Category: Events

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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Cranleigh Christmas Lights 2016

The official switch on of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights takes place at 6pm on Saturday 19th November 2016.

With Christmas rapidly approaching, thoughts are turning to the festive season. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for the official switch-on of the Cranleigh Christmas Lights on Saturday 19th November 2016.

This year’s event features an exciting programme of live entertainment, Christmas markets and food stalls, and late night shopping.

Why not make a day of it and do a spot of Christmas shopping with our independent retailers, get a bite to eat in the village restaurants or food market in Stocklund Square, and enjoy performances by some of Cranleigh’s best local talent.

Fountain Square will play host to a range of local musicians, choirs and performers, all hosted by Simon Rose from Eagle Radio.

Please share your photos of the event on Social Media using the hashtag #CranleighChristmas.

At 6pm Noddy and Santa officially switch on the Christmas Lights in Fountain Square.

Timetable of events

10am to 1pm – Christmas Tombola at Cranleigh Library

12pm to 7pm – Craft Markets outside Cranleigh Village Hall

2pm to 8pm – Street food and continental market stalls in Stocklund Square

11am to 7pm – Bensons Fun Fair Rides outside Boots and Cranleigh War Memorial

3.30pm to 7pm – Live entertainment in Fountain Square featuring Stagecoach Godalming, Surrey Hills Ukulele Big Band, Cranleigh Dance and Theatre Arts, Cranleigh Churches Together, The Wey, Lucina Pearson and SourKix.

5pm to 6pm – Meet Noddy and Santa in Fountain Square

5pm to 5.50pm – Godalming Brass Band in Stocklund Square

6pm – Lights switch-on in Fountain Square

7pm – Special concert by Godalming Brass Band at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Road closures for the Cranleigh Christmas Lights event

Cranleigh High Street will be closed to all traffic from 5pm to 7pm between Knowle Lane and Stocklund Square. The side roads alongside Fountain Square and Cranleigh War Memorial will be closed to all traffic all day.

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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 http://cranleighbiz.co.uk/members/100-club/, 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 events for the rest of 2016

As we head into the final furlong of 2016, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has a busy programme of events coming up and will be supporting its retailer members in the launch of their Christmas shopping season.

We start October with the launch of the second annual Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards.

Our press launch at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 3rd October is a preview of the upcoming awards which take place in the New Year.

We will be inviting entries from members and non-members across the district, showcasing the fantastic range of innovative businesses in our local area.

Our next breakfast meeting is on 12th October and takes us to Wildwood Golf & Country Club. Our speaker is Christine Martin, managing director of Travel Retail Training.

Christine will be sharing the secrets of winning prestigious awards for your business and how these can help you raise your profile, win new customers and grow revenues.

For our breakfast meeting on 16th November, our guest speaker is chartered financial planner Martin Bamford.

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.

Fittingly for this subject, the breakfast will be hosted at Rowleys Centre for the Community, a venue which offers adult day care in Cranleigh.

Christmas is an important time of the year for our retailer members and the Cranleigh Christmas Lights Switch-On is our flagship public event.

Taking place this year on Saturday 19th November, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is organising a family day of entertainment, live music and late-night shopping.

With business membership of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce now more than doubled in eighteen months, we look forward to good attendance at all of these events, as we continue to be a positive voice to attract, retain and encourage growing businesses.

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