Exciting Half-Day Course: Drive Your Business to the Next Level

Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce have partnered with highly-experienced business trainers Beverley Corson and Bryan Charter to create the Engineering Business Growth Club. Beverley says, “Do you want to look back on the next twelve months and be proud and astonished by the progress you and your business have made?”

The objective of the event on 21st April is to give business owners the opportunity to invest time to think and plan their way forward for the next year.

Owners can be too focussed on the moment and the ongoing demands of their business, and this is where you will look at the bigger goals.

Beverley says, “We believe you need to have a clear picture of where you’re going and then develop a strategy for getting there. This in turn will help you to make better decisions in the moment about what to invest in, where to focus your efforts and where to invest your time if you want to grow.”

The half-day workshop, is being held on 21st April at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Battersea.

During this workshop business leaders will:

Review their performance over the last year and extract the key lessons to feed into even better results over the year to come.

Learn strategies, processes and activities that are worth doing more of so they can build on them. Learn from past failures and analyse issues to identify solutions and avoid mistakes.

Clarify their vision for the next 12 months and what the next level is in their business.

“After attending this event me and my business partner were totally clear on how we needed to move forward and what to focus on next – we’d recommend it to any business wanting to grow!”, said Dom Thorpe, of Wireless Fitness Ltd after attending the previous session of this workshop earlier in the year.

The event takes place at: Crowne Plaza London
Battersea
Bridges Wharf Battersea
SW11 3BE London
Friday, 21 April 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00

Cost £25.00 inc VAT.

To book

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-event-how-to-drive-your-business-to-the-next-level-tickets-32272162908

Businesses will also get an opportunity for ongoing development with the Engineering Business Growth Club. Both this event and the Business Growth Club are being delivered in partnership with Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce.

www.engineeringbusinessgrowth.com

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – www.julianjackson.co.uk https://julianj.journoportfolio.com

Wandsworth Business Awards Triumph for Local Companies

This is the fourth year that Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce has presented its business awards. This year was the biggest yet, with 260 people attending a black tie sit-down meal, gourmet-catered by local foodies Anson and Curtis.

At the presentation taking place in the council’s Civic Suite, were many local businesses, competing for 12 awards in various categories, from Best Family Business to Best Hospitality.

Steve Pinto CEO, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce, says, “Wandsworth Chamber were delighted to be able to continue the tradition of the Wandsworth Business Awards for the fourth successive year. The 2016 Business Awards and Gala Dinner celebrations exceeded all expectations with a record number of businesses and key stakeholders attending. These Awards highlight some of the most vibrant businesses in the borough and set a high benchmark for aspiring local talent. Our sponsors are very supportive and without their help these businesses would not have the opportunity to be recognised, so please visit our website and engage with our Winners, Finalists and Sponsors. …and if you run a business we would love to see you enter next year’s Awards.”

The awards are the high point of the local business calendar, with Wandsworth comedian John Maloney giving the awards a polished hosting and speeches by Chamber Chairman Douglas Shanks and President Jane Ellison MP.

Category and Winner:

1. Best Green Business

Wandsworth Oasis

2. Best Family Friendly Business

The Putney Clinic

3. Commitment to the Community

Battersea Power Station Development Company

4. Best Hospitality

Brickwood Coffee & Bread

5. Best Marketing

Boot Buddy

6. Best Customer Service

The Hive Honey Shop

7. Best Training & Development

Julius Rutherfoord & Co

8. Best Independent Retailer

We Brought Beer

9. Best SME Business

Assael Architecture

10. Best New Business

Crossfit Shapesmiths

11. Entrepreneur of the Year

Le Bureau

12. Business of the Year

Minar Jewellers

Tooting Market

The main sponsors of the awards were Wandsworth Council and Southside Shopping Centre. The awards show that Wandsworth is a thriving place for business and commerce, and they show excellence in the winning businesses and the many other participants who continue to make the Borough a great place to do business.

