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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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranleigh-inspiring-women-in-business-international-womens-day-tickets-31165464744

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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cranleigh-chamber-of-commerce-breakfast-meeting-march-2017-tickets-31168966217

 

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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 business.support@waverley.gov.uk

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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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Cranleigh BIG Awards 2017

Cllr Chris Storey, Mayor of Waverley Borough Council and Cllr Mary Foryszewski, Chairman of Cranleigh Parish Council joined 80 business representatives on Monday night at the Cranleigh Business, Innovation and Growth (BIG) Awards 2017 gala evening which were held at the Cranleigh Arts Centre. 

Organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, six businesses from the Cranleigh area had been shortlisted as finalists for two Awards by a prestigious judging panel.

The evening was compered for the second year by Philip Calvert, renowned Social Media expert and speaker.

Each finalist was judged in eight categories including innovation, initiative, sound management, marketing, customer service and skills development.

The audience at the gala evening enjoyed short videos of each finalist demonstrating their passion and growth ambitions for their businesses.

The ‘Five Employees and Under’ award was sponsored by Cllr Alan Young of Surrey County Council who has been involved in the BIG Awards since their conception.

He presented a trophy and bottle of champagne to each finalist – The Furniture Emporium, Idyllic Beauty & Day Spa and Moooh! Ice Cream.  

He then announced that Idyllic Beauty Day Spa was the winner and presented the founder and owner, Harriet Levitt with a £2,000 cheque and magnificent trophy.

Idyllic also received a Social Media Consultancy and Makeover session from Philip Calvert, also worth £2,000.

A delighted Harriet said

“To be awarded this requires the highest level of dedication in all aspects of the business such as customer service and professional standards at all times. We set out three and a half years ago to be recognised as one of the best beauty salons and so to receive this award is a testament to what we have achieved. With the prize money, we look forward to expanding our Idyllic branded products from our sumptuous, fluffy dressing gowns to Idyllic Candles for customers to enhance their wellbeing in the comfort of their own homes.’

The second award for ‘Six Employees and Over’, was sponsored by Jim McAllister of Dunsfold Park, and other sponsors. 

The videos of the three finalists, Atrainability, Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre and The Hair Company interestingly demonstrated that while all three were involved in health, they were all very different.  

Atrainability delivers training to operating theatres using aviation principles to reduce surgical mistakes, Cranfold Physical Therapy aims to reduce pain and discomfort while the Hair Company’s objective was to help its customers feel and look better!

Atrainability Ltd was judged to be the winner of this award and received the £2,000 cheque and trophy from Jim McAllister. 

Managing Director Trevor Dale said:

Our team are all passionate about what they do and to be recognised locally is a real reward for the dedication and loyalty that the entire team have demonstrated. Change starts with you. A useful start point for us all though for 2017 is to start focusing on what you and your team do well and ditch the desire to criticise and blame. Since most of our staff are based remotely and some have not met each other, we will be investing the prize money in business-focused meetings so that we can harness the gifts of all our team and plan ahead for the future.” 

The presentation ended with thanks to the judges and sponsors followed by a networking supper generously supplied by retailers One Forty café and Celebration Cakes.

More photos are available on our Facebook Page. Our thanks to Simon Mitchell for these excellent photos – http://www.photoenterprise.co.uk/

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Lee Taman Hairdressing win Cranleigh Christmas Window competition

Following a public vote from several hundred local people, Lee Taman Hairdressing is winner of the Cranleigh Christmas Window competition 2016.

Lee Taman Hairdressing win Cranleigh Christmas Window competition

The competition, organised by Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, drew entries from across the High Street. Chamber committee members selected five finalists which were put to a public vote on Facebook.

Lee Taman Hairdressing received nearly 100 likes, comments and shares on the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page, and was named winner of the competition.

The prize consisted of £100 donated to the charity chosen by the winner, Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Group, and a beautiful trophy, with both prizes sponsored by Informed Choice.

A spokesperson for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce said:

“Cranleigh’s independent businesses are a vital part of the village’s charm and play a key part in Cranleigh’s unique retail offer, especially at Christmas.

“Our congratulations to Lee Taman Hairdressing and thank you to everyone who has decorated their windows this year, helping to make the High Street such an attractive destination.”

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