Month: October 2016

Heathrow third runway and Cranleigh

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce watched with interest the announcement of the government’s preferred option for airport expansion this week.

We are pleased that a recommendation for increased aviation capacity has been made at last because Heathrow is already full and Gatwick will be full by 2020.

However, we are concerned that the M25 disruption at Heathrow will make life difficult for our local businesses and hauliers for many years.

We are also concerned that the Heathrow decision could be open to significant legal challenges and may well never happen.

The UK needs increased aviation capacity in the South East as soon as possible and a further long delay resulting in a failure to expand Heathrow will not help our economy.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, an independent business led economic partnership driving economic growth in the corridor south of Croydon and north of Brighton, said:

“A third runway at Heathrow is effectively undeliverable.

“Environmentally, 278,000 additional residents in London will be affected by noise and pollution.  That compares to 3,800 should Gatwick expand.

“Heathrow has never, ever met the EU air quality targets while Gatwick has never broken them.  Heathrow simply pays the fines and carries on, leaving itself open to strong legal challenge.

“The Davies Commission asked for no night flights at Heathrow and no worsening in air quality, both of which Heathrow cannot deliver and is open to legal challenge.

“Financially, Heathrow will cost £23 billion of which around £6 billion will come from the public purse.  On the other hand, Gatwick will cost £8bn with no public money needed. We would do better to spend that Heathrow money on hospitals.

“Economically, the Heathrow as a Hub airport case does not stand up.  The future of aviation is Point-to-Point as we see Hub airport activity rapidly declining.

“Hub airports bring little benefit to the UK economy other than to airport retailers while a point to point airport does benefit the wider economy, as passengers’ land and disperse around the country to spend their money.

“Physically, Heathrow does not have the land to expand without destroying a village, digging up the M25 and causing years and years of traffic mayhem.  It could take until 2030 until the first flights take off from a third runway.

“By contrast Gatwick is ready to build with sufficient land already safeguarded south of the airport, agreed by local councils many years ago.

“The cabinet has made a recommendation for Heathrow which cannot be delivered and indeed the likelihood is that it will be scuppered in the next two or three years just like it was in 2003 and again in 2009.

“MP’s, residents, surrounding councils and climate change organisations will mount legal challenges which will effectively end the project.

“Gatwick is deliverable, affordable, far more environmentally acceptable and is ready to go.”

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Free Christmas parking in Cranleigh

Free Christmas parking in CranleighOn Saturday 3rd December residents and visitors will benefit from free parking in all Waverley car parks from 10am, encouraging everyone to do their Christmas shopping in the borough.

The move is part of Small Business Saturday; a national initiative that celebrates small businesses and their successes, as well as encouraging people to shop locally.

Waverley has teamed up with local chambers of commerce to offer the free parking – which will be available in every Waverley owned car park from 10am until 6.30pm – and to help support the borough’s fantastic businesses.

Councillor Jim Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Environment, including car parks, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the chambers to offer this great initiative, which not only benefits residents, but local businesses too. I hope everyone makes a note of Saturday 3 December in their diaries so they don’t miss out on this merry offer.”

Councillor Andrew Bolton, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said:

“This exciting move by Waverley means residents will be able to go on a Christmas shopping spree in the borough, without having to worry about parking charges and rushing back to their cars. It also means they will have a little bit more change to spend on a stocking filler, mince pie or a warming hot chocolate while they’re shopping.

“We hope this will encourage shoppers to support their local economy and explore the borough’s high streets and fantastic shops for longer, taking advantage of some of the festive deals available.”

Richard Graham, President of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, said:

“Combining this free car parking with the first weekend in December and Small Business Saturday makes real sense and will encourage residents and visitors to spend time in Cranleigh High Street, where they can enjoy the diverse and exciting shopping experience on offer.”

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Learning to win business awards with Christine Martin

Learning to win business awards with Christine MartinOur networking breakfast for October 2016 took us to Wildwood Golf & Country Club.

26 local business owners enjoyed a morning of breakfast and networking, before hearing from Christine Martin, managing director of Travel Retail Training.

Christine introduced the Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards 2017 before sharing her top five tips for winning prestigious business awards.

Members also heard from Roger Coupe about plans for the Cranleigh Christmas Lights switch-on event on 19th November.

The event costs around £10,000 to stage, and Roger updated us on progress with raising money from sponsors. The Chamber is also looking for volunteers who can help with the road closures on the evening.

Our next meeting, and the final one for 2016, takes place on Wednesday 16th November at Rowleys Daycare Centre in Cranleigh.

The speaker for our November breakfast is Martin Bamford, a Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and SOLLA Accredited Later Life Adviser. He specialises in helping clients live well in retirement and make the most of their money in later life.

In his presentation, Martin will be describing the demographic destiny we all face in life and business, how we can live well in retirement, and what the future might look like for an ageing society.

This is a presentation for all ages, young and old, with plenty of practical actions to take away and use in our own businesses.

Space at our November event is limited. You can book your place online now, at only £12 for members and £15 for non-members.

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Cranleigh Christmas Lights 2016

DSC_3747Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is busy making plans for the annual Christmas Lights Switch-On Event which takes place this year on Saturday 19th November.

Our goal this year is to create a family event with a festive atmosphere and late night shopping. We are getting in touch with our members today to give you advance notice of the date and invite your business to participate.

The centre piece for the event this year is the programme of live entertainment in Fountain Square, starting at 4pm and finishing at 7pm.

The entertainment will be hosted by DJ Simon Rose from Eagle Radio and will feature a variety of local bands and performers.

The lights will be switched on at 6pm; this is 30 minutes earlier than last year to cater for families with younger children.

