Weekly Chamber News & Events
10th May 2021
Fellow Members,

I hope you all had an enjoyable and sensible Bank Holiday Weekend following the relaxation of restrictions?
Whilst footfall is proving slow to pick up our mood remains positive for the summer months ahead.

Our board are busy on several fronts preparing the following:
  • Forthcoming events both virtual and for when we are allowed to meet up again
  • Marketing and promoting our businesses as well as Weekly, Artisan and Monthly markets
  • Ways to keep the Chamber businesses in the public eye
  • Membership recruitment
  • Shop Local Loyalty scheme (prizes still required please)

If any member has suggestions for the board or would like to join the board, please make your ideas / interest known to one of the serving director team.

The coronavirus pandemic situation is much improved and the return to “some kind of normal” continues.
This is being helped by the number of vaccinations being completed and we would encourage people to take up the offer of a vaccination when your turn arrives.

The weather is looking showery and sunny for the next week and temperatures look to be on the increase (fingers crossed).

Enjoy the forthcoming week and we will update on the “road out of lockdown” as changes are released.

Stay Safe and have a good week.

Richard Keel
President
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday 19th May - 07:30 to 09:00 Chamber Networking Breakfast - ONLINE

We have returned to twice monthly breakfast meetings now, on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Discussions are in place as to when the first of these will be "in person" rather than online and we will be sure to keep you up to date.

The nearest we can get, at this time, to a face-to-face event, with opportunities for attendees to gather in small numbers in breakout rooms, just like sitting around a table. Speaker to be confirmed.

Register HERE
Wednesday 26th May - 07:45 to 09:00 Virtual Sales Training Session 4

Led by Tim Gibbons - Hoolock Consulting
Going into any activity without a plan of what you want to achieve is setting you up to fail. Sales meetings can be hard to get, so it is important to ensure that you get the most out of the meeting. To do that, you need to have a plan. What are you going to say? What might your client say? How will you manage the meeting? What do you want to happen as a result of the meeting? What might the client want to happen as a result of the meeting?
This session will look at some simple planning that can be done before any meeting to maximise your chances of success.

Register HERE
BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Details of the BCC Annual Conference have been published on Surrey Chambers of Commerce website. If you are interested, full details can be found HERE.
THE CAREERS AND APPRENTICESHIP SHOW 2021
Aimed at those aged between 15 and 19 who want some help finding out what jobs are available locally, which industries are growing, and where are the most promising career opportunities, then this online event is for them. Parents and carers are welcome too!
On May 20th 2021, The Careers and Apprenticeship Show is going virtual, bringing you a full day and evening of activities including;
  • Information about apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.
  • 60+ virtual employer booths, for live chat.
  • Inspiring speakers from the largest local employment sectors.
  • Interactive sessions with live Q&A on a range of topics.
  • A wide selection of live apprenticeship vacancies to choose from.
  • Information on training opportunities.
  • Fact sheets, information packs, and resources to download and keep.
  • Updates on the best career prospects in your local economy.
  • A focus on careers in Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight and the M3 corridor.
  • 30 days access (except for live events interaction which is on the 20th only).
Full event details including how to register can be found HERE.
UPDATE ON TRANSFORM HOUSING FUNDRAISING SUPPORT
We would like to thank all of our members that responded to a request to assist raise both the profile and the funds for Transform Housing and Support. We have members signed up for all initiatives being run by them, including the £50 Corporate Challenge, the overnight Sleep Outside on July 10th and for the Surrey Hills challenges later in the year.

In addition to this, Chamber members LMI have come forward and offered to run one of their great programmes to raise funds. This will be a jointly run event, organised by us and run by LMI and details will follow very soon.
LEATHERHEAD COMMUNITY HUB FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE
The Leatherhead Community Hub (LCH) was set up in July 2020 to provide community facilities and services for the residents of North Leatherhead. LCH acts as an umbrella organisation, bringing together seven local organisations that share the passion, skills and faith to help re-build a true sense of community (see below). 
They are establishing a new community centre at the heart of North Leatherhead, where people of all ages can connect, learn, have fun and find the support they need to thrive. With the support of Mole Valley District Council, they have been offered a long-term lease for the North Leatherhead Community Centre building on Kingston Road, which will be their home for the foreseeable future. 
They need your help to turn this building into a safe, beautiful and welcoming space for the whole community. They are seeking to raise £100,000 to renovate the centre and set up a community café.
FUNDRAISING LINK HERE