2nd October 2018
For a number of years now, Cranleigh Chamber is Commerce has taken responsibility for funding and organising the Cranleigh Christmas Lights.
Unlike neighbouring towns, Cranleigh receives very little funding from the local authorities, instead relying on the generous financial support of members and local businesses.
The lights and switch-on event (this year on Saturday 17th November 2018) themselves are coordinated by a very small number of volunteers.
Each year it becomes progressively more difficult to raise the money we need to store, test, replace and install the lights, and to host the switch-on event.
The Cranleigh Christmas Lights are an important local icon; their switching on signifies the start of the Christmas shopping season for our local retailers, and their presence in the High Street throughout the festive period makes Cranleigh an even more attractive place to visit.
The switch-on event attracts hundreds of families who enjoy a day of entertainment, stalls and attractions.
In order to ensure Cranleigh Christmas can go ahead as planned again this year, we need your support.
You can sponsor a lamppost illumination for £75. In return for your sponsorship, your business name will be displayed on the lamppost, in the Cranleigh Christmas event leaflet and online.
You can of course donate more or less than this! We would be delighted to accept any size of donation towards the considerable cost of Cranleigh Christmas this year. Just let us know how much you would like to contribute and we will raise an invoice.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your pledge.
A big thank you to everyone who has already pledged their support this year, including members of the Chamber’s Christmas 100 Club which covers around a third of the cost of Cranleigh Christmas each year.
1st October 2018
Should the railway between Shoreham and Guildford, through Cranleigh, be reopened?
That’s the question being posed by the English Regional Transport Association (ERTA).
They are a voluntary membership-based, pro-public transport improvement association with its main projects initially in the Bedfordshire and surrounding regional areas, but now increasing its remit since several projects had a nation-wide positive benefit and impact.
Membership of ERTA is now open to all.
One of its proposals is to reopen the railway that used to run between Guildford, Cranleigh and Horsham, where much of the old trackbed survives.
ERTA will be holding a public meeting (forum) on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at the Rodboro Buildings, 1-10 Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RY. Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been invited to attend.
Commenting on the proposals, we said:
“The Chamber of Commerce will watch with interest the proposal to reopen the line. However, it will take considerable local and national political will and a large government purse to overcome the logistical and cost challenges presented in face of the most optimistic forecasts of passenger numbers.
“Recognising these challenges we recently commissioned research from Sustrans to work out the costs of upgrading the line to an all-weather surface allowing shared use for walkers, horses, the disabled and cyclists. The costs to bring the track up to the standards of other shared greenways across the UK are a tiny fraction of the cost to reopen the line to rail.
“We would encourage the county councils of Surrey and West Sussex to seriously consider upgrading the whole Downs Link from Guildford to Shoreham.”
27th September 2018
The local business community in Waverley has really proved that the borough is ‘open for business’ with an incredible 70 entries in the inaugural year of the Waverley Business, Innovation and Growth awards!
The BIG Awards have attracted the finest calibre of entrants across many sectors, rural and urban, small and large, younger companies and from long established businesses.
The four Chambers of Commerce from Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere have been working together as Waverley Joint Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Waverley Borough Council to develop the Awards.
Our aim is to encourage businesses to locate here, to retain local companies and help them grow, to promote Waverley as a ‘the’ place to do business south of London and to market the many skilled employment opportunities on our residents’ doorsteps.
Designed ‘by local businesses, for local businesses’ the Awards recognise, promote and celebrate the achievements of the innovative and entrepreneurial business community in Waverley.
Waverley Borough Council’s Economic Portfolio Holder, Cllr Jim Edwards, said:
Waverley Borough Council is delighted to be principal sponsor for the first ever Waverley BIG awards. Local businesses play a key part in our community, supporting the local economy, providing jobs and adding to the attractiveness of the borough.
There are four Chamber President’s Awards for Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere which were open to all businesses, not just Chambers members.
In addition, awards for Customer Delight, Innovation, Staff Engagement and Community Partnerships make up the suite of eight awards.
The Waverley BIG Awards 2018 are also generously sponsored by Dunsfold Park, Edwards Greene Accountants, Downs Solicitors, Blink, Taybridge Consulting, SI Capital, Cornmeter, Blue Dot Display, PAAC IT, Marley Flowers, The Remarkable Studio, Angus Lyon Action Coach, Lythe Hill Hotel, Surrey County Council, Farnham and Haslemere Town Councils.
The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 19th October, at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere attended by 200 sponsors, finalists and guests.