Cranleigh High Street will be closed from 5pm to 7pm between the Village Hall roundabout and Stocklund Square roundabout, allowing access to both car parks. The service road alongside the War Memorial and alongside Fountain Square will be closed all day. These road closures are important to ensure the safety of visitors to the event.

In addition to the live entertainment, there will also be a food market in Stocklund Square and a range of craft stalls in the area of the Village Hall, as well as the usual fairground rides by the War Memorial and Boots.

It would be fantastic if your business could take part on the day by decorating your window display with a Festive theme, having late night opening hours, running a special promotion or offer for customers, or taking your trading out onto the street (subject of course to the usual rules and permissions).

For any Social Media mentions about the event, please use the hashtag #CranleighChristmas.

The Christmas Lights are expensive to supply and install, so this event relies on the generosity of Chamber members and other local donors.

It will cost us £10,000 this year to display the Christmas Lights and stage the event itself.  Funds raised by members of the Chamber Christmas 100 Club go some way towards covering the cost, but additional financial support and sponsorship is always needed.

We ask local businesses to consider sponsoring the Cranleigh Christmas Lights for £50 or more. Details of the Christmas 100 Club can be found on our website at, including an application for membership.

If you are not already a Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member, we encourage you to join today. Membership is only £50 a year for businesses with up to 5 employees, and your membership gives the Chamber a stronger voice to represent local enterprise.

We draw our members from all sectors of the business, industrial and trading community ranging from large companies to sole traders, start-ups and retired individuals. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is also an affiliated partner of the Surrey Chamber of Commerce.

A new initiative for this year is the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Christmas Window Competition.  More details about this will be published here soon.

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Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce fights for employment land at Hewitts

Objection to Hewitt’s Industrial Estate - Outline Planning ApplicationAhead of next week’s planning appeal, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has made the case to retain Hewitts Industrial Estate as a key location for a modern business park, encouraging new business start-ups and providing employment in the village for current and new residents.

The Chamber has submitted comprehensive evidence to Waverley Borough Council and the Planning Inspectorate in line with its objective to promote a ‘live local, work local’ community which they claim is imperative to prevent Cranleigh from becoming a dormitory village.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce claims the case made by Threadneedle Investments to develop the site for housing is unsound.

Evidence has been submitted by the Chamber that without investment in its infrastructure over many years, Hewitts has effectively been run down making it less attractive to business tenants.

Richard Graham, president of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, said:

“There is a tremendous opportunity to develop Hewitts as a business park providing quality office and light industrial accommodation for start-ups and growing businesses in Cranleigh.

“Replacing this site with housing ignores the needs of a buoyant Cranleigh economy and would only add to pressure on the local road network as employees and businesses are forced to commute outside of the village.”

The evidence submitted by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce includes letters of support from businesses who were forced to move reluctantly out of Hewitts.

It also evidences demand for employment space from established growing businesses.

Graham continued:

“Cranleigh is a hotbed of small enterprise which needs space to grow in the future.

“Additionally, considerable new housing development has already been approved in Cranleigh making an even stronger case to retain a business park at Hewitts for many of the new residents who will be seeking local employment or who plan to start their own business.

“Our Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth Awards and our International Women’s Day business networking events this year have both demonstrated a large number of micro and home based businesses who need suitable premises as they continue to grow.

“Hewitts is the ideal location for small office space and serviced office accommodation which would allow these businesses to prosper in the future, creating more employment for local people and fostering a live local, work local community.”

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Entries now open for Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017

Entries now open for Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is delighted to launch the Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Awards for 2017!

We were pleased that last year we received so many entries from the local business community and the spectacular gala evening at Cranleigh Arts Centre was so well attended with over 100 business people joining us for the evening.

We have some exciting plans for the Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017.

This year the judges will be reviewing two categories of business:

1. Businesses with 1 to 5 people (including part time employees)

2. Businesses with 6 or more people (including part time employees)

The winner in each category will receive a £2,000 cash prize!

In addition, the winner of the small business category will receive a Social Media Consultancy and Makeover session from Philip Calvert, Social Media Strategist. This prize is worth £2,000 and will help the small business winner transform their social media marketing in 2017.

All applicants will complete the same application form but the judges will now be able to compare small businesses in one category and larger businesses in the other.

We launch the BIG Awards today and entries can be made right up to midnight on 18th November.

Our Judging Panel for the Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017 is even more illustrious than last year:

HM Lord-Lieutenant Michael More Molyneux
Tim Wates, Wates Construction
Alan Young, Surrey County Council
Bob Wild, Cranleigh Arts Centre
Mark Miseldine, Surrey Advertiser
Rosemary French OBE
Andrea Bamford, Informed Choice
Richard Graham, One Forty

Our media partners are the Surrey Advertiser (who will feature each of the six finalists), Platinum Business Magazine and Vantage Point Magazine.

We have already secured sponsorship from Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, Surrey County Council, Cranleigh Arts Centre, One Forty, Informed Choice, Taurus Wines. There will also be an opportunity to advertise in the Gala Awards Evening brochure.

Businesses in a wide area around Cranleigh are eligible to enter. Indeed, in 2016 the two winners came from outside Cranleigh village itself!

Entries are welcome from businesses with their principle location in Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Dunsfold, Albury, Shere, Gomshall, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary, Forest Green, Ockley, Walliswood, Rudgwick, Alfold, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Bramley and Loxwood.

There is no entry fee for these awards and entries are welcome from members and non-members alike.

Here are links to the entry forms:

cranleigh-big-awards-2017-application-form (PDF)

cranleigh-big-awards-2017-application-form (MS Word)

We look forward to receiving your entry and wish you the very best of luck at the Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017!

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