Business Affairs

Surrey Business Affairs

is the new monthly business show
presented by Jackie Mitchell

First or second Thursday of each month at 1.00pm
Repeated the following Thursday at 8.00pm
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Jackie Mitchell Jackie will be discussing with her guests the challenges facing businesses in the area, as well as new opportunities and innovations. She will have experts on the show who will give helpful advice and information

Programme - Thursday 16th March 2017

Deap Kambay, founder of Ethical Value, is a hidden asset auditor, which helps businesses identify hidden assets which will positively affect profit and value. www.ethicalvalue.com Twitter @ethicalvalue @deapkhambay

Mandira Sarkar set up Surrey Spice after 17 years as a management consultant. The Award winning Indian fine dining company offers supper clubs, catering, cookery lessons and freezer ready gourmet curries. www.surreyspice.com Twitter @surreyspice

Sam Farrow, a professional graphic designer with over 20 years' experience, is the founder and managing director of Farrow Creative, a full service design agency www.farrowcreative.co.uk Twitter @farrowcreative

Tania Fraser has over 15 years' experience running and improving businesses. She works with businesses to improve, change and adapt systems and processes to create a framework and support structure that will enable a more productive and profitable environment. www.thewholeisgreater.com Twitter @taniafraserfi


Programme - Thursday 9th February 2017

James Manthel, director, Mechanised Talent, a recruitment strategy consultancy www.mechanisedtalent.com

Jamie-Lee Abtar , founder of Be Distinctly Different, a boutique travel marketing agency that helps travel and tourism brands to grow, develop and make more money. www.bedistinctlydifferent.com Twitter @jamieleeabtar

Kevin Rogers, Head of Member Services, Surrey Chambers of Commerce www.surrey-chambers.co.uk Twitter @SurreyChambers

Liz Joss, who has set up new business Apple Tree Studio, a ceramics studio in East Horsley www.facebook.com/appletreestudiouk/


Programme - Thursday 12th January 2017

Jennifer Sutton from Epsom Coaches on the rising popularity of coach travel and how the company has evolved www.epsomcoaches.com Twitter @epsomcoachesgro

Steven Harvey, chairman of the BID project and owner of Oasis Estate Agents ‐ businesses in Staines-upon-Thames have given a clear endorsement for the introduction of a BID that will generate over £1.5m over five years to be invested in town centre projects.www.staines-upon-thames.bid   www.oasisestateagents.com
Twitter @SpelthorneBC @OasisEstates

Gillian Everall from Everfair Tax, a tax advisory and compliance service. www.everfairtax.co.uk
Twitter @EverfairTax

Bruce Casalis, managing director, Bruce's Doggy Day Care, a multi-Award winning business running two dog creche centres in Surrey. www.brucesdoggydaycare.co.uk Twitter @brucesdogdays


Programme - Thursday 3rd November 2016

Nicky Kriel, social media guru, will talk about her new book Converting Conversations to Customers - "The Essential Guide To Social Media Sales Success" www.nickykriel.com Twitter @nickykriel

Jenny Wagstaff, founder of Women Only Connected, the new online social and business network for women.
www.womenonlyconnected.com Twitter @womenonlyconnec

Julia Cheeseman, who runs Starfish Services, provides skilled professionals by the hour, day or week in a variety of areas such as secretarial, travel management and office moves. www.starfishadminservices.com Twitter @StarfishSupport

Nora Zimerman, graphic designer and web site coach, runs The Website School Programme, an online course helping business owners to create easy to maintain web sites. www.norazimerman.com @norazimerman


Programme - Thursday 13th October 2016

Councillor Andrew Davis from Elmbridge Council about business grant schemes in the borough. www.elmbridge.gov.uk Twitter @ElmbridgeBC

Sharon Ferrari from Geminera, winner of the "Best Independent Retailer in Elmbridge" Award, which sells jewellery, luxury gifts and fragrances www.geminera.com Twitter @geminera

Adam Stevens is founder of Intelligent Eating, which is, as the name implies, about eating intelligently. The company provides information about the foods people eat and how they affect their health and runs a variety of programmes designed to improve people's health. www.intelligenteating.org Twitter @intelligent_eat

Andy Smith, founder and director, Totara Financial Services, which provides specialist financial planning advice. www.totarafp.co.uk Twitter @totarafp


Programme - Thursday 15th September 2016

Louise Punter, chief executive, Surrey Chambers, on the effects of Brexit and other initiatives
www.surrey-chambers.co.uk Twitter @SurreyChambers

Paul Webster, Webster Consultancy, about the "Woking Means Business" exhibition on Wednesday 5th October www.wokingmeansbusiness.com Twitter @paulwebster200

Tiia Sammallahti, group leader of the Surrey area of DrivenWoman, a new life working concept for women www.drivenwoman.co.uk Twitter @drivewomannetw

Peter Le Masurier, director and Ryan Whiteley, squash professional from Sandown Sports Club in Esher, which is undergoing new developments www.sandownsports.co.uk Twitter @sandownsports

James Manthel, director, Mechanised Talent, a recruitment strategy consultancy
www.mechanisedtalent.com


Programme - Thursday 4th August 2016

Roya Croudace is a Growth Champion with the Enterprise M3 Growth Hub, a government sponsored resource for growing local businesses. www.enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk Twitter @EM3GrowthHub

Felicity Leicester works for local magazine Omni and also manages the Kingston Omni local networking group, one of several groups which have started up in Surrey. www.omnilocalbusinessnetworking.com
www.omnilocal.co.uk

