Runnymede Business Partnership Newsletter February 2010

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					 Newsletter                                                                                    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
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:
                           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.

                                                                                         Whats inside

                                                                                         Business Rates Breakfast
                                                                                         Forum Report

                                                                                         New Business Joins
                                                                                         Loyalty Scheme

                                                                                         Thank You Sponsors...

                                                                                         and more
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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
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:
                                                                      Rates Revaluation.
      •	 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                         ,
      •	 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
run concurrently.

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:
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
                                                                                                    Cudd Associates
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.
                                                                                                    National Express
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!
                                                                                                    Strode’s College

                                                                                                    Surrey County Council

                                                                                                    the runnymede~on~thames

                                                                                                    The Savill Garden

                                                                                                    Thorpe Park

                                                                                                    Wilkins Kennedy

                                                                                                    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.

   Yours sincerely

   Mark Adams
   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

  If you know of any new businesses in
        Runnymede – please email

         Chambers of Commerce


                  CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

                For details of Chamber activities contact

                           Cllr Peggy Broadhead

                             Tel: 01932 844465

                                                                          February Forum

          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, 
                               Time: 7.45am
           Address: c/o Strode’s College, Egham TW20 9DR.



                                                                               Foxhills, Ottershaw
        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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