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The Chamber Voice - May Edition
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Chamber President:
David Clarke

Over the last few months, the Chamber team in conjunction with many of our key stakeholders have been working on the programme for our second St Albans Business Festival which will run from 4-8 July. The business festival, which is designed to generate positive noise around the St Albans economy will again comprise numerous high profile events across a packed week of networking, education and business promotion. 
 
It is great to see so many businesses and networking groups getting involved with the festival this year and once again bringing real momentum to the whole week. 
 
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SMEs improve performance, Kingston Smith research shows

Business performance has improved for over two thirds of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) compared to three years ago with increased turnover, profitability and staff numbers. This is according to Kingston Smith’s fourth report in its SME Success series, ‘Winning New Business’, which surveyed over 1,000 SMEs, researching how they attract new business.

Interestingly, areas outside of London and the South East have shown similar improvements in business performance to those within the South East. However, turnover growth differs greatly by sector, with Information & Communication, Finance & Insurance Activities and Transport & Storage leading the way.

Silvia Vitiello, Partner at Kingston Smith in St Albans comments...
 
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Assign IT:
Top 8 tips to protect your business

Top 8 tips to protect your business, manage the risk and help you to recover from a disaster... it’s all about getting the basics right.

1. Passwords

With multiple passwords for numerous sites, it is a natural habit to make your password easy to remember as well as using the same password across all of the sites. Whilst this makes it easy for you, it also makes it easier for hackers too.  If hackers get access to one website that holds your details and you use the same email address and password for others, they then have access to any of those accounts.
 
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If you are not already a Chamber member but would like to join us simply download the application form, fill it in and send it back to us with the relevant payment, either by email or by post. 
 
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Business Festival Week
4th - 8th July 2016

The St Albans District Chamber of Commerce has arranged a full week of business events the week commencing 4th to 8th July. Numerous businesses in the area have also got involved in running and sponsoring events to bring you the best variety possible. View the full programme.

The purpose of this business week is to provide a diverse range of networking opportunities for the business community. Last year, many local business men and women attended the events and the week was a huge success. This year we hope it will be even bigger - so please do take a look and get involved! 

Forthcoming Events

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Jamie Small Achieves Fellowship Status

IFPC Wealth Management are delighted to announce that Jamie Small, one of our Chartered Financial Planners, is now a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) . The PFS is the professional body for the financial advisory profession in the UK and their aim is to promote the highest standards of professionalism for technical knowledge, client service and ethical practice. Fellowship status is widely considered throughout the global insurance profession as an indicator of superior expertise and experience. Achieving this level of qualification requires a lot of work and dedication and as such, is held by fewer than 2,500 financial advisers….
 
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A sporting chance: business publicity and sponsorship

It is another big year for sports and the time is rapidly approaching for 206 countries to go head-to-head at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games. Aside from broadcasting the extra-ordinary feats and achievements of its competitors, the event also thrusts its sponsors and partners into the global spotlight once again. No doubt the games will create a captivating atmosphere to showcase brands including Visa, Coca-Cola, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Nissan.

Closer to home, there are also interesting developments in another sporting arena, the world of esports; a rapidly growing industry of competitive, professional video gamers. West Ham United announced earlier this month that it has hired Sean ‘Dragonn’ Allen as a professional gamer to represent the club in FIFA esports tournaments.
 
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Sajid Javid MP to speak at
Chamber luncheon

At this years Business Festival Finale Lunch (sponsored by Mercer & Hole) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid MP has agreed to be the Chambers guest speaker. This exciting event follows the outcome of the EU Referendum and will also offer the chance to ask the Minister questions. 

The Chamber is delighted to invite you to this fantastic networking opportunity where a delicious lunch will be provided by Sopwell House Hotel. The event starts at 12pm on 8th July and tables of ten are available. 
 
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