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

Highly Popular at the Houses of Parliament – Wandsworth Chamber Event

L-R Jane Ellison MP, Steve Pinto, Douglas Shanks

Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce held a highly popular event at the Jubilee Room of the Houses of Parliament last Thursday. As Battersea, Balham and Wandsworth MP Jane Ellison is President, members of the Chamber and guests were treated to an evening of networking, food and drink in pleasant surroundings.

Steve Pinto, the Chamber’s CEO caused some hilarity when he said that as there were several Chairmen present – he’d invited some Chairs of other Chambers of Commerce – so he had to address several people as Chairman.

Around 80 people attended, from many different businesses, organisations, and charities, including Chamber regulars, and people who were new or haven’t been to the friendly events before. The food was particularly good, supplied by Christopher Events caterers.

Jane Ellison, who is now a Minister at the Treasury, said, “I am here to hear from you directly about what you need from local and national government to support businesses.”

Steve Pinto says, “We are extremely grateful for the terrific support from all of our local MPs. Patron Memberships have been going well and Access Self Storage and LeBureau are upgrading to Patron Memberships.” Steve mentioned how the Chamber had introduced developers to the concept of co-working space, as exemplified by LeBureau.

Steve also talked about Lioness, the Wandsworth business loyalty card which is being planned at the moment, which also will raise money for local community work, and BBX – another method which allows businesses to trade off spare capacity.

The Engineering Business Growth programme will have mentoring and support for new and growing business ventures.

Sarah Banham, vice president of the Chamber and Director of Communications, Battersea Power Station Development Company told the audience, Phase One’s first resident moved in last Thursday. 866 Flats are available so people will move in gradually, plus the retail sites will open in the summer, then the Phase One parks will open later on. Lots of local companies are getting the operational side getting the development ready. “We want to support local businesses.” She talked a lot about Tunnel Boring Machines – all have to have names. There are five now tunnelling under that part of London.

Jobs and skills have been good for the local area, with a service excellence programme run by the Development. They also have a charity arm called the Battersea Power Station Foundation, which gives small grants to grassroots organisations. It is not just residential, but commercial, retail and leisure spaces.

Creative Events are launching a Wandsworth Business Digital Magazine to help local businesses to flourish – initially there will be three issues per year.

Chairman Douglas Shanks gave a humorous round-up speech where he explained

how much personal benefit his long membership of the Chamber had given him. He seconded Steve Pinto’s appreciation of Wandsworth Council’s Economic Development Office (EDO) which has been consistent in its support of the Chamber and local businesses.

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

Wandsworth Celebrates the Business Awards on 8th December

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Annually Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce celebrates the best in the Borough’s business by having a large and prestigious ceremony to recognise the best and blossoming companies in the area.

There are 11 award categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Best New Business and Best Independent Retailer. This will be a hotly-contested event, with a real diversity of different businesses being judged on their merits.

Steve Pinto, CEO of Wandsworth Chamber says, “This is one of the high points of our calendar, with businesses of all types being given awards which show their commitment to better business.”

The Wandsworth Business Awards 2016 Ceremony and Gala Dinner Dance take place on

Thursday 8th December 2016

18:30 onwards at the Wandsworth Civic Suite, Wandsworth High Street
London SW18 2PU. Over 250 guests are expected at the celebration.

Businesses that win can display their award and will be able to show that they have reached a standard of product or service admired by the rest of the business community. The awards are sponsored by Wandsworth Council, Indian Room, Indian Moment, South London Press, Banham Group, Southside, South Thames College and the University of Roehampton.

Register for this event at https://wandsworthbusinessawards2016.eventbrite.co.uk

Tickets: £69.00 – non-members: £69.00 (Excluding VAT).

http://www.wandsworthawards.biz

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

John Simmons – 50 years of Craftsmanship in Wood


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John Simmons opened his first workshop in Wandsworth 50 years ago. He’s been in the Borough ever since, creating bespoke furniture and storage solutions for people who are short of space. He will design something to store clothes, records, even your Dyson, then build it and install it for you.