Lori McPherson runs Studio 7 Therapies offering a range of therapies including Raynor deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage and Craniosacral Therapy. www.studio7therapies.com Twitter @Studio7Therapy

Charmaine Mace is managing director of Property Cycle, a company specialising in property sales, rentals and property management. She is also regional director of Athena, the women's business networking group. www.apropertycycle.co.uk Twitter @propertycycle
http://theathenanetwork.co.uk/ Twitter @charmainemace


Programme - Thursday 7th July 2016

Ralph Sousa,owner of Saffron Summer, a new fine dining restaurant in Chessington, talks about how he started his business and what it offers. www.saffronsummer.co.uk Twitter@SaffronSummer_

Jonathan Hamilton, Executive Director of BNI Surrey, will explain how over £10 million worth of referrals were passed in 2015 between BNI Surrey members, what BNI is and how it helps small businesses www.bnisurrey.co.uk Twitter @bnisurrey

Helen Cammack is a co-founder of Interests Me which launched in January this year. It supplies an email newsletter tool for small businesses and voluntary groups to help them promote themselves. www.interests.me Twitter @interests

Andy Strong is the owner of Fundamentally Fit, a home training company, which provides results-driven fitness training programmes in the Walton-on-Thames area. www.fundamentallyfit.co.uk Twitter @fundamentallyfit

Sabina Pticek is owner of Boho Tea Room and Coffee Shop, Queen's Road, Weybridge, serving an array of loose leaf teas, as well as breakfast, brunch, cakes and house specialities www.boho-weybridge.co.uk Twitter @BohoWeybridge


Programme - Thursday 16th June 2016

Louise Punter, chief executive, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, will be discussing the Chamber's start up advice and its careers events in schools. www.surrey-chambers.co.uk Twitter @SurreyChambers

Jessica Edgar will be discussing how she started her own drama school in 2014. As principal of Stars Performing Arts, Shepperton, she was named as one of Surrey's Rising Star Young Business Women of the Year. www.sheppertonstars.co.uk Twitter @starsshepperton

Grainne Ashton will be talking about the first ever Sandown Park Food Festival to be held on Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 September, as well as the Fantastic Food Stars competition. www.fantasticbritishfoodfestivals.com/sandown-park.html Twitter @FantasticFdFest

Rachel Lane, independent financial adviser of Weybridge based Group Rapport recently won the Insurance Institute of Guildford's Young Achiever of the Year Award. She will discuss her Award and how she started her career. www.grouprapport.com


Programme - Thursday 5th May 2016

Dave Peet, the new president of Woking Chamber of Commerce, will talk about his new role and plans for the future www.wokingchamber.org.uk Twitter @WokingChamber

Emily Chalkey, Associate of the law firm Charles Russell Speechlys, has been named one of the top ten Business Women in Surrey 2016 Rising Stars by Surrey Chambers. She will talk about this achievement, as well as her position and what her company offers. www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com Twitter @CRS_Lawyers

Gary Evans will discuss his new company, Holistic Healing Therapy, which he started with his wife Olga which provides sound therapy events called gong baths. These are relaxation sessions with a mindfulness exercise followed by bathing participants in particular sound frequencies.
www.awakeningmentor.co.uk Twitter @Connections_PR

Ed Halil from E A Chauffeurs will discuss how he grew his business from nothing to a successful venture which he sold, how he restarted his business and plans for the future www.eachauffeurs.co.uk Twitter @EA_Chauffeurs

Barrie Dennett, chairman, Cloud Airport Spas, which provides nail and beauty treatments at selected airports such as Stansted and Manchester, will talk about how he started the company and plans for the future. www.cloudairportspas.com Twitter @cloudspas


Programme - Thursday 14th April 2016

Joanna McGowan, Guildford Hub, will talk about how the hub aims to unite business owners and give them the opportunity to access top notch training on all aspects of current business developments. www.businesshubs.org/guildford Twitter @guildfordhub

Paul Allsop from Ashton Allsop Chartered Accountants will discuss the effects of the budget on small businesses, as well as the big EU question – should we stay or leave? www.ashtonallsop.co.uk

Clare Cross from family business Raycross Interiors, will talk about the three levels of service it offers from design to project managing kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms, as well as its showroom in Byfleet. www.raycross.co.uk Twitter @raycrossdesign

James Morris from Trafalgar and JF Marquees, began his marquee hire and events management venture while still at university. He will discuss how he started his business and what it offers. www.marqueehire.co.uk


Programme - Thursday 3rd March 2016

Richard Woods from digital marketing agency Yomp Marketing will be sharing with us his experiences on BBC TV's The Apprentice programme and describing the portfolio of businesses he runs. www.yompmarketing.com Twitter @Yomp_Marketing

Louise Cummins from Gardenmakers, which she runs with business partner Caroline De Lane Lea, will discuss her garden design company, being shortlisted for an Award and planting gardens at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. www.garden-makers.co.uk

David Smith from Constructive Translations will tell us about how he started his company which helps businesses in the construction and engineering industries by providing translators who are native speakers and have specialist qualifications. www.constructivetranslations.com/ Twitter @ConstructiveTra

Pamela Gregory from Hannibal Brown Wines will describe her latest initiative - a personalised wine label service and how she started her wine business. www.hannibalbrown.com Twitter @HannibalBrown


Programme - Thursday 11th February 2016

Keith Churchouse, co-founder of SaidSo.co.uk, an online financial planning web site, will talk about the launch of the company's free financial guide series and how he started the company a year ago.
www.saidso.co.uk Twitter @SaidSoMoney

Andy Wickes, Canvas Digital works with businesses to help develop successful online enterprises. He will talk about the importance of a well-designed web site, content management systems, web marketing and social media. www.canvas-digital.co.uk Twitter @canvas_digital

