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  • Why you should outsource your IT support, particularly now that more people are working from home
    12th January 2022

    One of the lasting effects of the pandemic looks likely to be a switch to working from home that, for some organisations and employees at least, is likely to be permanent. At the outbreak of the pandemic many organisations found

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  • Surrey Talks Business – Silent Pool Gin & Brand Value
    11th January 2022

    Branding is about the heart, not the head Silent Pool Distillers founder, Ian McCulloch, previously worked in the TV and media industry where he developed expertise about brand development. Here, he learned the difference between what engages the heart and

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 15th December 2021
    15th December 2021

    And so the pandemic continues to damage our economy It was with great disappointment that we heard of all the new Covid restrictions that have needed to be put in place during the last week. Along with many others we

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  • A natural Christmas
    6th December 2021

    Top tips for a sustainable Christmas We all know that familiar sinking feeling, as the recycling and rubbish bags pile up over Christmas. So why not make this year your turning point? Here are a few simple tips that will

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 2nd December 2021
    2nd December 2021

    As we approach the end of the year it is quite astonishing how resilient businesses have been throughout nearly two years of disruption. The atmosphere at the recent Surrey Business Awards, run in conjunction with our wonderful media partners, Platinum,

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 17th November 2021
    17th November 2021

    This week is an exciting one for Surrey Chambers of Commerce. We have the celebration event for the Surrey Business Awards highlighting the very best of business in Surrey. Many Chamber members have been shortlisted and we look forward to

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  • How to plant a low-carbon garden
    11th November 2021

    A garden designed to absorb carbon is a plant-lover’s heaven. The more plants you grow, the more carbon dioxide your garden can lock away – so it’s the best excuse to pack in as many plants as you can. Plants

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  • A straightforward solution in a world which is anything but
    8th November 2021

    If the last couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that businesses need to expect the unexpected. A period of massive political and economic change has meant trading has been extremely difficult, in particular for small- and medium-sized firms,

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  • Digital Project Development Corporate Challenge
    8th November 2021

    The MSc programme at Surrey Business School values our connection to the local business community.  It offers an opportunity for students to see how theory works in practice and to build a greater sense of community.  With this in mind,

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  • KICKSTART WELLBEING PROGRAMME
    3rd November 2021

    Here at Oakleaf, we are very pleased to be able to continue running our ‘Kickstart’ Wellbeing Programme, one of our latest projects which began in January of this year to help clients’ take those necessary steps towards a more positive

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  • Methodworx Helps Pizza Express Lead the way in Restaurant Apps
    2nd November 2021

    Methodworx Helps Pizza Express Lead the way in Restaurant Apps Pizza Express is the market leader in mid-market casual dining apps. Its performance on the App Store has been remarkable:  #1 App in mid-market casual dining #26 App in Food & Drink

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  • Power your Old Tech Stack without Spending a Fortune
    2nd November 2021

    Power your Old Tech Stack without Spending a Fortune Killer campaigns based on watertight customer data – that’s what marketing is all about, right? Well, not if you’re spending all your time grappling to collate customer information from a myriad

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  • Methodworx Enables Pizza Express to Lead the way in Event-Driven Marketing
    2nd November 2021

    Methodworx Enables Pizza Express to Lead the way in Event-Driven Marketing Methodworx’s Event-Stream solution enables Pizza Express to understand its customers and deliver highly-targeted marketing campaigns. 20+ complex and highly targeted campaigns are delivered every month across 470 restaurants and multiple digital channels. 100+ campaigns are delivered automatically using real-time

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  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – Combating a growing threat together
    29th October 2021

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) develops when bacteria, fungi or viruses are exposed to antibiotics, antifungals or antivirals. As a result, the antimicrobials become ineffective and infections may persist. In addition, medical interventions including surgery, chemotherapy and stem cell therapy may become

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  • How Surrey SMEs can think strategically about talent planning and resourcing for the future
    29th October 2021

    A combination of COVID-19 and the new immigration rules has left some industries well short of their staffing needs. Employers need to respond to trends such as UK nationals being unwilling to do the jobs that former EU migrants would

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 7th October 2021
    7th October 2021

    It is difficult to know what to focus on as we head towards the winter, with some key challenges facing us. As furlough comes to an end, we are facing a number of shortages, probably the most impactful in the

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  • Work smarter and be more productive with a smart meter
    6th October 2021

    Work smarter and be more productive with a smart meter Are you seeking smart solutions for your business? A smart meter could be just the ticket for you. Smart meters are the new generation of gas and electricity meters which

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  • How do you go beyond simply engaging your audience?
    27th September 2021

    Audience engagement. Trips off the tongue, doesn’t it? You engage your audiences in your presentations. Box ticked, job done. They’re with you to the end.   Yet do you? Are they? How do you deal with that moment when you

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  • Latest Updates From Surrey Chambers CEO – 22nd September 2021
    22nd September 2021

    All change at Westminster We watched with interest as the Prime Minister re-shuffled his cabinet. We have 3 local MPs in the cabinet as well as Angela Richardson MP joining the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities,

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  • Mentoring experience with the University of Westminster: the Mentor, the Mentee and the Mentor Officer
    20th September 2021

    At the start of the year, Surrey Translation Bureau’s Head of Project Management, Jessica Truelsen, was invited to take part in a mentorship scheme with language graduates from the University of Westminster. Jessica is very passionate about inclusivity across the

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