Month: October 2018

The Winners are announced for the Waverley BIG Awards at Gala Ceremony!

Waverley businesses gathered on Friday 19th October for a glittering Business, Innovation and Growth Awards Ceremony at the Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere.

The evening was compered by international speaker and local businessman Philip Calvert.

Over 170 sponsors, finalists and guests watched a series of short videos of each of the 24 finalists, as they ate a delicious three course meal. With bated breath, each category winner was announced and awarded a fabulous crystal trophy, champagne and certificate. Finalists also felt like winners as they accepted their own trophies, recognising their achievements.

Dignitaries at the event included Cllr Denise Le Gal Mayor of Waverley, Cllr Julia Potts Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Cllr David Attfield Farnham Mayor, Cllr David Round Haslemere Mayor and Surrey County Councillors Peter Martin and Andrew Povey,

This inaugural year of the Waverley BIG awards proved extremely popular attracting the finest calibre of entrants across all sectors, sizes and stages of business development. The judges made up of sponsors and peers from within the business community had a difficult task.

The four Chamber Presidents Awards sponsored by Haslemere and Farnham Town Councils and Surrey County Council were won by Christmas tree grower Hans Christmas Andersen for Cranleigh; Branston Adams accountants for Farnham; retailer Dylan’s Ice Cream for Haslemere; and digital marketing consultancy Innovation Visual for Godalming.

Branston Adams achieved the double with a second win for Community Partnership sponsored by Waverley Borough Council.

Waverley Borough Council’s leader, Julia Potts said ‘I am really delighted that Branston Adams have won this first BIG Community Partnership award. They are a fantastic example of a local business that really does work within the community and give so much back to residents in so many ways. Reading through their submission I found it all quite inspirational and wish them a really successful year and hope their achievement goes on to inspire many more businesses to enter this competition next year.’

The Customer Delight Award sponsored by Downs Solicitors was won by Wedition, a unique personalised wedding magazine designed for the couple and their guests.

Edwards Greene Accountants sponsored the Innovation Award and the winner was Download Learning, an original digital learning tool.

The eighth award for Staff Engagement, Education and Empowerment, sponsored by Dunsfold Park was won by Carbon Six Digital, a software development agency.

This was the first project led by the newly formed coalition of the four Chambers of Commerce in Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere. Their shared aim is to encourage businesses to locate here, to retain local companies and help them grow, to promote Waverley as a ‘the’ place to do business south of London and to market the many skilled employment opportunities on residents’ doorsteps.

The Waverley BIG Awards 2018 are also generously sponsored by Blynk, Taybridge Consulting, SI Capital, Cornmeter, Blue Dot Display, PAAC IT, Marley Flowers, The Remarkable Studio, Johnson Fellowes, and Lythe Hill Hotel.

All Photos courtesy of Remarkable Studio

Wedition Ltd – Farnham
(contact Liz Gatherer 01483 677987/ )

Atrainability Ltd – Cranleigh
Dylan’s Ice Cream Ltd – Haslemere
Download Learning Ltd – Godalming
(contact Simon Strong 07747 608 621/ )

ClickIQ Ltd – Godalming
SI Capital Ltd – Godalming

Carbon Six Digital Limited – Farnham
(contact Paul Marden 01276 817465/ )
Innovation Visual Ltd – Elstead
PAAC IT Ltd – Haslemere

Branston Adams – Farnham
(contact Paul Adams 01252 728598/

Baker Law LLP – Farnham
Marley Flowers Ltd – Haslemere

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Hans Christmas Andersen
(contact Julie Alexandersen 01483 271770/

Idyllic Beauty and Day Spa Ltd
Taurus Wines Ltd
Farnham Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Branston Adams
(contact Paul Adams 01252 728598/

CGJ Mathias & Son
Kall Kwik Farnham
Godalming Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Innovation Visual Ltd
(contact Ruth Gibbs 03337720509/

Munro Studios Ltd
Ritual Coffee UK

Haslemere Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Dylan’s Ice Cream Ltd
(contact Paul Govier 01428 645219/

Haslemere Chiropractic Clinic
Haslemere Hall

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Gatwick sets out ambitious future growth plan, including routine use of its existing standby runway

Gatwick Airport has today set out an ambitious vision for the future with the publication of its draft master plan, which looks at how the airport might grow in the longer term.

The draft master plan is being announced to the airport’s independent consultative committee GATCOM which meets today.

As the UK enters a new chapter, Gatwick’s development will help meet future aviation demand with sustainable growth and ensure strong connections between Britain and global markets.

It will also provide new opportunities for the South East and continue to bolster the local economy for future generations.

The publication of Gatwick’s draft master plan reflects Department for Transport guidance for airports to provide regular updates on their long-term plans, and responds to the Government’s recent call for airports to ‘make best use of their existing runways’.

Gatwick remains committed to sustainable growth in this draft master plan, building on our record which has seen the Carbon Trust naming Gatwick as the best performer for combined reduction of operational carbon, water and waste impacts in the past two years – all while passenger numbers continued to grow.

The draft master plan considers how Gatwick could grow across three scenarios, looking ahead to the early 2030s:

1. Main runway – using new technology to increase capacity

In the near term, the airport has considered how deploying new technology could increase the capacity of the main runway, offering incremental growth through more efficient operations. Gatwick has successfully utilised its runway to unlock growth in recent years and remains the world’s most efficient single runway. The use of the latest technology could provide more opportunities for the future.

2. Standby runway – bringing existing standby runway into routine use

Under its current planning agreement, Gatwick’s existing standby runway is only used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies. However, the 40-year planning agreement will come to an end in 2019. The draft master plan sets out for the first time how Gatwick could potentially bring its existing standby runway into routine use for departing flights, alongside its main runway, by the mid-2020s.

