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December 2009 www.soton-chamber.co.uk SOUTHAMPTON & FAREHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY chambernews c s the independent voice of local business Southampton’s Christmas Crackers Retailers in Southampton teed (our forecasting is better than the met. are getting ready for their office - helped by a snow machine). There will busiest season, Christmas. also be stalls on the street which is closed to Whilst there is some talk of a traffic for the party whilst Springhill School limited recovery for the econo- Choir perform on the stage along with Squinty my and possible transport dis- McGinty and Susan from the Silver Nutmeg ruptions and congestions the who will also be playing. To finish the whole Chamber of Commerce's retail party there will be hot chestnuts and candy members have spoken about floss as well as rides for children.” their positive attitude at this time of the year. They want to convey to the public one simple message Rashmi Chande, Chairman of the East Street that Southampton is very much Traders Association said that, open for business and has many “With talk of the plans in place to make the worst of the cur- trading district. The recent initiative by experience memorable. “East Street enjoys rent recession Southampton City Council to reduce car park- a very fine and being over, East ing charges should prove a boost to lure shop- Ian Welland, Southampton enviable reputation Street is looking pers back to East Street and the rest of City Centre Manager said, for having a wide forward with Southampton.” “Southampton is the place range of specialist quiet confidence to be this Christmas with the independent shops and cautious German themed market and eateries, offering optimism to the Nicky Bromley, Marketing Communications alongside our gift markets. The Bargate monu- personal service, wide Christmas sea- Manager for WestQuay Southampton said ment will be lit up and proudly overlooking the choice and excellent son. that, Markets and city centre shops. In East Street, value for money. It It is also very “Stores at High Street and Queensway there is an array of offers ample parking conveniently WestQuay are tak- “WestQuay is look- specialist shops, cafes and restaurants, and our facilities with two located; being ing delivery of a ing forward to an major shopping centres of WestQuay, The Mall major car parks very close to huge variety of exciting Christmas Southampton, and West Quay Retail Park will nearby.” Debenhams, great gift options period with the be staying open longer making shopping a Bargate and and are really return of our real festive experience. Don't forget Bedford WestQuay gearing up for the giant advent calen- Place, London Road, and Oxford Street offering Shopping Centres. Now that the major festive season. dar! The 24 Days of great shopping and dining. On Boxing Day, the improvements in the High Street and Below Bar The Christmas Christmas promotion city centre is open with Bluestar providing bus area are complete, access to East Street should period last year will feature different services in the city.” prove a lot easier. saw some of the offers and activities highest footfall of from our retailers During the current festive season, most of the 2008 with many every day, as well as Richard French of W.J.French & Son Ltd said shops in East Street will be open seven days a stores reporting a visit from Father the local community in Bedford Place was week, with late closing at 8.00 pm on record sales, and Christmas and some busy producing a brochure for distribution. Thursdays. Apart from Thursdays and Sundays we are confident real life reindeer.” There will also be Christmas trees over the the trading hours of most shops will be from we can match this shops with lights suspended over the road. 9.00am to 5.30pm. With the current take-up of success this year.” Richard went on to say that, empty shops, East Street is well poised to “There will be undergo major improvements and marketing As a Christmas present to retail non-members collections for initiatives to make it an even more thriving the Southampton and Fareham Chamber of the Wessex “Every year there Commerce has joined forces with the Cancer Appeal is a party. Last Southampton City Centre management team to and many of year's was the offer a special joint introductory offer. If you the shops will busiest ever and are a non-member and want to find out more stay open late we are hoping that about this special partnership please contact for this event. this year's on Nicky Hirst by telephone on 023 8020 6152 or French's shoe Wednesday December by email at email@example.com shop will have a 9th we will top visit from it.” The Chamber of Commerce wishes all Father Chamber News readers a busy festive Christmas and season. snow is guaran- chambernews SOUTHAMPTON & FAREHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY UK cleantech start-ups www.soton-chamber.co.uk The independent voice of local business Southampton & Fareham Chamber of Commerce & Industry represents around 4000 businesses in all sectors of the economy and of all sizes based in the Southampton City region. The Chamber of to get £18 million boost The UK Government is to inject last week, in start-ups RLtec and Commerce seeks to represent the inter- £18 million of additional invest- Plaxica, enabled the two com- ests and to promote the competitiveness panies to raise further invest- ment into UK clean energy and growth of all businesses and their communities in the region. start-ups to pump prime the ment. The Carbon Trust is sector, which has been hit by a investing in RLtec alongside Bugle House Cams Hall shortage of investment capital. Low Carbon Accelerator and 53 Bugle Street Fareham The money, which will be Naxos Capital Partners, enabling Southampton Hampshire invested by the Carbon Trust's the clean technology company Hampshire SO14 2LF PO16 8AB venture capital investment sub- to provide patented dynamic Call 023 8022 3541 Call 01329 822250 sidiary, Carbon Trust demand and smart grid solu- Fax 023 8022 7426 Fax 01329 822250 Investments, is being directed at tions that reduce carbon emis- companies developing some of sions and costs of electricity. Cont@cts Jimmy Chestnutt the UK's most promising tech- nologies. These include fuel cells, photovoltaics, marine and In all, Plaxica raised over £1 mil- lion in equity funding from wind power, as well as new Imperial Innovations, the Director General forms of energy efficiency and Carbon Trust and the National 023 8020 6158 demand management such as Endowment for Science, firstname.lastname@example.org smart grid technology. RLtec, a smart-grid management technology provider, is a clean tech Technology and the Arts beneficiary of Carbon Trust investment (NESTA) that will enable the Denise Barlow Two companies - Plaxica, an company to develop new and Business Development Imperial College spin-out devel- more energy-efficient ways to oping renewable plastics, and stage but face a worrying short- idly over the next 12 to 18 create high-quality biodegrad- 023 8020 6160 age of second round funding months and will focus the email@example.com RLtec, a smart-grid manage- able plastics from renewable ment technology provider - that is needed to take them investment on companies that sources. have just won significant invest- through to commercial viability. offer prospects of a strong com- Lorraine Gourley ment from the Carbon Trust and We are aiming to help plug this mercial return. "The UK is a real hot-bed of Finance and Data Management are the kind of businesses the gap and encourage much-need- clean tech innovation and the Magazine Editor new investment intends to tar- ed additional private investment The £18 million is coming from sector has the potential to create 023 8020 6162 /6169 get. as well." the Department of Energy and significant economic value for firstname.lastname@example.org Climate Change. Commenting Britain but it needs urgent sup- "The investment package will be Although investment in clean- on the cash injection, Ed port," commented Tom Delay, Kristine Salomon-Olsen tech has shown recent