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The challenge for many businesses is balancing everyday business with what needs to be done behind the scenes. The introduction of the new GDPR regulations in May is a great example. As a small business ourselves we are going through the process and have recently published our privacy and cookie policy. We are also continuing to support businesses get to grips with what you need to do through our GDPR workshops – see below.
I am pleased to welcome a new member of our team – Jenny O’Neill, see below for the work she will be taking forward to connect businesses to local, good causes.

This month we feature the benefits of membership, as told by some of our members with a discount for new members; we continue a series of Top Tips in the countdown to the Merton Best Business Awards; and we summarise forthcoming events, including an exclusive event for Premier members at London City Hall and one of our must attend events, our Annual General Meeting at the Cannizaro House Hotel.
4 things I’ve done this month:
  • Visited a number of businesses to find out their views on Merton as a borough to base your business
  • Met with Merton Council to explore business opportunities in the Canons development in Mitcham
  • Met with local training providers to discuss work and apprenticeship opportunities with local employers
  • Started our journey on GDPR – Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy published


 

Membership
10% off membership until end of April for new members only. Code: memspring18
By joining us you too can achieve your business goals.  With a choice of Standard and Premier packages, designed to meet your business needs, you will find the perfect option to suit your business. 

You can join now by visiting our website here or clicking below.
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Business News
The countdown is now on for the Merton Best Business Awards 2018!
Top tips for
April
  1. Make sure what you say is evidenced – use your performance indicators, case studies and testimonials.
  2. Include facts and figures.
  3. Make sure your story stacks up – judges will always find the holes in what you say
Merton Giving – a new partnership between Merton Council, Merton Voluntary Services Council and the Chamber of Commerce
 
This partnership introduces a new initiative called “Merton Giving” in the borough. Jenny O’Neill joins the Chamber and comes to the role with substantial experience of business and community links.
Jenny’s role at the Merton Chamber of Commerce builds on the previous partnership between Merton Voluntary Services Council and Merton Chamber of Commerce, where, in 2017/18, under the ‘Merton Means Business’  service, £40,000 of funding was brought into the community sector (in cash and in kind) from local businesses. The aim is to continue and build on this successful model.

Mayor of London Backs the Refill London Campaign!

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, backed Refill London last week, taking to Twitter and Facebook to express his support:

Would you like to get involved? Find out more on our website here
Announcing our Annual General Meeting 2018
Merton Chamber of Commerce invites you to our Networking Evening, in association with Peacock & Co, and AGM on the evening of Tuesday 5 June 2018 from 6pm. 
Enjoy a welcome drink upon arrival whilst networking prior to the main event of the evening. 

Our Annual General Meeting provides you with an opportunity to hear about the Chamber’s work, as well as meeting businesses, our Directors and our staff team in the stunning setting of Hotel du Vin, Cannizaro House Hotel.
This will be followed by a delicious summer buffet with wine giving you the perfect opportunity to Network!
Upcoming Events
Our 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.
 'An Effective Writing workshop provided a systematic approach to the writing process for marketing, PR and business in general. From emails to website copy, this workshop offered plenty of practical tips. Tracey has several years of experience and has been working with small and medium sized businesses so, her tips were practical for all participants. Highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is involved in writing process of a business.' - Blue Wave Swim School

Is your business ready for GDPR?

Thursday, 12 April @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

What does GDPR actually mean to your business?
This interactive tutorial session asks the question: ‘Is your business ready for GDPR?’.  The session will allow you to explore the realities of compliance, and help you begin to unravel the myths around GDPR and how to avoid high level fines.

 
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LinkedIn for Business Beginners

Tuesday, 15 May @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

LinkedIn is the world’s leading B2B social media channel. With over 20 million users in the UK alone, this three hour interactive workshop helps to shed light on its value and will give you a clear view of how it can be used to better your business.

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Exclusive Premier Member Event

Thursday, 10 May 

The Board of Directors are delighted to host an evening of networking for Premier members and selected guests at City Hall with delightful views over the River Thames from the Viewing Gallery.  Hosted by Leonie Cooper, Merton and Wandsworth Representative on the London Assembly.

For more information or to become a Premier member email info@mertonchamber.co.uk

 Workshop Sponsorship 
"Here at Hartley Fowler we are delighted to be sponsoring the Merton Chamber Business Service Workshops. As a strong believer in the value of staff training and development we hope these series of courses will help local businesses develop their workforce.
We have been operating for over fifty years, within this time we have grown to over 50 staff across our Wimbledon, Horsham and Brighton offices. We are dedicated to providing a professional service to meet your business’s needs.

The Merton Chamber Business Service Workshops offer a fantastic opportunity for new, upcoming and established companies to interact with one another and learn new skills. On-going professional development is an essential factor throughout business and I believe it plays a huge part in the success of a company, the more developed your employees are the better service they will naturally provide, the various workshops on offer appeal to a variety of individuals. It is a great way for businesses to prominently develop their staff in a much more motivated environment in comparison to an office where they would usually undergo training.

We look forward to seeing you at a workshop soon.Julien Upson, Partner 
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