Tiia Sammallahti will discuss how she started her business Truly Gifting, the world's first recycled gifting company and her new packaging and greetings card range for Valentine's Day.
www.trulygifting.com Twitter: @trulygiftingUK

Paul Allsop from Ashton Allsop Chartered Accountants will explain how cloud-based accounting systems can help businesses in a variety of ways, as well as tips in the run up to the end of the tax year in April. www.ashtonallsop.co.uk


Programme - 14th January 2016

Jackie presents the January edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

The call for people to be authentic at work is increasingly loud. Rina Goldenberg Lynch, founder and managing director of Voice At The Table, will discuss what authenticity really means and why it matters, as well as the evening debate she is holding on the subject on 25 January at 6pm.
www.voiceatthetable.com Twitter @Voiceatthetable

Rob May, chairman, the Institute of Directors, will be discussing his predictions for businesses in 2016, as well as membership benefits and the sponsorship of this year's Toast of Surrey Business Awards.
www.iod.com/surrey    www.ramsac.com Twitter @robmay70 @The_IoD

Staines upon Thames is the number one place to set up a business. Councillor Denise Saliagopolous from Spelthorne Council will be talking about this, as well as the Council's free professional business advice for entrepreneurs. www.spelthorne.gov.uk Twitter @SpelthorneBC

Jill Lee, Enterprise M3 Growth Hub Manager, will be sharing how The Enterprise M3 Growth Hub, launched last November, helps businesses achieve results quickly through a personal tailored service focused on growth.
www.enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk Twitter @EM3GrowthHub


Programme - 10th December 2015

Jackie presents the December edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Anthony Stears, better known as The Telephone Assassin will talk about how he trains people in the art of using the phone to generate sales. He will discuss how making cold calls can open doors, find opportunities and cultivate relationships. www.anthonystears.co.uk Twitter @PhoneAssassin

Renee Acton will talk about her new shop Collezioni in Richmond which she runs with her husband Michael, as well as her interior design service. The shop sells a variety of fabrics, glassware, blinds and home accessories. www.collezioni.co.uk

Paul Glynn from Sandler Training will discuss how to break the rules of selling to win more business. With over 30 years' experience, Paul will give insights on how to convert sales leads into business. www.sandler.com

Most sickness absences in the workplace are caused by back, neck and muscle pain. Timothy Wood from Maple Leaf Chiropractic and Wellness, Weybridge, will talk about his business and how businesspeople can look after their backs. www.weybridgechiro.co.uk Twitter @TimWoodChiro

BrandStreet transforms local high streets into smart towns using beacon technology. Kevin Robinson explains how this can benefit local businesses. www.brandstreet.com Twitter @brandstreetuk

Ollie Rastall from Award-winning Source Supplies will talk about how the business has evolved from two men delivering toilet rolls to a thriving company supplying cleaning and hygiene products in a variety of sectors such as care homes, nurseries and facilities management. www.sourcesupplies.co.uk Twitter @SourceSupplies


Programme - 5th November 2015

Jackie presents the November edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Author Tom Evans will talk about "Living Timefully", the world's first time management programme based on mindfulness, as well as his new book "Mindful Timeful Kindful" about having more time in your day to do the things you want.
www.tomevans.co Twitter @thebookwright

Chloe Haywood, a hatmaker who runs Hatastic will discuss how she started the business and won the Made in Britain Award at the BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards www.hatastic.co.uk/ Twitter @Hatastic

Richard Young, managing director, Great Fosters hotel, will discuss how the hotel was awarded 4 red star status at the AA Hospitality Awards and how this has benefited his business. www.greatfosters.co.uk/ Twitter @GreatFosters


Programme - 8th October 2015

Jackie presents the October edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Antonio Falco will be talking about his new book "Stop Pitching and Start Selling" which gives the key points you need to make the sale – not just 'pitch' your product. An experienced business consultant, Antonio is also the Regional Chairman for Surrey and West Sussex of The Federation of Small Businesses. www.antoniofalco.com Twitter @AntonioFalco

Elizabeth Vickery from V3 Print, Weybridge, will talk about how funding from the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund (ECIP) was used towards new signage to help the business become more visible, how her business started and what it offers.
www.v3print.com Twitter @The V3Group

Councillor John O'Reilly, Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council, will discuss how the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund (ECIP) is paying £100,000 towards improvements for Weybridge businesses. To mark this, Elmbridge Council is holding a celebration day tomorrow (9th October) in Weybridge as well as a drop in session at Boho, Weybridge between 12 noon to 2pm for any interested local businesses to ask any questions about the grant scheme. www.elmbridge.gov.uk Twitter @DiscoverEB

Jennifer Sutton will talk about how she started her business Jen's Cupcakery and Bakery and recently rebranded it to reflect an expanded range. She will also discuss participating in the National Cupcake Championships. She supplies cakes to several local businesses such as Boho Tea Room in Weybridge as well as Brooklands Hotel. www.jenscupcakery.com Twitter @jenscupcakery

Patrick Ebbs will be discussing his book "Presentation Skills: The Ultimate Guide To Delivering The Perfect Presentation" which includes effective strategies and tips that will transform your speaking skills. Patrick is founder of ChangEnable consultancy providing presentation skills training, career management and coaching. www.changenable.com



Programme - 10th September 2015

Jackie presents the September edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Carolyne Cross, principal, ISIS Beauty Academy, has won the "Best for hair and beauty" category in the Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards. She will talk about what the Award means to her and what the Academy offers.
www.isisbeautyacademy.co.uk @isisbeautyacd

