Category: Events

Business Rates & Cyber Security workshops

Waverley Borough Council is running two free training/info sessions:

Monday 24 September 2018 – Business rates clinic at The Burys, Godalming – next Monday morning 9.30-1pm – individual businesses can book 1:2:1 appointments with the Business Rates Officer – email business.support@waverley.gov.uk

Wednesday 17 October 2018 – free Cyber Security training – at ramsac’s offices, Godalming – bookings can be made here via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-cyber-security-training-tickets-50349038329

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Food Safety Course in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Arts Centre is holding a Level 2 Food Safety Course on 1st October and has a few places available to offer to other organisations.

You can book a place for £53 per delegate by emailing katie@cranleighartscentre.org

The following PDF offers details of the course:

Food Safety Lvl 2 details

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Early Networking Start to 2018 for Cranleigh businesses

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce held its monthly breakfast networking event on Tuesday 6th February, kindly hosted by the Chamber’s President, Richard Graham, at his High Street shop and cafe, One Forty.

Upon arrival, the 33 members and guests enjoyed breakfast and networking before hearing from guest speaker Tim Fifield, Business Development Director of BritWeb.

Tim’s inspiring talk, called ‘Digital Marketing for the Terrified’, was both highly entertaining and informative.

After asking the audience if they were a ‘Gavin’ or an ‘Annabelle’ regarding their approach to digital marketing, Tim outlined the vital importance of getting digital marketing right, and how to avoid social media errors, to attract new and retain existing customers.

SEO, Blogs, PPC, UX-CRO, links, e-marketing and video were amongst the issues discussed.

Tim also presented everyone with his 6-step guide on “Where to Start”. He kindly conducted a question and answer session after his talk, which everyone enjoyed.

The next breakfast networking event will be held on Wednesday, 14th March at 7.30am at The Richard Onslow.

The speaker for this event will be Peter Stevens of TWM Solicitors. Peter will be discussing the critically important new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with which all businesses, social enterprises, and any organisation holding address lists are legally required to comply.

Open to members and non-members, this is not one to miss!

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Dates for your diary in 2018

As this year draws to a close, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been busy planning a packed event calendar for 2018.

Please add the following dates to your calendar and get in touch with us if you would like to be involved in sponsorship, organising or otherwise supporting any of the following events next year.

Village Events

Spring into Cranleigh is back next year, taking place on Saturday 28th April 2018. This village-wide event will have an Italian theme, with an Italian market booked for the day in Stocklund Square and lots more happening along the High Street.

We are still looking for a headline sponsor for this event. Please email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk to find out more.

Cranleigh Food & Music Festival is back for a fourth year on Saturday 22nd September 2018. This event is a collaboration with Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Expect food and drink stalls at Cranleigh Arts Centre, a live music stage at The Three Horseshoes, food stalls throughout the High Street and much more.

Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place on Saturday 17th November 2018. We have a sub-committee meeting in the New Year to decide what format this event will take in 2018. All offers of help are very welcome.

Cranleigh Santa Dash is coming back for a second year, on Sunday 9th December 2018. Entries for this event, co-hosted with Rotary Club of Cranleigh and Cranleigh Sunflowers, are already open.

Chamber Events

Our programme of networking events starts on Tuesday 6th February 2018, with a breakfast meeting at One Forty. Our speaker for breakfast is Tim Fifield from Britweb, talking about social media marketing.

Our second breakfast meeting is on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at The Richard Onslow, with Peter Stevens from TWM Solicitors talking about GDPR.

It’s our AGM and annual dinner at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club on Tuesday 17th April 2018, always an entertaining evening and great for partners too.

We’re hosting a networking lunch at Elmbridge Village on Thursday 10th May 2018.

On Tuesday 12th June, join us at The Three Horseshoes for social drinks and networking after work.

The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ takes place on Thursday 19th July 2018 at The Richard Onslow.

We’re back for a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018, where our venue is The Park Hatch.

On Monday 15th October, we visit Godalming for the new Waverley Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Awards 2018. More news on this exciting event very soon.

Our networking events calendar next year finishes with a networking lunch at Hurtwood Park on Tuesday 13th November 2018.

You can find out more about our networking events and book online at http://cranleighbiz.co.uk/events/

We are always looking for interesting speakers for our breakfasts and lunches. Do email hello@cranleighbiz.co.uk with any suggestions.

