Month: June 2015

Social Media with Phil Calvert

Social Media with Phil CalvertBusinesses in Cranleigh were treated to a rare opportunity to hear from global social media expert, Philip Calvert over breakfast, at One Forty Cafe, on 17th June.

Phil is in fact a Cranleigh resident and the Chamber of Commerce was able to persuade him to meet with and talk to members, in between his globetrotting across Europe, Singapore and India where he is in great demand.

All seats were sold out for the event and everyone agreed that they had learned so much more in 45 minutes than they could have imagined.

Paul Arding, of Cranleigh Furniture Emporium said on Twitter ‘Been to a great wake-up call meeting with Cranleigh Chamber, hosted by 140- I have been tapping away like a madman!

Philip talked about the move from Google to Twitter as the major search engine.

He spoke about a local business which he had contacted via Twitter, emphasizing the ‘immediacy and intimacy’ of social media which customers now come to expect, indeed demand. If you have a Twitter account, be sure to monitor it and use it!

In the same way that social media originally encouraged a culture of social relationships, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and others are now a key source to develop business relationships. He reminded the audience of the importance of keeping a full profile up to date on Linked In which has also become a key search engine.

Philip Calvert is the founder of LifeTalk – the award-winning social networking site for financial services professionals. Philip’s exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ view on Social Media is both compelling and intriguing and puts him in demand as a proven expert and keynote speaker on LinkedIn and Social Media at conferences.

There are more monthly networking events in the Chamber calendar and members and potential new members are encouraged to attend. Be aware there are often limits to numbers, so we must give preference to Members. So join up and book early!

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How to use LinkedIn to increase sales

Following his recent presentation at the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast, we are pleased to share details of this new event from local Social Media expert Phil Calvert.

How well are you using Social Media to attract new customers and increase sales? 

How much business have you missed out on?

Well there’s a powerful and proven lead generation tool which you’re probably not using – and it’s guaranteed to dramatically improve your visibility online.

Most businesses think of LinkedIn as little more than a fancy jobs site, but most don’t know that there are many little-known tips and secrets to using LinkedIn to find new customers and increase sales.

In fact one of the most powerful lead generation tools on LinkedIn is one that hardly anyone knows about!

So why not join us on 5th November when internationally renowned LinkedIn expert Philip Calvert will be sharing a wealth of proven tips tricks and techniques to attracting new customers on LinkedIn – including:

-Three huge mistakes that you’re guaranteed to be making on your LinkedIn profile
-Three ways to dramatically improve your Google search results – simply by using LinkedIn
-How to dominate search results on LinkedIn for your area of expertise
-Little-known techniques that actually encourage people to read your profile and contact you
-The three single most important elements of your LinkedIn profile – and why you must update them NOW
-A simple technique that is guaranteed to start gainful discussions with potential customers
-Examples of outstanding LinkedIn profiles and what you can learn from them


-Three simple adjustments to your LinkedIn profile which are guaranteed to make an immediate and measurable transformation to your visibility on LinkedIn

Bring your laptop on the day and you’ll see the transformation of your LinkedIn experience happen live in front of your eyes!

Further details and sign up here – don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to discover how to use LinkedIn to find new customers and increase sales.  Limited places available:—surrey.html

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Progress on car parking in Cranleigh

It’s just possible that a car parking revolution will reach Cranleigh soon.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead with Waverley Borough Council and Cale BriParc to investigate the installation of new technology.

The current pay-and-display system has been criticised by shoppers who have to hurry back to beat the expiry time of their ticket. The new parking system supported by the Chamber of Commerce, and now under consideration by stakeholders, enables visitors to the village to pay at the end of their stay using either a credit or debit card.

Those that prefer to pay for their parking with cash will be able to continue to do so. Current parking machines can be simply adapted to accept both coins and cards.

Bob Bayley, Vice President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and committee member responsible for infrastructure, is enthusiastic about this cost effective solution to car parking in Cranleigh.

He said: “We are keen to make shopping in Cranleigh as free of stress as possible. Both residents and visitors to the village desire the ability to relax while taking advantage of our great choice of shops, services, cafes and restaurants.

“Dashing back to the car park in fear of a substantial parking fine can spoil an otherwise enjoyable time in our unique village. The proposed system does not require notoriously unreliable barriers and offers total freedom to visitors”.

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Speaking up for businesses in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Martin Bamford attended the Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee meeting yesterday, to speak up for business in Cranleigh.

