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Small firms ignoring unpaid invoices

A poll carried out by YouGov has found that almost a third of micro-business owners wait four weeks or longer after their payment deadline before chasing unpaid invoices.

Only 28% of business owners take the recommended action of sending a late payment reminder seven days after an invoice becomes overdue.

The poll also revealed that 13% of micro-business owners had to wait at least a year for an outstanding invoice to be paid.

Read more about the poll at:
http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4795.shtml

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Objection to Hewitt’s Industrial Estate – Outline Planning Application

Objection to Hewitt’s Industrial Estate - Outline Planning Application The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has today written to Waverley Borough Council in objection to the outline planning application for Hewitt’s Industrial Estate, reference WA/2014/2384.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has consistently advocated that a balance between housing and employment land and commercial property must be achieved in Cranleigh.

The Hewitt’s proposal will result in the loss of yet more employment land in Cranleigh with the inevitability that it will become a commuter destination with increased congestion, a failed High Street, and it will lose its soul and identity as a great community in which to live and work.

Hewitts has been at the heart of Cranleigh’s economy in recent history and has seen many local companies grow from small businesses to become large employers.

There are numerous examples of firms that would have liked to stay but the landlords have effectively pushed them out.

You can read our letter of objection in full here:

Chamber Objection to Hewitts 23 7 2015

If you would like to submit a personal objection to this planning application, you can email planconsult@waverley.gov.uk quoting reference number WA/2014/2384.

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Please spare a moment for this business research

Please spare a moment for this business researchMembers of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce are invited to participate in some important business research commissioned by the Gatwick Diamond Initiative.

This regular online survey helps identify business issues and trends and to respond constructively to the changing economic environment.

In this survey, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative would like to explore business sentiment relating to the UK’s current and future relationship with the EU.

It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GDIsummer2015

Anonymity will be preserved unless informed consent has been given.

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Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ

DSC_9474Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members networked and relaxed on a balmy summer evening on Wednesday, enjoying a delicious BBQ at The Richard Onslow.

This event has become a popular annual occasion and is an opportunity for members to bring partners.

The locally sourced burgers, chicken and sausages accompanied by salads and jugs of Pimms was much appreciated by the 27 attendees representing retail, horticulture, hospitality, leisure, financial and the services sector from Cranleigh and surrounding villages.

Following the welcome from the host, John Taylor of the Richard Onslow, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president  Richard Graham talked briefly about the challenges facing Cranleigh businesses, in particular, retailers in the High Street.

He explained that the Chamber is working hard to promote, encourage and support those businesses to ensure an independent offering remains a key attraction for Cranleigh shoppers and visitors.

He congratulated the Cranleigh in Bloom volunteers for the excellent flower beds and displays which have added a welcome floral element to the village, for a further year.

Roger Coupe, a member of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee, said that new members were joining the revitalised Chamber every day and already the target of 100 business members has been increased to 150!

A raffle was held with prizes kindly donated by local businesses One Forty, Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre and Posture Perfect Pilates. The raffle and proceeds from evening made a contribution of over £260 towards the considerable cost of installing the annual Christmas lights.

The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has been responsible for raising funds for the attractive lighted decorations. The President said that each year it becomes more and more difficult to raise sufficient funds but thanked those current donors and encouraged additional sponsors from the community and businesses to come forward and contribute.

Businesses are reminded that the next networking event, which takes place on 16th September 2015, will be a breakfast at the Swallowhurst showhome on Ewhurst Road, kindly sponsored by Linden Homes.

Local historian and author Michael Miller will speak at this networking breakfast about the history of Swallows Tiles of Cranleigh. Invitations to this event will be issued to Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members very soon.

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Small builders to benefit from a £100 million cash boost!

Small builders will benefit from a £100 million cash boost to recognise and support their important role in keeping the country building, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said today (6 July 2015).

The Housing Growth Partnership will act as a dedicated initiative that will invest alongside smaller builders in new developments, providing money to support their businesses, helping get workers onto sites and increasing housing supply.