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Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2017 – Seminar: Pitching, Presenting & Networking

Gatwick Diamond are pleased to invite Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members to attend the first of nine free educational seminars, supporting the Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers 2017 programme, sponsored by Gatwick Airport Ltd, Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Crawley Borough Council.

Pitching, Presentation and Networking: Capitalise on “Meet the Buyers” events

Colin SpillerPresenter: Colin Spiller

Colin is a hands-on, creative senior manager with strong sales and marketing skills. He has successfully launched and manages a new angel investment club for Angels Den, and has raised over £6m.

He has been a London Met University external examiner on their Management Programmes and provided guest lectures on Risk Management and contingency planning.

Attendees of this seminar will benefit from Colin’s expert advice on how to prepare for a meeting with a public or corporate buyer, how to improve and tailor your pitching skills to the business opportunity and how to build networking skills to ensure any ‘down time’ between buyer meetings is maximised.

Venue: Canon (UK) Ltd, Woodhatch, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8BF
Date:
7th June 2017
Time:
9.30am -1pm

Designed to support delegates in advance of a Meet the Buyer event, this interactive workshop will cover:

         How to prepare successfully for a meeting with a public or corporate buyer

         The secrets to successfully building relationships through your Interactions

         Understanding buyer needs and how to position yourself against the competition

         Identifying and targeting, with pinpoint accuracy potential customers and partners

         Structuring and conducting business meetings to gain information to help you sell

         Crafting and delivering contract winning presentations for your business

         Learn how to handle buyers questions and to recognise buying signals

         Gain confidence to ask for the order and handle objections and price issues

         Develop your listening skills and using your voice to maximum effect

         Find out how to use ready and use Body Language and Rapport to progress a sale

         Develop networking skills to use “Down Time” between meetings

Those who attend this workshop will emerge with confidence that their sales meetings, presentation and pitching performance and networking skills will be vastly improved.

Your meetings with prospects will be energised, structured and have impact and enable you to build your pipeline as well as helping you to increase your win ratio and grow your revenues.

Places are limited so if you are interested in attending the above seminar, please click on the following link to register: BOOK NOW

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Did you spot the Gorilla?

Our speaker for breakfast this month at The Richard Onslow was Trevor Dale, founder of Atrainability.

Trevor is a former commercial pilot who has developed a successful training, consultancy and speaking business helping other organisations to understand ‘human factors’.

27 Chamber members enjoyed hearing from Trevor about his stories in operating theatres, before he gave a practical example of how our attention can become easily focused on one thing, resulting in us missing the obvious – did you spot the Gorilla?

Following Trevor’s talk, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce vice-president Bob Bayley gave members an update on the plans for car parking upgrades in the village over the coming weeks, and answered questions about how the new system will work.

Our next breakfast meeting takes place on Thursday 13th April at Cafe on the Park at Dunsfold Park.

Our speakers are Vanessa Ford and Nik Huddy, who featured in the Channel 4 show Restoration Man when they restored Longhurst Lodge, in Horsham Road, which they purchased as a derelict building in 2009.

Tickets for this breakfast are now available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranleigh-chamber-of-commerce-breakfast-meeting-april-2017-tickets-31169214961.

Booking is also now open for the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce AGM and Annual Dinner, which takes place at Cranleigh Golf & Country Club on Tuesday 25th April at 7pm.

Our special guest speaker for this dinner is Shaun Parry-Jones, a consultant solicitor at Lynn Murray & Co solicitors.

Shaun is a popular speaker, having given numerous talks to groups, such as Rotary, on his many years as a wheelchair user.

Tickets for our annual dinner are now available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranleigh-chamber-of-commerce-annual-dinner-agm-tickets-30057618145, and partners or guests are very welcome to attend.

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Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017

Cllr Chris Storey, Mayor of Waverley Borough Council and Cllr Mary Foryszewski, Chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council joined 80 business representatives on Monday night at the Cranleigh Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Awards 2017 gala evening which were held at the Cranleigh Arts Centre. 

Organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, six businesses from the Cranleigh area had been shortlisted as finalists for two Awards by a prestigious judging panel.

The evening was compered for the second year by Philip Calvert, renowned Social Media expert and speaker.

