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Happy Christmas from the Spelthorne Business Forum

Everyone at the SBF team would like to wish you a Happy Christmas!

We have had a great year in 2018 and would like to thank you for supporting us throughout the year.

We hope that you will continue to support with us and our new exciting projects in 2019!

Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous and Peaceful New Year!


Spelthorne Business Forum Christmas Drinks and Networking

The team at Spelthorne Business Forum would like to invite you to join us for our final networking event of 2018 at the new Premier Inn Staines.

This informal networking event will be a great chance to make new connections and hear about the SBF’s plans for 2019.

This event is free to attend and food and drink will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Book here.

The Bulldog Breakfast- Drop in Networking- 9am to 10.30am April 21st







This event is a 4 way partnership between the Spelthorne Business Forum, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Ashford Chamber of Commerce. There is no registration needed, you can just turn up on the day hence the “drop-in” approach.

Known as the Bulldog Breakfast by members, what started off as just a regular business breakfast has organically built up to b one of our most successful networking events and is popularly known as the Bulldog Breakfast!

Navigating the Challenges Ahead- Event for the Haulage Industry

hauliers eventAs the haulage industry continues to face unprecedented challenges, business owners are invited to an industry roundtable with industry experts, advisors and lenders.

Key Topics will include:

  • Getting in front of the curve-running your business more effectively in the new business environment.
  • Cashflow constraints- what to do and when to do it
  • Talking to your current lenders- why talk, when to talk, what to say
  • Finding the finance, working capital, or a bespoke finance solution

Our aim is to discuss the most pressing and real issues facing the industry and Chatham House Rules will apply.

To enable a full and frank discussion, we would ask that any key issues you want to discuss and emailed to the organisers beforehand.

PLEASE NOTE: This is event is open to businesses directly involved in the Haulage industry only. Businesses not in a related industry will be refused.

Please register for this event here.


Spelthorne Business Forum & Shepperton Networking Introduction to Social Media: “No Longer Just a Nice to Have” sponsored by the Holiday Inn

SBF Shepp HolSocial Media is no long just “a nice to have,” but an essential tool for any successful business. However many SME’s struggle to utilise this ever evolving but crucial arm of marketing. This Introduction to Social Media workshop will provide attendees with the perfect chance to discover the business benefits of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, learn how to use social media effectively and how to make time for it and get started. The will also be important time for networking.

If you already have a Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn account for your business but don’t really know how to use it to best effect – then this session is for you! This workshop is designed to help small to medium sized businesses understand the commercial opportunities of social media for business, and the first steps needed to develop an effective social media strategy.  You will leave this session with a better understanding of exactly what social media is and how it can help your business. You’ll leave knowing the first steps needed to develop an effective social media strategy.

The workshop will be split into 3 sessions with our Social Media experts, David North, Surbs Badhan and Lucy Brazier. Areas covered will include:

•             Is social media really that important for my business?

•             How does it work?

•             Which one is most suitable for my business?

•             What can my business expect to gain from using social media?

•             How can I find the time to do social media?

•             Where do I start?!

The workshop runs from 5:30-9:00pm. Tea and Coffee’s will be available on arrival and a buffet and wine will be provided for networking after the session.
If you are interested in attending this session please use the links provided. For more information please contact

Register Here

SBF Business Breakfast sponsored by London Irish & Wake up your Wealth, February 9

Event-Banner.x600xjpg The Spelthorne Business Forum are back with our first business breakfast of the year!

The event will be held for the first time at London Irish RFC’s state of the art training facilities at Hazelwood , Sunbury-on-Thames.

Our guest speakers include Glenn Delaney, former Irish player and coach and now the club’s Head of Rugby Operations, as well as Wake up your Wealth’s pensions guru Steve Morrant.

This is a great chance to meet local businesses and make those early new year connections so book your place today!

Please Register Here!

Staines is the startup business capital of the UK in ranking of business growth

Spelthorne & Staines are the startup capital of the UK business growthWant to find Britain’s most entrepreneurial bunch? Head to Staines for highest startup business growth.

Perhaps otherwise best known as Ali G’s birthplace, Staines now has another claim to fame: The commuter belt town in Surrey has had the biggest jump in new businesses created per capita last year.

Some 43 more new businesses were created per 10,000 population compared to the year before, according to a study from accountancy group UHY Hacker Young. This is over three times higher than the UK average of 14.

Spelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership.

Spelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership.

granthelpSpelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle today announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership.

Spelthorne Borough Council and Funding Circle today announced the launch of the Local Business Lending Partnership, a pioneering new scheme, to stimulate local economic growth and employment through improved access to business finance.

As part of the scheme, the Council will lend up to £300,000 directly to businesses based in Spelthorne using Funding Circle, the UK’s leading online marketplace for small business loans.

The Council will join thousands of British people already lending their money to small and medium sized businesses across the country. The government-backed British Business Bank and 11 other councils across the country (including Newcastle County Council, Camden Council and Nottingham County Council) have also signed up to lend money to businesses through Funding Circle.