In this issue
Local Business News
Google Adwords Essentials
Mock interviews at The Warwick School
It's Local
Is food your business?
Funding for Business Growth, Learning Lunch
Bring Time to Change to your workplace
General Data Protection Regulation
What's on
What's on
4 Oct 19.30 Twitter/Micropreneur meet up, Prince of Wales Pub, just turn up and say Hi

5 Oct 07.45-09.30 Surrey Chambers Power Breakfast.
 Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate Book Now

6 Oct 14.30-16.30 Gatwick Diamond, Cream Tea, Holiday Inn Gatwick Worth Find out more 

18 Oct Gatwick Diamond Meet the Buyer event. Arora Hotel, Crawley. Find out more 

18 Oct Free Co-working day Redhill Freelance & Micropreneurs Group, Max's Kitchen, Holmethorpe Industrial Estate from 9am

18 Oct 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch
Funding Business Growth Coast to Capital. Town Hall, Reigate. Book your space

18 Oct 17.30-19.30 NatWest Redhill Set for SuccessBook your space.

8 Nov 08.30 - 17.30 TEDx Woking Innovation, applying new ideas to create something new, at Living Planet Centre Woking, book your space now  enter code EDOS for discount from £50.40 to £40.00.

10 Nov 09.30-11.30 Google Adwords Essentials, Town Hall, Reigate, Sarah Lyons from Creative Pod will take you through the essentials of pay per click advertising.  Book now on what is sure to be a popular session.

15 Nov 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch Sport/fitness/motivation and link to business objectives, Frank Sinclair, Fit with Frank .Town Hall, Reigate Book your space

29 Nov 08.15-09.30 RBG Breakfast Club, West Central Redhill.  Book your space now

13 Dec 12.00-14.00 Learning Lunch Improving profit margins/business efficiency, Town Hall, Reigate Book your space

31 Jan 08.15-09.30 RBG Breakfast Club, West Central Redhill.  Book your space now

28 March 08.15-09.30 RBG Breakfast Club, West Central Redhill.  Book your space now
Funding and Awards
Aviva Community Fund opens on 12 September Whether you’re looking to solve a problem or speed up an ongoing project, this is your chance to make a real difference to your local community. And it all starts with your great idea. Find out more

Rushlight Awards 
designed specifically to support and promote all the latest clean technologies, innovations, initiatives and deployment projects for businesses and other organisations throughout UK, Ireland and internationally. Open to all types of organisations Deadline 30 November 2017- find out more.

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

Do you need start-up funding for your business?  Struggling to get funding from a main stream provider? Have a look at responsible finance provider Fredericks Foundation who may be able to help.
Do it online
It's quicker to report things, make payments and apply for services online.
Funding for Business Growth, Learning Lunch
18 October, Town Hall, Reigate 12-2pm
Come along to the Town Hall on Wednesday 18 October to hear Andrew Dennis, Senior Business Navigator for the North part of the Coast to Capital area, talk about funding for business growth.  Our Learning Lunches run each month and are a great opportunity for you to meet and network with other local businesses and hear informative speakers over a light lunch.

Don't miss out  e mail to book your space today.
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Local Business News

Congratulations to Jellyfish who rank at number 42 in the 2017 Sunday Times International Track 200, the track ranks Britian's private companies with the fastest-growing international sales, based on their previous two years trading.  This rise in position in 2017 is up 23 places from 2016.

New life for Horley Chequers Hotel,
A Watford-based investment company has acquired The Chequers Hotel, and created 60 jobs. The historic hotel in Horley which closed four years ago will be revamped to provide four-star facilities under an international hotel brand. 

Let's Explore -  a new soft play centre for Horley. 
The founders of Horley's Let's Race and Let's Golf, the UK's only dedicated Formula 1 and Golf simulator centre have announced that they will be opening Let's Explore - a new premium soft play centre for children on Saturday 21st October with a visit from a special guest, Dora the Explorer.

Updata contract win: Updata, based in Reigate and part of Capita plc, has been awarded a contact by NATS to provide network connectivity to UK air traffic control services, which handle 2.4 million flights and 250 million passengers every year.  The contract is worth £15m over 7 years. 

The Gym, Redhill will be opening on 18 October. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and free parking. The Gym is going to be full of high-spec equipment and hold loads of free classes.  Find out more 

Do you have a business story you would like to share with us?  Get in touch 

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Google Adwords Essentials
10 November 09.30- 11.30 With Sarah Lyons, Creative Pod
Sarah Lyons, Creative Pod

Come along to hear Sarah Lyons, Senior Marketing Executive at Creative Pod give an introductory session on how Google Adwords can help your business.

Join us as we take you through the essentials of PPC, with information on how best to structure a campaign, what to consider when running a campaign and how best to measure the results.


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Mock interviews at The Warwick School
20 November - could you help?
The Warwick School
The Warwick School carry out award-winning careers guidance and promotion. To supplement these activities, they want to give Year 11 students some practical interview experience on 20 November.  They will be holding mock job/college interviews for all for these students.

The interviews will take place every 20 minutes. Students will have been "prepared" for these interviews and will already have completed a CV which they will have at the interview.

To make the interviews as realistic as possible the School are seeking over 15 adult external "interviewers". Any background or experience in HR or Personnel roles would be great but not essential. More importantly will be the willingness to engage with the young people (aged 15/16) to give them a taste of a real interview and to experience the expectations of potential future interviewers. They will provide questions to ask and material to support the interviews.

The School have run this event for the last two years very successfully just before the students undertake interviews for their Further Education College places - with the Colleges subsequently highlighting how well the Warwick students present themselves.If you would be able to help please contact


Allan Hopkins, Community Links Manager Tel : 01737 378471 (direct line)

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It's Local
Local Business Database
An amazing 1,625 local businesses have registered on the It's Local Business Database.  The database is completely free to join and is there to help local residents find and support our huge range of local businesses.  Make sure your business is signed up.
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Is food your business?

If you run a café, restaurant or provide food as part of your business, we would love to hear your views in our latest survey about food hygiene.

With so many businesses in Reigate & Banstead achieving a 5 rating for food hygiene, cafes, B&Bs, canteens and small businesses with lower scores are interested in improving their rating but aren’t sure where to start.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is considering offering advice on a commercial basis to help businesses improve their hygiene policies and practices and hopefully help them achieve a higher rating.

We are asking local food-related businesses about how they get their food hygiene advice. All entrants can enter a prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher (terms and conditions apply). To be in with a chance on winning, just complete the survey 

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Other news
Bring Time to Change to your workplace
on World mental health day 10 October

Hundreds of organisations have already got involved in Time to Change. Bringing the campaign to your workplace is easy when you know how.

World Mental Health Day 2017

As mental health continues to make the headlines, some of the most influential employers in the civil service, retail, transport, finance and charity sectors are joining forces with Time to Change and taking part in a number of activities to mark World Mental Health Day (WMHD) in 2017. This year’s theme is mental health in the workplace. To help you prepare and plan your own events and activities, Time to Change has put together a communications pack filled with information, tips, news and free materials.

Find out how to get your company involved.

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General Data Protection Regulation
The Government has announced plans to overhaul UK data protection laws, introducing a new General Data Protection Regulation. The regulation will provide everyone with the confidence that their data will be managed securely and safely according to the Minister of State for Digital. Under the plans individuals will have more control over their data by having the right to be forgotten and ask for their personal data to be erased.

Make sure your company is prepared by reading this Information Commisioners Office Data Protection Toolkit.
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