SEVENOAKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWSLETTER: SPRING 2012
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Sevenoaks Business Show
The Sevenoaks Business Show, an initiative of the
Chamber of Commerce, returns for its third year to
the Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre on
Thursday 29th March, 2012 from 10.00 am to 4.00
pm and is an excellent opportunity for local business
leaders to forge strong professional relationships.
The show will be opened by the Rt Hon Michael
Fallon MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative
Party. During the course of the day, there will be a
The Free monthly ‘1st Wednesdays’ Coffee programme of short seminars taking place.
Mornings/Network Events at the Plaza Suite, The Sevenoaks Business Show 2012 will help local
Stag Theatre continue to grow from strength to businesses to thrive and grow in a world of shrinking
strength each month and are attended by many boundaries.
local businesses and Kent Invicta Members
from further afield.
Members who host the event each month give a Local News.
short talk telling attendees the nature of their
business and what they can offer and have
found the morning hugely beneficial in making
new contacts and increasing their business
If you are a member and would like to host
one of these very successful Networking
events, please contact the office. We have
some spaces available later in the year so We now have 119 traders who have joined the
please contact us if you would like to host one Loyalty Card Scheme which has proved to be
of these events. successful beyond our expectations. Every month a
draw is held and the winners drawn by either a
celebrity or local person. The big prize draw of
Hosts for some of the forthcoming events are:
£1000 was drawn by Twist & Pulse on Monday 31st
January and won by a delighted Laura Hardwick
4th April, 2012 – Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary from Sevenoaks.
Club For more information on the scheme and to see the
2nd May, 2012 – Vine Cricket Club list of businesses participating so far, please log onto
our website – Sevenoaks Loyalty Card.
A big Thank You must go to the Stag for the
continued use of the Plaza Suite and of course to
our hosts each month, without their support the
Coffee Mornings would not continue to be such a
huge success and benefit to the local business
Chamber Member/Business News in brief
Members please don’t forget this is ‘your space’ Drop Kids Off.
for any news concerning your business or Have a Career.
forthcoming events you may wish to advertise. Pick Kids Up.
A new specialist flexible and part-
time resourcing organisation Launch helping local
business beat the squeeze on budgets.
Ten2two, have recently launched and are a flexible
and part-time working agency that helps women find
professional part-time work with local businesses.
Ten2two plans to bring them together with business
Clarkson Wright & Jakes Limited that need affordable professional skills.
Over the last few months, the Ten2two team have
New Head of Employment built a powerful community of women seeking
Team at Clarkson Wright & professional part-time work to prove to local
Jakes Ltd businesses, big and small, that there is a wealth of
talent available to them, who’d love to work and
We are delighted to announce that Rosa Brennan has help their business continue to thrive in this tough
taken over as head of the Employment team. Rosa economic climate.
has experience of employment law from all angles. Ten2two will work with women and businesses
She has a high success rate in defending and settling across West Kent and Bromley, including
tribunal claims on behalf of companies ranging from Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells. For
SME’s to PLC’s. more information, please contact the Ten2two team
Andrea Starbuck or Kirsteen Allen on 01732
Rockdale Housing Association Limited
As the newest member of the Sevenoaks & District
Chamber of Commerce, I wanted to introduce my
business to the rest of the membership. Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Dinner with Cabaret
FeMan Consulting offers HR support, advice & At Wilderness Golf Club, Seal,
guidance to small businesses which have no in- Sevenoaks, Kent
house resource. Although a lot of my clients are in
the financial sector, I have experience in many other Saturday 2nd June 2012
industries as well. There is a full description of the
services I offer, some helpful documents to Tickets £55 (to include a 3 course meal & drinks
download and also some case studies of previous reception)
work on my website www.financialhr.co.uk. Drinks reception at 7.00pm
I also send out periodic updates to clients and Dinner at 7.30 pm
contacts - if you would like to be included on this Black Tie
mailing list please click here. You can also connect
with me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Come and celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the
Finally, I would encourage you to contact me if you throne and enjoy a special evening of fun and
have any HR related questions or concerns about entertainment. The Cabaret promises to make
your business; or if you think any of your clients the evening a memorable one.
may need some additional support.
Please contact Lynn Tier at the Fundraising Office,
Mike Clyne Rockdale Housing Association Ltd, Rockdale
Tel: 01732 832000 / 07973 281442 Lodge, Rockdale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1JT or for
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org any queries please ring 01732 458762 or email:
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Chamber Member/Business News in brief
The Kings Head, Bessels Green.