After he learnt his trade at the London College of Furniture in the 1960s he started working for leading furniture designer Robin Day (not the television personality) while also branching out and doing his own furniture design.

He says, “I basically do storage and space redesign. These days people need to store things in often awkward spaces. I will come along and design something that will look good and do the job.” He works to reduce home clutter, workspace untidiness, loft space furnishings, anything that needs creating in wood, using both traditional and modern methods.

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He continues, “These days, more than ever, space is a premium, however due to the increase in non-made to measure furniture there is a lot of wasted space. To meet the demand for more living space and better working environments, I solve ‘space’ problems by helping my clients maximise their living and working spaces and ultimately increase desirability and resale value of their property. I love to walk into your room or your awkward space, understand your bespoke furniture requirements and design how I can make your space work for you.”

Where does he get his ideas from? “Sometimes people show me a picture of something they have seen which they like, and I essentially copy that, but usually it is up to me to design what will look good and fit in the space.”

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He has been a member of the Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years. “I came along to a Christmas event, held in the Brewer’s Arms pub, found I liked it, and kept coming since then.”

Although he is concerned that he will not be able to work in his current premises if the rent goes up, and he also feels that there is a lack of provision for light industrial workshops currently in the borough, he says, “I am going to carry on making furniture till I die. It’s my passion.”

John is open for commissions, both large and small and you can see the high quality of his work on his website.

www.jmsbespokespace.co.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

Wandsworth’s Big Breakfast Networking Meeting and AGM this Wednesday

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Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce holds very informative business networking breakfasts every couple of months, “The Big Breakfast”, with guest speakers and an opportunity to meet other businesses. This month it is combining the breakfast meeting with its AGM on Wednesday 28th September.

All local businesses are welcome. The venue is the stylish Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, London SW15 5LR, from 07.30 am to 10.30 am.

Speakers include:
Cllr. Kim Caddy, Wandsworth Council Cabinet Member with particular responsibility for Business. Cllr. Caddy will be talking about her role and what Wandsworth Council is doing to support business in the borough.

Matthew Harding, Business Banking Exchange – BBX UK. Matthew will be talking about a great opportunity that helps businesses to grow through the trading of surplus capacity.

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Wandsworth Chamber Breakfast Wednesday 28th September 2016 & AGM
07:30 – 10:30  Members: £15.00  Non-Members £20.00
Venue: Roehampton Club, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, London SW15 5LR
PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE CLUB CAR PARK
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION: BARNES,
BUSES: 72, 265,493 – Nearest stop Rosslyn Park

Register for this event at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wandsworth-chamber-breakfast-wednesday-28th-september-2016-agm-tickets-25671768952

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

UnderTheDoormat raises £380,000 via Crowdfunding

A Holborn Penthouse available for rent

A Holborn Penthouse available for rent

UnderTheDoormat is only a couple of years old. The Wandsworth business has just raised over £380,000 through crowdfunding, over 220% of its target, to finance expansion. The idea behind the business is to provide a high quality one-stop method to let out your home when you are not there. Matthew Gardiner, Director of Acquisition Marketing says, “There are over 600,000 homes in London which are empty for four weeks or more per year. Often the owners don’t realise that there is a hassle-free way to raise an income from the property. That’s what we were set up to do.”

This is another of those ideas facilitated through the digital economy and the internet. UnderTheDoormat will organise absolutely everything about letting a home out – bookings, guest greetings, insurance, professional cleaning, so that the homeowners will have peace of mind when they join the scheme.

Many people prefer staying in a proper home, instead of a hotel, it may be less impersonal, have a garden for the kids to play in, or there may be dietary requirements that a hotel can’t easily cope with, there are a whole host of reasons why staying in a house or flat could transform a good trip into a great one. The success of AirBnB is testimony to that.

