In this issue
Local business news
Disability Confident event
Learning Lunch - October
Is your business at risk from fraudsters?
From a childhood love of making things, to a thriving design brand
Business Continuity Workshop
What's on
What's on

16 Oct 09.00-16.00 Redhill Micropreneurs co-working day at Co-Tribe Horley.  If you are a sole trader or freelancer, why not pop along for as long as you like - they are a friendly bunch.  No need to book, just turn up.  Find out more.


17 Oct 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch - Fitness – Frank SinclairFit with Frank  Town Hall, Reigate. Book your space now


18 Oct 08.30-13.00 Mock Employment Tribunal, The Guildhall, Guildford.  Join Morrisons Solicitors for what is sure to be a great event, with barristers running through a disability discrimination/ gross misconduct case.  Find out more and book your space.


18 Oct 18.00-20.00 Surrey Chambers of Commerce Networking Evening, Reigate Manor Hotel.  Find out more


31 Oct 09.30-12.30  Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers seminar - Social media needs a purpose to succeed, Ashdown Park Hotel, Forest Row  RH18 5JR.  Book your space now 


8 Nov  09.00-13.00 Employment Law and Health and Safety event with Peninsular, in conjunction with Langton London Ins Brokers, Town Hall, Reigate. Book your space now 


9 Nov 09.30-12.30 Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyers - Developing your presentation and public speaking skills, American Express Community Stadium, Brighton.  Book your space now 


14 Nov 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch - Managing challenging employment relationships and undertaking difficult conversations - Martin Buckland, HR at work.  Book your space now


21 Nov Gatwick Diamond - Meet the buyer, Aurora Hotel, Crawley - a chance to connect face to face with some of the region's largest buyers.  Find out more 


29 Nov 17.00-20.00 Banstead Business Guild - Christmas Community Event - High Street Banstead Find out more


12 Dec 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch - Getting your message across with persuasive presentationsKevin Horlock   Book your space now

Funding and awards

Reigate & Banstead Business Support Grant Do you have a business based in the borough with less than four employees? Are you looking to grow?  Why not apply for our Business Support Grant of up to £1,000?


Small Business Grants Do you represent a business that has been trading for at least one year and has a turnover of between £50,000 and £500,000? has launched a free-to-enter competition called Small Business Grants, offering £5,000 every month.


Do you need start-up funding for your business?  Struggling to get funding from a mainstream provider? Have a look at responsible finance provider Fredericks Foundation, who may be able to help.


It's quicker to report things, make payments and apply for services online.
From a childhood love of making things, to a thriving design brand

Emily Canino got the bug for art and design at a young age. She has turned that love into her own business, Doodlemoo. Emily, who is a member of Enterprise Nation through the Council's partnership with them, shares her story.


Describe your business in one sentence.

Design-led brand producing playful art prints, accessories and stationery.


How did you come up with your idea and turn it into an actual business? 

I have always been creative, always making and designing. Ever since I was little my mum had me making cards for the whole family (I’ve never bought a greetings card in my life) and I designed my first logo at 13 for my dad's restaurant.

When my eldest boy came along we decorated his nursery with some characters we created which we turned into posters and Doodlemoo grew from there. It has evolved lots from this into what it is now.


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Local business news

Morrisons Solicitors won “Law Firm of the Year” and “Private Client Lawyer of the Year” (for Holly Chantler) at the Surrey Law Society awards in September.  Find out more.


Reigate-born boutique global agency Jellyfish has hired former Videology South Korea country manager Vincent Song as APAC regional director, with the task of building out the APAC operations. Read more


Congratulations to Kingston Smith who won the large firm innovation of the year award at The British Accountancy Awards in September


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Disability Confident event
Come and join MP Crispin Blunt to find out how your company can benefit

Come and join MP Crispin Blunt and local employers on 12 October, 8-10am to hear how your company can benefit from the Disability Confident scheme.  Hear how large employer East Surrey Hospital has been able to recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talents. 


Find out more 

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Learning Lunch - October
How fitness can boost your (and your employees') productivity

Don't miss out on our learning lunch on 17 October! Come and hear the charismatic Frank Sinclair from Fit with Frank discuss how health and fitness can motivate you and your employees.  


Frank took part in our Entrepreneurs Academy and won investment to develop his personal fitness business to a subscription based model, allowing him to help far more people. He has 300+ signed up for his latest course in September and is fitness trainer to the stars! Click on the heading to get tips to loosen you up at your desk.

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Is your business at risk from fraudsters?

Meet the Fraudstars – a crack-team of lookalike CEOs, enlisted by Get Safe Online and Lloyds Bank to show just how easy it can be to fall victim to impersonation fraud. Disguised as famous faces, this fraudulent three demonstrate some of the most common methods of impersonation fraud, and how would-be victims can stop scammers in their tracks.

Want to learn more about impersonation fraud and how to protect yourself and your business? Watch the video through the link below to find out more.


Get Safe Online and Lloyds Bank, have commissioned research into the effect of impersonation fraud on SME businesses. The findings reveal:

  • Impersonation fraud is costing victims an average of £27,000 each time
  • The number of attacks has risen a huge 58 per cent in the past year alone
  • Over half (53 per cent) of respondents say they have experienced scammers posing as their boss, demonstrating a rise in the popularity of CEO impersonation fraud
  • A similar number (52 per cent) say they have experienced invoice fraud - a rising scam where fraudsters pose as known suppliers to the company and send an invoice with a false change of bank account details
  • Despite this, only 20 per cent of victims say they now think twice when receiving a request at work
  • Over a third (37 per cent) of employees don’t know or don’t have any security precautions in place.

Tips and video on how you can protect your business

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Other news
Business Continuity Workshop
Come along to the Town Hall, Reigate on 15 Nov 8.30-10.30am

On 15th November 2018 Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, in conjunction with Applied Resilience, are hosting a Business Continuity Workshop. The Workshop will introduce you to the business continuity process, what your organisation should have as a minimum and why you should have a plan. Please email to book your space.


All businesses should have plans and procedures in place for managing a disruption and ensuring that it doesn't penetrate core business. At best, poorly handled incidents can disrupt functions, set projects back and unnerve staff.  At worst, they can risk staff safety and destroy your corporate reputation, putting you out of business. 


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