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The Chamber Voice - April Edition
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Chamber President:
David Clarke

As April comes to a close and the photos contained in the Herts Ad's last addition of the month helps us all remember what happened at our annual St Georges Day lunch, I find myself in a reflective mood. These days there are many ways of keeping track of your business networks and personally I find LinkedIn a really valuable tool to keep up to speed with people’s activities, job changes and career milestones. I am however always surprised when I begin to get inundated with kind congratulatory messages acknowledging my own work anniversaries, and yesterday, travelling back in to Euston on the train, was no exception. 

Suddenly my smartphone sprang to life with messages from far and wide congratulating me on my sixth anniversary in my role has Head of Centre at Clydesdale Bank here in St Albans. My immediate reaction was one of surprise as it is quite remarkable to me that six years has passed so quickly. I also appreciate that in the eyes of many who have been involved with the St Albans business community for a considerably longer period of time than I have, I am still considered to be a new boy!
 
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St Albans Chamber Rocket Boosting Its Search Engine Ranking
 
This month we have enlisted the services of St Albans-based Digital Marketing Agency Wagada to help us improve our website. Wagada specialise in helping companies get more from their online presence. Gone are the days when a website would wave your brand flag without any further input; in 2016 we all need to make our websites work harder for us. It is time to think about how your website will get discovered!

To achieve a strong ranking on Google, your site must engage your audience. An example of this is providing valuable and updated content which will not only help you rank higher on Google, but will also help achieve happier customers. 

We’d love to help promote our members on our website too, so please send us your business related articles and tips which we will endeavour to publish as soon as we can. This is not only a great way to promote your company's business knowledge and brand but it also gains valuable links to your website, which in turn will help improve your own SEO!
 
Visit the Wagada Website

 


Reach for the Sky with the Maltings St Albans and Boultbee LDN
 
The Maltings is a premier shopping destination at the heart of St Albans. It has something for everyone and you can be sure to find what you like amongst its diverse mix of shops, restaurants, services and leisure facilities. Whether you are looking for retail therapy, a bite to eat or simply to meet up with friends over a coffee, Maltings has it all.

The Maltings Shopping Centre (owned by Boultbee LDN) has always been very much involved with the St Albans Chamber of Commerce, and this year helped to support the St George's Day fund raising auction by offering attendees the opportunity to bid for a once in a life-time experience; a flight in an iconic WWII Spitfire!

The experience offer for the Spitfire, the most famous British fighter plane of World War II, was extremely popular at the event and managed to raise a whopping £4,400 for the charity Mount Vernon, a well renowned and highly specialised cancer centre. 
 
Visit the Maltings Website

 


SA Law is proud to sponsor the 2016 St Albans half marathon

SA Law are setting the pace as one of the main sponsors of this year’s St Albans Half Marathon.

And the city law firm is giving the event, now in its 35th year, a kick-start by championing a newly launched Corporate Challenge.

SA Law is encouraging companies to enter teams of at least four in the half marathon or 5K run to raise as much money as they can for charity.

To increase the competitive edge, the company team with the lowest aggregate score for their combined first four runners home will win a bottle of champagne, winner’s trophy, £250 for the charity of their choice and bragging rights within the business community for the next 12 months.

Leading by example, SA Law has already signed up eight of its own staff to take up the challenge with more showing interest.
 
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Business Breakfast
11th May at 7.15am

EU Referendum:
Have you made your mind up?
 
 
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union to be held on Thursday 23 June.

Big business - with a few exceptions - tends to be in favour of Britain staying in the EU because it makes it easier for them to move money, people and products around the world. BT chairman Sir Mike Rake, a recent CBI president, says there are "no credible alternatives" to staying in the EU. But others disagree, such as Lord Bamford, chairman of JCB, who says an EU exit would allow the UK to negotiate trade deals as our country "rather than being one of 28 nations". Many small and medium-sized firms would welcome a cut in red tape and what they see as petty regulations.

The British Chambers of Commerce says 55% of members back staying in a reformed EU.

At St Michaels Manor Hotel.
£23.00 (+VAT) for all attendees.
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Fighting Fit for second St Albans Business Festival
 
St Albans Business festival founders Lisa Bates-Wallis and Simon George are in preparation for the second St Albans business festival which takes place 4th July to 8th July. 

They are both taking part in the DVCC 6 Week Body Transformation Program that regularly sees DVCC clients lose 14-18lbs of fat. The 6 week intensive program combines personal training in a private personal training centre with the most up to date equipment and exercise for fat loss with nutritional and mind-set guidance.

Lisa and Simon will overcome their own self perceived limits, gaining not only renewed fitness and health but also a dramatic increase in confidence along with a new found respect for what their body is capable of.
 

 
Visit the DVCC Website

 


We are pleased to welcome the following member to the Chamber:


Lumina Technologies
 
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 business relationships between our members so we can all prosper. Being an active Chamber member can significantly help your business grow and develop.

To join simply download the application form, print it out, complete it and send it back to us with relevant payment, either by email or by post. 

All new members are subject to a one off joining fee of £30 which includes an introductory e-shot to all Chamber members, and a free listing on our website.

By joining the Chamber you agree to us using your data for event delegate lists, our website directory and for email marketing from us and other Chamber members through our communications.
 
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Chamber Cheers for
St Albans and St George!


St George’s Day Lunch 2016

Over 300 businesses enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with the St Albans Chamber of Commerce on Friday for their annual extravaganza that is the St George’s Day Lunch. The headline sponsor was Centurion Club, a prestigious golf club in the area, Michael Duffy from Centurion said “It was a great event that we were proud to be part of! Congratulations all round”.

The Chamber invited some special guests along including the Guest speaker comedy legend, Barry Cryer OBE who proved to be highly entertaining with the audience asking for more at the end of his spot!  Also in attendance and in line with a special birthday last week a lookalike Queen Elizabeth, a Centurion, our MP Anne Main and Mayor Cllr Salih Gaygusuz.
 
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