Paul Webster will be discussing the opportunities for businesses at this year's Woking Means Business exhibition which takes place on Wednesday 7th October at the HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, Woking
www.wokingmeansbusiness.com Twitter @WokingMeansBiz

Cllr Ruth Mitchell from Elmbridge Borough Council will talk about the upcoming Elmbridge Food Festival which takes place at Painshill Park, Cobham on Saturday 26 September and Sunday 27 September www.elmbridge.gov.uk @Discover Elmb

Isabelle Saulet from Creative Quilting is the winner of the "Best for speciality products or gifts" in the Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards. She will discuss what impact the Award has had on her business and how she started it. www.creativequilting.co.uk @CreativeQuilting



Programme - 6th August 2015

Jackie presents the August edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Hazel McCallum, corporate and executive coach, will be running a workshop with Kevin Harlock for Surrey Chambers of Commerce about "How To Get The Most from Generation Y Employees" on Friday 25 September. She will be talking about this and what steps businesses should be taking to engage with Generation Y.    www.movingonupcoaching.com    Twitter @HazelMcCallum1

Alex Cooms from Brightwater Brewery will talk about how he started his business producing Claygate beer and running the smallest pub in Surrey. Currently the company brews five beers, supplies local pubs and takes part in local beer festivals.
www.brightbrew.co.uk    Twitter @SmallestPubinUK

Councillor Christine Cross, Portfolio Holder for Community Development, will talk about this year's Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards, the ethos of the Awards, the role they play in the local community and this year's winners.
www.elmbridge.gov.uk     Twitter @DiscoverEB

Keith Pollington from Pollington Newsagents in Oatlands, Weybridge, is the overall winner in the Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards. He will discuss what the Award means for his business.

Sharon Evans, owner of Lime Tree café in Thames Ditton, Surrey won the "Best Restaurant or Café" category in the Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards. She will talk about how she started her business and what the Award means to her. www.thamesdittonhighstreet.com/retailers/eatingdrinking/limetree


Programme - 9th July 2015

Jackie presents the July edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Jane Nathan, founder and clinical director of Healthcare on Demand will talk about winning the Young Business Award in the Toast of Surrey Business Awards and how she set up her business. http://healthcareondemand.org.uk/ Twitter @Jane _HoD

Robert May, chairman of the Institute of Directors Surrey, will discuss how the Surrey branch helps members and the benefits of membership. www.iod.com/surrey Twitter @The_IoD

Antonio Falco, regional chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be talking about the inaugural Surrey business Awards being launched this month. www.fsb.org.uk Twitter @FSBSWS

Janice Gordon, also known as The Problem Solver, helps businesses overcome their challenges and grow. She will discuss the most common business problems and her free ebook "How To Stand Out From The Crowd".
http://janicebgordon.co.uk    http://theproblem-solver.com Twitter @Janicebg


Programme - 11th June 2015

Jackie presents the June edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Marilyn Scott, Director of The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, is one of Surrey Chambers' top ten businesswomen in Surrey. She will talk about this accolade, her career and how she runs The Lightbox and raise funds for the delivery of its many and various services. www.thelightbox.org.uk Twitter @TheLightbox

Amanda Seabrook, founder of Workpond Ltd, will be one of the speakers at the forthcoming "Leadership Forum" organised by Surrey Chambers. The subject is Generation Y - how to find, train and engage Gen Y employees. She will discuss Workpond, a new concept in employment - a marketplace for flexible work.
www.workpond.co.uk Twitter @workpond

Richmond Stace, director of Specialist Pain Physio Clinics, won the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award in The Toast of Surrey Business Awards. He will talk about the Award and the Understanding Pain Campaign he has launched. www.specialistpainphysio.com
Twitter @painphysio

Nicky Holland, a neonatal nurse has developed a new breastfeeding app The Breastfeeding ABC by EarlyBabyDays to provide support and help to first time mothers in a convenient and easy to use format. It has been endorsed by Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. www.earlybabydays.com


Programme - 14th May 2015

Jackie presents the May edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Rina Goldenberg Lynch, founder and managing director of Voice At The Table, helps companies unleash their potential through its female talent. She will discuss how she coaches and mentors women in the corporate, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial sectors and the upcoming conference on 11 June. www.voiceatthetable.com Twitter @RinaGoldenLynch

Paul Webster will be discussing the opportunities for businesses at this year's Guildford Means Business exhibition which takes place on Wednesday 3rd June at G Live in Guildford. www.guildfordmeansbusiness.com Twitter @GMBexpo

Judith Dandy will be talking about her new business Dandelion Farewells which guides families through the choices of funeral arrangements to develop a meaningful occasion. www.dandelionfarewells.com

Ben Grist from Oakdene Designs will be sharing the good news about winning the Creative Industries Award at this year's Toast of Surrey Business Awards. The company designs and manufactures a variety of merchandise such as mobile phone and tablet cases which can be personalised. www.oakdenedesigns.com Twitter @OakdeneDesigns


Programme - 9th April 2015

Jackie and Alison present the April edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Ros Wells, Operational Manager, Trinity Homecare will discuss why homecare is the superior alternative to residential care, what services the company offers and staff recruitment. www.trinityhomecare.co.uk

Robert May, Managing Director, Ramsac will talk about how the company helps businesses with their IT, the most common IT mistakes and the cauliflower story. www.ramsac.com Twitter @ramsac_ltd

Neomi Bennett, a registered nurse, appeared on Dragons' Den with her invention Neo-Slip, a silk pouch which makes it easier for people to pull on their embolism stockings that prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). She will talk about her creation and how she started her business. www.neo-slip.com Twitter @neoslip