signs of Miliband, Secretary of State for Representation warmly received by the wide chief executive at the Carbon range of UK clean tech compa- recovery, the sector has been hit Energy and Climate Change, Trust. "In the current environ- 023 8020 6153 nies who have break-through hard by the global recession, said: ment, even the most promising email@example.com ideas that they are ready to take with investment sinking to its "Supporting green start-up companies are finding it hard to to market," said Peter lowest level for five years in companies with this capital attract the funding needed to Jacqueline Russell Linthwaite, managing partner of 2008, when according to the means innovative ideas for low turn bright ideas into commer- International CT Investment Partners, which Carbon Trust's own figures just carbon energy will be able to cial success stories. With this advises Carbon Trust £66.5 million was injected. make it out of the lab and into new funding boost, we are con- 023 8020 6164 the future energy mix." firstname.lastname@example.org Investments. "Many of these fident that the tide will now technologies are now well The Carbon Trust said it begin to turn." beyond the 'proof of concept' planned to invest the cash rap- The Carbon Trust's investments, Margaret Toms Membership 023 8020 6154 email@example.com Nicky Hirst Communications Diary date 023 8020 6152 firstname.lastname@example.org 2010 EVENTS PREVIEW & NETWORKING LUNCH Lisa Hall Sponsored by Intelligent Marketing Information & Company Secretary Thursday 14th January at East Horton Golf Club, 12.15pm -2.00pm 023 8020 6158 email@example.com Join us for the launch of the Chamber of Commerce 2010 Business Events Calendar which is being held at the East Horton Golf Club in the Greenwood Suite, a converted Chamber News is produced on behalf of Southampton & Victorian building which has retained much of its original Fareham Chamber of Commerce and distributed in partner- charm including its original oak beamed ceiling. ship with the Southern Daily Echo's Hampshire Business Magazine. 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Christmas Party Lunch The Concorde Club with its pic- Friday 11th December turesque grounds is a firm In conclusion of the event, The Rose Bowl favourite with our Chamber members and guests were invit- 12.15pm - 3.45pm Member and an ideal location ed to take part in a fun game, Sponsored by: for the second of our October "Heads and Tails". Liz Hole of Taylor Made Computer Solutions networking lunches. The the Southampton Hospital Concorde Club enjoys an inter- Charities was the lucky winner national reputation as a long of a very generous prize donat- established jazz club, restau- JANUARY 2010 ed by Eastern Airways, which 2010 Events Preview & rant, hotel and business venue. included return flight tickets Networking Lunch with Eastern Airways plus a Almost 90 Chamber members hotel stay at the 5 star Rockliffe Thursday 14th January 2010 and guests attended the event, Hall Hotel. East Horton Golf Club which was sponsored by BAA 12.15pm - 2.00pm Southampton Airport. photographs courtesy of Barry Mann Photography’ The lunch was a great success, Sponsored by: many new contacts were made Intelligent Marketing Following a period of quality and business cards exchanged networking, members and Liverpool and soon Durham ellers. He announced that a Marketing Breakfast Briefing Tees Valley. She gave details of new route to Durham Tees in a very leisurely way. guests were invited to take their "Everything you always wanted to places for a delicious 2 course the £7 million investment that Valley Airport would commence will be taking place at the air- Monday 2nd November with The Southampton & Fareham know about Internet Marketing" meal. Peter Whalley of Chamber of Commerce has Thursday 21st January Buchanans, who is also a mem- port over the next year to two services each weekday, improve facilities for passen- enabling day return trips, with built-up over the past few years, The Rose Bowl ber of the Chambers Board of an excellent reputation within 7.30am - 9.30am Directors hosted the networking gers. fares starting from £69 one way, including taxes. the local business community In association with: lunch on behalf of the for the variety of corporate, net- Splice Marketing Chamber. During coffee Jan Jan went on to introduce Rob Thompson from Eastern Kate Waiton explained that working events and seminars it Halliday Director of Marketing offers within its yearly Business Airways and Kate Waiton from Durham Tees Valley Airport is FEBRUARY 2010 and Communications from Events Calendar which are Southampton Airport gave a the Peel Airport Group. the gateway to Darlington, Networking Lunch Middlesborough, Stockton-on- proving to be exceptional value Thursday 11th February short update advising that the for money. If you would like airport has had a good year Rob Thompson explained that Tees, Hartlepool and Durham. 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Contact the events team The Solent Hotel & Spa, Whiteley, a haven of of business is difficult and a good outsourc- for further details. peace and quiet, just a short drive from the ing arrangement for your finance functions City was the venue for the Chambers will help benefit you and your firm. Autumn networking lunch. For more information on all of our Geoff further explained their offer as:- Events visit www.soton-chamber.co.uk The cherry wood panelling and attractive ● The Finance Director they don't have; or contact the events department on terracotta tiles, with huge deep pile rugs ● Management accounting (including 02380 223541 scattered around, created a warm and KPIs); homely welcome for our Chamber mem- ● VAT and payroll services that mitigate bers and guests. increasing legislation worries The first of our two October networking Our approach lunches attracted over 80 local business people from the Southampton & surround- ing areas. Quality networking was followed We invest time in understanding our client's needs and work with them to deter- mine the best and most efficient way to photographs courtesy of Barry Mann Photography’ place. In conclusion current market condi- Cont@cts by a delicious two course lunch. deal with their requirements. Margaret Toms tions dictate that companies need to have The event was sponsored by Bruce Elkins of Benefits up to date, accurate, reliable information to Head of Membership Services C W Fellowes, who for some time now have run their business in the future. 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Three prizes had been donated, Tel: 02380 206165 the event and introduced Geoff Collis, ● Improved reliability and accuracy of email@example.com Director of C W Fellowes and one of his information to make better and more the first, two bottles of champagne kindly Associate Directors, Nicky Hopkins, who informed decisions donated by C W Fellowes, the lucky winners advised C W Fellowes was established in ● Better utilisation of staff and resources to were, Peter Kempton of Thinkscape and Yvette Barnard 1991, and has become one of the leading enable increased focus on core activities Sarah Waddington of the Botley Park Hotel. 