Photo by Charlie Round-Turner http://roundturnervisuals.com

http://www.wandsworthawards.biz

http://www.wandsworthchamber.org

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – www.julianjackson.co.uk https://julianj.journoportfolio.com

SWL.TV – Connecting Communities

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Many local businesses will be familiar with South West London TV, filming Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce events. Founder Peter Fison has just revamped their website to make it more interactive and “connected to the community.”

He has had an interesting career. His previous job in IT management was successful, but not entirely satisfying – he liked the buzz from being around creative people, so he set up a video business which evolved to become SWL.TV about three years ago.

The concept is to have three overlapping areas of content production: pure entertainment, such as filming local musicians, business video production – which is the bedrock of the company’s income stream, and community work, such as covering charity events. Peter says, “Ideally all three should overlap – for example local estate agents Seymour Green sponsored filming of the Wandle Trust’s cleanup of the river. That benefited all involved and the Trust got a nice little video to show what they do, which they couldn’t have necessarily afforded without the sponsorship.”

The new website is an extension of their aim to reach out to a wide audience across South West London. Although their over 400 videos were reaching a following on YouTube, Peter realised that by posting content to their own site and linking it with social media, he could better reach an audience in and around SW London. He jokes, “I wanted to showcase South West London, and YouTube was giving our viewers video suggestions about South West Carolina.”

He attributes some of the “shift in thinking” to the networking events of Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce, where he could see that there were lots of connected businesses and local organisations, which would be needing video communications.

The new website encourages user-driven content. Besides SWL.TV videos, local people can submit articles, photographs, and announce events in a community calendar. Obviously Peter and his team of creative people cannot film every event in the borough, but the new website allows users to connect even without video, for example by announcing their events and posting material, making it more participatory than just a “brochure” site.

SWL.TV works with various charities and community partners across the area. These include the Wimbledon Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the famous tennis club, AFC Wimbledon and Battersea Power Station Foundation, all of which work with local communities to fund valuable projects, as well as smaller charities such as Share, STORM Empowerment, and Oasis to name just a few.

Peter concludes, “I really enjoy making those connections, between disparate groups, so we can all work together. Wandsworth Chamber has been excellent for finding those connections.”

https://southwestlondon.tv/

Author: This article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – www.julianjackson.co.uk https://julianj.journoportfolio.com

Of Things Not Seen

14th November 2016 for two weeks at St James ChurchPark Hill, Clapham, SW4 9PB
Shot by local award-winning photographer Jim Grover, a resident of Clapham for over 20 years, ‘Of Things Not Seen’  tells the story of a year of my ministry through 46 black and white prints. The exhibition was first shown at the Oxo Gallery on London’s South Bank in March this year, attracting 7,400 visitors and extensive media coverage by the BBC, The Guardian, and the British Journal of Photography. We are now proud to bringing it home to Clapham ahead of its UK tour, and invite you to in snacking on some refreshments while enjoying these powerful images

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Also, as we’re exploring ways to make our space more versatile and useful to locals users, both commercial and private, we’d really value your insight and suggestions on ways in which we can make this work. Please visit our website and take a minute to brainstorm with us, sharing your opinions on what makes a space ideal for hire in Clapham (www.stjamesclapham.org.uk)

We’ll be open every day from 14th-27th November – for opening times, please visit the website.
Admission is free.

RuTC Open Events this Autumn

Follow in the footsteps of thousands of Richmond upon Thames College students who secured university places or employment over the past year.
It is important that students make an informed decision about their study and training options in years 12 and 13. At Richmond upon Thames College, we want all students to make the right choice as we know from experience that students who are happy with their chosen study or training programme are much more likely to succeed and do well in the future.

Throughout the year we offer prospective students and parents lots of opportunities to find out more about life at RuTC and the courses we offer. Come along to an Open Event and experience first-hand our successful and vibrant college community and discover how one of London’s best performing colleges can help you achieve your ambitions.