Since Anne and Allen took over the Kings Head at "Sevenoaks Summer Festival's
Bessels Green in April 2011, much has changed and
a lot has happened! Cosmetically, the Kings Head
now looks and feels much warmer and Sevenoaks Summer Festival's 2012 Programme is
welcoming. The introduction of the lounge area with almost complete!
its big and cosy settees is certainly enjoyed by all! With three months to go before Festival's colourful
The biggest change of all, though, happened when banners and flags adorn our town; the ink is drying
their son Stéphane and his partner Katie joined them on contracts to bring famous names to The Stag and
in November. Katie joined force with Allen and her SHIP Theatres and to Sevenoaks School's
lovely smile now welcomes you in the bar or the Performing Arts Centre to supplement the 100
restaurant, whilst Stéphane took over the kitchen, Community Group events that will make up Festival
putting his Head Chef experience to great use. 2012. Among the celebrities coming to town are Ray
His arrival was shortly followed by the launch of his McVay's Glenn Miller Orchestra, the National
all new mouth watering French menu, with Youth Jazz Orchestra, Buster Keaton (on film,
homemade favourites including duck rillettes, foie accompanied by the Buster Birch quartet), John
gras, scallops salad, coq au vin, mussels in a choice Etheridge, Julie Felix and Emma Johnson. As
of tasty sauces, croque- monsieur and of course, always, Festival Fair opens proceedings, this year on
keeping our very popular confit of duck! Saturday 23 June and will feature continuous jazz,
Regularly changing puddings, also homemade, are rock and blues music, the ever-popular Longnose
to be found on the naughty board. Puppets, Bobbo the Clown, and the Schools Music
Our first French night took place on Bastille day, Stage, as well as exciting innovations, including (in
14th of July. Its success was followed by Aquitaine Vine Gardens) the first-ever appearance in
night in November, Alsace night in January and Sevenoaks of Colourscape, an amazing visual and
Brittany night in March, all events fully booked and auditory experience. Special thanks are due to the
extremely well received by all. Town Council, Chamber Members and other local
Christmas and New Year’s Eve came and went. firms for their generous support, without which
Great fun was had by all, so this year, be prepared to there'd be no Festival. The 2012 Brochure should be
book early! published next month and available throughout the
We are already busy planning our next Christmas District and on our website
Fayre Menus, with a French twist of course... www.sevenoaksfestival.org.uk .
For all the forthcoming events, please log onto:
For now, Anne, Katie, Allen, Stéphane and the
whole team look forward to welcoming you to
‘On Wednesday 21st March Easistore Self Storage
The Kings Head very soon...
hosted their latest networking evening. It was a great
success with a fantastic turnout – thank you to all
who came along! If you missed it this time round,
WHY NOT BRING A COLLEAGUE TO ONE OF OUR
don’t worry! Our next free summer BBQ networking
NETWORKING EVENTS AND INTRODUCE A NEW event will be held on the 20th June 2012 – times to
MEMBER: EARN £10.00 DISCOUNT ON YOUR follow. Should you wish to be kept updated above
MEMBERSHIP our events, please register your interest with us at
email@example.com or call 01732 862626.’
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Chamber Member/Business News in brief Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
One of the numerous benefits of our affiliation with
the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce this year is
that you can also attend various networking events
they have on offer, please visit:
www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk or call 01233
504838 for more details. If you are a member of the
Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce, you also qualify
for member’s rates at these events.
Sennocke International Insurance Services Ltd.
Sevenoaks Stag Theatre
Sevenoaks based Structural Warranty specialist,
Build-Zone, have surprised Analysts and Partners The Stag Skating Rink over the Christmas period
with their growth over the last twelve months proved to be successful beyond expectations. Every
especially considering the business focus is on session was fully booked and proved to be a big
Construction and Residential development. draw card to the town.
