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  • Remembering Lehmans
    21st September 2018

    Surrey Chambers board member Claire Dee personally recalls the Lehman Brothers crash of 10 years ago.   In September 2008 I was working for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in London as deputy head of their press office. It was full-on. As one

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  • Fund energy-saving assets, create brighter future
    12th September 2018

    Often the decision for many businesses to invest into Green facilities or Energy Saving technology comes down to cashflow. What many people do not realise is that many Green assets can be acquired with minimal cost to their business once

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  • SSL certificate – Free vs. Memset Paid
    3rd September 2018

    You have no doubt read about the SSL certificates that Let’s Encrypt are offering for free and thought to yourself, “If I can get an SSL certificate for free, why should I pay for one from Memset?”. The answer is that Memset

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  • Create a brighter future for your business
    28th August 2018

    Funding new Energy saving assets to create a brighter future for your business Often the decision for many businesses to invest into Green facilities or Energy Saving technology comes down to cash flow. What many people do not realise is

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  • Utilising Safeguarding Experts
    13th August 2018

    When we give to charity, it generally leaves us with a positive feeling about ourselves, whether that is by donating money, our unwanted possessions or buying something from a charity shop. For this reason, it can be said that giving

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  • Failure to report an Uber serious breach!
    29th May 2018

    Hot on the heels of Equifax, here we have yet another delayed report of a serious data breach which occurred in October 2016, courtesy of Uber, that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts which included names, email

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  • What is BIM and why should you know about it?
    8th May 2018

    Figure 1: Building model Chaminda Abayawardana, Associate Partner and Architect at DHP, examines the importance of the BIM process for the facilities and financial management of property. BIM has been omnipresent in design and construction for over 20 years, however

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  • Personal finances: Issues facing professionals
    30th April 2018

    Over the next 4 weeks Fryer Glass will attempt to highlight some of the main issues that face professionals with their personal finances. There are many reasons why people do not seek financial advice: The view that it is expensive

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  • Do you need engaged and motivated staff?
    30th April 2018

    You know what they say in most businesses – that ‘people are our most important asset’? But is that really true? Often, ‘people’ can simply feel like your biggest headache! Being able to work with all types of personalities –

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  • Moving your business to the cloud
    20th March 2018

    Should my business move to the cloud or stick with on-premise? It’s a question that has outgrown debate. Cloud is evolving from a market disruptor to an expected approach for traditional and next-generation IT and Telecoms. Those businesses surging into

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  • Surgeons & pilots: what do they have in common?
    15th March 2018

    Training eye surgeons and pilots: what do they have in common? Business and entrepreneurship benefit from a certain degree of risk taking in order to drive innovation because, after all, you learn from taking risks. This is not at all

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  • Dividend Allowance reduction to have wide impact
    12th March 2018

    The tax rules surrounding dividends have changed drastically in recent years. The tax- free Dividend Allowance has dropped from £5,000 to £2,000 per annum from April 2018. This change could have a significant impact on many, whether you own shares

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  • A basic guide to GDPR for small businesses
    5th February 2018

    1. What is the Data Protection Act about?   The main aim of the Act is to promote a high standard of handling personal information to protect the individual’s right to privacy. This Act applies to all companies which hold

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  • Talent shortages endangering the UK’s growth
    31st January 2018

    Smaller and growing businesses are struggling to hire the right talent, according to the most recent survey from Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, tax and investment management group. 66% of businesses are seeking new hires, according to the Enterprise Index

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  • GDPR and audit – how are you managing the risk?
    26th January 2018

    As the deadline for GDPR implementation gets nearer, 25 May 2018, it is becoming more important for businesses to hone in on their responsibilities. The penalties for getting it wrong could be costly, with the maximum fine increasing from £500,000

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  • The Need for Speed
    25th January 2018

    Do you sometimes feel you are drowning in communications? A groaning inbox when you come back from leave.  The abundance of social media platforms promising “6 tips for a more focussed sales team” or fascinating video recipes which transform into

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  • Carillion Collapse – does it affect you?
    23rd January 2018

    News of the collapse of Carillion is sending shock waves throughout the construction sector as well as other industries. Thousands of suppliers and sub-contractors face the prospect of not being paid for work that has already been completed and invoiced.

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  • Why integrating communications matters in 2018
    23rd January 2018

    Customers don’t think of brands in terms of digital marketing, advertising, PR or social media, so it makes sense that you shouldn’t either.  Successfully integrating these communication disciplines makes sure your brand messaging is consistent and effective. Integrated communications is not

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  • Ensure a Smooth Transition When Relocating
    11th January 2018

    “Nothing in London is certain but expense”, said William Shenstone, the 18th-century poet. Today, that feeling remains mutual. Many businesses are relocating outside of London…

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  • CEO’s Column – Louise Punter, Surrey Chambers
    29th November 2017

    Louise Punter, CEO – Surrey Chambers of Commerce – This week’s column could not be written without significant reference to the Budget delivered by the Chancellor last Wednesday.

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