Welcome to the February issue of the Chamber enews

Merton Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 20th birthday celebrations with the South African Olympic event at Cannizaro House. The event attracted over 100 guests who learned about the Olympic plans and got to carry the Olympic Torch.

Lots of important news in our news section below along with Description: http://www.mertonchamber.co.uk/enews/Diana-Signature.gifa full programme of events to support businesses at all stages. Details of forthcoming Olympic and Jubilee celebrations will be coming out to you soon.



Tuesday 7 February at 9.30am - What Is Cloud?
Discover how moving all your data to the cloud provides additional security and flexibility and improves time management for all your employees.

Wednesday 8 February at 4pm - Facebook Masterclass
Find out why Facebook is important for your business, how it works, how to start and grow your audience.

Thursday 9 February at 9.30am - Business Basics
Starting your own business is always exciting because you are the one who decides everything from the name on the door to how to promote it. Expert and practical guidance on how to start your business journey.

Thursday 23 February at 12.00pm - Lunch and Learn at The Generator Business Centre. The 'Lunch and Learn' peer group learning network is for local people who are running a business to interact, share information and learn from each other all within a friendly supportive environment.  Lunch is also included.

Friday 24 February at 9.30am - Winning and Keeping Customers
Cost-effective, tried and tested tactics to help you increase the number of clients you win and, as importantly, gives you tips on how to stop them leaving you for the competition. 

Wednesday 29 February at 9.30am - Emergency First Aid at Work
Ideal for smaller workplaces that present few health and safety risks. Assessment and certification.

Tuesday 13th March at 4.30pm - Welcome to New Members
If you have recently joined the Chamber, or are thinking about it, join us for this free networking event and find out all about our services over drinks and canapes at the newly launched 40 The Hill, Wimbledon.

Thursday 15th March at 8.00am - Raynes Park Networking Breakfast
Come along and meet with other local businesses and hear about plans and developments in the Town Centre while enjoying a tasty breakfast at Bar 191.

To book on any of these events click on the event title above or visit us at www.mertonchamber.co.uk/events or call Caroline on 020 8944 5501 or email caroline@mertonchamber.co.uk


News bites

  • Join Chamber members and good friends WSM on Thursday 22nd March at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club when they will be hosting their 2012 budget seminar with guest speaker Tim Good. Numbers are limited for this popular session, so don't delay in confirming your free place. Email to book your place.

  • Mayor's Charity Ball in aid of Parkinson's UK - Merton Branch to be held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club Debentures Lounge on 17th March - St. Patrick's Day. Drinks reception, delicious three course meal plus coffee and Irish fudge - also includes four bottles wine per table. Find out more

  • Lloyds TSB will be joining us at the Culture, Leisure and Tourism Sector Forum on 21st March (tbc) at Tapanco about "Preparing your Business for the Olympic Games". A downloaded copy of their brochure "Preparing for the Games" can be found at their website.
  • We have answered over 600 enquiries in January alone at the Wimbledon Town Centre Information Desk (inside Centre Court). You can advertise your business at the Information Desk through our poster points and leaflet dispensers. Contact us for more details on 020 8337 8098 or email us.
  • Join Helen Clark Bell who has managed the Go Green programme of support over the last 5 year. Helen will be speaking at SOS Office Solutions green expo on Friday 10th Feb. The event is free and will showcase activities designed to raise awareness of green products and launch environmentally friendly projects to the local community.

  • The provisional Business Rate poundage for 2012/13, which is set by the Government, is 45.0p in the £ for small properties. Small properties are defined as those with a rateable value under £21,500 in London (£15,000 outside). For properties with a rateable value of £21,500 or over in London increases amount to 5.6%. The provisional multipliers will be confirmed after either the local government finance report for 2012/13 has been approved by Parliament or 1 March 2012.

  • Looking to move your office or in need of local meeting and conference rooms to rent? The Generator Business Centre has available office suites at highly competitive prices. Contact Clair on 020 8619 0700 or email clair@mertonchamber.co.uk

Merton Chamber starts 20th Birthday celebrations with South African Event

Business leaders in South London gathered last week to hear from some of the UK’s foremost experts on trading opportunities in South Africa. The South African Trade Event was organised by Go South Go and Merton Chamber of Commerce to help local business understand the cultural differences, business practices and opportunities in the South African market. With Wimbledon gearing up to host the 2012 Olympic tennis, guests were also privileged to have their photo taken with the Olympic torch, which was provided courtesy of Olympic sponsor Lloyds TSB Bank. 