Paul Kempton, MD of Sennocke International Sevenoaks Town Partnership
Insurance Services Limited, which developed the
products and who are the scheme administrators said For all the latest news and information on the
“I’m delighted with our progress and it demonstrates Sevenoaks Town Partnership, please log onto:
the confidence that both our Clients and Insurers Council@Sevenoakstown.gov.uk
have for our business model. Availability (having a
choice of product and insurer) and Deliverability of
Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee
Service to the client are crucial”
Sevenoaks Town Council will be organising events
Build-Zone achieved ‘Designated Warranty’ status
to celebrate her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s
in September 2010 and competes favourably against
Diamond Jubilee during the weekend of 2nd June,
the likes of NHBC and the Build-Zone brand has
2012. The STC would be delighted to hear from
continued to quickly establish itself despite the
local organisations and charities, what ideas and
doom and gloom of the economic climate.
functions are already planned to mark this mate.
The Town Council is hoping to produce a
Key contributing factors have been Build-Zone’s
commemorative brochure to mark the occasion
ability to deliver Product and Service tailored to a
detailing all the celebration events. Please email:
specific requirement. Helping Receivers to get
firstname.lastname@example.org with your views
projects started again in other areas of the country
and Eire was a major breakthrough and gave
developers a sensible no fuss approach to solving an
immediate problem. Sevenoaks Police Station
Closer to home, Build-Zone is providing Structural The Police Station is now located at the SDC, in
Warranties for local Builders and Developers on Argyle Road. The council and police opening times
residential and commercial projects of all differing are 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am
sizes.. Denis Minns, CEO of DBS Building Group to 4.45pm on Fridays.
Limited, who is currently building in the town, said
“We have experienced the service levels of other Sevenoaks Chronicle
warranty providers, and the level of support we have
received so far has been very good. We really If you have a story concerning Sevenoaks please
welcome the straight forward approach Build-Zone contact the Chronicle office at 54 High Street or
have towards design checking and site auditing – Email: email@example.com.
which is provided in tandem with their partnered Phone 01732 228000.
Building Control supplier and is genuinely cost
Have you looked at the Chamber web site
See the Links – on line business information “ONE
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Twitter Citizen’s Advice Bureau
The Chamber is now on ‘Twitter’ on our webpage so For any advice on consumer issues, go to the Citizen
please log on to the latest news. Advice website, www.adviceguide.org.uk or contact
Sevenoaks CAB on 01732 454443, email:
Traffic Report on the website firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just log onto our website, go to LINKS and get up- Sevenoaks Job Club
to-date traffic information.
The Job Club meets regularly in the Café at the Stag
News & Events around Sevenoaks Community Art Centre on Monday mornings.
Sevenoaks Town Council recommends that, and
Looking for the latest news and what’s on around would welcome anyone in Sevenoaks who is looking
the Sevenoaks town and district? Wanting to for employment, attends these meetings.
publicise your business event or announce a press
release? Click on www.sevenoaksevents.com for its Business to Business Brochure
interactive community calendar and add your event /
news item online. It’s not too late to let us have your A5 flyer. We are
constantly sending out the brochure to new
The Lodge Coffee Bar businesses and new Members. Promote your
business and include your information in the
Why not utilise the Lodge Coffee Bar at the Stag “Business to Business” pack. The Chamber has
which caters for lights meals and superb cakes daily been overwhelmed with the response to our request
from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. for new flyers and the membership pack is now
Children’s parties are also catered for. more fully representative of all the members and the
Owner David Martin also runs the Lodge Coffee services they can offer.
Shop in the Hollybush Recreation Ground and will
be starting an exciting new venture in Otford shortly. Website Statistics
He has taken over empty premises in Otford and will
transform them into a café and tennis shop. You can now view the Chamber website statistics
For more information about the tennis academy, anytime using www.sevenoakschamber.com/stats .
call: 01959 522377. We are currently getting around 1,000 users a
month, with approximately 3,500 ‘page’ views.
Kent Trading Standards
Discounts for Chamber Members
Kent Trading Standards are warning people to be
wary of many scams that are taking place. For any Did you know, some of our Chamber Members offer
advice please call Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06 discounts to fellow Members??? Please mention you
or Contact Trading Standards, Advice & Education, are a Chamber Member when using any of our
Eurogate Business Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8XU Member’s many and varied services or look at our
or log onto the website, ‘Benefits’ section on our home page. Or if you
www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/kent. would like to offer a discount/special offer please
contact the Chamber Office.
