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Surrey Chambers Power Breakfast: Spelthorne

22nd March 2017

Surrey Chamber of Commerce will be hosting one of their power breakfasts in Spelthorne.

Mercure London Staines Upon Thames Hotel (Thames Lodge)
Thames Street
TW18 4SJ

Map: Click here

Ian Smith from Shield Associates will cover the key aspects of Personal Protection, specifically highlighting how your staff can benefit from the knowledge he provides on being safe while operating on the move. Come and find out how you can make sure your staff are safe.

This continues our series of Power breakfasts which consist of a speaker presenting a  topic which is then discussed over breakfast. This is a fantastic way to get clued up on a certain subject learning from somebody who is an expert in the field.

It is a great opportunity to start the day on a productive note by being able to walk away with some real tips on how to be more productive as well as meeting and discussing a topic with some great business people

07:45am – Arrival with teas and coffees
08:00-08:20am – Speaker
08:30am – Breakfast and discussion
09:00am -Further networking
09:30am – Close

Statement on Brexit from Councillor Nick Gething

29th July 2016

cllr_gethingStatement on Brexit from Councillor Nick Gething, Cabinet Minister for Planning & Economic Development.

As the dust settles from the referendum campaign, it is important to note that most of the fundamental of the UK economy have not really changed. The economy of Spelthorne has always relied on its communication links with the capital the rest of the country and the world.

Spelthorne Business Stakeholders Lunch Event June 7

15th July 2016

mercure stainesOn June 7, Spelthorne Borough Council held an interactive afternoon’s consultation with the local business community in a highly successful event at the Mercure Hotel Staines-upon-Thames.

The event was held in the Mercure’s riverside restaurant and chaired by Mark Pearson, Surrey County Council’s Director of Business Growth and attended by Roberto Tambini, CEO of Spelthorne Borough Council as well as Mike Ramlakhan, Chairman of the Spelthorne Business Forum.

Spelthorne Business Forum and Hounslow Chamber of Commerce EU Referendum Debate

16th June 2016

EU debate banner v2With the EU referendum campaign in full swing, so too is the scaremongering from both sides.

We are hosting a EU debate chaired by Stephen Fry, Chief Exec of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, taking a reasoned look at the arguments for both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’. So far, many of the arguments for ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ have been underwhelming, cliched and accompanied  by dubious statistics. So, what are the best arguments that can be made by both campaigns?

SBF & HCC will bring together two leading local MP’s from both Labour & Conservative to bring you their best case for each side.

Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham & Heston will present the case for ‘Remain’, while Kwasi Kwarteng MP for Spelthorne, will outline the arguments for ‘Leave.’

SBF & HCC are taking a neutral stance in the referendum campaign. This debate will not promote an outcome in the referendum but we invite you to hear the best arguments on each side and make up your own mind.

There will be an opportunity to network with drinks & canapes at the end.

Please Register for the FREE event here


Spelthorne Business Forum Speed Networking sponsored by Mercure London Staines Hotel

9th June 2016

speed networkingWant to Network but struggle to make those early breakfast meetings? Need a platform to perfect your business pitch? Or are you simply looking for a fast paced, exciting alternative to gain maximum exposure for your business?

Then to Spelthorne Business Forum’s Speed Networking on April 28 at the Mercure London Staines-upon-Thames Hotel is the right place for you!

Our free Speed Networking events provide attendee’s with the most time efficient, cost effective way to gain business connections from local business professionals.

Registration is from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start. A free buffet will be available.

More Information to follow.

The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition 2016

26th May 2016


About the competition

The Spelthorne Business Plan Competition represents a search for the local business entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Participants are asked to think of a business idea and answer our online question form. The five best entries will then create a business plan to present to our panel of expert judges at a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style final hosted at BP.


The winner will receive £3500, deposited into a business bank account, and mentoring and support provided by Sabine Lohmann who is a Market Research and Business Consultant, and Award winning Entrepreneur – – to help them bring their business ideas to life. The will also receive free website and logo design courtesy of Taig Design. Runners up will receive £1000. Third placed will receive £200.

Rules of entry (please read carefully)

The competition is open to those who have a business idea and no business experience and to The competition is open to those who have a business idea and no business experience and to those with existing businesses – neither group will be given an advantage – as long as they meet the criteria below.

  • all participants must be residents of, work in or currently be in education in the Borough of Spelthorne
  • all participants must be aged 16 as of the 31 August 2016
  • the competition can be entered by individuals or in teams (4 people max)
  • the competition welcomes plans for new businesses only
  • business plans may be submitted for any type of business

How to enter

To enter simply complete the application form, outlining your business idea and complete the agreement and consent section.

The deadline for entering the competition is 21 April 2016.


15 February Entry opens Participants invited to enter the competition
21 April Entry closes Deadline for entering the competition
25 April Finalists announced The best five entries will be asked for a business plan
14 May Business plan deadline Business plans must be submitted for the judges
25 May The final Finalists will present their plans to the panel

Evaluation criteria

Assessment criteria will be used by judges for fair comparison of participants’ submissions and presentations during the competition.

When evaluating entry forms, the judges will focus on many different issues, including the following:

  • the commercial potential of business ideas with high potential, growth-oriented businesses likely to be viewed more favourably
  • the innovative nature and technical feasibility of ideas
  • the likelihood that the business described can achieve a sustainable and competitive advantage
  • the economic viability of the business idea described and the proposed use of financial resources

Detailed judging criteria for the final will be supplied to participants who reach those stages of the competition, closer to the time.

Advice and support

For any assistance or advice please email and leave your name, address and telephone number.

Apply for Competition

The Bulldog Breakfast- Drop in Networking- 9am to 10.30am May 19th

19th May 2016

bulldogbreakfastThis 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!


Heathrow exceeds Airports Commission’s package of conditions, so Prime Minister can make the “right choice” for Britain and approve a third runway

11th May 2016
  • heathrow_0615_600_1Airports Commission unanimously recommended Heathrow expansion
  • Heathrow will exceed the overall package of conditions the Commission set
  • Measures include support for an early introduction of ban on scheduled flights for six and a half hours every night after expansion planning consent received and the necessary airspace is modernised
  • Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye writes to the Prime Minister with a plan which will enable the Government to make the right choice for Britain, delivering up to £211bn in economic benefit and 180,000 jobs by approving a third runway

Calling All Landlords! Spelthorne Borough Council launches Rent Guarantee Scheme

10th May 2016

DSC_0033Landlords from all over Spelthorne got together at an event hosted by the Spelthorne Borough Council on April 26 at the Orangery, Shepperton Studios. They has an opportunity to network and listen to guest speakers on subjects such as recent legislative requirements and changes in tax law which affect landlords. the event was very well attended with excellent feedback on how useful it had been. As a result, the Council will aim to host regular Landlord Forums to encourage networking and allow us to get to know our landlords better.