Do you know how to manage reputation and communications in a crisis situation? Nicky Rudd, managing director, Padua Communications will be talking about a workshop she is running on the subject with Ann Wright from Rough House Media on Wednesday 15 April in Woking, organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
www.paduacommunications.com Twitter @nickyrudd01


Programme - 5th March 2015

Jackie and Alison present the March edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

John O'Reilly, Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council, will be discussing the Council's initiative to support at least 50 local businesses through a training programme focusing on leadership, marketing and international trade by March 2016
www.elmbridge.gov.uk Twitter @elmbridgeBC @enterpriseelmbridge

Claire Darby, a solicitor from Pearson Hards, will be talking about a new series of seminars and networking events for small businesses the company is running in conjunction with Home Counties Business Advisors (HCBA). They are based around a core theme of managing growth. www.pearsonhards.co.uk

Bob Harvey-Jenner, independent photographer who runs "Life Through A Lense" will be discussing the services he offers businesses including events, product and portrait photography www.lifethroughalense.com

Olivia Ellenger, private detective from Answers Investigation will be talking about her work and her recent Federation of Small Businesses' Award for "Employee of the Year". www.answers.uk.com Twitter @AnswersPI


Programme - 12th February 2015

Jackie and Alison present the February edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Keith McGroary, Community Safety & Economic Development Manager, Spelthorne Borough Council, will talk about the workshops the Council is holding in conjunction with Enterprise M3 designed to boost small businesses online skills. www.spelthorne.gov.uk/community-safety Twitter @SpelthorneBC

Hazel McCallum, corporate and executive coach will discuss her "Do More, Stress Less" Workshop she is running for Surrey Chambers on 3rd March. As work-related stress costs the UK economy nearly £6.5billion each year, what steps should businesses be taking? www.movingonupcoaching.com Twitter @HazelMcCallum1

Founded in 1899, Woking Chamber of Commerce is the oldest independent chamber in Surrey. Stuart Wright, president, will talk about the benefits the Chamber offers its members, its activities and future plans. www.wokingchamber.org.uk
Twitter @WokingChamber

Are you stuck in a rut or feel unfulfilled? Coach Susie Maguire has started a new business offering workshops and coaching to people who want to follow their heart, catch a dream or become the person they know they can be. "Often fear and doubt hold people back and what I'm offering aims to help them get past that," she says. www.aloveduplife.com


Programme - 9th January 2015

Jackie and Alison present the January edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Louise Punter, chief executive, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, will talk about what's in store for small businesses in 2015. www.surrey-chambers.co.uk

Gary Hunt, manager, Morrisons, Weybridge will discuss the new store that's just opened in Weybridge and retail trends for 2015 www.morrisons.com

Dr Andy Adcroft, Deputy Head of Surrey Business School, will talk about how the University of Surrey can work with businesses to share knowledge, solve problems and help achieve business and personal development goals. www.surrey.ac.uk/sbs/

Reza Amini, restaurateur, has opened Henry's Grill in Esher High Street, his second independent eco-friendly and sustainable restaurant in Elmbridge Borough, *brother* to the successful Henry's Kitchen in Hampton Court. www.henrysgrill.co.uk


Programme - 7th November 2014

Jackie and Alison present the November edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Rosemary Squire, OBE, the co-founder and joint chief executive of the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has become the first woman to win a national award for leading entrepreneurs. She will go on to represent the UK in a worldwide competition. She will talk about the Award and how ATG has grown to become the world's number one live theatre group. www.atg.co.uk Twitter @atgtickets

Tony Carr will talk about his company Suit The City supplying bespoke suite to top executives and his collaboration with Business Punks to provide linings depicting musicians and movie stars. www.suitthecity.com Twitter @suitthecity

Sarah Butcher, the project leader of ExportSurrey, Surrey Chambers of Commerce will discuss how The Chamber can help businesses expand their market overseas. www.surrey-chambers.co.uk Twitter @SurreyChambers

Lara Bishop will talk about her online business Corporate Baby which supplies luxury baby gifts and how she won Twitter's Small Business Sunday, run by Theo Paphitis, former star of TV show Dragon's Den. www.corporatebaby.com Twitter @corporatebaby


Programme - 3rd October 2014

Jackie and Alison present the October edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

David Endersby from TW18 Media, social media expert, will talk about how social media can help your business achieve better results and the business networking events he organises. www.tw18businessmedia.co.uk Twitter @TW18busmedia

Jennifer Devine, Kosen Ltd - ahead of European Health & Safety Week beginning on 20 October, Jennifer will talk about mental health and resilience at work. Jennifer runs her own company Kosen Ltd which provides workshops and short courses to develop emotional resilience www.kosen.co.uk Twitter @kosenresilience

Paul Webster will talk about the forthcoming exhibition Woking Means Business taking place on Wednesday 15 October at the HG Wells Conference & Events Centre Woking. A panel of experts will be on hand to offer one to one consultations on a range of subjects from preparing a business plan to finance and tax advice. www.wokingmeansbusiness.com/ Twitter @WokingMeansBiz

Marnie Wilson, editorial director, Surrey Advertiser Group, will be talking about newspapers in the digital age and how businesses can get involved with the Surrey Advertiser. www.getsurrey.co.uk Twitter @getsurrey



Programme - 12th September 2014

Jackie and Alison present the September edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Emma Riley, co-owner, The Art Agency, Esher, will be talking about winning the “Best For Speciality Products” category in the Elmbridge Retailer of the Year Award. The Art Agency promotes original work by selected contemporary artists.
www.theartagency.co.uk Twitter @theartagency

