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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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  • How can a Healing Sanctuary help your Business?
    17th August 2020

    Situated just outside the beautiful village of Shere, in the heart of the gorgeous Surrey Hills, our glorious country manor is set in 30 acres of picturesque gardens and woodlands, with a beautiful rose garden, grand lawns and stunning views.

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  • Changes To EU-US Privacy Shield
    17th August 2020

    On 16th July 2020 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the EU- Commission’s approval of the Privacy Shield was no longer a valid method of transferring EU citizens personal data from the EU Territory to

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO 13th August 2020
    13th August 2020

    How the economy is doing Over the last 2 weeks we have received the formal economic analysis around the economy and employment, which unsurprisingly does not paint a great picture. Whilst these figures are national our own Surrey based surveys

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  • Conducting an effective One to One – A guide for Remote Managers
    6th August 2020

    In almost all organisations in which I have worked or coached, from FSE100 market leaders to smaller businesses, there has always been a love-hate relationship between leaders and the daunting one-to-one meetings. Throughout the years, various reasons were presented to

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO August 2020
    4th August 2020

    One step forward…. Having waxed lyrical about buying local last month it was good to see the government on the same page, offering incentives for people to go out and eat in their local restaurants, albeit only Monday-Wednesday!  For restaurants

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  • 5 Tips To Find Business Opportunities In The New Normal
    30th July 2020

    At Business Doctors we have been supporting businesses throughout Surrey with questions and concerns they have had during the lockdown period. We have helped hundreds of business owners with everything from cash flow preservation to loan and grant applications through

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO July 2020
    28th July 2020

    1) Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme updates The government has launched a new calculator to help employers with their next CJRS claims. Employers can use the calculator to work out how much they have to pay their furloughed and flexibly furloughed employees,

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  • Translation as part of your pandemic recovery plan
    27th July 2020

    Your international business needs multilingual platforms now more than ever As businesses start getting back on their feet, they need to adapt to the new norms. Face-to-face networking, physical interactions with stakeholders and store visits from potential and existing customers

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  • Mental Health First Aid Training
    22nd July 2020

    It is safe to say that the widespread Covid-19 lockdown has caused seismic changes to our daily habits and routines. Perhaps more importantly, regular sources of support, like counsellors and charities, are under severe strain themselves. We want to stress

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  • Creativity & Mental Health
    22nd July 2020

    During these extraordinary times with Covid-19, our creative workshops have found a new virtual platform, forming an online community for our clients. At Oakleaf, we believe that creativity and better mental health go hand in hand. So, we wanted to shine a

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  • Latest news from Surrey Chambers CEO July 2020
    15th July 2020

    Opening up the economy Writing this column every two weeks gives me the chance to reflect on the huge changes within that time. And there have certainly been many! As we go to print a number of previously closed businesses

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  • Performance Enhancer- The art of creating a performance framework for Remote Teams
    15th July 2020

    Performance Enhancer The number one thing I get asked by leaders is how to manage their remote team’s performance. It seems that when we are able to have face to face meetings and lean over the desk to give advice

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  • How professional do you appear to your client when ‘on a screen near you’ working on Zoom, MS Teams?
    14th July 2020

    Is this you?   All sorted on the comms front now that you are working remotely, #workingfromhome.   You have read so many ‘how to work from home’ articles that you never want to see one again.   Ever.  

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  • Weekly Update from Caxton – Signs of Stalling
    13th July 2020

    After an initially strong rebound, almost by default as economies re-opened around the world, the recovery now appears to be stalling, with real-time indicators of activity painting a picture of a recovery that is struggling to make significant further headway.

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  • Surrey Chambers Summary of Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update
    9th July 2020

    Surrey Chambers summary Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update  Job Retention Bonus:To help firms keep on furloughed workers, UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021. Kickstart Scheme: A

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