22nd September 2015
Following the election of a new committee in May, the Chamber has been working hard to revitalise the business environment for Cranleigh.
At the time of the committee election, newly elected Chamber president Richard Graham announced that the Chamber would mount a strong campaign for all enterprise in the local area and put Cranleigh back on the map.
Getting quickly to work, the Chamber has already notched up the following list of achievements:
-Boosting membership by over 50%, putting the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce on track to achieve its initial goal of 100 members.
-Working on a joint project with Waverley Borough Council to introduce pay-on-exit parking for the Village Way and Stocklund Square car parks.
-Successfully campaigning to introduce 4G high speed mobile Internet and better mobile phone coverage to the village.
-Working in partnership with the Cranleigh Arts Centre to organise the first annual Cranleigh Food & Music Festival, to be staged on Saturday 3rd October 2015.
-Anne Milton MP has accepted an invitation to meet with Chamber Members on 23rd October 2015.
-Establishing the Cranleigh Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards with support from County Councillor Alan Young, with these awards being launched on 5th October 2015.
-Hosting three networking events for members, including a sold-out breakfast workshop about getting business from Social Media with international public speaker Philip Calvert.
-Working with Balfour Beatty to progress plans for an affordable Guided BusWay on the Downs Link from Cranleigh to Guildford station.
-Masterminding routes for a new cycle path through Cranleigh in conjunction with Surrey County Council.
Richard Graham of One Forty, President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, commented:
“Within the space of a few months, the Chamber has demonstrated what a group of energetic local business leaders can achieve to benefit the village.
“Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is just getting started and we have ambitious goals for the next twelve months; we plan to grow our membership, host several events to showcase the village, and bring a really positive energy to Cranleigh.”
17th September 2015
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 http://my.surrey-chambers.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?eidQS=3A83C4CB-F632-44C5-9198-6172A89C4A1F
16th September 2015
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce was pleased to be invited to the Cranleigh in Bloom 2015 Prize Giving Tea Party at Notcutts Garden Centre this afternoon.
Cranleigh in Bloom has been such a big success this year, with thanks to the incredible support of the volunteers, under the expert leadership of Gill “Mrs Ford” Bloom.
The project has promoted Civic Pride, encouraged people to get involved in their community and brought people together of all ages and of all abilities. It has been fabulous that so many of the shops have taken part and that the charity shops have been supported to take part.
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is already looking forward to Cranleigh in Bloom 2016, when the Chamber will be working with volunteers to bring stunning floral displays to the village.
Here are some photos from the Cranleigh in Bloom Prize Giving Tea Party this afternoon.
14th September 2015
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member Michael Wilson Restorations has an office to let in Cranleigh from 1st October within their offices in Cranleigh.
The room is £900 per quarter (ie £300/month) to include all utilities, council tax, cleaning etc. also free use of the kitchenette and other facilities.
Please call Michael Wilson on 01483 271733/271766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to more details.
9th September 2015
As it’s a memorable one, he thought a Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce member might like to take it over.
There’s no cost for the number though there may be to install it, dependent on whether it is fixed line or VoIP, and it would need to stay with his reseller for a minimum of 12 months. Robert tells us call costs are not exorbitant.
The number is 01483 271000.
If this is of interest, please leave a comment below and we will put you in touch with Robert directly.
9th September 2015
Do you have what it takes to be crowned Cranleigh’s Star Baker? Could your baked goods give Mary Berry a run for her money? If so then the first ever Great Cranleigh Bake Off is the event for you!
Hosted by Linden Homes and Maddalenas, the event will be open to locals of all ages with all proceeds going to Macmillan Cancer Support as part of its ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ campaign.
In keeping with the UK’s favourite Wednesday night television show, entrants to the Great Cranleigh Bake Off can enter their creations into three categories; the Show Stopper, the Technical Challenge or the Signature Bake.
For the Show Stopper category entrants must create a novelty cake with a ‘House’ theme while those who enter the Technical Challenge must battle it out to produce the perfect pastry. The last of the categories will be for children only and split into two age ranges; 6-8 and 9-12, with participants creating their best signature cupcakes.
Entries will be judged on Saturday, 26th September 2015 at Swallowhurst, a development in Cranleigh by Linden Homes in partnership with Wates Developments, which comprises a collection of four, five and six-bedroom Arts and Craft-style homes, set in 33 acres of stunning historic woodland.
Don’t miss out on your chance to take home the title, rise to the challenge and create a bake to be proud of!
