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Cranleigh Decides – EU Referendum Debate

Cranleigh Decides - EU Referendum DebateFollowing the success of our recent sold-out EU Referendum Debate, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is bringing the event back to the village next month.

Join us at Cranleigh Arts Centre at 7pm on Tuesday 14th June 2016 for a robust panel debate and an opportunity to get your EU Referendum questions answered by experts from both sides of the argument.

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Our panelists will take questions from the audience on a range of subjects including the economy, immigration and sovereignty, in order to debate the facts, figures and speculation.

We have invited Mark Nottingham and Harry Aldridge to participate in this debate, expertly chaired by Philip Calvert.

Mark Nottingham is Head of Office for Mary Honeyball MEP. He is a lecturer on Europe at the Civil Service College and Member of the Executive of the East Kent European Movement.

Harry Aldridge is director of Skypax.com and former UKIP parliamentary candidate for Guildford. Harry is back by popular demand after featuring in our first panel debate.

Our chairman for the debate is Philip Calvert; a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and an award-winning social networking entrepreneur.

If you need help making up your mind ahead of the big vote the following week, or simply want to better understand each side of the argument, this panel debate will educate, inform and entertain.

We will be conducting confidential polls before and after the panel debate, to understand how Cranleigh might be voting in the referendum.

Tickets for Cranleigh Decides are only £5 each with all proceeds helping to fund the Cranleigh Christmas Lights this year. Space at this debate is strictly limited and tickets must be purchased in advance.

The event is generously sponsored by Hart Brown Solicitors.

Find out more and book your tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranleigh-decides-eu-referendum-debate-tickets-25545826254.

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When Chamber members across Waverley meet

When Chamber members across Waverley meetMembers of Farnham, Cranleigh and Godalming Chambers are coming together to meet, socialise and network at the newly re-furbished and upgraded Frensham Pond Hotel.

The hotel is nestled against the stunningly beautiful Frensham Pond and has recently been upgraded by the AA from 3 to 4 Stars in recognition of its excellent quality service and standards across all areas of the business.

Join us on Thursday 16th June from 5.30pm to enjoy a welcome drink and some networking.

An exquisite finger food buffet will be served at around 6.15 pm.

All this for £12 which you can book here.

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Cranleigh Community Showcase

Cranleigh Community ShowcaseThis Saturday 21st May 2016 Cranleigh Parish Council will be hosting a Community Showcase in the Village Hall.

The event runs from 3pm to 6pm. It is an opportunity for local residents and business owners to find out more about organisations in the village, to discover what they have to offer for the community.

Some of the local schools will be providing musical entertainment throughout the afternoon and Cranleigh Country Market are providing light refreshments.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce will be exhibiting at the Community Showcase.

Do pop in to see us at the Showcase to find out more about the Chamber and our activities in the village.

The event will conclude at 6pm with the Annual Parish Meeting which is expected to end no later than 6.30pm.

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Why cycling is good for Cranleigh & good for business

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members enjoyed breakfast at The Stables Restaurant this morning, with informative talks about cycling and helping the local community.

At the sold out breakfast meeting, business people packed the restaurant to enjoy a morning of networking, delicious food and presentations.

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Andrew Kolmar of Rotary Club of Cranleigh described the work done internationally and locally by the Rotary, encouraging Chamber of Commerce members to volunteer at specific events in the future.

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The main presentation came from Tom Hough, co-owner of bike shop (and cafe) Maison du Velo in Cranleigh High Street.

Tom described his entrepreneurial journey and why cycling has become so popular in the UK recently.

He explained that cycling is good for business, with employees much fitter and less likely to take time off work due to illness.

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Tom told us that Cranleigh is the centre for cycling in the South East of England, having become a real thoroughfare for road cyclists with access to the surrounding Surrey Hills.

It also appeals to mountain bikers, with some of the best mountain biking areas in the region, and the Downs Link offers excellent cycling for families.

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Our next breakfast meeting takes place at Cranleigh School on Wednesday 15th June, where our guest speaker is headmaster Martin Reader, talking about the business of education.