A year ago Keith Churchouse, chartered financial planner from Chapters Financial, published a book “The Recession is Over - Time To Grow”. He will be talking about the state of the business economy, his business and his work as a trustee with Guildford Shakespeare Company and Headway Surrey. www.chaptersfinancial.com Twitter @onlinefinancial

Holly Worton has launched a new business networking group for women, Winning Women Surrey. She will be discussing the importance of business networking, as well as her other businesses. Winning Women Surrey    www.sociallyholistic.com
www.tribal-publishing.com    Twitter @hollyworton

John O'Reilly, leader of Elmbridge Borough Council, will be discussing the Elmbridge Civic Improvement Fund (ECIF) a business grant scheme for local businesses to help attract more people into the local area and in turn boost the Elmbridge economy. www.elmbridge.gov.uk Twitter @ElmbridgeBC


Programme - 8th August 2014

Jackie and Alison present the August edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Dr Malcolm Parry, Director of The Surrey Research Park, will be talking about winning the UKSPA 30th Anniversary Award for the Most Successful Innovation Environment and how The Surrey Research Park plays a major role in developing new technologies. www.surrey-research-park.com Twitter @SurreyRP

Beth Meades, marketing manager, Painshill Park, will be discussing how the 18th century landscape garden is available for corporate events, conferences, workshops and lectures, as well as talking about the Park's marketing strategy.
www.painshill.co.uk Twitter @Painshill

Do you feel as though the stress of speaking in public to groups of people is holding you back in business? Vanessa King trains business executives in public speaking and presentation skills. She will talk about the courses she offers and how to build confidence when speaking in public. www.thefireinside.co.uk Twitter @onfiretogether

Bob Hughes, chief executive, Sight For Surrey, will talk about a special business networking evening the charity is holding on Thursday 11th September with West Ham chairman David Gold and what visually impaired people have to offer the workplace and the work that the charity does. www.sightforsurrey.org.uk Twitter @sightforsurrey

Graeme Roy, Marketing Manager, Crowdfunder, will be explaining what crowdfunding is and how crowdfunding has helped businesses in the Elmbridge borough. www.crowdfunder.co.uk Twitter @CrowdfunderUK


Programme - 11th July 2014

Jackie and Alison present the July edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Graeme Nuttall, solicitor and chartered tax adviser, has been appointed an OBE for services to employee ownership. A partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, he wants to spread his business ideas out into the Surrey community.
www.fieldfisher.com Twitter @nuttallreview @FieldFisher

Hannah Young, business owner, Ceramica, a ceramics painting studio in Claygate is one of the winners of the Elmbridge Retailer of the Year. She will talk about her Award and how her business started.
www.ceramica-claygate.co.uk Twitter @CeramicaEsher

Suzie Wall, Senior Sports Project Officer, Active Surrey, will talk about a new programme “Work It” which has been designed with Surrey businesses and their employees in mind. “Work It” demonstrates ways to increase fitness levels and take part in 25 different sports. www.workitsurrey.ning.com www.activesurrey.com Twitter @activesurrey

Bruce Casalis, founder and director, Bruce's Doggy Day Care, based in Cobham will talk about the company's 5th anniversary, expansion into the Walton area, introducing a new dog boarding service and sponsoring a Guide Dog for the Blind puppy. It has also won the Best Small Business Award at the London Business Awards.
www.brucesdoggydaycare.co.uk Twitter @brucesdogdays


Programme - 6th June 2014

Jackie and Alison present the June edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Reza Amini, local restaurateur, will talk about his new restaurant Henry's Kitchen, which has just opened in Bridge Road, Hampton Court, the first eco-friendly and sustainable restaurant in the Elmbridge borough. www.henrykitchen.co.uk;
Twitter @henryskitchenuk

Shruti Choudbury from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) will discuss how the organisation rates restaurants across 14 key areas of sustainability. www.thesra.org; Twitter @the_SRA

Chris Rowe, Business Development Manager, Gold-i scooped two Awards in the Toast of Surrey Business Awards – companies with a Turnover up to £5 million and Director of the Year. Chris will talk about how the specialist financial trading technology company, which started in 2009, grew rapidly from just Tom Higgins to employing 22 members of staff. www.gold-i.com;
Twitter @gold_itech

Suki Hitchcock, who runs The Green Escape with her mother Diana, will discuss how they started their company which aims to give customers a zero carbon holiday. All its shepherd huts in Leith Hill, built by Suki's father Barry, that accommodate holidaymakers, don't have electricity and are heated by wood burning fires. www.thegreenescape.co.uk;
Twitter @GreenEscapeUK

Jon Hill, managing director, Microtechs, will discuss his family run business which provides computer support for homes and small businesses as well as installing and configuring computers. He will talk about the most common IT problems faced by businesses. www.microtechs.co.uk; Twitter @microtechs


Programme - 9th May 2014

Jackie and Alison present the May edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

This month's show has a theme – Awards. Each of our guests has won an Award and will talk about what made them enter, how they feel about winning and what difference it has made to their business:

Nigel Blake from Perfect Pitch has won the Toast of Surrey Business Award for companies with a turnover up to £1 million. It's a business to business telemarketing agency setting up appointments for its clients, lead generations, seminar bookings and surveys. www.ppitch.co.uk/
@perfectpi

David Buisson managing director of Finicky, an online shirt-making company, has received two accolades in the Best of Guildford awards – the Most Loved Company in Guildford and Most Loved Tailor in England. www.finickyshirts.com/
@Finickyshirts

