Merton Chamber of Commerce E-newsletter October 2016
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October Edition.

Announcing the launch of Merton Chamber Business Service 
At Merton Chamber we know that growing your business can be both challenging and time consuming.
What to tackle first? Raising finance, to identifying new markets, improving a return on your sales and marketing, to employing the right skills in your business and getting to grips with the latest digital technology and business processes.
Although we have been helping businesses grow over many years, as a result of our research, I am delighted to announce the launch of our new Merton Chamber Business Service on Thursday 13th October. The Service will provide more focussed support across three key service areas:
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Managing People, Performance and Productivity
  • Business Growth, Mentoring and Coaching
One call to 020 8944 5501 will give you access to a free Business Review, and a route map for action - see details below.
I look forward to you joining us at our Launch event, and taking the next step on your route to business success.
So how can the Service help me?
Our Service is all about growth – growth of you as a business leader and the
sustainable growth of your business. One call will give you easy access to a free, one hour comprehensive and consultative Business Review with one of our expert business advisers on a date and time convenient to you by telephone or face to face.

Your Review will include:

On completion of the review you will get:

  • An agreed action plan - summarising the most important areas for development and potential solutions across four key business themes

  • A route map to navigate which area requires attention first

  • Referral to our approved local network of Service Partners –
    who will provide you with a no obligation quote to deliver your action plan

  • Ongoing support to assess the impact and identify further opportunities
    and connections to grow your business

  • Access to our digital information resources

Come along to our launch event!
Networking Evening – Beer and Canapes
Thursday, October 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for an evening of Networking at the home of Wimbledon Brewery.  Not only will you have a chance to experience this fantastic new micro brewery first hand, you will also be the first to hear about the new Merton Chamber Business Service and meet our new team of Service Partners.

If your business is looking to grow and you want to build your business connections, this event is a must!

Can't make it? Why not call Kevan Dunne now on 020 8944 5501 for a no obligation discussion, and take the first step on your route map to business success.

Merton Chamber members get preferential rates on the service with our new Premier and Standard packages. Visit our website for more information.

We would like to thank Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants for sponsoring this event.

“Merton Chamber helped us develop our marketing strategy by putting us in touch with local specialist support to plan and diversify the business. As a result sales grew four fold within 2 years.”

Merton Chamber member AB 24/7

“Merton Chamber business planning and follow up support gave us the confidence that our idea to set up an outdoor nursery business was right and minimised the risk to our own investment. They also confirmed that our objectives and expectations were realistic and arranged for specialist marketing and branding advice along the way that has undoubtedly helped with our growth. Since starting in 2015, we will be opening our third site this month and will employ over 30 staff."

James Barrett.  Little Forest Folk Nursery, Wimbledon, Chiswick and soon…..Fulham

News on Apprenticeships
You may have heard about some changes planned by the Government to increase the number of Apprenticeship opportunities. There are direct implications for businesses with a wage bill exceeding £3 million, who will be required to pay a levy. The changes also aim to raise additional funding to support a greater number of Apprenticeships for small businesses to benefit.

Over the past few years the Chamber has worked with over 350 businesses through our Take One campaign - providing businesses with HR, recruitment and Apprenticeship advice and support.

It is has been particularly great to see so many Merton businesses supporting young (and older!) people to learn new skills, or update their skills, through Apprenticeships.

You can find out more about how the changes might affect your business and our HR Services at our Merton Chamber Business Service Launch and networking evening. Alternatively, contact us on 020 8944 5501.

Upcoming Events
Our 2016 programme of events has been designed to help you develop and grow your business through better marketing, communications, opportunities for developing your people and making valuable contacts.
Stress Management Workshop - 6th October
This workshop, aimed at managers, follows the HSE stress management standards, and will give delegates the knowledge and skills to help your organisation comply with the law, and ensure the risks from work-related stress are being effectively managed and controlled.

Effective Business Writing Skills - 13th October
The written word is all important and all powerful – it has to achieve so many things – catch the attention of the reader, interest them, inform them and inspire them to act. If you are responsible for writing business letters, emails, press releases, newsletters or the entire content for a website, this Effective Business Writing Skills workshop is for you.

Raynes Park Business Breakfast - 18th October

Our business networking breakfast allows you to hear about local developments as well as building partnerships with key contacts.

Thinking of Starting a Business - Business Basics - 20th October
Obtain expert, practical advice including legal structures, finance and business planning. This workshop is for those who are beginning the journey of starting a new business.
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