www.runnymedebp.org.uk February 2010
Who wants to be a millionaire?
‘Beating three competitors to win a client
– that’s the kind of thing that gets you up in the
There will be a donation draw in aid of Naomi House children’s
morning’ Hospice in Winchester www.naomihouse.org.uk.
Liz Jackson MBE will give us the benefit of her remarkable
Every donation of £10
experience at our next breakfast forum meeting on Wednesday
10 February. Losing her sight did not stop her from setting will equal one entry in the draw - with a chance to win one of the
up and growing a very successful business to business superb prizes given by local companies.
telemarketing agency – Great Guns Marketing So far, these include the following:
www.greatgunsmarketing.co.uk Dinner for two at the runnymede-on-thames*
A flower arrangement by Bella Fiori, Addlestone
You may have seen Liz on the Channel 4 programme, Secret
4 Full day Passes to Thorpe Park
Millionaire, during which she gave financial support to
18 Hole golf day for 4 people at Foxhills*
several charities. Only founded in 1998, in her living room in
2 Fragrance gift packs from Procter and Gamble
Basingstoke, Liz has built Great Guns Marketing into a multi-
million pound company, with six UK branches. Foxhills, in Ottershaw, are hosting this breakfast meeting in
their impressive clubhouse. This will be a very popular event,
We are delighted that, although she can command high level
so book your place now! (See panel on back page for details
fees for speaking, she has kindly agreed not to charge the
– on this occasion, we are asking for a charity donation from all
Business Partnership, provided that we can raise funds for
those booking a place)
one of her chosen charities, at the event. Therefore, on this
occasion, we are asking for a charity donation from all those * (terms & conditions will apply)
booking a place.
Business Rates Breakfast
New Business Joins
Thank You Sponsors...
Liz Jackson MBE - Great Guns Marketing
Business Rates Budget and the 2010 Revaluation
Runnymede Borough Council hosted this meeting produce a General Fund deficit by
on Friday 20 November, to enable consultation 2014/15, so further revenue reductions
with business ratepayers. It was the first Business have to be made.
Partnership breakfast forum meeting to be held in
the Council Chamber at the new Civic Centre, in • The recession is hitting income generation
• There are significant areas of risk and
Five sixth form students, and two heads of department, uncertainty in the Forecast
from Salesian School, Chertsey, were among the 55
The full Financial Forecast can be found on the
delegates who attended.
Finance page on www.runnymede.gov.uk
Stuart Cawthorne, RBC Director of Finance, briefly
Guest speaker, Peter Ruben, Group Revaluation
talked about Runnymede’s financial forecast and the
and Defence Manager, of the VOA (Valuation Office
prospects for future council tax levels. Some of the
Agency) gave an outline to the 2010 Business
main messages are that:
• Council Tax is too low to support present
The speakers and staff from the Runnymede
business rates team were on hand after the
• The threat of capping limits the Council’s meeting to answer queries. Useful websites:
ability to increase the tax www.voa.gov.uk/2010 , www.businesslink.gov.uk
• The current tax and spending projections
Andrew Mussenden with Salesian Students Forum within the Council Chamber Peter Ruben and Stuart Cawthorne
New Business Joins the Scheme
We welcome Savannah Bed and Breakfast to the Loyalty
Card scheme. Situated in Virginia Water, their offer to
card holders is 10% off a stay of 3 nights, or more, all to
Proprietor, Helen Vincent, was hoping to achieve a 3 star
rating from Visit Britain for her new enterprise; however
the inspector told her that level was not appropriate and
awarded 4 stars!
It is ‘dog friendly’ accommodation and welcomes dogs,
for a small extra charge, provided that they are accom-
panied by their humans!
Find out more on: www.savannah-bandb.co.uk
If you would like to join the scheme please contact
Thank You……. Airtrack
Bupa Community Connections
An open letter to all our sponsors, from Mark Adams, Chairman of
Business Link Surrey
the Runnymede Business Partnership
Dear Sponsor Foxhills
This is to show our appreciation for your sponsorship of one or
more of our initiatives. Without your support, it would not have Gemini Cars (Egham) Ltd
been possible to carry them out. The Business Partnership does Jack Marketing Solutions
acknowledge all the sponsorship we receive, but I wanted to send
Kingsley Print & Design
you my personal thanks.
Our most recent activities include: Procter & Gamble Community Matters
Breakfast forum meetings, newsletters, business seminars, the
Royal Holloway University of London
Work Experience Guide, design of a new Chertsey Town Guide.
The Loyalty Card Scheme (now in its 11th year!) Runnymede 14-19 Learning Network
The new Business Directory, which is due out soon. And of course,
Runnymede Borough Council
our groundbreaking Yellow School Bus scheme!
Surrey County Council
The Savill Garden
World Duty Free
Gary Looker Paul Turrell Chris Edge - Thorpe Park, Helen Johnston - 14 - 19 Network,
Bupa CEO Runnymede BC Mick Wood - World Duty Free and Mick Wells - Gemini Cars
Plus all the Loyalty Card participating businesses, and all those who give up their time to work on the
three Business Partnership groups.
We recently held our Sponsors’ Dinner, hosted by The runnymede-on-thames, during a brief break in the
snowfall! During the evening, certificates were presented to all but one of the sponsors of the Yellow
School Bus scheme by Paul Turrell, Chief Executive of Runnymede Borough Council. (See photo)
Unfortunately, Sue Tregoning was unable to be there to accept the certificate for Procter & Gamble
Community Matters, due to illness.
We will continue to rely on sponsorship in future, so… if you are thinking of becoming a sponsor for the
first time – don’t be shy!
I hope it’s not too late to wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Runnymede Business Partnership
A new Chapter for the Do you need answers,
Chertsey Bookshop but have no time to find
After being closed in April, a new owner,
Drew Belobaba, re-opened the shop just
before Christmas. Besides the sale of
books, we hear that the children’s play
area and the independent coffee shop has
proved very popular with parents – espe-
cially during the recent bad weather!
Situated oppposite the recently opened
Co-op supermarket, the old Woolworths Contact Enquiries Direct on 01483 543599
site, in Guildford Street. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you know of any new businesses in
Runnymede – please email
Chambers of Commerce
ADDLESTONE AND DISTRICT
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
For details of Chamber activities contact
Cllr Peggy Broadhead
Tel: 01932 844465
Address: c /o 2 Coombe Drive, Addlestone, KT15 1DB
Who wants to be a
EGHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Millionaire
For details of Chamber activities please contact the
Chairman, Mark Adams, on
Date: Wednesday 10th February 2010
Tel: 01784 460108,
Address: c/o Strode’s College, Egham TW20 9DR.
CHERTSEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Chamber meets on the second Monday of the month
at 6.00pm at: The Crown Hotel, London Street, Chertsey.
To reserve your place at this event
Chairman, Douglas Showell,
please contact Joanna Swatridge
Address: 58 Guildford Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9BE,
Tel: 01784 - 460108
Tel: 01932 425272
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