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Chamber launches Cranleigh & District BIG Awards

Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) AwardsThe Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Surrey County Councillor Alan Young, have launched the first Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards.

These awards will highlight, recognise and celebrate the area’s entrepreneurial businesses, from micro businesses to large, from newly set up to well established.

The Cranleigh & District BIG Awards were formally launched and open for entries on Monday 5th October, with a closing date for entries of 20th November.

The winner of the inaugural Cranleigh BIG Award will be presented with a £3,500 cash prize and trophy at a sparkling awards evening on 11th January 2016 at the Cranleigh Arts Centre. In addition, a Highly Commended entry will receive a £500 cash prize and trophy.

Businesses can submit their own entry or be nominated to win an award. Entrants can be at any stage in a business lifecycle but should demonstrate innovation, commitment to growth and employee best practice.  It is not necessary to be a Chamber member to enter the BIG Awards.

Alan Young, Surrey County Councillor for Cranleigh and Ewhurst, is sponsoring the awards alongside One Forty, Informed Choice and Cranleigh Arts Centre. This generous sponsorship has enabled Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce to deliver an entirely free competition.

Richard Graham of One Forty, President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, commented:

“Cranleigh and surrounding villages hold a vibrant business community, often hidden from public view. Alan Young and the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce want to celebrate their achievements and the Cranleigh BIG Awards represent the perfect opportunity to do so.

“We look forward to receiving entries from a variety of business types across all sectors, ranging from start-ups to established firms, from home based ventures to internationally trading companies.”

Shortlisted entries will be judged by an expert business panel including Alan Young, Rosemary French OBE and Nick Bamford.

The Cranleigh & District BIG Awards are open to any business, social enterprise or not for profit organisation located within Cranleigh, Ewhurst, Albury, Shere, Gomshall, Peaslake, Holmbury St Mary, Forest Green, Ockley, Walliswood, Rudgwick, Alfold, Dunsfold, Shamley Green, Wonersh, Blackheath, Loxwood and all areas in between.

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Phase one of Gatwick’s £1 billion investment programme takes-off in North Terminal

Phase one of Gatwick’s £1 billion investment programme  takes-off in North TerminalGatwick Airport’s £1 billion investment in its ongoing transformation is being realised with the first phase of a new departures level opening this October in the North Terminal.

Construction work started just one year ago on this £36 million project which will see the World’s largest self-service bag drop zone start a phased opening from 20 October, with a two week period of operational testing taking place prior to this date, and a one-month trial coming to an end on November 18.

The check-in hall will open in two phases between October 2015 and April 2016 – with a better layout and more space, increasing peak check-in capacity from 3,000 to 4,350 passengers per hour.

This follows successful trials of a self-service bag drop in the South Terminal which proved queuing times can be significantly shortened by allowing passengers to take charge of their own journey through the airport.

Self-service bag drop enables passengers who have checked in on-line to take their bags straight to a machine upon arrival at the airport, where they can print their luggage tag, apply it to their bag and load it straight onto Gatwick’s state-of-the-art baggage sorting system. Gatwick will have 60 check-in points with 48 of these being self-service bag drop units, 28 of these will be open for the October date.  This means the check-in process can be completed in less than two minutes.

Gatwick CEO, Stewart Wingate said:

“Gatwick has added eight million passengers since we came into private ownership in 2009, and we are about to reach the 40 million mark. This is a decade ahead of industry predictions and we will continue to grow.

“While we wait for a decision on building a new runway, we are investing billions to ensure we can grow from our existing infrastructure, but this will only take us so far.

“Gatwick remains the best and most deliverable option for expansion – we can go from the World’s most efficient single runway airport to the World’s most efficient two-runway airport while limiting the impact on the environment.”

Behind the complex operations of a working terminal building, a 24/7 construction site has been underway behind the hoardings.

Major projects such as breaking through a completely new staircase linking the ground floor arrivals to the first floor transit shuttle which goes to the train station.  The installation of a completely new escalator, an investment of £1 million, and commissioned in the UK, built in China and assembled at Gatwick, have all taken place through the night.

Other features include completely new flooring, 400 metres of new baggage belts, new lighting, new electrical and mechanical systems, ceilings, wayfinding, retail stores and IT infrastructure.

All this has been achieved while 150,000 passengers per day pass through Gatwick’s terminal buildings.