Do also join us at the Cranleigh Community Showcase in the Village Hall from 3-6pm this Saturday, where Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce will be exhibiting alongside many other local organisations.

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The Big Cranleigh EU Referendum Debate

It was a full house at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Friday lunchtime for The Big Cranleigh EU Referendum Debate, chaired by The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP.

Business owners and members of the public packed the Jack Wagg auditorium to pose their questions to the expert panel, representing the Leave and Remain views.

On the Leave side was Harry Aldridge, an export business owner and former UKIP parliamentary candidate for Guildford.

The Remain view was represented by Cllr Paul Spooner, the Conservative Leader of Guildford Borough Council.

Following introductions by event sponsor Nick Bamford of Informed Choice, and from Anne Milton, both sides had an opportunity to present their opening statements before questions were taken from the floor.

A lively debate followed, with questions asked by individuals who favoured the Leave and Remain camps, and a number of people who were clearly undecided and looking for more information on which to base their decisions.

An entry poll taken before the debate found 50.4% of the audience were planned to vote Remain at the Referendum next month.

Only 18.2% expressed Leave as their voting intention, with a significant 31.4% of the guests at the debate undecided.

These voting intentions changed during the course of the debate, with a big shift in undecided voters, rising from 31.4% to 37%.

The Remain camp declined to 45.4% and the Leave camp fell slightly to 17.6%.

Our thanks to Anne Milton for doing an excellent job chairing the debate and exercising a firm hand during some passionate questioning from the audience!

We would also like to thank the event sponsors Informed Choice, Cranleigh Arts Centre for providing the venue, Harry Alridge and Paul Spooner for sharing their expert views, and of course all of our guests for joining us on a Friday afternoon to debate the future of the UK in the European Union.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Big EU Referendum Debate

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Big EU Referendum Debate

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Big EU Referendum Debate

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Big EU Referendum Debate

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How is access to finance changing for your business?

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce are working together to better understand the conditions for businesses attempting to access external sources of finance.

Please take five minutes to complete this survey.

Access to finance remains a key issue for many businesses, particularly SMEs.

The purpose of this survey is for the British Chambers of Commerce to better understand the conditions for Chamber members in accessing external sources of finance and assess awareness of alternative types of finance as well as Government initiatives to improve access to finance.

The findings of this survey will help sustain the ongoing effort by the British Chambers of Commerce to represent business at the very highest levels of Government on this important issue.

Thank you for your help – your input is greatly valued.

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Business support for Brexit is growing

Business support for Brexit is growingMore British businesses are in favour of the UK leaving the European Union compared to earlier this year.

This is according to the latest survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.

However, most of its members want to remain in the EU.

According to the British Chambers of Commerce, 37% of its members will vote to leave the EU at the referendum next month.

The proportion of BCC members voting to leave has risen from 30% at the time of the last survey, which was carried out in late January and early February this year.

54% of BCC members will vote to remain. This has fallen from 60% when the survey was last conducted.

According to BCC acting director general Adam Marshall:

“Although a clear majority of the business people we surveyed continue to express a preference to remain in the European Union, the gap between ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ has narrowed significantly in recent weeks,”

It is worth noting that the latest BCC online survey of its members was carried out before new reports from Britain’s finance ministry, the International Monetary Fund and others warning of economic damage if Britain leaves the EU.

The survey also revealed that 71% of BCC members found the EU referendum debate was having no impact on sales. 80% of its members said the debate was having no impact on investment.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is hosting an EU Referendum Debate at Cranleigh Arts Centre at lunchtime on Friday 13th May, chaired by Anne Milton MP.

We will be carrying out an entry and exit poll of attendees, to get a better picture of voting intentions locally.

A limited number of free tickets are still available for this event, after it sold out earlier today and we were able to release 10 additional spaces.

Reserve your ticket now to avoid disappointment at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-cranleigh-eu-referendum-debate-tickets-24596046437

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Only 40 seats left for our EU Referendum Debate with Anne Milton

Demand for free tickets to the Big Cranleigh EU Referendum Debate, hosted by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Anne Milton MP, has been exceptionally high.

