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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

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, and partners or guests are very welcome to attend.

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Save the date! Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2017

Date confirmed for Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2016The third-annual Cranleigh Food & Music Festival is taking place this year on Saturday 30th September 2017.

This Festival is a collaboration between Cranleigh Arts Centre and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, as a village-wide event designed to raise money for Cranleigh Arts Centre, registered charity no. 284186.

The committee of volunteers have already been busy arranging a full day of food and drink providers for the food festival within the Arts Centre, including cooking demonstrations in the demonstration kitchen we launched last year, and live music which will be taking place throughout the day at The Three Horseshoes.

We would also like as many Cranleigh businesses as possible to take part in the Festival, by hosting live music in their premises along the High Street, running special offers for Festival visitors, or taking their food outside for the day!

Here are the marketing guidelines for the Cranleigh Food & Music Festival 2017, which we encourage you to read carefully:

Cranleigh Food and Music Festival 2017 Marketing Guidelines

Once you have secured your music act, we can feature this in the Festival Guide for a small listing fee of £25. We will also make sure your business is mentioned on our Social Media feeds before the event and on the day itself.

We are also looking for a headline sponsor for the Cranleigh Food & Music Festival this year. Here is what being the main sponsor has to offer for your business:

Cranleigh Food and Music Festival 2017 Main Sponsorship Package

In addition to sponsorship, there are opportunities to advertise in the Festival Guide, which will be distributed to 4,000 households in Cranleigh one month before the big day, and handed out to visitors on the day too.

We hope you will get involved in this exciting event which always brings a lot of visitors (and potential customers!) to the village.

Do get in touch with us at to find out more.

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Idyllic Beauty Day Spa named Beauty Salon of the Year at Professional Beauty Awards 2017

Idyllic Beauty Day Spa named Beauty Salon of the Year at Professional Beauty Awards 2017 Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member Idyllic Beauty Day Spa has been named Beauty Salon of the Year: Three Rooms or Fewer at the 2017 Professional Beauty Awards.

Regarded as the most respected awards in the industry, the night celebrates those who go above and beyond in the beauty, spa, nails and aesthetics markets.

A win in one of the prestigious categories marks a business out as a nationwide leader and provides unrivalled recognition that they are at the pinnacle of their profession.

As well as the title and a trophy, winners are also profiled in Professional Beauty magazine; the leading business title for the beauty, spa and nails industries.

Winners were announced at a black-tie gala dinner at London’s Tobacco Dock, hosted by the comedian Rob Beckett.

Amongst the trophies handed out were Beauty Salon of the Year: Three Rooms or Fewer, which was sponsored by London Lash & Brow.

Speaking on the night, Idyllic Beauty Day Spa salon director, Harriet Levitt said, “It’s a wonderful feeling to win! Thank you to the incredible team at the salon, it’s a true family oriented business and this trophy is for the whole team.”

From everyone at Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, our congratulations to Idyllic Beauty Day Spa for winning this prestigious national award.

Idyllic Beauty Day Spa were also winners at the Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017, in the Five Employees and Under category.

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Breakfast, networking & the story of independent retailing

Our first breakfast meeting of the year took place this morning at One Forty, with 25 local business owners attending.

We heard from Richard Graham, president of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and owner of One Forty, about the history of his business and challenges faced by independent retailers.

Richard also kindly donated the cost of breakfast so that tickets from this morning could go towards funding future activities carried out by the Chamber.

Our next event is Inspiring Women in Business at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 7pm. There are more details and tickets at

Our next breakfast meeting takes place at The Richard Onslow at 7.30am on 14th March 2017, where our speaker is Trevor Dale, founder of Atrainability.

Details and tickets can be found at


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What does the new budget mean for business rates?

Find out what business rates, the new local plan and the council budget will mean for you.

Join Waverley Borough Council and other local business for breakfast at Waverley’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday 21st February 2017, from 8.30–9.30am, at the Waverley Borough Council Offices, Godalming, GU7 1HR.

Open to all businesses in Waverley, the meeting will explore the issues that face local business and give you insight into what the council is doing to support the economy.

The Leader of the Council and officers will also be available to answer your questions.

Coffee and pastries will be available from 8am.

Register your place at this event by email to

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Downs Link corridor assessment due to start

Sustrans will be starting their comprehensive corridor assessment on the Downs Link next week.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have initiated the project to upgrade the Downs Link between Cranleigh and Guildford as an improved path shared by cyclists, walkers, horse riders and wheelchair users.

This corridor assessment is the first stage in a project and will inform the requirements for upgrading the Downs Link, allowing Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce to bid for future local authority, national transport and Local Enterprise capital works funding to create the new path.

The £4,2000 for the corridor assessment which Sustrans will begin at the end of next week was funded by the local business community and Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce reserves.

Sustrans is a charity enabling people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys.

The Downs Link is already used by cyclists commuting to work in Bramley, Shalford, Guildford and beyond, as well as extensively for leisure use. However, during the winter months, the path is often impassable in places due to mud and standing water.

Ideally, upgrading the path to a hard surface, of a composition yet to be decided, will increase its use, reducing road congestion, increase levels of leisure use, promoting health and wellbeing, and attract more cycling tourists contributing to our High Street’s sustainability.

Once the corridor assessment has been completed, we will report back with their findings and our proposals for the next steps.

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Urgent help needed by Rowleys Centre for the Community

The following is an urgent appeal from Rowleys Centre for the Community.

Can you spare between one and a half and two hours a month, or more, to deliver nourishing meals to the housebound in and around Bramley?

Rowleys Centre for the Community are now producing meals for delivery in Cranleigh and the surrounding villages. After the end of January there are no drivers to deliver meals to Bramley, Blackheath and Shamley Green.

Mileage is paid and every assistance will be given when you start.

If you can help, or would like more information, please ring Tina on 01483 277155.

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Chamber urges rethink on car parking charges

Chamber urges rethink on car parking chargesCranleigh Chamber of Commerce is urging Waverley Borough Council to urgently reconsider a series of car parking price rises.

The council is proposing increasing the charge from 60p to 80p an hour for the Village Way and Stocklund Square car parks, in line with similar increases across the borough.

This proposed price hike follows an increase from 50p to 60p an hour last year.

Commenting on the proposals, a spokesperson for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce said:

“We recognise the extraordinary financial pressure currently faced by Waverley Borough Council, along with all local authorities across the county. To target shoppers and visitors to Cranleigh High Street with yet another price hike would be very damaging to our local economy.

“If the proposed price hikes are approved, this means residents face a 60% increase in car parking costs in the space of two years. Such an increase would reflect very poorly on Waverley Borough Council at a time we need to make Cranleigh a more attractive destination for all visitors.

“Higher prices would be especially painful for workers in Cranleigh, who will have seen the cost of parking for the day increase from £4 to £6.40. For lower paid workers, this means sacrificing nearly one hour’s pay each day simply to park their car.

“Our High Street retailers are already struggling to attract staff in some cases, so we strongly urge Waverley Borough Council to rethink this course of action and maintain car parking costs at 60p an hour.”

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