Other aspects of the North Terminal development programme will include:

•    £30 million to create a world-leading new security area opening in North Terminal in Summer 2016 halving passenger transit times will be halved and giving Gatwick the ability to process 5,000 passengers per hour
•    £21 million invested to create a world-class new departure lounge in North Terminal – more space will make room for future growth while more retail and restaurant space will offer more choice
•    £10 million is being invested to fully refurbish the North Terminal’s arrival area, and is due to open in time for the peak of Summer 2016.
•    £10 million to upgrade the North Terminal border zone – more space, new technologies and 15 state-of-the-art new e-gates will help lead to shorter queues for passengers
•    £250 million to maintain and replace facilities including lifts, escalators and the technology infrastructure, and
•    £80 million to reconfigure the Pier 5 facility and £185m to construct a state-of-the-art new Pier 1, offering new aircraft stands, gate rooms, new lounge facilities, and storage for 2,600 bags.

Join Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce for breakfast at Hurtwood Park on Wednesday 14th October 2015 to hear from Hannah Staunton, Community Management Manager at Gatwick Airport.

Come to this breakfast and hear Gatwick’s response to the recommendation by Airports Commission to consider how the UK can “maintain its status as an international hub for aviation and immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next five years”.

More information and booking details can be found here.

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Cranleigh, Gatwick & breakfast

Cranleigh, Gatwick & breakfastWe are delighted to be able to bring you a fantastic joint networking breakfast between Surrey Chambers of Commerce and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.

This breakfast networking event takes place at Haywards at Hurtwood Park at 7.30am on Wednesday 14th October 2015.

Delegates at our event will be able to hear from Hannah Staunton, Community Management Manager at Gatwick Airport.

In 2012, the government established the Airports Commission to consider how the UK can “maintain its status as an international hub for aviation and immediate actions to improve the use of existing runway capacity in the next five years”.

The question of how to make best use of and expand airport capacity has become the UK’s most significant infrastructure issue over the last few years.

After three years of deliberation, the five person commission, chaired by economist Sir Howard Davies, reported its recommendations to government on 1st July. That recommendation was that a third runway should be built at Heathrow while Gatwick would also be a ‘plausible’ option.

The reasoning behind the decision was the greatest economic benefit would come from Heathrow.

However, Surrey still awaits a decision on where the the expansion will be. The final decision is expected from government by Christmas.

Come to this breakfast and hear Gatwick’s response to the recommendation.

The cost of this networking breakfast is £10, paid on the day.

Book your place online here or email so we can add you to the guest list.

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Breakfast, networking & history at Swallowhurst, Cranleigh

Breakfast, networking & history at Swallowhurst, CranleighCranleigh business owners were treated to a fantastic talk by local historian Michael Miller at the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce monthly networking meeting on Wednesday morning.

Breakfast was kindly provided by Linden Homes in the showhome at its flagship development, Swallowhurst, on Bookhurst Road, which was formerly home to the Swallow Tiles factory.

In those luxurious and spatial surroundings, 25 local business people had the opportunity to network before sitting down to hear from Michael Miller, chairman of the Cranleigh History Society.

The history of Swallow’s Tiles Company from 1860 till its 2008 closure was the subject of his presentation.

The audience learned that until the 1950’s the clay was dug by hand, that their handmade tiles took 13 weeks to dry before firing and that manufacturing and warehousing conditions remained almost exactly as 100 years earlier right up until closure when it was still in the ownership of the Swallow family.

There were also many pictures of former employees who had worked there all their lives through a 1970’s strike, both in freezing and then overheated conditions. It was a tough working life for them.

Following a question and answer session, the assembled guests toured the five double bedroom show home.

The next breakfast networking event takes place on Wednesday 14th October at 7.30am, at the Hurtwood Polo Park where the speaker will be Hannah Staunton from Gatwick Airport.

This is a joint event with Surrey Chambers of Commerce and tickets are available via their website at

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Waverley Borough Council – Ask the Expert

Waverley Borough Council is hosting an Ask the Expert event in Haslemere on Tuesday 29th September.

Please see the following flyer for more information:

Ask The Expert Flyer 2015 WBC

This event is a chance for you to talk informally to local experts about starting a business or expanding a business, as well as an opportunity to network and share ideas with other local entrepreneurs.

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Chamber Connections Waverley

Come and join Surrey Chambers of Commerce at these regular informal breakfasts.

Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce are welcome to attend these meetings at members rates.

They are designed to give you a regular opportunity to meet and discuss local issues and widen your own network of customers and suppliers.