LIST OF FINALISTS
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Hans Christmas Andersen
Idyllic Beauty and Day Spa Ltd
Taurus Wines Ltd
Farnham Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
CGJ Mathias & Son
Kall Kwik Farnham
Haslemere Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Dylan’s Ice Cream Ltd
Haslemere Chiropractic Clinic
Godalming Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Innovation Visual Ltd
Munro Studios Ltd
Ritual Coffee UK
AWARD FOR CUSTOMER DELIGHT
Dylan’s Ice Cream Ltd
AWARD FOR INNOVATION
Download Learning Ltd
SI Capital Ltd
AWARD FOR STAFF ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION & EMPOWERMENT
Carbon Six Digital Limited
Innovation Visual Ltd
PAAC IT Ltd
AWARD FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
Baker Law LLP
Marley Flowers Ltd
17th September 2018
Waverley Borough Council is running two free training/info sessions:
Monday 24 September 2018 – Business rates clinic at The Burys, Godalming – next Monday morning 9.30-1pm – individual businesses can book 1:2:1 appointments with the Business Rates Officer – email email@example.com
Wednesday 17 October 2018 – free Cyber Security training – at ramsac’s offices, Godalming – bookings can be made here via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-cyber-security-training-tickets-50349038329
11th September 2018
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support a new initiative by Waverley Borough Council, aimed at reducing the amount of single use plastic in our community.
Residents and visitors are being encouraged to refill water bottles, with friendly cafes, shops, hotels and other premises providing free refill points.
Participating businesses will display a sticker in their window and have their businesses details included on the ‘Refill’ app, advertising to passers-by that they can come on in and fill up their water bottle for free.
More information on the Refill app can be found here: https://www.refill.org.uk/
Well over 10,000 businesses across the country have already signed up to this scheme and we are encouraging Cranleigh businesses to take part too.
Please get in touch to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in this scheme and we can introduce you to the relevant contact at Waverley.
2nd September 2018
1 – We’ve got four spaces left for the Data Protection and You workshop we are hosting at Santa Fir on Thursday morning at 10am. This is a free two-hour workshop being led by Richard Peers from Online Tools Wizard. It’s a must attend for any Chamber member who want to check they are complying with GDPR which came into force in May. Register ASAP at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/data-protection-and-you-tickets-48530117889
2 – The deadline for entries to the Waverley BIG Awards 2018 has been extended to midnight on Saturday 8th September. These awards are free to enter and represent a great opportunity to showcase your business in one of four categories; staff engagement, education and empowerment; innovation; customer delight; and community partnership. Find out more and enter now at https://waverleybigawards.com
3 – Our final breakfast meeting of the year takes place at The Park Hatch on Wednesday 12th September. Our guest speaker is Cllr Jim Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Economic and Community Development at Waverley Borough Council. Jim will be updating us on Waverley Borough Council’s economic strategy for the area. Tickets are only £12 and include a delicious breakfast at this award-winning Surrey pub. Find out more and book your ticket today at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranleigh-chamber-of-commerce-breakfast-meeting-september-2018-tickets-36306154686
19th August 2018
Waverley Borough Council is consulting on the update of the Council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles 2019-21 and would like your feedback.
The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council as licensing authority to prepare and publish a Statement of Principles every three years. The existing Statement of Gambling Policy was published in January 2016 and is due for review by January 2019.
Waverley wants to consult with residents, local businesses, associated trade bodies, responsible authorities and other stakeholders, to hear your views on the new draft Statement Gambling Policy – see link below with amendments highlighted.
Any comments can be submitted by emailing: email@example.com or writing to: Waverley Borough Council Licensing Team, Council Offices, The Bury’s, Godalming GU7 1HR.
The consultation runs from 13 August to 5 November 2018 when Waverley will consider all the responses and amend the draft as appropriate.
The Licensing Committee will review the updated policy on 12 November 2018 and a summary responses will be available on the Waverley Borough Council website.
1st August 2018
Cranleigh Arts Centre is holding a Level 2 Food Safety Course on 1st October and has a few places available to offer to other organisations.
You can book a place for £53 per delegate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The following PDF offers details of the course:
30th July 2018
The thriving community in Cranleigh has received another boost following the launch of a new Village Website.
Destination Cranleigh has been launched with the backing of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, as a website containing the latest news about Cranleigh, details of local events and a comprehensive business directory.
The site was built by local creative agency Bamford Media, which will manage content and listings, in partnership with the Chamber.
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members receive a free directory listing on the Destination Cranleigh website, which can be optionally upgraded to a premium listing.
Other businesses can also be included at a small fee to cover the cost of running the website. Clubs, charities and organisations will be listed free of charge.
The site has been designed as a ‘one stop shop’ for local residents, visitors and newcomers to the village, providing useful information and links. It will promote the range of independent retailers, visitor attractions and leisure activities Cranleigh has to offer.
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Rosemary French OBE commented:
The recent closure of the Cranleigh Village website, which was maintained by the Parish Council, left a significant online information gap. This presented an opportunity for the Chamber to put forward a new independent website to serve as a valuable hub for local information.
Cranleigh has so much to offer residents and visitors, but finding the right information about local businesses and local organisations can be a challenge. We hope that Destination Cranleigh will become a trusted source of local news, events and business information.