With key note speeches from businesses trading in South Africa, the South African High Commission, UKTI, The Head of Pre-Games Training camp at St Mary's University College, Twickenham and with a live link to the British Consul in Cape Town, the event gave businesses the chance to hear what it means to do business in South Africa. They were also provided a great opportunity to network with like minded business leaders and exhibitors.


Merton Chamber enjoys a celebrated start to the new year!

Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce won the Contribution to Merton’s Community award.

Stephen Alambritis was thrilled to recognise those who have gone above and beyond their duties to provide an excellent service, “Each year the outstanding award never ceases to impress me, even in these financially challenging times when resources and budgets are tight, we have a wealth of people and talent who give their all to making Merton a better place to live and work.”
Ged Curran, Merton Council chief executive, believes that Diana is a worthy winner, "We were delighted to be able to recognise the work that Diana does, given the very important role Merton Chamber of Commerce plays in the borough. Diana's enthusiasm has brought the value of partnership working to the forefront and she is a very deserving winner.”

With Diana’s triumph at the awards and with Merton Chamber of Commerce celebrating our 20th birthday, there are only good things to come from the Chamber this year. We will celebrate our birthday with special events and Olympic legacy projects throughout the year so make sure you keep in touch and get involved.


Advertising & Trading Regulations during the Olympics

The Advertising and Trading Regulations bring in temporary restrictions to advertising and trading in open public places, within a few hundred metres around competition venues during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Although much ’business as usual‘ advertising, such as shop signs and in-store advertising will not be affected, to ensure the objectives of the regulations are met (or to prevent ambush marketing) other advertising in certain areas around the venues will only be permitted if authorised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The London 2012 website now includes information explaining the rules on advertising and outdoor trading near Olympic and Paralympic venues - Wimbledon is in an advertising zone. If you think you may be affected, please visit their website, which spells out the application process and criteria (for authorisation for trading and advertising), including a detailed guide and shows examples of practices that do not require authorisation, or can only be carried out if authorisation has been obtained. 


Merton Means Business - helping businesses for another year

http://www.mertonchamber.co.uk/cmsdata/MMB/handsfree.jpg After 2 years of providing the Merton Means Business service across the borough, we are delighted to say that the service has been extended for another year

Since we began, we have started 99 new businesses in Merton. With our free start up workshops, business advice, networking sessions, library, factsheets and direct line helpdesk - available to start-up and existing businesses - we plan on helping many more businesses over the next year.

Call our helpline on 020 8619 0700 if you have a business question


Go Green Plus programme saves businesses £1000 per year

330% - that's how far above target we were on 'water savings'
360% - that's how far above target we were on improved environmental performance

At the end of the Go Green Plus programme, we are proud to say that we have helped 386 businesses Go Green, diverted 760 tonnes of waste from landfill per year, reduced CO2 emissions by over 530 tonnes per year = the equivalent amount of CO2 that 530 trees absorb in their lifetime!! - and on average, saved each business £1000.

To get the latest on greening statistics and trends, follow us on Facebook - Twitter - or Linked In


Welcome to new members

This month, we are delighted to welcome as new members:

Paul Strank Roofing - local roofing specialists, established in Wimbledon for 40 years.
The Prophecy - new members club, where work and pleasure live in harmony!
Beautiful Lashes - Look good, feel good with professional eye lash extensions, mobile/salon service.

If you are interested in joining the Chamber, please contact Caroline or Sophie or call 020 8944 5501 for more details.


The Ballot begins....9th Jan-9th Feb 2012

Love Wimbledon - the Business Improvement District - is now in the ballot phase which ends on February 9th. The results will be announced on February 10th when we hope to be celebrating a successful ballot and introducing the BID from April 1st.

You can read the BID Proposal online or request a copy to be sent to you.

Please visit the website to find out more about the BID for Wimbledon


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