The Chamber Voice - December Edition
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Chamber President:
David Clarke

As we draw nearer to the festive break and the turn of the new year, it provides me with an excellent opportunity to reflect on the year just gone at the Chamber and look ahead to what will undoubtedly be a packed and exciting 2016.

2015 saw us embracing new technology with the launch of the new St Albans District Chamber of Commerce App where you can find everything you need to know about the Chamber and our activities and available support in one easily accessible place.

With the 2015 General Election set for May, our members had an opportunity in March to get up close and personal with our local candidates at our hustings event held at the Town Hall, the site which will house the brand new St Albans Museum and Gallery.

In June we embarked on our first ever St Albans Business Festival which saw the Chamber partner with stakeholders comprising media, local government, professional firms and local businesses to showcase the many benefits of doing business right here in our amazing city.
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92.6FM Radio Verulam
 Advertising and Sponsorship

Radio Verulam covers a highly valuable population, living and working within a 15 mile radius of St Albans. Our coverage area includes Harpenden, Redbourn, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn Garden City and the nearby towns and villages.

Over 350,000 people can listen on FM at home, at work or in their cars. Our coverage also extends worldwide through internet radio and podcasts on iTunes.

By advertising on Radio Verulam, you can reach one of the most affluent areas of the UK in a targeted and very local way, using radio which has the lowest advertising avoidance of any advertising medium. Because our coverage area is focused, we can offer excellent value when compared to internet, TV, posters, and leafleting. Our rates are also very attractive when compared to other radio options.

Your message will be broadcast throughout the week and could be heard by 30,000 people each week. If your customers live in and around St Albans, Radio Verulam offers you the most cost-effective way to reach them.

Interested? Contact us now on for details of our trial advertising packages.

'RV The Business' is broadcast online every Sunday 8pm - 9pm on To contact please call 01727 839926 or email
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Chamber Member:
Chloe James Lifestyle

Chloe James Lifestyle has everything you need for a stylish life! Go to them for fashion you don't see everywhere and great advice on how to wear it, inspirational interiors, unusual jewellery and gifts you simply won't want to give away! From a statement chair to a dress for that special occasion or just a little necklace to cheer you up - visit them online or at their lovely shop on St Albans' High Street where they have 2 floors and 4 rooms for you to enjoy!
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday 10.00am to 5.30pm
Saturday - 9.30am to 6pm
Sunday - 11am to 5pm

01727 843431
12 High Street , St Albans, AL3 4EL
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Sickness absence during the Christmas period

The run up to Christmas often brings with it increased demand for products and services from businesses across the UK. Meeting this increased demand can be a challenge, particularly when such businesses may find themselves with a diminishing workforce due to sickness absence.

In managing non-attendance during the festive period, businesses should start by making it clear to employees that their sickness absence policy will apply as normal.  A comprehensively drafted absence policy setting out what is expected of employees, and demonstrating a willingness to implement it where necessary, creates a deterrent which should significantly reduce the amount of dishonest sick leave among employees.
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Business Breakfast
Wednesday 20th January at 7.15am

The City Centre Partnership (CCP) will be launching the process to establish a Business Improvement District (BID) for St Albans, built by local businesses for local businesses and managed by local businesses.

The CCP, a business led partnership of the private and public sector, has been formed to ensure that St Albans City builds on its strengths and rises to the challenges of the changing face of British city centres, now and in the future.

The launch will outline the methods in which a BID will play a vital role by concentrating on five key objectives:
  • City centre appearance.
  • Events, festivals and visitor experience.
  • Business support.
  • Marketing and promotion of the city.
  • Local engagement and partnership.
To find out more please click here to download the invitation.

The Bistro, Westminster Lodge 
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Local Businesses Raise £5,000 for SportsAid

A local business lunch club has raised £5,000 for the charity SportsAid. The charity helps young sports people overcome the financial challenges they face in their bid to become Britain’s next generation of sporting heroes. The charity’s patron is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.

The lunch events take place at OA Sport on Harpenden Road St Albans. They are organised by Rayner Essex Accountants with co-sponsors being Conical, Gallagher and Associates, Sherrards Solicitors, OA Sport and AIB. The events are based around a sit down lunch with guests being entertained by a speaker from the world of sport and typically a cheque hand-over to a gifted young athlete. 

Commenting on the fund raising efforts of the group Rayner Essex Partner Antony Federer said:

“I am delighted to be associated with these events. The format is a winning one whereby people get to enjoy a tasty lunch, meet business contacts and hear from international level sporting stars. Being able to hand over some much needed funding to the next generation of athletes is of course rewarding for all those who attended and made the donation possible."

Any businesses interested in attending future events please contact Jean Archibald at Rayner Essex on 01727 833222. 
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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 and encourage strong busines relationships between our members so we can all prosper. Being an active Chamber member can significantly help your business grow and develop.
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Shred-a-thon Week 2016 
With Humphreys Data Management

Bring your confidential waste to Humpreys and have it shredded for a donation to these two great local charities: 

Peace Hospice Care

Week commencing the 25th January... 

No need to remove staples or paperclips - the shredder will even deal with lever Arch Files!

Open to the general public and small business! 

Open weekdays 9am until 4pm.

1 Sydney Road WD18 7XX
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