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Potential £75,000 pension boost for self-employed

15th November 2017

Extending auto-enrolment to gig workers could boost their retirement income by at least £75,000, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Pensions Policy Institute, on behalf of Zurich, used YouGov data to model applying auto-enrolment to gig workers, a key recommendation from the recent Taylor review.

They found that gig economy workers could boost the size of their pension pot by up to £75,000 if a form of auto-enrolment were extended to cover all workers. And their retirement income could rise up to £100,000 if the current auto-enrolment system was applied.

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Over 50s in “Unemployment Trap”

15th November 2017

A report from charity the Centre for Ageing Better has revealed that the over-50s are more likely to be out of work than other groups, and have more trouble finding new jobs. Nearly a third of 50- to 65-year olds are unemployed, with statistics on economic inactivity and longer-term unemployment falling behind other age groups. Senior programme manager Jemma Mouland said: “Employers too need to value their older workers more, offer them greater support and flexibility and stamp out ageist employment practices.”
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Heathrow Careers Opportunities

15th November 2017

Careers for our community

Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy has many perfect roles available for local jobseekers.  Careers at Heathrow Airport are exciting, with opportunities across retail, hospitality, construction, customer service and aviation & logistics.

Latest vacancies:

Aviation & Logistics
• Warehouse Apprentice
• Ambassador
• Baggage Screening
• Plane Guarding
• PCO Drivers/Chauffeurs
• Zone Owner
• Taxi Rank Agents
Customer Service
• Engineering Help Centre Advisor
• Part Time Interviewer (Market research)

• Electricians
• Carpenter
• Shift Engineer
• Mechanical Engineer
• Groundworkers

• Helper
• Demonstrator
• Full and Part Time Sales Consultant
• Full Time and Part Time Sales Colleagues
• Supervisor

• Waiting Staff
• Host
• Kitchen Porter
• Commis Chef
• Bartender
• Full and Part Time Baristas
• Runners
• Shift Leader
• Catering Consultant
• Full and Part Time General Assistants

Luxury retail opportunities
Heathrow Airport is the home of luxury brands seeking to recruit experienced and professional team members. Luxury retail brands seeking this unique talent pool include Tiffany & Co., Thomas Pink, Kurt Geiger and Watches of Switzerland among other notable retailers.

All vacancies are available strictly via the Academy. Please do not contact employers directly.

Do you know the ideal candidate?
Get in touch or send CVs to

Please note that all individuals must meet the following:
• Valid passport or work permit
• Can provide a five-year checkable history (including all periods of employment, unemployment, education or travel)
• Can work fully flexible shifts with varying start and finish times
• Can travel to Heathrow by public transport. (Free public transport – buses only – from Hatton Cross to all terminals.)
All employers welcome Apprentices and applicants with limited experience. Positive attitude and willingness to learn are imperative for all roles.

Pre-Employment Training: bringing careers closer

Our range of Pre-Employment Training (PET) programmes have helped thousands of local residents. Offering courses in retail, hospitality, construction and work skills, each programme is tailored to our vacancies to help candidates start their career.

PET date for your diary: Workskills Job Centre Plus 23 – 30 November

An exciting place to work
Not only are Heathrow careers challenging and fulfilling, there are many services and benefits that colleagues can enjoy:
• Public transport discounts
• Discounted shopping opportunities
• Heathrow Rewards loyalty scheme



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Surrey Economic Prospects – October 2017

6th November 2017

Surrey Economic Prospects – October 2017


 A joint venture has secured support from NatWest for the redevelopment of Woking One

 Prospero in Redhill, is to become the new headquarters of insurance broker The Plan Group

 BAE Systems to cut almost 2,000 jobs nationally, including roles in Guildford

 EZ3 – The London & South Innovation Valley – has launched a new promotional film.


