Month: July 2016

SME Surrey Business Awards 2016 open for entries

Entries are now open for the SME Surrey Business Awards 2016.

Submit your application before 5pm, Friday 7th October 2016.

The awards ceremony will take place at Epsom Racecourse on Wednesday 30th November, 2016.

A variety of award categories are available, which are described at


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The results are in!

The results are in!Cranleigh has been mystery shopped!

As part of the Up Your Game customer service organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, independent retailers and businesses across the village have been subjected to mystery shopping exercises this month.

Standards across Cranleigh were found to be exceptionally high, with nearly half of the 40 participants due to be recognised at an awards ceremony next month for their excellence in customer service.

The Up Your Game initiative was supported by Waverley Borough Council, Surrey County Council and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, in association with Shoppers Anonymous.

Businesses have been rated on factors including window displays, interior layout and customer service.

An awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 9th August at One Forty Cafe, where an overall winner will be announced and certificates presented to the highest scoring participants.

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Chamber Summer BBQ raises over £400 for Cranleigh Christmas Lights

Chamber Summer BBQ raises over £400 for Cranleigh Christmas LightsGuests attending the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ yesterday evening raised more than £400 towards the cost of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights.

With attendance at the event more than doubling compared to last year, the Chamber Summer BBQ at The Richard Onslow was perfectly timed to coincide with the arrival of the British summer.

More than 40 Chamber members enjoyed delicious BBQ food and refreshing glasses of Pimms, and an evening of socialising with local business leaders.

Hosting the event, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Richard Graham reflected on a successful year for the Chamber, with membership now standing at 123 local businesses.


Richard also thanked committee member John Taylor of The Richard Onslow for his valuable contribution to Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce over the past year. John is moving to Devon with his family this summer.

A draw was held for the 100 Club, with Cockerill Shoes winning the £100 prize this quarter.

100 Club chairman Roger Coupe encouraged more Chamber members to sign-up for this initiative, which offers a predictable source of funding towards the Cranleigh Christmas Lights each year.


A raffle offered prizes kindly donated by members Santa Fir, Charlotte Hunter Nutrition and Travel Retail Training.

Christine Martin of Travel Retail Training also generously donated gift bags for every guest.

Our next events are an awards evening for participants in the Chamber’s Up Your Game customer service programme, taking place on Tuesday 9th August, and an evening networking event at Rudgwick Brickworks on Wednesday 14th September.

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Welcome to our new committee members

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have co-opted two new committee members to fill vacancies arising.

Terri DellTerri Dell is General Manager at The Richard Onslow.

She is the youngest ever manager at Peach Pubs.

Terri has a degree in English and Creative Writing from Birmingham University and has a successful career in hospitality at pubs and restaurants in Dorset, London and Surrey.

Kate ElliottKate Elliott is Consultant at Rayden Solicitors.

She joined the firm in 2010 and has built up considerable experience across the whole spectrum of family law work works, including divorce, complex financial disputes arising from relationship breakdown and issues relating to children.

Kate is experienced in dealing with international cases with multi-jurisdictional issues and often acts for expats. She regularly deals with cases involving trust structures and family businesses.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Terri and Kate to the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee as we continue to act as a positive voice to attract, retain and encourage growing businesses.

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We need your support to fund the Cranleigh Christmas Lights

DSC_3747On the hottest day of the year so far, we apologise for writing about Christmas.

However…Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is wholly responsible for organising the Christmas Lights in the village and we need your help to ensure they are funded this year.

The total cost of putting up all of the lights in the High Street this year will be around £10,000. We have several generous sponsors who contribute towards this cost and plenty of fundraising activities which take place throughout the year, including our popular Summer BBQ on Wednesday evening.

One of the biggest contributors towards funding the cost of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights is our 100 Club.

This was created in 2000 by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce as a way of raising money to help finance the Christmas celebrations and late night shopping evening in the village, including the installation of the Christmas lights.

The concept behind the Cranleigh Christmas 100 Club is to secure a membership of companies and individuals who commit to making a contribution of £15 a month (or £180 per annum) by bank standing order.

At the end of each quarter, a draw of the members takes place and the winner receives £100. The balance of the fund is then carried forward to the end of the year to help fund the Christmas celebrations.

With a record number of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members, we are keen to encourage members to consider joining the 100 Club and make a valuable contribution towards the substantial cost of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights each year.

Becoming a member of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce 100 Club is simple; just complete this standing order and drop it in to Roger Coupe, Membership Secretary, 3 Bank Buildings, High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8BB.

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