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Primrose Hill kitchen

Matthew identifies getting the word out as the biggest obstacle they have met so far, “A lot of people do not know that they could rent their property out when they are away on holiday or business. Even fewer realise there is a company out there that will organise everything for them. so it is important for us to let people know there is this opportunity.”

The crowdfunding target, using Seedrs, was originally £175K but in the end 355 people from 28 countries raised over £380K in 2.5 months, will be used to rapidly expand their London presence. The company also has ambitious plans for international expansion and has recently hired a COO to spear-head that growth into other cities.

Matthew says that Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce was very useful in helping spread the word about the project through their networking events, breakfasts and putting the team in contact with people who have helped the project along.

This is a startup which looks like it is really going places. Matthew says, “we’ve an asset light business, that sustainably makes use of under-utilised property, pays homeowners to go on holiday and provides tourists with a truly local experience. That’s a business model with a lot of wins in it.”

Merilee Karr, the CEO of UnderTheDoormat will be speaking at the
“Access to Finance” Wandsworth event which will take place at Battersea Arts Centre on Tuesday 27th September at 6-8 pm.

The daylong event will feature seminars and 1-1 advice sessions and participating organisations include: ICAEW, NatWest, Funding Circle, the British Business Bank, Seedrs, GLE and Start up Direct.

The evening seminar (6pm-8pm) featuring Merilee  Karr will be a discussion on crowdfunding and alternative finance for SMES – Funding Circle, Seedrs, GLE and the British Business Bank will be members of the panel.

www.underthedoormat.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

On Point Property Management Gives Landlords One-stop Management

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Specialist professional landlord management service On Point Property Management joined Wandsworth Chamber of Commerce recently. Their USP is turn-key management of properties for landlords who need to outsource these services. Anna Wilson and her sister Victoria manage the company. She explains, “I worked for a property developer for 15 years and am a landlord myself. My sister worked for the same developer and has estate agent experience, which is very useful, so we had the necessary skills base and wanted to develop our own business.”

On Point have a large range of services, from rent collection to pest control. Anna prides herself on having built up a contacts book of reliable tradespeople who can fix any problem in the properties. Their service extends to furnishing and interior design where appropriate. They have a flat fee structure which is 5% management fee and a 5% lettings fee. They believe that this is very cost effective and has no hidden charges other than the cost of actual repairs which they charge no additional commission on invoices.

Anna says, “We are bringing a cost-effective alternative to the market, for landlords in UK or based overseas, with portfolios which they need a one-stop solution for. We are looking at growing our portfolio to around 120 properties managed.”

Their lettings service provides reference checks on prospective tenants, inventories and tenancy agreements. They hardly have to advertise because most tenants are so pleased with the service they recommend it when they leave, so there is a waiting list to move in, which is obviously highly popular with both landlords and tenants as “voids” are kept to a minimum, and tenants can quickly move into a vacated home. “We look upon both landlords and tenants as clients, so we aim to serve both efficiently,” Anna adds.

Like a number of other Wandsworth Chamber members, they are based in the Light Bulb building near the Southside shopping centre, which provides a local hub for activities in the borough. The sisters use networking and recommendations to find clients, as personal referrals count for a great deal in the segment of the market they are working in.

www.onpointproperty.co.uk

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

Calling all Digital heads, creative minds, online marketers..

Digital heads, creative minds, online marketers, entrepreneurs, tech savvy users, self confessed geeks of SW and beyond will meet again for the bi-monthly Silicon Junction social in Battersea.

Everyone is welcome to attend this informal meet-up – if you are interested in digital activity Clapham Junction and south London, this event is for you. Make sure you use #Battertweet to take part in the conversation and let us know you’re coming!

Silicon Junction

London, GB
86 People

This is the meetup group for Silicon Junction – the digital creatives, freelancers, and entrepreneurs in Clapham Junction

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Thursday, Mar 5, 2015, 6:30 PM
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