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EM3 Growth Hub – January Newsletter

    January Newsletter

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2019.

February 2019 sees the start of the Brexit Clinics across 14 councils in Surrey and Hampshire with the first being on the 8th February in Guildford and in Test Valley on the 26th February. We will have speakers and opportunities for 1 to 1 sessions around risk assessment, scenario setting, EU citizens, importing/exporting/transporting, haulage permits and ports in the area, customs/tax changes to the way your business operates in the EU, regulation and standards.

To book please check our events page A great variety of information can also be found on our Brexit toolkit detailed below.

Further details for the first 2019 Silicon Drinkabout, Global Gaming Jam and how you can access Capital Growth Funding from EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership can also be found below.

To find out more about how we are supporting businesses please call or email me on



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Limeyard Offer


 The month of LOVE is here.

Whether you’re looking to impress that special someone or show a friend how much they mean to you,
what better way to do so than over a…

Full Yard of TACOS!!

Dine with us between 14th – 17th February & receive two complimentary Limeyard Royals when purchasing a full yard of tacos.

Simply quote “lovelimeyard” on arrival to redeem.

Ealing, W5 5DB
020 8567 9056

Staines, TW18 4UP
01784 770617

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Surrey DWP update

Employment Figures

The UK has continued to beat its own record-breaking job figures with a new record employment rate of 75.8% and 32.53 million people in work in November, more than ever before. The unemployment rate remained at a joint 43-year low of 4.0%, with the youth unemployment level having almost halved since 2010 and female employment at a near record high of 71.2%.


DWP Visiting

There is now a page on to give customers information about our visiting service, who might be eligible, what to expect and checking the visit is genuine.


Universal Credit

A reminder that from 1 February 2019, any new claims for Universal Credit can be made regardless of the number of children in the household. Previously, claimants with more than 2 children continued to claim tax credits and this is no longer necessary.

Locally the Partnership team are still busy delivering Universal Credit awareness sessions to our various partners. If you think this is something your team or organisation could benefit from, please feel free to get in touch.

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Young Womens Trust

Do you work with young women aged 16-30? Young Women’s Trust are an organisation who offer tailored support to women in this age group regardless of whether or not they are in work. Their ‘Work it Out’ service focuses on confidence and employability through coaching and mentoring. This can be accessed by phone or online and is free to use. The support can be personal – mental health/wellbeing etc, or practical help – looking at CV’s, preparing for an interview.

Louise’s story – “I met YWT at the job centre, I was signing on and doing work experience there too. I had an interview – an assessment day with PWC and was really nervous, so the coaching seemed like a good idea. I worked on talking about my skills and abilities, and how to demonstrate them, and got the job. After the interview I was able to utilise the techniques my coach taught me – it was all transferable. It’s helped me be able to talk to my colleagues and peers in the new job. I was self-conscious because they all went to Oxford or Cambridge and I felt I didn’t have as much to offer, but I can talk about my own experiences and skills more clearly and with confidence now.”

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My Way In – Making your job work for you


My Way In is a new website that aims to help people understand the skills needed for different jobs across sectors with some of the highest number of jobs available right now. Top tips, video case studies and ‘how to’ guides are featured on the website to encourage customers to consider applying to new roles on the Find A Job website.

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Natwest regional PMI report

NatWest PMI reports give a monthly snapshot of the health of the economy across the UK.


Key findings of December’s regional PMI update: 

  • 2018 ends with North West leading growth in both output and employment
  • Scotland sees a renewed decline in business activity
  • East Midlands posts slightly slower output growth but a marked rise in new orders
  • North East records steepest drop in employment since 2009

Please follow the link below to view the December report and click through to view regional results across the UK: HERE

South East Results: HERE



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Have you been to the Farmers Market in Staines Upon Thames?

 Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market, Sunday 10th February from 9:30am on the High Street

Each month the Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market brings you a mouth-watering selection of the very best fresh local produce, seasonal, artisan and street foods and fine crafts. Held on the second Sunday each month on the High Street from 9:30am – 1:30pm.

Some people believe that many Farmers Markets are “nice but expensive”. The Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market can offer extremely good value for money and more often than not you will actually pay less than you would at a major supermarket for a similar item. Come and see for yourself!

Future dates for Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market:

Sunday 10th March, Sunday 14th April, Sunday 12th May, Sunday 9th June, Sunday 14th July, Sunday 11th August, Sunday 8th September, Sunday 13th October, November (TBC), Sunday 8th December

The Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market is bought to you by Visit Staines, the Staines-upon-Thames Business Improvement District and supported by Spelthorne Borough Council.

For further information regarding the Staines-upon-Thames Farmers Market please go to  or follow us on


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