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Instead of choosing their International Ltd career over their family commit- Jan comments, "I work in a sector ments, these finalists have chosen which is dominated by men, but JOIN THE CHAMBER The finalists in the 2009 NatWest to balance life and work on their I'm proof that if you have the everywoman Awards have been own terms, not letting go of their determination, you can do any- OF COMMERCE If YOU announced, recognising the phe- dreams, but allowing the two to thing you want to do." WOULD LIKE TO… nomenal success of the UK's run in harmony. most inspirational female busi- Karen Gill MBE, co-founder of ■ Save Money ness owners. Now in its seventh Jan Ward always knew she wanted everywoman, comments, "Year ■ Network with Business year, the awards identify and cele- to work in international trade, so on year we are overwhelmed by brate successful entrepreneurs she could explore her love of trav- the calibre of entries to these ■ Promote and Market your who are making strides during el. Having left school aged 16, she awards. This year we had the Business this challenging business climate, worked at a number of compa- highest number of entries to date Jan Ward, Southampton and paving the way for future genera- nies exporting engineering mate- and yet again we are seeing some Fareham Chamber of Commerce ■ Gain new Customers tions of aspiring women. rials, carving a niche for herself by outstanding individuals who President ■ Buy good value Training specialising in dealing with clients deserve to be recognised for their ■ Increase your voice through The finalists in this year's NatWest based in the Middle East. extraordinary contribution to UK everywoman Awards are shining plc." Representation examples of how hard work, pas- Jan sees determination as vital to sion, determination and a refusal her success, as she was initially The winners will be announced to give up can lead to overwhelm- told by peers that it was not possi- over a lunch ceremony on 2 Save £££££££££££ ing achievements. All have a pas- ble for a woman to set up on her December held at The Dorchester with low cost... sion for growing their business in an ethical and sustainable way, own, or work successfully with clients in the Middle East, but she Hotel on London's Park Lane, where guests will include VIPs and understand the value and refused to take 'no' for an answer. from the fields of business, gov- ■ Phone calls importance of attracting and She is particularly proud of the ernment, media and others in the retaining the best staff. Many team she has around her, having public eye. ■ Gas and Electricity ■ Stationery Launch of Brand New Business Mentoring Scheme ■ Computer accessories for Southampton Based Businesses 16 October 2009 - Mentor-net, a others learn from their own enter- really delighted to be able to brand new, low-cost business prise experiences. 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If you are a business owner inter- survive, grow and prosper. scheme, "Our members are most- ested in finding a Mentor to sup- ly drawn from the local business Denise Barlow, Head of Business port you, or if you have the expe- ■ Legal expenses insurance Mentor-net Programme Manager, community and organisations Development at Southampton rience and skills to become a vol- Rachel Cheetham said, "Business that support local businesses, so and Fareham Chamber of unteer Mentor, contact Mentor- mentoring is often likened to who better to understand the Commerce said, "Growing busi- net on 0845 45 86 454 or email ■ Network with Business 'having a friend in business, pressures and demands the own- nesses face problems and oppor- email@example.com. Further someone who has been there, ers of SMEs are currently facing tunities, and no matter how expe- information can also be found at done that', and now wants to help and suggest solutions? We are all rienced a company and its www.mentor-net.co.uk ■ Bring in new Business through networking events - The Chamber has an unrivalled reputation for delivering an annual programme of over 30 business events a year Creative Arts by Debbie Madden Southampton and Fareham Her service is bespoke entirely for Chamber of Commerce member the customer by the customer. ■ Promotion and Marketing Debbie Madden has enjoyed a She draws or paints anything peo- busy time recently. ple want but specialises in people Debbie is an artist based in portraits - live or from photo- ■ Opportunities to promote Southampton, who has been graphs. She has also worked on your business drawing all her life. She officially pet paintings and drawings, a founded Creative Arts by Debbie Saints Crest, Hannah Montana, in March 2009 and since then has The Joker, a huge family portrait ■ Members Directory been given the opportunity to dis- of 11 people, Abingdon Race play her work in a number of dif- Track, various pets, child portraits, ferent locations. caricatures and a baby memorial. Abingdon Race Track British Summertime – exhibit for Recent work includes painting a Ashcroft Arts Centre, September 2009 In March 2009, her work was seen silhouette on the window of by the general public visiting the Corner Cuts hairdressers in designed by their mum), a water- orders for Christmas presents Mall Marlands, when Debbie Cobden Road, Bitterne and an colour of Fifi (from the always taking up a great deal of secured space at the shopping exhibition at Ashcroft Arts Centre Flowertots) and a portrait of a time. I have provided a special precinct by becoming a winner of in Fareham. Debbie also exhibits newly wedded couple. Debbie is offer for those that use Chamber the regional heat for the Make life drawings, scenery and also in talks with the Novotel of Passport as a thank you to every- Your Mark 2009 competition. Christening cake portraits as well Southampton about appearing at one at the Chamber of Commerce Since then Debbie has exhibited as visiting customers for a por- private or corporate functions as and the Chamber of Commerce at Ashcroft Arts Centre in trait/caricature sitting or carica- a caricaturist. She may also be members that have helped sup- MORE BITE Fareham, a Business Link Exhibition at the Novotel in ture party. returning to the Mall Marlands in the run up to Christmas. port me in my new venture". Orders are still being taken for TO YOUR Southampton and will be exhibit- ing in a Ladies Night in Totton as well as in Lakeside 2000 Future projects include: painting nursery rhymes in the library of Glenfield Infant School, an A1 Debbie said, "You name it, I will copy it. I love Christmas. For further examples of Debbie's BUSINESS (Portsmouth) and a Christmas Fayre in Glenfield Infant School. sized pencil portrait of two small sisters, reinforced with 'wings' (as my work and am preparing for an even busier time ahead with work visit her website www.clon- eart.co.uk where there is also a list of her future event appearances. 6 December 2009 MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK chambernews SOUTHAMPTON & FAREHAM Southampton agency scoops CHAMBER gold at top industry awards OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY JOIN THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IF YOU SOUTHAMPTON and Fareham award back in October, it really was an Chamber of Commerce member, early Christmas present for all of us and WOULD LIKE TO… Carswell Gould, is ending the year on a helped to end the year on a high. Now high after scooping the top PR award for we're really looking forward to heading ■ Save Money media relations. into 2010 as it will bring with it the ■ Network with Business excitement of attending the CIPR PRide ■ Promote and Market your The city centre agency entered CIPR national awards." Wessex's PRide Awards earlier this year Business and was shortlisted in the media rela- Katherine Steadman, Chair of CIPR ■ Gain new Customers tions category. More than 1,488 entries Wessex, added: "A CIPR PRide Award is were submitted for the Wessex CIPR a hallmark of professionalism and suc- ■ Buy good value Training PRide Awards as a whole and the media cess - it identifies, recognises and ■ Increase your voice through relations category was the most hotly- rewards the outstanding achievements contested, with five agencies battling it of those working in the PR industry out- Representation out for the top spot. side of London. To win a CIPR PRide Award is a tremendous achievement However, there could only be one win- and I congratulate all of this year's win- Save £££££££££££ ner and Carswell Gould was named the ners." with low cost... award recipient at a glitzy awards evening at the De Vere Grand Harbour CG's winning campaign was for its work ■ Discount Advertising in Hotel in Southampton back in October. with Southampton City College. Since November 2008 Carswell Gould has dra- Hampshire Business Now the company is preparing to matically improved the college's media attend the national awards, where it relations and coverage, achieving the ■ Gain New Customers could take the title of best media rela- college's objectives of raising awareness tions campaign in the country. of its successes. ■ Help and advice Carswell Gould's PR Account Executive, To find out more about Carswell Gould Laura Downton, said: "It was a great visit www.carswellgould.co.uk. feeling when we won the regional ■ Bespoke data base marketing Photo courtesy of Postart.co.uk ■ Credit rating checks Town On The Up ■ Research, information to grow your business Eastleigh Town Centre continues to do well despite the recession. ■ Brand awareness through Chair of the Eastleigh Local Area are shop fitters working at two projects and events that would idents in Eastleigh, Bishopstoke Committee Chris Thomas has more units prior to opening. I help promote the town. He and Chandler's Ford. Sponsorship reported that there are encourag- am pleased to report that they are revealed the Town Centre ing signs for the town with new taking advantage of more and Partnership, with assistance from "This is a good example of the ■ Over 45 years experience shop lets and increased footfall. more people visiting the town. the Borough Council had Council working with businesses of International Trade Footfall figures for August show a launched a money saving vouch- to promote the town. The book- Reporting at a recent Council 12% increase over the same peri- er scheme. Over 17,000 copies of let is packed with money saving documentation, advise, meeting he said "Three new busi- od last year." a booklet offering money saving ideas and I'm sure people will workshops and overseas nesses have opened in the town vouchers from town centre busi- take advantage of them." business visits in the last two months and there And Chris highlighted other local ness have been distributed to res- ■ Training - Cost effective Training courses designed for Business Local firm Wow selected as finalists ■ needs The independent voice of in prestigious national awards ■ Business High level representation to Hampshire-based Accountancy and Financial Planning, we government and agencies on firm, The Wow Company, has believe our offering for small matters of concern to local been selected from a record business owners in the South of businesses. number of entries to become England is completely unique. finalists in the prestigious Being shortlisted for this award Accountancy Age Awards. Wow is really is testament to the hard one of only 5 companies nation- work of the whole Wow team' ally to be shortlisted for the 'Small Firm of the Year' category, Wow is the market-leading firm and is the only company in of Accountants advising growing Hampshire to be put forward as businesses in the South of finalists within this category. England. The company was formed in 2004 and Wow now has The Wow Company will find out 13 staff, over 140 clients and is the outcome of the award at the continuing to grow and take on Accountancy Age awards cere- additional clients despite the mony on 18th November at recession. Wow is passionate Battersea Park Arena in London. about helping businesses grow Editor of Accountancy Age, Gavin whatever the market conditions, Hinks stated 'It has been a very competitive selection process The Wow Company team offering a unique approach to Accountancy, Financial Planning MORE BITE with a lot of high-quality entries, and those who have made the Managing director of The Wow Company, Paul Bulpitt stated selected as finalists for such a prestigious award. With our blend and Business Advice. For further information go to www.thewow- TO YOUR shortlist can be justifiably proud of their achievement.' 'we're really proud of being of Accountancy, Business Advice company.com or call 0845 201 1582. BUSINESS MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK December 2009 7 chamberviewpoint Tax finance and legal Hampshire Chambers demand Marc Cumberlege Chairman a Budget for Confidence in 2010 Hampshire Chambers of Commerce" joins together in a new strategic alliance the Chaired by Marc Cumberlege of Radcliffe & three major Chambers of Commerce in Co (Life & Pensions), the Tax Finance and Hampshire (North Hampshire, Portsmouth Legal Committee is a group of Chamber & South East Hampshire and the member professionals which meets monthly Southampton & Fareham Chamber) repre- to review and alert the Chamber membership senting over 2000 businesses of all sizes to the implications of new employment legis- and sectors across Hampshire. Our lation, financial, insurance and taxation topics Members' Survey and recently published relevant to employers and businesses. The Manifesto for Hampshire Business 2009 committee members also examine the annual showed that our members believe it is the Budget and Finance Bill for points relevant to role of government to provide confidence the business community so that submissions and the right business environment. In can be made to the Treasury Budget Team on return, businesses can respond by increas- behalf of the Chamber membership. They ing competitiveness and delivering growth have been active in proposing simplifications in the economy to lead us out of the cur- to legislation and “red tape” which holds back rent recession. However, the UK's slow economic growth. The contact point is: progress in economic recovery will be fur- firstname.lastname@example.org ther threatened, if new tax and regulatory obstacles are placed in the way by Government. Committee members Hampshire Chambers spoke up for busi- Marc Cumberlege, Committee Chair ness in Hampshire recently by proposing to Radcliffe & Co (Life & Pensions) Ltd the Chancellor in a Budget Submission that Caroline Armitage, Committee Vice Chair serious consideration should be given to Thomas Eggar LLP including ten proposals in the 2010 Pre Budget Report to be announced on 9 David Tipple Committee’s Board Representative December 2009. Alun Oliver 1 No Increase in National Insurance 4 Empty Property Rates tal agenda as a whole, not just Climate E3 Consulting The implications of the increase in Abolish business rates on all empty prop- Change issues. Andrew Tilley employers' National Insurance erties. Dutton Gregory LLP Contributions planned for 2011, which 8 Council Owned Business Centres Andy Edwards would be a tax on recovery and jobs. If such a measure would be too costly for Consider financial help to reduced rents Rossborough Insurance Brokers Ltd government, then payment of Small on council owned business centres. Andy Wright The proposed increase in national insur- Business Rate Relief should be made auto- Clydesdale Bank ance contributions is tantamount to an matically, as the local Councils already A recent survey by the Association of Andrew Quicke increased tax on jobs, which is already at a have the information for implementing Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Fiander Tovell llp very high level. We believe that this meas- such payments. showed that nearly two thirds of people Antony Fanshawe ure will contribute to increasing, rather questioned would like to start their own Begbies Traynor Group than reducing, unemployment and would 5 Income Tax and Entrepreneurship business. A low rent, a skills element and wish to now see a freeze for the foreseeable Re-visit the intention to increase to 50% mentoring would provide the confidence Chris Ricketts future on any further increases. Ricketts & Co the top rate of income tax. often lacking for such ventures. Colin Perryman 2 Business Tax Simplification Radcliffe & Co (Life & Pensions) Ltd This could be viewed as a tax on entrepre- 9 Extend VAT rate reduction. Mandate a business tax simplification pro- neurship in the UK and could lead to some We would urge Government to consider Geoffrey Onoufriou gramme led by HMRC, local government, Eric Robinson of the best business talent establishing extending for a further 6 months the fiscal Chambers of Commerce and other private itself overseas. We would urge stimulus provided by the temporary Howard Robson sector organisations. Government to give a commitment, similar reduction in the rate of VAT to 15%. Warner Goodman LLP to that given when the present Government Ian Govier If tax rises cannot be avoided, they should be focused on consumption taxes or sup- came to power, that there will be no further There are definite signs of consumer