90 business owners and local residents have already reserved their free seats at this event next Friday, 13th May, at Cranleigh Arts Centre.

We only have 40 seats left which we expect to go quickly, so please reserve your free ticket ASAP at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-cranleigh-eu-referendum-debate-tickets-24596046437.

Panelists representing both sides of the debate will answer questions from the audience and debate the facts, figures and speculation, with a particular focus on the consequences for the local economy.

If you need help making up your mind ahead of the big vote in June, or simply want to better understand each side of the argument, this panel debate will educate, inform and entertain.

We will be conducting confidential polls before and after the panel debate, to understand how Cranleigh might be voting in the referendum.

Reserve your free ticket now at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-cranleigh-eu-referendum-debate-tickets-24596046437 to avoid disappointment.

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In or Out? Anne Milton will lead EU debate with Cranleigh businesses!

With the EU referendum campaigns in full swing, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Anne Milton MP and Informed Choice, brings the debate to the village on Friday 13th May at Cranleigh Arts Centre at 12.30pm. 

The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, and Government Whip, will chair a robust panel discussion with representatives from both sides of the debate, providing an excellent opportunity for people to be better informed ahead of the vote on June 23rd. 

The panellists will also answer questions from the audience and debate the facts, figures and speculation, with a particular focus on the consequences for the local economy.

Anne Milton MP said: 

“It’s great to have had so much enthusiasm in Cranleigh for debate on the EU referendum.

“This will be a really good opportunity for local businesses to get a chance to hear the arguments for remaining and for leaving the EU.

“I am really looking forward to hearing the views of businesses at what I know will be a chance for some lively debate!”

Anne will be joined on the panel by Cllr Paul Spooner, the Conservative Leader of Guildford Borough Council and Harry Aldridge, an export business owner and former UKIP parliamentary candidate for Guildford.

A confidential poll will be held before and after the panel debate, to understand how Cranleigh might be voting in the referendum.

Richard Graham, President of the Cranleigh Chamber, said:

“This debate will ensure that Cranleigh businesses get an opportunity to hear the EU arguments and will provide a platform for local businesses own views on this topical and important subject.”

The event is open to non-members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and to the public. 

Bookings for the free event can be made online here.

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Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner 2016

50 members and invited guests attended the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, held at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club.

Guests were treated to a delicious two course dinner, followed by an inspirational after-dinner speech by world record breaking ultra-runner Susie Chan.

Susie entertained the room with her tales of ultra endurance madness and left several members feeling suitably inspired to take on their own fitness challenges.

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Before dinner, the AGM of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce was held, with two resolutions voted for approval by members; to officially change the name of the organisation to Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and to convert the Chamber to a new not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Existing officers and committee members were reelected and thanked by Chamber president Richard Graham for their hard work over the past year.

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There was time for networking before dinner was served, consisting of slow cooked belly of pork and tenderloin with a fondant potato, crackling, apple sauce and a Madeira & mushroom sauce, or the vegetarian option of roasted Mediterranean vegetable & mozzarella parcel in filo pastry, served on a bed of roasted new potatoes topped with rocket and green pesto dressing.

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Membership secretary Roger Coupe invited members to join the 100 Club. This raises money each year to pay for the Cranleigh Christmas Lights, which cost a minimum of £10,000 a year to maintain and display.

This year, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has a more ambitious financial target of £20,000 which will allow the addition of further lamppost lighting as well as newly lit tree along the Common.

An apple & berry crumble tartlet with vanilla ice cream & toffee sauce was served for dessert, after which committee member Martin Bamford previewed upcoming Chamber events, including The Big Cranleigh EU Referendum Debate which takes place on Friday 13th May.

Once coffees were served, our guest speaker Susie Chan took to the stage and shared her remarkable story of a five year journey from lazy, wine drinking smoker to world record breaking endurance runner.

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Guests had a variety of questions for Susie about her achievements and motivations.

Networking continued late into the evening with members sharing valuable connections and planning future meetings.

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual dinner this year and continues to support the work done by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the local business community.

 

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