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

Small Business Focus
Now is a great time for small business with Social Enterprise Day, Global Entrepreneurship Week and Small Business Saturday coming up, the focus really is on you. Read below for more information on how you can get involved. 


Here at Merton Chamber you can boost your small business by joining us for as little as £180 a year, with easy monthly payments. You can also access expertise and guidance through our new Merton Chamber Business Service, giving you a free business review, and on going support to meet your business goals.

During November, we’re running
two HR workshops, which will help you put your HR policies into place, covering all those important issues you may face with HR in your business.

It is also an important time for businesses to check their business premises rates. Business premises in the country have been revalued by the Valuation Office Agency, and this could affect the amount of business rates you pay from April 2017. You can
read more here on my blog.

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our Chair, Andrew Wakefield, passed away suddenly on 26th October 2016.


Andrew was a key figure in Merton and South London and will be greatly missed. His funeral service will be taking place at St Andrew’s Church, Wimbledon on Tuesday 15th November, and all are welcome to attend.  If you would like more details please click here.


We would like to thank you for all the kind words of condolence that we have received here at Merton Chamber of Commerce.

Business News
Global Entrepreneurship Week - November 14th - 20th
What is Global Entrepreneurship Week and how can it benefit your business?
GEW is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
Merton Chamber are holding two events during this week, Search Engine Optimisation and a HR workshop to help you boost your business.
Visit our events page for more details.

Want to learn from entrepreneurial success stories? Looking to connect with peers? Want to enter a competition? Find other events during Global Entrepreneurship Week! There are a plethora of events to get involved in, listed on the GEW website, from Question Time for Entrepreneurs at the British Library to The University of the Arts London holding their own Creative Enterprise Week.

You can also celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week by hosting a competition, roundtable discussion, workshop or a GEW event of your choosing.
Sign up online to create and manage your event and let others know what you are planning to do. 

Social Enterprise Day - 17th November
Are you a Social Enterprise? As a social enterprise ourselves, Merton Chamber supports Social Enterprise Day and encourages our members to share their stories.  Tell your story with the #whoknew hashag and post pictures on your social media feeds (including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).

Social Enterprise day is an opportunity for the 70,000 social enterprises across the UK to shout about the good work they're doing and the difference they're making. Using social media is an easy and quick way to do this.

It's easy to get involved, simply print off a #whoknew sign here take a photo and share on social media using the hashtags #whoknew #SocialEnterpriseDay between Monday 14th and Thursday 17th November.


Small Business Saturday - 3rd December
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. This year Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, December 3th.

How can you pledge to support Small Business Saturday this year?
- Do your Christmas shopping on Small Business Saturday and visit all the non-chain shops in Merton
- Offer a discount on your business services for the day
- Run a competition to encourage people to visit your shop/restaurant/business on the day
- Host a one off event to celebrate the day
Sign up to the Small Business Saturday website and list your event or pledge there

Merton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, is leading the way for supporting Small Businesses in Merton by visiting a number of small businesses on the day. You can check out  where he will be visiting here

Whatever you plan to do, let us know so we can help you promote it in the borough.
Could your business use a FREE HR review?
If you are a small business and in need of HR help, now is the perfect time for you with our upcoming HR workshops. We will be running two workshops to help small businesses increase profitability through good recruitment practices and advice about the support available to help you get the best out of your employees with  FREE HR review for all businesses attending. We are holding two workshops 18 or 30 November – pick one that works for you. Find out more here

Public Consultation for Crossrail 2 Postponed

This will be a disappointment to the many businesses across the borough who want to know what the revised plans, timetable and phasing of works means for them.

As Merton Chamber of Commerce we will continue to represent the business voice and lobby for the best outcome for businesses across the borough. We will publish the revised dates of the consultations when they are announced.

Boost your business today by watching our value video series!
Learn all about your Route Map for Business Success, Networking for Successful Business Connections and How to Raise your Profile.
Click here or the picture above to watch the first video from our Business Adviser Kevan Dunne on Your Route Map to Business Success.
Join us today!
With Global Entrepreneurship Week, Social Enterprise Day and Small Business Saturday on the horizon, the focus really is on small business at the moment, and what better way to boost your business than to join us as a Merton Chamber member from as little as £150+VAT. Click here to find out more
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.
Search Engine Optimisation Workshop -17th November
Does your business have a website? Whether your business is large or small, this full day Search Engine Optimisation – SEO Workshop is for you. Come along and find out how Search Engines work; and how they can work for your business!

Are you a small business and in need of HR help? - 18th or 30th November

We will be running two workshops to help small businesses increase profitability through good recruitment practices and advice about the support available to help you get the best out of your employees.

Fire Warden Marshal Training - 23rd November

This Fire Warden Marshal Training workshop is aimed at those employees within the organisation who have a key role to play within the management of Fire Safety in the Workplace.

Thinking of Starting a Business - Business Basics - 24th November
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.

Apprenticeship Funding: Understanding How it Will Work - 25th November
Start your day with South Thames College and Rosena Allin-Khan MP, as they look at how local businesses can benefit from apprenticeships. They will also discuss the impact that the digital apprenticeship service and the apprenticeship levy will have on businesses. Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges will be discussing the recent apprenticeships update from the Government and what this means for businesses. In association with Merton Chamber of Commerce's Take One Service.

Twitter for Business - 1st December 
Do you feel left in the dark about how Twitter might help your business? Fear not, Terra Ferma Media and Merton Chamber of Commerce have devised a short, easy to follow, training course that will reveal all in plain English and help you decide if Twitter is for you or your business.

Merton Chamber Christmas Lunch - 15th December 
Some Christmas traditions are worth keeping, and the Merton Chamber of Commerce Christmas lunch is one of those. Join us for Christmas Lunch at San Lorenzo's in Wimbledon. Why not bring your guests, treat the team or simply party and network.
London Hypnotherapy Academy - takes on an additional member of staff with help from Merton Chamber of Commerce's Take One Service
Lorraine McReight has been a full-time, self-employed therapist since 1995, and was saddened by the number of competent therapists she had met over the years who had been unable to make a living from their passion in hypnotherapy. So, she decided to set up a small business, London Hypnotherapy, running interactive classes with therapists who wanted to become full-time, successful practitioners. Her practice soon grew and expanded, which was great. However, Lorraine found herself swamped with all the admin involved, and it soon became clear that she needed some administrative support.

This is where Merton Chamber’s Take One's Service came in. Lorraine approached Linda King, the Take One Manager, at a Chamber networking event, and they talked about how she could go about recruiting someone. Linda helped with advertising the job description, and put forward a suitable candidate called Abby Robb who had the right skillset and matched the job description. Lorraine interviewed Abby and decided to appoint her for 10 hours a week in the first instance. Lorraine says ‘it is likely the hours will increase as the business grows’.

Find out more about our Take One Service or email Linda King

Making Merton a healthier borough for business

Guild catering manager and healthy workplace champion Hilary Collis says: “We could not have done it without your support throughout the process – thank you so much. You have made the whole process so much smoother.”

The Guild is the fifth local business we have guided to LHWC accreditation. With new sign-ups every week, latest MCC members to pledge their commitment to health and wellbeing principles include Hartley Fowler Chartered Accountants, Orchard Day Nursery and Wimbledon YMCA.

Benefits of officially registering as a healthy workplace employer include improved staff motivation and retention, reduced absenteeism, recruitment advantages, and the knock-on PR and marketing opportunities that come with winning official recognition of your efforts.

Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMerton and get in touch with our Healthy Workplace Consultant Nicola Davenport to find out more

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