confi- Grant Thornton increase in the top rate of income tax dur- dence returning to the high street but our Jane Michel port the low carbon agenda and should be combined with a simplification drive and ing the lifetime of the next parliament. fear is that the psychological impact of the Emphasis Consulting return of VAT of 17.5% at this stage of the sensible local flexibilities that do not Leigh Atkinson 6 Budget Cuts in Funding very slow economic recovery may destroy increase the overall business tax burden. Royal Bank of Scotland Ensure funding cuts are evenly spread. that confidence in one stroke. Lyn Nicholls 3 Skills Development Grant Funding HR Director Fortis Insurance UK Ensure that skills development grant When Budget cuts are decided a balance 10 Commitment to maintain the higher Matthew Barrow funding is available to all, not just those should be sought, so that the cuts are not rate tax relief for pensions. Lester Aldridge LLP with over a certain number of employees. to the detriment of infrastructure and busi- Neil Ashford ness support, while in favour of health and Such an assurance would encourage saving Berrymans Lace Mawer SMEs are the lifeblood of the British econo- housing. and provide a degree of certainty in the Neville Thompson my. It is therefore essential that the small- pensions sector in these times of economic CBRE est of SMEs are able to access now the 7 Environmental Technologies nervousness. Peter Williams business skills they will need as the pace of Consider increasing funding for the devel- Lambert Smith Hampton business quickens, leaving less time for opment of environmental technologies. Your regional Chamber working for you skills training. The 4.6 million managers in locally www.hampshirechambers.co.uk Shirley Anderson HR Director Red Funnel Group the UK also need access to grant funding to The Government should be inspiring confi- support the development of suitable skills dence in environmental technologies as a Stephanie Merritt in a recessional environment. new growth sector and in the environmen- Paris Smith Richard Stennett CGM Solicitors Tim Forer Thank you to... Clarke Willmott Chamber staff and DATE MEETING / COMMITTEE CHAMBER REPRESENTATIVE Warren Taylor Tenon Chamber members list- ed represented the 9 November 2009 Leading the Way to Recovery - Kristine Salomon-Olsen, (Head of Representation) Chamber at these SE Diamonds for Investment & Growth For more information on recent meetings which 19 November 2009 Young Chamber Fact Finding Day Red Funnel were not listed in the 20 November 2009 Business South Advisory Meeting Nicky Hirst (Communications Officer) Chamber Viewpoint visit: 25 November 2009 HEP Hampshire Transport Conference Nick Farthing (Chair Chamber's Planning & previous issue. www.soton-chamber.co.uk Transport Committee) 8 December 2009 MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK chamberviewpoint Easy parking - and cheaper in Southampton From 30th October 2009, Southampton City Council is offering a range of discounts for 'topped up' at any paystation in the car park using cash or a credit/debit card. ticket to park in the council's barrier-con- trolled car parks. The season ticket can be Planning and parking in Southampton, which will be in place for at least 12 months. The discounts initiative also introduced a new Pay As You ● The introduction of 20% discount on the cost of parking season tickets. The season used from 6.00pm to 08.00am and costs £250 per year. It is aimed at those residents in the city centre who have no allocated transport Park Card and consists of the following: tickets can be purchased for 1 month, 3 parking space with their property, who want Nick Farthing months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 to take advantage of parking their vehicles Chairman ● The introduction of a 20% discount card, months. The season tickets can be used in in a secure, safe and well lit car park known as a Pay As You Park Card. This card any of the council's general purpose long overnight. can be used in 4 multi-storey car parks - stay car parks and are available from the Grosvenor Square, Bedford Place, Eastgate Cash Office at the Civic Centre. The Chamber of Commerce in Chaired by Nick Farthing of Transport Works, the Street and Marlands. The card, which can be Southampton supports the City Council's Planning and Transport Committee is a group of purchased for as little as £50, is automatical- ● The introduction of 50% discount to park decision to reduce selective parking rates Chamber member professionals with a wide knowl- ly decreased every time it is used by the in two car parks in the east side of the city which will benefit everyone in the long run, edge of planning and transport issues. It meets usual parking fee less 20%. It is presented at centre, Six Dials and Trinity Road. This especially during the recession. For further monthly to listen to presentations by representatives the entry barrier of the car park and then equates to a daily charge of £3.70. information, please see Southampton City of local and regional government, which have later at the exit barrier, where the fee deduc- Council's web site at recently included the South East England Regional tion is made. The value of the card can be ● The promotion of an overnight season www.southampton.gov.uk/Parking. Assembly, South East England Development Agency, Fareham, Eastleigh, Hampshire and Southampton Council Planning and Transport Policy Departments. In this way, it can take an informed view and give Update on Pension Personal Accounts - Employer duties and fines comment on behalf of the Chamber membership concerning regional and local planning and trans- This article covers fines and penalties on timescales so a breach of any of those by Regulations and cannot exceed £50,000. port policy, forthcoming major development in and employers under the 2008 Pensions Act requirements may result in a fine. Again, larger employers are likely to face around the city region, as well as reviews of topics which is now in force and which will have higher fines than smaller ones. relevant to the growth of the local economy. implications for all employers and their Escalating penalty notice Email email@example.com employees. Last month's Chamber News Gives the Pensions Regulator the power to Inducements carried an article on staging the implemen- issue escalating penalty notices in the same Gives the Pensions Regulator the power to tation of employer duties. The full article is circumstances as above, with the exception fine employers who 'induce' employees to Committee members on our website www.soton-chamber.co.uk of the last bullet point (auto-enrolment/re opt-out of a qualifying scheme or 'induce' Nick Farthing under Chamber Viewpoint. enrolment). employees to opt-out during the opt-out Transport Works, The amount will increase at a daily rate to period. Committee Chair, Board Representative The current Stakeholder legislation is being be prescribed and must not exceed £10,000 Clive Rutland replaced in 2012 with the new National per day. Again, the amount may differ by Requirement to keep records Rutland Chartered Surveyors, Co-Vice Chairman Pensions Savings Scheme. All employers in size of employer. Allows the Secretary Of State to make Peter Hine the UK, whether they have one member of Regulations about record keeping ifor auto- Capita Symonds, Co-Vice Chairman staff or 10,000, will need to take action to Offences for failing to comply enrolment etc. requiring 'any person' to: Aart Hille Ris Lambers comply with their new responsibilities Where an employer wilfully fails to comply ● keep prescribed records in prescribed DP World Southampton under this new pension reform. with the auto-enrolment/re enrolment or forms Alex Hornby jobholder right to opt-in requirements, it's ● preserve those records for a prescribed Bluestar and uni-link Fixed penalty notice a criminal offence. In this case the penalties period, not exceeding 6 years Andrew Walsh Gives the Pensions Regulator power to issue are: ● provide the records to the Regulator on Mott MacDonald a fixed penalty notice for failing to comply ● on conviction on indictment (Crown request. Andy Collyer with: Court/High Court), they can be imprisoned WestQuay ● a previously issued compliance notice for up to 2 years and/or face an unlimited Failure to comply results in penalties under Barry Olorenshaw ● a previously issued unpaid contribution fine section 10, Pensions Act 1995 - a fine up to New Forest Business Partnership notice ● on summary conviction (Magistrates £5,000 for individuals and £50,000 for cor- Brian Hendy ● a previously issued provision of informa- Court/Sheriff Court) they can be fined up to porate bodies. Hendy Group tion notice £5,000 (level 5, Statutory scale). Chris Corcoran ● the requirements under any of the auto- Please note there could be some further Southern Planning Practice matic enrolment Regulations. Penalty notice amendments before the regulations are Chris Ridge Allows the Pensions Regulator to issue a issued. Even then, the regulations will be in London Clancy The amount of the penalty will be deter- penalty notice where an employer has failed draft format, so further change is possible. Clive Watkins mined by Regulations and must not exceed to comply with 'prohibited recruitment However, these changes reflect the Lambert Bros Haulage £50,000. The general idea as we understand conduct'. This basically means that employ- Government's current views, so are likely to David Knott it is that the amount of the fine will largely ers cannot in any way, shape or form, be taken forward largely in this format. TKL Architects be determined by the size of the employer. expressly or implicitly, frame any question David Lees Note that the draft auto-enrolment or statement to the effect employment is Marc Cumberlege, Radcliffe & Co (Life & Southampton International Airport Regulations include various things which dependent on whether or not the prospec- Pensions) Ltd. Email: marcc@radcliffe- Gary Whittle the employer must do (e.g. provide specific tive employee will opt-out of automatic ifa.co.uk Chamber's Tax Finance and Legal Meachers Group information, make refunds) within specific enrolment. The amount will be determined Committee. Gavin Hall Savills Southampton Graham Barton Working For You... Palmer Harvey McLane, Fareham The Chamber is a member of a number Graham Tuck As the Independent Voice of Business, the Southampton and Fareham Chamber of Southampton City Council-Planning of important working parties, committees Commerce is busy representing you on many committees. Coming up are: and consultation panels. We are there to Jeff Walters look after the interests of business in DATE MEETING / COMMITTEE REPRESENTATION Soton City Council Economic Development general and our members in particular. I Joanne Turner will report back to you via this column 2 December 2009 Chamber's Planning Kristine Salomon-Olsen and Freightliner Ltd and would very much like feedback from & Transport Committee Nicky Hirst (Representation) Kathryn Rankin you. Eastleigh Borough Coucil, Economic Development 3 December 2009 Chamber's Tax Finance Kristine Salomon-Olsen and Matt Kitchin The Chamber's policy on topics of con- & Legal Committee Nicky Hirst (Representation) First Group cern and interest to Chamber Michael Dorgan members is formulated by 4 December 2009 Graduate Jobs South Board Meeting Denise Barlow EDP Consulting Engineers our two Standing Murray Carter (Business Development) Red Funnel Committees (Planning & Transport Committee Phil Marshall 8 December 2009 Southampton Council Budget Briefing Nick Farthing, Chamber Director Soton City Council -Transport Dept and Tax Finance & Legal Richard Andrews Committee). If you would 11 December 2009 City Brand Group Meeting Denise Barlow Associated British Ports like to become (Business Development) Richard Purcell more involved in Thomas Eggar the policy work 18 December 2009 Southampton Business Denise Barlow Richard Thornback undertaken by your chamber, Support Network (Business Development) Viva-Law Solicitors Ltd Russell Mogridge please let me 23 December 2009 Fareham Town Steering Group Margaret Toms Hughes Ellard Surveyors Fareham know. Terry Holden-Brown (Head of Membership Services) Jimmy Chestnutt Tony Mundy Director General Fareham Borough Council Economic Development Southampton & Fareham Chamber of Commere Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any issues that you would like raised at these meetings. John Waugh MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK December 2009 9 chambernews Let Business South Help Your Business Emerge Stronger As businesses in the South are starting to see green tions. Business South offers businesses a special shoots of economic recovery, the business community opportunity to raise their profile and network with the is given the opportunity to meet and show the busi- right people. ness world that the South has emerged stronger. The region's most prestigious business exhibition. Exhibiting at Business South can help your company Business South, which is sponsored by Southampton achieve a number of key objectives, including: and Fareham Chamber of Commerce, gives visitors the ● Increase profitability by using the most direct form perfect opportunity to network with local companies, of marketing - face to face. build up a portfolio of locally based suppliers and to ● Get your message out to a wider market by increasing generally gather local business information in a face to awareness of your business and products or services. face setting. ● Network with exhibitors and visitors to gain busi- ness advice and new suppliers to drive your business Business South 2009 saw an increase in visitors and is forward. pleased to have registered over 2000 from the business ● Be part of a unique forum where a host of industries community wishing to network with over 110 and companies can be represented to meet the busi- exhibitors from across the region. The event organis- ness community. ers, JobServe Events, are confident that they will pass ● Be part of the marketing and PR of the South's pre- all targets for a further growth in 2010, especially as mier Business2Business event - raising your profile the event is moving to a new venue for 2010 - The Rose and awareness of your brand. Bowl. Business South 2009 is a business directory come to Although Business South plays host to a variety of life and represents a wide range of the spectrum of established businesses in the region, JobServe Events local businesses and a diverse range of products and recognises the importance of new businesses and the services. This is the perfect opportunity to network entrepreneurial spirit. The New Business Zone; com- with like minded people, build and increase your port- missioning its own space on the exhibition floor is folio and raise company profile! designed to give new businesses a chance to gain exposure amongst the South's larger and more estab- By continually improving your business, through new lished organisations. This Zone offers a low cost contacts, buyers and suppliers, you will reap the most opportunity through subsidised stands for new busi- benefits. John Nichols on 01823 250532 or emailing sales@job- nesses to help them find out how exhibiting can help serveevents.com. them grow their business. No business thrives alone, Business South is here to help nurture your green shoots to recovery. If you are a business that has been established longer Business South takes a fresh approach to creating Further Information on visiting and exhibiting and then Southampton and Fareham Chamber of opportunities for businesses. All exhibiting businesses sponsorship opportunities at Business South 2010 are Commerce have negotiated a 10% discount off the cost have the facility to pitch their services and products to available online at of the stands for its members wishing to exhibit at quality buyers from start-ups to blue chip organisa- www.business2businessshows.com or by contacting Business South 2010. Your Healthcare, your business One in 25 of the population will develop Scheme aims to recognise the support of leukaemia, myeloma or lymphoma in local companies, that help to bring us their lifetime. closer to our £2.2 million target, and by Southampton Hospital