Each finalist was judged in eight categories including innovation, initiative, sound management, marketing, customer service and skills development.

The audience at the gala evening enjoyed short videos of each finalist demonstrating their passion and growth ambitions for their businesses.

The ‘Five Employees and Under’ award was sponsored by Cllr Alan Young of Surrey County Council who has been involved in the BIG Awards since their conception.

He presented a trophy and bottle of champagne to each finalist – The Furniture Emporium, Idyllic Beauty & Day Spa and Moooh! Ice Cream.  

He then announced that Idyllic Beauty Day Spa was the winner and presented the founder and owner, Harriet Levitt with a £2,000 cheque and magnificent trophy.

Idyllic also received a Social Media Consultancy and Makeover session from Philip Calvert, also worth £2,000.

A delighted Harriet said

“To be awarded this requires the highest level of dedication in all aspects of the business such as customer service and professional standards at all times. We set out three and a half years ago to be recognised as one of the best beauty salons and so to receive this award is a testament to what we have achieved. With the prize money, we look forward to expanding our Idyllic branded products from our sumptuous, fluffy dressing gowns to Idyllic Candles for customers to enhance their wellbeing in the comfort of their own homes.’

The second award for ‘Six Employees and Over’, was sponsored by Jim McAllister of Dunsfold Park, and other sponsors. 

The videos of the three finalists, Atrainability, Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre and The Hair Company interestingly demonstrated that while all three were involved in health, they were all very different.  

Atrainability delivers training to operating theatres using aviation principles to reduce surgical mistakes, Cranfold Physical Therapy aims to reduce pain and discomfort while the Hair Company’s objective was to help its customers feel and look better!

Atrainability Ltd was judged to be the winner of this award and received the £2,000 cheque and trophy from Jim McAllister. 

Managing Director Trevor Dale said:

Our team are all passionate about what they do and to be recognised locally is a real reward for the dedication and loyalty that the entire team have demonstrated. Change starts with you. A useful start point for us all though for 2017 is to start focusing on what you and your team do well and ditch the desire to criticise and blame. Since most of our staff are based remotely and some have not met each other, we will be investing the prize money in business-focused meetings so that we can harness the gifts of all our team and plan ahead for the future.” 

The presentation ended with thanks to the judges and sponsors followed by a networking supper generously supplied by retailers One Forty café and Celebration Cakes.

More photos are available on our Facebook Page. Our thanks to Simon Mitchell for these excellent photos – http://www.photoenterprise.co.uk/

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Big crowds brave the rain for the Cranleigh Christmas Lights switch-on

14915644_1437671612917492_2760127079453404486_nHundreds of families and spectators turned out to watch Father Christmas and Noddy switch on Cranleigh’s Christmas Lights on Saturday evening.

The event, organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, was held in Fountain Square and Stocklund Square, and was preceded by an afternoon of live entertainment and family attractions.

There were superb performances on the main stage in Fountain Square from Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Cranleigh Dance & Theatre Arts, The Wey, Lucina, SourKix, and Rev’d Roy Woodhams who led the audience in some festive carol singing.

The Christmas Lights were then switched on by Father Christmas and Noddy, who spent time in the High Street meeting families and having their photos taken, complete with Noddy’s distinctive toy car.

A number of local retailers and cafes stayed open later in the evening so shoppers could begin their festive shopping, accompanied by a performance in Stocklund Square by the Godalming Band, who launched their Christmas album later that evening with a special concert at the Methodist Church.

Visitors to the event enjoyed fairground rides, and craft, food and market stalls.

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Organisers Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce thanked all of the volunteers who made the event possible and the large number of business sponsors who contributed this year towards the £10,000 cost of the Christmas Lights and switch-on event.

A Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce spokesperson said:

“A big thank you to everyone who came along and braved the inclement weather to enjoy a fantastic event.

“The rain did its best to spoil our plans, causing a fuse to blow in Fountain Square just as our programme of live entertainment was about to get underway.

“But we don’t let a bit of water ruin our plans in Cranleigh and soldiered on to get the Christmas celebrations off to a fantastic start.”

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce’s selected charity for the event was Jigsaw Trust, which provides education and other services to children and young adults with autism. Jigsaw Trust volunteers raised £360 on the evening.

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