Local businesses and organisations which are existing members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce should check their listing information at www.destinationcranleigh.net and email email@example.com to request any corrections.
To upgrade to a premium listing – which includes a photo gallery, business description and social media links – please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Premium listings and listings for non Chamber businesses are charged at £20 a year.
Destination Cranleigh also welcomes local news and event listings from Chamber members and other local groups.
25th July 2018
The following President’s Report was delivered at the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee meeting on Monday 23rd July 2018.
Waverley Joint Chambers of Commerce
We are delighted that the Haslemere, Farnham and Godalming Chambers continue to work very closely with Cranleigh Chamber and we all co-operate and help each other where we can.
The Waverley Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG)Awards are our first project together and the second is working together on the Business Improvement District proposal (see below)
Waverley BIG Awards
The inaugural awards were launched on 18th June in front of numerous business sponsors and civic leaders at Lythe Hill Hotel. Entries are now open – https://waverleybigawards.com/ – and close at midnight on 1st September. The gala awards ceremony will be on 19th October at the Lythe Hill Hotel.
Waverley Borough Council
Waverley meets with the Chambers Presidents and VP’s every few months to update them on various business-related matters. There has not been a joint meeting between the four Waverley Chambers and Waverley Council since the last meeting because the date was replaced with a BID (Business Improvement District) meeting on 12th June, more of which below. The next joint meeting is on 18th September.
Waverley Council now has an excellent email newsletter. If you are not on the mailing list and want to be, subscribe here:
Waverley Council held a second event for businesses involved in tourism which I was unable to attend. Local tourism businesses enjoyed presentations from Marwell Wildlife and Tourism South East at Charterhouse last week. The second networking event for the visitor economy sector this year. Their next event will take place on 4th October at Dunsfold Park, with a focus on filming opportunities and film tourism for which Dunsfold has built a reputation. Free to attend, you can book here or contact:
Waverley Local Plan Part Two. There was a public consultation in Cranleigh on 25th June and the six week consultation period ended on 9th July. There will be another consultation as the Plan Part Two gets worked up. Link to the Plan Part 2 is here:
There is good news in the Part 2 Local Plan. The Settlement Boundary has been officially included to cover no more than the areas already granted planning permission. With one small exception in Knowle Lane where a gypsy settlement already exists and has been officially brought into the Settlement Boundary.
The long awaited Draft Economic Strategy to which we initially responded is now in the public domain. I responded on behalf of the Chamber to this Draft. I see a lot of these in my paid role and this Economic Strategy has really shaped up well. The Draft Strategy is here:
Waverley Executive have put forward a plan to invest between £8.7m and £12m in a brand new Leisure Centre on a new site in Cranleigh, to cope with the increased population. This has still to be approved by the Full council and is not clear where the money will come from.
Waverley Business Improvement District (BID) Feasibility Study
Christine, Richard and I attended a meeting of interested parties on 12th June at Farnham Town Hall to discuss whether there is an appetite to progress to the next stage of considering a BID. We received an excellent presentation from Mo Aswat of Mosaic who has now delivered over 100 of the 300 BIDs in England, including Guildford, Camberley, Caterham and Oxted. Caterham and Oxted are really very similar in size to our Waverley towns.
The good news is that it was agreed that the Haslemere, Cranleigh, Godalming and Farnham go ahead with a Feasibility Study which will cost around £15,000 and be paid by Waverley. Whether the project goes further or not, Waverley will lose this £15,000. If the Feasibility Study says there is a strong chance of success, the next stages, however will be funded by Waverley BC in the form of a loan. This loan would be lost if the BID vote fails and will be repaid over five years if the BID vote succeeds.
The presentation from Mosaic is available on request to me but some brief notes:
o The BID is led 100% by the businesses in the area selected not by the council.
o The businesses decide the area selected. For example, in our case it could be the High Street plus the Leisure Centre, Surgery and Parish Council area…or not etc. Businesses decide.
o A BID is ‘An arrangement whereby businesses get together, decide what additional improvements they want to make, how they are going to manage and deliver those
o improvements and what it will cost them. This all goes into a business plan which is voted on by all those who would have to pay. The BID can last for a maximum of 5
o years and must be able to demonstrate how it has benefited businesses who have funded it.
o The average BID levy payable is 1%. Large businesses like Sainsburys and the Co-op may or may not get involved but always pay the Levy automatically, so it would be a good way to get a decent contribution from the national chains.
o Depending on the results of the Feasibility Study, there would be four independent voting areas in each of the towns so that if any one failed the others could proceed.
o In the Feasibility Stage, Mosaic will include
Partnership & Plans Review
Develop Database & Information System
Financial Analysis Review
Business Engagement Review
o In other words, ‘will it work?’ because the next stage becomes quite expensive.
Rosemary French OBE