Month: February 2016

Register now for these upcoming events

Register now for these upcoming eventsThere are plenty of events coming up on the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce calendar over the next few months.

These represent excellent opportunities for networking and learning.

Next Monday evening, we are inviting Chamber members to join us at Dunsfold Park for a presentation of their latest plans for housing. Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce can register to attend this meeting here.

On Monday 7th March, Cranleigh Chamber committee member Rosemary French OBE is hosting an event at Cranleigh Arts Centre which is designed to inspire women in business. Members and non-members are welcome at this event which has a fantastic line-up of speakers. A handful of spaces are left at this event, so please register quickly if you would like to attend.

Our March networking breakfast takes place at the Richard Onslow on 16th March, featuring a presentation by Surrey Police on keeping your business safe from online threats. Our breakfast meeting earlier this month was a sell-out, so reserve your place today while some seats remain.

On 7th April, Chamber members Gaynor Wilson of Splashback Therapy and Wendyanne Harrison of Cranfold Physical Therapy are hosting a healthy breakfast networking meeting at Cranfold Physical Therapy. Due to the small room size for this meeting, early booking is recommended.

Last year, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce was proud to be involved in the organisation and running of the inaugural Cranleigh Food & Music Festival, along with Cranleigh Arts Centre and a team of local volunteers. We are delighted that the Food & Music Festival is returning to Cranleigh in 2016. Join us at the official event launch on 11th April to find out more, meet the organisers and discover how your business can get involved.

A highlight of the Cranleigh business year is the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce annual dinner. This takes place on 19th April at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club and will incorporate our AGM, where members get to vote on various resolutions including the appointment of committee members. We will be announcing our speaker details very soon and aim to attract 100 business members for this special evening. Book your seat now here.

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The Great Cranleigh Fairtrade Bakeoff

The Great Cranleigh Fairtrade BakeoffYou may know that Cranleigh is a Fairtrade village, one of a few in Surrey.

You may not know however that Surrey has become a Fairtrade County– one of only a few in the country.

To celebrate this on 12th March 2016 (the end of Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from 29th February to 13th March) there is to be a Fairtrade Tour in celebration.

It reaches Cranleigh at 3.15-3.45pm on Saturday 12 March 2016.

As Cranleigh’s contribution to the event, the village is holding a cake competition – consisting of cakes made using Fairtrade ingredients.

It is being called “the Great Cranleigh Fairtrade Bakeoff”

There are four categories of entrants, one of which is “Professional Caterer”.

The Band Room will be the reception centre and people can drop off their cakes from 11am.

There will be coffee and tea available during the day for people to buy. And of course cake too!

One of the criteria for judging is how many Fairtrade ingredients people have used in their cakes and there’s a tiebreaker question about Fairtrade .

There are prizes available to the winning bakers, with a total prize fund of £100 donated by the Co-op.

After the judging, entrants can reclaim their cakes, or they will be sold or donated to local good causes.

We hope that our Chamber members who are involved in the food business will all get behind the Great Cranleigh Fairtrade Bakeoff and we look forward to seeing your creations on 12th March.

FT Bakeoff leaflet


Poster Bake Off

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Carbon Tsar appointed to ensure Gatwick becomes UK’s leading low carbon airport by 2025

Some more news for Cranleigh Chamber members from our local international airport!

Gatwick Airport – which already aims to cut its carbon footprint in half by 2020 – has taken this ambition further today by appointing a world-leading carbon expert to ensure it becomes the UK’s leading low carbon airport by 2025 – the year a new runway could be open.

Simon Sturgis – an expert in carbon emissions analysis – will publish a roadmap later in the year that will demonstrate how future construction at the airport, including its second runway plans, are fully sustainable and will generate the lowest carbon footprint possible.

Simon is due to take up his role in late February, just weeks after Gatwick announced the acceleration and expansion of its investment programme, totalling £2.5 billion, to cope with rapid passenger growth.

Construction associated with Gatwick’s second runway plans are also being scrutinised to ensure they have a minimal carbon impact.

Gatwick has also announced today that it will start a phased implementation of economic incentives to encourage the use of electric cars and vans, as part of a longer term initiative to transition to an all-electric fleet on its apron.

The roadmap will build on Gatwick’s existing target of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2020, compared to 1990 – a target the Government has set for the country to reach by 2025.

