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