Month: November 2015

5 days to go until Small Business Saturday in Cranleigh

We are only 5 days away now from Small Business Saturday 2015!

There are still lots of ways to get involved and shout about it – see further down for all the ways you can take part.

Tweet using @SmallBizSatUK and #SmallBizSatUK and the team behind Small Business Saturday will make sure everyone knows what you have got planned.  Don’t forget to include @CranleighBiz in your tweets too!

Facebook Page

It is now easier than ever to get involved with 2015’s Small Business Saturday. Visit the Facebook page and click the ‘Sign Up’ button at the top – this will take you to all the ways to get involved – from downloading marketing packs and including your business on the Small Business Finder.

You can also find logos, toolkits and so much more on the Small Business Saturday website – get involved and tell every small business you know.

Small Business Finder

The Small Business Finder is a free, online tool that helps you advertise your small business. Customers can put in their postcode to find all the great small businesses in their area. Have a look here.

It is wonderful to see how many small businesses have already signed up the the Small Business Finder, and how many of them have got great offers planned to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Your small business name, website, address and Small Business Saturday offer will appear on the map. Please make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date before Saturday.

Live on Periscope

We know that there is an incredible diversity and range of small businesses in the UK, and to celebrate that this week we will visit and speak to small businesses for 24 hours.

The whole event will be live-streamed via Periscope and we will kick things off on Wednesday 2nd December at 7am until 7am Thursday 3rd December.

We’re really excited to be able to see what so many small businesses do round-the-clock and hope you will all tune in! To tune in, simply click the links in our Twitter feed from Wednesday morning or follow us on Periscope.

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Car parking charges in Cranleigh

Waverley Borough Council are proposing changes to the car parking tariff in Cranleigh which will see prices for the Stocklund Square and Village Way car parks rise from 50p to 60p an hour.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce recognises the need to increase car parking prices in line with price inflation. For cash strapped local authorities, this is one way to raise additional revenue and we have been fortunate in Cranleigh that car parking prices remain significantly lower than car parks in the rest of the borough.

We are however concerned about the increased cost burden on employees of business owners in Cranleigh. The proposed higher charges could add £200 a year to the car parking costs of a full time employee in Cranleigh.

The Surrey Advertiser mistakenly reported last week the cost increase as 7.5%, which is in fact the cost of living increase these revised charges are designed to cover. Whilst Waverley Borough Council needs to charge a round figure for car parking, a 10% increase to 55p an hour would have been preferable to the 20% increase to 60p an hour.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has ensured that representations are made to Waverley Borough Council ahead of their Executive Meeting to ratify these new car parking costs tomorrow evening.

We also continue to promote pay-on-exit technology for both car parks in Cranleigh. This offers a car parking solution with no barriers which would remove the stress for shoppers of rushing back to beat an expired ticket.

We are hopeful that Waverley Borough Council adopt this pay-on-exit system for implementation in the New Year.

This is becoming particularly important with the recent temporary suspension of the pay-by-phone option for car parking, which we hope to see returned to use shortly.

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Thousands flock to Cranleigh for the Christmas Lights Switch On

DSC_3714Cranleigh played host to several thousand families on Saturday to see rock legend Kenney Jones switch on the Christmas Lights.

During an exciting programme of entertainment and events organised by the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, Ewhurst resident Jones wished Cranleigh a very Merry Christmas as he switched on the lights for the Christmas Tree in Fountain Square and decorations along the High Street.

Crowds braved the coldest day of the year to date to enjoy live music, dancing, community carol singing, fairground rides, food and drink from local producers and a range of attractions throughout the village.

The festivities then carried on into the evening, with a live music ‘after-party’ a feature of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights for the first time.

Commenting on the successful event, a Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said:

“It is such a privilege to take responsibility for this important annual event in the village. Everything went to plan after countless hours of hard work by our team of volunteers.

“We are particularly grateful to the Cranleigh Lions and Rotary Club of Cranleigh for supporting this event, demonstrating how much we can all achieve for the village when working together.

“The event and provision of Christmas Lights would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, the entertainers who all donated their time for the evening and our band of merry volunteers who braved the freezing weather to keep all of the visitors to this event safe.”

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Cranleigh Christmas Lights 2015

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Christmas is coming to Cranleigh

Christmas is coming to CranleighDid you know there are only 38 days to go until Christmas?!

Christmas is most definitely coming to the village, with your Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce working incredibly hard behind the scenes to stage a spectacular Christmas Lights Switch-On this Saturday, 21st November.

With preparing for Christmas very much a priority for families in Cranleigh at this time of the year, we are pleased to share details of free car parking in the village.

Waverley Borough Council are offering free parking in the Village Way and Stocklund Square car parks from 3pm to 7pm on Thursdays in December.

Car parking in the Waverley Borough Council owned car parks in Cranleigh will be free on 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th December 2015 between 3pm and 7pm.

We hope you take advantage of this free car parking and enjoy the wide range of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants Cranleigh has to offer.

Christmas is coming to Cranleigh

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10th Anniversary of Astra House Business Centre

Hamish Robbie, Owner of Astra House Business Centre, would like to take this opportunity to thank local businesses for choosing Astra House Business Centre to operate their businesses from and for supporting Astra House Business Centre over the last 10 years.

“We are delighted to share this milestone with several of the companies who have also enjoyed celebrating their own 10 years of successful occupation at Astra House.”