Gatwick has a range of measures already in place to drive its broader environmental performance over the course of a decade.

The airport’s environmental footprint – measured through energy and water usage and waste collected – is currently the same or better today than in the early 1990s, despite passenger numbers doubling to 40 million a year.

Gatwick’s current environment targets from 2010 to 2020 are:

•    50% reduction in carbon emissions                                        (30% achieved to date)

•    Maintain current zero breaches of legal air quality limits            (on track)

•    20% reduction in water consumption                                      (achieved)

•    20% reduction in electricity and gas consumption                     (17% achieved to date)

•    No untreated waste to landfill/ 70% recycling rate                     (achieved/ 48% achieved)


“Gatwick has ambitious expansion plans to meet rapidly growing demand, and these are matched by equally ambitious plans to develop the airport in the most environmentally responsible way possible.

“Carbon used in construction is often a hidden cost to the environment, but we know it is a significant contributor to an airport’s environmental footprint. I’m delighted that Simon has come on board and will help us reduce our carbon impact across the full range of activities so we can become the most sustainable airport around. “


“I am very excited at the scale and commitment of Gatwick’s carbon reduction ambitions. Their plans are significant, imaginative and ground breaking and the leadership they are showing has the potential to be game changing for carbon reduction across the UK.”

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New frameworks build Gatwick’s readiness for runway decision

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is pleased to share details of an opportunity for local businesses to tender for new projects at Gatwick.

Gatwick Airport has today announced its requirement for three new frameworks which will further its transformation programme and kick off the airport’s design and infrastructure partnerships in preparation for building its second runway.

The three frameworks are for:

1. Airport planning services

2. Architectural, structural and building services design and engineering for projects less than £5 million

3. Multi-discipline design and engineering for projects greater than £5 million

The airport planning services framework incorporates key infrastructure planning associated with the second runway, and is estimated between £3 million and £5 million.

It will include architectural and engineering services, urban planning, landscape engineering, technical consulting and analysis.

These services will relate to the future development of the airport to define and scope high level conceptual solutions, including airport infrastructure related to:

•    Runways
•    Taxiways
•    Aprons
•    Aircraft Stands
•    Terminal Buildings
•    Piers
•    Car Parks
•    Engineering Hangars

The two design frameworks incorporate lower complexity design work for projects up to £5 million in value, and higher complexity design work for projects above the £5 million threshold.

Both design frameworks relate to the delivery of the following services: architectural design, civil and structural engineering design and mechanical and electrical design.

All three frameworks incorporate works which are already part of Gatwick’s transformation programme which is now committed at £2.5 billion since becoming independent from BAA in 2009, up to 2021.

The estimated value of these frameworks is approximately £75 million with additional funding for second runway related projects, which have a potential works value of £150 to £200 million.

The frameworks highlight Gatwick’s readiness to build a second runway ahead of the Government decision later this year.

Raymond Melee, Gatwick Airport’s Development Director said:

“The publication of three new frameworks sends a clear message to the industry that Gatwick has a pipeline of major construction work that will satisfy all types of construction industry partners.

“We are investing £2.5 billion to transform our airport and continue to drive growth, while we wait for the green light to start building our second runway. With frameworks spanning a five year time-frame, it’s important that potential partners in the runway build are included in these frameworks so that we can keep the process moving forward.

“Gatwick is the only deliverable option which can satisfy the government’s ambition to have another runway built in the South East by 2025. A second runway at Gatwick will provide greater economic benefits than a third runway at Heathrow at a fraction of the environmental cost.”

Interested firms can find out more about the pre-qualification process and questionnaire in the published OJEU Contract Notices.

Additional information will also be made available at a supplier forum which will be held at the Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport on 26th February 2016.

Companies interested in attending the supplier forum should follow the instructions within the OJEU notices at the following links:

Construction Design Framework – Low Complexity –

Construction Design Framework: Medium/Higher Complexity –

Airport Planning Services Framework –

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New Gatwick routes in 2016

New Gatwick routes in 2016Cranleigh businesses and residents will be pleased to hear news of Gatwick airport continuing to grow its long-haul routes with new carriers and new destinations.

Gatwick is ideal and convenient for business travellers and tourists from Cranleigh, with the following new long-haul routes on offer in 2016:

Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong x 4 weekly
Sep 16

Thomson weekly to Colombo Sri Lanka
Nov 16

Thomas Cook  – Cape Town x 3 weekly
Dec 16

Norwegian  – San Francisco x 3 weekly
May 16

BA adding daily service to New York JFK.