Surrey Economic Prospects – October 2017


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6th November 2017

COME ALONG TO THIS CHARITY WINE TASTING EVENING WITH BUFFET Organised by Shepperton Orbit Club with the proceeds going to MidasPlus

7.30-10pm on Friday 24th November

Shepperton Village Hall, 58A High Street Shepperton TW17 9AU

PLEASE JOIN US It will be a fun evening with a blind wine tasting of comparable white, red & sparkling wines, an expert guest speaker and a cold buffet The cost is just £20

To book please contact Christine at Orbit on 01932 780971 Mike at MidasPlus on 07803 706440 or 01784 440300 or book online at Eventbrite

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FREE LIVE WEBINAR – ‘How to complete your online tax return’

6th November 2017


FREE LIVE WEBINAR ‘How to complete your online tax return’

7th December 2017 12  – 1 pm As well as offering our live chat business advice service, we’re excited to bring to you this FREE informative live webinar titled ‘How to complete your online tax return’ on the 7th December, 12-1 pm. This webinar will be brought to you by HM Revenue and Customs.

This webinar is ideal if you are self-employed and started to trade during the 16/17 tax year or before and have not completed an online tax return before

The webinar will show you:

  • How to register for Self Assessment Online – personalising your tax return so you only see the screens you need to
  • How to complete the self-employed pages on the return – sending your completed tax return online This webinar is not suitable for Directors of Limited Companies
  •    You will also have the chance to ask questions.
  • Register now by Clicking Here
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Positive signs for retailers

27th October 2017

Shops in the South East are continuing to perform well with retail standing out as one of the most robust sectors in the region this month, according to research by R3.

The latest research by restructuring and insolvency trade body R3, compiled using Bureau Van Dijk’s Fame database, reveals that while many of the sectors R3 monitors experienced marked rises in the number of businesses at increased risk of failure, retail saw a rise of just 3% since September, close to the average across the UK of just 2.3%.

However, although distress in retail does not appear to be worsening significantly, it remains at a fairly high level – of the nearly 26,000 active businesses in the sector in the South East, 7,330 are in the overall negative band. This represents 28.3% of shops in the region, slightly higher than the national figure of 26.5%.

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Save up to 25% on export documentation charges

27th October 2017


If you need international trade support and documentation it is now available on our doorstep at the Spelthorne Borough Council Offices in Knowle Green, Staines upon Thames, TW18 1XB.

Surrey Chambers of Commerce have recently opened a new office based in Staines upon Thames which can support your business with a wide range of international trade services and advice.

They are currently offering any Spelthorne business up to 25% off standard export documentation costs.

More information why not give them a call on 01483 735544 or email

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Fancy opening your own coffee shop?

23rd October 2017

The number of coffee shops is set to overtake pubs by 2030 as Brits continue to swap lager for lattes. With 2.3 billion cups of coffee being drunk per year in UK coffee shops, up 4% on 2016 (according to the UK Coffee Report), there are big opportunities to successfully open a coffee shop of your own.

This guide to opening a coffee shop takes you through everything you need to get your coffee shop business started, from the all-important coffee shop research to how to manage a coffee shop team. Inside, you’ll find out:

 the ideal coffee shop entrepreneur
  • coffee shop startup costs
  • coffee shop ideas: how to be different and be better
  • coffee shop regulations
  • sourcing coffee shop suppliers and equipment
  • sourcing equipment
  • coffee shop design and marketing

Mine’s an espresso…..

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Boeing’s £88m Gatwick engineering facility gets the green light

23rd October 2017

The aerospace giant believes the new commercial aviation hangar will lead to the creation of 200 jobs once complete.

Boeing has said it believes the £88m project will create around 100 direct jobs and an additional 100 indirect jobs in the area.

Planning permission was granted late on Wednesday (18 Oct) by the local authority and Boeing expects construction to start at the facility later this year, ahead of an early 2019 opening.

Building the facility is expected to support 475 jobs and contribute around £80m of gross value added (GVA) to the local economy around the airport.

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