Charity's Red & partnering with Southampton Hospital White Appeal aims to create the trans- Charity, your company can make a differ- plant treatment centre of choice for ence where it matters the most. patients with leukaemia and other The nature of the Charity's work gives it blood disorders from Hampshire, the intense emotional appeal across an Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Dorset, West immensely wide range of people. Sussex and the Channel Islands. Whether your target audiences are cus- tomers, suppliers, staff, the press or other The entire project will cost just over £7 stakeholders, Southampton Hospital million. £5 million of this has already Charity is a partner that offers motiva- been secured from the Department of tional power and a cause that everyone Health. This will fund a brand new will empathise with and relate to. extension to the hospital to house state- Not only will your company play an of-the-art rooms for patients with dou- integral part in creating a new facility at ble-aspect windows and private bath- the hospital, but you will really be able rooms. to see where your money goes, and will show that you are making a tangible dif- Hospital site for over 10 years now and With the support of the community and ference to people's lives. Whilst it is great to be able to put something local businesses, Southampton Hospital demonstrating your credentials as a back to benefit our local community. Charity aims to raise an additional socially responsible corporation, the We are considered the premier supplier £2.2million to complete the improve- Red & White Appeal Corporate of Healthcare Engineering Consultancy ment project. This will fund a new pur- Partnership Scheme will also broaden in the south and we very much believe pose built Day Case Unit for patients, opportunities for team building and in supporting local Healthcare in any next to the inpatient services. brand awareness for your company. way we can. We are very proud to be Southampton Hospital Charity offers one of the local team and will make The Day Case Unit will improve quality four levels of recognition for Corporate sure we have some real fun as we go of care for patients, in terms of privacy Partnership -Bronze, Silver, Gold and about the next 3 years of fundraising for and dignity, and create a calming and Platinum. the Red and White appeal." comfortable environment for both Consulting Engineers, Henderson patients and their families, who may be Green, are a Silver Corporate Partner of There are many ways to get involved as donating cells for their loved ones' the Red & White Appeal. Robert Pratt, a Corporate Partner. For full details transplant. The improvements will also Director of Henderson Green said, "We please call Southampton Hospital provide continuity of care by co-locat- are very pleased to be involved in the Charity on 023 8079 8881 or email char- ing inpatient and day case services. Red and White appeal as a Silver email@example.com to request your Corporate Partner, and have committed Red & White Appeal Corporate The Red & White Appeal, is your to raise funds for the Appeal as our Partnership Pack. business. 'chosen charity' for the next three years. To view a short film about the Red & Southampton Hospital Charity's Red & We have worked on many important White Appeal, visit www.redand- White Appeal Corporate Partnership projects on the Southampton General whiteappeal.org. 10 December 2009 MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK chambernews Platinum Patron Our patrons Southampton & Fareham Chamber of Commerce and Industry is pleased to recognise the following companies amongst its Patrons in 2009 PLATINUM PATRONS CONDOR OFFICE TAYLOR MADE SOLUTIONS LTD COMPUTER SOLUTIONS PHOTOCOPIER & & TRAINING SOLUTIONS FACSIMILE SUPPLIERS GOLD PATRONS CHARLES STANLEY SOUTHAMPTON BENEFIT CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL PLANNERS PORT AUTHORITY BOAT SHOWS LTD AND INVESTMENT Gold Standard Continues MANUFACTURERS EXHIBITIONS ADVISERS at Taylor Made For many businesses across the South Coast, 2009 has proven a RADCLIFFE & CO INDEPENDENT SPLICE INTEGRATED tough year but amongst all the INTELLIGENT MARKETING HAMPSHIRE PRESS FINANCIAL ADVISERS, MARKETING BRANDING, CREATIVE negative press there have been PRINTERS, LITHOGRAPHERS DESIGN, WEB DEVELOP- CORPORATE & WEBSITE DESIGN AND & DESIGN AGENCY INTERNET MARKETING pockets of gold. Taylor Made MENT AND MARKETING PERSONAL BENEFITS Computer Solutions, the Fareham based IT solutions provider, has what we preach. We make excel- been working hard to maintain the lent use of our own training mate- strong relationships with its cus- rials and qualified training staff to tomers and suppliers and has also the benefit of the whole company. SILVER PATRONS continued to win good business - We really take pride in the fact that notably an outsourced contract for our staff are exceptionally well- the new owners of Southampton trained and it is actually our own Football Club. Also the work people who are doing the train- Taylor Made has continued to ing!" undertake with its own staff has been recognised with the recent 2009 also saw the 15th anniversary QUAYLINE DIGITAL MRB CREATIVE award of the Investors in People of Taylor Made Computer PRINTERS HSBC BANK PLC SUPPLIERS OF OFFICE BANKING SERVICES MARKETING, ADVERTISING, Gold standard - the only organisa- Solutions, a company that has LITHO/DIGITAL PRINTERS STATIONERY & FURNITURE CORPORATE IDENTITY, tion in Hampshire to be awarded grown significantly over the years DIRECT MAIL AND MORE the top accolade and the only from a partnership started company in the computer indus- between Managing Director Nigel try sector, throughout the South Taylor and his wife Alison back in East, to be commended. 1994. As well as the recent achievement from Investors in Nigel Taylor commented: "This is People, the company was also BRONZE PLUS PATRONS yet another moment in the busi- awarded the impressive 8th place ness where I will sit back in years in the Sunday Times list of 100 to come and be exceptionally best small companies to work for proud. It couldn't have been in 2008. achieved without the commitment of our talented workforce, and the The company is now looking for- work our own training division, ward to the next year with an CW FELLOWES Taylor Made Training Solutions, ACCOUNTANTS & THOMAS EGGAR expansion in its Remote Managed BUSINESS ADVISERS LAWYERS has undertaken ." Services, including IT outsourcing, and a focus on helping companies He added: "I believe this award is a within the region have efficient really successful case of practising and cost effective IT solutions. LITTLE VAN GOGH TRANSFORMING OFFICES RED FUNNEL GROUP LUXURY HOTEL USING ORIGINAL SHIP OWNERS, & CONFERENCE ARTWORK PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE CENTRE MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK December 2009 11 chambernews YOU CAN PUT ANOTHER BRICK IN THIS FUNDRAISING WALL Southampton Memorial Wall -Thank you The following companies have again in a special issue to cele- contributed to the new memorial wall to be built at the Cenotaph in Southampton City Centre. brate the completion of the Wall. Chamber members can register Top award for insolvency students and make the commitment on Southampton insolvency spe- Picking up an equally prestigious continuing with my ambition to ● Burnett & Associates plc line at cialist Richard Warwick received award was Melanie Badain of become a licensed insolvency the highest recognition from R3, Healys in Brighton who won the practitioner." ● CB Richard Ellis http://www.soton- the trade body for insolvency Tenon Recovery sponsored tro- ● CGM Solicitors chamber.co.uk/editor/editcon- professionals, Southern Region phy for achieving the highest R3 regional council member tent.php/pg/217 Student Group. overall score in the CPI examina- Antony Fanshawe described the ● Owton (Wholesale Butchers) tions for the region. students' hard work as testimony Ltd Richard, of Buchanans Chartered to R3's development of the high- ● Southampton Freight Services Or via email - Accountants in Southampton, After the event Richard com- est