Also Lima and Costa Rica
May 16

Air Canada Rouge daily to Toronto
May 16

Medview new service to Lagos started Nov 15 moving to daily in the summer
May 16

MEGA MALDIVES – New service x 3 weekly
September 16

West jet  – new 3 weekly services to 6 Canadian cities
May 16

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Rural planing review to support homes, jobs & innovation

Ministers have launched a rural planning review to reduce regulatory burdens in support of new homes, jobs and innovation.

This initiative was signalled in last year’s Rural Productivity Plan.

A key element of this exercise centres on the rules for converting agricultural buildings to residential use.

Following changes introduced in 2014 more than 2,000 agricultural buildings have been converted to homes.

The administration is interested in views over whether the current thresholds should be changed further.

These limit change of use to a maximum of 450 square metres of floor space and up to three additional dwellings across the farm.

The administration has made it clear it is interested in how the permitted development rights in Part 6 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 are being used.

Also of interest is how the planning system helps or hinders those developing farm shops, polytunnels and on-farm reservoirs.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark said:

“The need for new homes doesn’t stop where our cities end, it’s just as real in rural towns and villages that need new house building to keep thriving.

“That’s why we are looking carefully at how our planning reforms can deliver this whilst at the same time ensuring local people have more control over planning and the Green Belt continues to be protected.”

Source: Planning Portal

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Cranleigh Lions Presentation Evening

Cranleigh Lions Presentation EveningCranleigh Chamber of Commerce was delighted to accept an invitation from Cranleigh & District Lions Club to attend their Presentation Evening at Cranleigh School.

The event was a celebration of another successful year for the Lions, along with a recognition of the support they, and many other local charities, receive from the Cranleigh community.

One of the biggest fundraising events hosted by the Cranleigh Lions each year is the Classic Car Show at the Cranleigh Showground. Last year they welcomed around 2,000 classic cars, making it one of the biggest shows of its kind in the South East.

At the Presentation Evening last night, Cranleigh Lions gave a cheque for £2,000 to each of the following local charities, from the Classic Car Show profits:

Rowleys Centre for the Community

Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Shooting Star Chase

The Fountain Cancer Centre

Surrey Search & Rescue

It was brilliant to hear the stories of some individuals using Rowleys, Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled and Shooting Star Chase at the Presentation Evening, with some of the speeches bringing a tear to our eyes.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce are pleased to support Cranleigh Lions as they endeavour to raise funds for the local community and look forward to continuing to work together in the future.

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Cranleigh in Bloom goes for gold in 2016

Cranleigh in Bloom is aiming for a winning year after submitting their entry to the South & South East in Bloom competition.

Part of the Britain in Bloom competition, South & South East in Bloom encourages communities to work together to improve their environment.

The theme for the competition this year is Clean & Green for the Queen, as well as supporting the ongoing Greener Streets – Better Lives campaign from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Volunteers from Cranleigh in Bloom have started visiting High Street businesses, encouraging them to order hanging baskets and contribute towards a successful entry.

Commenting on the entry, Cranleigh in Bloom chairman Martin Bamford said:

“After a successful Silver Gilt entry in 2014, Cranleigh in Bloom is back in 2016 and we mean business. Our volunteers will be working hard over the coming months to bring the village together and make Cranleigh a lovely place to live, work and play.”

The Cranleigh in Bloom committee agreed the color scheme for this year will be pastel shades of pink, purple, blue, white and yellow. Summer planting is scheduled for May, and in the meantime the volunteers will be identifying various projects around the village with a particular focus on ways gardening can contribute to health and wellbeing.

Bamford continued:

“We have already started working with Waverley Borough Council to plan a clean-up of the village ponds, and we are speaking with Friends of Cranleigh Library and Cranleigh Arts Centre to help with replanting their beds. There is much more to come, as we reach out to local schools and encourage them to get involved too.

“As well as asking local businesses to buy and display hanging baskets, we are looking for some more sponsors to support Cranleigh in Bloom in 2016. Sponsorship is a fantastic way to bring the village to life and promote civic pride.”

For more information about sponsorship or volunteering opportunities with Cranleigh in Bloom, email or call 01483 274566.

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