As Christmas fast approaches, we are excited to present our latest Business e-bulletin newsletter. Sharing the latest news, events and valuable resources, this newsletter is designed to empower you in kickstarting your business planning for a successful 2024.
The Economic Prosperity team extends warm wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy new year to all!
What a great night we had, celebrating our wonderful local businesses at the 2023 Reigate & Banstead Business Awards, with our fabulous finalists, worthy winners and glamorous guests! We came together to celebrate the amazing achievements of our local businesses and their vital role in the community.
Huge thanks go to the headline sponsor Morr & Co; event sponsors Reigate Manor, Agility Films, Jemca Toyota, and AV8 Audi Visual; the category sponsors and judges; our excellent MC for the evening, Ortis Deley; Junior Giscombe for his wonderful performance; and to everyone else behind the scenes who helped to make the event a huge success.
Our congratulations go to all the finalists and especially to our 12 winners:
Business Support Grant (Reigate & Banstead Borough Council) - Lucy's Ladle
Micro Business of the Year (Surrey Chambers of Commerce) - Lawn Tiger
Resilient Business of the Year (Moore Kingston Smith) - Reigate Manor
Poundland has moved into the unit formerly occupied by Wilko.
Morr & Co have won the Court of Protection Team of the Year Award at the 2023 British Wills & Probate Awards
Vegan Crazy has won a gold award for their My Vegan Dulce de Leche (The Blondie) in the Great British Food Awards
Business Telephony Solutions company, Opus Technology, won Best Enterprise UC Customer Solution category at the Comms National Awards and were highly commended in the Best Enterprise Contact Centre category. They also won the award for Best Customer Service in the Surrey Business Awards 2023.
The Vineking has won the Best Regional Multi-Store Wine Retailer (South East) in the Decanter Retailer Awards for the second year running.
Crumbs Brewing has won The Sustainable Use of Raw Materials Award in the 2023 Drinks Sustainability Awards
Happy Buddies dog training has won the South England Prestige Awards, Pet Services of the Year for the second year running.
Batts Hill Distillershave been awarded 2 stars in this year’s Great Taste Awards for their coffee liqueur.
Pillinger Controls (building energy management company) have moved into the Omnibus Building, Lesbourne Road.
The Heartwood Inns group (which includes the Black Horse in Reigate) has won the Best Food-led Pub Group Award at the Restaurant R200 Awards.
If you have some great news to share, please let us know
Please don't miss your opportunity to nominate local people, teams, clubs, coaches or volunteers that you feel deserve recognition for their sporting contribution in the 2024 Reigate & Banstead Sports Awards.
The awards recognise performance and dedication to sport in the borough for the period between 1 January and 31 December 2023. They are part of the Council’s strategy to promote active sport and encourage physical wellbeing.
Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government's Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life. Hampshire County Council has secured £1.8 million from the Department of Education to support learners through Skills Bootcamps in partnership with Surrey County Council.
Skills Bootcamps are available to employers of all sizes and across a variety of sectors within the Hampshire and Surrey areas. They can be used as an excellent recruitment tool to fill current and future vacancies, including succession planning. Where there are multiple skills shortage vacancies, providers may be able to tailor a course specific to your needs.
For employers wishing to upskill their existing workforce, there is an employer contribution. For SMEs (small to medium-sized businesses with less than 250 employees) there is a 10% contribution. For employers with more than 250 employees, this increases to 30%. Providers will be able to discuss this further with you if applicable.
Up to 90% of a business' carbon emissions come from its supply chain, but visibility and control beyond the first tier can be a tough nut to crack. Work with the University of Brighton to transform your sustainable supply chain.
From reducing risk to meeting net zero targets, building sustainability into your supply chain is rich with benefits. The university has access to supply chain experts in their business school and, for high-impact projects, there's funding available to help you apply for support and to work with a team of academics.