26th June 2015
It’s just possible that a car parking revolution will reach Cranleigh soon.
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has taken the lead with Waverley Borough Council and Cale BriParc to investigate the installation of new technology.
The current pay-and-display system has been criticised by shoppers who have to hurry back to beat the expiry time of their ticket. The new parking system supported by the Chamber of Commerce, and now under consideration by stakeholders, enables visitors to the village to pay at the end of their stay using either a credit or debit card.
Those that prefer to pay for their parking with cash will be able to continue to do so. Current parking machines can be simply adapted to accept both coins and cards.
Bob Bayley, Vice President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce and committee member responsible for infrastructure, is enthusiastic about this cost effective solution to car parking in Cranleigh.
He said: “We are keen to make shopping in Cranleigh as free of stress as possible. Both residents and visitors to the village desire the ability to relax while taking advantage of our great choice of shops, services, cafes and restaurants.
“Dashing back to the car park in fear of a substantial parking fine can spoil an otherwise enjoyable time in our unique village. The proposed system does not require notoriously unreliable barriers and offers total freedom to visitors”.
16th June 2015
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Martin Bamford attended the Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee meeting yesterday, to speak up for business in Cranleigh.
After welcoming the new Planning Committee on behalf of the new Chamber of Commerce committee and our members and saying we look forward to working with them on planning matters which are relevant to the local business community, Martin explained one of the goals of the Chamber was to provide appropriate increased accommodation for employment.
He spoke in support of a planning application for a new retail unit adjacent to 110 High Street, saying we support this application as it would create a valuable new retail unit at the heart of the village, contributing towards a thriving High Street environment.
Martin explained that retail space in the High Street is currently at a premium, so the addition of a new retail unit will improve supply which we expect to be met by growing demand in this recovering economic climate.
He also commented that the plans submitted will mean vehicles will no longer be crossing the High Street pavement, which is positive for the safety of shoppers and pedestrians.
The Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee discussed the application and agreed to put it forward to Waverley Borough Council with no objections.
They commented that parking in the village is at a premium and also had a concern about lighting behind the property, as there is a bin store area for residents of the flats above.
We look forward to representing the Cranleigh business community at future Planning Committee meetings and with other key stakeholders in the village.
9th June 2015
In recent weeks, Surrey Police have seen an increase in non-dwelling rural crimes.
Thieves have targeted rural businesses and residential (rural) non-dwellings. In some cases Land Rover vehicles have been stolen in order to commit these crimes by ramming through gates.
Large and small rural businesses have been targeted.
The local policing team and specific proactive teams are continuing to patrol overnight to catch and deter these criminals.
The Cranleigh Safer Neighbourhood Team are also running the following event.
Trade & Business Crime Prevention Event
When: Monday 15th June 11:00 – 14:00
Where: Jewsons, The Common, Cranleigh
Advice and hand outs on:
-Tool marking and registration
Please call by and speak with PCSO Steve Baldwin. This event will also be introducing new officer for the area, PCSO Nicole Martin.
2nd June 2015
Continuing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
2nd June 2015
This meeting was an opportunity to discuss with Alan the aims of the new Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee, and also to understand the Surrey County Council priorities and support for local business.
The committee was also able to gain feedback and views from Alan on a wide range of topical issues for Cranleigh, including transport, parking, availability of business premises, housing, education and tourism.
We were pleased to hear Alan and Surrey County Council share the goals of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce which acts as a positive voice to attract, retain and encourage growing businesses.
Also attending the committee meeting was Carol Squires, Head of Business Development for Surrey Chambers of Commerce.
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is an affiliate member of Surrey Chambers of Commerce and it was great to hear from Carol about the various member benefits of this affiliation.
Carol invited the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce to participate in their quarterly economic survey, the results of which are used nationally to inform monetary policy. We will also be working more closely with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce to host and promote events, offer access to free business advice and establish a discounted membership to the Surrey Chambers of Commerce for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members.
We thank Alan and Carol for taking the time to meet with the committee and look forward to continuing our working relationship with both organisations in the future.
29th May 2015
The newly elected committee has set a target of growing membership to at least 100 businesses from Cranleigh and the surrounding areas.
Richard Graham of One Forty, recently elected as President of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, commented:
“We inherited a membership of 60 businesses when the new committee was elected in April. The new committee is passionate about business in Cranleigh and the best way for us to be a strong voice for all enterprise in the local area is to attract a considerably larger membership.”
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members who have joined during the past month include One Three Seven, Celebration Cakes, Maddelenas, The Park Hatch and Jigsaw Trust.
With a target of reaching the milestone of 100 members, the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has removed its historic joining fee and simplified the annual membership subscription, which starts at £50 a year for businesses with up to 5 employees.
Membership benefits include invitations to events, a free listing on Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce business directory, promotion of member interests at a local and regional level, and being an affiliated member of Surrey Chambers of Commerce.
To join, businesses should visit www.cranleighbiz.co.uk/members or contact Roger Coupe, Membership Secretary on 01483 268555 or email email@example.com.
21st May 2015
A number of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee members will be attending the Guildford Means Business Exhibition on 3rd June – will we see you there?
The Guildford Means Business Exhibition, is the destination for businesses to grow and prosper. It’s free to attend and offers visitors the chance to network with local business owners, plus offers the chance for you to gain free business advice and support from local organisations and speakers.
Registration for Guildford Means Business is free and the programme of seminars looks excellent.
Last year, the event consisted of 100 exhibitors and attracted over 800 business people as visitors.
Attending this exhibition should also provide a good opportunity to find information, new suppliers and network with potential customers.
20th May 2015
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.
7th May 2015
Our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Martin on 01483 274566 to reserve your space.
28th April 2015
“Cranleigh is a great place to live and work. I’m proud to have a very strong Committee who are all passionate about business in the community and bring a great deal of experience and energy to the table.
“We will mount a strong campaign for all enterprise in the local area and aim to put Cranleigh back on the map.
“The committee has adopted a new vision to underpin all our activity. The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is a positive voice to attract, retain and encourage growing businesses.
With this in mind one of our first priorities is to ensure that membership can be of real benefit to local businesses of all types from start-up onward. We’re committed to growing the organisation”
Existing committee member Guy Sansom of Cranfold Physio was re-elected at the AGM, along with new committee members Bob Bayley of Bob Bayley Partnership, Rosemary French OBE of Gatwick Diamond, Roger Coupe of Roger N Coupe Land & New Homes, John Taylor of The Richard Onslow, Julie Alexandersen of Santa Fir Christmas Trees, David Smith of AIMS Accountants, Peter Higgs of PGH Pest Control and Martin Bamford of Informed Choice.
“One role of the Chamber is to help local businesses raise their profile in the community. A new Twitter account has been created at @CranleighBiz and the Chamber can be found on Facebook by searching for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce.”