Our events give you the opportunity to find out more about our wide range of courses and training programmes including A levels, vocational and technical qualifications and apprenticeships. You can also talk to our specialist staff about how we can support you in your studies and how our excellent links with employers and work experience opportunities can help you successfully achieve your ambitions.
Want to join us and find out more about your exciting opportunities at a leading college? Please book your place using this link: https://www.rutc.ac.uk/key-information/16-18/open-day-and-evenings/open-day-and-evenings-registration-form.html

Battersea Spanish

Autumn is here and Battersea Spanish is kicking it all off with a fun-packed term, bigger and better than ever! From Spanish for adults and kids, dances courses in Flamenco, Tango and Salsa, to a series of great social events exploring Spanish and Latin American culture, there is definitely something for everyone! To find out more, why not check out our website www.batterseaspanish.com

Miles For Missing Children

Missing People are organising a charity event on Clapham Common this September

The feel-good run you don’t want to MISS!
Miles for Missing Children, South West London’s ultimate feel-good run is returning to Clapham Common on Sunday 25th September.

Feeling competitive? Our run is chip-timed so you can give that extra push to beat your PB! Or if running isn’t your thing, you can walk the race, or just cheer from the side-lines and enjoy the festivities.

Sign up at www.missingpeople.org.uk/miles
• Run 10 miles, 3 miles or the 1 mile kid’s route
• Enjoy live entertainment and a festival atmosphere
• Grab an amazing goodie bag and medal
• Win prizes for the best fancy-dress

All runners wear an appeal poster of a child who has gone missing from home. Join us to race and raise awareness for the 140,000 children who go missing in the UK every year.

Sign up at www.missingpeople.org.uk/miles
Sunday 25th September 2016, Clapham Common. Registration: 9am

Still need convincing? Here’s what a previous runner had to say about Miles:
“As a mother of a missing child, Miles was a perfect balance of fun and emotion. Heart-warming to know so many people care about families like mine living this nightmare.”

How To Set Up Your Food Business

Wandsworth Foodies in association with
CPG Executive Consulting Ltd and Wandsworth Council

Proudly Presents

“How To Set Up Your Food Business”

Tuesday July 19th 2016 at 17.30 – 19.30 
Venue: The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road, Balham, SW12 9SG

 

REGISTER NOW

IF YOU ARE A PRE-START OR NEWLY STARTED FOOD BUSINESS IN WANDSWORTH INTERESTED IN GROWING YOUR BUSINESS THEN THIS IS FOR YOU
You are invited to this free workshop where you will learn what it takes to start up and run a food business.
During this workshop you will learn:

  • Facts about the UK food industry
  • The different food business structures available
  • Basic health and safety rules for food businesses
  • Developing your food business plan
  • How to access your target audience
  • Ways to access start up finance
  • How to set up the infrastructure of your business to facilitate growth

 

GET YOUR FOOD BUSINESS GROWING

 

The workshop will be facilitated by business growth expert Soraya Lavery who co-runs Wandsworth Foodies, CPG Executive Consulting Ltd and Start Up Richmond. Soraya has years of experience in helping young food businesses sprout and is passionate about start up success. This is an interactive workshop giving you the information needed to plant the seeds of growth and achieve your foodie business dreams!

Charity Wine Tasting Event in Tooting on 12th May

Wandsworth Oasis' Amen Corner Charity shop

Wandsworth Oasis’ Amen Corner Charity shop

Wandsworth Oasis teams up with wine merchants Hannibal Brown on 12th May for wine tasting which will raise money for people living with HIV.

Wandsworth Oasis charity is excited to announce their first tasting on 12th May from 18.30 pm in conjunction with local wine merchants, Hannibal Brown. There will be lots of businesses and local residents present so it should be a good networking event as well as an opportunity to taste some amazing and unusual wines whilst raising money for charity and having a browse around the shop at Amen Corner, Tooting.

Tickets are £25.00 each.

For more information and to book, click here: http://hannibalbrown.com/the-old-curiosity-wine-tasting-adventure

The event is on 12th May at

Wandsworth Oasis – 234-250 Mitcham Road, Amen Corner, SW17 9NT – 18:30 – 21:30

www.wandsworthoasis.org.uk

Author: this article was written by Julian Jackson, Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce’s resident blogger and copywriter – www.julianjackson.co.uk https://julianj.journoportfolio.com