Small businesses continue to flourish in flexible warehouse and office space at Astra House and are the life blood of the local business community.

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Peter Timberlake on building a successful media profile

Peter Timberlake on building a successful media profileThis morning was our final networking breakfast of the year, hosted at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club and featuring a talk by Peter Timberlake.

Ewhurst resident Peter Timberlake is Head of Communications at the Financial Reporting Council.

He is a communications specialist with over 30 years experience across multiple audiences and media including financial services trade press, consumer personal finance press, city/business media, specialist lifestyle publications, broadcast and digital media, political and policy makers, IFAs, lobby groups and worthy causes.

Pete delivered a talk to a packed room of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members on the reasons for building a successful media profile and shared some examples of how this works in practice.

There was also plenty of time for members to network and get to know their respective businesses better.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Roger Coupe asked if any members would be willing to volunteer to help at the Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On Event which takes place on Saturday 21st November. Please email if you are able to help.

Rosemary French, another Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member, reminded attendees that entries for the Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards close next Friday, 20th November, and encouraged everyone to submit an entry as soon as possible.

Our thanks to Peter Timberlake for his talk and to Cranleigh Golf & Country Club for hosting our breakfast meeting this morning, with a delicious continental breakfast served by their resident French chef, Didier.

This was our final breakfast meeting of 2015, a year in which we have seen Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce membership growing rapidly and our networking events becoming very well attended.

The committee are already forming plans for the next series of networking events in 2016, starting on 9th February 2016 with a networking breakfast at One Forty Cafe.

Attendees from this morning will receive an email shortly with a full delegate list.




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Cranleigh business wins national Christmas Tree award

Cranleigh business wins national Christmas Tree awardCongratulations to Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member Santa Fir who have once again won a prestigious national award.

Santa Fir founder Hans Alexanderson was winner of the Champion Wreath category at the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association competition.

Hans was also runner-up in the Christmas Tree category at the same awards.

As a result, a tree from Santa Fir will be displayed in the Pillared Room at 10 Downing Street this Christmas and their wreath will hang on the front door.

Commenting in the Surrey Advertiser this week, Hans said:

“I am really thrilled. We swept the board on wreaths by winning the dressed and undressed category, and are really pleased that it was a Douglas fir which won for the tree.

“We find the Douglas fir goes down particularly well with our American customers at our Christmas Tree Farms as that’s a more common choice back in the States.

“I’m glad we chose to enter it today.”

As a result of his win, Hans will get to visit the Prime Minister at the start of December.

Our congratulations to Hans and his team at Santa Fir on this fantastic achievement.

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Date confirmed for Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016

Date confirmed for Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016At the start of last month, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce was very proud to work in collaboration with the Cranleigh Arts Centre to host the first annual Cranleigh Food & Music Festival.

The team had a debrief meeting this week and reflected on what was an incredibly successful first event.

It resulted in a 71% increase in footfall to the Cranleigh Arts Centre’s food festival compared to last year and raised over £1,000 for their Target 25 Campaign.

The High Street was buzzing throughout the day with a festival atmosphere which brought local residents and visitors from further afield into Cranleigh to showcase our wonderful village.

We are very grateful to all of the volunteers, sponsors, businesses and performers who were involved with this project; especially our lead sponsor, Cranleigh Golf & Country Club.

A date has now been confirmed for the Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016.

This will take place on Saturday 24th September 2016, and the committee of volunteers are already hard at work planning an even bigger event for next year.

Interested local food producers, musicians and other performers can get in touch with the organisers by emailing

The committee is also welcoming suggestions from the community about next year’s line-up of activities and are invited to get in touch using the same email address.

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Cranleigh Chamber Putting Infrastructure First

Cranleigh Chamber Putting Infrastructure FirstCranleigh Chamber of Commerce has confirmed with Thames Water a commitment to provide a new water main for the village, without causing disruption to local retailers and residents.

Following recent reports that the infrastructure required to support new developments in Cranleigh would result in ‘the death knell for small local businesses’, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce opened a dialogue directly with Thames Water to obtain the facts.

Thames Water confirmed their commitment to invest time and money in projects which deliver measurable community benefits.

Following correspondence with Richard Aylard, External Affairs and Sustainability Director at Thames Water, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is pleased to confirm any required infrastructure upgrades will not result in the disruption recently suggested by the Cranleigh Civic Society.

Richard Aylard of Thames Water stated categorically that there “has certainly been no suggestion from us that we would have to dig up the High Street for six months to supply the developments.”

He continued: “I hope you will accept my assurance that if major work does become a reality anywhere in Cranleigh, then we would of course do what we can to keep disruption to a minimum, including using trenchless technology where possible.”

Bob Bayley, Vice President of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, added:

“We were pleased to receive this reassurance from Thames Water on behalf of our members. In line with the objectives of Waverley Borough Council, we agree with the strategy of putting ‘infrastructure first’.

“Local interest groups have much common ground on their vision for Cranleigh in the future. It’s time we start identifying that shared ground and working together to secure positive results for the village.

“Cranleigh residents want a thriving High Street economy with its unique mix of independent retailers, multiples and places to meet friends for foods and drink. Some growth in our local population is inevitable, especially with recent ONS projections forecasting the UK population will grow by 15% over the next 25 years.

“Infrastructure is vital to ensuring that this national and local population growth is manageable and allows our village to prosper.”

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