The Chamber Voice - January 2017 Edition
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Flying blind
As we move into 2017 and close the door on 2016, I have been reflecting on the need for businesses to focus on customers as individuals and consider the specific needs of each and every one of us as opposed to making assumptions based on a perceived grouping all label.
Two distinctly different experiences brought this home to me recently and both occurred when I was flying from England to Scotland. In the first instance, in keeping with my usual travel arrangements as a visually impaired person, I had arranged for special assistance to help me board my flight and to meet me at the other end. The process of arranging assistance, a relatively simple task one would think given that it is offered as a service to disabled passengers, was very difficult to sort out but I was eventually assured that it was in place.........
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St George's Day Lunch 2017 - Friday 21st April 2017

Tickets are completely SOLD OUT
Huge thanks to our headline sponsor

The Maltings Shopping Centre

Our Guest Speaker : Vanessa Feltz

Thanking our other sponsors also:
SA Law
Debenhams Ottaway
Rayden Solicitors
Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
Visionary Accountants
Cerco Communications
Kingston Smith Accountants LLP
The Print Shop
My Mustard

Our nominated charity this year is
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association,
St Albans
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Red Door Recruitment, a lovely local independent company, celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. 

Based in the heart of St Albans, we opened our doors in January 2007 and the company has thrived and grown year on year. 
Soon after the first year of trading we were hit by recession and had to quickly regroup. As a fledgling business, we were determined to survive. 

The economy recovered, we were ready for the upswing, and have never looked back.
We’re an independent company owned and run by Louise Wynne and between our team of five  we bring over 30 years’ experience supplying staff to local companies.

We support around 100 businesses in the local area with a wide range of people from administrators to PAs to accounts, bilingual, marketing staff and a wide range in between; both on a temporary and permanent basis.
Whatever your requirements, we can support your staffing needs as we strive to find the perfect candidate for your role. 

Our candidates are offered careers advice, CV writing expertise and interview preparation to ensure their best chances of success. We have an enviable reputation in the area for supporting people in their quest for the perfect role. Over 40 % of our candidate bank are from people recommended to use our services!
What makes us who we are?

Start with experience, add intelligence and intuition, complete integrity, humor and a genuine passion for what we do and you’ve found all the ingredients for our very different approach to recruitment!

Red Door Recruitment
16 Chequer Street
St Albans, Herts, AL1 3YD
01727 899490

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Business Breakfast Meeting
With Anne Main MP
Wednesday 8th February 7.15am
The Beech House
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Business Networking Lunch 
Friday 24th February at 12.30pm
Galvin at Centurion Club

The Chamber encourages all members to use each others services. Many of you offer  discounted rates to fellow members.

If you have any discounts, offers, promotions for Chamber members, please tell us! We plan to schedule a weekly communication with the details which will be posted on our Members Offers website page.

If you tell us, we can tell everyone else for you! Email us the following details 
Contact Name, Website Address, Contact Number, Offer Details, Offer Expiry Date

Our Members Directory

We have a  new CRM system at the Chamber and want to utilise to communicate with you correctly.

Please could you email the office giving us the email address for your accounts department. This will enable us to send our invoices to the right person in your business.

Thanks!   TELL US NOW

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SA Law Property Litigation and Corporate experts explain the benefits and pitfalls of switching your buy-to-let business to a limited company ahead of the April 2017 tax changes.

Purchasing a buy-to-let property to generate additional income is a popular way of holding an investment.

Individuals are currently able to offset their mortgage payments against the rental income. However, from April 2017, the tax relief will be less favourable for higher rate tax payers. As a result, many individuals are looking to operate their rental properties through a limited company. So what are the points to consider in doing so? 

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