Please do not forget that the main function of the
Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce
Is being here for our Members and the business
community. If you have any queries or issues,
please feel free to pop in to discuss this or contact
the office via email or telephone and we will do
everything in our power to help and offer advice
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Parking Forum on the Chamber website
In spite of a petition by the town’s residents and The Chamber has an interactive Free Forum on our
visitors and signed by 1,300, the cost of parking in website where you can have your say on any issues
Sevenoaks’ council car parks is set to rise. which concern you. You may also introduce your
The rise will affect the cost of parking in Bligh’s business or display any special offers you wish to
Meadow for an hour to £1.10 from £1, while for two advertise. Please use this site to advertise your
hours it will cost £2.30, up from £2.20 and for three business.
hours £3.80 from £3.60. Just log onto: www.sevenoakschamber.com/forum
Buckhurst1, Buckhurst 2 & Pembroke Road will to add an entry. The entry can be edited by you at
have increased charges on Saturdays for drivers any time to keep it topical. There is also a popular
staying for two hours or more and the costs will also Events Calendar for the Sevenoaks area at where
rise in South Park and Suffolk Way car parks. The you can click the link to ‘Add Your Own Event.
new prices will come into force in April. Most of the events you see there are entered by the
When we are trying so desperately to get more Tourist information Centre in Sevenoaks, who are
visitors to come and visit and shop in Sevenoaks, now using the system to ‘feed’ event details through
and with the economy so volatile, this is quite a to locally published magazines.
blow for the local independent traders who strive to
keep their businesses running in such difficult times.
Fairtrade in Sevenoaks
For more information about Fairtrade, please
contact: Gwyneth Brearley at
Gwyneth.Brearley@ukgateway.net or phone: 01732 Automatic fire alarms – KFRS is changing its
Recycling Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) are changing
the way it responds to automatic fire alarms (AFAs).
Did you know you can ‘recycle’ your old bicycles
at: www.freecycle.org? From 2 April 2012, all calls from AFAs will be
Sevenoaks District has increased its recycling levels challenged by the Service’s 999 staff. During the
from 10% to 33% in the last 10 years. day (6am – 6pm), unless there is confirmation of an
actual fire or signs of fire, an engine won’t be sent.
Information on our Web Page Until April 2013, a fire engine will be sent to AFA
calls received from 6pm to 6am, where a procedure
Perhaps you are not aware that on our Web Page has not been introduced to confirm a fire.
under ‘Links’ there are many informative sites to log
onto from CAB to Eurostar to Inside No. 10! The This is to allow those responsible for managing
other local Chambers of Commerce are also listed. premises extra time to make any required changes to
Tourist Information Centre
False AFAs account for a third of all calls KFRS
attends. Each call potentially diverts firefighters and
The Tourist Information Centre is located at equipment away from genuine emergencies where
The Plaza Suite, Stag Theatre. lives may be at risk.
Premises managers are responsible for ensuring
Conservation Council alarm systems operate correctly, are properly
maintained and do not produce unwanted calls.
The website for the Conservation Council is: For further information visit
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Sevenoaks District Olympic Torch Relay
On Friday 20 July 2012, local people will be invited
to line the streets and celebrate the achievements of
the inspirational Torchbearers when the iconic flame
passes through Seal, Sevenoaks, Riverhead and
Shortly after 12 noon, the Torch will travel along
Seal High Street, turning left at Bat & Ball, up St
John's Hill towards Sevenoaks town. In the town, it
will turn right onto Pembroke Road then right onto LOCOG has worked closely with representatives
London Road where it will continue to Riverhead, from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region
then left along Worships Hill and through to Bessels of the UK to devise the route and is taking the
Green from where it will turn onto the motorway on Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of
its way out of the District. the population.
To keep disruption to a minimum, short term rolling Schools across the UK can now access free learning
road closures will be in place with Kent Police resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay
stopping traffic at junctions to allow the torch through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the
procession to pass through. official London 2012 education programme. The
activities are designed to help schools and colleges
For further details about the exact times, viewing make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and
points and community events en route, visit the cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources
Council’s website include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to
www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/2012torch or call 01732 welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get
227000 nearer the time the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing
one Get Set network school's preparations for the
Cllr Peter Fleming, the Leader of Sevenoaks District Relay.
Council, says: "It's a great honour to have the
Olympic Torch Relay in our District. The 20th of Local schools can also contact Sevenoaks District
July promises to be memorable day, giving most Council to find out how they can join in the Torch
people a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Relay celebrations by telephoning 01732 227000 or
iconic Flame, cheer on the inspirational e-mail email@example.com.