Suzanne Brock managing director of Nutriment, has won the Toast of Surrey Business Award for the Young Business of the Year (trading less than 12 months). Nutriment brought back to life a factory that had been derelict for ten years and established a successful pet food business with exports to Europe. www.nutriment.co/
@nutrimentraw


Programme - 4th April 2014

Jackie and Alison present the April edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Paul Webster, from Webster Consultancy will talk about his forthcoming exhibition Guildford Means Business which takes place on Wednesday 14 May at G Live, Guildford – the opportunities for exhibitors and visitors and the schedule of free seminars. www.guildfordmeansbusiness.com

Jeff Hunter, has just set up his own tennis company Premier Tennis providing coaching in schools, clubs, leisure centres and parks. A former professional tennis player, he will discuss the new venture and how he is aiming to get more people playing tennis. www.premiertennis.co.uk

Sarah Alexander, will talk about her new book "Spiritual Intelligence in Leadership" and how meditation can help with business decisions and enhance working life. Sarah works with business owners and leaders to help them make the most of their life's work. www.sarah-alexander.co.uk

Phil Cox, business coach, will discuss how he delivers executive coaching, workplace counselling and wellbeing seminars to organisations and entrepreneurs in Surrey. He has sat on The Guardian's Small Business Panel and is a volunteer student counsellor at Brooklands College, Weybridge www.philcoxbusinesssupport.co.uk


Programme - 7th March 2014

Jackie presents the March edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Julianne Ponan, CEO of Creative Nature, will share how she turned her family business around into an Award-winning enterprise supplying health foods to major retailers www.creativenaturesuperfoods.com

Antonio Falco, the new regional chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Surrey and West Sussex, will discuss new initiatives as well as talking about his business coaching. www.fsb.org.uk and www.antoniofalco.com

Zoe Ashby, a mother of five, runs b:web offers E.commerce web sites, website design and online marketing as well as her own E.commerce company babyface.com selling children's bedding. She will give top tips about web sites. www.bwebsites.co.uk

Natasha Zinman, who launched Totem Jewellery just before Christmas last year, will describe how she set up the company and generated sales by holding parties, attending events and developing the web site www.whatsyourtotem.co.uk


Programme - 7th February 2014

Jackie and Alison present the February edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Louise Punter, Chief Executive, Surrey Chambers of Commerce will discuss opportunities for small businesses, the latest Chamber initiatives as well as her predictions for 2014. surrey-chambers.co.uk

Dr Sharief Ibrahim, consultant physician has set up a new clinic in Weybridge that provides gentler, non-invasive and preventative therapy for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes. He will also talk about work/life balance as he is an accomplished marathon runner, having completed over 30 international marathons. www.pdmclinic.com

Sonia Ashworth MBE, Chief Executive, Surrey County Show will talk about being awarded the MBE, her career, farming in Surrey and opportunities for businesses at this year's Surrey County Show. www.surreycountyshow.co.uk

Sarah Moran, Apprenticeship Manager at Brooklands College, Weybridge will talk about the government grant incentives for employers for hiring apprentices and how Brooklands College works with local businesses in providing training for apprentices. www.brooklands.ac.uk


Programme - 10th January 2014

Jackie and Alison present the January edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Martin Fowler will be talking about the benefits of business networking as he runs Cobham & Oxshott Business Over Breakfast (BoB) Club which is looking for more members. His business is Credit Management Professionals (CMP) providing expert guidance in credit and debt management solutions. www.cmpgroup.co.uk, www.bobclubs.com/club/oxshott

Linda Duberley is a journalist whose career in newspapers, television and radio spans over 20 years. She played a key role in the Sky News team which won the inaugural Royal Television Society's News Channel of the Year. She has started her own business Forensem offering media training, public speaking and presentation training for business executives as well as speech writing. www.forensem.com

Robin McKay Bell helps people over 40 find work through his charity Room for Work which followed on from his book Finding Work After 40. The charity holds courses and workshops designed to help people master skills which will improve their employability. www.roomforwork.jimdo.com

After refurbishing her own period property, Sarah Storrocks trained as an interior designer and launched her own business. Her view is that good design is a partnership between client and designer. Her company is described as ethical and makes annual donations to charities. www.interior-designer-surrey.co.uk


Programme - 6th December 2013

Jackie and Alison present the December edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Porky Whites sausages from Graham White & Co in Woking, has picked up a top award at the BPEX Foodservice Sausage of the Year competition. Chairman Graham White talks about the award and the family company which started 75 years ago. www.porkywhites.co.uk

Entrepreneur Paul Davies from iThinkLots has launched Thinkathons, monthly innovation workshops, to help new businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality. He talks about this new venture, www.ithinklots.com

PJ Farr, Countrywide Telecoms, a former rifleman in the British Army, has been named as a Guildford Young Ambassador through a new scheme set up by Guildford Council. He talks about his role as an ambassador, as well as how he started up his own company. www.countrywidetelecoms.com

Mark Pearson from Surrey Connections, Surrey's economic development business, discusses its new programme Digital Business Surrey aimed at helping small and medium enterprises boost their digital capabilities as well as its Invest in Surrey initiative. www.surreyconnects.com

Programme - 8th November 2013

Jackie and Alison present the November edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Carl Gibbs from C. Gibbs & Son, 24 hours locksmiths in Weybridge, Addlestone and Chertsey, talks about how he started his family-run locksmiths business and the anti-burglary campaign he is spearheading. www.nordiclocks.co.uk

Matt Peachey, economic development manager at Woking Borough Council, discusses the C21 business incubation programme, which was launched 10 months ago, its objectives and how it is progressing in its quest to support new businesses. www.woking.gov.uk

Sarah Keel started up her business Babycup.co.uk when she couldn't find a cup suitable for her daughter. So she made her own -a miniature cup shaped cup. She talks about how she progressed an idea into a fully blown business, giving tips on how to start your own business. www.babycup.co.uk

Keith Pollington who runs Pollingtons newsagents in Oatlands Village, Weybridge, has been named as Independent Newsagent of the Year. He talks about the Award and how it has helped his business.