After welcoming the new Planning Committee on behalf of the new Chamber of Commerce committee and our members and saying we look forward to working with them on planning matters which are relevant to the local business community, Martin explained one of the goals of the Chamber was to provide appropriate increased accommodation for employment.

He spoke in support of a planning application for a new retail unit adjacent to 110 High Street, saying we support this application as it would create a valuable new retail unit at the heart of the village, contributing towards a thriving High Street environment.

Martin explained that retail space in the High Street is currently at a premium, so the addition of a new retail unit will improve supply which we expect to be met by growing demand in this recovering economic climate.

He also commented that the plans submitted will mean vehicles will no longer be crossing the High Street pavement, which is positive for the safety of shoppers and pedestrians.

The Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee discussed the application and agreed to put it forward to Waverley Borough Council with no objections.

They commented that parking in the village is at a premium and also had a concern about lighting behind the property, as there is a bin store area for residents of the flats above.

We look forward to representing the Cranleigh business community at future Planning Committee meetings and with other key stakeholders in the village.

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Trade & Business Crime Prevention Event

Trade & Business Crime Prevention EventDon’t be a target of rural crime.

In recent weeks, Surrey Police have seen an increase in non-dwelling rural crimes.

Thieves have targeted rural businesses and residential (rural) non-dwellings. In some cases Land Rover vehicles have been stolen in order to commit these crimes by ramming through gates.

Large and small rural businesses have been targeted.

The local policing team and specific proactive teams are continuing to patrol overnight to catch and deter these criminals.

The Cranleigh Safer Neighbourhood Team are also running the following event.

Trade & Business Crime Prevention Event

When: Monday 15th June 11:00 – 14:00

Where: Jewsons, The Common, Cranleigh


Advice and hand outs on:

-Tool marking and registration
-Van security
-Site security
-Outbuilding Security

Please call by and speak with PCSO Steve Baldwin. This event will also be introducing new officer for the area, PCSO Nicole Martin.

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Join us in June for breakfast & Social Media

Getting business from Social Media with Phil CalvertContinuing our new programme of networking breakfasts, professional Social Media and local resident Phil Calvert talks about getting business from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other forms of Social Media.

7.30am, Wednesday 17th June 2015, One Forty Cafe, Cranleigh

Social Media is here to stay and all businesses need to understand how these tools can help attract and retain customers.

Philip Calvert FInstSMM FPSA is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and an award-winning social networking entrepreneur. He is a LinkedIn and online business networking expert with a track record for helping brands, companies and individuals to build and manage their professional identity through Social Media and professional networking sites.

Phil will guide Chamber members through what they need to know about these Social Media platforms; everything you need to know and everything you need to do.

The networking breakfast will also include an open networking slot, 60 second presentations from each attendee and news about future networking events.

Space at this networking breakfast is strictly limited so please book your place ASAP to ensure you can attend. Email or call Martin on 01483 274566 to reserve your seat. The cost of this networking breakfast is £10, payable on the day.

You won’t want to miss this valuable event.

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Meeting with Cllr Alan Young, Surrey County Council

The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce welcomed Cllr Alan Young, Surrey County Council representative for Cranleigh and Ewhurst, to our latest committee meeting yesterday evening.The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce welcomed Cllr Alan Young, Surrey County Council representative for Cranleigh and Ewhurst, to our latest committee meeting yesterday evening.

This meeting was an opportunity to discuss with Alan the aims of the new Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee, and also to understand the Surrey County Council priorities and support for local business.

The committee was also able to gain feedback and views from Alan on a wide range of topical issues for Cranleigh, including transport, parking, availability of business premises, housing, education and tourism.

We were pleased to hear Alan and Surrey County Council share the goals of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce which acts as a positive voice to attract, retain and encourage growing businesses.

Also attending the committee meeting was Carol Squires, Head of Business Development for Surrey Chambers of Commerce.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate member of Surrey Chambers of Commerce and it was great to hear from Carol about the various member benefits of this affiliation.

Carol invited the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce to participate in their quarterly economic survey, the results of which are used nationally to inform monetary policy. We will also be working more closely with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce to host and promote events, offer access to free business advice and establish a discounted membership to the Surrey Chambers of Commerce for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members.

We thank Alan and Carol for taking the time to meet with the committee and look forward to continuing our working relationship with both organisations in the future.

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