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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – February 24th 2021
    24th February 2021

    Louise Punter-CEO Surrey Chambers of Commerce The much anticipated road to recovery was announced by the Prime Minister this week and the outline was received positively. However, we know from talking to businesses every day that many firms and millions

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  • One year on: How coronavirus has changed Surrey workplaces
    23rd February 2021

      The disruption of furlough, redundancy and remote working has taken a toll. However, strides forward made in managing remote working will unlock cost savings, work/life balance and environmental gains. There’s new opportunity to redress the gender pay gap as

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  • 5 reasons why outsourcing your sales activity is a great idea for small businesses
    2nd February 2021

    Are you struggling to get any new business meetings? Wondering where that next dream client is going to come from? Understandably right now given the current climate, many MDs and business owners are too busy dealing with the ‘day to

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – January 28th
    28th January 2021

    Before we even finish the first month of the year so much has happened. Vaccines are being delivered at a great pace, which is crucial as we remain in a full lockdown. This week marked the 100,000th death from Covid,

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  • Creepy Spaghetti—The Lonely Road
    13th January 2021

    Not far from where you are right now, quiet and expectant, lies The Lonely Road. It’s dark-framed edges buffer against a cold stone of permanence, so icy in its countenance it seems to glow, as if bathed in the phantom

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  • Solution for reducing cross contamination of face coverings
    8th January 2021

    SOLUTION FOR REDUCING CROSS CONTAMINATION OF FACE COVERINGS BRITISH MANUFACTURED ZERO WASTE ENHANCED WITH HEIQ VIROBLOCK   1TcA (One Thought Changes All), a fully recyclable and sustainable British Manufactured mask brand and trusted member of the PCIAW (the Professional Clothing

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  • Are you an innovation enabler?
    17th December 2020

    McKinsey showed that organisations which innovate through a crisis outperformed the market – by 10% during the crisis by 10%, by almost 30% afterwards. Innovating through the coronavirus pandemic is crucial. Within your organisation, are you an ‘innovation enabler’ or

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  • An update from Surrey Chambers CEO – 16th December 2020
    16th December 2020

    It is always risky writing a column at a time when a number of momentous situations are in play! As we go to print, the decision about Christmas mixing seems to be fairly solid albeit in the face of much

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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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