Come to one, some or all of the breakfasts – it’s a great way to start the day, meet new people and get well fed into the bargain!

Date: 30/07/2015 (08:00 – 09:30)

The Manor House
Huxley Close

Speaker: Captain Colin Ord , 11 Infantry Brigade British Army

Joining us at the breakfast will be Captain Colin Ord from 11 Infantry Brigade British Army to talk about the benefits of employing reservists. We will hear how business support to Reservist officers and soldiers is critical to maintaining our Armed Forces capability.

The Government is committed to growing the Reserves, with a major investment in their growth over the next ten years and Colin will explain how businesses can benefit from this. Come and hear about how you could enhance your workforce skills.

Visit to find out more and reserve your place.

About The Manor House.

Located in the beautiful town of Godalming, The Manor House is an award winning conference centre that offers 4 star meeting room facilities and accommodation for business conferences and events requiring the use of a prestigious venue in an easy to reach location. Boasting a variety of on-site facilities designed to suit a range of different events. With 10 large meeting rooms and 31 double bedrooms with twin rooms available, The Manor House’s reputation for high quality service makes it a perfect venue for business events and day conferences.


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Interested in trading in Canada?

Interested in trading in Canada?British products are in high demand around the world and our global profile is at an all time high.

Only 1 in 5 British SME’s are already exporting so the potential for growth is enormous.

These companies who venture into new markets are rewarded through boosted turnover, improved levels of efficiency, innovation and credibility.

Whether you are new to trading internationally or an experienced exporter looking to expand into new overseas markets, Sarah Butcher, project lead for ExportSurrey at the Surrey Chambers of Commerce has teamed up with the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce to bring you an exciting panel event looking at trading in Canada.

This event takes place on Friday 6th November 2015 from 7.30-10.00am at Holiday Inn, Victoria Way, Woking.

For more information, please call 01483 901816 or email

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Join us in June for breakfast & Social Media

Getting business from Social Media with Phil CalvertContinuing our new programme of networking breakfasts, professional Social Media and local resident Phil Calvert talks about getting business from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other forms of Social Media.

7.30am, Wednesday 17th June 2015, One Forty Cafe, Cranleigh

Social Media is here to stay and all businesses need to understand how these tools can help attract and retain customers.

Philip Calvert FInstSMM FPSA is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association and an award-winning social networking entrepreneur. He is a LinkedIn and online business networking expert with a track record for helping brands, companies and individuals to build and manage their professional identity through Social Media and professional networking sites.

Phil will guide Chamber members through what they need to know about these Social Media platforms; everything you need to know and everything you need to do.

The networking breakfast will also include an open networking slot, 60 second presentations from each attendee and news about future networking events.

Space at this networking breakfast is strictly limited so please book your place ASAP to ensure you can attend. Email or call Martin on 01483 274566 to reserve your seat. The cost of this networking breakfast is £10, payable on the day.

You won’t want to miss this valuable event.

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Thank you for joining us for breakfast this morning

11855393546_304fcafa1c_zThank you to all of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members who joined us for breakfast this morning.

Our breakfast networking meeting took place at The Stables Restaurant in Cranleigh.

Attendees were treated to a full English breakfast and words of networking wisdom from Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Peter Higgs of PGH Pest Control.

Peter shared his experience of networking with attendees at this breakfast, including the benefits of networking and how to network effectively. He also revealed the things you should always include in your networking presentation.

Our next networking breakfast takes place on 17th June at One Forty Cafe.

The topic for the next breakfast is ‘Getting business from Social Media’. Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Rosemary French OBE of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative will be talking about getting business from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other forms of Social Media.

Find out more about this event here and get in touch to reserve your seat today.

Getting business from Social Media – 17th June 2015

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Join us for breakfast on 20th May

Join us for breakfast on 20th MayOur new programme of networking breakfasts starts on 20th May with a networking meeting all about networking hosted by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Peter Higgs of PGH Pest Control.

Our venue for this networking breakfast is The Stables at The White Hart Inn, Ewhurst Road, Cranleigh.

Join us at 8am for breakfast, valuable tips about networking and the opportunity to promote your business to other Chamber of Commerce members.

The meeting and breakfast cost just £10, which is paid on the day.

Space at this networking breakfast is strictly limited so please book your place ASAP to ensure you can attend. Email or call Martin on 01483 274566 to reserve your space.

More information and details of our other events can be found here

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