It’s a piece of cake to enter, simply fill out an entry form, which can be collected from Maddalenas Café Tea Room on Cranleigh High Street between 4th and 19th September, and pay the entry fee of £5.
Entrants will then be asked to present their creations at the Swallowhurst development, off Bookhurst Road, between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday 26th September, with the winners being announced at 4pm.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides invaluable practical, financial and emotional support to people diagnosed with cancer. As well as supporting cancer patients Macmillan helps carers, families and communities, doing everything from funding nurses and other healthcare professionals to providing precious time off for carers.
For more information on the Great Cranleigh Bake Off visit www.lindenhomes.co.uk/bakeoff.
Entry forms can be collected from Maddalenas Café Tea Room, 6 Bank Buildings, 159 High Street, Cranleigh.
25th August 2015
Waverley Borough Council is hosting an Ask the Expert event in Haslemere on Tuesday 29th September.
Please see the following flyer for more information:
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.
17th August 2015
Poor professional advice from third parties or consultants has resulted in one in six (16 per cent) small and micro businesses (the equivalent of around 320,000 enterprises) losing money, according to new research published by Direct Line for Business.
Professional advisers, such as accountants and property consultants, are warned that they could be pursued for losses incurred as a result of giving substandard advice.
The research reveals that advisory consultants and other such firms have cost Britain’s small and micro businesses an estimated average of £20,842 in the past 12 months due to inadequate professional consultancy, with one in five (19 per cent) claiming to have lost between £50,000 and £100,000.
In total this would equate to a whopping £6.4 billion lost by small and micro businesses as a result of poor advice in the past 12 months.
IT consultants were identified as the professionals most likely to give damaging advice. Four in ten (44 per cent) businesses whose operations were affected by bad advice blamed their IT consultants.
A third (34 per cent) of businesses suggested it was poor advice on management issues, while 32 per cent claimed incompetent marketing consultancy negatively impacted their business.
Direct Line for Business warns that not only should consultants providing advisory services consider the reputational and financial impact of poor advice to their own company, but also a number of unintended effects on the businesses to which they provide advice.
Nearly half (46 per cent) of affected companies suggested they were forced to lay off staff because of poor professional advice. While 39 per cent were forced to scale back or halt expansion plans, a third (34 per cent) needed to take out a loan to prop up their business.
More than a quarter (28 per cent) highlighted that the survival of their business was put in jeopardy.
Nick Breton, Head of Direct Line for Business said:
“Our research clearly highlights the devastating effect poor professional advice can have on small and micro businesses. However the impact on an advisory firm that is facing litigation can be just as shattering. For those providing advisory services, it is important to recognise that issues can occur and clients could pursue them for compensation”.
“Advisory firms can protect themselves in case an issue does arise from the advice they give by taking out professional indemnity insurance.”
14th August 2015
Access to faster mobile internet will make local businesses more competitive and will make life in general much easier for enterprise and residents.
Bringing 4G to the village is something the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has been working hard to make happen since our new committee was elected in April, so we are very pleased to see O2 accept the challenge of becoming the first provider to switch on this high speed mobile internet service in Cranleigh.
Here are the details from O2:
O2, the mobile phone network, has announced it has started work this week to bring its 4G service to Cranleigh as well as improving its 2G and 3G network. O2’s 4G network will bring high speed mobile internet to its customers in the area.
Work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday 25th August. Subject to successful implementation and testing, customers will see the new and improved service shortly afterwards. During the work, there may be times when a customer’s signal experiences intermittent service. We recommend that customers download the TUGo app which enables them to make and receive calls on any wifi-connected device using their mobile number. More information can be found here. http://www.o2.co.uk/apps/tu-go
Derek McManus, Chief Operating Officer, Telefónica UK said: “O2 customers in Cranleigh will soon be able to experience faster mobile internet on their devices such as streaming high definition TV, shopping on the go, and video calling. For our business customers, 4G is all about working more effectively. They can work remotely, access cloud services, collaborate using apps and so on. 4G will make everything easier for them.”
O2 is spending £600 million in 2015 on its network and by the end of 2017 will have invested over £3billion in 4G and the modernisation of its 2G and 3G networks across the UK.
O2 currently offers 4G in over 530 towns and cities across the UK. It is the only network to have made a commitment to Ofcom, the telecommunications regulator, to provide indoor coverage for 98% of the UK population by the end of 2017.
For more information about 4G on O2 please visit www.o2.co.uk/4G.
5th August 2015
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%).