professional standards Ltd firstname.lastname@example.org picked up the award for the mented: "I'm thrilled to have among its members. ● Taylor Made Computer highest overall score in the received this award, it makes all Solutions Ltd Or by letter addressed to Lisa region for the JIEB examinations. the hard work studying for these The event, held at Coffin Mew's Hall, PA to Director General, He was presented with a trophy, notoriously difficult exams offices in Southampton, was Companies that give the under- Southampton & Fareham champagne and Moss Bros worthwhile. Achieving this attended by the region's insol- taking will be featured on the Chamber of Commerce & vouchers by Antony Fanshawe of recognised milestone in such a vency professionals including Chamber website and in the Industry, Bugle House, 53 Bugle the award's sponsor Begbies highly regulated and specialist accountants, lawyers and agents. Chamber's Business magazine Street, Southampton, Hants Traynor. sector is great motivation for and those who successfully raise SO14 2LF. the target sum will be featured Spaceway Develops A Strong Bond With Totton Timber One of the south's leading and Spaceway's design team creat- longest established timber ed the optimum solution. companies, Totton Timber, is benefiting from a streamlined Spaceway's Cantilever racking materials handling operation, is designed for the safe and supplied by the Spaceway organised storage of long and Group, at its site in Totton, heavy loads and is ideal for Southampton. A continuation timber, tube or steel stock, of a long-standing relationship providing an effective and effi- between the two companies, cient alternative to conven- Spaceway's Storage Division tional lighter weight storage has installed Cantilever racking worked with Spaceway before solutions. Spaceway Wins Order system in the company's yard as part of the company's policy for continued improvement. and found them extremely professional we had no hesita- tion in awarding them the con- Painted to match Totton Timber's existing storage sys- tem, the Cantilever racking has From Protean Electric Established for over 50 years, Totton Timber is a trade and tract", said Julian Baker. "Spaceway has done a efficient job which has been achieved an integrated roof and is able to accommodate five tonnes of timber. This not only keeps For New Headquarters retail timber merchant supply- ing timber, doors, plywood, MDF, garage doors and tools to within the specific time scales demanded". the timber dry and easily accessible, but also keeps the yard tidy. Spaceway, a leading UK provider of oratory; production workshops and a wide range of customers in Wishing to ensure easy acces- integrated interior space solutions, canteen on the ground floor and the Southern area. Having sibility, limit damage and Spaceway's heavy-duty has won a £365K contract from open plan offices, meeting rooms previously appointed improve selectivity, Totton Cantilever racking solutions clean technology pioneer, Protean and breakout area on the first floor. Spaceway's Storage Division to Timber wanted to make use of can carry in excess of 30 Electric, to create a new To maximise space, Spaceway will install racking in its ware- the valuable floor space in the tonnes per upright. The robust Headquarters and R&D facility in also be installing a mezzanine floor yard. A dedicated storage area house, Managing Director, design of steel Cantilever racks Farnham, Surrey. Spaceway is car- at first floor level. Julian Baker, had no hesitation was designated and designs delivers reliable storage solu- rying out a total fitout, which includes converting three brand Spaceway's Storage and in turning to the company drawn up to optimise the use tions for heavy applications new units into a single structure. Consumable division, SAC, will be again when it decided to install of the space. It was also impor- and arduous environments. supplying a range of products to Cantilever racking in the yard. tant that the new racking was The popular flexibility of the The new Headquarters will accom- Protean Electric including addi- compatible with Totton bolted adjustable Cantilever modate a workforce of 70 person- tional benching for its production "We like to use local business- Timber’s existing materials design ensures that a variety of nel and will consist of an R&D lab- workshops and laboratory. es in order to promote the handling equipment. differently sized products can local economy and as we had Following a site survey be stored safely and securely. 12 December 2009 MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK chambernews Nigel Riches Paul Sams SOUTHAMPTON & FAREHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY WORKING WITH THE CHAMBER The Chamber of Commerce works across many sectors and Partnerships to promote the voice of Business Working with Business Link Eric Robinson Solicitors Eastleigh Borough Council Eastleigh Strategic Partnership Eastleigh Town Centre Partnership Appoints New Associates eHampshire Fareham Borough Council Fareham Town Steering Group Fareham Town Marketing Group One of the largest legal practices in firms,' he explains. 'One is the people - the he explains. 'I especially enjoy helping the Graduate Jobs South Southampton has appointed two of its Partnership is always approachable and more elderly client make provision for the solicitors as Associates in recognition of keen to listen to new ideas, while the staff future and protect whatever assets he/she Hampshire Economic Partnership their hard work and dedication to the firm. are all so friendly - and the other is its wishes to leave to their loved ones. To this branding which is second to none - so end, I particularly like Eric Robinson's mis- Hampshire County Council Paul Sams has worked at Eric Robinson many people know who we are it proves sion statement, making law make sense.' Network Fareham Solicitors for the past two years as a mem- Eric Robinson is well established in the ber of the Conveyancing Team in the firm's local community and people's minds.' On the meaning of their promotion, both New Forest District Council city centre offices. Despite the property men are in complete agreement. 'Being market having one of its worst years in Nigel Riches has been with Eric Robinson made an Associate is recognition from the New Forest Business Partnership recent times, Paul surpassed all targets for three years as a specialist in Wills & Partnership that your contribution to the Romsey Chamber of Commerce relating to property matters and continues Probate in the firm's branch in Hythe, firm has not gone unnoticed,' says Paul. to bring a steady stream of work to the firm. building up an enviable client base within 'And it is always satisfying to be recognised Royal Institute of Chartered the area. for your efforts,' adds Nigel. 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MORE BITE TO YOUR BUSINESS WWW.SOTON-CHAMBER.CO.UK December 2009 15 JAN WARD JIMMY CHESTNUTT SFCCI President SFCCI Director General/ (Corrotherm International Ltd) Chief Executive PETER ROBERTSON DAVID TIPPLE STEWART DUNN DOUG MORRISON WILL NOBLE SFCCI Vice President SFCCI Past President SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director (Condor Office (Newquest Southern) (Associated British Ports - (Ouvrir) Solutions Limited) Southampton) NICK FARTHING DAVID D'ARCY HUGHES CAROLINE STENNETT PETER WHALLEY RASHMI CHANDE SFCCI Director SFCCI Honorary Director SFCCI Honorary Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director (Transport Works) (Buchanans) (Perrys Art & Office Supplies) DON SPALINGER GLENN DELVE NIGEL TAYLOR DR KEITH JOHNSON STEPHEN FRY SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director (University of (The Rose Bowl) (Taylor Made Computer Solutions Limited) (Southampton Solent (4vii) Southampton) University) JANET MAY RUSSELL MOGRIDGE JAN HALLIDAY ANDREW WEBSTER ROGER LAMB SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director SFCCI Director (Paris Smith LLP) (Hughes Ellard Limited) (Southampton International Airport) (Mercator Media Limited) (Arpiel Coaching)
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