This innovative development, which would meet all international safety requirements, would be delivered without increasing the airport’s noise footprint and provide greater operational resilience.

While in the early stages of exploration, Gatwick is confident the project would remain within the existing airport footprint and existing framework for airport charges. Should the airport decide to further progress the use of the existing standby runway, it would submit a detailed planning proposal and follow a Development Consent Order (DCO) process, which would include a full public consultation.

3. Additional runway – safeguarding for the future

While Gatwick is not currently actively pursuing the option of building a brand new runway to the south of the airport – as it did through the Airports Commission process – Gatwick believes it is in the national interest to continue to safeguard this land for the future as part of its draft master plan.

The airport is now keen to encourage responses to a 12-week public consultation it has launched today to gather feedback and views on the draft master plan. All responses will be reviewed before a final version of the master plan is agreed early next year.

The draft master plan can be read here. More information on the consultation, including events the airport will be holding to gather feedback, is available here.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, London Gatwick said:

“Our draft master plan marks the start of a new phase for Gatwick – building on what has made the airport the success it is today, and pioneering again to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

“As the UK heads towards an important new chapter, Gatwick’s growing global connections are needed more than ever but this must be achieved in the most sustainable way. From using new technologies on our main runway, to the innovative proposal to bring our existing standby runway into routine use, our draft master plan offers agile, productive and low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new capacity and increased resilience from within our existing infrastructure.

“Gatwick’s growth has been built through partnership so as we look ahead at our future development, we want to shape these plans together with our local communities, our passengers, our airlines and partners. We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation process. This will help shape our plans for securing the region’s prosperity.”

Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley, said:

“Crawley’s prosperity depends on the success of Gatwick Airport and the publication of this new draft master plan goes a long way to securing future growth in the town. I have always supported the airport growing within its existing boundaries and welcome their exciting new vision for incremental growth that will support more jobs and opportunity in Crawley.”

Tim Wates, Chairman of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“A strong and growing Gatwick airport as the beating heart of the Coast to Capital region is the central theme of the LEP’s strategic vision, so we welcome the publication of Gatwick’s master plan today and wholeheartedly support its vision for future growth.”

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“Now more than ever, unlocking new aviation capacity to deliver global trade links is critical for a strong UK economy. London’s airports are set to be full in the next decade, so the CBI welcomes Gatwick’s highly productive proposals to deliver increased capacity that complements expansion schemes at other airports. This will drive trade and investment, create new jobs and help British businesses thrive.”

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said:

“Our cooperation with Gatwick Airport has given us a strong platform to deliver more consumers lower fares on intercontinental flights. As we continue our global growth, we welcome any increases in airport capacity in the Greater London Area that support our commercial interests and ultimately benefit consumers.”

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Christmas is coming and we need your support

For a number of years now, Cranleigh Chamber is Commerce has taken responsibility for funding and organising the Cranleigh Christmas Lights.

Unlike neighbouring towns, Cranleigh receives very little funding from the local authorities, instead relying on the generous financial support of members and local businesses.

The lights and switch-on event (this year on Saturday 17th November 2018) themselves are coordinated by a very small number of volunteers.

Each year it becomes progressively more difficult to raise the money we need to store, test, replace and install the lights, and to host the switch-on event.

The Cranleigh Christmas Lights are an important local icon; their switching on signifies the start of the Christmas shopping season for our local retailers, and their presence in the High Street throughout the festive period makes Cranleigh an even more attractive place to visit.

The switch-on event attracts hundreds of families who enjoy a day of entertainment, stalls and attractions.

In order to ensure Cranleigh Christmas can go ahead as planned again this year, we need your support.

You can sponsor a lamppost illumination for £75. In return for your sponsorship, your business name will be displayed on the lamppost, in the Cranleigh Christmas event leaflet and online.

You can of course donate more or less than this! We would be delighted to accept any size of donation towards the considerable cost of Cranleigh Christmas this year. Just let us know how much you would like to contribute and we will raise an invoice.

Please email with your pledge.

A big thank you to everyone who has already pledged their support this year, including members of the Chamber’s Christmas 100 Club which covers around a third of the cost of Cranleigh Christmas each year.

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Reopening the Railway Line through Cranleigh

Should the railway between Shoreham and Guildford, through Cranleigh, be reopened?

That’s the question being posed by the English Regional Transport Association (ERTA).

They are a voluntary membership-based, pro-public transport improvement association with its main projects initially in the Bedfordshire and surrounding regional areas, but now increasing its remit since several projects had a nation-wide positive benefit and impact.

Membership of ERTA is now open to all.

One of its proposals is to reopen the railway that used to run between Guildford, Cranleigh and Horsham, where much of the old trackbed survives.

ERTA will be holding a public meeting (forum) on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at the Rodboro Buildings, 1-10 Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RY. Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been invited to attend.

Commenting on the proposals, we said:

“The Chamber of Commerce will watch with interest the proposal to reopen the line. However, it will take considerable local and national political will and a large government purse to overcome the logistical and cost challenges presented in face of the most optimistic forecasts of passenger numbers.

“Recognising these challenges we recently commissioned research from Sustrans to work out the costs of upgrading the line to an all-weather surface allowing shared use for walkers, horses, the disabled and cyclists. The costs to bring the track up to the standards of other shared greenways across the UK are a tiny fraction of the cost to reopen the line to rail.

“We would encourage the county councils of Surrey and West Sussex to seriously consider upgrading the whole Downs Link from Guildford to Shoreham.”


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