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The Chamber Voice - September Edition
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President's Message: David Clarke

Since coming to work in St Albans in April 2010, I have been overwhelmed by the incredible community spirit which defines our business environment. Indeed, it is this inclusive culture which positively encourages more and more businesses to participate in our local economy and fuels our B2B connectivity and lead generation. Whilst we all strive to achieve business success which in turn enables our economy to grow and ensures local employment prospects remain strong, a huge element of our vibrant business community is the concept of giving to our local charities and groups.

These organisations, often staffed by local volunteers, undertake incredibly important work often on behalf of our most vulnerable members of society or those experiencing difficult times as a result of ill health or some similarly catastrophic life event. It was my pleasure to represent the St Albans District Chamber of commerce recently on a truly remarkable fundraising event for one such charity, Rennie Grove Hospice. The event involved cycling over 350 miles across 4 days, starting out in St Albans, cycling down to and then around the Isle of Wight, on up through the New Forest to Swindon and then home to St Albans via the Chiltern hills.
 
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Conical Wins UK Awards for Marketing
 
Conical has recently been awarded ‘Best for Marketing Outsourcing UK & an award for ‘Excellence in Flexible Marketing Support UK’, by Corporate Vision.

The prestigious 2015 Marketing, PR & Communications Awards celebrate the key players who work tirelessly to promote, communicate and build relationships for their company and clients. 

The Awards team go behind the scenes to explore the individuals pulling the strings behind major campaigns and forging new relationships that break down barriers towards further success.
 
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See what’s coming up in the world of employment law with our summary of changes taking effect from October 2015, including national minimum wage increases. What lies ahead?

1. The National Minimum Wage Increase.

The hourly rate of the national minimum wage is set to increase as follows:
  • Workers aged 16-17: from £3.79 to £3.87 per hour.
  • Workers aged 18-20: from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour.
  • Workers aged 21 and over: from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour.
  • Apprentices under 19 or over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship: from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour.
Accordingly, if you are an employer you need to ensure that you pay your workers an hourly wage equivalent of at least the new rate from 1 October 2015.

2. Employers to publish modern slavery statements.

Unfortunately slavery still exists in today’s modern society and can be seen in the workplace in the form of compulsory labour and human trafficking.

All employers with an annual turnover of at least £36 million will be required to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year, setting out the steps they have taken to prevent slavery or human trafficking from existing in their business or supply chains. The statement must be published on the employer’s website or, where the business does not have a website, it must provide a copy of the statement on request.

The Government is yet to produce statutory guidance on how to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement. In the meantime, employers should prepare by checking their existing risk management systems, how they undertake due diligence and their supply chain relationships to ensure that compulsory labour and human trafficking is not present.
 
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Networking Lunch
And Business Card Exchange
Friday 30th October 12.30pm
 
The majority of companies join the Chamber of Commerce to network. This informal lunch is an opportunity to introduce your company’s products and services to other members and local companies – a chance to make new business contacts in this fantastically reliable, Chamber restaurant owned by head chef Phil Thompson.
    
 
Business Breakfast
Wednesday 14th October at 7.15am
 
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Is your business ready? 

The Pensions Regulator has sent out 1.3 million letters to small and micro-sized employers. Even those with one employee are still subject to these regulations, such as an individual employing a carer. Not complying with this legal obligation is not an option, with the Pensions Regulator setting fines ranging from £50 per day for small employers up to £10,000 per day
for employers with more than 500 staff. 
 
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We are pleased to welcome the following members to the Chamber: 

The Great Northern
Action Coach
Yoop Architects
Bannister Consultants Ltd
The Beech House
 
We welcome membership applications from all types of businesses in the district and currently have over 425 active members. We endeavour to provide a variety of forums for lively debate, positive networking & encourage strong business relationships between our members so we can all prosper. You will find that being an active Chamber member can significantly help your business grow and develop. Click here to download the application form
 
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Fuchsia Pink 

Fuchsia Pink are situated in a grade 2 listed building but within a fabulous modern interior. Perfectly situauted to deliver to St Albans, Harpenden, Hitchin, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City and Luton.

With fresh flowers arriving almost daily, via Dutch delivery three times a week, or an early morning trip to the market, quality, freshness and availability is never an issue.

Weddings, Events and Corporate, as well as Floristry Training Courses on site, are their speciality. The team have extensive knowledge and experience, with additional training from some of the best names in the industry.
 
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