New Waverley Economic strategy 2015 – 2020

Members of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce might be interested in reading the new Waverley Economic Strategy for 2015-2020:

This strategy sets out six strategic economic objectives which Waverley Borough Council feel will help them achieve sustained prosperity for their residents and businesses.

Their objectives fit with the local and sub-regional policy context, with the key challenge remaining the achievement of a balanced approach to housing and employment that does not adversely affect the Borough’s character and attractiveness.

The report offers a useful context for economic activity in the borough and confirms that small businesses are the lifeblood of Waverley’s economy.

The Borough has a higher than average proportion of younger businesses, with 45% of businesses in Waverley being up to 10 years old (compared to the national average of 35%) and 76% being up to 20 years old (compared to the national average of 58%).

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UK’s microbusinesses benefit from family support economy to the tune of £64.3 million per week

Nearly two thirds (64%) of Britain’s microbusinesses rely on support from friends and family to run their business, new research has revealed.

Friends and relatives put an average of six hours a week into helping these microbusinesses stay afloat, the latest Big Issues for Small Businesses report from Lloyds Bank Insurance found.

Whilst four out of 10 (41%) microbusinesses pay their family and friends with an average salary of £14 per hour,just over half (51%) said this support is unpaid, meaning the UK’s family support economy could be worth around £64.3 million per week.

This support ranges from helping to make business decisions (40%), completing practical tasks (34%) and run errands (29%), managing social media accounts (10%) and helping with childcare (8%).

While partners are most likely to head up the family support economy (43% of businesses are helped by their other half) one in five (19%) also rely on their children, and almost three in ten (29%) use friends.

The benefit of this help lifeline is keenly felt by the nation’s microbusinesses, with the vast majority (84%) saying the contribution of friends or family has had a positive impact on their business.

Aside from increasing revenue (13%), increasing productivity (25%), making the business more manageable (35%) and providing emotional support (30%), nearly a quarter (24%) feel the help of friends and family is crucial in keeping their business running.

One in 10 (10%) microbusiness say their business would not be able to go on without this support.

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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:

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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 quoting reference number WA/2014/2384.

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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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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.

Anonymity will be preserved unless informed consent has been given.

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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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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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