The Partnership will also establish a network of builders, including experienced developers, who will act as mentors and advisers to those looking to expand and grow their businesses.

Supporting small builders

In the last 25 years, the number of firms building between 1 and 100 units a year has fallen from over 12,000 to fewer than 3,000.

That’s why the government has placed housebuilding at the heart of its long-term economic plan, to get homes communities want built and create jobs in construction and related industries.

The latest housebuilding figures show starts have more than doubled since those seen during the same period in 2009 – with both starts and completions rising in the past year and the number of homes granted planning permission are at the highest annual total for 8 years.

Launched today, the Housing Growth Partnership will help small builders to play their part in this success.

The government has matched a £50 million investment from Lloyds Banking Group to create the £100 million Housing Growth Partnership, which will be used to help smaller builders to invest in new projects and develop their businesses, allowing them to recruit and train skilled workers and become more competitive in their local area.

The partnership expects to make around 50 investments, with the aim to provide an additional 2,000 homes.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

The 2008 economic crash devastated our army of small builders, with delivery falling from 44,000 homes to just 18,000 – 7 years on, companies are getting back on their feet but we’re determined to give them all the help they need.

Access to finance is one of the biggest challenges they face – so that’s why today I’m launching this £100 million commitment which will help our smaller builders fund new projects, expand their businesses, create more jobs and build more homes.

With housing starts at a 7-year high and climbing and homes granted planning permission at 261,000 – the highest since 2007, this work will ensure we maintain this momentum and keep the country building.

Andrew Bester, Group Director and Chief Executive, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group said:

The challenge of housing supply and affordability is one of the biggest issues facing Britain today, so we at Lloyds Banking Group welcome the government’s announcement of support for the Housing Growth Partnership, which will double the capability to support SME house builders. It will provide SME house builders with much needed equity to support residential development projects, to stimulate growth in their businesses and facilitate access to conventional property development finance.

We believe building both a greater quantity and mix of homes will help Britain prosper and this partnership will help address the issue of housing supply in the UK.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of Federation of Master Builders, said:

There has been a sharp decline in the numbers and output of SME house builders over the past 8 years. One of the biggest obstacles these firms have faced is a severe difficulty in accessing finance. Without adequate access to finance they cannot bring forward the number of new homes they would otherwise.

The new Housing Growth Partnership will directly help to address this issue and the additional £50 million greatly increases the scale of what can be achieved. We commend Lloyds Banking Group and the government on their trailblazing approach and we hope this marks a real turning point in the fight to provide adequate finance to the SME house building sector.

Further information

Housing Growth Partnership seeks to invest alongside the following:

• small and medium sized house builders who have evidence of a solid track record in delivering residential development schemes
• house builders who on average have 10-100 single unit completions annually over the past 3 years, and have a proven track record in land buying, design, construction, marketing and sales of new homes
• the government’s investment supplements the initial £50 million announced by Lloyds Banking Group in October 2014
The Housing Growth Partnership will support residential development projects with a gross development value of between £0.75 million and £12 million and will offer investments in the range of £0.5 million – £5 million for each project.

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Sponsorship opportunity for local business

My name is Yvette Copping; I am Community and Events Fundraiser for Jigsaw Trust.

Jigsaw Trust is a UK registered charity located at Dunsfold Park, Cranleigh. The primary objective of the Trust is to improve the lives of those affected by an autism spectrum disorder through the provision of high quality, accessible, educational and wellbeing services

The Trust is currently the main funding vehicle for The Jigsaw CABAS® School and Jigsaw+ Adult Services raising funds for both capital requirements and day-to-day operating budgets.

The Jigsaw CABAS® School opened in September 1999 with 6 pupils. It is registered as an independent day school for pupils with autism spectrum disorders and is one of a few schools in the UK offering a structured programme of intensive intervention based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). It has a staffing ratio of 1 member of staff to each pupil. We currently have 59 pupils that attend the school.

