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  • Why you still need a website even if you have a Facebook page
    20th November 2020

    We quite often speak to small businesses who have a thriving presence on Facebook and don’t see the need to have their own website as well. There are a number of reasons why relying on Facebook as an alternative to

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  • Working from home tax relief claims
    19th November 2020

    Given recent events, there has been a significant increase in people looking at making tax relief claims due to the additional costs incurred for working from home. Previously (prior to the current tax year), employers could pay their employees a

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – November 18th
    18th November 2020

    As we enter the third week of the second lockdown, businesses are reviewing all the changes that have happened during the last 8 months. The flexibility of working from home has become a norm for many organisations and we are

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  • Nature Connection & re-wilding yourself in all weathers
    18th November 2020

    Why not make getting out in all weathers your next adventure? Whilst we love being in woodland and forests, we realise that during autumn and winter, especially when we are in another lockdown, it’s not always possible. However, getting outside

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  • Businesses are Taking Back Control with Smart Meters
    17th November 2020

    National restrictions continue to significantly affect businesses across the country and there is an enormous pressure on their financial situation. Businesses may be juggling reduced income whilst navigating new income streams such as various government support measures.  They might be

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – November 4th
    4th November 2020

    Just when we thought things were moving forward….. All change again in such a short space of time. Following a continued rise in Covid infections the government has decided to put us into 4 weeks lockdown to try and improve

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  • Coping with constant change: What we should know about Resilience for individuals and organisations
    2nd November 2020

    What is Resilience? Resilience can be defined as how we ADAPT TO CHANGE. In the current climate of uncertainty the ability to be resilient will most likely be a key determinant of Business Success. If individual’s don’t figure a way

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  • Protecting your Future and that of your Business
    28th October 2020

      The torchlight shone directly into my eyes !…. A bit of a shock: I was gradually waking from a coma in hospital having been the victim of a hit and run accident on a large motorbike in the middle

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  • Business Through The Kaleidoscope
    28th October 2020

    It is interesting how businesses develop over the years. In 1973 the U.K. joined the E.U. At last we had a “cushion”, a “comfort blanket”. As in fashion, there are trends.  I was lucky enough to start my first business

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  • Latest Update from Surrey Chambers CEO
    22nd October 2020

    Writing a column in these times is really challenging as the pace of change is so fast that anything written soon becomes history. As I write, this week, we are waiting for improved support for businesses, who are shut down

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  • International Trade : the Way Forward
    6th October 2020

    Today we live in a fast paced and ever evolving world.  Recent history only goes to highlight that the future remains uncertain.  At the end of this year we will leave the European Union and, of course, we hope and

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  • Helping businesses to survive and thrive beyond COVID
    1st October 2020

    CM System Designs are proud to offer Chamber members a one-to-one consultation to review their remote working plan. Join up for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our business analysts to discover how you can protect and grow your

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO 29th September 2020
    29th September 2020

    Louise Punter-CEO Surrey Chambers of Commerce Heading towards the end of September we all hoped that after 6 months of almost lockdown we would be able to start easing off. Unfortunately, with the growing number of infections nationally this has

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  • The Steps for Mental Wellbeing – Spotting the signs
    29th September 2020

    By Jane Graham and Desiree Anderson   These days everyone is feeling loss of control due to the intense changes we have all experienced. Boundaries between work and life, sickness and health have blurred and with it has come the

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  • Mental Health – Why Mental Health is one of the most important aspects of Business Survival today
    28th September 2020

    By Desiree Anderson and Jane Graham “Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”  Brene Brown This quote seems particularly important since the pandemic where we all continue to feel uncertain as a human

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  • Black Lives Matter – How should my business respond?
    14th September 2020

    Over the summer the Black Lives Matter movement has made headlines across the world. But what does it mean for your business? What can you do to show your support? As a trainer in Diversity and Inclusion I have seen

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO 10th September 2020
    10th September 2020

    Louise Punter – CEO Surrey Chambers of Commerce What a whirlwind of activity we are living through! As businesses start to return to the workplace we are being told to remain even more vigilant as advice and rules are changed

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  • Improve business efficiency before you rush to cut costs
    10th September 2020

    If sales are under pressure, then costs come quickly under the microscope. That’s todays reality for almost every business bar manufacturers of masks and sanitiser! Cost cutting per se is a blunt instrument that achieves a short term aim but

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO 24th August 2020
    24th August 2020

    As the easing of the lockdown has progressed, Surrey Chambers has continued to bring many informational and networking virtual events to life. Our first taste of a face to face event was the monthly golf tournament, which took place at

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  • Why your business needs The Attraction Factor, now more than ever
    19th August 2020

    Many business leaders have had to pivot or transform their company to stay in business and to stay relevant in the new environment. However, many have not had the time -or due to furloughing some of their team, the resources-

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