Torchbearers and enjoy community events on
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG adds: "Today we
bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame
symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around
the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to
our streets. Now the people know the route the
Olympic Flame will be carried along and the
Torchbearers for their community, they can start
planning how they might celebrate and make it
Sevenoaks District's moment to shine."
An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the
Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around
the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on
27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the
Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of
the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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TO JOIN THE CHAMBER IT COSTS FROM New Membership Fees for 2012 per
JUST £9.16 PER MONTH! annum – includes our affiliation with
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
1 – 9 Employees - £110
10 – 19 Employees - £145.00
Administrator: Avril Ferguson 20 – 49 Employees - £175.00
www.sevenoakschamber.com 50 Plus Employees - £230.00
Mobile: 07906094445 Plus £50 joining fee for new members
Doug Parry – Riverside Insurance Brokers Ltd
Kevin Aylward, The Showbusiness Company Ltd
Elizabeth Dolding – Warners Solicitors
Mark Tuvey – Opus Network Services
54 High Street
Kent TN13 1JG
Thought for the Day
Sevenoaks & District Chamber of Commerce
founded in 1910 “… to promote and assist
businesses to benefit within the community and for “The truth is rarely pure
the community.” and never simple.”
~ Oscar Wilde
“KEEPING TRADE LOCAL”
Support our local businesses and keep trade
A man was cleaning out old clothes from his closet,
planning to give them to charity. In the pocket of a
suit coat he found a shoe-repair ticket, about ten
"I believe that place is still in business," he
thought, so he went down to the shop. Without
saying anything, he presented the ticket.
The man behind the counter looked at the number
and said, "I'll have them for you tomorrow."
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NEW MEMBERS FOR 2011/12 – WELCOME
Clear Edge Communications Limited – Marketing Consultancy
Contact: David Kempster
Telephone: 01732 750577
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.clearedgecomms.co.uk.
FeMan Consulting Limited – HR Consulting
Contact: Mike Clyne
Telephone: 01732 832000/07973 281442
Email: email@example.com Web: www.financialhr.co.uk.
Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club – Historic Cricket Club
Contact: Mike Paterson
Telephone: 01732 700383
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.svvc1734.org.
Icon Business Solutions – Business Advisor
Contact: Stephen Searby
Telephone: 01732 458248
Email: email@example.com Web: www.iconbusinesssolutions.com
Promentum Technologies Limited – IT & Telecoms Goods & Services
Contact: Simon Colburn
Telephone: 01732 450900
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.promentum.co.uk.
Ten2two – Flexible Recruitment
Contact: Andrea Starbuck
Telephone: 01732 759849
Email: email@example.com. Web: www.tenwtwo.org.
Karrison Property Consultants – Property Consultancy & Chartered Surveyors
Contact: David Robinson
Telephone: 01959 563800
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.karrison.co.uk.
Thackray Williams Solicitors LLP – Solicitors
Contact: Vikki Herbert
Telephone: 0208 290 0440
Email: email@example.com. Web: www.thackraywilliams.com.
The Utilities Warehouse – Utilities Provider
Contact: Barbara Taylor
Telephone: 07703 743588
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.lovelybills.co.uk.
The Kings Head – Traditional Pub & French Restaurant
Contact: Anne & Allen Peeks
Telephone: 01732 452081
Email: email@example.com. Web: www.kingsheadsevenoaks.com.
Stag Community Arts Centre – Theatre, cinema, function suite, café, registered charity
Contact: Linda Larter
Telephone: 01732 451548
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web. www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk.
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Peak Skills Limited – HSE Approved First Aid Training
Contact: Sam Pearce
Telephone: 01732 462781
Email: email@example.com. Web: www.peakskills.co.uk.
Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club
Contact: Derek Williams
Telephone: 01959 522148
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.sevenoaksamherst.org.uk.
Sevenoaks Computers – IT Sales & Support
Contact: Frances Herd
Telephone: 01732 466666
Email: email@example.com. Web: www.sevenoakscomputers.com.
Crest Retail Limited (Malabar) – Coffee Shop
Contact: Julia Baber
Telephone: 01732 743055
7 Hotel Diner – Hotel & American Themed Diner
Contact: Louise Brown
Telephone: 01959 853890
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: www.7hoteldiner.co.uk.
Wenlock Edge Marketing – Internet & Marketing
Contact: David Hale
Telephone: 01732 808693
Email: email@example.com Web: www.wenlockedgemarketing.co.uk
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