Programme - 4th October 2013

Jackie and Alison present the October edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Nicky Kriel, social media trainer, talks about her new book How To Twitter For Business Success, the importance of social media for businesses and her forthcoming social media conference. www.nickykriel.com

Paul Webster, organiser of the Woking Means Business exhibition which takes place on Wednesday 9th October at the HG Wells Conference Centre in Woking, gives listeners five good reasons why they should attend the show including seminars, a free 1-2-1 consultation and networking opportunities. www.wokingmeansbusiness.com

The first ever Professions Week takes place from 21 - 27 October and aims to raise awareness among 14 to 19 year olds in the professions. Professional bodes involved in the week include Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the International Association of Book-Keepers. Sarah Hathaway, chair, Professional Week, explains the aims of the week and discuss the planned activities. www.professionsweek.org

Lisa LaRue from Career Central C.I.C discusses the launch of Woking Jelly which hosts its first co-working event on Monday 7 October with the support of Start Up Woking and Woking Borough Council. Jelly co-working encourages freelances, home workers, entrepreneurs and small business owners to get together once a mouth to share a workplace. www.facebook.com/WokingJelly

Programme - 6th September 2013

Jackie and Alison present the September edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Shirley Palmer, CEO and Founder of Calmred, set up her own business consultancy five years ago. She will discuss how Calmred reconnects people and businesses to their vision and talk about the three books she is currently writing about business, women and personal development. www.calmred.com

Aristos Peters has invented a smartphone application D Risk It to help entrepreneurs and start up businesses to seal investments. He will talk about how the new App will help budding entrepreneurs get prepared before they approach angel investors. www.drisk.it

Teresa Stark combines her love of dogs with running her own home-based business -Barking Mad providing professional care for dogs in a home environment. She will talk about the challenges of working from home and how she set up her business. www.barkingmad.uk.com


Programme - 5th July 2013

Jackie and Alison present the July edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

, who runs her own business making handmade shoes, talks about the challenges facing small business owners today, how she got started and how she has diversified her business to offering workshops. www.marshahall.com

The Recession is Over...Time To Grow is a new book from Keith Churchouse a financial planner and creator of Chapter Financial. He talks about his new book and how he thinks the UK economy is on the mend and how businesses should be encouraged to be ready for the transition. www.chapterfinancial.com

Emma-Jane Packe talks about Prelude which offers master classes, a growth partner programme and training programmes as well as The Supper Club, an invitation-only group of entrepreneurs who share knowledge experience and contacts. www.preludegroup.co.uk


Programme - 7th June 2013

Jackie and Alison present the June edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Gerry Brierley, vice chair of the Federation of Small Business Surrey Policy Team talks about her special interest in getting fairer deals for micro businesses, why she has taken a career break, tips for small businesses and her plans for the future.

Mike Loughton, business growth adviser, Nigel Botterill's Entrepreneurs Circle, talks about how he helps business owners achieve the results they set out to achieve. What are the six numbers business owners should know that are critical to success?

Anita Winter Apprenticeship Manager, Brooklands College, discusses the benefits of taking on an apprentice, how an apprentice can help your business and how Brooklands College can help.


Programme - 3rd May 2013

Programme - 3rd May 2013 Jackie and Alison present the May edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Antonio Falco, Surrey Policy Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) talks about issues affecting small businesses and how the FSB can help. www.fsb.org.uk

Jayne Morris, author, coach and burnout expert talks about why a cluttered desk may harm your career and her new book From Burnout To Brilliance. www.jaynemorris.com

Catherine Richardson from St James's Place Wealth Management gives advice for businesses on building and preserving their capital, managing their cash and borrowings. She also covers the biggest financial risks businesses face today and how they can protect themselves. www.sjpp.co.uk/crichardson/


Programme - 5th April 2013

Jackie and Alison present the April edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Ginetta George, Managing Director of Graphic Express talks about her company which specialises in exhibition and display graphics; as well as the importance of business networking, as Chapter Director of BNI Elmbridge. www.graphicexpress.co.uk

Alan James, partner of Alan James Chartered Accountants talks about the issues facing small businesses and their finances, as well as tax tips as 5th April is the end of the tax year! www.alanjames.co.uk

Pauline Hedges, Chairman of the West Byfleet Business Association, talks about plans to revitalise the area, as well as how she started her own business Easily England providing bespoke tours for visiting businesses and local wealthy individuals. www.easilyengland.co.uk


Programme - 22nd February 2013

Jackie and Alison present the February edition of Surrey Business Affairs with guests:

Louise Punter, Chief Executive of Surrey Chambers of Commerce, discusses the issues facing businesses in the current climate, what help is available, the importance of international trade and how to prepare young people for the workplace. www.surrey-chambers.co.uk

Samantha Park is an online entrepreneur who recently won a 'Spirit of London' Award. She began her online jewellery business 'What's About Town?' 10 years ago at the age of 15 and her products have been worn by many celebrities including Cheryl Cole and Pixie Lott. She launched her self designed jewellery line Kissika a year ago. www.kissika.com



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