Jigsaw+ Adult Service’s was founded in 2012 and officially opened the doors to the Centre for Lifelong Learning in April 2013.Jigsaw+ is dedicated and passionate in its commitment to support adults with autism to make positive, personal choices that enhance their wellbeing, independence and social inclusion.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

On the 23rd October 2015, Jigsaw Trust is holding a Fashion Show at the Hilton hotel, Cobham. We are currently looking for sponsorship and support for this event.

In return, we would use your logo on all marketing materials and can work with you to tailor a package to suit your needs. Your organisation may also have exposure on the night of the event, as well as tickets to attend the show.

Please contact me to discuss this wonderful sponsorship opportunity further.

Contact Information

Please contact us with any questions you have about The Trust and how you can get involved in the forthcoming event.

Fundraising Department
Tel: 01483 279674
Email: yvettecopping@jigsawtrust.co.uk

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Social Media with Phil Calvert

Social Media with Phil CalvertBusinesses in Cranleigh were treated to a rare opportunity to hear from global social media expert, Philip Calvert over breakfast, at One Forty Cafe, on 17th June.

Phil is in fact a Cranleigh resident and the Chamber of Commerce was able to persuade him to meet with and talk to members, in between his globetrotting across Europe, Singapore and India where he is in great demand.

All seats were sold out for the event and everyone agreed that they had learned so much more in 45 minutes than they could have imagined.

Paul Arding, of Cranleigh Furniture Emporium said on Twitter ‘Been to a great wake-up call meeting with Cranleigh Chamber, hosted by 140- I have been tapping away like a madman!

Philip talked about the move from Google to Twitter as the major search engine.

He spoke about a local business which he had contacted via Twitter, emphasizing the ‘immediacy and intimacy’ of social media which customers now come to expect, indeed demand. If you have a Twitter account, be sure to monitor it and use it!

In the same way that social media originally encouraged a culture of social relationships, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and others are now a key source to develop business relationships. He reminded the audience of the importance of keeping a full profile up to date on Linked In which has also become a key search engine.

Philip Calvert is the founder of LifeTalk – the award-winning social networking site for financial services professionals. Philip’s exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ view on Social Media is both compelling and intriguing and puts him in demand as a proven expert and keynote speaker on LinkedIn and Social Media at conferences.

There are more monthly networking events in the Chamber calendar and members and potential new members are encouraged to attend. Be aware there are often limits to numbers, so we must give preference to Members. So join up and book early!

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How to use LinkedIn to increase sales

Following his recent presentation at the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast, we are pleased to share details of this new event from local Social Media expert Phil Calvert.

How well are you using Social Media to attract new customers and increase sales? 

How much business have you missed out on?

Well there’s a powerful and proven lead generation tool which you’re probably not using – and it’s guaranteed to dramatically improve your visibility online.

Most businesses think of LinkedIn as little more than a fancy jobs site, but most don’t know that there are many little-known tips and secrets to using LinkedIn to find new customers and increase sales.

In fact one of the most powerful lead generation tools on LinkedIn is one that hardly anyone knows about!

So why not join us on 5th November when internationally renowned LinkedIn expert Philip Calvert will be sharing a wealth of proven tips tricks and techniques to attracting new customers on LinkedIn – including:

-Three huge mistakes that you’re guaranteed to be making on your LinkedIn profile
-Three ways to dramatically improve your Google search results – simply by using LinkedIn
-How to dominate search results on LinkedIn for your area of expertise
-Little-known techniques that actually encourage people to read your profile and contact you
-The three single most important elements of your LinkedIn profile – and why you must update them NOW
-A simple technique that is guaranteed to start gainful discussions with potential customers
-Examples of outstanding LinkedIn profiles and what you can learn from them

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-Three simple adjustments to your LinkedIn profile which are guaranteed to make an immediate and measurable transformation to your visibility on LinkedIn

Bring your laptop on the day and you’ll see the transformation of your LinkedIn experience happen live in front of your eyes!

Further details and sign up here – don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to discover how to use LinkedIn to find new customers and increase sales.  Limited places available:

http://www.philipcalvert.com/how-to-master-linkedin-to-find-new-customers-and-increase-sales—surrey.html

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